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County records 272nd case of COVID-19; State implements new mitigation efforts in Region 1


JO DAVIESS COUNTY–As of Tuesday afternoon, Sept. 29 the Jo Daviess County Health Department is reporting 272 cases of COVID-19 in Jo Daviess County--244 people have recovered. There have been two deaths. 

A break out of cases by community: East Dubuque, 57; Galena, 73; Scales Mound, 10; Apple River, 15; Warren, 22; Stockton, 46; Elizabeth, 21; Hanover, 16. 

In neighboring Stephenson County, there are 535 cases and six deaths, and in Carroll County, 233 cases and five deaths. Grant County, Wis., reports 1,048 cases and 19 deaths, while in Dubuque County, Iowa, there are 3,344 cases and 41 deaths.

On Sept. 29, Gov. J.B. Pritzker and the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) implemented new COVID-19 mitigation measures for the Northern Illinois Rockford Region, including Jo Daviess County, to take effect on Saturday, Oct. 3. 

Mitigation measures taking effect Oct. 3 in Region 1 include the following:


• No indoor service

• All outside bar service closes at 11 p.m.

• All bar patrons should be seated at tables outside

• No ordering, seating, or congregating at bar (bar stools should be removed) 

• Tables should be 6 feet apart 

• No standing or congregating indoors or outdoors while waiting for a table or exiting

• No dancing or standing indoors

• Reservations required for each party

• No seating of multiple parties at one table


• No indoor dining or bar service

• All outdoor dining closes at 11 p.m.

• Outside dining tables should be 6 feet apart

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• No standing or congregating indoors or outdoors while waiting for a table or exiting

• Reservations required for each party 

• No seating of multiple parties at one table

Meetings, Social Events, Gatherings

• Limit to lesser of 25 guests or 25 percent of overall room capacity

• No party buses

• Gaming and casinos close at 11 p.m., are limited to 25 percent capacity, and follow mitigations for bars and restaurants, if applicable

These mitigations do not currently apply to schools.

The mitigation measures were implemented as Region 1 is at warning level for COVID-19 due to a positivity rate greater than 8 percent and increasing COVID-19 infection rates in the region. These additional prevention measures disproportionately impact local business establishments.

Officials emphasize that it is important to respect and support local businesses and each other by taking the following steps:

Follow local travel guidance and limit non-essential travel.

o Non-essential travel includes traveling for sports team and social gatherings.

Limit your contacts and follow the 3Ws.

o Keep your contacts limited to a small number. The more people from different households that gather, the greater the risk of spreading COVID-19.

o If your children are in school, keep the playdates to those who are in your child’s class.

o When eating with others not from your household, keep 6ft apart

Leave a place or gathering where people are not masking or social distancing, or if the gathering is too large.

Support local businesses by continuing to order online, carrying out, and using curbside pick-up.

For general questions about COVID-19, call the IDPH hotline at 800-889-3931 or DPH.sick@illinois.gov