Region 1

Illinois State Senator Dave Syverson criticized how the state is implementing its new COVID-19 mitigation measures on region 1 for the Reopen Illinois plan.

He said they focus too strongly on closing restaurants and bars, while ignoring COVID cases in other businesses. 

“Amazon came out and said they had 19,000 employees with COVID. And yet the State says, well, you know, the State says, ‘Well, you know, some of those companies are just too big for us to have any control over.’ So then why are you going after small restaurants that are doing everything right?” 

The Winnebago County Health Department reported a spate of new COVID-19 cases Monday. Public Health Administrator Sandra Martell made the announcement.

“Over the last three days, there were 225 positive cases reported for Winnebago County," she said. "Our seven-day positivity rate is at 9%.”