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Local health departments express concern over COVID-19 increases

NORTHERN ILLINOIS (WREX) — All nine of Northern Illinois's regional health departments expressed concern over COVID-19 in the region as Jo Daviess is at a warning level for the virus.

“As a community, we must heed the warning and work together to adhere to the social distancing and masking guidance that will help slow the spread of COVID-19 while moving our community forward toward recovery,” said Sandra Schleicher, Jo Daviess County Health Department Public Health Administrator.

The county health departments attributed the rise in COVID-19 to travel to hotspots like Iowa and large social gatherings.

“Our individual actions impact our local community’s ability to prevent further morbidity and mortality from COVID-19 and will impact the safety of activities in our communities like the opening of schools," Schleicher said.

The public needs to take urgent steps to protect their communities by wearing a mask, practicing social distancing and washing hands, the health departments said.

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Jena joined the WREX team in May 2020 as the Assignment Editor and News Producer. She was born and raised in Freeport. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Journalism and Media Studies from the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee in 2020.

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