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DeKalb County Animal Control is advising pet owners to protect their pets from canine distemper

DeKalb County Animal Control is advising pet owners to protect their pets from canine distemper. The department has seen an increase in cases of confirmed canine distemper virus found in raccoons and skunks tested after displaying abnormal neurologic signs. Canine distemper outbreaks in local raccoon populations can signal increased risk for pet dogs in the […]

COVID-19 Antigen Rapid Tests (May)

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Through our partnership with the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH), DeKalb County Health Department (DCHD) has received an additional supply of over-the-counter iHealth COVID-19 antigen rapid tests for distribution to our community. Rapid, self-administered testing has potential to disrupt the spread of COVID-19 that occurs when people are infected, but don’t […]

Health departments in Northern Illinois to the public: COVID knows no boundaries

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Public urged to work together and follow CDC guidance for medium community level Local health departments belonging to the Northern Illinois Public Health Consortium (NIPHC) are advising people who live and work in the region that COVID-19 case rates are rising and now is the time to work together to avoid a […]

COVID-19 Antigen Rapid Tests

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Through our partnership with the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH), DeKalb County Health Department (DCHD) has received a supply of over-the-counter iHealth COVID-19 antigen rapid tests for distribution to our community. Rapid, self-administered testing has potential to disrupt the spread of COVID-19 that occurs when people are infected, but don’t yet […]

April 4-10 is National Public Health Week (NPHW)

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE During the first full week of April each year, the DeKalb County Health Department (DCHD), along with other local health departments, supports the NPHW initiatives by promoting local contributions to public health and highlighting their services in the community. During this week, DCHD encourages health professionals, students, community leaders, and the general […]

Statement by the Northern Illinois Public Health Consortium (NIPHC) on Temporary Restraining Order Suspending Mandated Masking for Schools

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE The Local Health Departments of the Northern Illinois Public Health Consortium (NIPHC) are aware of the most recent judicial ruling impacting schools in our local jurisdictions and throughout the state of Illinois and recognizes the independent authority of local school districts to determine what mitigations will be adopted in their schools in […]

Region 1 Local Health Departments and Hospitals Urge Public to Take Steps to Address the High Hospital Patient Volumes

This is a joint news release issued by the Northern Illinois Rockford Region (Region 1) Public Information Officers. Region 1 serves Boone, Carroll, DeKalb, Jo Daviess, Lee, Ogle, Stephenson, Whiteside, and Winnebago Counties. FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Northern Illinois Rockford Region – Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) cases are rising at an alarming rate in the Northern […]

DeKalb County’s Holiday Lights Recycling Drive

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Year after year residents find themselves testing bulbs and replacing fuses. When that does not work, the lights often end up in the garbage. With this program, DeKalb County can divert all holiday lights from the landfill, as recycled goods. One strand of lights may seem as though it does not help, […]

Pediatric COVID-19 Vaccination – DeKalb County

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Yesterday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) endorsed the CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practice’s (ACIP) recommendation for the use the of Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine for children 5 through 11 years of age. This follows the FDA’s authorization last Friday of the emergency use of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine for […]

Health Department Reports Bat Positive for Rabies

DeKalb County Health Department confirms that a second bat for 2021 tested positive for rabies on October 9th. The bat was found in Sycamore and had contact with a vaccinated dog. The dog will receive a booster and be monitored at home. Bats are the primary carriers of rabies in Illinois. A bat that is […]