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Health department rolls out COVID-19 vaccination enrollment portal for McHenry County residents

As COVID-19 vaccination moves into its next phases in Illinois, the McHenry County health department has launched an enrollment portal for McHenry County residents who want to sign up for the vaccine. Illinois is currently in Phase 1A of its coronavirus vaccination rollout, which includes frontline healthcare workers and long-term care residents. Phases 1B includes […]

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McHenry County Health Department says virus metrics indicate schools should shift to virtual learning

Health officials said on Thursday that COVID-19 metrics are indicating McHenry County schools should transition to virtual learning as the county experiences a rapid increase in cases. “Our data are showing a rapid increase in cases compared to previous weeks,” said Ryan Sachs, Epidemiologist for the McHenry County Department of Health. “Sharp increases like we’re […]

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Lake, McHenry county officials working to slow resurgence of COVID-19 cases

Health officials in Lake and McHenry counties said they are working together as state metrics indicate an uptick in COVID-19 cases, which could cause a rollback of reopening. The two counties make up the North Suburban Region, which is called Region 9, identified under a plan recently rolled out by the Illinois Department of Public […]

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Appellate court rules in favor of health department in battle over releasing COVID-19 patient data

The McHenry County Health Department won an appeal and will no longer have to release names of COVID-19 patients to 911 dispatchers after an appellate court ruled in their favor. The 2nd District Appellate Court of Illinois reversed an April 10 ruling by McHenry County Judge Michael Chmiel that gave the McHenry County Emergency Telephone […]

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State’s attorney comments on court order forcing health department to release COVID-19 names

The McHenry County State’s Attorney said he is “beyond disappointed” that the health department refused to release COVID-19 patient names to law enforcement. “This was a no-brainer for the Health Department, a common-sense, confidential, and entirely lawful way they could have worked collaboratively with police departments to assist in enhancing the safety of officers and […]

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Court rules health department must turn over COVID-19 patient names to police dispatchers

The court has ordered the McHenry County Health Department to release names of COVID-19 patients to 911 dispatchers after several police departments and the sheriff’s office filed a lawsuit. The temporary court order was issued Friday evening and the names will be provided to the McHenry County Emergency Telephone System Board on a call-by-call basis. […]

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70-year-old Crystal Lake man dies after testing positive for coronavirus

The McHenry County Health Department said that a 70-year-old Crystal Lake man who tested positive for coronavirus has died. The McHenry County Department of Health and the McHenry County Coroner’s Office confirmed the death Tuesday afternoon. The man’s identity has not yet been released. “Our hearts go out to this family at their time of […]