Back in June of 2020, Winnebago County entered "Phase 4" of mitigation as part of the Restore Illinois Plan. In October, the mitigation increased as the area continues to fight and navigate through the COVID-19 pandemic. Earlier this week, Winnebago County Health Department (WCHD) released an updated "Travel Guidance" for residents a few days before mitigation in Illinois is expected to loosen.

Part of this "travel guidance" includes a list of states Winnebago County residents are discouraged from visiting, no matter what the reason is. Guess what? Wisconsin is back on the list. On the flip side, WCHD dropped four other states from the list. As a refresher, here is what is expected should you travel to a "don't go there" state.

Individuals traveling to/from [the following] states or hosting visitors from the following states should self-quarantine for 14 days upon return to the region and/or after the date the visitors have left.

Winnebago County's "travel guidelines" are reviewed/updated on a weekly basis.

Which states, aside from Wisconsin? Only 30 of them...

(Deep breathe in...)

Alabama

Arizona

Arkansas

California

Connecticut

Delaware

Florida

Georgia

Idaho

Indiana

Kansas

Kentucky

Louisiana

Massachusetts

Mississippi

Nevada

New Jersey

New Mexico

New York

North Carolina

Ohio

Oklahoma

Pennsylvania

Rhode Island

South Carolina

Tennessee

Texas

Utah

Virginia

West Virginia

If you must travel, here is what to consider:

  • The destination
  • The method of travel (private automobile vs. public transportation such as plane, train)
  • Your accommodations (private home, rental home vs. hotel, resort)
  • Meal arrangements
  • Who you are traveling with companions (household vs. extended family)
  • Number of people you're traveling with
  • How long you will be staying

Here are the most recent travel guidelines, provided by Winnebago County Health Department.


JB Love is ½ of  Q98.5's Lil Zim & JB In The Morning, weekday mornings from 5:00 a.m. to 10 a.m. Follow him on TwitterInstagram, and Facebook.

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