What's Happening in Whiteside County...

WCHD SHIELD IL Testing Closed 12/22

Hazardous weather is expected the next few days...
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Whiteside County Environmental Office Moves to Rock Falls Location

October 27, 2022 -  This week, the Whiteside County Environmental Health Office moved from the Morrison Office...
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IDPH Offers Guidance for a Spooky but Safe Halloween

Skip Trick-or-treating and Stay Home if You Are Sick; Avoid Crowded, Poorly Ventilated Spaces; Protect Yourself with Vaccines and Boosters
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WCHD Influenza Vaccine Available Today

Seasonal Influenza (Flu) vaccine is available for individuals 6 months and older...
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WCHD High Dose Influenza Vaccine Available 9/20/22

September 19, 2022 – The Whiteside County Health Department (WCHD) is pleased to announce that beginning Tuesday September 20, 2022, High Dose Quadrivalent Influenza (Flu) vaccine will be available for individuals age 65 and older...
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WCHD to Begin Offering Bivalent Booster Doses

The Whiteside County Health Department (WCHD) will begin offering updated Moderna and Pfizer COVID-19 Bivalent Booster doses Tomorrow (9/13/22). Bivalent boosters replace all previously approved boosters and are the only currently approved boosters for individuals 12 and older...
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Mosquitoes Test Positive for West Nile Virus Near Sterling IL

Mosquitoes collected on August 1, 2022 near the northwest edge of Sterling, IL have tested positive for the West Nile virus (WNV) according to Rian Nailor...
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Monkeypox Virus (MPV) Vaccine Not Yet Available in Whiteside County

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Whiteside County Health Department Drive-Up No Appointment Necessary SHIELD Testing Reopens July 6th

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Whiteside County Health Department SHIELD Testing Ending Early June 30th and Paused Until Further Notice

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IDPH: City, State public health officials confirm first probable case of monkeypox virus in Illinois

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IDPH: Changeover from COVID-19 Individual Contact Tracing Calls to "Automated Case Notification" Begins June 1

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Whiteside County Health Department Drive-Up No Appointment Necessary SHIELD Testing

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Whiteside County Health Department (WCHD), established in 1966, has developed into a full service comprehensive agency with approximately 150 employees. Not only does the WCHD deliver the traditional public health services like environmental, immunizations, infectious disease, and maternal/child health, but it also provides primary and preventative medical, dental and behavioral health services through a federally funded community health center. WCHD also oversees the county’s mandated Animal Control Department.

The Whiteside County Community Health Clinic (WCCHC) was established in 2006 in response to a lack of access to medical, dental and behavioral health care in our community. It is a federally funded clinic that provides services on a sliding fee and no patient will be denied services based on a person's race, ethnicity, gender identity, national origin, disability, religion, sexual orientation or inability to pay. Besides providing services to the self-pay patient, WCCHC accepts Children's Health Insurance Programs, Medicaid, Medicare and third party insurance payments. 

WCHD has three primary locations: the main Rock Falls facility which houses the environmental health and maternal/child health programs, along with the Community Health Clinic, the animal control facility which is located in the Rock Falls industrial park, and the expanded Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) program located in Dixon. In June 2021, the WCHD purchased a Mobile Unit that is fully handicap accessible. The Mobile Unit is equipped with two medical exam rooms, laboratory, restrooms, and a waiting area. This new piece of equipment is being used to administer COVID-19 vaccinations at different locations throughout the County.  Funding for WCHD comes from a variety of sources including grants from both the state and federal governments, fee for services, and Whiteside County taxes.

- Cheryl Lee, CEO



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