Outages planned for County phone lines, Jan. 15

ROCKFORD — Winnebago County said Thursday that, as part of a planned upgrade of its voice and internet service lines, a telephone outage is scheduled for its departments, Monday, Jan. 15.

The outage could last up to 8 hours, between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. The county says it has set up alternate networks for various departments, including the Winnebago County Sheriff’s Office and Corrections, Coroner, Animal Services, Juvenile Detention Center, and River Bluff Nursing Home facilities.




Temporary phone numbers have been established for those departments in anticipation of the blackout:

Winnebago County Sheriff’s Office: 779-548-0921

Winnebago County Corrections: 815-246-2869

Winnebago County Coroner: 815-317-6834

Animal Services East of the Rock River: 779-548-0798

Animal Services West of the Rock River: 779-548-0907

Juvenile Detention Center: 779-548-0928

River Bluff Nursing Home: 779-548-0913




After 4 p.m. all Winnebago County phone services will be restored and the temporary numbers will be discontinued. Other county offices are scheduled to be closed for the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day holiday.

Winnebago County and the Winnebago County Sheriff’s Office have provided the temporary numbers on their websites, at wincoil.us and winnebagosheriff.com. The Winnebago County Government and Winnebago County Animal Services have also placed contact information on their Facebook pages. R.

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