By Jim Hagerty
ROCKFORD – Two more people who tested positive for COVID-19 in Winnebago County have died, leaders announced Monday.
Information about the patients is not currently known. But leaders say they were previously diagnosed.
“Our thoughts are with these families during this incredibly difficult time,” Rockford Mayor Tom McNamara said at a press conference. “As a community, let’s come together and prevent more tragic deaths by staying home.”
The deaths are the second and third in Winnebago County and the fifth and sixth in the northern Illinois region, an area that includes includes Boone, Carroll, DeKalb, Jo Daviess, Lee, Ogle, Stephenson, Whiteside, and Winnebago counties.
Twenty more people have tested positive for COVID-19 in Winnebago County. There are now 62 confirmed cases. Seventh-seven percent of the local cases are people age 18-59. Twenty-three percent are older 60 and older.
Following slightly behind the collar counties of Chicago, which are expected to see a peak in new cases around around April 15, Winnebago County’s peak is likely to happen toward the end of the month.