The Winnebago County Health Department reported an increase in flu cases in the past week. It expects further increases in the coming weeks.
The department tracks flu-like illness using emergency room data from two health systems and three local sentinel sites. Flu poses the most serious risk to children under 5 years, people 65 and older, pregnant women, and those with certain long-term medical conditions.
Getting vaccinated is the best way to prevent getting influenza.
A new treatment for heroin addicts is being tested by Winnebago County officials. Those participating in the county's drug court can voluntarily try medication aimed at reducing their dependency on opiates.
A Winnebago County woman has pleaded guilty to leaving her newborn to freeze to death by the side of the road in 2004. 32-year-old Katie Stockton of Rockton reached a plea agreement with prosecutors this morning in the death of the infant dubbed “Baby Crystal.”