Current and Changing Developments

To contact City of Freeport staff: Phone numbers and email addresses

Water & Sewer bill: Payment options during shelter-in-place order



Press Release from Stephenson Co. Health Dept.: First COVID-19 Patient Hospitalized at FHN



Press Release from City of Freeport: City of Freeport Passes Ordinance for Relief of Economic Impact from COVID-19

“The City of Freeport supports the efforts of the Stephenson County Health Department through this crisis.” – City of Freeport Mayor Jodi Miller
Stephenson County Health Department: Letter to Businesses



City of Freeport: Declaration of Emergency

Press Release from City of Freeport: City Responds to COVID-19 Pandemic: Building Closures, Contact Info, and W&S payment options



What is Essential?

In light of the Governor’s most recent Executive Order [EO-2020-10], we wanted to share some quick guidance on what is considered essential. See the link below for the document.
“The intent of the EO is to ensure that the maximum number of people self-isolate in their places of residence. Even essential businesses and operations should promote telecommuting whenever possible.”
[DCEO – Essential Business Checklist]

There have been many questions regarding whether a business is considered essential or if it must comply with the “Stay at Home” Order. DCEO is available to answer those questions and has issued guidance on Essential Businesses & Operations, linked here. Contact DCEO’s helpline by phone at (800) 252-2923 to leave a message or by email at A helpful flowchart to determine if a business is essential or non-essential has been developed by DCEO and is available via this link.

The Governor’s Office is in the process of collecting and responding to questions regarding the state’s response to the COVID-19 outbreak. To help facilitate that process, they have created an email address,, where citizens may send questions, comments and recommendations. The Governor’s staff will then compile all inquiries and respond with answers.



The first positive case of COVID-19 has been confirmed in Stephenson County.
Please see the Proclamation of Stephenson County Disaster Emergency and the latest Stephenson County Press Release.


Issued by Governor Pritzker: Executive Order 2020-10: Stay in Place 3/21/20 @ 5:00 pm until April 7, 2019
Issued by  Governor Pritzker: FAQs on Executive Order 2020-10

Greater Freeport Partnership: Carryout Restaurants, Small Business and Health Resources, and Local Updates: Freeport and Stephenson County 



Press Release from Stephenson Co. Health Dept.: Stephenson County Health Department – COVID-19 Statement – 3/18/20

Issued by Governor Pritzker: Executive Order 2020-07
Issued by Governor Pritzker: FAQs on Executive Order 2020-07

The U.S. Small Business Administration announced they are working with state governors to provide targeted, low-interest loans to small businesses and non-profits that have been severely impacted by COVID-19. The Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) is currently gathering information from small businesses that will be negatively impacted  Link to Survey

State of Illinois website includes news, prevention information, preparation efforts, FAQs, resources and more information about COVID-19: State’s new website –

Facebook: Stephenson Co. Pick-up & Delivery: Stephenson Co. Pick-up & Delivery



Press Release from City of Freeport: Downtown Restaurant Curbside Pickup

Link: Listing of Restaurants Providing Carry Out/Curbside/Delivery Services in Freeport and Stephenson County

Mayor Miller’s Message: Current and Changing Developments



“As Mayor of the City of Freeport, the Press Release from the Stephenson County Health Department has our full support.” – City of Freeport Mayor Jodi Miller
Press Release from Stephenson Co. Health Dept.: Stephenson County Health Department – COVID-19 Statement – 3/16/20

Press Release issued by Freeport Public Library: Library Closing until March 31
3/27/20 Update – The Freeport Public Library will remain closed for the duration of the Governor’s shelter in place order.


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