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ROCK FALLS, Ill — The Whiteside County Health Department has announced a potential exposure to COVID-19 at the Whiskey Barrel Saloon in Rock Falls on Nov. 14.

The exposure occurred between 9 p.m. and 1 a.m. when an asymptomatic individual who later tested positive visited the establishment, the health department said in a press release Saturday.

First responders, healthcare systems, employers and schools in Whiteside County continue to see high rates of COVID-19 exposure, the Whiteside County Health Department said Saturday.

The Whiteside County and Region 1 entered Tier 1 Resurgence Mitigations on Oct. 3 due to rising positivity rates and an increase in cases and hospitalizations, WCHD said. Unable to turn the tide, Region 1 and Whiteside County implemented Tier 2 Resurgence Mitigation on Oct. 25.

As Illinois saw a rise in hospitalizations and cases and positivity rates remained high, the entire State entered Tier 3 Resurgence Mitigations on Nov. 20.

“Every interaction carries risk,” the health department said. “However, if you are going to a location where Phase 4 and Resurgence Mitigation guidelines are not being followed, whether it is your place of employment, friend’s house, bar or restaurant, wedding, funeral or other social event, you are putting yourself, your family, our kids’ in-person education, our local businesses, our first responders, EMS, healthcare systems and our most vulnerable at greater risk.”

WCHD said people can help their communities by wearing masks, social distancing, staying home when sick, limiting close contacts and following Tier 3 Resurgence Mitigation and Phase 4 guidelines.

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