Coronavirus (COVID-19)

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If you think you have symptoms, CALL FIRST!

If you feel you have symptoms of COVID-19 or other respiratory illness, STAY HOMECALL FIRST, 815-561-8829.

RCH Triage Number

Rochelle Community Hospital has a dedicated Coronavirus (COVID-19) Triage Line to answer your questions.

Hours:
Monday – Friday
8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
815-561-8829

You will receive screening over the phone, followed by potential influenza and COVID-19 testing.

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Rochelle Community Hospital realizes there are many questions regarding the COVID-19 vaccine. The COVID-19 vaccine is being rolled out in phases in Illinois following the guidance of the IDPH. Right now we are in Phase 1a, which vaccinates health care workers, EMTs, other health care professionals and long term care facility residents. The vaccine is not yet available to the general public, in Illinois. The health department will be notifying county partners as the allocation of vaccine is available to various groups in our community. Please stay informed via online sources, the newspaper or radio as more information is released from the Ogle County Health Department or Rochelle Community Hospital about the vaccine.  Click on the link, CDC Vaccine Frequently Asked Questions, where the latest information is always being updated.

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  • Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use a hand sanitizer with 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available.
  • Cover your sneeze and cough.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
  • Stay home if you are sick.
  • Social distancing – maintain a distance of three feet from other people; avoid shaking hands and hugging.
  • Avoid close contact with sick people.
  • Follow the new masking guidelines listed below.
  • Avoid travel if your destination is in an area with widespread outbreak.

Since there is no specific treatment for this virus, we need help from the public to comply with precautions to keep us all safe. WE CAN’T DO IT ALONE!

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Under the new recommendations from the IDPH. Please try homemade masks to save medical masks for health care workers. Click to learn more.

Wearing a mask in public reduces the spread of COVID-19 infection by containing respiratory droplets—which are invisible to the naked eye—that are released each time we talk, and in greater degrees, when we cough, sneeze, shout or sing.

So why wear a mask? It’s a simple step to take to protect others, save lives and stop the spread of COVID-19.

Types of face masks:

N95 face mask. Also a type of respirator, N95 masks provide better protection than surgical masks, and filter out both large and small particles as the wearer inhales. Because N95 masks provide such a high level of protection, The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that these critical supplies remain reserved for healthcare providers caring for sick patients.

Surgical or medical mask. Often used by healthcare workers, these masks create a barrier between medical professionals and the patients they treat. They are disposable and often manufactured using non-woven fabrics like polypropylene, with different styles and grades depending on the level of protection the user requires.

Cloth face mask. While there has been debate, cloth masks are effective. When worn correctly, they create barriers and make it harder for droplets emitted from sneezing, coughing and speaking to reach others. The CDC recommends cloth masks that are made from tightly-woven fabrics—like bed sheets. Stretchy materials, or fabrics that can be seen through when held up to light, are not as effective. Recent CDC studies have also concluded that masks with vents or valves do more harm than good.

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If you have additional questions about COVID-19, call the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) Novel Coronavirus Informational hotline at 1-800-889-3931, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week or email DPH.SICK@ILLINOIS.GOV.

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The COVID-19 situation continues to rapidly evolve with more cases being identified in the U.S. and evidence of person-to-person spread. Get the most up-to-date information on the Coronavirus from:

· Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
· Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH)
· Ogle County Health Department (OCHD)

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What is Coronavirus?
Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses. Some cause illness in people, and others circulate among animals, including camels, cats and bats. Rarely, animal coronaviruses can evolve, infect people and then spread between people. That is the case with COVID-19.

Human coronaviruses are common through the world and commonly cause mild to moderate illness in people worldwide. However, the emergence of novel (new) coronaviruses, such as SARS and MERS, have been associated with more severe respiratory illness. The same is true of COVID-19.

Testing
RCH is able to provide testing for potential COVID-19 patients. A specimen is collected from patients who meet testing criteria and the specimen is sent to a commercial lab for testing. Results are not immediate and patients with pending results are advised to self-quarantine until results are known. Results will be communicated to the patient by a healthcare professional upon receipt.

How is novel coronavirus treated?
Most people infected with COVID-19 will recover without any major complications. With a viral infection such as flu or COVID-19, you should:

  • Take pain and fever medications
  • Drink plenty of liquids
  • Stay home and rest

What is Rochelle Community Hospital doing in response?
Rochelle Community Hospital has always taken a proactively cautious approach to the spread of infectious conditions. All patients and staff will be screened upon entering the hospital at the Second and Third Street entrances. Patients will be masked and are encouraged to wear their own masks to conserve on personal protective equipment (PPE) for hospital staff.

RCH is prepared to identify and appropriately direct patients to the correct place to receive care. Our Infection Control Officer works with other key leaders are in constant communication with the updated surveillance information from the Illinois Department of Public Health and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

RCH has added negative pressure rooms to the Medical/Surgical floor specifically for isolated treatment of any COVID-19 positive patients that require hospitalization. In addition, windows have been added to registration areas to protect both patients and staff.

Following federal health and safety guidelines, RCH is also actively using methods to conserve supplies, protect our patients and their families. Find out how you can

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What is the current visitor policy Rochelle Community Hospital?
Visitor restrictions are still in place for patients on the Medical/Surgical floor, Emergency Department, Same Day Surgery, Intensive Care Unit and clinics. Only ONE dedicated visitor per patient will be allowed to minimize public traffic throughout the facility. The visitor must be the same person every visit. After screening, the visitor must remain masked for the duration of their visit anywhere in the facility, including the patient’s room.

How concerned should I be?
COVID-19 has been declared a national emergency. We know these are challenging times but panic will not help any of us. To protect yourself, follow the precautions listed above and practice social distancing.

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Click on the image above for a helpful video to learn more about COVID-19 and how to stop the spread.
Stay cautious. Stay smart. Stay home. Stay clean. Lives may depend on it!

We know families, employers, schools, churches, community groups are all looking for resources.

Click here for printable information in English and Spanish along with answers to Frequently Asked Questions.