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.

Monday – Friday
10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.

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 information below will be updated weekly.

Ogle County COVID-19 Weekly Update
As of Tuesday, April 6, 2021

Ogle County COVID-19 Statistics*

  • Number of Positive Cases:  5,404
  • Recovered Cases:  5,054
  • Current Active Cases:  272
  • Deaths:  78
  • Positivity, 7 day rolling average:  6.4%

*Most current statistics available.

Please continue to follow precautions – the pandemic is not over!! Positive cases in Ogle County and Region 1 are on the rise.

Total Vaccines Administered: 22,781

Total Fully Vaccinated: 8,660

Pct. Fully Populated: 17.01%

Vaccination Clinics: Get vaccinated! Help us move forward, not backward! Now vaccinating the general population age 16+ who live or work in Ogle County.

OCHD Vaccination Appointments: The original Ogle County Health Department online registration list is nearly depleted. All will be contacted by phone by either OCHD, RCH or KSB by Friday. If we are unable to leave a message for the person registered, please call one of the partners below and leave your name and number. Watch for more clinics being scheduled in April at

RCH Vaccination Appointments: Call the Triage Line at 815-561-8829 Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Scheduling general public, age 18+, who live or work in Ogle County. You have the ability to leave a message and your call will be returned within one business day.

When more clinic dates are announced, you can call these partners for assistance with registering by phone: 

Hub City Senior Center: 815-562-5050
Flagg-Rochelle Public Library: 815-562-3431
City of Rochelle: 815-562-6161
Hispanic residents call LULAC: 815-570-3111
Rock River Center: 815-732-3252
Oregon Public Library District: 815-732-2724
Univ. of IL Extension Office: 815-732-2191
Mt. Morris Senior Center: 815-734-6335
Polo Senior Center: 815-238-8645
Polo Library: 815-946-2713
Bertolet Memorial Library, Leaf River: 815-738-2742

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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 daily.  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.

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.

Return With Confidence

Rochelle Community Hospital remains dedicated to your health, wellness and—safety—especially now. Delaying care could impact your health.

RCH is taking these precautions:
• Using COVID-19 screening measures at entrances including temperature checks
• Requiring masks and social distancing 6-feet in all areas
• Diligently cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched surfaces
• Offering the COVID-19 triage line for questions and testing appointments

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

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