Last Friday, the State of Illinois reached Phase 5, the final phase of the State’s Restore Illinois plan. Although reaching this phase now allows changes for many businesses in eliminating capacity limits and masks, anyone in a healthcare setting is still required to mask.

Rochelle Community Hospital will continue to follow CDC/IDPH guidance for masking in a healthcare facility, which means everyone—employees, patients and visitors–still need to wear a mask when you enter the hospital or any RCH clinic for the duration of your visit. All visitors, patients and employees will continue to be screened upon entry to the hospital until the CDC/IDPH changes their guidance.  

As of Monday, June 14, capacity limits at RCH have changed in a couple departments. There are no capacity limits in the cafeteria as of this week. Anyone in the cafeteria who is vaccinated can be unmasked when they are dining or conversing while dining. Persons who are not vaccinated will need to remain masked when not dining.

There will also be no capacity limits in the Fitness Center. Appointments will no longer be necessary for members. Unvaccinated members need to remain masked. Hours will remain the same for the public: Monday-Friday 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Saturday-Sunday 6 a.m.-6 p.m.

VACCINES SAVE LIVES. Let your COVID-19 vaccine help protect your life. RCH continues to work with the Ogle County Health Department to support vaccination of residents in our county. Watch for more information as it becomes available from OCHD and RCH regarding upcoming vaccination dates. Every pharmacy in Rochelle also offers vaccination.

The RCH Triage Line offers an opportunity to seek answers to questions regarding COVID-19 symptoms, testing and vaccination. Call 815-561-8829 Monday through Friday. Callers may leave a message and your call will be returned. There’s also a Spanish option.

Let the COVID-19 vaccine work for you. There is unity in immunity!