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RCH COVID-19 Updates

Rochelle Community Hospital continues to work closely with the Ogle County Health Department and the City of Rochelle to protect the health, safety and wellbeing of Ogle County residents. These are challenging times but RCH is proud of the coordinated efforts of staff , the health department and our community to keep everyone healthy and informed.

Social Distancing

PLEASE practice the social distancing recommendations listed from the Illinois Department of Public Health. These measures will help to prevent and slow the spread of COVID-19.

Triage Line

The RCH COVID-19 Triage Line is open to answer questions Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. You will receive screening over the phone, followed by potential influenza and COVID-19 testing.

We cannot reiterate this enough…. If you feel you have symptoms of COVID-19 or other respiratory illness and wonder if you should be tested or be seen, STAY HOME and call the COVID-19 Triage Informational Line at 815-561-8829.  Do NOT go to the Emergency Room. Do NOT go to Convenient Care. Do NOT go to the doctor’s office.  If it is an emergency and you are in respiratory distress, please call 911 and share with them your symptoms. 

Access Restrictions

Please ONLY use the hospital’s Main Entrance and Emergency entrance. Access is limited to patients REQUIRING:

  • Outpatient Testing
  • Convenient Care Acute Visits ONLY (these approved visits would be for minor illnesses and injuries including rash, sprains, UTIs, illness excluding fever and cough, etc.)
  • Infusion Services
  • Emergency Department

No inpatient visitors will be allowed with the exception of a parent of a minor patient, a patient who is in hospice care or a patient’s medical Power of Attorney who are asked to come in to make medical decisions. These approved visitors must be symptom free/no fever. You may be screened prior to entry at the Emergency entrance. ALL non-essential visitors are restricted.

Scheduled Groups/Events

Cancellations at RCH now include all upcoming Auxiliary events:

  • Community Presentation with Dr. Swanson – March 31
  • Auxiliary Scholarship/Volunteer Brunch – April 13
  • Auxiliary “Rockin’ the Runway” Style Show – April 25 at Salt251
  • Auxiliary School Tours for April & May
  • Alcoholics Anonymous Support Group
  • Community CPR Classes
  • Grief Support Group
  • Group Hope Support Group
  • Narcotics Anonymous Support Group
  • Prediabetes Class

NEW LOCATION for the RRVBC Blood Drive on March 31

The RCH Blood Drive is STILL SCHEDULED for Tuesday, March 31 from noon-6 p.m. The location has been moved to the Firemen’s Hall at 314 6th Avenue. The RRVBC Mobile Bus will be monitoring and following all social distancing and infection control protocol. Your screening will be done inside the Hall to start.

Message from the RRVBC: The time to donate is now. Blood shortages are occurring in the U.S. and we are working to prevent shortages locally. We are monitoring credible health agencies for updates on COVID-19 and are responding accordingly. There is no known risk to the safety of the nation’s blood supply except for lack of donations and there are no reports of the spread of this respiratory virus, by blood transfusion. Giving blood is not a risk for donors to contract COVID-19. Giving blood is critical to ensure an adequate supply to meet patient needs.

Sign Up Today to Give Blood at –
Scheduled appointments will be PRIORITY over walk-ins.

General Information

For general questions about COVID-19, call the IDPH hotline 24/7 at 1-800-889-3931 or email

Additional Online Resources

Rochelle Community Hospital:

Illinois Department of Public Health:

City of Rochelle:

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:


Janet Stewart

RCH Marketing & Public Relations Coordinator