In response to the decrease in the COVID-19 positivity rate, effective Monday, February 15th, Rochelle Community Hospital has announced a change in visitor restrictions. Also, the cafeteria will reopen to the public, an increase Fitness Center capacity and support groups will resume meeting onsite.

In all areas of the hospital, patients and visitors are reminded they are required to social distance and masking is required at all times. Screening is required.

Rochelle Community Hospital inpatient visitor restrictions will allow one dedicated visitor per patient in the facility for inpatients who are not being treated for COVID-19. RCH is easing, not eliminating, visitor restrictions. We know that when patients have a loved one with them they have less anxiety and often have better outcomes. Therefore, one dedicated visitor per patient will be allowed on the Medical/Surgical floor.

The cafeteria is open to the public with limited seating Monday through Friday from 7-9 a.m., 12-1:15 p.m. and a made to order menu from 5-6:15 p.m.  Weekend hours offer items from the made to order menu available from 12-1:15 p.m. and 5-6 p.m.  Catering orders are also resuming. Menus are available online at

The Fitness Center will be increasing its current capacity to 50% or ten members in the department exercising at a time. Members who are working out will need to wear face coverings at all times, including while engaged in individual exercise regardless of the member or the machine spacing. Appointments are required to exercise and members are asked to call 815-562-2181, ext. 2730 to reserve a time.

These support groups can now resume meeting at the hospital:

Alcoholics Anonymous, open meeting Sundays from 7-8 p.m. in the Auxiliary Room

Narcotics Anonymous, Fridays from 6:30-8:30 p.m. in the Auxiliary Room

Group Hope, Mondays from 6:30-7:30 p.m. in the Health & Wellness Center Conference Room.

Although COVID-19 vaccination is underway and the positivity rate has dropped, the pandemic is not over.  Rochelle Community Hospital reminds you to take the following effective steps to protect our families, our communities and yourself:

  • Wear your mask.
  • Watch your distance—stay at least six feet from others.
  • Wash your hands frequently.