UPDATE: COVID-19 case at RTHS deemed false positive

District 212, Ogle County Health Department release new joint statement Monday afternoon

ROCHELLE — Rochelle School District 212 and the Ogle County Health Department released a joint statement Monday afternoon after an individual, who was thought to have tested positive for COVID-19 this past week, was notified that there was an error in the reporting process and the original COVID-19 test result was negative.

“We apologize for the inconvenience this error has caused those students, parents and staff members who were identified as close contacts of this individual," the new statement reads. "While we have no control over the reporting process, we communicate our apologies on behalf of those who made the mistake. We also want to clarify the issue for the entire Rochelle community. All students who were told Friday to quarantine based on attendance in Mrs. Bergeson's classroom are welcome to return to school as normal. Those students who were told they could not take the SAT on Wednesday, Oct. 14 are welcome to sit for this assessment. Rochelle Township High School and the Ogle County Health Department are working together to ensure this situation does not occur again. We know this is a stressful time for all and we do not want to create more stress by making errors. Regardless of this mistake, we ask you to continue to follow all COVID-19 precautions and keep symptomatic children at home."