ROCHELLE – The local health departments in the Northern Illinois Rockford Region have collaborated to address the outbreak of COVID-19 among workers at Rochelle Foods and Saturday afternoon released the final numbers of positive cases identified through testing conducted following the plant's closure in April.
Through the cooperation of Rochelle Foods, over 800 employees were tested and 123 positive cases have been identified throughout the Northern Illinois Rockford region with a 14 percent positivity rate. The LHDs in the region have conducted contact tracing and isolated all positive cases to prevent further transmission in our communities.
Rochelle Community Hospital and KSB Hospital in Dixon provided the testing.
Rochelle Foods has implemented recommendations to reduce the transmission of COVID-19 in its facility and plans to reopen the facility Monday, May 4 as state in a press release from Hormel Foods Saturday morning.
All workers returning to work are encouraged to stay healthy and take action to protect themselves, their co-workers, and their workplace — precautions also protect family and community.
All essential workers should take the following steps to help stay healthy and safe while at work:
For more information:
Go to IDPH, CDC, and OSHA websites.
For general questions about COVID-19, call the IDPH hotline at 1-800-889-3931.
A breakdown of positive cases by county was not provided.