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UPDATE: Rochelle Foods, a subsidiary of Hormel, to reopen Monday

UPDATE: Rochelle Foods, a subsidiary of Hormel, to reopen Monday Photo: MGN Online.

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Updated: May 01, 2020 11:01 PM
Created: April 17, 2020 08:19 PM

UPDATE: Rochelle Foods announced Friday it will reopen on May 4 following a 14-day voluntary closure. 

The Hormel Foods subsidiary, which makes grocery, foodservice and specially-formulated cancer nutrition products, completed testing of its team members last week. The vast majority of those tests were negative. 

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During the pause in operations, additional safety procedures were implemented, including deep cleaning of high-touch areas, reconfigured common areas and workstations and revised shift scheduling. 

“We have put the safety of our team members first throughout this pandemic and will continue to do so," said Bill Rice, Rochelle Foods plant manager. "As a leading employer in the area, and one with our core priority on the health and safety of our employees, we are certainly eager to get back to doing what we love and that’s making great food.”

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(ABC 6 News) -- The Ogle County Health Department in Illinois has ordered the closure of Rochelle Foods plant due to a COVID-19 outbreak.

The city of Rochelle, Illinois was briefed on the need to close the plant.

According to a statement released by the health department on Friday, 24 cases of COVID-19 have been linked to the facility in Rochelle.

Rochelle Mayor, John Bearrows, said although many essential businesses are open and operating, the city will not tolerate them risking the health and safety of their employees or the community during this pandemic or any other time.

ABC 6 News reached out to Hormel Corporate, which issued this statement:

Rochelle Foods was issued a notice of closure from the local health department on April 17. We are working to further understand the closure order and are consulting with our legal counsel to understand next steps. We have decided to voluntarily close our facility to ensure a broader understanding of COVID-19 in the Rochelle community, Ogle county and the impact on our operations. Rochelle Foods team members will continue to be paid during the closure.


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