Rock Valley College

Rock Valley College COVID-19 Response

Updated March 7, 2022 
The College’s main goal is to prevent the spread of COVID and to maintain safe, in-person operations. While an Executive Order is not a law, when one is issued by the Governor, a state’s Executive Branch has the authority to issue sanctions to organizations that receive state funds. If Rock Valley College does not follow the Executive Order, we risk sanctions by the state.  

On August 26, 2021, Illinois Governor J. B. Pritzker issued a statewide mandate requiring all college students and employees to either receive the COVID-19 vaccine or get tested weekly for COVID-19. Since that announcement, the RVC Incident Response Team has been meeting daily. The mandate went into effect on September 19, 2021 and was renewed on April 5, 2022.

Rock Valley College is currently operating under Reopening Plan Phase 5.4.

COVID-19 Self-Reporting

Students and employees who test positive, exhibit symptoms, or are exposed to COVID, should complete the COVID-19 Self-Reporting form. This may require an individual to self-quarantine for an extended period of time as determined by the Emergency and Risk Management Coordinator. By reporting, the Dean of Students and/or Human Resources will communicate any quarantine requirements and request reasonable accommodations.

COVID-19 Guidelines for Visitors to Campus

After consultation with local and state public health officials, Rock Valley College implemented a testing/vaccine verification system for all Rock Valley College events beginning September 20, 2021.

Visitors over the age of 18 should complete a Contact Tracing questionnaire and attest that they have either been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or have a negative COVID-19 test result within 7 days of the event they attend. Those that are unable to attest to being fully vaccinated or a negative COVID-19 test, should not come to any of the Rock Valley College campus locations. Additionally, if visitors have tested positive for COVID-19 and have proof the infection date was at least 14 days prior to this event date, they may attend the event if they attest that they exhibit no symptoms and have been cleared to return to public activities by either their health care provider or their local health department.

On the day of the event, visitors will need to access and fill out the Contact Tracing questionnaire. Visitors will also be able to access the questionnaire via their smartphone using the QR codes on signage as they enter the facility or event space. Visitors will need to complete the questionnaire for every Rock Valley College event or game they attend. 

Masks are currently optional at all RVC locations.

Testing Information

On-Campus SHIELD Testing

Rock Valley College offers free SHIELD testing to all students, faculty, staff, and volunteers. View current hours and more information about RVC's SHIELD Testing here.

Off-Campus, Community Testing

Free community-based testing sites are available in our community. Anyone who needs a test can get tested regardless of symptoms. 

State COVID Shield Community-Based Testing


Pharmacy-Based Testing 

Many local pharmacies also offer COVID-19 tests. Pharmacies require appointments that can be scheduled online. Please reach out to your local pharmacy for more information.

Most COVID-19 testing does not require any out of pocket payment at this time. Do not pay a fee for a COVID-19 test.

Confirmed COVID Cases

Rock Valley College will provide a weekly update on confirmed COVID-19 cases of RVC students and employees.

About this data: Only students and employees who have been on campus are included in this chart. For example, a student who is completely online this semester or an employee who is 100% working from home who tests positive would not be included in this data.

Positive means had a positive COVID test using viral or molecular testing.  Confirmed COVID-19 cases are confirmed in consultation with the Winnebago County Health department/or by self-disclosure via established college protocols.


Summer 2022 Confirmed COVID-19 Cases

updated: 6/16/22

  Weeks of 5/30/22 - 6/12/22 Cumulative (since 5/16/22)
Students 0 3
Employees 7 21
Total 7




Spring 2022 Confirmed COVID-19 Cases

updated: 5/16/22

  Week of 5/9/22 - 5/15/2022 Cumulative (since 1/1/22)
Students 15 407
Employees 2 91
Total 17




Fall 2021 Confirmed COVID-19 Cases

updated: 1/4/22

  Week of 12/11/21 - 12/31/21 Cumulative (since 8/14/21)
Students 3 156
Employees 2 17
Total 5



View CDC COVID Tracker here.