SuperValu has re-opened


OREGON – The Ogle County Health Department last week announced the re-opening of SuperValu in Oregon. 

The health department has worked closely with staff and leadership to get the store operational again. All staff and their households went through testing. Staff were released to return to work once their entire household tested negative for COVID. 

Any positive cases and their households are working with Ogle County Health Department case investigators to isolate. 

The county health inspector did a re-opening inspection after sanitizing and cleaning took place at the store. The store will be asking patrons to mask up before they come into the store. Please be respectful of this and understand that everyone continuing to mask is still crucial in preventing community spread of COVID. 

While there is minimal risk to the public of the SuperValu outbreak, any time you go into public places there is a risk of transmission. The health department is reminding everyone to continue to mask up, social distance and wash hands frequently.

The store was closed on July 8 after an outbreak of COVID-19 was detected.

The Health Department reminds people that the pandemic is not over and suggests the following precautions:

* Wear a facemask: Cover your mouth and nose with a cloth to help prevent the spread of the virus to others, especially those with underlying health condition.

* Watch your distance: Keep at least 6 feet apart from others.

* Wash your hands: Wash your hands with soap and water for 20 seconds frequently to prevent spread.

* Limit your time: When possible, limit your time with others not in your household to less than 15 minutes. The more time you spend around others, the greater your risk of exposure.

* Go outside: When getting together, outdoors is safer than inside to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

* Leave when needed: Leave if guidelines are not being followed, there are others around not masking or social distancing, or there are too many people around.