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Updated 8/3/2021 - The CDC COVID-19 tracker shows Rock Island County's level of transmission is "substantial," and Scott County's is "high." At those levels, the CDC recommends everyone (whether vaccinated or not) wear a mask in indoor public places and practice social distancing. Local health departments are asking everyone to follow all the CDC guidelines. Both departments say the best way to prevent serious illness and death from the coronavirus infection is vaccination. People from 12 years old and up are eligible and can find a place to get one at vaccines.gov. Vaccines The Scott County Health Department offers a weekday, Johnson & Johnson vaccine clinic on the 4th floor of the Scott County Administrative Center, 600 W. 4th St. in Davenport. Illinois and Iowa residents are eligible, and walk-ins are welcome.Rock Island County Health Department, 309.793.1955. Tuesdays and Fridays, 9 am until 4 pm (but not during the noon hour) at its offices at 2112 25th Ave. in Rock Island. The CDC has a Vaccine Finder website for the entire country. Click HERE for a Quad Cities area search.Find a list of local providers as curated by the QC COVID Coalition on togetherqc.comCASI, the Center for Active Seniors in Davenport, is helping Scott County residents 65 and older with online vaccine registration. The number to call is 563.386.7477.COVID-19 Testing InformationBesides checking the county health department websites, check HERE for permanent Illinois DPH test sites and HERE for mobile test sites. Community Health Care clinics in the Illinois Quad Cities and the CVS in Rock Island are included, but registration and screening are required.Go to DoINeedaCOVID19Test.com to find pharmacies that offer free testing in both Illinois and Iowa.Iowa residents can register for a free COVID-19 test at TestIowa.com. The Iowa DPH testing in Scott County is by appointment at NorthPark Mall in Davenport.Local Resources:TogetherQC - Quad Cities COVID-19 Coalition ResponseRock Island County Health Department, 309.793.1955Scott County Health Department, 563.326.8618Quad Cities Chamber of Commerce

County Board Tables Request for Election Grant

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Worried about the source of the money, the Scott County board has tabled an application for a grant to help pay for the fall election. Instead, supervisors will hold a special meeting on Tuesday to consider the possible grant from a national nonprofit, the Center for Tech and Civic Life.

County Auditor Roxanna Moritz says the nearly 287,000 dollar grant would help pay for additional costs arising from the pandemic, including additional poll workers, new polling sites, and extra p-p-e for poll workers. But some board members worry about the Center's possible political affiliation.

"It came from our secretary of state who's a Republican and they are funding Republicans as well as Democrats. So for me to have additional funding, I just thought would take the burden off of Scott County taxpayers."

She says already 32 Iowa counties have accepted grants from the Center for Tech and Civic Life, and the deadline to apply is October 1st. 

Moritz says her staff is already working 10-hour days, seven days a week, preparing for the November election, and this grant would help pay for the cost - her current budget for elections was approved nearly one year ago, before the pandemic began. 

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