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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

COVID & Derecho Add to Project Now Workload


Thanks to the pandemic, a Quad Cities social service agency is even busier than it was before.

Executive Director Dwight Ford says Project Now already had plenty of work, helping people in Rock Island, Henry, and Mercer counties with housing, health care, and nutrition. Then COVID-19 "demolished" the what little support many people had.

"There are some that are kind of staple calls which is rent and morgage assistance and things of that nature, but now they're doubled in the amount that they need. It's a very tough time for a lot of people."
Ford says last month the derecho then made a bad situation even worse by forcing people to throw out their food.  
"Think about the mental weight that is on families - domestic violence numbers have increased and that impacts people in a unique way when they could not get out. The sobriety reality of so many people that counted on the high touch commitments of sitting in a support group."

But there is hope and help. He urges anyone having a difficult time in the Illinois Quad Cities to call Project Now (309-793-6391) and find out what sort of assistance they qualify for - whether it's rent or morgage assistance, or help paying electricity and water bills.