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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

Planning for the Return of Tourists to the QC

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Even though most travel is not allowed right now because of the pandemic, it probably will be soon, and Visit Quad Cities wants to be ready. The tourism and marketing agency is planning how to attract visitors once restrictions are lifted.

President and CEO Dave Herrell says the Quad Cities is well-positioned geographically for when leisure travel can resume.

"But I think what you'll see on the leisure side are people that are looking for that two to three hour drive. They've been pent up in their homes, they're  wanting a new experience,  they're wanting to get out with their families. And so the short-haul visitor is something that we're really going to focus on moving forward." 

Corporate travel and conventions will take longer to recover.

Herrell says an important part of their planning for the return of visitors to the Quad Cities is planning for their safety.

 "Whether you're bringing friends or family, and you're going to an attraction or a restaurant or any one of the assets we have in our community,  these protocols will have to be in place and we'll make sure with our partners that they happen."

Next week is National Travel and Tourism Week, and Visit Quad Cities plans to celebrate - by launching a new website, holding some virtual meetings with event planners, and sponsoring some curbside concerts.

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