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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

QC Economic Recovery Slows in 2020 4th Quarter

Dr. Kenneth Kriz
recovery slowed down in the 4th quarter

The Quad Cities economy started to recover during the final months of last year. That's according to a study done for the Chamber of Commerce by Doctor Kenneth Kriz, Professor of Public Administration at the University of Illinois.

Credit Dr. Kenneth Kriz
slow and un-even recovery in the 4th quarter

He says here, and across the country, economic activity dropped sharply last spring when the pandemic began, then began to recover during the summer. In the fall though, it slowed down again as COVID case counts increased. Whether that recovery continues as 2021 begins, depends on the virus.

"If the vaccines win then we're going to see a stronger recovery yet again and we're going to be back toward where we would have been without the virus. But if the new variants win, if we're not able to get people vaccinated in an efficient manner, then I think there's more uncertainty about the what the path of the recovery will be. "

Credit Dr. Kenneth Kriz
unemployment rates during 2020

He says the recovery last fall was un-even, with improvement in some sectors such as manufacturing, but continued declines in services, including recreation and tourism. And unemployment has dropped slowly but steadily from its high point last April.

Along with watching whether the vaccine or the variants win, Dr. Kriz will be watching how our long-term behavior might change - how many people will continue working remotely and the future of businesses that rely on walk-in customers.

His quarterly studies for the Quad Cities Chamber look at unemployment, job postings, small business revenue and openings, cell phone usage, credit card receipts, and other other variables.