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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

Property Assessments Increase Despite Pandemic

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Property owners in Scott County may be surprised later this month when they receive new assessment notices. Despite the pandemic, property values have gone up.

County Assessor Tom McManus says he thought values might go down because of the slowdown in the local and national economies. Instead, they've gone up with an average increase for residential property in Scott County of 8.5 per cent, and 6.5 per cent for commercial and industrial property.

"The historically low mortgage rates, and a limited supply, and a high local demand. All those factors play into your basic supply and demand economics and that drives the market."

Under Iowa law, property assessment notices are mailed in late March each year, but the taxes are not due until the fall of the following year, in this case in the fall of 2022.

"So we take all the sales that have already occurred and use that information to set current assessed values, so we trail the market. When we set the January, 2021 assessed values, we're basing it on the 2020 sales that have already occurred."

Assessment appeals can be filed each year in April, but McManus urges anyone with questions to call his office first. He also says the value of individual property can vary based on location, condition, quality, size, amenities, and other factors.