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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

Bettendorf Schools Return to In-Person Fulltime

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Thanks to a new state law, beginning this week Iowa schools must offer in-person learning five days a week. Since the fall, students in the Bettendorf schools have followed a hybrid schedule with 2 1/2 days a week in school, and learned remotely the rest of the time.

Superintendent Michelle Morse says students will be required to wear masks and to wash their hands frequently. But social distancing is going to be difficult.

"As we've communicated to parents, we're going to try to create as much social distancing as we can, in the classrooms, outside of the classrooms, and at lunch time, but we can't guarantee that we will always be able to maintain that six feet."

Seating charts will be used to keep elementary and middle school students apart at lunch time.

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Bettendorf Superintendent Michelle Morse

"Not ideal for students who sometimes like to eat with different students on different days but that way if we should have a student test positive we can identify close contacts very quickly and hopefully have it to a limited group instead of more students."

Doctor Morse expects most of the district's 4,600 students will come to class in-person - a survey in January before the state law was passed showed 83 per cent of parents would choose full-time learning for their children, while 17 per cent would choose remote learning only.

Because of the holiday Monday, Bettendorf schools won't resume a full-time schedule until Tuesday.