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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-19: Physician from Iowa City says "We Can Control This"

Screenshot from a CDC video about preventing the spread of COVID-19

An infectious disease specialist at the University of Iowa says unity is a critical part of stopping COVID-19.

Michelle O'Neill talked with Dr. Jorge Salinas, Hospital Epidemiologist, for the health care system in Iowa City.

Credit submitted / University of Iowa Health Care
Dr. Jorge Salinas, Hospital Epidemiologist, UIHC

Salinas says the infection rate continues to rise in eastern Iowa and northwestern Illinois.

So, people should follow all the recommendations health officials have been promoting repeatedly since mid-March. That includes avoiding large groups of people indoors.

"We have to be more judicious in the way we socialize. Frequenting bars is a risky activity at this point. Second, we have to have very robust public health infrastructure to do contact tracing to prevent potential outbreaks that may be happening surrounding those bars and restaurants, etc. from spreading to other members of the community." 

The goal is to stop what Salinas calls chains of transmission. Ideally, that means there would be no opportunity to spread the coronavirus to others. 

"It is in our hands. We can control this. We can bring it down. There are countries that have virtually eliminated COVID by following these public health measures. So the future remains in our hands, and it will tremendously depend on how well we can cooperate as a society."

He says it's just common sense to stay six feet from those you don't live with, and wear a face covering when you can't. Wash your hands for at least 20 seconds and do it frequently, cough and sneeze into a Kleenex or your elbow, and stay home especially if you're sick.

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