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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

Rock Island County Reports a Spike in COVID-19 Cases

The head of the Rock Island County Health Department is worried about a jump in the number of COVID-19 cases.

Michelle O'Neill has more.

The number of coronavirus cases in the Quad Cities has now reached 3,077, with about half in Rock Island County (1,550) and half in Scott County (1,527).

Administrator Nita Ludwig reports 49 new cases today, and 21 of them are from an outbreak at St. Anthony's Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Rock Island. But she's worried about the other 28 cases, too and says, "We must get this number down" or risk overwhelming health care clinics and hospitals. 

Under the Restore Illinois plan, Rock Island County is in Phase 4, along with the rest of Region Two. Last week, the state health department put four counties on notice for being at a warning level, but not Rock Island County.

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Credit https://www.dph.illinois.gov/countymetrics / Illinois Department of Public Health
Screeshot from the IL DPH's county metrics page with Rock Island County information selected

Ludwig says the state's regional statistics are from the week of July 18th.

And only one statistic is not within the targeted level (cases).

She says two of the county metrics must be outside the targeted ranges to be at the "warning level."

If that happens, the county will have to figure out why the numbers are rising and address it. (See press release below.) 

Even though Rock Island County has experienced an increase in COVID-19 cases, the infection rate has been slowly decreasing. It's currently at 4.7% compared to 6.5% a month ago. The number of deaths has been stable at 30 for a month, with 23 of the people who died living in nursing homes. 

Scott County's infection rate has been rising, and is currently at 6.8% compared to 5.3% a month ago. Eleven Scott County residents have died of coronavirus disease.

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Credit Michelle O'Neill, graph / WVIK News

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