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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: IL QCs in Danger of More Severe Restrictions

Credit WVIK News

(Updated 9/7/2020)

Rock Island County has reported its highest number of new, daily coronavirus cases, thank in large part to an outbreak at the East Moline Correctional Center. On Monday, the county health department reported 67 new cases (the highest number since the pandemic began), 54 at the prison. On Sunday, 46 of the county's 59 new cases were from the prison. Here's a joint statement from the agencies: 

"The Illinois Department of Corrections remains deliberate and aggressive in its response to COVID-19,” said Lindsey Hess, public information officer for the Illinois Department of Corrections. “East Moline Correctional Center is currently on medical quarantine status with restricted movement. The facility has activated its Incident Command Center and is using FEMA's National Incident Command System model to set and achieve aggressive objectives. IDOC's practices are modified based on new information and technology. We continue to review the latest scientific evidence and remain in close contact with correctional agencies across the nation to identify best practices to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 in correctional facilities."

EMCC and IDOC are working with the Rock Island County Health Department. “While inmates do not leave the facility, an outbreak at the prison affects the Quad Cities because staff members live in our community,” said Administrator Nita Ludwig. “We are working closely with prison leadership to do contact tracing on prison personnel to help keep COVID-19 from spreading further into the community and for staff not to bring it back into the prison."  

(Previous version - 9/4/2020)

Credit http://www.dph.illinois.gov/regionmetrics?regionID=2 / Illinois Department of Public Health
Several counties in the Quad Cities area have been warned by the IL Dept. of Public Health because of changes in COVID-19 data.

COVID-19 statistics in Rock Island and 28 other Illinois counties are going the wrong way.

The Illinois Department of Public Health says the counties have reached a warning level. 

Nita Ludwig, from the Rock Island County Health Department, reports since March, 68 people have died of the viral infection, and the total number of cases has reached 2,378.

"For several weeks, we’ve been bracing for Rock Island County to move into the state’s warning status. Frankly, we’re surprised that it hasn’t happened yet. The Quad Cities has been a COVID-19 hotspot in Illinois for many months, and Iowa’s positivity rate is among the world’s worst."

The warning is based on data from the last week in August. Since then, Rock Island County has reported an additional 189 cases and ten deaths. So Ludwig expects the county to remain at the warning level for at least two weeks. 

I'll say it again, wear your mask, keep six feet between you and others, and wash your hands.

Rock Island County is one of ten in Region 2 at the state's warning level.

They also include Henry, Bureau, Warren, and Stark counties. So the region is risking a return to more severe restrictions. 

"All bars and restaurants closing at 11 pm, no indoor dining or bar service, no ordering, seating, or congregating at bars, no standing or congregating indoors or outdoors while waiting for a table or exiting an establishment, and no dancing or standing indoors."

Besides the 8.1% positivity rate (14-day average), Ludwig says Rock Island County has had a high number of cases and deaths over seven days, and not enough testing.

Illinois Region 2 has a positivity rate of 7.4% for the last week in August, and the goal is to keep it below 8.0%. 

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