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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

QC Mayors and Health Officials Warn COVID-19 is Surging

Marianna Bacallao, WVIK News

Daily COVID-19 cases in the Quad Cities have tripled in recent weeks, shattering previous highs set during the summer. ICUs are operating at full capacity, and some local businesses have been forced to close. 

Today, the mayors of Davenport, Moline, and Rock Island joined local health officials to issue a warning: wear your mask, wash your hands, and keep your distance—before it's too late.

"We want to keep things open," Mayor Mike Mattson says. "But we need your help. And we need your help now so that our health care professionals, our first responders are not overwhelmed."
Doug Cropper, President and CEO of Genesis Health System also made a plea for the Quad Cities to follow CDC guidelines. 

"You may not be directly impacted by COVID-19 in the future. However, if these trends continue in our region, you or a family member may need hospital services that would be temporarily suspended or delayed due to this COVID-19 surge."

Cropper has spoken to ICU nurses working 18 hour shifts, and none of them have contracted the virus. 

Two men protested against COVID-19 restrictions at the Vander Veer park press conference on Thursday morning.

"Why? Because we protect them with personal protective equipment and masks. And yet we know that others who have got COVID-19 because of the absence of that, that's why we ask for their compliance. The nurses the other day, I was just talking with them two days ago, they said, 'Doug, these protect us,' and they pointed to their N95 masks." 

As cases, hospitalizations, and deaths continue to rise, Cropper's worried about staff burnout, ICU capacity, and the impending Flu season. 
Genesis' 7-day average for positive tests is running at 12%. And he says it will be at least 6-9 months before herd immunity helps mitigate the spread. 

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