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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: Time to Pull Together

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Public health officials in the Quad Cities are asking people to pull together as the number of COVID-19 cases and deaths rises.

Today, the Scott County Health Department reports three more people have died, bringing its total to 36 deaths. 

When is enough, enough? . . . We can do this, we must do this, and we must do it now.

Scott County Health Department Director Ed Rivers says that follows ten deaths in the Quad Cities reported last week.

"If you haven’t been masking and social distancing up until now, please do. There’s no shame in changing course and choosing today to begin to do your part to protect others. We know you can’t lock yourself up for the next year, so choose lower risk activities to participate in and implement the precautions that we have available. We can do this, we must do this, and we must do it now." 

Nita Ludwig, head of the Rock Island County Health Department, says 33 residents are in the hospital with COVID-19, the highest number so far. She says Midwesterners are known for helping others during natural disasters, such as last year's flood and the derecho in August. 

"However, this same willingness to protect our fellow man is faltering during this pandemic. Wearing a mask costs nothing. But it pays dividends in the spread of disease that it prevents. Not hosting or attending gatherings of people is simple. And it will save lives. In public health, we are mystified why the same willingness to support and protect others isn’t automatic and universal." 

The number of deaths reported in Rock Island County is 97, add Scott County's 36 and that's a total of 133 for the Quad Cities.

Scott County now reports more cases than Rock Island at over 4,000. The Quad Cities' case total is approaching 7,900. 

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Screenshot from the Iowa Dept. of Public Health for Scott County

Scott County's case positivity rate is 9.8% averaged over the last 14 days. And Rock Island County's case positivity rate is 9.4% averaged over the last seven days. 

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Data from the Illinois Dept. of Public Health, http://www.dph.illinois.gov/regionmetrics?regionID=2

Two of the Scott County residents who recently died were more than 80 years old, and the third was between 61 and 80.

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