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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: Quad Cities Update

Michelle O'Neill
Case counts as of Oct. 21, 2020

Another Scott County resident has died from COVID-19, bringing the county total to 37 and the Quad Cities total to 134. The number of deaths in Rock Island County remains at 97. 

In addition, Scott and Rock Island counties report 115 new cases for a total of 8,001. Scott County's case total is 4,115, and Rock Island County's is 3,886. 

Ed Rivers, Director of the Scott County Health Department, says, "We get asked over and over, why is our community experiencing such a surge? The easy answer is that not enough of our community are doing the scientifically proven things that would slow the spread, masking, distancing, quarantining, and isolating when appropriate. And as we become more lax at doing these scientifically proven things, our cases begin to rise. Quickly." 

So, he says if you're sick, be sure to stay home. And follow all the recommendations health officials have been promoting. 

Iowa Dept. of Public Health

Data from the Iowa Department of Public Health shows so far, about 70% of Scott County's COVID-19 cases have recovered. But positive tests are averaging 10.1% over the last 14 days. 

Test positivity is also one way the Illinois Department of Public Health tracks the spread of the coronavirus.

And for five days in a row, Rock Island County's seven-day rolling average has been higher than the state target of 8%. So it's in danger of being "warned" with a current rate of 9.6%.

The county's 123 cases per 100,000 people is also higher than the state target.

Credit WVIK News, Michelle O'Neill / Illinois Department of Public Health
More data is available at http://www.dph.illinois.gov/regionmetrics?regionID=2

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