Illinois's strict rules to try and stop the spread of the coronavirus have been relaxed for some parts of the state, including the Quad Cities. Friday Governor J.B. Pritzker announced three regions have met his goal to move out of the strictest level of his mitigation plan, Tier 3, to Tier 2.

That means some businesses, organizations, and activities can re-open, including youth and recreational sports. One example is Jumers Hotel and Casino that's announced plans to re-open Saturday morning - at 25 per cent capacity. But indoor dining is still not allowed in Tier 2.

Surviving 2020 in the QC

Jan 13, 2021

2020 was a difficult and unprecedented year for everyone, and the Midwest Writing Center wants area residents to be part of a new anthology documenting it.

Marianna Bacallao, WVIK News

Hundreds of healthcare workers in the Quad Cities were vaccinated against COVID-19 today.

Healthcare workers were able to stay in the safety—and warmth—of their cars while receiving the Moderna vaccine. The Rock Island County Health Department organized the drive through clinic free of charge. Janet Hill of the health department says the response has been positive. 

RME Hosts 200th Music Lab

Jan 11, 2021
River Music Experience

Thursday, January 7th was a special day for River Music Experience in Davenport and its nearly 10-month-old Music Lab program.

City of Rock Island

Despite the pandemic Rock Island had a good year in 2020, and should be just as strong or stronger this year. That was the message Monday from Rock Island Mayor Mike Thoms during his annual State of the City address to members of the Rotary and Kiwanis clubs.

Rock Island County will hold the its first drive-through COVID vaccination clinic Tuesday. It's only for health care workers and will be held at the Greater Quad City Auto Auction in Milan.

Nita Ludwig, Administrator of the county health department, says anyone getting the vaccine will have to show the appropriate identification. The next group eligible will be what's called "essential workers," that includes police, fire, teachers, bus drivers, day care workers, and employees of the Post Office.

(Update: 1/15/2021)

The number of COVID-19 deaths in the Quad Cities has reached 443, with 282 Rock Island County residents and 161 Scott County residents. The number of confirmed cases is now 26,836, with 11,583 in Rock Island County and 15,253 in Scott County.

In Rock Island County, 38 residents are in the hospital with the coronavirus infection. And in Scott County, there are 28.

Test positivity rates are dramatically lower compared to mid-November. See charts below for more details.  

The graph below shows trends over time of COVID-19 cases and deaths in the Quad Cities. Note the difference in recent decreases in Rock Island County deaths (red line) and Scott County deaths (black line).  

The image below is a simple line graph of COVID-19 cumulative cases. 

This graph shows both daily and cumulative COVID-19 deaths.   

Above is a view of Rock Island County and Illinois Region 2 seven-day rolling average test positivity rates (percentage). And below is a more limited view of Scott County seven-day moving average individual test positivity rates.     

The following graph shows monthly Quad Cities cases and deaths.

The next one shows Rock Island County cases and deaths reported during the first halves of the past four months.

The latest statistics about COVID-19 in Rock Island County long term care centers is shown below. The number of "open" cases is 992 over the last month. That's 77% of the total since the pandemic began (1,296).

Iowa does not provide similar data for Scott County. The Iowa DPH COVID-19 website currently shows one facility, Ridgecrest Village, has had 22 cases with 14 recoveries in the last two weeks. That means eight cases are "active" (similar to "open" in Illinois).  

(Previous version: 1/10/2021)

As of Sunday, the total number of Quad Cities COVID-19 cases is 26,302 (11,341 in Rock Island Co., 14,961 in Scott Co.) with 431 deaths (276 in Rock Island Co., 155 in Scott Co.).

Now that hospital health care workers are being vaccinated for COVID-19, other health care workers can start receiving their shots. The first large scale clinics for Scott County will be held later this week, while Rock Island County will hold its first one next week.

Figge Art Museum

After a crazy, unprecedented year, the Figge Art Museum in Davenport wants your help in looking back at 2020. 

The new exhibit “2020 Vision: You Are Here, You Are Not Alone” has opened in the Figge’s second-floor Mary Waterman Gildehaus Community Gallery and provides several chances for visitors to participate and contribute in person or from home. It offers an opportunity to think, reflect, and create in the present moment with clarity – with 2020 vision.

The rate of people catching COVID-19 may be slowing down in the Quad Cities, but the number of people dying from it is rising.