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. 

Marianna Bacallao, WVIK News

Flu season has local health officials worried an overwhelmed health care system may not be able to handle the influx of cases in the coming months.

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 Today, the Rock Island County Health Department hosted a drive-thru Flu clinic. 

As nurses chased bandaids blown around by 30-mile-an-hour winds, hundreds of drivers coasted through the Greater Quad City Auto Auction to get vaccinated ahead of Flu season. By noon, the clinic had run out of children's Flu vaccine. 

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Genesis Health System's annual Flu-Free Quad Cities program is going look a little different this year. For some schools, that means added safety measures. For others, it means drive-thru flu shots. But the goal is the same: providing free seasonal flu vaccines to over 8,000 children.

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As local health care workers prepare for the coronavirus outbreak, they want to teach people about masks, how to wear them, and their limitations.

Even though the Quad Cities has no reported cases of COVID-19, Michelle O'Neill reports there's definitely confusion about masks.

Area hospitals are limiting the number of visits to patients in an attempt to quell the number of flu cases.
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Don't visit local hospitals if you have symptoms of the flu.

Brady Johnson reports UnityPoint Trinity and Genesis health systems have implemented temporary restrictions on visitors because of an increase in cases of the flu.

Lisa Caffery, R.N. and Infection Prevention Manager at Genesis, says visitors should not come to the hospitals if they're suffering from any these symptoms; breathing problems, sore throat, chills, headache, stuffy or runny nose, cough, fever, or body aches.

Caffery has seen a lot of influenza lately, especially in younger children such as babies and toddlers.

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With the flu season well underway, hospitals in the Quad Cities have started restricting visitors. Following a recommendation from the Illinois Department of Public Health, both Trinity and Genesis health systems announced the guidelines Wednesday.

Free Flu Shots For Elementary Schoolers

Nov 20, 2018
Craig Cooper

Genesis Health System is offering free flu shots to elementary age kids this season. 

Area hospitals are limiting the number of visits to patients in an attempt to quell the number of flu cases.
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Due to an increase in the number of flu cases, some new rules are going into effect at Quad Cities area hospitals. Starting Thursday, both Unity Point Health-Trinity and Genesis Health System are asking people to limit their visits to patients to try to prevent additional cases, and other respiratory illnesses.

In addition, all hospital visitors must be at least 18 years old, and anyone with flu symptoms including a fever, cough or sore throat should not visit any hospitalized patients.

Illinois is reporting widespread flu activity earlier than most years.  Widespread means the flu is showing up statewide.  Illinois tracks people hospitalized for the flu. That number is above 200 with nearly half the cases in the week that ended December 13th.