Mercer County Health Department

Genesis Health System

A hospital near the Quad Cities has been chosen to help rural residents of Illinois get vaccinated for the coronavirus. Genesis Medical Center-Aledo is one of nine that'll work with the Illinois Department of Public Health in its efforts to help under-served parts of the state.

Administrator Ted Rogalski says the hospital was chosen based on its work with the Mercer County Health Department - they've been receiving just 200 vaccine doses per week, since December for local residents.

https://tinyurl.com/y22prngh / Illinois Department of Public Health

This week, the State of Illinois is offering free, drive-through coronavirus tests in Aledo.

The state's public health department says people can also walk to the Mercer County Health Department for a COVID-19 test.