Coronavirus & COVID-19 • Quad Cities News & Resources

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(Update: 5/3/2021)

COVID-19 Vaccinations

  • The CDC has a Vaccine Finder  website for the entire country. Click HERE for a Quad Cities area search. 
  • Rock Island County Health Department, 309.793.1955. Tuesday through Saturday, 8 am-4 pm, a mass vaccination clinic is  being held at Milan's Camden Centre, operated with the Illinois National Guard and other partners. Walk-ins are welcome. Appointments are recommended to avoid waiting. Registration links are at RICHD.org or on the department's Facebook page HERE
  •   Illinois residents age 16 and older are eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. More than 90,000 Rock Island County residents have received at least one dose, and over 40,000 are fully vaccinated (28% of the population).  
  • The Rock Island County Health Department website also has links to register for COVID-19 vaccinations at Hy-Vee, Osco, and Walgreens pharmacies and Community Health Care. Hy-Vee pharmacies accept walk-ins.   
  • Credit https://www.scottcountyiowa.gov/health/post/covid-19-cases-increasing-scott-county / Scott County Health Department

    The State of Iowa is  allowing all adults to be vaccinated. Dr. Louis Katz, Medical Director of the Scott County Health Dept., is concerned about recent increases in COVID-19 case counts in the Quad Cities. Click HERE to read his thoughts. 

  • Scott County Health Department,  563.326.8618. Whenever the county receives extra vaccine doses, it holds a special clinic at the former Sears in North Park Mall in Davenport. Click HERE to check for dates and register for an appointment. More than 113,000 Scott County residents have received at least one dose, and 53,000 are fully vaccinated (30% of the population).  

  • UnityPoint Health offers vaccines by appointment seven days a week at its Duck Creek Express Clinic in Bettendorf, 1417 Kimberly Road. It operates a clinic in Muscatine as well at 3426 North Port Drive. People can make appointments at other locations HERE or by calling 309.779.7979.  

  • Genesis Health Group operates a mass vaccination clinic at the former Dick's Sporting Goods store, 5250 Elmore Avenue, Davenport. It's open to anyone age 16 and older. Walk-ins are accepted Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10 am until 6 pm. Go to GenesisHealth.com/vaccine to register for appointments. Genesis patients eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine may self-schedule appointments  through the MyGenesis patient portal

  • The Scott County Health Department gives its allocation of vaccine to local health organizations. Doses are being distributed by Genesis Health System, UnityPoint Health, and Community Health Care. Physicians call their own patients to make appointments.     
    Credit Iowa Department of Public Health
  • The Iowa Department of Public Health has a vaccination dashboard to find locations where vaccinations will be administered . It also features county-level statistics about the number of vaccination series initiated and completed.

  • CASI, 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. 

  • In Rock Island County, Alternatives for the Older Adult has stopped helping seniors register for appointments online. If anyone calls the number, the call will be forwarded to the Illinois, statewide call center for helping people register. The direct, toll-free number is 833.621.1284.Check RICHD.org for more details and updates. 

    COVID-19 Testing Information  

  • Besides 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.

  • State-run COVID-19 testing sites in the Illinois Quad Cities have been cancelled. Previously, they were held at the TaxSlayer Center parking lot in Moline. See the IDPH links above for the latest information. 

  • 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.  

Here are some useful links and phone numbers to use during the coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic. The links will open in a new window. Below the local resources information, you'll find WVIK News stories about COVID-19 and related topics.

Current statistics for Illinois, Iowa, and the U.S.:

Local Resources:

Credit https://www.scottcountyiowa.com/community/crisis-line / Scott County Community Services

To help deal with stress and anxiety, here's a list of providers from the local county health departments. Also see the image to the left for a number of resources. 

If possible, first call your primary care physician or health care provider for a referral.

  • Robert Young Center, 4600 3rd St., Moline,  309-779-2031
  • Transitions, 2326 16th St., Moline, 309-793-4993
  • Center for Youth and Family Solutions, 4703 44th St., Rock Island, 309-788-9581
  • Vera French Community Mental Center, 1141 W. Central Park Ave., Davenport, 563-383-1900
  • Genesis Psychology Associates, 4455 E. 56th St., Davenport, 563-355-2577

Credit https://www.bloodcenter.org/donate/locations/ / Mississippi Valley Regional Blood Center

To donate blood, visit the Mississippi Valley Regional Blood Center website HERE and make an appointment.

The Quad Cities area Red Cross offers many ways to help others during disasters, and more information is HERE.

In April, the Illinois Department of Public Health began providing information about outbreaks at long term care facilities available HERE. The agency does not differentiate among levels of care at the long term care centers, which range from independent living to skilled nursing.

In Rock Island County, 56% of COVID-19 deaths have been long term care center residents. At the beginning of the pandemic, it was around 80%. 

The Iowa Department of Public Health reports COVID-19 cases at long term care centers with outbreaks which means at least three cases.

The Scott County Health Department says approximately 25% of its  COVID-19 deaths have been residents of long term care centers. 

More information is available HERE.

Augustana College

Augustana College is creating a new degree program to help pre-med students understand the social, psychological, and spiritual needs of their future patients. The minor will combine science and humanities classes with an internship at UnityPoint Health.  

 Augustana Philosophy Professor Heidi Storl co-created the new minor with History Professor Brian Leech. Storl says the pandemic has made the need for a minor like this more apparent. 

The Quad Cities River Bandits kick off the 2021 baseball season tomorrow in South Bend, Indiana.

Chris Widger, manager of the Quad Cities River Bandits, says the team will be playing in a bubble. While on the road, players will only be allowed to stay with their designated hotel roommate. No matter what the state’s indoor dining policy is, players are not able to go out to eat.

Marianna Bacallao / WVIK News

The COVID-19 vaccination clinic at the Camden Centre in Milan is now accepting walk-ins whenever it's open.

Marianna Bacallao, WVIK News

The Mississippi Valley Regional Blood Center is changing its name to ImpactLife to unify its locations in Springfield, Davenport, and Urbana. The change comes as blood donations across the four-state region have dropped to all-time lows. 

Marianna Bacallao, WVIK News

With the demand for COVID-19 vaccines declining, the Rock Island County Health Department is trying to make it easier for residents to get vaccinated. Today, the mass vaccination clinic in Milan will accept walk-ins until 4 p.m. 

 David Keesecker of Moline went this morning to get his shot. 

 “I got Johnson & Johnson," he says. "Because I was not good at scheduling for the other doses, but then my grandfather showed me that this was available, so I did this.” 

Marianna Bacallao, WVIK News

COVID-19 vaccine supply in the Quad Cities is rising, as demand is plateauing. The Rock Island and Scott County Health Departments are stressing the importance of employers in getting the Quad Cities to herd immunity. Amy Thoreson, Interim Director of the Scott County Health Department, says the next phase of vaccinations depends on workplace policies.

After a one-year hiatus due to the pandemic, the Quad Cities 4th of July fireworks will return. Red, White, and Boom is set for Saturday July 3rd, on the Mississippi River between Rock Island and Davenport.

Organizing Committee Chair Ken Croken says it's even more important than ever this year because of last summer's cancellation.

"We're just really looking forward to restoring what has become the keystone event of the Quad Cities' summer and that's Red, White, and Boom."

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