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Pandemic affecting lead testing numbers

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Pandemic affecting lead testing numbers
Remarks from Edward Rivers, director, Scott County Health Department

COVID-19 vaccine remains the topic of the year.  This means you can hardly turn on a TV or jump on social media without hearing news stories about vaccine brands or vaccine supply.  A number of national stories have run recently reporting a large increase in vaccine the US and in Iowa in the upcoming weeks.  We are excited to hear that supply will be increasing – we are eager to ensure vaccine is available in Scott County to all who want it.  However, increased vaccine supply won’t make a difference until it actually reaches out county.  Right now, we ask that you continue to remain patient.  Your turn will come. 

Because the virus is still circulating and additional strains are being found across the U.S., it still remains critically important that we mask and social distance until enough immunity is built up between groups of people that it is safe to relax those measures. We don’t want to slip backwards with all of the progress we have made.

The COVID-19 pandemic isn’t the only public health challenges that we continue to face as a community.  Due to a variety of factors related to the pandemic, we in public health are finding a dramatic decrease in the number of children being tested for lead.  Lead testing remains a vital component of childhood health.  Partners from Live Lead Free QC are here today to discuss this issue more.

Overview of Live Lead Free QC and importance of lead testing for children

PowerPoint presentation attached from Tony Knobbe, Live Lead Free QC president and member of the Scott County Board of Supervisors, and Janet Hill, chief operating officer at the Rock Island County Health Department and board member of Live Lead Free QC.

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Vaccine shipments delayed due to winter weather across country

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Remarks from Janet Hill, chief operating officer, Rock Island County Health Department

Winter keeps giving us the one-two punch.

First, because of persistently cold weather, the next three Rock Island County Health Department mass vaccination clinics will be held at the TaxSlayer Center in Moline. Those dates are Feb. 23, March 2 and March 9. We will reevaluate weather forecasts and site availably closer to the March 16 clinic and make a location announcement. We remain grateful to both the TaxSlayer Center and the Greater Quad City Auto Auction for graciously sharing their facilities for this historic vaccination effort.

The other punch comes from vaccine shipments being delayed because of record cold temperatures and snowstorms hitting the southern and eastern parts of the United States. Vaccines coming to Rock Island County are routed through UPS shipping hubs in Louisville, Dallas, Philadelphia and the Chicago area, all places dealing with winter’s wrath this week.

Without a vaccine shipping arriving this week, we are unable to hold as large a clinic as we had been. For Tuesday, we have cobbled together about 200 doses, some of which are going to people who signed up through our partnership with Alternatives for the Older Adult. If we get another shipment before Monday, we will add slots to the Feb. 23 clinic.

In the meantime, please know that we understand your frustration. We are frustrated, too. We along with our healthcare and pharmacy partners want to vaccinate everyone who wants it. This is how we will get to the other side of the pandemic. But right now, vaccine supply remains scarce, with or without a winter storm. Please continue to be patient, wear your mask, watch your distance and wash your hands.

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Rock Island County begins COVID-19 vaccinations for phases 1A & 1B

Rock Island County Health Department: The Rock Island County Health department is offering drive-through COVID-19 vaccine clinics on Tuesdays, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. for the foreseeable future. They expect long lines. A portable toilet will be available. The vaccination clinics are open to workers in Phases 1A (healthcare workers) and 1B (frontline essential workers, and Rock Island County residents 65 and older). Currently, the location is the Greater Auto Auction located at 4015 78th Ave, Milan IL.

Jewel-Osco Pharmacies: If you are a healthcare worker, you can schedule appointments at Jewel Osco pharmacies in Moline, East Moline, and Silvis. Next week, January 25th, they will start scheduling for anyone in phase 1A or 1B. Patients will be asked to show proof of employment, including a work badge, paystub, medical license (if applicable) or letter on the employer’s letterhead. Use this link to reserve a slot. Slots are already beginning to fill up, and the site might not show any openings currently. However, we recommend checking the site frequently for new openings as they receive more vaccine supply.

Community Health Care: Healthcare workers can also set up a vaccination appointment through Community Health Care, dependent on vaccine availability, by emailing CHC plans to vaccinate 1B workers next. CHC will use scheduled appointment times and will be working with employers or community groups who fall into tier 1B to facilitate those appointments. The clinic is run from the Rock Island clinic, 2750 11th St., Rock Island, on Friday afternoons, Saturday and Sunday.

For those 65 and older who are CHC patients, CHC will be messaging and doing outreach to schedule those patients into clinics to receive their vaccine.

For those 65 and older who are not patients of CHC, we would ask you to coordinate first with your employer if still working, but if not you can email to inquire about scheduling a time to receive vaccine.

As vaccine supply becomes more available, more sites are expected to be announced. The State of Illinois also will announce other partnerships with pharmacies, including CVS and Walgreens, soon. However, neither of those pharmacy chains are able to take appointments now. Eventually, there will be enough vaccine in our community to get your vaccine in your healthcare provider’s office. Keep watching the Rock Island County Health Department’s Facebook page for updates.

Avoid COVID-19 Vaccine Scams

The health departments, local health care systems and the Quad-City COVID-19 Coalition will share with you when it’s your time to get the COVID-19 vaccine. It will be free to you. No one will ask you any financial information. Your turn will come. #vaccinateqc

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COVID-19 Behavioral Health Service Updates

The Quad Cities Behavioral Health Coalition is highlighting community services available in Illinois and Iowa in honor of Mental Health Awareness Month.See the list of resources here:

Proper Use of Cloth Face Coverings

COVID-19 & the Outdoors

Indoors, outdoors, anywhere you go, help prevent the spread of COVID-19.  We can work together by staying apart.  #TogetherQC

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Avoid gathering in groups. Stay at least 6 feet apart

  • Find spaces where you can keep distance from other.
  • Allow space for passing on the path.
  • Be with members of your household or go alone.

6 Feet Apart

Everybody, even dinosaur lovers, can use a little help understanding how to stay 6 feet apart from others!  #TogetherQC

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Face Covering Do’s & Don’ts

Do: Make sure you can breathe through it
Do: Wear it whenever going in public
Do: Make sure it covers your nose and mouth
Do: Wash after using

Don’t: Use on children under age 2
Don’t: Use surgical masks or other personal protective equipment (PPE) intended for health care workers

COVID-19 Resources Now Available in 35 Languages

The COVID-19 Health Literacy Project has translated multiple COVID-19 fact sheets into more than 30 different languages. These resources can be accessed at