Recommendation: During the COVID-19 pandemic, residents are encouraged to avoid travel as much as possible, especially during this busy travel season.
Guidance: COVID-19 & Holiday Travel
Recommendation: Residents are encouraged to celebrate the holidays with people in their own household. Leave large family gatherings for when the COVID-19 risk is much lower.
Guidance: COVID-19 & Holiday Gatherings
Recommendation: Residents are encouraged to minimize holiday shopping during peak hours and at peak locations in order to minimize the risk of COVID-19 exposure.
Guidance: COVID-19 and Holiday Shopping
Edward Rivers, Director, Scott County Health Department
We have seen an explosion of cases over the last week or so that has both our departments quite concerned. In Scott County, recent case counts have been 200 – 350 per day. By comparison, there were only 321 cases in the entire month of June.
People are spreading the virus to family members and close friends, and our investigators are told of gatherings without social distancing and masking. These numbers are what we would expect to happen when people aren’t taking the necessary precautions to prevent the spread of the virus.
This surge is challenging our ability to investigate cases in a beneficial timeframe. At Scott County, we made the decision to hire additional contact tracers when daily cases were closer to 120 per day. With the number of daily cases nearly tripling, we aren’t sure that plan is still viable. We are doing our best, but this surge is nearly unmanageable.
At 11am today, Iowa Governor Reynolds announced enhanced public health measures will go into effect Wednesday, November 11 at 12:01am. These measures are aimed at the high case counts and positivity rates currently taking place across the state. The measures will include:
We welcome these measures but require your help. We are asking all residents of our community to look deep and decide what more you can do. Distance. Wear your mask. Stay away from gatherings. Pay attention to your symptoms. And stay home and get tested if you have symptoms.
Nita Ludwig, Administrator, Rock Island County Health Department
We are pleased to hear of Iowa’s science-backed changes. In Illinois, we’ve followed the science all along with Gov. JB Pritzker’s Restore Illinois plan. That said, Illinois’ cases are raging, too. The Illinois Department of Public Health announced more than 10,000 new cases each of the last five (confirm) days in the state. In Rock Island County, we added more than 1,000 cases in November alone. Our positivity rate is an alarming 15 percent.
Right now, Rock Island County and the rest of Region 2 are in Tier 1 mitigation – meaning there is no inside dining or bar service and groups are limited to 25 or 25 percent of room capacity, whichever is smaller. On Wednesday, three more regions in the state for a total of four go into Tier 2 mitigations, meaning groups are restricted to 10 or fewer. The change from Tier 1 to Tier 2 is based on metrics, including positivity rate. Our region is barreling toward Tier 2 status and likely will be there next week.
If positivity rates don’t come down over two weeks of Tier 2 mitigations, a region would surge into Tier 3 mitigations. Those include suspending in-store shopping at non-essential retailers and indoor and outdoor recreational activities. These mitigations should sound similar because this is what we lived under in March, April and May.
And in another callback to earlier in the pandemic, just Monday Gov. Pritzker indicated that he might issue another stay-at-home order. The order went into effect March 21 and was lifted May 29. The stay-at-home order worked. When it ended, the state regularly added just a few hundred cases a day. During this time, Rock Island County reported zero cases a few days.
Again, we reported 131 cases today and more than 1,000 this month. We are teetering on a point of new return. Science must lead us, but you must follow what it says.
Wearing masks PROPERLY is critical to helping move us to a safer point in this pandemic. Make sure your mask covers your mouth AND nose. Do your part. Please.
Current Status of COVID-19 in the Quad Cities
Local Health System Status
Three trends that are concerning at Genesis:
What our community needs to understand about these numbers and why we need their help:
Statement from UnityPoint Health – Trinity President & CEO, Robert J. Erickson
“UnityPoint Health – Trinity continues to monitor the ongoing shortage of intensive care beds throughout our EMA regions in Iowa and Illinois. We continue to experience elevated COVID-19 inpatient numbers as well as other intensely sick members of our communities. As all hospitals are facing the same challenges, transferring patients to other facilities for care is a growing concern for all of us as we activate our surge plans to accommodate the needs of our patients safely. As healthcare providers, we are doing everything we can to ensure we have the resources necessary to serve our communities – but we need the community’s help. We urge you to do your part in slowing the spread of COVID-19. COVID-19 is not going away anytime soon and when you protect yourselves and others, you are literally saving lives while helping us and other health systems provide care for COVID-19 patients as well as all patients who need it. Please social distance, wash your hands, wear a mask around others and avoid large gatherings…this is a winnable fight but we all need to do our part and we will all make it through this together.”
Call to Action for Quad Cities Residents
We are all in this together. Please do your part.
Please listen to public health guidelines:
Continue to Support Our Community:
With the beginning of fall, many in our community start to plan for Halloween fun. Since some of the ways in which this holiday is usually celebrated make it harder to social distance and take other steps to
slow the spread of COVID-19, it is important to plan early and find lower risk ways to celebrate Halloween.
COVID-19 is still spreading in our community as we enter flu season (typically October – March each year).
Here are some tips to protect yourself from COVID-19 and the flu:
The CDC’s Vaccine Finder website will help you find a location for a flu shot near you: https://vaccinefinder.org/find-vaccine.
October 6, 2020
To: Scott County Business Leaders
From: Edward Rivers, Director, Scott County Health Department
Nita Ludwig, Administrator, Rock Island County Health Department
The Quad Cities are seeing sustained transmission of the virus that causes COVID-19 despite a wealth of evidence that masking, social distancing and other simple interventions are highly effective in reducing spread. State and local governments have been reluctant to support mandates for the use of masks, but you are free to do so on private property.
Consider requiring masks on your premises.
The QC Welcome Promise is a commitment to help promote the health, safety, and vitality of our community. The promise promotes a shared message about our region’s re-opening and confirms our commitment to providing a safe and welcoming environment. The promise also includes a commitment from Quad Citizens and visitors to follow guidelines and to do their part in keeping everyone in our family of communities safe.
Visitors, customers, and business owners are encouraged to join the QC Welcome Promise. The following items are available for download on the QC Welcome Promise website:
Transitions Mental Health Services has launched the T-COVID Support Line. The talk line has been created to support you if you have been struggling as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Call 309-581-2858, Monday through Friday from 8:30am to 4pm.