Scott and Rock Island Counties are currently in the first phase, Phase 1A, of providing COVID-19 vaccine. As additional vaccine makes its way into our community, vaccine will be given to other healthcare workers and then to other priority groups identified by the federal and state advisory groups.
Scott County Current Phase: 1B
Rock Island County Current Phase: 1B
Phase 1B in Illinois:
1B: Critical Workforce (As determined by the Illinois Department of Public Health as of 12/23/2020; Subject to change based on vaccine availability)
Over the last year, the NAACP has presented virtual town halls that focus on how the coronavirus pandemic impacts African Americans. In this episode of the series, congressional leaders, guest speakers, and health experts joined Derrick Johnson, president and CEO of the NAACP, to provide the latest research information, slowing the spread, vaccine availability, and distribution.
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
The following Q & A was addressed on the December 10, 2020 QC COVID-19 press briefing with local media. The full briefing can be viewed here: https://www.scottcountyiowa.gov/health/post/covid-19-press-briefing-december-10-2020
Links to COVID-19 vaccine resources, including the CDC, Iowa and Illinois Health Departments, and Scott and Rock Island County Health Departments are located on the vaccination page: https://togetherqc.com/vaccination/
It seems like the process for approving the vaccine moved really quickly. Did it?
What will the COVID-19 vaccine protect me from and for how long?
When will the first vaccines begin to arrive in the community and how many doses will be available?
How will the community deal with the ultra-cold storage of the Pfizer vaccine?
How many doses of the vaccine will I need?
Do both doses of the vaccine have to come from the same vaccine?
Will I be able to choose which of the COVID-19 vaccines I want?
How do we know if the COVID-19 vaccine is safe?
What reaction should I expect after getting the vaccine?
I already had COVID-19, should I still get the vaccine?
I’m healthy. Why do I need to be vaccinated?
I’m nervous about getting the vaccine. What should I do?
How will I know it’s my turn to get the vaccine?
Where will I get the vaccine when it’s my turn?
Once I receive the vaccine, will I still need to wear a mask and social distance?
Will I have to pay for the vaccine?
What can you tell us about the new method of vaccine being used, called mRNA vaccines?
For Illinois, how do we know that downstate is getting its “fair share?”
When will children be given the vaccine?
This year the holidays are about adapting to keep each other safe, and while we may not be breaking tradition, we are certainly bending it. From socially distant holiday carolers to virtual parties, we’re proving we can still have joy and stay safe, too.
-As you finish up your holiday shopping, consider shopping from home.
-Consider having virtual gatherings to celebrate the holidays.
-Always wear a mask in public and keep social distance when you’re around people outside of your household.
-Wash your hands often.
Extensive vaccination planning has been taking place in Scott and Rock Island Counties. The following Q & A was addressed on the December 8, 2020 briefing with local media. The full briefing can be viewed here: https://www.scottcountyiowa.gov/health/post/covid-19-press-briefing-december-8-2020.
Who is involved in the vaccination planning in the Quad Cities?
What do these plans include?
Should we expect the vaccine distribution to be similar in Iowa and Illinois?
Who is making the decision for which groups get the vaccine when?
Why will healthcare workers and residents of long-term care facilities get the vaccine first?
How will I know when it’s my turn to get the vaccine?
When will businesses/workers get the vaccine?
What should my business be doing right now to prepare for the vaccine that is to come?
When will I know that it is our turn to get the vaccine for my business and employees?
Where should I look to learn more about the vaccine?
What main message would you like to share with the community about the role each person plays in our vaccination plans?
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.