Rock Island County Health Department

Rock Island County Health Department Mission Statement
Rock Island County Health Department prevents disease, promotes wellness of mind and body, protects public health and prepares for emergencies.

This institution is an equal opportunity provider. Link to full non-discrimination statement is here:https://www.richd.org/docs/NDS-WIC-2020.pdf

The Rock Island County Health Department accepts; Blue Cross Blue Shield, Cigna, Aetna, Coventry, Humana HealthLink, Health Alliance, Meridian, Molina, Land of Lincoln, IlliniCare, and HFN insurances. Family Planning (794-7088)
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This institution is an equal opportunity provider. Link to full non-discrimination statement is here:https://www.richd.org/docs/NDS-WIC-2020.pdf

The Rock Island County Health Department accepts; Blue Cross Blue Shield, Cigna, Aetna, Coventry, Humana HealthLink, Health Alliance, Meridian, Molina, Land of Lincoln, IlliniCare, and HFN insurances. Family Planning (794-7088)
The Family PLanning Progr

Operating as usual

For those who like to see more data, here are some numbers from OSF in Peoria. This is similar here in the Iowa and Illi...
08/25/2021
OSF: None of our COVID patients on ventilators are fully vaccinated

For those who like to see more data, here are some numbers from OSF in Peoria. This is similar here in the Iowa and Illinois QC as well as the entire country.

The hospital gave out their totals for those who are in the Intensive Care Unit and those who are on ventilators.

08/25/2021

August 25, 2021

The Rock Island County Health Department reports 101 new cases of COVID-19 since our last report on Monday. The total number of cases is now 16,150. Currently, 35 patients are hospitalized in the county with the virus. The number of deaths remains at 335. The average age of newly infected patients is 39.

The new cases are:
• 3 women in their 80s
• 6 women in their 70s
• 3 women in their 60s
• 8 women in their 50s
• 9 women in their 40s
• 10 women in their 30s
• 4 women in their 20s
• 2 women in their teens
• 8 girls in their teens
• 4 girls younger than 13
• 1 girl infant 1 or younger
• 1 man in his 80s
• 3 men in their 70s
• 6 men in their 60s
• 5 men in their 50s
• 7 men in their 40s
• 4 men in their 30s
• 5 men in their 20s
• 2 men in their teens
• 2 boys in their teens
• 7 boys younger than 13
• 1 boy infant 1 or younger

No additional information regarding these cases is available due to federal privacy laws.

We all must continue to work to prevent further spread of COVID-19 by:
• Getting vaccinated as soon as you can. Visit vaccines.gov to find your shot. RICHD offers walk-in vaccines on Tuesdays (Moderna and Johnson & Johnson) and Fridays (Pfizer). The hours for both days are 9 a.m. to noon and 1-4 p.m.
• Staying home when you are sick.
• Wearing a face covering if you have not been fully vaccinated or are within a county with substantial or high virus transmission. Rock Island County currently has high virus transmission, which triggers CDC recommendations of universal masking in public indoor spaces.
• Keeping 6 feet of physical distance from others in public if you have not been fully vaccinated
• Washing your hands frequently.
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08/25/2021

New CDC data shows that COVID-19 vaccines are safe at all stages of pregnancy and around the time of conception. The CDC recommends all people who are pregnant, breastfeeding, or people think about becoming pregnant get vaccinated against COVID-19. Learn more about it here: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/covid-data/covidview/

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08/24/2021

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People who received Johnson & Johnson’s (J&J) COVID-19 vaccine will likely need a booster dose too.

Health officials will keep looking at all the data to make a decision on J&J boosters.

More: https://bit.ly/3mrK4Z5.

Today is our Moderna and Johnson & Johnson walk-in clinic from 9 a.m. to noon and 1-4 p.m. at the health department, 211...
08/24/2021

Today is our Moderna and Johnson & Johnson walk-in clinic from 9 a.m. to noon and 1-4 p.m. at the health department, 2112 25th Ave., Rock Island. In addition to first or second doses of Moderna to anyone 18 and older, we will offer third doses to severely immunocompromised patients, as defined below. On Friday, the health department also will offer third doses to Pfizer patients who meet the criteria.

Two important notes:
• Severely immunocompromised patients must bring their vaccination card with them to receive their third dose.
• Qualifying patients also can receive their third dose from any provider, not just the health department. To find your shot, visit vaccines.gov.

At this time, only people who meet the following criteria will be offered the third dose:
• Been receiving active cancer treatment for tumors or cancers of the blood
• Received an organ transplant and are taking medicine to suppress the immune system
• Received a stem cell transplant within the last two years or are taking medicine to suppress the immune system
• Moderate or severe primary immunodeficiency (such as DiGeorge syndrome, Wiskott-Aldrich syndrome)
• Advanced or untreated HIV infection
• Active treatment with high-dose corticosteroids or other drugs that may suppress your immune response

Today is our Moderna and Johnson & Johnson walk-in clinic from 9 a.m. to noon and 1-4 p.m. at the health department, 2112 25th Ave., Rock Island. In addition to first or second doses of Moderna to anyone 18 and older, we will offer third doses to severely immunocompromised patients, as defined below. On Friday, the health department also will offer third doses to Pfizer patients who meet the criteria.

Two important notes:
• Severely immunocompromised patients must bring their vaccination card with them to receive their third dose.
• Qualifying patients also can receive their third dose from any provider, not just the health department. To find your shot, visit vaccines.gov.

At this time, only people who meet the following criteria will be offered the third dose:
• Been receiving active cancer treatment for tumors or cancers of the blood
• Received an organ transplant and are taking medicine to suppress the immune system
• Received a stem cell transplant within the last two years or are taking medicine to suppress the immune system
• Moderate or severe primary immunodeficiency (such as DiGeorge syndrome, Wiskott-Aldrich syndrome)
• Advanced or untreated HIV infection
• Active treatment with high-dose corticosteroids or other drugs that may suppress your immune response

Full FDA approval for the Pfizer vaccine is a big deal.
08/23/2021

Full FDA approval for the Pfizer vaccine is a big deal.

Full FDA approval: What will this change?

Today the FDA granted full approval to Pfizer/BioNTech’s COVID19 vaccine for people 16 and older. The FDA press release highlighted the rigor this entails:
“The public can be very confident that this vaccine meets the high standards for safety, effectiveness, and manufacturing quality the FDA requires of an approved product.”

The vaccine also continues to be available under emergency use authorization (EUA) for 12-15 year olds and for the third dose among immunocompromised individuals.

This only confirms what we’ve known for months: the vaccine is safe and effective.

***Nonetheless, this. is. worth. celebrating.***
This is the first mRNA vaccine to be fully approved. And it’s been a long scientific road to get here. The work began in 1961, when mRNA was first identified as an integral part of our human body.

Then, in the 1990’s, Dr. Katalin Karikó, a Hungarian-born scientist, discovered that mRNA could possibly be used for vaccines. For decades she had convince people to fund her research, which was more than difficult. But her perseverance, leadership, and collaborative spirit prevailed and research resulted in the COVID19 Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine we are using today. (Read more about this story here; it’s fascinating. I hope she’s celebrating with a glass or five of wine).

Before the pandemic, there were (and currently are) many clinical trials testing the applicability of new class of treatments for cystic fibrosis, heart disease, genetic conditions, cancers, diabetes, the flu, and even seasonal allergies. It’s not an understatement to say that mRNA biotechnology will be a game changer for the human race.

Once the pandemic hit, scientists quickly leveraged this groundwork and adapted it for a COVID-19 vaccine. Speed did not mean rushed. It meant leveraging a whole lot of smart people (scientists and clinical trial volunteers), money, and decades of previous work to get us a vaccine. And we did it in 9 months.

Pfizer was granted Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) by the FDA in December 2020 after accumulating the required 2 months of Phase III data. It was under the assumption that they would apply for a full licensure once they had 6 months of follow-up data (showing vaccine longevity, continued safety) and necessary documents (like manufacturing processes).

On May 7, 2021 Pfizer submitted their application for full approval. Today, the FDA fully approved the vaccine for those aged 16+ years old.

***So, what does full approval change?***
We should see a cascade of events.

First, we should expect an uptick in vaccinations. According to the Kaiser Family Foundation, 3 out of 10 (32%) unvaccinated adults said they were more likely to get the vaccine if the FDA granted full approval. After crunching the numbers (209,128,094 18+ year olds in the United States and 70.8% vaccinated), we should see 6.2 million adults in line to get a vaccine.

Second, clinicians now have the autonomy to prescribe off-label. Clinicians now have the decision-making power to recommend the vaccine to children aged 11 and younger. I’m sure pediatricians were inundated with phone calls today. Thankfully the American Academy of Pediatrics was quick to react and released a statement today discouraging this practice:
“The clinical trials for the COVID-19 vaccine in children ages 11 years old and younger are underway, and we need to see the data from those studies before we give this vaccine to younger children. The dose may be different for younger ages. The AAP recommends against giving the vaccine to children under 12 until authorized by the FDA”.

Third, the private and public sectors will likely ditch the carrot approach and move to the stick. A full approval means that employers, insurance companies, businesses, and maybe even hospitals may start getting braver with requirements:

-Many employers were hesitant to require vaccination under EUA. The legality of was in bit of uncharted waters. In June 2021, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission issued guidance stating that employers can mandate COVID-19 vaccinations for employees who physically enter the workplace without running in anti-discrimination laws. But they also said “it’s beyond the EEOC's jurisdiction to discuss the legal implications of EUA or the FDA approach” and employers needed to consider religious and disability-related objections and explore reasonable accommodations. Employers did succeed in vaccine mandates under EUA, though. Houston Methodist hospital was one of the first in the nation to mandate COVID19 vaccines for their employees. This prompted 117 employees (out of 26,000) to file a lawsuit. But, a federal judge said the employees' claim was “false” and “irrelevant” and that it “will make it safer for their workers and the patients in Methodist's care.”

-Health insurers may start thinking about higher premiums for unvaccinated people. In June and July 2021, there were 113,000 preventable COVID-19 hospitalizations among the unvaccinated. In two months, this cost the US healthcare system $2.3 billion. That’s not a small bill.

-Full FDA approval will surely bring an interesting debate among other businesses too:
—-Businesses may start requiring proof of vaccination for customers. San Francisco is already requiring proof of vaccination to enter bars.
—-What about triage-making decisions? This debate came to the limelight last week when Dallas clinicians were discussing a tough scenario: If there is only one ICU bed left, does it belong to the person in a car accident? Or does it belong to the unvaccinated person who needs to be intubated because they didn’t take an effective and safe preventative measure? I doubt it will ever come to this, but an interesting debate to bring back to the classroom.

Bottom Line: The first full approval of mRNA biotechnology is a game changer. Both for scientific discovery and for getting us one step closer to ending this pandemic.

Cheers, YLE

For all the graphs, pictures and data sources, see my newsletter here: https://yourlocalepidemiologist.substack.com/p/full-fda-approval-what-will-this?justPublished=true

08/23/2021

August 23, 2021

The Rock Island County Health Department reports 167 new cases of COVID-19 since our last report on Friday. The total number of cases is now 16,049. Currently, 34 patients are hospitalized in the county with the virus. The number of deaths remains at 335. The average age of newly infected patients is 35.

“The vast majority of COVID-19 patients in our hospitals have not been vaccinated,” said Janet Hill, public information officer of the Rock Island County Health Department. “Today, the FDA gave its full approval of the Pfizer vaccine for those 16 and older. More than 170 million Americans have been vaccinated safely. We hope this full authorization instills even more confidence in this highly effective and protective vaccine and spurs more people to get vaccinated right away.”

Children ages 12-15 still are being vaccinated under the FDA’s Emergency Use Authorization.

The new cases are:
• 3 women in their 80s
• 2 women in their 70s
• 8 women in their 60s
• 9 women in their 50s
• 15 women in their 40s
• 24 women in their 30s
• 11 women in their 20s
• 3 women in their teens
• 4 girls in their teens
• 10 girls younger than 13
• 3 girl infants 1 or younger
• 3 men in their 80s
• 4 men in their 70s
• 4 men in their 60s
• 5 men in their 50s
• 12 men in their 40s
• 9 men in their 30s
• 16 men in their 20s
• 3 men in their teens
• 5 boys in their teens
• 12 boys younger than 13
• 2 boy infants 1 or younger

No additional information regarding these cases is available due to federal privacy laws.

We all must continue to work to prevent further spread of COVID-19 by:
• Getting vaccinated as soon as you can. Visit vaccines.gov to find your shot. RICHD offers walk-in vaccines on Tuesdays (Moderna and Johnson & Johnson) and Fridays (Pfizer). The hours for both days are 9 a.m. to noon and 1-4 p.m.
• Staying home when you are sick.
• Wearing a face covering if you have not been fully vaccinated or are within a county with substantial or high virus transmission. Rock Island County currently has high virus transmission, which triggers CDC recommendations of universal masking in public indoor spaces.
• Keeping 6 feet of physical distance from others in public if you have not been fully vaccinated
• Washing your hands frequently.
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You can get vaccinated on your way to or from work at the Metro IL Quad Cities vaccination clinic Thursday, Aug. 26 at C...
08/23/2021

You can get vaccinated on your way to or from work at the Metro IL Quad Cities vaccination clinic Thursday, Aug. 26 at Centre Station in Moline. Hours are anytime between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m.. Both the two-dose Pfizer and the one-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccines will be offered. #VaxUpIL #vaccinateqc #EndThePandemic #TogetherQC

‼️ FREE VACCINATION CLINIC ‼

In partnership with the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH), #MetroQC is holding a FREE COVID-19 vaccination clinic on August 26 at Centre Station in Moline. You can walk-in any time between 8:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. to receive your first dose of Pfizer-BioNTech or the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. Additional details to follow.

BONUS: You will get a Metro pass for the month of September and a coupon for Meli’s pancake good for pancakes and coffee!‼

Hampton Township will have a pop-up vaccine clinic Tuesday. This is your shot! #vaccinateqc #VaxUpIL #EndthePandemic
08/23/2021

Hampton Township will have a pop-up vaccine clinic Tuesday. This is your shot! #vaccinateqc #VaxUpIL #EndthePandemic

Hampton Township will have a pop-up vaccine clinic Tuesday. This is your shot! #vaccinateqc #VaxUpIL #EndthePandemic

Pfizer's COVID Vaccine Gets Full Approval From The FDA
08/23/2021
Pfizer's COVID Vaccine Gets Full Approval From The FDA

Pfizer's COVID Vaccine Gets Full Approval From The FDA

The approval replaces the emergency use authorizations granted last December, and could make it easier for employers, the military and universities to mandate the vaccination.

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08/22/2021

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The CDC recommends getting vaccinated if you are pregnant or want to get pregnant in the future to stay protected from COVID-19. COVID-19 vaccines are safe and effective for pregnant people, and there is currently no evidence that any vaccines, including COVID-19 vaccines, cause fertility problems in women or men. Find vaccines near you at vaccines.gov.

08/22/2021

All children age 12 and over are eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccination along with other required vaccinations needed for school. Learn where to receive a COVID-19 vaccine by visiting https://www.vaccines.gov/

Photos from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health's post
08/22/2021

Photos from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health's post

08/21/2021

Getting vaccinated is your best shot at protection from COVID-19! Find your nearest vaccination location at vaccines.gov

08/20/2021

August 20, 2021

The Rock Island County Health Department reports 133 new cases of COVID-19 since our last report on Wednesday. The total number of cases is now 15,882. Currently, 33 patients are hospitalized in the county with the virus. The number of deaths remains at 334. The average age of newly infected patients is 31.

“We are seeing younger people become seriously ill from COVID-19,” said Janet Hill, public information officer of the Rock Island County Health Department. “Children 11 and younger can’t yet receive protection from the vaccine, but their parents, teachers, and caregivers can. We can help protect our children by having the caring adults and older children in their lives get vaccinated.”

The new cases are:
• 2 women in their 80s
• 4 women in their 70s
• 3 women in their 60s
• 3 women in their 50s
• 11 women in their 40s
• 11 women in their 30s
• 17 women in their 20s
• 5 women in their teens
• 6 girls in their teens
• 7 girls younger than 13
• 1 girl infant 1 or younger
• 1 man in his 80s
• 5 men in their 70s
• 2 men in their 60s
• 4 men in their 50s
• 2 men in their 40s
• 11 men in their 30s
• 10 men in their 20s
• 10 men in their teens
• 5 boys in their teens
• 11 boys younger than 13
• 2 boy infants 1 or younger

No additional information regarding these cases is available due to federal privacy laws. In addition, we don’t yet know whether these patients had been vaccinated because we have not completed contact tracing with each patient.

We all must continue to work to prevent further spread of COVID-19 by:
• Getting vaccinated as soon as you can. Visit vaccines.gov to find your shot. RICHD offers walk-in vaccines on Tuesdays (Moderna and Johnson & Johnson) and Fridays (Pfizer). The hours for both days are 9 a.m. to noon and 1-4 p.m.
• Staying home when you are sick.
• Wearing a face covering if you have not been fully vaccinated or are within a county with substantial or high virus transmission. Rock Island County currently has high virus transmission, which triggers CDC recommendations of universal masking in public indoor spaces.
• Keeping 6 feet of physical distance from others in public if you have not been fully vaccinated
• Washing your hands frequently.
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2112 25th Ave
Rock Island, IL
61201

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Monday 8am - 4:30pm
Tuesday 8am - 4:30pm
Wednesday 8am - 4:30pm
Thursday 8am - 4:30pm
Friday 8am - 4:30pm

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(309) 793-1955

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The Rock Island County Health Department accepts; Blue Cross Blue Shield, Cigna, Aetna, Coventry, Humana HealthLink, Health Alliance, Meridian, Molina, Land of Lincoln, IlliniCare, and HFN insurances. Family Planning (794-7088) The Family PLanning Program provides comprehensive reproductive health, birth control, STD services, outreach and education services for Rock Island County women and men in order to promote s*xual health and well-being and reduce unintended pregnancies. RICHD also serves women who receive Pap smears and breast exams as part of Women's Care Clinic. STD screening, education, risk reduction and treatment of STD's is available for women and their partners. Illinois Brest Cervical Cancer Program (IBCCO) (558-2906) The Breast and Cervical Cancer Program provides free or low cost breast and cervical cancer screening for women without insurance between the ages of 35-64 years old. The goals of the program are to increase early detection of breast and cervical cancer through regular mammogram and Pap test screening. The Cancer Treatment Act serves ineligible for IBCCP. Infectious Disease: 794-7080 Environmental Health: 558-2840 Family Case Management: 794-7093 W.I.C.: 794-7070 Vital Records: 558-2940 Emergency Preparedness: 558-2945

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"Typically, you’ll get a second appointment if you’ve secured your first; most reports of canceled COVID-19 vaccine appointments do not reflect scheduled second doses for those who already received the first one. It’s important to get both in order to achieve full protection from COVID-19. " per Huffinton Post Lidsay Holmes
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I think it is unfair that 40 year olds without any health issues can come to Illinois Health Dept and get shots and next appts when elderly who are Illinois residents cannot get the shots yet. ID's need to be checked and people need to be turned away who are not residents.
Will Milan shots be postponed if snow is bad?
When are you hoping to have Covid Vaccines available at a pharmacy outlet, or something other than a drive through in the middle of winter? I know things have not been organized well in the past, but what is happening now is ridicules. Too little information going out, and elderly shouldn't be waiting in their cars, walking parking lots to go to an outhouse etc. Those with handicaps are limited etc. This distribution is not going well. I realize you may be doing your best, but there has to be a way to do it better than it is happening now. I would like to suggest when /if it does get better to not just depend on the internet to schedule appointments, or to relay information. Many 65 and older do not know how to sign up on computers, some don't even own a computer, others don't have internet. Thank you, and stay safe.
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Shout out to the workers doing the COVID-19 testing at the QCCA Expo Center today. I was in line for about an hour; there were a lot of people. Staff was very professional and patient and answered all of my questions. Keep up the good work!!!!!