No coronavirus cases in the Quad Cities yet, but communities are taking extra precautions to enforce “social distancing” recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control to reduce the chance of infection. Here’s a rundown of a recent teleconference of elected officials and city staff with representatives of the Scott County and Rock Island County Emergency Management Authorities:

Testing has begun; no cases so far

In a widely shared graphic, a tan curve represents a scenario without social distancing measures and where the U.S. hospital system becomes inundated with coronavirus patients.

Although testing for COVID-19 has begun, no confirmed cases of coronavirus have been found in the Quad Cities … yet. According to representatives from both the Scott County and Rock Island County Health Departments, it’s merely a matter of “when” not “if” the area will begin dealing with the ailment. By working to “flatten the curve” through improved hygiene and social distancing – steps that will slow the spread of the inevitable infection – the hope is local healthcare providers will be able to handle the influx of cases and ensure quality care for everyone who needs it.

More than forty local people have been tested so far and many more tests are expected in the near future as testing bandwidth within the US expands and tests become more available. At the moment, it is not possible for anyone who wants a test to get a test – the focus right now remains on those individuals at greatest risk and who present the following symptoms:

The following symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure.*

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath

Bettendorf and Davenport take steps to limit crowds at public facilities

The cities of Bettendorf and Davenport will, in all likelihood, be taking the following steps to limit the potential spread of the virus by taking the following steps:

The Bettendorf and Davenport libraries will be closing at the end of business today and remain shuttered for the foreseeable future.

Davenport is considering holding City Council Meetings via teleconference.

Bettendorf’s Family Museum will close and remain close for the foreseeable future.

Davenport and Bettendorf parks programs will be curtailed to restrict crowd sizes, although the Bettendorf Life Fitness Center will remain open – only 50 people at a time will be allowed to be in the LFC at any one time.

Davenport is considering options for operating public transit and making sure people sit at least six feet apart from one another while they ride the bus.

In related news, the Scott County Family Y has announced it will keep its facilities open but classes and other programs will be suspended through the end of the month.

We will continue to post updates on what the community is doing to address the spread of the COVID-19 virus. Please check our website and the Riverdale Residents page on Facebook frequently for the latest news.