In the days leading up to Christmas, most people shopped for gifts. Some tried to make travel plans. And others applied for the COVID-19 test.
The Delta variant remained potent. Omicron spread rapidly. COVID-19 cases escalated. There were long queues for testing at the Genesis Health System, the Scott County Health Department ran out of state-supplied test kits in a short time, and the test kit supply at retailers ran out.
Into the vacuum of the test, a test site called the “Center for COVID Control” appeared in Davenport and in cities across the country. Two months later, the Center for COVID Control is the subject of an FBI investigation. A Scott County Health Department official confirmed that the Iowa Department of Public Health asked local health care workers to find out more about the unlicensed business in January.
“As far as we know, there were one or two people who had questions about the test site called the Center for COVID Control,” said Brooke Barnes, the public information officer at the Scott County Health Department. “The state asked us to go in and find out general information about the test site.
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“We sent two officials of the Ministry of Health over there, and after the visit, we sent that information to the state.”
A number of state attorneys general have opened investigations at the Center for COVID Control Testing Sites, including Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller. Miller said his office is concerned about the collection of personal data and inaccurate test results.
The company’s test sites in Johnston, Maquoketa and Davenport have since closed.
COVID-19 in QC, after the numbers
According to recent updates from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, infection of the COVID-19 community remains high in Rock Island and Scott counties.
Rock Island County saw an increase of 298 new cases during the seven-day period ending Monday. Crucially, the county had a seven-day positivity of only 5.9%.
Rock Island County also experienced 27 hospitalizations for COVID-19.
Some of the numbers from Scott County were similar. The county saw an increase of 314 new COVID-19 cases during the seven-day period ending Monday. There were 27 hospitalizations for COVID-19 in the same period.
However, Scott County’s seven-day positivity rate checked in at 10.52% on Monday.
Vaccinations in Rock Island Co.
The Rock Island County Health Department continues to offer vaccination clinics Tuesday for Moderna and Johnson & Johnson (18 years and older) and Friday for Pfizer (5 years and older). No appointments are required. The next walk-in Saturday child vaccination clinic is on March 5 from kl. 9 to You can find other providers at vaccines.gov.