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Genesis’ Dr. Kurt Andersen Answers Questions About Covid In The Quad-Cities

August 12th, 2021
Genesis' Dr. Kurt Andersen Answers Questions About Covid In The Quad-Cities

Today I was invited to participate in a Zoom session with Kurt Andersen, M.D., Senior Vice President of Physician Operations and Chief Medical Officer, Genesis Health System. He answered a number of questions regarding new data on covid numbers in the Quad-Cities, how the delta variant is spreading throughout the area, new mitigations, vaccine requirements for Genesis, and more. It’s the latest news on this important topic, and fact-based information gained from a highly-trained and educated medical professional. We invite all to listen in on the conversation about this incredibly important topic. The... Read More

Updated Policies, Procedures Set for Fall 2021 At Western Illinois University

August 10th, 2021
Genesis' Dr. Kurt Andersen Answers Questions About Covid In The Quad-Cities

MACOMB/MOLINE, IL — As Western Illinois University plans to resume the traditional in-person experience this fall, to help ensure the health and safety of the members of University community and beyond, WIU’s Protect the ‘Necks Plan II has been updated to include the latest policies and procedures set for Fall 2021. Protect the ‘Necks Plan II is in place to keep the University community safe by mitigating the spread of COVID-19. The original plan went into effect in Fall 2020. As procedures and guidelines are updated, the information will be shared with the University community... Read More

COVID-19 Summer Test Clinics Slated At Western Illinois University

June 12th, 2021
Genesis' Dr. Kurt Andersen Answers Questions About Covid In The Quad-Cities

MACOMB/MOLINE, IL – Western Illinois University-Macomb COVID-19 summer test clinics will be held from 8 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, through Thursday, Aug. 12, in the University Union Sandburg Lounge. Fall 2021 test clinic times and days will be announced prior to the start of the fall semester, which is set to begin Monday, Aug. 23. WIU-Macomb faculty, staff and students will have the SHIELD Illinois fast-turnaround saliva-based COVID-19 tests created by the University of Illinois available. The SHIELD test requires individuals to deposit a small amount of saliva in a vial,... Read More

Illinois Is Opening Up TODAY. How Will Your Life Change?

June 11th, 2021
Genesis' Dr. Kurt Andersen Answers Questions About Covid In The Quad-Cities

It was mid-March of last year when we first heard the news. There was going to be a shutdown. But what did that mean? None of us had ever lived through anything like that. What was that even going to entail? How would our lives change, if at all? Already, events had started to get canceled. Sports games for kids. School. Arts activities. Concerts. Theater shows. Everything was going on hold for a couple of weeks. But it was just going to be a couple of weeks. A month, max. And, hell, it was winter, the weather was terrible anyway, we weren’t going to be going outside as it was. It wasn’t... Read More

BREAKING: Illinois Reopens Friday, What Does It Mean For You?

June 10th, 2021
Genesis' Dr. Kurt Andersen Answers Questions About Covid In The Quad-Cities

BREAKING NEWS: Illinois will reopen tomorrow after over a year in various stages of covid lockdown! Governor JB Pritzker announced earlier this week that the metrics had been met to put Illinois into Phase 5, which is the least restrictive of all the mitigation phases for the pandemic. So what does that mean for you? How will your life change, for the better, with fewer restrictions? And what restrictions, if any, still remain? According to the Illinois Department of Health, under Phase 5 (the new phase), fully vaccinated people can resume activities without wearing a mask except where required... Read More

Quad City Arts Promoting Opportunity For Artists To Combat Vaccine Hesitancy

May 21st, 2021
Genesis' Dr. Kurt Andersen Answers Questions About Covid In The Quad-Cities

Quad City Arts is helping promote a new grant opportunity for artists to help combat rampant vaccine hesitancy nationwide. It is posting the fact that Arts Alliance Illinois is looking for practicing local artists (any medium) whose audiences reach Illinois residents under 35 years old, people of color, and women. Ideally, these artists have audiences and followings in the target demographics. The artists themselves do not have to fit within said demographics. The goal of the Arts and Vaccination Campaign is to encourage Illinois residents to combat Covid-19 vaccine hesitancy, and to support Illinois... Read More

GOOD News For Covid-19 In Illinois Quad-Cities As Numbers Continue To Trend Positively

May 5th, 2021
Genesis' Dr. Kurt Andersen Answers Questions About Covid In The Quad-Cities

There’s finally some momentum in a good direction in regard to covid-19 in the Illinois Quad-Cities, Region 2 and the state in general. Positivity rates for coronavirus cases were the lowest they’ve been since March, at 3.3 percent. Statewide, over the past week an average of 72,613 COVID-19 vaccines have been administered daily, bringing the total number of people vaccinated statewide to 9,450,418, according to the Illinois Department of Health. At this point, 4,145,711, or 32.54% of the total population of the state, has been fully vaccinated. Over half of Illinois residents... Read More

BREAKING: Illinois Covid Numbers Getting Worse, But Shutdowns Not Coming Yet, Officials Say

April 20th, 2021
Genesis' Dr. Kurt Andersen Answers Questions About Covid In The Quad-Cities

BREAKING NEWS: While covid-19 numbers across Illinois have been getting worse, particularly in the Quad-Cities’ Region 2, that may not automatically trigger shutdowns and mitigations, Illinois Department of Health officials said today. “The resurgence mitigation plan was designed before we had vaccines,” Illinois Department of Public Health spokeswoman Melaney Arnold said in a statement. All 11 of Illinois’ regions are in Phase 4, where they’ve been since emerging from mitigations in February. Previously, mitigations would automatically kick in, triggering more restrictions,... Read More

BREAKING: Rising Peoria Covid Numbers Still Putting Rock Island County In Shutdown Danger Zone

April 19th, 2021
Genesis' Dr. Kurt Andersen Answers Questions About Covid In The Quad-Cities

BREAKING NEWS: Rock Island County covid-19 numbers have remained steady over the past week, but the numbers in and around Peoria continue to look ominous for Illinois Region 2, which includes the Illinois Quad-Cities. If Peoria’s numbers continue to drag the region down, it could lead to the entire region, including the Quad-Cities, going back into a shutdown or other mitigations for covid. Based on the latest numbers released over the weekend by the Illinois Department of Health, Rock Island County has held pretty constant around a 5 percent positivity rate for covid, safely below the 8... Read More

BREAKING: Experts Advise Illinois To Issue Stay-Home Order Due To Spiking Covid Numbers

April 12th, 2021
Genesis' Dr. Kurt Andersen Answers Questions About Covid In The Quad-Cities

BREAKING NEWS: With covid-19 numbers beginning to soar nationwide, a consortium of researchers has recommended that some states — including Illinois — should again issue stay-home orders to stop the momentum of the outbreaks. As of yet, Illinois Governor JB Pritzker has remained optimistic about the state’s ability to turn the numbers around, however, he has acknowledged the negative trend. Covid numbers have been on the rise in Illinois over the past few weeks, particularly surging around Chicago and Central Illinois, most notably Peoria, which could drive Region 2, which includes... Read More