Important Information




Date:   November 10, 2014

Re:      Process for Notification and Monitoring of Asymptomatic
           Travelers from Ebola-Outbreak-Affected Countries or
           Asymptomatic Contacts of Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) Patients

From:  Theresa Berg, Public Health Administrator

Screening of travelers from Ebola-Outbreak-Affected countries is occurring at designated international airports in the U.S.   At O’Hare Airport in Chicago, screening is being conducted by professionals from CDC and Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH).  Temperatures are taken and a series of questions are asked regarding potential exposure to Ebola Virus Disease (EVD).

If a traveler has a fever or is experiencing symptoms associated with EVD they would be transferred to a nearby hospital for further assessment and perhaps treatment.

If a traveler does not have a fever and is not symptomatic for EVD, they would be assigned to one of four categories:  “high risk”, “some risk”, “low risk”, or “no identified risk”.

For travelers whose final destination is within Illinois:

The local public health department will receive official notification for each individual traveler.  IDPH will contact the Rock Island County Health Department (RICHD) by phone and by fax.  Information provided will include the traveler’s name, contact information, and the risk category determined by screeners at O’Hare Airport.

The combination of interventions implemented by RICHD would depend on the determination of risk category:  21 days of monitoring, with twice daily temperature checks and symptom evaluation; travel restrictions; isolation, quarantine, or no travel restrictions.

These procedures may change in forthcoming guidance from CDC and IDPH.  The list of countries with widespread EVD transmission may also change in the future.


For more information on Ebola, please click on these links.

Ebola Need-to-Know Fact Sheet

CDC Information about Ebola

Facts about Ebola in the US

Press conference on Ebola-Rock Island County Health Department and Community Partners

Ebola Reference Materials





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To view Rock Island County Health Department's 2011 Annual Report, click here. To view the 2010 Annual Report, click here. For the 2009 Annual Report, click here.

Rock Island County Health Department recently completed our 2011 Community Health Assessment.  The following are links to this report:

Annual Report 2013

Annual Report 2012

Rock Island County Community Health Plan 2011-2015

Appendix A- 2012 Quad Cities Community Health Assessment

Appendix B-2007 Quad City Vitality Scan

Appendix C - 2010 Quad City Community Snapshot

Appendix D-IPLAN Task Force Data for Top Ten Priorities

Appendix E- Rock Island County Health Improvement Plan Summary