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Around the Tri States: Rally at Keokuk hospital; Urgent Care opening in Fort Madison

Around The Tri States
Jane Carlson
Tri States Public Radio

A weekly roundup of news from around the region.

Rally at Keokuk hospital

A Community Prayer Night will be held outside the Keokuk hospital on Sunday, Oct. 2, beginning at 5:00 p.m.

The New Testament Christian Church said the goal is to circle the entire hospital building while praying for the community.

Blessing Health will close the hospital on Saturday, Oct. 1, which will leave the community without a 24-hour urgent care provider.

City residents in need of emergency attention will need to go to Great River Health’s Keokuk Clinic or Quincy Medical Group during business hours. Otherwise, they will have to travel approximately 20 miles north to Ft. Madison or about 20 miles east across the Mississippi River to Carthage, Illinois for emergency care.

Urgent care clinic to open in Fort Madison

Southeast Iowa Regional Medical Center’s Walk-In Clinic in Fort Madison will become an Urgent Care clinic next Monday, October 3.

The change will expand clinic hours and align its services with the hospital system’s other Urgent Care clinics in West Burlington and Keokuk.

Urgent Care is suitable for sudden health conditions when a patient cannot wait for an appointment, or other clinics are closed. It’s also a more affordable alternative to emergency care if the injury or illness is not life-threatening.

Early voting underway in Illinois

In-person early voting began Thursday, September 29, in Illinois.

Voting locations are limited for now so check with your local election authority to find out which polling places are open.

On the ballot are top statewide offices including governor and attorney general, along with one of Illinois’ seats in the U.S. Senate.

Seats in Congress and the Illinois House and Senate are also on ballots, as are local elections for positions such as sheriff and county board members.

Anyone in Illinois can already apply to vote-by-mail. You can fill out an application by going to your local election authority’s website.