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QC COVID-19 Case Counts Keep Going Up

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Michelle O'Neill
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WVIK News
Quad Cities COVID-19 case counts - The four most recent spikes on the right end of the line graph are one-week totals rather than daily case counts. A month ago, the average daily new case count was five per day. Now it's 42 per day on average.

The number of COVID-19 cases in the Quad Cities continues to rise.

On Wednesday, the Iowa Department of Public Health reported 248 new cases in Scott County over the past week, or an average of 35 per day. A week ago at this time, the average was 24 per day. Scott County's test positivity rate has fallen nearly one percentage point from last week to 7.9%. The CDC tracker shows 48.4% of the population has been fully vaccinated. Scott County's COVID transmission level is "high." The IA DPH also reports Thursday that 24 residents are hospitalized with the coronavirus infection, double the number reported a week ago (11).

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Michelle O'Neill

Also on Wednesday, the Illinois Department of Public Health reported one COVID-19 death in Rock Island County. It's the first death from the coronavirus infection in the county since mid-June. The state agency also reported 50 new cases. The test positivity rate is 5.1% on Thursday compared to 5.2% on Wednesday. The CDC tracker shows 43% of the Rock Island County population has been fully vaccinated. Its transmission level is "substantial." On Monday, 13 residents were in the hospital with COVID-19.

Dubuque County's transmission level has increased to "high." Over the last week, 93 new cases have been reported, or an average of 31 per day compared to an average of 14-a-day the week before. Dubuque County's test positivity rate is 6.2%, up nearly three percentage points since last Wednesday.

Also, the Iowa Department of Public Health has changed the time it updates online COVID-19 data to 11:45 p.m. on Wednesdays. So weekly Dubuque County updates will be issued on Thursday mornings.