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Confirmed Cases of COVID-19 Are Expected in the QCs, But It Hasn't Happened Yet

Local health officials say there are still no reported cases of COVID-19 in the Quad Cities. That's despite a report of a positive test that was conducted at a Unity Point Health Trinity facility in Scott County.

Ed Rivers, Director of the Scott County Health Department, says the state health department counts and reports coronavirus cases based on where the person lives, not where the person was tested.

Rivers and his colleagues assume we'll see positive COVID-19 cases in the Quad Cities at some point. So a local positive test result is no surprise. He says the person is not a resident of Scott County and the positive test result will not be reported as a Scott County case. But the case is included in Iowa's total of 38 confirmed cases of the infection.

Today, the Quad Cities coronavirus coalition says 36 COVID-19 tests have been conducted in Rock Island County, with 13 negative results, and 23 pending. Scott County does not have access to similar statistics. 

Illinois officials say the updated number of people who've tested positive for the coronavirus is now 288. That includes 20 more people who live or work at a nursing home in a southwestern suburb of Chicago. The Illinois Department of Public Health says the patients range in age from 9 to 91.

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