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COVID-19: Quad Cities Update

Michelle O'Neill
Case counts as of Oct. 21, 2020

Another Scott County resident has died from COVID-19, bringing the county total to 37 and the Quad Cities total to 134. The number of deaths in Rock Island County remains at 97. 

In addition, Scott and Rock Island counties report 115 new cases for a total of 8,001. Scott County's case total is 4,115, and Rock Island County's is 3,886. 

Ed Rivers, Director of the Scott County Health Department, says, "We get asked over and over, why is our community experiencing such a surge? The easy answer is that not enough of our community are doing the scientifically proven things that would slow the spread, masking, distancing, quarantining, and isolating when appropriate. And as we become more lax at doing these scientifically proven things, our cases begin to rise. Quickly." 

So, he says if you're sick, be sure to stay home. And follow all the recommendations health officials have been promoting. 

Iowa Dept. of Public Health

Data from the Iowa Department of Public Health shows so far, about 70% of Scott County's COVID-19 cases have recovered. But positive tests are averaging 10.1% over the last 14 days. 

Test positivity is also one way the Illinois Department of Public Health tracks the spread of the coronavirus.

And for five days in a row, Rock Island County's seven-day rolling average has been higher than the state target of 8%. So it's in danger of being "warned" with a current rate of 9.6%.

The county's 123 cases per 100,000 people is also higher than the state target.

Credit WVIK News, Michelle O'Neill / Illinois Department of Public Health
Illinois Department of Public Health
More data is available at http://www.dph.illinois.gov/regionmetrics?regionID=2

Officially, Michelle's title is WVIK News Editor. She does everything there is to do in the newsroom and whatever may be needed around the radio station.
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