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COVID-19 Spreads in IL Quad Cities

Illinois Dept. of Public Health

Rock Island County is now in the state's "warning" category for COVID-19.

The Illinois Department of Public Health says it fails to meet two targets. The county has 182 cases per 100,000 people. The target is 50. And the number of adults visiting Rock Island County emergency rooms for "COVID-like illness" has increased 3.5%. The goal is "decreasing" or "stable."

Screenshot from the Illinois Dept. of Public Health COVID-19 school outbreaks web page
IL Dept. of Public Health
Screenshot from the Illinois Dept. of Public Health COVID-19 school outbreaks web page

In addition, the state agency reports an outbreak of less than five cases among students at United Township High School. In Henry County, Colona Grade School has five-to-ten cases among students. And ROWVA High School in Knox County has reported up to five cases, also among students. The source of those three school outbreaks is the classroom.

On Friday, the Rock Island County Health Department reported 133 new cases since Wednesday. And its 7-day-rolling-average test positivity rate increased to 10.4%, up from 8.9% on Thursday. The number of people in the hospital with the coronavirus infection rose to 33, four more than Wednesday. And 43.8% percent of the population is fully vaccinated.

Scott County's test positivity rate is 10.1% with 23 in the hospital with COVID-19. And 49% of the population is fully vaccinated. On Wednesday, the number of new cases for seven days totaled 353, compared to 248 the previous week.

Most counties in northwestern Illinois and eastern Iowa have "high" levels of transmission according to the CDC.

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