Eight COVID-19 Deaths Reported in Two Days in QCs

Aug 18, 2020

Over the past two days, local health officials blame COVID-19 for eight more deaths, most in the Illinois Quad Cities.

Michelle O'Neill reports.


On Monday, the Rock Island County Health Department reported four people had died, ranging from a man in his 70s to a woman older than 100.

Four is the highest number of deaths reported on one day in the Quad Cities. They had all been living in long term care centers.

Then Tuesday, Rock Island county health officials reported another three deaths from the viral infection, including a man in his 40s.

The Scott County Health Department also reported one COVID-19 death. 

Since June, Nita Ludwig, the Administrator of the Rock Island County Health Department, has seen a clear trend of younger people contracting the coronavirus. And now she says it's starting to kill younger people, too. 

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The total number of cases in both counties is has reached 3,795. And 63 people have died. 

Of the 47 people who've died in Rock Island County, at least 40 were living in long term care centers. Iowa does not report those statistics on a county basis. 

The case infection rate, or positive test rate, is based on the total number of tests conducted in a county. (The statistics are delayed compared to reports from county health departments.)
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The infection rate of Quad Cities residents who've been tested has increased slightly. In Rock Island County, it's 4.8%. And in Scott County, it's 6.9%. 

Earlier this month, the Clinton County Health Department reported its first outbreak at a long term care center.

Currently, 13 staff and residents at the Alverno Senior Care Community have tested positive for the coronavirus. 

The sources of data include the Rock Island and Scott county health departments, plus the Illinois and Iowa departments of public health.