Quad City COVID-19 Cases

Jan 10, 2021

(Update: 1/20/2021)

After three days with no COVID-19 deaths reported in the Quad Cities, the county health departments report eight more people have died. As in the past, the timing of the reports may have been affected by the federal holiday. Quad Cities deaths now total 454 with 27,312 confirmed cases. 

Credit Michelle O'Neill / WVIK News

The Rock Island County Health Dept. reports 5 deaths today for a total of 289. More than 60% of the deaths are residents of long term care centers.

The health department also reports 58 new, confirmed cases for a total case count of 11,805. Thirty-two Rock Island County residents are in the hospital with the coronavirus infection.

Credit Michelle O'Neill / WVIK News

In Scott County, the Iowa Department of Public Health reports three deaths of county residents, for a total of 166. The case count in Scott County is up by 67 to 15,507. About 20 Scott County residents are in the hospital with COVID-19.

The seven-day rolling average test positivity rate in Rock Island County is 5.7%. And in Scott County, the Iowa DPH reports the seven-day moving average test positivity rate for individuals is 10.4%.  

Credit Michelle O'Neill / WVIK News
Credit Michelle O'Neill / WVIK News

Here are some additional updated graphs. 

Credit https://coronavirus.iowa.gov/pages/long-term-care / IA Department of Public Health

The Iowa Department of Public Health website shows two long term care centers in Scott County currently have active COVID-19 cases. 

Credit https://coronavirus.iowa.gov/pages/rmcc-data / IA Department of Public Health


(Previous version: 1/15/2021)

The number of COVID-19 deaths in the Quad Cities has reached 443, with 282 of them Rock Island County residents and 161 Scott County residents. The number of confirmed cases is now 26,836, with 11,583 in Rock Island County and 15,253 in Scott County.

In Rock Island County, 38 residents are in the hospital with the coronavirus infection. And in Scott County, there are 28.

Test positivity rates are dramatically lower compared to mid-November. See charts below for more details.  

The graph below shows trends over time of COVID-19 cases and deaths in the Quad Cities. Note the difference in recent decreases in Rock Island County deaths (red line) and Scott County deaths (black line).  

The image below is a simple line graph of COVID-19 cumulative cases. 

This graph shows both daily and cumulative COVID-19 deaths.   

Above is a view of Rock Island County and Illinois Region 2 seven-day rolling average test positivity rates (percentage). And below is a more limited view of Scott County seven-day moving average individual test positivity rates.     

The following graph shows monthly Quad Cities cases and deaths.

The next one shows Rock Island County cases and deaths reported during the first halves of the past four months.

The latest statistics about COVID-19 in Rock Island County long term care centers is shown below. The number of "open" cases is 992 over the last month. That's 77% of the total since the pandemic began (1,296).

Iowa does not provide similar data for Scott County. The Iowa DPH COVID-19 website currently shows one facility, Ridgecrest Village, has had 22 cases with 14 recoveries in the last two weeks. That means eight cases are "active" (similar to "open" in Illinois).  

(Previous version: 1/10/2021)

As of Sunday, the total number of Quad Cities COVID-19 cases is 26,302 (11,341 in Rock Island Co., 14,961 in Scott Co.) with 431 deaths (276 in Rock Island Co., 155 in Scott Co.). " class="wysiwyg-break drupal-content" src="/sites/all/modules/contrib/wysiwyg/plugins/break/images/spacer.gif" title="<--break-->">The table below shows the numbers of confirmed COVID-19 cases and deaths per month in 2020 plus case fatality rates and recovery rates as reported by county and state health departments. (Case fatality is useful to track trends but is a poor measure of infection mortality, according to the CDC.)

Quad Cities monthly cases and deaths during the pandemic so far are shown in the graph below. 

The next graph shows case and death trendlines for both counties since March.

Here's a look at the case recovery rate in the Quad Cities.  

Illinois Region 2 and Rock Island County 7-day rolling average test positivity rates are shown below.

The next graph features Scott County recent test positivity rates.  

In Rock Island County, 60% of COVID-19 deaths have been long term care residents, but only 11% of the county's confirmed cases have been at those facilities. 

(Previous version 1/4/2021)

As the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases decreases, the number of Quad Cities residents dying of the disease is rising. This trend began in November with a dramatically increase in the monthly case count  (10,013, Rock Island and Scott counties combined) followed in December by a 50% drop (5,008).

For November, the case fatality rate (CFR) was 0.88%. (CFR is the proportion of the number of deaths divided by the number of confirmed patients.) For December, the case fatality rate increased to 3.47%, or nearly four times higher than November.

The bar graph below shows the Quad Cities recovery rate since March. 

The recovery rate only includes Quad Cities residents who had a positive COVID-19 test result and survived. It does not include the unknown number people living in Rock Island and Scott counties who were infected with the coronavirus disease (with or without symptoms) who did not get tested. Researchers say in a few years, serology (or blood) tests for COVID-19 antibodies may be able to reveal the true infection rate of the population.
Credit Michelle O'Neill / WVIK News

(Previous version: 12/28/2020)

The Rock Island County Health Department reports 12 more residents have died, bringing the total to 243.

It's the highest number of COVID-19 deaths reported on one day, but it's also probably because of delayed reporting over Christmas and the weekend. Rock Island County's case count is now 10,653. 

The Scott County Health Department reports a total of 147 COVID-19. Scott County's case count has reached 13,824. 

The total number of COVID-19 deaths in the Quad Cities (both counties) is now 390, and the case count is 24,477. To put those number is context, so far in December, 156 Quad Cities residents have died of COVID-19. That's nearly twice as many as November when 88 died. But the number of positive cases reported this month has dropped to 4,565, less than half the 10,013 cases reported in November.    

Here are some updated graphics showing the data and trends.

Comparison of case count and deaths for the Quad Cities
IL Region 2 now meets the state's targets for relaxing restrictions (shown in green), but the entire state continues under tier 3 mitigations.
Credit Illinois Department of Public Health
Overall test positivity rates since March, 2020
Rock Island County COVID-19 cases & deaths as of 12/25/2020

(Previous version: 12/15/2020)

With half of December over, the number COVID-19 deaths in the Quad Cities this month has exceeded the number who died in all of November. Last month, the Rock Island County and Scott County health departments reported 88 residents died from the coronavirus infection. As of Tuesday afternoon, 91 have died in December.

The number of deaths since the pandemic began is 325, with 120 in Scott County and 205 in Rock Island County.

In recent weeks, the number of Rock Island County residents in the hospital with COVID-19 has been in the 60's and 70's, after peaking in November at 92. Today, 58 Rock Island County residents are in the hospital with the infection. (Iowa does not provide county level hospitalization statistics.) 

The number of cases in the Quad Cities is approaching 23,000 (22,843). Scott County's seven-day moving average test positivity rate is 12.4% percent, while Rock Island County's seven-day rolling average is 14.4%.

Cumulative cases in the Quad Cities as of 12/15/2020

(Previous version: 12/10/2020) 

The number of positive COVID-19 cases in the Quad Cities will be more than 22,000 before the end of the day. And the number of deaths will be at or slightly higher higher than 300.  


(Previous version: 12/03/2020) More than 20,500 people have tested positive for COVID-19 in the Quad Cities, and 256 have died.

(Previous version 11/30/2020)

The total number of COVID-19 cases in the Quad Cities has reached  19,739. And a total of 234 local residents have died of the disease caused by the coronavirus. In Rock Island County, 68 residents are in the hospital with COVID-19.

(Iowa doesn't report hospitalizations by county.)

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Rock Island County test positivity rate and Illinois Region 2 test positivity rate

Rock Island County's test positivity rate is 16.3%. That's a 7-day rolling average (see line graph, left). Since Nov. 20th, Illinois has been under tier 3 mitigations. More information is HERE.

Scott County's test positivity rate is 19.2%, a 14-day moving average. Details are HERE.

(Previous version: 10/29/2020)

The number of COVID-19 cases and deaths continues to rise in the US, Illinois, Iowa, and the Quad Cities. To give more context, the second slide in the slide show above features a line graph with two axes plotted over the same timeframe. Keep in mind they are not to scale or equalized by using figures per 100,000 population. (In other words, the numbers should not be compared by how high they are in relation to one another.)

You may compare cases vs. deaths by increases and decreases. For example, did an increase in case numbers over the Fourth of July result in an similar increase in deaths a few weeks later? 

The third slide also features a secondary axis, so the same caution applies. It's monthly cases and deaths reported in the Quad Cities.

(Previous version: 10/9/2020)

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In the graph below, the light green line shows the number of Scott County COVID-19 cases is slightly higher at 3,477 compared to the number in Rock Island County, 3,415.

Since the pandemic began, Scott County's numbers have trended slightly lower than Rock Island County's.

But for the past eight days, it's reversed. 

Over several months, Scott County's overall positive test rate has been slowly rising  compared to Rock Island County's which has been flat to increasing slightly (see graph below). 

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