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COVID-19 Hospitalizations, Cases & Deaths Continue to Rise

Michelle O'Neill

The number of patients being treated for COVID-19 continues to increase at local hospitals.

Genesis Health System reports 77 at its area hospitals up from 53 a week ago, and UnityPoint Health - Trinity has 81, compared to 47 last week.

15 of the Genesis patients are being treated in intensive care units, up one from a week ago, and 18 at Trinity hospitals - up from 13 the previous week.

Genesis reports more than half of its current COVID patients, 41, are between the ages of 50 and 70.

Last Friday, the Rock Island County Health Department reported 3 new deaths, then today (Monday), it reported 3 more. COVID-19 deaths in the county now total 391. (Scott County also reported 3 new deaths on Wednesday, December 1st.)

Also today Rock Island County reported 223 new cases. That's an average of 92 per day over 7 days compared to an average of 42 per day the previous week. (On Wednesday, December 1st, Scott County reported 489 new cases for the previous 7 days. That's an average of 70 per day over 7 days compared to an average of 65 per day the previous week.)

The number of Rock Island County residents in local hospitals has reached 62 compared to 40 a week ago. (Iowa stopped reporting county level COVID-19 hospitalizations several weeks ago.)

Administrator Nita Ludwig says, "Cases are rising quickly in Rock Island County, but just as concerning is how many people are hospitalized. We haven’t had this many people hospitalized in the county with COVID-19 in almost a year."

A native of Detroit, Herb Trix began his radio career as a country-western disc jockey in Roswell, New Mexico (“KRSY, your superkicker in the Pecos Valley”), in 1978. After a stint at an oldies station in Topeka, Kansas (imagine getting paid to play “Louie Louie” and “Great Balls of Fire”), he wormed his way into news, first in Topeka, and then in Freeport Illinois.
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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