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Public Safety & Health

COVID-19 Hospitalizations, Cases & Deaths Continue to Rise

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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.)

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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."

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