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In Rock Island County, about 80% of deaths related to COVID-19 are people who lived in long term care centers (red pie chart).

But long term care residents only make up about 15% of cases in the county (blue pie chart).

Michelle O'Neill talks with Ted Pappas, the CEO of Friendship Manor in Rock Island, about dealing with the pandemic in long term care settings. 

Hygienist, Linda Rowe, brushes a patient's teeth.
Michelle O'Neill / WVIK News

Many elderly and disabled people who live in nursing homes need a lot more help taking care of their teeth.