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Dr. Louis Katz doesn't mince words when talking about the recent increase in COVID-19 infections in the Quad Cities.

He's the Medical Director of the Scott County Health Department.

Following a recent press briefing, Michelle O'Neill gives us an update on his thoughts about the pandemic and how to control it.

A sudden surge in coronavirus cases in the Quad Cities is scaring local health authorities. And they say most of the rapid increase in cases is occurring among teenagers and young adults.

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Local public health officials have not emphasized testing for COVID-19. But some people continue to express frustration and confusion about it.

They'd also like to know the total number of tests conducted in Illinois and Iowa to learn how fast the virus is spreading and how serious it is.

During a telephone press conference last week, Michelle O'Neill asked Dr. Louis Katz to help us understand. Listen below for part of his answer. He's the Medical Director of the Scott County Health Department and an infectious disease expert.

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"Not everyone who has the sniffles needs to be tested."

Michelle O'Neill reports that's what the Medical Director of the Scott County Health Department says about the current protocol for coronavirus testing.

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As local health care workers prepare for the coronavirus outbreak, they want to teach people about masks, how to wear them, and their limitations.

Even though the Quad Cities has no reported cases of COVID-19, Michelle O'Neill reports there's definitely confusion about masks.

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You can help local health departments, hospitals, and doctors prevent the spread of the coronavirus, along with other types of the flu.

This morning, Genesis, Unity Point Trinity, and the Rock Island and Scott county health departments took nearly an hour to provide accurate information about COVID-19.

Michelle O'Neill reports in the first of a series of coronavirus stories.

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It hasn't shown up here yet, but health officials in the Quad Cities say they're ready to treat patients with Ebola. At a news conference today, representatives of Genesis and Trinity hospitals, the Rock Island and Scott county health departments, and the two ambulance services all said they have the right equipment, they've been practicing, and they know what to do. Doctor Louis Katz, medical director for the Scott County Health Department, says in west Africa where even routine health care is not available, thousands of people have been  infected so far.