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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. 

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A long term care center and senior community in the Quad Cities needs help buying a generator before winter. Friendship Manor in Rock Island has started a new, $1.5 million capital campaign. It's called, "Securing Friendship Starts with S-E-C," which stands for security, emergency preparedness, and comfort. / Iowa Masonic Health Facilities & Masonic Village

Scott County is reporting its first outbreak of COVID-19 at a nursing home.

The county health department says the 14 cases are among residents and staff of Iowa Masonic Health Facilities in Bettendorf. 

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A fundraiser without any guests turned out to be a success. This Fall, Friendship Manor mailed hundreds of invitations to its first "No Show Gala."

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Thanks to a grant, more nurses aides in Iowa will learn how to provide basic dental care to their patients.

Images of house & lot where a new parking lot will be located on 21st Av. & 12th St.
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Thanks to Birdies for Charity, people will soon have more places to park at Friendship Manor in Rock Island.

Development Director Jeff Condit says the nonprofit nursing home and retirement community has been growing, and its parking lot fills up quickly.

He says people donated nearly $250,000 to Friendship Manor through this year's Birdies for Charity campaign. A house on the site has already been torn down. And Condit hopes the new parking lot will be completed by November.

Friendship Manor also plans to renovate its entrance and reception area before December.

Hygienist, Linda Rowe, brushes a patient's teeth.
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Many elderly and disabled people who live in nursing homes need a lot more help taking care of their teeth. / GuideStar

Friendship Manor in Rock Island is at the top in transparency and openness. That's according to GuideStar, a charity and website that collects and disseminates information about 1.8 million U.S. nonprofits. And it gave the Rock Island retirement community its best or platinum rating.

Hygienist, Linda Rowe, brushes a patient's teeth.
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A dental hygienist in the Quad Cities is helping people in nursing homes take care of their teeth. Linda Rowe works for a private company called, Hylife. Its founder wrote Dying from Dirty Teeth: Why the Lack of Proper Oral Care Is Killing Nursing Home Residents and How to Prevent It.