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Over the past two days, local health officials blame COVID-19 for eight more deaths, most in the Illinois Quad Cities.

Michelle O'Neill reports.

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The number of COVID-19 cases in the Quad Cities continues to grow, and three people have died since late last week. 

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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.

The pandemic has changed the way first responders in the Quad Cities handle emergencies. Travis Noyd, Deputy Chief of EMS for the Moline Fire Department, says his department was advised to maintain distance and put masks on patients, when possible.

The pandemic has claimed another victim - this time it's the Mississippi Valley Fair that had been scheduled for early next month in Davenport. 

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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Quad Cities health officials are worried about a drop in the number of people who've been vaccinated.

And they want to prevent outbreaks of pertussis, measles, meningitis, hepatitis, and other preventable diseases. /

A third person in the Quad Cities has died from COVID-19, and local health officials are warning young and middle aged adults to be careful.

The person who died is a Rock Island County woman in her 70s who was in the hospital.

Herb Trix has more. 

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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.