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QC COVID-19 Coalition: Outbreak at Rock Island long-term care facility, launches #TogetherQC campaign

A group of healthcare professionals and community leaders gather to update the community's response to the pandemic.

A group of healthcare professionals and community leaders gathered to update the community's response to the pandemic.

The QC COVID-19 Coalition, including Dave Donavan, Director of the Scott County Emergency Management Agency (EMA); Dave Herrell, President and CEO of Visit Quad Cities and Paul Rumler, President and CEO of the Quad Cities Chamber, launched a #TogetherQC campaign a community-wide effort to spread information and support the use of face masks and social distancing.

The Rock Island County Health Department (RICHD) also reported a surge of new COVID-19 cases confirmed over one day. There were 49 people who tested positive for the coronavirus.

Across the county since the start of the pandemic, 1550 people tested positive for the coronavirus. Currently, there are 13 patients who are hospitalized. In the county, 30 people have died from the virus.

"This is one of our highest daily counts that we have reported and it is concerning," Nita Ludwig, Administrator at the Rock Island County Health Department said. "As Governor Pritzker stated when he was here Monday, this is trending in the WRONG direction. We must get these numbers down or we may overwhelm our healthcare facilities and hospitals." 

The surge in positive cases is due in part to a coronavirus outbreak at St. Anthony's Nursing Home in Rock Island. There were 21 positive cases at the nursing home.

Tune into the QC COVID-19 Coalition

Watch live as the QC COVID-19 Coalition launches a campaign to wear masks and social distance

Posted by WQAD on Thursday, July 30, 2020