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QC COVID-19 Coalition holds briefing on July 2

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

The QC COVID-19 Coalition is holding a briefing with the Director of the Illinois Department of Health.

Posted by WQAD on Thursday, July 2, 2020

Ed Rivers Director of the Scott County Health Department said the county is reporting the largest number of confirmed cases of the coronavirus in a single day. 

"After several weeks of climbing numbers, we will continue to see very high numbers," Rivers said. 

"According to numbers released by IDPH [Iowa Department of Public Health] today in Scott County we will see the highest daily case count. Additional testing is not driving this spike, transmission of illness in the community is driving this spike."

While Rivers is accurate to say positive cases of the coronavirus has surged in the county the past week, the most amount of cases reported in a 24-hour period in Scott County was 42 on June 27.

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Confirmed cases of the coronavirus in Scott County in the past 60 days from July 2.

The IDPH website lists the total number of cases in Scott County as 697 and 10 people have died from COVID-19.

Nita Ludwig, Public Health Administrator for the Rock Island County Health Department, reported 20 confirmed coronavirus cases bringing the county's total to 995 total positive cases. There have been 29 people who have died from COVID-19 and six people in the county are currently hospitalized. 

Dr. Ngozi Ezike, Director of the Illinois Department of Public Health, said she feels "cautiously optimistic" on how the state's reopening plan is going. 

Ezike said she does not anticipate Rock Island County or the state backtracking to Phase Three of Gov. J.B. Pritzker's reopening plan.

"We instituted some very aggressive measures early on," Ezike said about Rock Island County. "That wasn’t as hard hit as the Chicagoland area. I know that we have been trending downward for months."

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