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QC COVID-19 Coalition holds briefing on July 9

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

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

Tune into the briefing on the WQAD Facebook page.

Rock Island County is reporting 17 new COVID-19 cases meaning a total of 1,139 people have tested positive for the coronavirus in the county. There are 10 people who are hospitalized with COVID-19 and it is confirmed that at least 30 people have died from the coronavirus in the county.

Scott County reported their highest number of cases in a 24-hour period. There were 60 reported cases of the coronavirus in Scott County meaning 915 people have had COVID-19.

The coronavirus testing site for Illinois residents at the QCCA Expo Center will remain open until Sunday, July 19. 

So far that location has tested more than 2,300 people, an average of 258 people per day. 

The Scott County Board of Supervisors are set to vote on implementing a mask mandate for public spaces Thursday night. When asked about the health department's opinion, Ed Rivers, Director of the Scott County Health Department, said "Scott County Health Department continues to recommend face coverings as we encourage our community to play their part in helping slow the spread of the virus."

Muscatine, Iowa Mayor Diana Broderson received backlash after implementing a city-wide mask mandate for public spaces on Sunday. Gov. Kim Reynolds said city and county officials do not have the authority to implement mandates. 

When asked if it would be more helpful or clear if Reynolds allowed cities and counties the option to implement mandates, Rivers did not answer.

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