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Illinois Dept. of Public Health director ‘cautiously optimistic’ on QC COVID-19 Coalition update

Dr. Ezike joined Thursday’s QC COVID-19 coalition Zoom call to offer insight from the state’s health department.
Published: Jul. 2, 2020 at 3:20 PM CDT
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ROCK ISLAND COUNTY, Ill. (KWQC) - The Illinois Dept. of Public Health Director Dr. Ngozi Ezike said she is ‘cautiously optimistic’ about current COVID-19 data in the state.

Dr. Ezike joined Thursday’s QC COVID-19 coalition Zoom call to offer insight from the state’s health department. Although the overall number of positive cases, hospitalizations, and deaths from coronavirus in Illinois are down, the pandemic is not over yet.

“We are not out of the woods. The virus is still circulating and we still don’t have a vaccine or highly effective treatment that is widely available,” Dr. Ezike said.

She said the Rock Island County area is on target, despite an increase in cases.

“We are seeing numbers consistently well under five percent. Hospital capacity. In terms of medical surgical beds, ICU beds and ventilator capacity are well over the threshold that would be worrisome,” Dr. Ezike said.

With the state now in phase four of Restore Illinois, and Independence Day weekend right around the corner, Dr. Ezike urges everyone to continue practicing health precautions.

“Please lets continue to practice the three W’s of washing our hands, watching our distance, and wearing our face covering. Together we will get through this pandemic,” she said.

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