Tracking the Curve: Daily updates on local COVID-19 developments

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ILLINOIS:

On Wednesday, Illinois officials reported 983 new confirmed cases and 97 deaths.

IDPH is now reporting a total of 123,830 cases and 5,621 deaths in 101 counties in Illinois.

Many of the cases have been reported in Chicago and Cook County.

Within the past 24 hours, laboratories have reported 24,471 specimens for a total of 959,175. The preliminary seven-day statewide positivity for cases as a percent of total tests from May 27–June 2 is 6 percent.

In the Illinois Quad-City area, local health departments are reporting total confirmed cases to-date:

Jo Daviess, 32 total cases; 27 recovered (as of June 1)
Carroll County, 14 total cases; two total deaths; 11 recovered
Whiteside County, 145 total cases; 12 total deaths; 112 recovered
Rock Island County, 722 total cases; 27 total deaths; three hospitalized.
Henry, 74 total cases; 43 recovered (as of Wednesday).
Mercer, 17 total cases.
Henderson, eight total cases; five recovered
Warren, 121 total cases; 88 recovered
McDonough, 92 total cases; 13 deaths; 46 recovered.
Knox, 101 total cases; 74 recovered.
Stark, three cases; one recovered.
Bureau, 17 total cases; one death.

Locally, outbreaks at long-term care facilities have been reported (as of May 29) at:

Galena Stauss Nursing Home (Jo Daviess County), 2 confirmed cases.
Heartland Health Care Center (McDonough County), 34 confirmed cases, six death.
The Lamoine Assisted Living & Memory Care (McDonough County), 12 confirmed cases, one death
Mosaic (McDonough County), seven confirmed cases.
Aperion Care Moline (Rock Island County), 11 confirmed cases, one death.
Centennial Care Center (Rock Island County), 35 confirmed cases, four deaths.
Friendship Manor (Rock Island County), four confirmed cases.
Generations of Rock Island (Rock Island County), 38 confirmed cases, 14 deaths.
Hope Creek (Rock Island County), seven confirmed cases, one death.
Illini Restorative Care (Rock Island County), nine confirmed cases.
Park Vista (Rock Island County), three confirmed cases.
St. Anthony’s Continue Care (Rock Island County), two confirmed cases.
Fort Armstrong (Rock Island County), 18 confirmed cases, two death.
Harbor Crest (Whiteside County), 17 confirmed cases, three deaths.
Kreiders (Whiteside County), two confirmed cases.
Parkway Center (Whiteside County), 28 confirmed cases, five deaths.

IOWA:

As of 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, the Iowa Department of Public Health reported 19,956 total confirmed cases of coronavirus and 560 total deaths.

Officials say 163,969 Iowans have been tested and 11,604 people have recovered.

Locally, confirmed cases as of 10:30 a.m. include:

Scott, 364 confirmed cases (7,264 tested); 10 deaths; 316 recovered.
Muscatine, 558 confirmed cases (3,099 tested); 41 deaths; 442 recovered.
Louisa, 346 confirmed cases (1,094 tested); 11 deaths; 255 recovered.
Des Moines, 66 confirmed cases (1,139 tested); one death; 50 recovered.
Henry, 72 confirmed cases (774 tested); one death; 57 recovered.
Lee, 27 confirmed cases (723 tested); no deaths; 18 recovered.
Jackson, 12 confirmed cases (586 tested); no deaths; eight recovered.
Clinton, 64 confirmed cases (1,791 tested); one death; 58 recovered.
Cedar, 49 confirmed cases (893 tested); one death; 44 recovered.

In Muscatine, outbreaks have been reported at three long-term care facilities. They are:

Lutheran Living Senior Campus, 33 confirmed cases; 21 recovered.
Pearl Valley Rehabilitation and Nursing Muscatine, 81 confirmed cases; 61 recovered.
Wilton Retirement Community, 33 confirmed cases; 22 recovered.

In Louisa County, Wapello Specialty Care has reported 44 confirmed cases; 18 recovered.

In Clinton County, three cases have been reported at The Alverno Senior Care Community.

During a briefing Tuesday by the QC COVID-19 Coalition, emphasis was placed on the relapse of many Quad Citians as stress, anxiety, and other factors build up to cause them.

You can call 211 with any of your questions regarding COVID-19 in Iowa.

Live map of global COVID-19 cases as well as a nation-wide county breakdown: To view a live map of the cases of COVID-19 globally, head to this link.

InvestigateTV consumer news:
You can click on this link to view consumer stories involving COVID-19. This includes how small business owners are tackling obstacles trying to get stimulus loans, robocalls advertising fake COVID-19-related products, and more.

CDC guidelines:

- How you can protect yourself: LINK HERE.
- What to do if you are sick: LINK HERE.

Social distancing & flattening the curve:

Social distancing:
Social distancing is a term we never used to hear, but now we may hear every day with good reason. To lessen the spread of COVID-19, it's recommended you stay at least 6 feet away from someone else. This way, it's less likely you can catch the virus from someone else.

Flattening the curve:
If you look at a chart that shows "flattening the curve" you'll be able to see a tall or steep curve on the left. That indicates a virus is spiking or spreading rapidly. But the more we isolate from each other, or practice social distancing, the fewer people become infected, so the curve becomes much lower or "flattened." This will also help to ensure hospitals have enough equipment for patients since there will be fewer people infected in at once.

TV6 spoke with Augustana College's epidemiologist Rebecca Heick who says we're doing much better in recent days with social distancing, but not everyone seems to be taking it seriously. She feels that will continue to improve and stresses that the more of us who do it, the fewer who will become ill. Heick says one of the big problems in the Quad Cities right now, like many other places across the country, is the fact that we don't have enough COVID-19 tests here locally to test people for the virus. There's no way to know how widespread it is. Therefore, it's best to go ahead and assume you do have it and act accordingly to protect everyone around you. Heick says we're probably going to continue to see the numbers rise in the QCA, but if we keep social distancing each of us can make a difference and help flatten the curve.

Symptoms:

- The CDC asks that you watch for shortness of breath, a fever, and a cough. View more on symptoms at this link.
- Self checker: Click on this link for a guide to help you make decisions and seek appropriate medical care.

Related links:

TV6 News special: COVID-19 Q&A: TV6 aired a COVID-19 Q&A special where we sat down with experts to ask your questions regarding COVID-19. You can find more on that series at this link.