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Rock Island County man suffers COVID-19-related death
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Rock Island County man suffers COVID-19-related death

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The Rock Island County Health Department reported the COVID-19-related death of a man in his 90s.

The latest death brings Rock Island County’s total to 31.

“We are saddened to report that another member of our community has died from this virus,” said Mariah Benson, the Rock Island Health Department’s lead case manager. “We extend our deepest sympathies to his family at this difficult time.

Rock Island officials confirmed 25 new COVID-19 cases, bringing the total number to 1,575. There are 12 patients hospitalized in the county.

The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) announced 1,941 new confirmed cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) Friday in Illinois, including 21 additional confirmed deaths. The state reported a total of 178,837 cases, including 7,495 deaths, in 102 counties.

In addition to those new numbers, the IDPH said Friday afternoon that 11 counties in the state are now in danger of having to reimpose social and economic restrictions as the number of COVID-19 cases continues to rise. Later in the day, however, the agency’s site showed two additional counties with that designation. Whiteside was among those counties of concern. Those counties each experienced outbreaks associated with business operations and other activities that pose higher risks for spreading the disease such as school graduation ceremonies, parties, social gatherings and people going to bars.

Outbreaks have also been reported in long-term care facilities and there have been clusters associated with restaurants, churches and large sporting events including soccer, golf and softball tournaments, the IDPH said.

“Residents of many communities are not wearing face coverings that have been proven to reduce the spread of COVID-19,” the agency said in a statement. “Public health officials are finding that most contacts to cases are testing positive as well.”

Iowa officials reported no new COVID-19 cases in Scott County. The total cases count remained at 1,550 cases.

The state reported 44,582 total cases.

Peter Hancock of Capitol News Illinois contributed to this report.

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