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

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            (KWQC) – UPDATE: 4/10 1:47 p.m.: View this story in Spanish at this link.

            (KWQC)

            TV6 will update this story daily as new information becomes available locally, nationally and internationally.

            ILLINOIS:

            On Saturday health officials in Illinois announced 1,293 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 81 deaths. That brings the state total to 19,180 cases, including 677 deaths, in 86 counties in Illinois. The age of cases ranges from younger than one to older than 100 years.

            Gov. J.B. Prtizker on Friday also announced a new, free text hotline service for Illinois residents to use if they’d like to be connected with mental health professionals.

            You can text TALK to 55江西11选5开奖结果 or for Spanish, text HABLAR to 55江西11选5开奖结果. Prtizker said it’s free of charge for those who need support, but it’s not a crisis hotline.

            Those in Illinois can call 1-800-889-3931 or email DPH.SICK@江西11选5开奖结果Illinois.Gov to have COVID-19 questions answered.

            IOWA:

            On Saturday, health officials in Iowa announced an additional 122 confirmed cases in the state. This now brings the state total to 1,510.

            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 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:
            - What to do if you are sick:

            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. In order 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江西11选5开奖结果'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江西11选5开奖结果, 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

            - Self checker: 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.



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