The Quad Cities COVID-19 Coalition held a news conference at Vander Veer Park on Thursday.
The speakers included Davenport Mayor Mike Matson, Moline Mayor Stephanie Acri, Rock Island Mayor Mike Thoms and health officials from Scott and Rock Island counties.
“I understand we want to go back to normal sometime. But we must continue to be diligent. Our friends and neighbors and their lives depend on us doing our part,” Matson said.
The city and health leaders said following CDC guidelines as the flu season approaches is crucial.
“We need your help, and we need your help now so that our healthcare professionals, our first responders are not overwhelmed,” Matson said.
Genisis Health System president Doug Cropper said they are seeing record highs for hospitalizations.
“It’s the first time we’ve ever had more than 30 positive COVID-19 patients in our hospitals, [in] Davenport, Silvis, Aledo, and DeWitt, at any given time,” Cropper said.
With local ICU’s at capacity, he said social distancing and wearing masks will slow the spread of the virus.
“Genesis Health System and Unity Point Health System exist to care for the community. We’re telling you that our ability to care for you, during this public pandemic crisis is being challenged,” Cropper said.
The rising numbers are a trend Unity Point president Robert J. Erickson says could cause problems for other patients seeking medical treatment at their facilities.
“We don’t want to curtail or suppress other care because people need those services so, we’re in it together to take care of everybody in the community. In order to do that, we’ve got to keep COVID-19 under control,” Erickson said.