Colleen Sibthorp

Director of Finance and Membership

I joined WVIK in the Spring of 1992, as a student employee, while attending Augustana College.  I was quickly drawn into the fun and excitement of broadcasting –“bitten by a bug.” And after I completed my studies in psychology, computer science and accounting at 1995, was hired by Don Wooten to continue helping out around the office and work in our APRIS program.    Soon, my duties outside of APRIS became the priority and I left the day-to-day operations of the reading service behind, to move to the job of a “Business Manager.”  I’m still not sure what this title means, but judging by the paperwork on my desk of audited financial statements, membership and donor data, underwriting agreements and federal forms required to keep the station operations legal – I’d say it’s really other duties as assigned.    Most of the time I get to answer the phone, and daily I take calls from listeners who were moved enough by our programming that they bothered to pick up the phone and call.  I get to talk to happy and unhappy listeners, and every call I take makes all that paperwork on my desk worthwhile. I get to support the work of great broadcasting.  My family lives in Moline.  Our children and pets get the luxury of listening to Michelle, Dave, Mindy, & Herb each day.  When we are working in the garden, walking the dog, quilting, editing the photos I enjoy taking of my beautiful girls, or just puttering around the house.  We always have it on.     I get to be a part of it all It’s a pretty good job – whatever the job title is.

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Please click HERE for updated Quad Cities coronavirus data. This post is lengthy but available as an archive of past statistics about COVID-19 cases, deaths, and trends.   

(Update: 3/2/2021)

The number of COVID-19 cases in the Quad Cities is approaching 30,000 with today's total at 29,924 (12,879 in Rock Island County and 17,045 in Scott County). The number of COVID-19 deaths has reached 514 with 304 in Rock Island County and 210 in Scott County. 

As the bar graph above shows, February's COVID-19 statistics are similar to those recorded in August in the Quad Cities.

Today's 7-day moving average test positivity rate reported by each state's public health department is 3.0% in Rock Island County.

And it's 3.4% in Scott County. (Reminder: the statistic dropped artificially after Feb. 18th, when the Iowa Dept. of Public Health changed its calculation from total individual tested to total tests.)  

The number of confirmed and active cases of COVID-19 at the East Moline Correctional Center has increased to 47, with 44 inmates infected and 3 staff. 

Four prisoners died last fall, but no other COVID-19 deaths have been reported at the East Moline prison since then.

The number of daily deaths reported in the Quad Cities has decreased since November, December, and January.  

Overall test positivity rates are flattening in Scott County and gradually decreasing in Rock Island County.

Here's a look at the latest statistics about Rock Island County long term care centers from the Illinois Dept. of Public Health. Currently, 119 cases are "open" or active. 

(Previous version: 2/23/2021)

The number of COVID-19 deaths in the Quad Cities has reached 506, with 304 in Rock Island County and 202 in Scott County. The number of confirmed cases is 29,707, with 12,792 in Rock Island County and 16,915 in Scott County.

Today's 7-day moving average test positivity rate reported by each state's public health department is 4.0% in Rock Island County and 3.8% in Scott County.

On Feb. 18th, the Iowa Department of Public Health changed the way it calculates the test positivity rate. Instead of  individuals with positive results, it now reflects all tests completed with positive results. You can see the artificial drop in the percentage (light green, vertical line) in the graph below. 

A state agency says 26 new, confirmed cases of COVID-19 are reported at the East Moline Correctional Center. Today, the Illinois Department of Corrections reports a total of 37 inmates have active infections, compared to last week's 11 active cases. Five staff members have active infections today, compared to six last week.

The confirmed case total at the East Moline prison since the pandemic began is 460 (4% of Rock Island County's total), with 383 infections among prisoners. The rest, 77 cases, were staff members. Four inmates died of COVID-19 last fall.  

(Previous version: 2/3/2021)

The number of COVID-19 deaths in the Quad Cities is 477, with 295 in Rock Island County and 183 in Scott County. The number of cases is 28,693, with 12,322 in Rock Island County and 16,371 in Scott County. The overall test positivity rate in Rock Island County is 8.5% while in Scott County it's 21.3%. 

Today's 7-day moving average test positivity rate reported by each state's public health department is 5.6% in Rock Island County and 9.7% in Scott County. 

Here's a look at Scott County's 7- and 14-day moving averages.

And the next graph shows 7-day rolling averages for Rock Island County and Illinois Region 2. 

(Previous versio: 1/22/2021)

Four additional COVID-19 deaths have been reported in the Quad Cities with 170 more confirmed cases. That brings the totals to 460 deaths and 27,622 cases. 

According to the Iowa Department of Public Health reports four deaths of Scott County residents for a total of 171. The county's case total is now 15,710 with 24 residents in the hospital. Today, the county's seven-day moving average test positivity rate (TPR) for individuals is 10.3%.

To help put positivity trends in context, Scott County's 14-day moving average TPR for individuals is now 11.9% compared to 13.6% one month ago (12/22/2020) and 24.8% two months ago (11/22/2020). 

Here's a look at the beginning of the vaccination process in Scott County.

Rock Island County reports no deaths today, so its total is 290. Sixty new confirmed cases have been identified for a total of 11,912, and 27 Rock Island County residents are in the hospital being treated for COVID-19. The seven-day rolling average test positivity rate in the county is 6.4%. For comparison, one month ago, that rate was 11.0%, and 18.6% two months ago (12/22/202 and 11/22/2020). 

Vaccination data is also available for Rock Island County.

The state also tracks COVID-19 in public schools.

(Previous version: 1/20/2021)

After three days with no COVID-19 deaths reported in the Quad Cities, the county health departments report eight more people have died. As in the past, the timing of the reports may have been affected by the federal holiday. Quad Cities deaths now total 454 with 27,312 confirmed cases. 

- Scott County Iowa and Rock Island County, Illinois Health Departments COVID-19 press briefing.

Who: Ed Rivers, Scott County Health Department Nita Ludwig, Rock Island County Health Department

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