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.

(Update: 1/15/2021)

The number of COVID-19 deaths in the Quad Cities has reached 443, with 282 Rock Island County residents and 161 Scott County residents. The number of confirmed cases is now 26,836, with 11,583 in Rock Island County and 15,253 in Scott County.

In Rock Island County, 38 residents are in the hospital with the coronavirus infection. And in Scott County, there are 28.

Test positivity rates are dramatically lower compared to mid-November. See charts below for more details.  

The graph below shows trends over time of COVID-19 cases and deaths in the Quad Cities. Note the difference in recent decreases in Rock Island County deaths (red line) and Scott County deaths (black line).  

The image below is a simple line graph of COVID-19 cumulative cases. 

This graph shows both daily and cumulative COVID-19 deaths.   

Above is a view of Rock Island County and Illinois Region 2 seven-day rolling average test positivity rates (percentage). And below is a more limited view of Scott County seven-day moving average individual test positivity rates.     

The following graph shows monthly Quad Cities cases and deaths.

The next one shows Rock Island County cases and deaths reported during the first halves of the past four months.

The latest statistics about COVID-19 in Rock Island County long term care centers is shown below. The number of "open" cases is 992 over the last month. That's 77% of the total since the pandemic began (1,296).

Iowa does not provide similar data for Scott County. The Iowa DPH COVID-19 website currently shows one facility, Ridgecrest Village, has had 22 cases with 14 recoveries in the last two weeks. That means eight cases are "active" (similar to "open" in Illinois).  

(Previous version: 1/10/2021)

As of Sunday, the total number of Quad Cities COVID-19 cases is 26,302 (11,341 in Rock Island Co., 14,961 in Scott Co.) with 431 deaths (276 in Rock Island Co., 155 in Scott Co.).

- 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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