Michelle O'Neill / WVIK News

(Updated 9/7/2020)

Rock Island County has reported its highest number of new, daily coronavirus cases, thank in large part to an outbreak at the East Moline Correctional Center. On Monday, the county health department reported 67 new cases (the highest number since the pandemic began), 54 at the prison. On Sunday, 46 of the county's 59 new cases were from the prison. Here's a joint statement from the agencies: 

COVID & the Arts: Avey Grouws Band

Sep 3, 2020
Darren Schultz

Even though 2020 has been a rough year for many bands, it's been a very good year for the Avey Grouws  Band, and it’s getting better all the time. 

COVID & the Arts: Living Proof Anniversary

Sep 3, 2020
Living Proof Exhibit

A Moline-based nonprofit is celebrating its 10th anniversary with a special birdhouse project, a new art exhibit, and an online fundraiser. 

Andy C, / Wikimedia Commons

Quad Cities Congresswoman Cheri Bustos blames the Senate Majority Leader for delays in passing bills to help the post office and provide COVID relief.

The U.S. representative from Moline says two weeks ago, the House passed a bill to require the post office to return to operating like it did at the beginning of the year.

She says the bill is sitting on Mitch McConnell's desk along with hundreds of others. 

Iowa farmers are facing falling corn prices, hurricane-level destruction, and the highest coronavirus transmission rates in the country. Former Secretary of Agriculture and Iowa Gov. Tom Vilsack says it didn't have to be like this. 

Students in the Rock Island School District will have to stay home and learn remotely for a while longer. On Monday, Superintendent Reginald Lawrence announced the schools will not re-open next week as he had hoped. 

To help keep children from falling behind in school, the Martin Luther King Center in Rock Island will host a special child care program this fall. 

Marianna Bacallao, WVIK News

Augustana College unveils its new health clinic today. Genesis Health System is staffing the clinic Monday through Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. / Illinois Department of Public Health

This week, the State of Illinois is offering free, drive-through coronavirus tests in Aledo.

The state's public health department says people can also walk to the Mercer County Health Department for a COVID-19 test. 

Thgusstavo Santana

As the new school year begins, COVID-19 has forced local school districts to change course. And students' lives are in flux.