Three weeks after it opened, the COVID-19 testing site in Rock Island is going to close this weekend. Operated by the state, it opened on June 29th, and will perform its final tests on Sunday afternoon.

Mourning and the Pandemic

Jul 17, 2020

On Midwest Week, one of the many ways the pandemic has changed our lives is funerals and how we honor the dead.

The pandemic has changed the way first responders in the Quad Cities handle emergencies. Travis Noyd, Deputy Chief of EMS for the Moline Fire Department, says his department was advised to maintain distance and put masks on patients, when possible.

When the new school year opens next month, students in the Rock Island schools will stay home. That was the decision Wednesday night by the school board, based on recommendations from Superintendent Reginald Lawrence.

University of Dubuque Heritage Center

As the pandemic continues, the University of Dubuque announced that performances in the Heritage Center will be delayed until at least January. 

WIU Social Media Lab

To help make Western Illinois University safe for the fall semester, students in the Department of Communications have launched a social media campaign. Their goal is to normalize wearing masks, so that when students return for classes, they'll feel more comfortable wearing them. 

The pandemic has claimed another victim - this time it's the Mississippi Valley Fair that had been scheduled for early next month in Davenport. 

COVID & the Arts: Live Theater Resumes ?

Jul 15, 2020

The first indoor live theater in the Quad-Cities since the coronavirus shutdown will be the spooky ghost story, “The Turn of the Screw,” opening Thursday (July 16) at downtown Moline’s Black Box Theatre.


The number of COVID-19 cases in the Quad Cities has tripled during the past month. Officials from Genesis and UnityPoint health systems are worried because their intensive care units are already full with non-COVID patients.  

Carl Sandburg College

Students picking courses for the fall at Carl Sandburg College will have more to consider than which teacher they prefer. As part of its reopening plan, the college will offer three class structures: in-person instruction, virtual meetings at scheduled class times, and fully online coursework.