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Western Illinois University Taking Covid Precautions For Fall

August 17th, 2022
Western Illinois University Taking Covid Precautions For Fall

MACOMB/MOLINE, IL – While testing is no longer required for unvaccinated individuals, Western Illinois University health and risk management officials encourage continued frequent testing (at least once per week) for all individuals (vaccinated and unvaccinated). WIU-Macomb students, faculty, and staff can attend free weekly COVID-19 antigen-based (simple nasal swab) testing clinics in the University Union Student Organization Center (SOC) (basement level). Beginning Monday, Aug. 22, the fall test clinics will be held from 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Thursday. The University will adjust schedules... Read More

Covid Hits Circa ‘21, Performances Canceled through August 2

July 25th, 2022
Covid Hits Circa ‘21, Performances Canceled through August 2

Due to several more positive Covid cases in the Cast of DISASTER this morning, Circa ‘21 has made the difficult decision to cancel the next week of performances (07/27-07/31). With the number of artists that they would be forced to replace for ten days, the staff does not feel that they are capable of presenting the outstanding product that our guests have come to expect from Circa ’21. Their plan is to reopen with their double performance day on 08/03. If you currently have reservations for one of these performances you may call the Box Office at (309) 786-7733 to reschedule for any performance... Read More

BREAKING: Covid Numbers Rampaging Across Illinois, Will There Be More Shutdowns?

July 23rd, 2022
BREAKING: Covid Numbers Rampaging Across Illinois, Will There Be More Shutdowns?

BREAKING NEWS: Covid numbers are rampaging again across Illinois, causing individual business shutdowns in the Quad-Cities and elsewhere, as there’s increasing nervousness over bigger statewide shutdowns especially as fall school start dates loom. Thursday, Illinois reported its single-highest daily total of new COVID cases since late May, with 6,636 new probable and confirmed cases. In addition, people are testing positive for longer periods of time, and are becoming infected again after infections much more quickly. “I wouldn’t say the incubation period is shorter… it’s... Read More

With Covid Returning, It Brings With It Lessons To Hold Onto

June 10th, 2022
With Covid Returning, It Brings With It Lessons To Hold Onto

I thought we were going to make it through. As far as we knew, my son and I had not had covid. Early on in 2020, we were both incredibly sick with something that could’ve been covid, but we weren’t sure because, well, at that point, nobody was testing for covid, and it wasn’t until months later that the symptoms resonated with what was being reported. Both of us are vaccinated. Both of us were pretty darn careful. But as the months of this year started to unfold, and covid faded out of the headlines, we figured we were past it. Nope. About a month back, my son began a weekend... Read More

Western Illinois University Releases New Covid Protocols For Students And Staff

June 9th, 2022
Western Illinois University Releases New Covid Protocols For Students And Staff

From: WIU Office of Risk Management Subject: WIU COVID-19 Summer Updates Please find the latest updates and information regarding COVID-19 protocols at Western Illinois University. Face Coverings Effective Wednesday, May 18, 2022, face coverings are now optional on WIU’s campuses* (see exceptions below). All members of the University community are still expected to keep a face covering available, and are expected to comply with a request to wear a face covering. COVID-19 related building signage will be removed. Updated signage will be posted prior to the beginning of the Fall 2022 semester. *... Read More

Western Illinois University Offering Spring Vaccine Clinics

January 26th, 2022
Western Illinois University Offering Spring Vaccine Clinics

The McDonough County Health Department, in cooperation with Western Illinois University, will host two COVID-19 vaccination clinics (including boosters) for WIU faculty, staff and students, as well as members of the general public, Jan. 25 and Feb. 22. Johnson & Johnson, Moderna and Pfizer vaccines will be available at no cost, and an appointment is not needed. Booster recommendations are in place for the COVID-19 vaccines available in the United States. Individuals may choose which vaccine they receive as a booster dose. First and second shots, as well as boosters, will be available at the... Read More

BREAKING: Iowa Covid Numbers Soaring Again, Will There Be A New School Mask Mandate?

November 21st, 2021
BREAKING: Iowa Covid Numbers Soaring Again, Will There Be A New School Mask Mandate?

BREAKING NEWS: Iowa covid-19 numbers continue to soar, with the Iowa Department of Public Health reporting 9,132 new COVID-19 cases in the past week, an average of 1,304 per day, prompting some to call for new mask mandates in schools and statewide. There were 102 deaths reported last week as well, bringing the state’s total to 7,268 COVID-19 deaths since the start of the pandemic. In addition, hospitalizations due to covid also continued to increase, rising to 544, including 123 patients in intensive care and 57 on ventilators. Children under 18 make up over 20 percent of the positive case... Read More

BREAKING: Illinois Covid Cases UP 70 PERCENT; More Restrictions On The Way?

November 19th, 2021
BREAKING: Illinois Covid Cases UP 70 PERCENT; More Restrictions On The Way?

BREAKING NEWS: Illinois covid-19 numbers, up 30 percent over the past week, have exploded and are up more than 70 percent in the last three weeks, according to the latest numbers from the Illinois Department of Public Health. IDPH numbers released today show the state is averaging 3,560 new cases of COVID per day over the last week. That is 72% more than the 2,069 new cases that the state was seeing each day on Oct. 27. Hospitalizations are also rising quickly statewide, with 1,627 patients currently hospitalized with covid statewide, an increase of 36 percent in the last three weeks. There are... Read More

BREAKING: Iowa Covid Numbers Soaring, Will There Be A Statewide Shutdown?

November 16th, 2021
BREAKING: Iowa Covid Numbers Soaring, Will There Be A Statewide Shutdown?

BREAKING: Iowa covid-19 numbers are heating up as the weather cools down, pushing Iowa into the red zone of “high” contagion and causing some to call for a statewide shutdown and new mask mandates. The 14-day positivity rate of COVID-19 for the state climbed from 8.9% to 9.2% in the last week, according to the Iowa Department of Public Health. Iowa has had 8,047 new positive cases in just the last week. Of those hospitalized with COVID-19, 75.8% are unvaccinated, while 87.1% of those listed in intensive care with COVID-19 are unvaccinated. Numbers from the Iowa Department of Public... Read More

Genesis Releases Its Latest Covid Numbers For Its Quad-Cities Hospitals

November 8th, 2021
Genesis Releases Its Latest Covid Numbers For Its Quad-Cities Hospitals

Genesis Health Systems released its latest numbers for covid cases in its Quad-Cities hospitals. The release states the following: Genesis Health System COVID-19 Hospitalization Update: GMC-Davenport @ 24 GMC-Silvis @ 7 GMC-DeWitt @ 0 Jackson County Regional Health @ 2 GMC-Aledo  @ 0 Total COVID hospitalization @ 33 COVID Hospitalization In ICU GMC-Davenport @ 6 GMC-Silvis @ 3 Age Distribution 30-39 = 2 40-49 = 4 50-59 = 6 60-69 = 9 70-70 = 7 80+ = 5 Total = 33 Notes: Genesis has extended deadline for employee vaccination or approved exemption to Nov. 15 The percentage of... Read More