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WIU: COVID-19 Updates

October 9, 2020

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MACOMB/MOLINE, IL – Surveillance testing at Western Illinois University is continuing as the semester progresses. Additional appointment times have been added this week for those who would like to be tested, but have not been selected as part of the surveillance test population.


Individuals who are experiencing COVID-19-related symptoms and/or who are currently in quarantine are asked not to attend the test sites. Individuals who are experiencing symptoms or who are in quarantine should contact Beu Health Center at (309) 298-1888 for further instructions.

During the week of Oct. 12-16, any member of the University community who wishes to be tested (free of charge) for COVID-19 can do so by contacting Beu Health Center at between 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Friday at (309) 298-1888 to schedule an appointment. Testing will be done on the northeast side of the University Union meter lot.

At the WIU-QC Campus, free COVID-19 saliva test kits for faculty, staff and students will continue to be distributed at Riverfront Hall's east entrance during the following dates/times from 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 12-Thursday, Oct. 15 and from 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Friday, Oct. 16.

Face Covering Requirements at WIU

As a reminder, all staff, faculty, students and guests are required to wear a face covering in all campus indoor settings, including classrooms, dining centers, elevators, conference rooms, computer labs, laundry rooms and other common areas. Face coverings must also be worn in outdoor spaces except under certain situations.

For more information regarding face coverings on the campus of Western Illinois University, please view the official campus policy here or the Return to Campus information page here.

Flu Shot Clinics

As we enter the flu season, members of the WIU community are encouraged to get a flu shot as another preventative measure towards our response to COVID-19. On Oct. 8, WIU-Macomb held a flu shot clinic, where over 475 flu vaccines were administered. For those Macomb-area employees and retirees who were unable to attend, please contact the McDonough County Health Department.

A clinic for employees and retirees at the WIU-QC campus will be held from 10 a.m.-noon Thursday, Oct. 15

Student flu shot clinics will begin next week and continue through the second week of November. All clinics will be located in the Spencer Student Recreation Center from 1:30-3:30 p.m. on the following dates: Tuesday, Oct. 13; Wednesday, Oct. 14; Wednesday, Oct. 21; Tuesday, Oct. 27; Thursday, Oct. 29; and Tuesday, Nov. 10.

The Rock Island County Health Department will also offer walk-in flu vaccination clinics inside the health department, 2112 25th Ave., Rock Island. The clinics are 9 a.m.-noon and 1-4 p.m. Oct. 13, Oct. 20, Oct. 27 and Nov. 10. For more information, please visit


Individuals who are planning in-person events and meetings must complete a centralized scheduling request, which has been implemented for any room request that is not directly associated with a scheduled course section, regardless of the facility. This process has been established to effectively communicate health and safety guidelines and implement attendance tracking via the centralized University attendance tracking system.

Once the event is scheduled, event planners and hosts will be sent an additional form via email requesting information related to their COVID-19 protocols that will be in effect. All events and meetings are reviewed to ensure consistent safety procedures are being implemented and must be approved before proceeding. It is recommended that all information is submitted at least three weeks before an event. For more information, please reference the event/meeting scheduling and guidelines policy.

Updates & Information

For more updates and information on the University's COVID-19 response, along with protocols and procedures, visit

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