Morning Update: Tuesday, Oct. 5

New mask mandate, same old mask mandate

Good morning, Madison!

By now you may or may not have heard that the city has officially extended its indoor mask mandate through Nov. 5.

Nothing in the mandate has changed, but here's a refresher: Everyone age 2 and older is required to wear a mask inside when other people who are not from their household are present — regardless of vaccination status.

COVID-19 cases in Wisconsin have grown by 14% in the last two weeks. While cases are down in Dane County, WPR reports that local public health officials say the disease is still widespread and urge people not to let their guards down, hence the renewed mask mandate.

So please, the next time you head into a salon, shop, or restaurant, be kind and civil to employees who ask you to put a mask on, they are quite simply following the law.

— Hayley

🗳️ Who's in and who's out of the races.

  • State Sen. Lena Taylor, a Democrat from Milwaukee, announced her bid for Lieutenant Governor yesterday. Taylor was elected to Wisconsin's State Assembly in 2003 and then to the State Senate in 2005. Taylor is the first Democrat to enter the race. If elected, she would become the first woman of color to hold the office, Madison365 reports.
  • State Sen. Brad Pfaff, D-Onalaska, is running to represent Wisconsin's 3rd Congressional District. Pfaff will face Derrick Van Orden, R-Prairie du Chien, in what the La Crosse Tribune says will be "one of the most-watched House races in the 2022 midterms."
  • Republican Ryan Owens has ended his bid for state attorney general. Owens recently faced criticism for "deleting podcasts he hosted as a University of Wisconsin-Madison law professor." The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel has more on that story here.

🐺 The DNR has set a quota of 130 wolves for this year's hunt.

🖼️ The Wisconsin Historical Society has some big plans in the works.

  • The Wisconsin Historical Society is moving forward with a plan to build a new $100 million museum on the capitol square.
  • The 100,000 square foot project will be funded by the state and private donations. The Historical Society plans to tear down its existing building, along with two neighboring buildings on N. Carroll. The new building will more than double the museum’s current exhibition space.
  • According to Channel 3000, the Wisconsin Historical Society is currently seeking proposals from architectural firms and hopes to open the new space in 2026.

A rendering shows what the new Wisconsin Historical Society museum could look like. Image via Tahleel Mohieldin's twitter.

✡️ UW-Madison professors are looking for ways to make sure class scheduling wont conflict with religious holidays (again).

🎒 Madison's heavily student-populated District 8 likely won't be slip up in the redistricting process.

🎸 Mickey’s Tavern is looking to bring back live shows, safely.

📚 Your lunchtime read: Wisconsin’s special ed system: High stress, sparse state funding.

  • From Wisconsin Watch: Over the past five decades, state support for special ed has dwindled, and staff shortages and turnover make it difficult to provide required services."

🦠 Covid-19 Resources

Wisconsin Vaccination Rate: 54%

Dane County Vaccination Rate: 71.1%

Here's where to find a COVID-19 vaccine near you.

Need a COVID-19 test? PHMDC has you covered.

Are you eligible for a third dose of Pfizer or Moderna? Find out here.