Morning Update: Friday, Sept. 3
Good morning, Madison!
The Covid-19 stats are back! Scroll to the bottom to see what I'm talking about.
Hope you have a good weekend!
🏡 Wondering how you can help Afghan refugees?
- The Wisconsin Department of Children and families has compiled a "how to help" page on its website.
- Catholic Charities and Team Rubicon are both directly supporting refugees that have come to Wisconsin.
- Related: The Resettlement Story for Afghan Refugees in Wisconsin Is Just Beginning (PBS Wisconsin)
💉 The UW says that 9 out of 10 people on its campus are vaccinated.
- According to the university...
- 88% of students are fully vaccinated.
- 99% of faculty are fully vaccinated.
- 92% of all employees are fully vaccinated.
- These percentages are way, way higher than the general population. The latest data shows that 51.6% of the state and 69.4% of Dane County are fully vaccinated.
- The university does not currently have a vaccine mandate for students or staff.
🧾 State tax revenue was higher than expected this fiscal year. The State Journal went deep on this, but here are some highlights:
- We're not talking about calendar years here. We're talking fiscal years, and the most recent one ended June 30. It's kinda like how school years don't match up with calendar years.
- These numbers are still technically preliminary estimates, but since the fiscal year is over, they're probably pretty accurate.
- Tax collection revenue, overall, was up 11.6% over the previous year.
- A lot of this is going to the State's "rainy day fund," which is estimated to grow to $1.73 billion.
🍺 Those same tax figures show we drank more than we did the previous fiscal year.
- FY 2019-2020 only had a few pandemic months. FY 2020-2021? All pandemic, all year long.
- Tax revenue from the sale of beer, wine and liquor was up a combined 16.5% (fiscal) year-over-(fiscal) year.
🖥️ Madison schools will be accepting more 4K-5 students than previously expected for virtual school.
- The district was planning to accept 150 families for the virtual option but ended up accepting all 750 families that applied, the Cap Times reports.
- As of this summer, there wasn't going to be a virtual option for these grades. But with the emergence of the Delta variant, things have changed.
📉 Your lunchtime read: Madison's population is increasing, according to the latest Census data. That's not the case in many rural areas of Wisconsin.
- Many rural counties have seen their population decline in recent years.
- From the Journal Sentinel: "The losses ranged from barely noticeable to serious enough, that if continued, they could undermine the labor force and tax base necessary for essential services."
📈 The stats are back!
- We aren't public health experts so we reached out to a few experts to get their thoughts on this section.
- Out: partial vaccination stats. With the current rise in cases attributed to the Delta variant, experts want to emphasize the importance of being fully vaccinated.
- In: Confirmed cases per 100,000 residents over the past 7 days.
- The CDC is using this measurement to classify counties' current virus transmission levels.
- This measurement also makes it easy to see how Dane County compares to Wisconsin as a whole, which is something that several folks wrote to us to request.
- There are tons of different graphs you could look at! A lot of them would look pretty similar to this one. If you're a real data nerd, you might enjoy the data dashboards from the CDC, Wisconsin Department of Health, or the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
Wisconsin Vaccination Rate: 51.6%
Dane County Vaccination Rate: 69.4%
🗓️ What the heck are we going to do this weekend? Such a good question, bestie. Let's consult the events calendar...
Friday, September 3
- Party in the Park at James Madison Park. Organized by WSUM 91.7 FM. 2-6 p.m. Free.
- “About Endlessness (Om det oändliga)” screening with UW Cinematheque at Vilas Hall. 7 p.m.
- Dan Moore Trio organized by Arts + Literature Laboratory at 7 p.m. Free.
- “The Sandlot” screening at Delta Beer Lab. 8 p.m. Free.
Saturday, September 4
- Wisconsin State Cow Chip Throw & Festival in Prairie du Sac. Throw cow poop and enjoy food and live music. 9 a.m.-7:30 p.m.
- Rockin Brews marathon. Five races, one beer festival. Costs a lot of money.
- Bird & Nature Adventures at Tenney Park. 2:30-4 p.m. No registration required, no pets allowed.
- Live Polka with Mike Schneider at The Biergarten at Olbrich Park. 1-5 p.m.
- Badger Bash Tailgate Party at Union South. Marching band, spirit squad, games, music, and the "best game-day restrooms in Madison." Free admission.
- Badger Recovery Tailgate at East Campus Mall. Alcohol and drug free tailgate. 9-11 a.m. Games, music, snacks, and beverages. Free admission.
- Live on the Patio: Lulu Quintet at Bos Mead Hall. 6:30 p.m. Free.
- The Deadlights, BingBong, and Made of Blocks at BarleyPop Live! 8 p.m. $10.
Sunday, September 5
- “The Princess Bride” screenings at Memorial Union Terrace. Two showings — 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. “Intended for UW Madison Students” 😉. Free.
- Monarch Tagging at Pope Farm Conservancy. 12-2 p.m. Free with registration.
🎃 It's that time of year already... Working Draft Beer is pouring an Oktoberfest-themed beer. 👇