Morning Update: Monday, Nov. 29

Big 10 winners, Axe losers, and everything in between

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Good morning, Madison!

Did ya miss me? I hope everyone had a relaxing and delicious weekend. After a few days of recharging, it honestly feels good to be back on the morning shift and sharing the news with you.

With that said, let's just get right to it.

— Hayley

🕎 P.S. Happy Hanukkah to all my fellow dreidel spinners out there!

🏀 Sports, sports, sports, and more sports.

🌊 Middleton High School has canceled classes Monday after water damage to its building.

🚌 School bus drivers are still in high demand and short supply.

  • Three months into the school year, officials are coming to terms with the shortage of bus drivers throughout the state. In the Madison school district, start times have been adjusted to account for fewer drivers. Other districts in Dane County, like Verona, have partnered with Badger Bus — which is also short on drivers — to transport its students to and from school.
  • The State Journal reports Madison needed at least 18 additional drivers to operate at pre-pandemic capacity.
  • Related: Amid 'crisis in staffing,' school district offers bonuses to staff (Cap Times)

🎿 Tyrol Basin is open for business.

🛍️ Madison retailers aren't immune from the world's supply chain issues.

"There’s just been a huge increase in demand, probably fueled by people having spent a lot of time at home and just kind of rediscovering things that they used to really enjoy." — Chris Rogers, manager of Misty Mountain Games

🤕 Dane County is continuing to see a major increase in firearms injuries.

  • In 2019 UW Health’s Trauma Center treated 23 people for firearm injuries, WPR reports. In 2020, that number jumped to 42. UW Health says 2021 is on track to meet or even exceed that number. The pandemic has given rise to an increase n gun violence, now the hospital is working with public health agencies and community groups to reduce gun violence rates.

🎨 Your lunchtime read: Meet five Latinx artists changing the face of Madison.

  • From The Cap Times: "Madison is home to dozens of working artists with Latin American roots, and their profiles are growing. Last year, the two winners of the 2020 Forward Art Prize were printmaker Adriana Barrios and painter/CultivARTE co-organizer Angelica Contreras, both Latina artists. [...] Madison’s Latinx artists are diverse in every sense. Here are five artists to know, and a brief introduction to their work."

💔 After fighting a years-long private battle with cancer, fashion visionary and UW alumn Virgil Abloh has died.

🦠 Covid-19 Resources

Wisconsin Vaccination Rate: 56%

Dane County Vaccination Rate: 72.5%

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

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

Do you still need your flu shot? Start here.

📅 Events: Monday, Nov. 29

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