Morning Update: Thursday, Jan. 6

Good Morning, Madison!

It's Thursday. Where the h*ck did the week go?

For the second day in a row, Wisconsin has set a new record for single-day confirmed COVID-19 cases. According to information from the state Department of Health Services (DHS), Wisconsin recorded 10,288 new cases Tuesday. That tops Monday's record of 8,058 cases.

I know we've been spending a lot of time here talking about COVID-19 testing, vaccines, and everything in between but that's what happens when you're waist-deep in a global pandemic.

Thankfully, I do have a bit of good news to share in the pandemic world: the Madison Metropolitan School District has acquired 15,000 PCR tests and will administer them to students, staff, and their families for free. This is HUGE considering the scarce number of tests available after the holiday season.

Here's a link to the available testing locations. Shout out to the Cap Times for scooping this story!

โ€” Hayley

๐Ÿ’Š Wisconsin has received its first dose of COVID-19 antiviral pills.

"These drugs are not a substitution for protecting yourself by getting vaccinated and wearing a mask in public places. We are committed to distributing these pills equitably across the state, and access will increase as Wisconsin receives more allocations from the federal government." โ€” DHS Secretary-designee Karen Timberlake said in a statement

๐Ÿ—ณ๏ธ From School Board to County Board, it's time to start thinking about spring elections.

  • Let's start with the Madison School Board.
  • What's up with the Dane County Board? Well, because of redistricting, all 37 seats are up for election.
    • Breaking it down further, 11 incumbents have decided not to run for re-election, the State Journal reports, including long-time board members Dorothy Krause, Carl Chenoweth, Shelia Stubbs, Jeremy Levin, and Carousel Bayrd.
    • There are eight newcomers running unopposed for open seats. Currently, there are 12 races that have the potential to be competitive. It's still too early to make any predictions but this will definitely be an interesting election to watch.
  • The nitty gritty: See who's going to be on the ballot in April (Wisconsin State Journal)

๐ŸŽ“ Edgewood College is delaying the start of its spring semester.

  • Yes, it's because of rapidly increasing COVID-19 case numbers being reported across the country and state. Classes will resume Jan. 24.
  • Channel 3000 reports graduate courses, online courses, and accelerated courses are not affected by the change.

๐Ÿ“š A Room of One's Own is closing its doors to the public for now.

  • The East Side book store made the announcement on its social media Wednesday. The shop will be closed to the public through (at least) Jan. 15. You can still shop the store online and order pickup will be available at the front of the store from 12 - 5 p.m. daily.

๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡ซ Your lunchtime read: Torn Apart: Local efforts to help Afghan refugees are marked by both tears and triumph.

  • From Madison Magazine: "Itโ€™s not just a single family that is navigating resettlement complexities on top of personal tragedy. The Catholic Multicultural Center estimates about 136 members of the Afghan community have resettled in the Madison area since 2010, and more will soon come."
  • Related: How you can support Open Doors for Refugees (Channel 3000)

๐Ÿˆ Just for fun: Ever wonder how 'Jump Around' came to be THE song in Madison? TMJ4 has the answer.

๐Ÿฆ  Covid-19 Resources

Wisconsin Vaccination Rate: 58.3%

Dane County Vaccination Rate: 76.1%

๐Ÿ“… Events: Thursday, Jan 6.

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