Good Morning, Madison!

It's Tuesday. Have you taken an at-home COVID-19 test recently? If so, Public Health Madison and Dane County wants to remind you to report any positive test results.

Positive PCR tests are automatically reported but it's on you to report positive results from rapid tests. PHMDC says this helps them better understand the level of the virus' spread in the community.

You can self-report positive test results by filling out this form here.

— Hayley


🏥 Dane County hospitals are seeing record numbers of COVID-19 patients.

🎒 The Madison School Board approved additional COVID-19 sick leave for teachers.

"Right now, our staff is hurting. We need to do something, we need to do something now." — Nicki Vander Meulen, school board clerk

🎭 So, totally, not fetch.

  • The national touring production of "Mean Girls" has canceled its Madison run, scheduled Tuesday through Sunday at Overture Center, because of COVID-19. The show has been rescheduled for Aug. 30 - Sept. 4.

🚑 The city's ninth ambulance is now in service on the southeast side.

  • The new ambulance is housed at Fire Station 14 on Dairy Drive, which first opened in 2018, but has not had an ambulance until now, WORT reports.
  • The addition is expected to alleviate some of the strain on other ambulances in the city and surrounding communities. Residents have advocated for an ambulance in the area for years.

🧪 Exact Sciences has acquired a Marshfield genetics lab to test hereditary cancers.

📚 A UW-Madison professor's book is up for a national prize.

  • A book of literary philosophy by John Baldacchino was a finalist in the Literary Nonfiction category for Malta’s National Book Prize. “Sejjieħ il-Ħsieb: Limitu u Ħelsien” (Rubble Walls of Thought: Limits and Freedom) is Baldacchino’s first book of philosophy and written in his native language, Maltese.
  • Baldacchino is a professor of art and education UW-Madison.

🐆 Your lunchtime read: How the Henry Vilas zoo cares for animals in Wisconsin winter.

  • From WORT: "Madison’s Henry Vilas Zoo, one of the nation’s only free zoos and one that is open year round, holds animals from across the world, including giraffes, lions, and seals. I spoke with Beth Peterson, the zoo’s General Curator, and the one in charge of staff and animal operations, about how the zoo deals with the animals during the freezing winter months. It turns out, this is a topic that the zoo has to deal with every time a new animal is brought into the zoo."

🦠 Covid-19 Resources

Of Note: Starting today, Madison Minutes will use case count data from Public Health Madison and Dane County, our local public health authority. Our previous charts used figures reported by the state’s Department of Health Services (DHS). The above graph represents new COVID-19 cases in Dane County.

Wisconsin Vaccination Rate: 58.5%

Dane County Vaccination Rate: 76.4%


📅 Events: Tuesday, Jan. 11


(Header image via City of Madison)