Morning Update: Tuesday, Jan. 18

Good Morning, Madison!

And happy Tuesday. A bit of national news to start the day: Starting tomorrow, you'll be able to order free at-home COVID-19 tests.

The Biden Administration announced last week that all Americans can request up to four free COVID-19 tests per household. The Wisconsin Examiner writes the move is part of the administration's efforts to curb the spread of the omicron variant, which has ravaged schools and hospitals.

Tests will ship via USPS seven to 12 days after they are ordered. Bookmark this page and remember to order your tests tomorrow.

— Hayley

🧪 As Covid numbers continue to climb, expect longer wait times for test results.

🏀 The UW men's basketball team is heating up and climbing up the AP Top 25 rankings.

🚌 MMSD needs volunteers.

😷 In-person visits to Wisconsin prisons are on hold as COVID-19 cases continue to spread.

😻 Happy Take Me Home Tuesday! Meet the beautiful Dazzle.

  • From the Dane County Humane Society: This 7-year-old likes attention, on her terms. She enjoys short play sessions with her toy mouse. Dazzle will snuggle on your lap, but when she's had enough, she needs alone time to recharge. She would do best in a quiet home where she can bond with her people. Dazzle has been at the shelter a little longer than we would like, so she is a member of our Lonely Hearts Club. A generous donor has covered Dazzle's adoption fee.

🥕 Pass the veggies, please.

  • A study from the CDC shows you're probably not getting enough fruits and vegetables in your diet. According to the study, in 2019 only one in 10 Wisconsinites met the daily recommendations for fruits and vegetables.
  • Of course there are many factors that go into food consumption and access to healthy options is not always available or affordable. In some ways, the pandemic has created more access to healthy food options. With help from American Rescue Plan Act funds, programs like the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) were able to increase its benefits to participants.

🩸 Wisconsin needs blood, blood, gallons of the stuff.

🤝 Your lunchtime read: “A cultural shift.” Nonprofits see lasting changes — some subtle, some seismic — coming out of the pandemic.

  • From Madison365: "When the pandemic fully reached Wisconsin in mid-March of 2020, nonprofits had to pivot just like almost every other business. Not all nonprofits pivoted in the same direction, though."

🦠 Covid-19 Resources

Wisconsin Vaccination Rate: 58.8%

Dane County Vaccination Rate: 76.6%

📅 Events: Tuesday, Jan. 18