A change in plans
Morning Update: Tuesday, March 29
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Happy Tuesday, Madison!
We're just going to jump right into the news this morning.
Let's get to it.
🦠 Covid-19 testing at Alliant is sticking around a little longer.
- Last week, Public Health Madison & Dane County announced it would shut down its Covid-19 testing facility at the Alliant Energy Center April 2. Now, PHMDC says instead of shutting down operations completely, it is setting up a new clinic inside the east lobby of the Coliseum at Alliant.
- The new clinic will be open seven days a week from 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. starting April 3 and will remain open until June. Walk-ins and appointments are welcome.
🚧 The Wisconsin Historical Society has found a design team for its $120 million museum project.
- The historical society announced the SmithGroup has joined the effort to build a four-story, 100,000-square-foot museum downtown. The SmithGroup played a role in designing the National Museum of African History and Culture in Washington, D.C., and Alumni Park at UW-Madison, the State Journal reports.
- The design phase of the project is expected to kick off this summer with construction slated for early 2024.
- Some context: The Wisconsin Historical Society has long been in need of a new home. Last October, the society announced it would demolish its current museum and adjacent properties to make room for the much larger and more modern facility.
🐶 Happy Take me home Tuesday! Meet sweet baby Buddy.
- From Dane County Humane Society: Buddy, age 7, is a loveable couch potato. He has peacefully shared space with other dog friends, cats, and children. He also likes to chew on socks and carrots. Buddy is looking for a retirement home where he can enjoy soaking up the sunshine and cuddling up to his humans on the couch. To learn more about Buddy, click here.
👮 MPD is seeking community input on policing.
- The Madison Police Department is in the midst of creating a "long-range strategic plan." As part of that process, each district will hold a meeting to gather community input on various aspects of policing, including "community trust, the role of police, community policing, crime and safety, and police staffing."
- Click here for a full list of district meeting times. Here's the link to register for the virtual meeting.
🧪 Fentanyl test strips are now decriminalized in Wisconsin and are already being put to use.
- Earlier this month, the legislature passed a bipartisan bill to decriminalize fentanyl testing strips. Previously, only law enforcement was able to use the test strips since they were considered drug paraphernalia.
- Milwaukee County has already distributed more than 1,500 tests and other counties are working on plans to distribute tests to the public, the State Journal reports. In 2021, Milwaukee County had 600 fatal overdoses, more than 80% of those deaths were caused by fentanyl.
"The most important step is keeping people alive so they can get the treatment and help to give them the best quality of life possible.” — Shakita LaGrant-McClain, director of the Milwaukee County Department of Health and Human Services
🍔 Meet Sookie's Veggie Burgers.
- The name says it all. Sookie's opened last week in what had been Koi Sushi at 502 State St. after operating as a food trailer in Milwaukee.
- According to their website, Sookie's "goal is to provide healthier and more sustainable food for restaurant-goers. We use biodegradable packaging and all of our menu items are 100% plant-based." And who is Sookie, you ask? The owners' dog.
✏️ Your lunchtime read: How a UW-Madison professor’s algorithm helps find The New Yorker’s cartoon caption.
- From WPR: "Voters of The New Yorker’s weekly cartoon caption contest decide what witty line will appear in the magazine to accompany the praying mantis, an insect whose females notoriously decapitate its mates. But which captions of the thousands of submissions voters are shown is not random. The New Yorker relies on an algorithm from Robert Nowak, an engineering professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison."
🦠 Covid-19 Update
Wisconsin Vaccination Rate: 60.7%
Dane County Vaccination Rate: 78.5%
- 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.
- Request an at-home testing kit from the Wisconsin Department of Health Services.
- Where to pick up free masks from the Federal Retail Pharmacy Program
- What to Do if You are Sick or Possibly Exposed (PHMDC)
📅 Events: Multi-day
- Vintage Kitchen Event! at Vinny's Willy St. Through Wednesday. Vintage aesthetics, Pyrex, Cast iron, and kitchen goods.
Tuesday, March 29
- Concert Bingo at High Noon Saloon. Prizes include merchandise and concert tickets. 5 p.m. $5 entry includes five rounds.
- Cap Times Talk: The Batman (2022) at Leopold's Books Bar Caffè. 6 p.m. Free.
- KoЯn w/ Chevelle and Code Orange at Alliant Energy Center. 6:30 p.m. Tickets start at $29.
- Schitt’s Creek Trivia at The Rigby. 7 p.m.
- National Geographic Live: Improbable Ascent with Maureen Beck at the Overture. 7:30 p.m. Tickets start at $25.
- Open Mic at Red Rock Saloon Madison. Have a chuckle at the cowboy bar. Show at 8 p.m. Free.