Morning Update: Tuesday, Nov. 23

Morning Update: Tuesday, Nov. 23

Today's weather: ☀️ Mostly sunny. High: 44° Low: 24°

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Good morning, Madison.

Welcome to Tuesday. In case you missed it, the CDC has opened up access to COVID-19 booster shots to all adults in the U.S. That means if you're over 18 and got your second dose of a Pfizer or Moderna vaccine at least six months ago, it's time for round three. (The CDC and FDA have already approved boosters for Johnson & Johnson vaccine recipients.)

This news comes just in time for the holiday season, where folks are expected to travel in droves and COVID-19 case numbers have hit their highest levels since 2020.

Most Walgreens and CVS locations offer vaccines but for a full look at vaccine providers in your area, start here.

— Hayley

💔 An update from Waukesha and how you can help.

🚯 PSA: There will be no trash or recycling collection this Thursday and Friday.

  • In observance of the Thanksgiving holiday, the city has announced there will be no trash and recycling collection on both Thursday, November 25 and Friday, November 26. Drop-off sites will also be closed these days as well.
  • From the city: If your trash and recycling are normally collected on Wednesdays and Thursdays by the Streets Division, you should have your carts to the curb by 6:30 a.m. Wednesday, November 24. If your trash and recycling are collected on Fridays and Mondays, you should have your carts to the curb by 6:30 a.m. Monday, November 29.

🏫 Say hello to Vel Phillips Memorial High School.

🏀 The Bucks took their fourth consecutive win Monday.

🛍️ Shopping local this holiday season.

🏳️‍🌈 A new UW student organization is providing a space for queer and trans people of color on campus.

"A lot of the other founding members and myself are friends who have a mutual experience of not feeling like we could access some of the resources here on campus for queer and trans students because we saw that they were majority white and catered to a majority white audience." — Daniel Sanji, QTPOC co-founder

🎖️ Your lunchtime read: Four Wisconsin National Guardsmen went to Afghanistan together. All returned home safely. Within months, all took their own lives.

🐶 Happy Take Me Home Tuesday! Meet Kinetic.

  • From the Dane County Humane Society: Kinetic was transferred to DCHS from an overcrowded Arkansas shelter. Kinetic is a bouncy 2-year-old looking for an active family who will take him on fun adventures and give him snuggles. Kinetic is nervous around other dogs, so he needs to be your only furry friend or introductions with other pets would need to move slowly. Learn more about this cutie here.

🦠 Covid-19 Resources

Wisconsin Vaccination Rate: 55.8%

Dane County Vaccination Rate: 72.4%

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: Tuesday, Nov. 23

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