Here’s the lastest news about the coronavirus and COVID-19 pandemic and its effects in the Madison area. Please email any tips or information to news@madison365.org.

 
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Change manager Mark Webster: businesses who know their purpose will survive

Mark Webster handles change for a living. The Madison native has run political campaigns and worked in Congressional offices, and for more than 20 years...

Positive test rate ticks up as 19 more die; 573 new cases reported

Even as the most-ever coronavirus tests were reported today -- over 13,000 -- the percentage of tests that came back positive creeped up to...

CNN reporter, crew arrested on live TV while covering Minneapolis protests

Minnesota state police arrested CNN correspondent Omar Jimenez and his camera crew early Friday morning during a live broadcast from the Minneapolis protests on...

Freedom, Inc hosts forum on reopening

A Madison-based social justice organization hosted a virtual forum Wednesday on the first phase of reopening Dane County, featuring a panel of local officials...

Dane County Timebank looking to distribute 500 masks

Dane County Timebank has announced a goal to distribute 500 masks to Black, Brown, and marginalized people in the Madison area over the course...

Wisconsin’s coronavirus eviction ban has expired. Here’s what renters need to know.

Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers’ statewide ban on evictions expired on May 26, leaving renters at risk of losing housing during a pandemic that has...

Wisconsin sets record for new COVID19 cases for second straight day; positive test rate...

For the second straight day, Wisconsin set a record for the number of new coronavirus cases being confirmed, as 686 new cases brought the...

Two weeks after court scraps Safer at Home, Wisconsin sets record for new coronavirus...

Two weeks to the day after the Wisconsin Supreme Court overturned Governor Tony Evers' "Safer at Home" order, the state has set a one-day...

Gov. Evers announces $200 million grant program for local governments

Gov. Tony Evers announced Wednesday the launch of the “Routes to Recovery: Local Government Aid Grants” program, a $200 million effort aimed at helping...
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Real Talk with Henry Sanders COVID19 update: Lt. Gov. Mandela Barnes

In our weekly check-in with Lieutenant Governor Mandela Barnes, Henry & the LG talk Republican opposition to working together, racial disparities in the effects...

Here’s what you need to know about coronavirus as the economy reopens

The state's "Safer at Home" order is gone, overturned by the state Supreme Court. Dane County has begun to reopen as well, as the...

What’s next? Freedom Inc to host forum on reopening today

Madison-based social justice and service organization Freedom Inc will host a forum on Facebook Live at 4 pm today to give people access to...

Positive coronavirus test rate falls as hospitalizations rise

The percentage of coronavirus tests coming back positive fell again to 3.6 percent in the past 24 hours, the second-lowest daily rate to date,...

Madison Public Libraries Accepting Library Returns Starting Today

All Madison Public Libraries will begin accepting returns of library materials starting on Tuesday, May 26 and all items checked out on or before...

Positive coronavirus test rate falls to 4.1% as 289 cases identified

The percentage of coronavirus tests coming back positive fell again to 4.1 percent in the past 24 hours, the second-lowest daily rate to date,...

Madison’s Annual Juneteenth Celebration going virtual for 2020

Kujichagulia Madison Center for Self Determination, a non-profit that promotes African-American cultural and educational events, is inviting Madisonians to join them for Juneteenth, the...

Positive coronavirus test rate falls to 5.5%; 372 new cases identified

After the percentage of coronavirus tests rose slightly yesterday, it fell again to 5.5 percent Sunday as 572 new cases were identified. The State Department...

Psalm 46 Fund approaches $300,000 in aid given to community

The Psalm 46 fund, launched in early April to respond to immediate needs of African American and Latino families caused by job losses and...

Positive coronavirus test rate ticks up slightly as death toll passes 500

After the percentage of coronavirus tests fell to five percent Thursday, it ticked back up to 6.8 percent Saturday as 531 new cases were...

Positive test rate stays low as record 587 new cases reported

After the percentage of coronavirus tests turning up positive results rose sharply to eight percent Wednesday, the daily rate fell back to five percent...

Dane County set to enter “Phase One” of reopening Tuesday

Based on active monitoring of the data-based metrics outlined in the Forward Dane plan to reopen businesses and allow more movement and gatherings, an...

UW-Madison closes off lakefront as hundreds gather

The University of Wisconsin has erected temporary fencing to close off the Memorial Union Terrace and adjacent lakefront areas, including the piers, as hundreds...

Positive test rate falls to 5 percent as testing ramps up

After the percentage of coronavirus tests turning up positive results rose sharply to eight percent Wednesday, the daily rate fell back to five percent...

Madison College will hold first-ever virtual graduation this afternoon

It’s commencement time for students all across the United States including Madison College and its approximately 1,800 students who will be graduating today. Of...
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Real Talk with Henry Sanders COVID19 Update: Change manager Mark Webster

Nothing is going to go back to "normal" for quite a while. Businesses, families and communities will have to manage a lot of change...

Inmates fear ‘the invisible enemy’ in Wisconsin’s overcrowded prisons

Mia White was stepping off the walking track at Taycheedah Correctional Institution in 2018 when the ground crumbled beneath her feet and her back...

Black-owned Rock County business offers custom masks — plus matching scarves and more

Jennifer Franklin picked a very interesting time to start a business. Franklin, who was born in Beloit and now lives in Evansville, has been sewing...

Positive test rate rises again as Wisconsin reports record 580 new coronavirus cases

After falling to its lowest-ever rate of 2.9 percent on Monday, the percentage of coronavirus tests turning up positive results has risen sharply to...

Ho-Chunk Gaming Madison casino to reopen next week

Ho-Chunk Gaming-Madison will reopen on Wednesday, May 27, utilizing an effectual safety and sanitation plan, Ho-Chunk Nation President Marlon White Eagle has announced....
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Real Talk with Henry Sanders COVID19 Update: Psalm 46 Fund

The Psalm 46 Fund launched with a $20,000 donation from Selfless Ambition with the hopes of raising a total of $50,000 to help families...

Positive test rate ticks up slightly; 272 new coronavirus cases reported

The daily rate of positive coronavirus tests rose Tuesday to five percent -- up from the lowest-ever rate of 2.9 percent Monday -- as...

Lt. Gov. slams Supreme Court decision, Republican legislature for creating “patchwork” and “confusion”

Wisconsin Lieutenant Governor Mandela Barnes said he was “not shocked, but just extremely disappointed” with last week’s Supreme Court ruling that overturned the Department...

City of Madison announces investments in Black, Latino Chambers of Commerce

The City of Madison has announced today that they will be investing an additional $35,000 each in the Madison Black Chamber of Commerce and...

Dane County businesses can reopen at reduced capacity as early next week under new...

From our content partner Channel 3000. Dane County health officials are outlining a new plan to reopen the county, hopeful it can progress quickly with the...
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Real Talk with Henry Sanders: Lt. Gov. Mandela Barnes

In today's Real Talk with Henry Sanders, Lieutenant Governor Mandela Barnes reacts to the Supreme Court decision to overturn the Safer at Home order,...

State announces $75 million in aid to small businesses

Gov. Tony Evers announced Monday a $75 million fund to help small businesses as part of the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation’s We’re All In...

Dane County announces $10 million eviction prevention fund

Dane County Executive Joe Parisi announced Monday a $10million dollar effort to reduce evictions and improve access to housing during the COVID-19 pandemic. According to...

Daily positive test rate falls to lowest yet; 151 new cases reported

In a hopeful sign for Wisconsin's coronavirus response, the rate of positive tests fell to 2.9 percent -- the lowest rate since the crisis...

Minority-owned “microbusiness” grant applications now open

Applications for the state's $2 million microbusiness grant program are now open. The program, announced last week, will give $2,000 for 1,000 businesses owned by...

Zero deaths as postive test rate slows; 203 new cases identified today

For the first time in months, the state of Wisconsin reports no new deaths from coronavirus infection over the past 24 hours. Additionally, the percentage...

In biggest one-day jump yet, 514 new coronavirus cases confirmed; total count surges past...

For the first time, the single-day increase in coronavirus cases exceeds 500, as 514 new cases have been confirmed in the past 24 hours. The...

Positive coronavirus test rate remains steady for third straight day as most-ever new cases...

The percentage of coronavirus tests that came back positive in the past 24 hours fell to to 6.37 percent -- down just slightly from...

Dane County Community Defense pivots to COVID relief

From our news partner Madison Commons: Dane County Community Defense (DCCD) is relying on individuals to meet the needs of the community during the COVID-19...

Virtual town hall will support Pan-Asian communities during the COVID-19 crisis

A coalition of community, education and government organizations will host a virtual town hall on Tuesday, May 19 in response to xenophobic and hateful...

“We’re the Wild West and it’s a frightening place to be:” Gov. Evers appears...

From our content partner Channel 3000. Governor Tony Evers appeared on Chris Cuomo’s “Cuomo Prime Time” show Thursday night to talk about the Wisconsin Supreme...

Positive test rate stays steady; 13 die as restrictions are lifted

The percentage of coronavirus tests that came back positive in the past 24 hours rose to 6.37 percent -- up just slightly from 6.25...

“Entrepreneurship in Unprecedented Times:” AKA’s virtual panel discussions tonight will highlight women entrepreneurs

Black women are starting businesses and getting into entrepreneurship like never before as the face of female entrepreneurship is becoming a lot less white....

“Everything is up in the air.” International students stuck in Madison struggle with mental...

Anupras Mohapatra remembers the cusp of the COVID-19 pandemic clearly.  It was a Wednesday morning, he recalled, when he received a notification that quickly changed...

Cities, Counties adopt local “Safer at Home” orders

Following the Wisconsin Supreme Court’s ruling striking down Governor Tony Evers’ “Safer at Home” order Wednesday, several local jurisdictions -- including Dane, Kenosha, Rock...

State Supreme Court overturns “Safer at Home” order effective immediately

In a 4-3 decision, the Wisconsin Supreme Court has overturned the "Safer at Home" order, declaring that the Secretary of Health Services does not...

Positive test rate rises slightly, but state remains on track toward reopening, as case...

The percentage of coronavirus tests that came back positive in the past 24 hours rose slightly to 6.25 percent, but the average over the...

Dane County Fair cancelled

From our news partner Channel3000: This year’s Dane County Fair has been canceled due to COVID-19 concerns. The Dane County Fair Association made the announcement in...
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Real Talk with Henry Sanders COVID19 Update: Lt. Gov. Mandela Barnes

The numbers are heading in the right direction because Wisconsin's been doing the right things, says Lieutenant Governor Mandela Barnes. Plus, we talk about...

Lt. Gov. Barnes: Wisconsin “in a solid spot” in containing infections; big actions needed...

Wisconsin Lieutenant Governor Mandela Barnes said Wisconsin is “in a solid spot” when it comes to containing the spread to coronavirus, but big plans...

Dane County Exec Parisi outlines help for farms, businesses, child care centers

Dane County Executive Joe Parisi detailed a number of new initiatives to help people and businesses through the economic effects of the pandemic using...

Positive test rate drops to lowest level yet; 5 of 6 “Badger Bounce Back”...

The percentage of coronavirus tests that came back positive in the past 24 hours fell to its lowest level yet -- four percent --...
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Real Talk with Henry Sanders COVID19 Update: Dane County Executive Joe Parisi

Dane County got $95 million in relief funding from the federal government, and we're checking in with Dane County Exec Joe Parisi on how...

Doctors Without Borders dispatched to New Mexico to help the Navajo Nation battle coronavirus...

Doctors Without Borders has sent nine medical professionals to the Navajo Nation in New Mexico where they are working with Native American communities to...

Psalm 46 Fund, launched a month ago, has raised over $270,000, helped over 300...

The Psalm 46 Fund, a joint effort between Lighthouse Church and the African American Council of Churches (AACC), has raised over $270,000 and given...

Ayuda Mutua MKE developing community-driven grassroots food donation movement

Ayuda Mutua MKE plans to develop a sustainable grassroots movement on Milwaukee’s South Side in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.  “A lot of members...

As COVID-19 spreads, so do conspiracy theories. A Wisconsin professor teaches ways to confront...

Ajay Sethi, a professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and director of its Master of Public Health program, studies the spread of infectious diseases...

Pick N Save, iHeartMedia, Selfless Ambition team up for food drive

From Wednesday, May 13 through Tuesday, May 19, you can directly help stave off hunger for families in need by dropping off non-perishable food...

Positive case rate drops in step toward “Badger Bounce Back” plan to reopen

The percentage of coronavirus tests that came back positive in the past 24 hours fell from eight to 6.5 percent from Sunday to Monday,...

Evers allows stores to open for five customers at a time

Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers today announced another turn of the dial on Safer at Home to add even more opportunities for Wisconsin businesses to...

“We’ll be damned if they are going to take running from us.” Black Men...

In Madison, Black Men Run is still running like they always do, but things were a little different for the latest get together. “This has...

New COVID-19 community testing sites launch in Madison, Milwaukee

UPDATE: The office of Madison Mayor Satya Rhodes-Conway confirmed Tuesday that both Spanish and Hmong language translators will be available at the Madison testing...

Wisconsin’s coronavirus death toll hits 400 as positive test rate rises again

The percentage of coronavirus tests that came back positive rose again from 6.95 percent to eight percent. It's gone down on five of the...

South Dakota governor orders tribes to lift COVID19 checkpoints

The governor of South Dakota has threatened legal action against two Sioux tribes if they don't lift checkpoints designed to stop the spread of...

Coronavirus infections in Wisconsin approach 10,000; hotspots not cooling off

The percentage of coronavirus tests that came back positive dropped for the fifth time in six days, from 8.14 percent to 6.95 percent, but...

Dane County approves $3.5 million in relief for child care centers

On Thursday, County Executive Joe Parisi announced Dane County will create a $3.5 million grant program for roughly 500 Dane County child care providers...

State offers grants to minority-owned “microbusinesses”

Gov. Tony Evers announced today that 1,000 ethnically diverse micro-businesses -- defined as for-profit businesses with five employees or fewer -- that have suffered losses...

Rate of positive coronavirus tests ticks up as 375 new cases identified

The percentage of coronavirus tests that came back positive increased for the first time in five days, from 5.9 percent to 8.14 percent. Governor Tony...

Collaboration provides planting project packages to 73 Ho-Chunk youth

From our content partner Hocak Worak  The Ho-Chunk Nation Social Services Family Services Program teamed up with Youth Services to provide planting project packages...

Wisconsin gets a D grade for social distancing, down from a B+ two months...

From our news partner Channel3000: An online location data company is handing out grades to states on their handling of social distance, and Wisconsin isn’t...

Rate of positive coronavirus tests falls for fourth straight day

In another positive sign that the state may soon inch toward easing restrictions on businesses and individuals, the rate of positive infections dropped to...

Madison365 lands $100,000 coronavirus coverage grant from Facebook Journalism Project

The Facebook Journalism Project has awarded a $100,000 grant to 365 Media Foundation, the nonprofit organization that operates Madison365, FoxValley365 and the Wisconsin Leadership...

Nearly 1 in 3 of Rock County coronavirus cases tied to Bird’s Eye facility

From our news partner Channel3000: Ninety two of Rock County’s 311 total Coronavirus cases are now linked to an outbreak at the Birds Eye processing...

Coronavirus testing continues to increase, rate of positive results continues to drop

In a positive sign that the state may soon inch toward easing restrictions on businesses and individuals, the rate of positive infections dropped to...
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Real Talk with Henry Sanders COVID19 Update: Ho-Chunk Nation’s Dr. Amy DeLong

Dr. Amy DeLong, medical director of the Ho-Chunk House of Wellness, joins Real Talk with Henry Sanders to discuss the impact of COVID19 on...

Wisconsin set to hold more elections during coronavirus pandemic, as clerks scramble to ensure...

By Chelsea Hylton, Francisco Velazquez and Dee J. Hall, Wisconsin Watch Tamia Fowlkes of Milwaukee was among thousands of voters in Wisconsin who reluctantly went to...

Positive test rate drops for third consecutive day, but deaths rise

In a potentially positive sign that the state may soon inch toward easing restrictions on businesses and individuals, the rate of positive infections dropped...

“People will die” if Safer at Home order is lifted too soon, Justice Dept...

The Wisconsin Supreme Court’s conservative majority seems poised to rule against Governor Tony Evers’ “Safer at Home” order, though it’s not entirely clear what...

WATCH LIVE: State Supreme Court hears oral arguments in lawsuit over “Safer at Home”...

The Republican-led legislature has sued Department of Health Services Secretary-designee Andrea Palm, seeking an end to the Administration's "Safer at Home" order. Each side...
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Real Talk with Henry Sanders COVID19 Update: Lt. Gov. Mandela Barnes

Here's our weekly check-in with Wisconsin Lieutenant Governor Mandela Barnes on Real Talk with Henry Sanders. Today, Henry and the LG talks about more...

‘Almost a death sentence’: How Wisconsin doctors, peers are rethinking ventilators for coronavirus

COVID-19 patients experience many symptoms: Fever, chills, muscle pain, loss of taste or smell, sore throat, cough. But one of the biggest concerns for...

Wisconsin adds 273 coronavirus cases; positive test percentage down slightly

Two hundred seventy three more people tested positive for coronavirus infection in the past 24 hours. Wisconsin now has had a total of 8,274...

Gov. Evers announces plans to make Wisconsin a top state in COVID-19 testing per...

Gov. Tony Evers announced a plan Monday to make Wisconsin one of the top states in testing per capita, according to a news release,...

New Leaders Council-Wisconsin looking to raise $20,000 in two weeks for Latinx immigrants hurt...

The local Latinx community is uniquely vulnerable to the economic turmoil caused by the current COVID-19 crisis. About 70 percent of the Latinx population...

Governor announces free drive-through testing in Northern Wisconsin

Governor Tony Evers today announced in a press release additional community testing events in northwest Wisconsin. The State Emergency Operations Center, Wisconsin Department of...

Coronavirus cases in Wisconsin pass 8,000; positive test rate increases again

Two hundred sixty six more people tested positive for coronavirus infection in the past 24 hours, even with fewer tests being conducted. Wisconsin now...

Second-biggest one-day jump in coronavirus cases brings Wisconsin total to 7,737

In the second-biggest one-day jump to date, 349 more people tested positive for coronavirus infection in the past 24 hours, even with fewer tests...

Wisconsin Black Caucus hosts town hall on COVID impact on Black community

The Wisconsin Legislative Black Caucus held a town hall Thursday afternoon to discuss the impact COVID-19 has had on the black community in Wisconsin. The...

Wisconsin Supreme Court accepts case against Safer at Home order; arguments scheduled for Tuesday

The Wisconsin Supreme Court has agreed to hear a lawsuit filed by legislative Republicans challenging Governor Tony Evers' "Safer at Home" order. The ruling issued...

Wisconsin’s 458 new coronavirus cases shatters previous one-day record; total now 7,388

Both the number of new coronavirus cases confirmed in Wisconsin and the percentage of tests coming back positive took the biggest jump to date...

Madison schools announce plans to address equity, student internet access

Schools will continue to remain closed for the remainder of the school year, but Madison Metropolitan School District staff are working toward improving virtual...
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Real Talk with Henry Sanders COVID19 Update: US. Rep Mark Pocan

United States Representative Mark Pocan joins us today to talk about the next round of federal stimulus money, potential solutions for unemployment, support for...

“It’s basically a death sentence.” Online concert series looks to raise money to get...

This Saturday the “Free The 350 Bail Fund” will host its first of five online concerts as part of a fundraising series to raise...

Mom pushes federal court, jail to release or hospitalize son with COVID19

The mother of a federal detainee in the Dane County Jail is seeking to have him released to house arrest -- or at least...

In third-biggest jump yet, Wisconsin passes 6,900 coronavirus cases

In the third largest single-day increase of cases to date, 327 people in Wisconsin tested positive for coronavirus infection in the past 24 hours,...
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Real Talk with Henry Sanders COVID19 Update: Latino Chamber of Commerce CEO Jessica Cavazos

Economic struggles his minority-owned businesses harder than others. Latino Chamber of Commerce of Dane County CEO and president Jessica Cavazos joins Real Talk with...

City of Madison, Dane County putting forth nearly $700,000 in COVID-19 relief budget amendments

The City of Madison and Dane County are putting forth budget amendments of nearly $700,000 for Public Health Madison & Dane County to support...

Wisconsin landlords temporarily barred from charging late fees on rent

Wisconsin consumer protection officials have banned late fees and penalties for missed rent payments as the coronavirus pandemic enters its third month. The Wisconsin Department...

Wisconsin takes a step in the right direction as rate of new cases drops

For the third time in four days, the percentage of coronavirus tests that come back positive has dropped -- this time to 6.95 percent. According...

UW announces furlough plan; top execs to take 15% pay cut

University of Wisconsin Chancellor Becky Blank announced today in an email to all staff and faculty a graduated furlough plan for most staff, a...
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Real Talk with Henry Sanders COVID19 Update: Green Bay Mayor Eric Genrich

Green Bay has quickly become a hotspot for COVID19 in Wisconsin. Mayor Eric Genrich joins Real Talk with Henry Sanders to talk about the...

Community health collective Roots4Change launches “Farms to Families” initiative for immigrant families

A new emergency initiative provides fresh, healthy, locally grown food to Latino and Indigenous residents and families hard-hit by job loss and food insecurity.  “It’s...

Wisconsin’s pandemic past offers clues to its coronavirus future

Roy Cummings, a movie house owner in Oshkosh, knew he would lose big bucks — some $400 to $500 a week — if the...
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Real Talk with Henry Sanders COVID19 Update: Lt. Gov Mandela Barnes

Here's our weekly check-in with Lieutenant Governor Mandela Barnes, where we talk about last weeks protest against the #SaferAtHome order the Badger Bounce Back...

Death toll in Wisconsin jumps to 300 as 19 die overnight; infections continue steady...

Nineteen fatalities due to COVID19 were recorded in Wisconsin in the past 24 hours, bringing the death toll for the state to 300. It...

State Parks to open Friday — with restrictions

Governor Tony Evers today directed the Department of Natural Resources to re-open several state parks, forests, and recreational areas originally closed due to unprecedented...

Muslims in Madison face challenges celebrating Ramadan during coronavirus pandemic

Friday, April 24, marked the beginning of the holy month of Ramadan in the United States, one of the first major religious holidays to...

Impromptu food pantry started six weeks ago now serves 100 families weekly

When Jimena Maier offered to host a mini-food pantry in her garage less than two months ago, she never thought it would grow to...
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Real Talk with Henry Sanders COVID19 Update: Congressional Candidate Tricia Zunker

Tricia Zunker is running to become the first Native American to represent Wisconsin in the US Congress. She joins Real Talk with Henry Sanders...

Boys and Girls Club secures thousands of surgical masks for Black churches, other community...

Thanks to a connection from local grocer Tim Metcalfe, Boys and Girls Club of Dane County CEO Michael Johnson was able to score a...

Coronavirus spread continues to slow as cases pass 6,000

The rate of new coronavirus infections in Wisconsin has slowed for the second consecutive day as Gov. Tony Evers allows for more businesses to...

More nonessential businesses to be allowed to open under ‘Safer at Home’

A new Emergency Order today from Gov. Tony Evers announced today will expand allowed operations for nonessential businesses like dog groomers, small engine repair...

Madison teacher, rapper joins NBA star’s IG Live event

A Madison-based teacher was recently on NBA star Damian Lillard’s Instagram live, showcasing his skills as a freestyle rapper. Alexis Dean, 28, was invited by...

Nehemiah Center hosts virtual discussion on incarceration in the coronavirus era

The Nehemiah Center for Urban Leadership Development hosted a virtual lunch and learn panel last Thursday and Friday to discuss the criminal justice system...

Green Bay meat packing plant closes amid coronavirus outbreak

From our news partner Channel3000: JBS USA announced Sunday the temporary closure of its Green Bay beef production facility to help slow community spread of...

Coronavirus cases approach 6,000 as increase slows — at least for the day

Wisconsin now has 5,957 confirmed cases of coronavirus infection, an increase of 183 cases since Saturday. That daily increase is lower than the increases...

Coronavirus cases continue steady rise in Wisconsin; 338 new cases today

The number of new confirmed coronavirus cases continues to rise -- both as a raw number and as a percentage of those tested. A total...

Madison365 Week in Review for April 25

Here are our most popular stories of the week. Keeping you informed is more important than ever. We are a nonprofit, free access publication...

More than 1,500 rally to “Reopen Wisconsin”

About 1,500 people gathered in defiance of Governor Tony Evers’ “Safer at Home” order on Friday to protest the order and demand the state...

Group to host “Safer at Home” virtual rally this weekend

Wisconsinites from across the state will participate in an online demonstration on Saturday and Sunday to demonstrate their support for Wisconsin’s current Safer at...

In biggest jump yet, 344 new cases of coronavirus identified; 5 more deaths

In the biggest single-day jump yet, increased testing found 344 new cases of novel coronavirus infection in Wisconsin -- 150 of them in Brown...

Centro Hispano hosts first-ever Virtual Strategic Update

Business leaders, elected officials and community partners came together online on Thursday morning for the first-ever Virtual Strategic Update for Centro Hispano of Dane...

Counterprotest by candlelight supports “Safer at Home” order

From our news partner Channel3000.com: Madison nurses held a counter-protest in response to Friday’s planned anti-Safer at Home demonstration at the Wisconsin State Capitol. According to...

Where are the tests? It’s a more complicated question than you think

He started feeling miserable in mid-March. Cough, fever. Slept all day. Then he felt better for a few days, even went back to work as...

“A bit of happiness:” Local DJs create a virtual club scene online

For the past month, every Friday and Saturday evening, Luis Pino sets up turntables, cartridges and other DJ equipment in his home. He prepares...

Wisconsin coronavirus cases surge past 5,000; 257 dead

For the second consecutive day, more than 200 people tested positive for coronavirus infection, bringing the total number of identified cases to 5,092. Additionally,...
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Real Talk with Henry Sanders COVID19 Update: United Way of Dane County CEO Renee...

The United Way of Dane County put $1.5 million on the street just this week. CEO Renee Moe joins Real Talk with Henry Sanders...

“Injured spouses” who have lost their COVID-19 stimulus checks looking for restitution

Millions of Americans are currently receiving stimulus checks that are helping them get through the hard times brought on by the coronavirus pandemic, but...

‘Trying to muddy the waters’: Opponents misuse stats in attack on Wisconsin virus lockdown,...

By Howard Hardee for Wisconsin Watch Days after Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers announced the state’s Safer at Home order, a subtly misleading framework for Wisconsin’s...

Wisconsin coronavirus cases jump by more than 200; now more than 4,900

In the largest single-day increase in weeks, Wisconsin's count of people infected with novel coronavirus jumped 219 to 4,901. The increase was significantly higher than...
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Real Talk with Henry Sanders COVID19 Update: Professional Firefighters of Wisconsin President Mahlon Mitchell

Why can't first responders get worker's' compensation if they get coronavirus? In today's Real Talk with Heny Sanders, we hear from the front lines...

Madison Reading Project to buy, distribute thousands of books to kids during pandemic

Madison Reading Project has raised funds to safely deliver books featuring diverse characters, culturally relevant titles, and bilingual texts to children during the pandemic.  “It’s...

A Fund for Women pivots to immediate needs, grants $90,000 to four local nonprofits

A Fund for Women, a component fund of Madison Community Foundation (MCF) that funds causes and organizations that support women and girls, has suspended...

Reedsburg-based Hankscraft donates 100,000 gloves to Boys and Girls Club

Engineering and manufacturing firm Hankscraft, based in Reedsburg, has donated 100,000 poly gloves and an A for the protection of people in need in...

Metcalfe brothers donate 10,000 masks through Boys and Girls Clubs

Tim and Kevin Metcalfe, owners of Metcalfe's Markets, have donated 10,000 surgical masks to the Boys and Girls Club of Dane County (BGCDC) for...

Wisconsin passes 4,600 coronavirus cases, 242 deaths

Wisconsin now has 4,682 confirmed cases of coronavirus infection, and 242 people have died, according to state and county data. That's an increase of 143...

“Reopen Wisconsin” protest permit denied; organizers say it’ll happen anyway

Organizers of a protest against Governor Tony Ever's "Safer at Home" order say the Department of Administration (DOA) has denied their permit application citing...
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Real Talk with Henry Sanders COVID Update for April 21: Lt. Gov. Mandela Barnes

Here's our weekly check-in with Lieutenant Governor Mandela Barnes on Real Talk with Henry Sanders. Today, an update on the extended "Safer at Home...

Trump says he will “temporarily suspend” all immigration

President Donald Trump said on Twitter late Monday that he intended to sign an executive order temporarily suspending all immigration to the United States...

United Way grants $1.5M to local organizations for COVID-19 relief

The United Way of Dane County announced today that 36 applications representing more than 90 organizations will receive approximately $1.5 million in grant funding...

Wisconsin case count passes 4,500 as “Badger Bounce Back” plan announced

This story has been updated to reflect an increase in positive cases in Dane County. Wisconsin now has 4,539 confirmed cases of coronavirus infection and...

WATCH LIVE: Gov Tony Evers briefing on COVID19 for April 20

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Idris & Sabrina Elba launch global Coronavirus Relief Fund

Idris and Sabrina Dhowre Elba have announced today that they are helping to launch a new global coronavirus relief fund on behalf of the...
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Real Talk with Henry Sanders COVID19 Update: Dotty Dumpling’s Dowry co-owner Ryan Zerwer

The pandemic is hitting small businesses hard. We went right to the source to talk to a small business owner -- Ryan Zerwer of...

Local barbershops, hair salons struggle during coronavirus pandemic shutdown

Barbershops and hair salons across the country have temporarily closed in an effort to help slow the spread of coronavirus. For African-American barbers and...

Dane County has invested more than $1.8 million in homelessness services since start of...

 Dane County has invested more than $1.8 million in services to support individuals experiencing homelessness since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic and these...

Michael Johnson: Listen to our healthcare providers and government leaders during these challenging times

Some legislative leaders are pushing back against the governor’s "Stay at Home" order and threatening to take legal action and to fire the Health...

Protest to “Reopen Wisconsin” could bring thousands to the Capitol square next Friday

A protest against Governor Tony Evers’ “Safer at Home” order could bring thousands of people to the Capitol Square on Friday in what organizers...

Wisconsin Coronavirus cases pass 4,000; deaths top 200

Wisconsin now has 4,093 confirmed cases of coronavirus infection and 206 people have died, according the state and county data. About 28 percent of those...
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Real Talk with Henry Sanders COVID19 Update: Oneida Nation Chair Tehassi Hill

Coronavirus has had a massive economic impact on Wisconsin's Indigenous nations. In today's Real Talk with Henry Sanders COVID19 Update, Oneida Nation Chairman Tehassi...

COVID-19 Online Summit: Resource and Action looks to connect leaders, bridge gaps between resources...

As the coronavirus pandemic continues to upend daily lives of millions of Americans - and thousands of Madisonians - there has been momentum building...

Requiem for a “Blues People”

By now, you or someone you know has been touched by COVID-19, the novel coronavirus. This cruel disease is burning a path through Black...

Republicans plan to ‘act with legal and legislative options’ following Safer at Home extension

From our content partner Channel 3000. Republicans in the state Legislature said they will respond to the extension of the state’s Safer at Home order...
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Real Talk with Henry Sanders COVID19 Update: SBA Regional Administrator Rob Scott

You might have heard that the Small Business Administration Payroll Protection Program, designed to help small businesses get through the pandemic, is out of...

Wisconsin coronavirus cases approach 4,000, but glimmers of hope as hospitalizations decline

Wisconsin now has 3,932 confirmed cases of coronavirus infection and 197 people have died, according the state and county data. About 28 percent of those...

Watch live: Governor’s media briefing for April 16

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Gov. Evers Directs DHS to Extend Wisconsin’s Safer at Home Order to May 26

Gov. Tony Evers today directed Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) Secretary-designee Andrea Palm to extend the Safer at Home order from April 24...

The Hmong Institute delivering egg rolls to health care workers at numerous Madison hospitals

The Hmong Institute will be thanking dedicated healthcare workers in the Madison area by providing eggrolls and fried rice to local health care hospitals...
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Real Talk with Henry Sanders COVID19 Update: DAIS Exec. Dir. Shannon Barry

It's called the "Safer at Home" order, but Domestic Abuse Intervention Services Executive Director Shannon Barry reminds us home isn't always safe for everyone....
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Neighbors “Jump Around” to lift spirits during coronavirus pandemic, bring Badgers together worldwide

Above: Just a few clips of the hundreds of "Jump Around" videos posted in the Jump Around Wisconsin Facebook group. When neighbors Joe Lahti and...

Wisconsin coronavirus count approaches 3,800; 179 dead

Wisconsin now has 3,788 confirmed cases of coronavirus infection and 179 people have died. That's in increase of 130 cases since Tuesday. Daily increases have...

Gov. Evers signs coronavirus relief package into law

Gov. Tony Evers today signed Assembly Bill 1038, now 2019 Wisconsin Act 185, within hours of its passage, providing support and relief for Wisconsinites...

UW-Madison researchers map travel data to combat pandemic

From our content partner Channel 3000. MADISON, Wis. – Amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, a team of researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison is using a tool to...

In 10 days, Move4BGC campaign already halfway to its $600,000 goal

For 17 summers, the annual Bike for Boys & Girls Club has been a favorite fundraiser for the Boys and Girls Club and for...

Positive coronavirus cases in Wisconsin continue steady rise; 171 have died

Wisconsin now has 3,629 confirmed cases of coronavirus infection and 171 people have died as a result of infection, according to state and county...
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Real Talk with Henry Sanders COVID19 Update: Lt. Gov. Mandela Barnes

Here's our weekly check-in with Lieutenant Governor Mandela Barnes. Today Henry and the LG talk about last week's election and possible lawsuits, the importance of...

Open letter from Freedom Inc.’s Southeast Asian Team on COVID-19 and Black Solidarity

To our loved Asian American people: As Southeast Asians of a proud organization dedicated to Black, Hmong, and Khmer women and girls, and LGBTQI people,...

Coronavirus pandemic presents UW Odyssey Project with unprecedented challenges

For UW-Madison Odyssey Project students and families who were financially struggling already, the COVID-19 pandemic has been especially devastating. Beyong economics, being unable to...
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Real Talk with Henry Sanders COVID19 Update: Dr. Patricia Tellez-Giron

In today's COVID19 Update edition of Real Talk, Henry chats with family physician and Latino Health Council co-chair Patricia Tellez-Giron about the impacts the...

Wisconsin COVID19 deaths pass 150; nearly 3,500 test positive

Wisconsin has lost 154 people to the coronavirus pandemic, and 3,460 people have been confirmed to be infected with the virus, according to state...

Michelle Obama group backs expanding voting options for 2020 amid coronavirus pandemic

A voter initiative led by former first lady Michelle Obama and When We All Vote, the non-partisan organization she co-chairs, announced support Monday for...

Mt. Zion pastor seeks answers after mother denied test, then diagnosed with COVID19

The mother of Mt. Zion Baptist Church Pastor Marcus Allen has been diagnosed with COVID19, but only after two weeks of being told she...

Madison nurses experience desperation and ‘beautiful spots of light’ in COVID-19 hospital ward

At 3 a.m. on a recent weekend, “Marcie’s” phone pinged with a text from “Sarah,” a fellow nurse in a COVID-19 intensive care unit...

Evers: State seeks approval to build “alternative care facility” at Alliant Energy Center

Gov. Tony Evers today announced in a press release that an application has been submitted to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to begin...

Racial disparities in coronavirus cases, though small, begin to appear in Dane County

Novel coronavirus infections and deaths have disproportionately affected Black communities in larger cities like Milwaukee and Chicago. In Milwaukee, for example, about 25 percent...

23 die in state’s second-deadliest day since beginning of crisis

Twenty-three Wisconsinites died between Friday and Saturday in the state's second-deadliest 24-hour period of the coronavirus pandemic. Twenty-four died in the same period exactly one...

Wisconsin passes 3,100 coronavirus cases, 128 dead

Wisconsin now has 3,130 people who have been infected with the novel coronavirus, according to state and county data, an increase of 166 cases....

Nation’s Black mayors warn coronavirus could hit their communities especially hard

An organization of about 500 Black mayors of American cities is warning of disproportionate impacts in African American communities and seeking federal assistance aimed...
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Real Talk with Henry Sanders COVID19 Update: Michael Johnson

There's a lot of work going on in the community to keep people safe, healthy and fed through this pandemic. In today's daily COVID19...

Gov. Evers removes barriers to give more low-income veterans emergency aid access

Governor Tony Evers has suspended several provisions of the Assistance to Needy Veterans Grant (ANVG) program, providing more low-income veterans access to emergency financial...

Madisonians struggle with unemployment brought on by COVID-19 pandemic

When Ari Rosenthal clocked out of his shift at Ha Long Bay on Thursday, March 12, he knew it would be the last time...

Wisconsin approaches 3,000 COVID19 cases; 114 dead

Wisconsin now has 2,964 cases of coronavirus infection and 114 have died, according to state and county data. Dane County reports 305 cases and 11...

Gov Evers orders 40 state parks closed

Governor Tony Evers today announced that 40 state parks, forests and recreational areas will close due to "unprecedented crowds, litter, vandalism and out of...
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Real Talk with Henry Sanders COVID19 Update: US Senator Tammy Baldwin

US Senator Tammy Baldwin joins Henry Sanders on today's Real Talk COVID19 update to discuss what's happening at the federal level and how it'll...

Access Community Health Centers innovate during coronavirus pandemic, finding ways to serve patients in...

For Access Community Health Centers, a non-profit health center headquartered here in Madison that is unique in that it removes the barriers its patients...

Returned to sender: Postal officials investigating Wisconsin absentee ballots that were never delivered 

The U.S. Postal Service is investigating the failure to deliver at least 175 — and possibly hundreds — of absentee ballots requested by voters...

Wisconsin passes 100 coronavirus deaths, 2,800 cases

In Wisconsin, 2,803 people have tested positive for coronavirus infection and 104 have died, according to state and county data. Of the 2,803 positive cases,...

Edgewood College Announces $500,000 Student Relief Fund

Edgewood College officials announced Wednesday a grant fund to "provide immediate cash relief" for students to support themselves during the coronavirus pandemic. “Today, at my...
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Real Talk with Henry Sanders COVID19 Update: Joe Parisi

In today's COVID19 update, Henry checks in with Dane County Executive Joe Parisi talks about the local government response to the virus in the...

“We’re here to make a difference and have our voices be heard.” Milwaukee voters...

Despite a statewide order not to gather in public, thousands gathered in large groups at just five high schools in Milwaukee and waited hours...

Assembly Speaker Robin Vos says you can still get a ballot emailed to you....

Assembly Speaker Robin Vos, one of the state legislature's Republican leaders who sued in the state Supreme Court so that today's election could go...

Wisconsin now has 2,642 positive cases and 92 deaths from coronavirus

With Milwaukee's latest numbers released this afternoon, Wisconsin now has a total of 2,642 positive cases of the corona virus and a total of...

Rev. David Hart: We can’t go back

Beloved: Peace and blessings. I have been wondering what to say to you, now. In a nation uneasy, uncertain and yes, even afraid. As I look...

Milwaukee’s black and brown residents weigh tough choices on Election Day: Lose their vote,...

Paula Durrell has cherished her right to vote since she turned 18. But she will not be casting a ballot Tuesday in order to protect...

Here’s where we landed on voting today

It was a confusing day of government and court actions yesterday, but here's where we are for today's spring election: The election has not...

Several First Nations Take Emergency Measures, Adapt to New Realities During Coronavirus Pandemic

As COVID-19 continues to rise and affect daily life, different First Nations have taken measures to try and stop the spread of the virus,...