Madison Commons Media Digest, May 31, 2020

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Madison mayor imposes curfew after rioting, looting downtown; in photos, Wisconsin State Journal staff; Mayor declares state of emergency, issues curfew until Monday morning, Channel3000,  May 31. Madison's George Floyd protest goes from peaceful to destructive, in videos;  Elizabeth Beyer, WSJ, May 31;  People, police clash in Madison, Brianna Reilly, Capital Times, May 31. 'Our property is replaceable. Black lives aren't': State Street bar owner reflects on violent protests, Stephanie Fryer, Channel3000, May 31. Boys and Girls Club of Dane County organizes State Street cleanup, Stephanie Fryer, Channel3000, May 30.

Reopening during Covid-19: Madison in photos

The Orpheum Theater on State. Image by Lawrence Andrea. United States, 2020. Local businesses in Madison, Wisconsin, are set to open at limited capacity Tuesday, May 26, as Dane County begins the first phase of its reopening plan. The plan for a gradual reopening from Wisconsin’s second largest county follows a Wisconsin Supreme Court decision earlier in the month that struck down Democratic Governor Tony Evers’ statewide safer-at-home order.

Community orgs partner to keep kids ‘Creative During Covid’

Tech nonprofit Maydm and Public Health Madison & Dane County are partnering to lead an initiative to encourage students to safely social distance. Through July 12, Creative During COVID will host biweekly social media challenges for students to engage and win prizes.

Madison Commons Media Digest, May 24, 2020


Dane County businesses to reopen Tuesday with restrictions, Brianna Reilly, Capital Times, May 23. Positive coronavirus test rate ticks up slightly as death toll in Wisconsin passes 500, Robert Chappell, Madison365, May 23. Wisconsin's unemployment rate more than quadruples to 14.1% in April, Chris Rickert, WSJ, May 22. Federal lawsuit filed against Dane County COVID-19 stay-at-home order, Riley Vetterkind, WSJ, May 22. UW-Madison closes off lakefront as hundreds gather, Madison365, May 21

Madison and Dane County

No furloughs for Madison city employees for now, Mayor Satya Rhodes-Conway says, Dean Mosiman, May 23.

Madison teen entrepreneur to be featured on the popular TV show “Project Pitch It!”

From our news partner Madison365:

Seventeen-year-old Nabil Hamdan founded his business, the World of Bamboo, after seeing all of the plastic at B.B. Clarke beach on Madison’s east side and wanting to make a difference in helping to save the planet. On Sunday, May 30, he will be featured on the TV show “Project Pitch It!” to show how he uses bamboo as a plastic alternative as a way to fight plastic pollution. Nabil will be hosting a Virtual Watch Party on the same day where he will present attendees with a free Bamboo Straw Bundle Gift. “The first 50 people to sign in will get free products. After the show premiere, they will be asking me questions and I will give them a rundown on my business and how it works and what I do,” Nabil tells Madison365.

The Bus Stops Here: For Essential Travel

As of May 17, there are 12,571 positive cases and 453 deaths from COVID-19 in Wisconsin, and 537 and 25 respectively in Dane County. The numbers will be higher tomorrow. Madison Metro's administrative offices are closed to the public but its buses continue to operate.  Buses provide an essential service. Essential travel includes going to work, medical appointments and grocery stores. Passengers enter and exit the bus through the back door, if they’re able.

Madison Commons Media Digest, May 17, 2020


Wisconsin's new normal with COVID-19 could embrace safety or spark outbreaks, Dave Wahlberg, Wisconsin State Journal, May 17. In biggest one-day jump yet, 514 new coronavirus cases confirmed; total count surges past 12,000, Robert Chappell, Madison365, May 16. Dane County reaffirms state-at-home order as others roll back theirs, Brianna Reilly and Abigail Becker, Capital Times, May 15. COVID-19 News

Wisconsin communities lift coronavirus orders as cases increase, Sarah Hauer, Molly Beck, and Patrick Marley, May 16; Which cities have orders in effect? May 13, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

Madison Commons Media Digest, May 10, 2020


Tony Evers unveils COVID-19 guidelines for businesses; official reopening of economy remains uncertain, Mitchell Schmidt, Wisconsin State Journal, May 9. State unemployment fund could be depleted by October, GOP adds pressure to reopen, May 8; State tax collections take $870 million hit, May 7, Mitchell Schmidt, WSJ. Wisconsin lost $25 million because GOP lawmakers delayed passing coronavirus relief bill, Molly Beck, Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, May 7. Madison facing $30 million shortfall, Abigail Becker, Capital Times, May 5. Madison and Dane County

More COVID-19 cases discovered in Dane County Jail, Abigail Becker, CT, May 8.