Spirit of Mother Fool’s carries on amid quarantine

The coronavirus pandemic is hitting small entrepreneurs like Rearick particularly hard. Uncertainties regarding how to continue supporting staff with quarantine periods continuously being extended make these scary times to operate a small business. 

Luckily for Rearick, she has a side gig that is more important than ever as the pandemic upends our economy and labor systems. 

River Food Pantry soldiers on with curbside lunch, mobile delivery

When the River Food Pantry’s MUNCH program was initially threatened by the COVID-19 pandemic, a staff cook took it upon himself to not only continue serving the typical nine neighborhoods on Madison’s north side, but also to depart from the typical PB&J or turkey sandwich option.

Madison Commons Media Digest, April 5

The Digest continues its summary of essential coronavirus news.  Editorial note: in general, we will drop references to coronavirus, COVID-19, or pandemic from headlines.  Ongoing sources for information have been moved to end. Headlines

3 COVID-19 deaths bring Dane County total to 8, health officials say, Howard Hardee, WSJ, April 4. Special legislative session for election adjourned till Monday, Logan Rude, AP/Channel3000, April 5; 'Dragging their feet': Why are Vos and Fitzgerald waiting to take up legislation in response to the coronavirus?

Madison Commons Media Digest, March 29, 2020

The Digest continues its summary of essential coronavirus news. Editorial note: we will drop duplicative or obvious references to coronavirus, COVID-19, or pandemic from headlines. Headlines

Evers to purchase ventilators over opposition of GOP lawmakers, Molly Beck and Patrick Marley, Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, March 29; Evers seeks more than $700 million to combat coronavirus, Brianna Reilly, Capital Times, March 29. US virus deaths top 2,000, doubling in two days, AP, March 29. With medical supplies dwindling, Wisconsin businesses shift gears, Shelley K. Mesch, Wisconsin State Journal, March 29.

Madison Commons Media Digest, March 19-22

The Digest continues its summary of essential coronavirus news.  Editorial note: in general we will drop references to coronavirus, COVID-19, or pandemic from headlines. Important Sources for Information

The Wisconsin State Journal and Capital Times offer a continuously updated special page. Where you can get free meals during the pandemic, Emily Hamer, WSJ, March 19. Wisconsin Public Radio, coronavirus update.

Madison Commons Media Digest, Mid-Week Edition, Thursday, March 19

The mid-week edition of the Digest is focused on essential coronavirus information.   The weekly digest will update other community events. A major storm may be headed for Southern Wisconsin, Jeff Richgels, Wisconsin State Journal, Thursday, March 19. Unemployment claims skyrocket to more than 29,000 as business halts statewide, Mitchell Schmidt, WSJ, March 19. Community spread of COVID-19 confirmed in Dane County, Abigail Becker, Capital Times, March 17.

Madison Commons, Media Digest March 15, 2020

This edition of the Digest will focus on COVID-19 news related to Madison and Dane County.  This week the Digest will be updated regularly throughout the week, as news changes. The combined Wisconsin State Journal and Capital Times staff is posting continually updated coverage of the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic.  Any readers wanting the latest should go here first. We will highlight stories most affecting our communities and the issues the Commons covers.

Evers orders all schools closed March 18 – April 6

Gov. Tony Evers today directed Department of Health Services (DHS) Secretary-designee Andrea Palm to issue an agency order mandating the statewide closure of all K-12 schools, public and private, as part of the state’s efforts to respond to and contain the spread of COVID-19 in Wisconsin, according to a press release.