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Poll: Americans fear new strains, expect more lockdowns

A new poll from Piplsay of 30,248 Americans has found that 71% of Americans fear the more dangerous COVID-19 virus strains in the coming months and 68% expect more restrictions and lockdowns this year because of them.

New public health orders issued

This week, Gov. Tony Evers signed Executive Order No. 104 and Emergency Order No. 1 creating a new statewide public health emergency and face coverings requirement.

Partnership provides hands-on training

SSM Health, the Urban League of Greater Madison, Operation Fresh Start, and J.H. Findorff & Son have teamed up to give trainees real-world construction experience in south Madison.

GE Healthcare lays off 140 in Madison

A decline in the demand for ventilators and anesthesia machines is the reason behind today’s announcement by GE Healthcare that it has laid off about 140 employees at its Madison facility.

Wisconsin low for minority-owned startups

In a new report from Self Financial, minority-owned startups make up only 9.23% of startups in the state, while minorities account for 19.20% of the total population.

AmFam acquires Bold Penquin platform

American Family Insurance Mutual Holding Company announced the acquisition of Bold Penguin, a technology company that simplifies and quickens the process of obtaining small business insurance.

Grocer argues for inclusion in next vaccine phase

In a Facebook post pushing for public comment, local grocer Tim Metcalfe outlined his letter to the Wisconsin State Disaster Medical Advisory Committee/Vaccine Distribution Subcommittee urging them to reconsider their decision to not include those in the grocery industry in phase 1b of COVID-19 vaccinations.

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