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Here’s what’s happening now:

Today is the first day Wake County will follow the state's guidelines instead of a stricter, local set of rules.

The state stay-at-home order is in place until at least May 8. If and when North Carolina meets certain benchmarks, the state will start a phased opening.

Here's how we're doing on reaching those goals, from Thursday's press conference:

❌ Trajectory of COVID-19-like syndromic cases over 14 days (when people go to the emergency room, what is the percentage of cases with COVID-19-like symptoms?).
❌ Trajectory of cases over 14 days (going up)
✔️ Trajectory of percentage of positive tests of overall tests (as more people are tested, how many of those are positive?)
✔️ Trajectory of hospitalizations.

Testing and contact tracing resources are improving, Personal Protective Equipment resources still aren't at a 30-day supply.

➡️ Updated a few times per day: [how to get help + more what's happening now]

➡️ Updated regularly: [how to help]

What else to know:

A group of 40 Triangle-area restaurant owners would rather takeout and delivery than a phased opening that would gradually allow more diners in. Many can't be profitable with the reduced capacity in the plan, they say. [WRAL]

Wake County has another outbreak of the coronavirus at a nursing home. The outbreak, which is when there are two or more lab-confirmed cases in a congregate living setting, is at Capital Nursing and Rehabilitation Care in Raleigh. It's the third known nursing home with an outbreak. More information on impact at congregate living facilities is announced on Tuesday and Friday afternoons. [News & Observer]

Learn about North Carolina unemployment for business owners from this City of Raleigh webinar: [watch]

What former and current inmates at the women's prison unit in Raleigh experiencing the COVID-19 outbreak say doesn't correspond with what prison officials say on precautions, according to an NC Health News report.
Message from Raleigh Convergence:

Reach engaged Raleigh area residents who care about our community with a Raleigh Convergence sponsorship. Or, consider donating a sponsorship to a local charitable organization to support a locally-owned business and a cause! [sponsor kit]

It's (virtual) First Friday: Join the Downtown Raleigh Alliance for a DJ set, pick up some takeout from a local restaurant and consider support the NC Artist Relief Fund

United Arts virtual First Friday event includes a wine tasting with Wine Feed and a tour of  "Shibui” with Georges Le Chevallier Art and special chef guests. [RSVP]

Indigena's virtual poetry reading: Ina Cariño, the organizer of Indigena: A Reading Series, is taking what would have been an in-person event at VAE to a virtual space. Indigena is "a reading series centering marginalized creatives." 5 p.m. Saturday on Facebook Live. [RSVP

Weekend exploration idea: Wake Parks From Home has kid-friendly activities and self-guided tours to explore Wake County parks. Think scavenger hunts to print out and take with you, coloring sheets, educational videos for kids, recommendations of apps for identifying birds and audio tours. [learn more]
Meet the new Raleigh ambassador for The New Neighbor Project, Susan Murphy!

The New Neighbor Project from Raleigh Convergence is a series of free emailed guides + Facebook groups for newcomers, whether you're new to a neighborhood or the Raleigh area. 

Consider it a neighborly community on-boarding.

The guides are written by existing neighbors -- community ambassadors -- for the communities of Knightdale, Cary, Southeast Raleigh and Raleigh at large. [
sign up!]

While the previous Raleigh At Large Community Ambassador needed to take a step back, we're thrilled to welcome Susan Murphy as the new Raleigh Community Ambassador!

About Susan: Susan was born in Raleigh and has lived here her whole life, apart from the two times she lived in London – once as a Pan Am Flight Attendant and again while working in USA TODAY’s European Headquarters – giving her a unique perspective. 

She moved back in 2001, when she and her husband had the chance to buy her grandparents' house in Five Points. Since then, she’s brought up two daughters in the public school system, while volunteering in various capacities. She is currently serving a four-year term as Parent Partner at Broughton High School. 
Susan is part of the fabric of Raleigh – and makes it her mission to be in the know on areas ranging from music and the arts to schools and youth sports. She’s as likely to assist you in determining what city council district you’re in as helping you figure out what your magnet school options are or where to get the best burger!
For the last year, she’s been sharing her enthusiasm and knowledge about the area through her Instagram,
@Experience_Raleigh, promoting local businesses, encouraging community engagement, and providing information and insight about various aspects of local life. She simply loves welcoming people to Raleigh and presenting all the many things that make this area such a great place to live.

Get the guides] + [Join the Facebook conversation for existing + new neighbors!]

Duke Energy is planning a large office complex in Southeast Raleigh near Garner on 120 acres. The buildings would be single-story. [TBJ]

A new coffeeshop near Oakwood Park and Mordecai is opening Monday with a limited takeaway menu. The Optimist originally planned to open in mid-April, but adjusted plans to open as a coffee window to start. [@theoptimistraleigh]

Nextdoor acquired a Raleigh-founded public engagement platform. [WRAL TechWire]

Take the affordable housing survey by Sunday for the proposed bond! [survey]
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