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Here’s what’s happening now:

Confirmed COVID-19 case growth is slowing in Wake County, as is the trend in the state and most parts of the US.

The midpoint for COVID-19 case growth for Wake County ZIP codes is 7.1% this week, with only two ZIP codes above 10% weekly growth for the second week in a row, according to Raleigh Convergence’s weekly analysis of the state’s ZIP code level data.
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What else to know:
😷 One in three inmates at a minimum security prison for men off Rock Quarry Road have tested positive for COVID-19 [News & Observer]
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Message from Raleigh Convergence Community: 

💕Do you love Raleigh? Share your love with a Valentine shoutout and support Raleigh Convergence when you become a member at the Contributing Member level or higher by end of day Tuesday! We love our home and want to make it a better place. Please consider supporting our mission! [learn more]
5 ideas to spend your weekend + beyond:

💕"Love Is" art: Check out the animation by Napolean Wright, projected onto The Gramercy in Glenwood South, part of First Friday. [info]

🌱 Pop-up plant sale: Salt & Cedar Flora is holding a pop-up plant sale at Pelagic, 300 Pace Street, at 10 a.m. Saturday. Pick up native trees, shrubs and flowers, pollinator-friendly plants or up your plant parent game with some tropical houseplants. [list]

📍Explore Black history: Take our self-guided tour to locations in Raleigh that celebrate Black history. [guide]

🎨 Business support of the arts awards: The United Arts Council of Raleigh and Wake County and the Raleigh Chamber will host a virtual event on First Friday at 6 p.m. [FB event]

🎙️Submit your Second Chance story idea: Story submissions are due at 11:59 p.m. Sunday for Converging Stories' first 2021 event. Need some inspiration? Listen to stories from the 2020 season, on themes of Fear, Coming Home and What If? [info]

Burial Beer is expanding its footprint in Transfer Co. Food Hall. Burial's The Exhibit existing taproom will add The Exhibit Bottle Shop on March 13, which will include Burial brews, wares from their owned Visuals natural winery and Asheville-based Forestry Camp, and "a curated list of goods from select makers around Raleigh." [more info]

Newer neighbors from tech hubs elsewhere share why they moved to the Triangle, in an anecdotal 'Silicon Valley exodus' story. [WRALTechWire]

2020 was a tough year for bars. Raleigh magazine celebrated these watering holes a little differently this year, with 50 different accolades. [RaleighMag.com] 🍻
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