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Here’s what’s happening now:

The number of coronavirus cases is continuing to rise in North Carolina, but the acceleration rate of lab-documented coronavirus cases is slowing in North Carolina, state officials said Monday.

The slowed rate of acceleration shows social distancing is working, said N.C. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Mandy Cohen on Monday.

That’s a win for public health officials who put social distancing measures in place to have fewer people sick at the same time — also known as flattening the curve.

Wake County identified its first coronavirus outbreak at a long-term care facility, Wellington Rehabilitation and Healthcare in Knightdale last week.

Two patients and two nurses tested positive for the coronavirus, local health officials shared in a release Thursday, and that number rose to 47 by Sunday, the News & Observer reported.

A second outbreak at a long-term care facility in Wake County was announced Monday, this time at Sunnybrook Rehabilitation Center in Raleigh. Five people have the coronavirus and one is hospitalized.

State officials also announced that certain non-violent prison inmates, who are considered high-risk and are nearing their release date, would be released earlier. [NC Health News]

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

Help students get access for remote learning

Volunteer-connecting organization Activate Good is partnering with the Wake County Public School System to help students learn. 

“The transition to remote classes during the Coronavirus pandemic means access to supporting technology at home is even more critical,” Activate Good’s Operation Access description says

WCPSS students will receive a Chromebook from the school system, but without Internet access, they can’t participate in classes. That’s where Operation Access comes in.

Volunteers are needed set up 10,500 wireless hot spots so that all students will have reliable internet access for remote learning.  [learn more + volunteer here]

➡️ Updated regularly: [how to help]

Message from Current Wellness:

Current Wellness is a wellness center for mind, body, and community opening in Downtown Raleigh later this summer. While they aren’t quite open yet, they have launched their Virtual Movement Studio and provide high-energy group fitness classes online! 
In times of stress, it’s important to stay active, but also to adjust your fitness routine to the energy you have available.
The Current’s signature class, Tidal Movement, is designed so that you choose your own difficulty level. The class strengthens your core and increases mobility through body-weight intervals (so you don’t need any equipment). 
Use the code RALCONVERGENCE for a free class!

Book your class here

Events this week worth tuning into:

Wednesday: #RaleighReacts webinar

Feeling like your business or organization needs help during this economic and health crisis? You’re far from alone! 

#RaleighReacts is a grassroots organization of entrepreneurs and community activists (including Raleigh Convergence) seeking to provide free, targeted assistance, to help you navigate both the impact economic catastrophe and the numerous aid resources being deployed at this time.

Join us as we kickoff our effort with real-life tips and anecdotes about maneuvering through the SBA relief process from Derrick Minor and a panel Q&A ready to answer specific questions.

When: Wednesday, April 15th, 4 p.m. [register]

Thursday: Raleigh Convergence Social Club: A collaborative conversation on the future

With guest co-hosts Amber Smith, executive director of Activate Good and Hope Mcfarland, board member of Activate Good, we'll have a conversation about the Raleigh we want to see on the other side of the pandemic. Bring your ideas to discuss over drinks and some will be shared in a future edition of the newsletter.

When: Thursday, 6:15 p.m. [JOIN]

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What Mandolin's Sean Fowler is eating at home: An egg-drop soup recipe from INDY's Supper Club series. [INDY Week]

Bond Brothers Beer Company is doing a Local Brew Drive Through at their Downtown Cary brewery, where you can pick up a selection of other breweries' beers. [learn more]

Jubala Coffee announced half-gallon batches of their lattes and sold out on the first day. Don't worry, they're making more today. [drink up]
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