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Here’s what’s happening now:

The median growth for Wake County ZIP codes decreased to 1.1% week-over-week growth, beating last week’s record low. Last week it was 1.2%.

The rate of confirmed cases in Wake County dropped again in the last week to 161 cases per 100,000 people from 188/100,000 people. This rate is a rolling 14-day average.

The percent of tests that are positive in Wake County is at goal level for the second week in a row. This week the rolling 14-day average in Wake County is 4.7%, down from 4.8%. The statewide percentage is at 4%.

Hospitalizations is another number to watch. In the region that includes Wake County, Franklin, Harnett, Johnston and Lee counties, 72 people are hospitalized as of Thursday, down from 78 last Thursday.

Congregate living facilities in Wake County: 11, with two new outbreaks.

Clusters in Wake County at K-12 or childcare settings: 7, while neighboring Durham and Orange counties have none. [keep reading]

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6 things to do this weekend and beyond.

🛍️ Shopper's Block 2021: This outdoor street festival will elevate Black-owned businesses, fashion, entertainers and food. Saturday's event is the first of three monthly festivals. 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday, at Blount and Cabarrus streets. [info]

🍓 Phillips Farms Strawberry Festival: Enjoy the festival, with live music, beer, food trucks and live music, during the Phillips Farms farmers market on Saturday and Sunday in Cary, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. [info]

🚴🏿‍♀️ Explore DTR on bike: Oaks & Spokes and Downtown Raleigh Alliance created a 4-mile bike route that starts and ends in Moore Square. [map]

🌳 Visit the All Faiths Chapel at Dix Park: The anticipated, renovated Greg Poole, Jr., All Faiths Chapel at Dorothea Dix Park is now open for visitors: 6-9 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturdays and 12-5 p.m. Sundays. [info]

🎙️ Submit your storytelling idea for our next Converging Stories event, themed Distance + Exploration, which will be at Transfer Co. Ballroom on July 12! The deadline to send your idea is 11:59 p.m. Sunday. [info]

Another local video game company to know:
Lightforge, a startup led by a former Epic Games employee in Raleigh, which is creating a new type of role-playing game. The company recently raised $5 million in equity financing. [TechWire]

Two Cary students were named prestigious U.S. Presidential Scholars, an honor only given to 161 students nationwide. Pratyush Seshadri, of Cary, is a senior at Raleigh Charter High School; Nrithya P. Renganathan is a senior at the North Carolina School of Science & Mathematics in Durham and is of Cary. [info]

Raleigh received more consideration by Amazon for HQ2 than originally thought, the News & Observer reports.

PineCone announced the new Lakeside Bluegrass series, which will be at Koka Booth Amphitheatre in Cary beginning June 6. [lineup + info] 🎶
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