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Here’s what’s happening now:

Increases at nursing homes, assisted living facilities appear to be holding steady: No long-term care facilities in Wake saw an increase in cases week over week, although one new outbreak was announced. There are 44 nursing homes and care facilities with outbreaks.

Staff and residents of nursing home and long-term care facilities had earlier access to COVID-19 vaccines than the general public; a federal program coordinates COVID-19 vaccines, which began in late December 2020. 

It's also a different story in state prisons and local jails. Most notably, WRAL reports a difference between the state report (which hasn't increased in several weeks) and the reality of the outbreak's spread. [read more]

What else to know:

📊 This week's Wake County COVID-19 case growth, by ZIP code. []

📍 More on how Wake County is determining highest need for vaccines: your age, the spread of the virus in your community. [WRAL]
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3 ideas to spend your week + beyond:

🐖 The Preserve BBQ launches its pop-up from renowned pitmaster Ed Mitchell today (Friday). The forthcoming brick and mortar is delayed, so the slow-smoked heritage breed pork barbecue, ribs, chicken, wings and traditional sides will be operating differently for now.  [website

⭐ North Carolina Astronomy Days: From Monday-Jan. 31, a wide variety of virtual slate of programs from the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences includes citizen science to Star Wars trivia to constellation yoga to LEGO show and tell. [website]

🍴 Triangle Restaurant Week begins Monday, but with a COVID era to-go twist. Check the website for participating restaurants. [info]

Kelly Starling Lyons is the 2021 Piedmont Laureate. She's published 17 children's books, which "center Black heroes, celebrate family, friendship and heritage, and show all children the storyteller they hold inside," according to the Raleigh Arts announcement

Jessica Day is Knightdale's new mayor. After James Roberson took a state appointed position, the Knightdale city council unanimously voted the mayor pro tem to serve as mayor through 2021. A special election in December will determine who will be mayor through 2023, INDY Week reports

The Maywood music venue announced it will close after eight years. [WRAL Out & About]

The city will be repairing the Durant Nature Park dam and spillway, you can give input at a virtual public meeting Tuesday or online now. [info]

Jake Wood's anticipated Lawrence Barbecue location at Boxyard RTP will also include a "leisure bar," Lagoon. Think coastal, '70s and '80s-inspired beverages, on the shipping container above the restaurant. The anticipated open date for Lawrence Barbecue is February and Lagoon in March, Jenn Rice for Eater reports. 🍹
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