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Here’s what’s happening now:

A reason to be optimistic: Confirmed COVID-19 case growth slowed in Wake County, notably so for the second week in a row. 

The midpoint for COVID-19 case growth for the 33 Wake County ZIP codes dropped to 4.1% this week from 7.1% the previous week, according to Raleigh Convergence’s weekly analysis of the state’s ZIP code level data.

The slowed growth follows the trend mentioned last week seen in the state and most parts of the US.

The percent of tests that are positive in Wake County is still high, but decreasing. Its 14-day average went from 8.2% last week to 7.3% on Thursday. A 5% or lower percentage of tests that are positive is the statewide goal. 

📊See the growth for your ZIP code: [full analysis]

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Message from Raleigh Convergence Community: 

💘Perk alert! Members at Contributing Member level or higher get 3 opportunities to share about the places, people and local things they love each year. First up: Our "local love"-themed valentines messages! 
To: Fount
💘: Secret Admirer member
"Happy Valentine's Day to our favorite coffee joint, who always cares for us and our whole community so well! We're so grateful to have you!"
💘: Grace W.
"I love you to the moon and back. I'm so lucky to have you in my life."

6 ways to spend your weekend + beyond:

🐂 Happy Lunar New Year! Here are 3 ways to celebrate:

🥡 Celebrate the year of the Ox with special menu items at Five Star (to-go or in-person with tunes from DJ Keith Ward, reservations encouraged). 

🥤Support a local business and sip a Bling Bling glitter drink at Cha House Cary (Cha House started in the Triangle by two sisters from Taiwan) today or Saturday.

💻 Catch a virtual event 2-5 p.m. Saturday from the Triangle Area Chinese American Society.

💘 Sunday is Valentine's Day. Here are some last-minute ideas. []

👑Tuesday is Mardi Gras: WRAL has ideas for celebrating with locally-made king cakes and cuisine. [WRAL]

🍷Learn about Black-owned wineries and Black winemakers with a class next Friday (Feb. 19) 6:30 p.m. from the Wine Feed. $75/household includes three bottles of wine and a portion of your ticket supports the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund. [tickets]
In a series of portraits, photographer Keenan Hairston captured local life during COVID-19. We also asked these business owners and cultural leaders to define recovery and share their hopes for the future. [full series]
Q: What does recovery look like for CAM Raleigh?

I envision our recovery at CAM being all about our visitors! Welcoming them back to the museum with new artists, exhibitions, and public programming that are dynamic and engaging. –Eric Gaard, Interim Director, Exhibitions Director, pictured with Tamar Harris Warren, Development and Operations. [read more]
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