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Here’s what’s happening now:

Raleigh required face coverings since last Friday. Now, the rest of the state will follow beginning at 5 p.m. today.

Whichever mask rule requirements are stricter should be followed, but it’s similar to Raleigh’s mask rules. 

Stricter rules in the N.C. order include:

  • The face covering requirement for the state is slightly younger than Raleigh’s rules. Children 11 or younger don’t need to wear a mask, but the order “strongly recommends” children older than 2 years old wear one.
  • If you’re away from your table at a restaurant, you must wear a face covering.
  • There are requirements for schools and daycares for children older than 11 and adults to wear masks.
You don’t have to wear a mask when (according to this guidance):
  • Participating in a religious ritual
  • In someone else’s home
  • Exercising or walking while able to maintain a 6-foot-distance.
What if you don't wear a mask?

The business or organization running the place you're visiting could be fined. If a business doesn't allow a customer to enter because they're not wearing a face covering, and that person refuses to leave, law enforcement can be called. Police can use trespassing laws to enforce that person leaving.


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ZIP code data: We’ve kept track of the data in Wake County by ZIP code for about 7 weeks.

New this week: Two ZIP codes have more than 70% increase in week over week growth, more than twice the median growth percentage for at least the last three weeks.

The two ZIP codes are 27519 in Cary (75%, +43 cases) and 27612 in Raleigh (73.6%, +42 cases). Neither has a reported congregate living outbreak or a recent free testing site.

📊 See the analysis ZIP codes with noteworthy increases: [RaleighConvergence.com]

There are now eight new congregate living settings outbreaks in Wake County in June alone: Waltonwood Senior Living in Cary; and Hillside Nursing and Rehab in Wake Forest, the last three announced Thursday. The total is now 14 congregate living setting outbreaks in Wake County.

Catch up: [What to know about COVID-19 in Wake County]

What else to know:
🦠 Nursing home residents make up less than 1% of the population in N.C. but more than half the deaths contributed to COVID-19. [News & Observer]


A Saharan Dust cloud is expected to pass over Raleigh on Sunday. @wralweather has a model. If you haven't heard of such a thing as a massive dust plume, it's because this is the most significant in about 50 years

The Wake County Black Student Coalition is protesting tonight 5-9 p.m. at the Capitol. Some students want to see School Resource Officers (SROs) removed from schools and the money used elsewhere to support students (read the petition).

The Black Farmers Market is coming to Southeast Raleigh: The event will be 1-4 p.m. Sunday at the Southeast Raleigh YMCA. Fertile Ground Cooperative and Southeast Raleigh Promise are community partners. [event]
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