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The rate of confirmed cases in Wake County dropped again in the last week — by half — to 40 cases per 100,000 people from 80/100,000 people. This rate is a rolling 14-day average.

The median weekly growth for COVID-19 cases in Wake County ZIP codes, compared to their totals, dropped again this week to 0.2%, the lowest point yet. The previous week’s growth was 0.4%.

The percent of tests that are positive in Wake County is at goal level for the fifth week in a row. This week the rolling 14-day average in Wake County is at 2%, down from 3% last week. The statewide percentage is at 1.8%. The goal is 5% or less.

Congregate living facilities in Wake County dropped again to the single digits, this week with 8 outbreaks and only one increase at a facility.

Clusters in Wake County at K-12 or childcare settings decreased to 3, now in line with similarly-sized Mecklenburg County.

Clusters have been consistently higher in Wake County than neighboring counties or the Charlotte area.

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💰 Gov. Cooper announced a $1 million lottery to incentivize people to get a COVID-19 vaccine. [Axios]
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🎉 Chavis Park opens: The newly renovated John Chavis Memorial Park will be dedicated Saturday with a slate of events, including a performance by America's Got Talent star and violinist Tyler Butler-Figueroa, a basketball skills challenge with the Raleigh Firebirds and a 30-minute play on the park's namesake. Plus: free carousel rides. [see the updates] + [activities]

🍻 NC Hops Festival from Shop Local Raleigh is Saturday and Sunday at the NC State Fairgrounds, featuring North Carolina craft beverages, live music, local makers and food trucks! Tickets are $45 per session (use code TriangleBeer for $5 off) to sample NC beer, cider, and seltzers. Designated Driver tickets are available for $10. [tickets] (we receive $2 when you use this link!) 

🎨 Taylor White's Pursuit of Happiness art show opens at 19 W Hargett Street on Friday, general admission 7-10 p.m.  The show continues through Aug. 28. [site]

🎥 Movies on the Lawn: Catch 'The Incredibles' at Dix Park during Family Superhero Night on Saturday. 7 p.m. gates, 8:30 p.m. movie. Advance tickets, free. [tickets]

🧀 Taste of Pimento Cheese: The Town of Cary's annual Pimento Cheese festival isn't back in its street fair format, but instead you can taste unique pimento cheese dishes from local restaurants or pick up charcuterie boxes. Taste of Pimento Cheese continues through Sunday. [info]

🎶 Catch live music on Wednesdays in June at noon on Fayetteville Street in Downtown Raleigh. Noon Tunes at City Plaza continues this Wednesday and next with bluegrass, then opera June 30. [previously]

🎭 Evita from Burning Coal Theatre opens Thursday-June 27, outdoors at Dorothea Dix Park. [tickets]

Netflix show's local tie: If you, too, have been watching 'High on the Hog: How African American Cuisine Transformed America,' you may have spotted an Apex storyline. Gabrielle E.W. Carter, an Apex native and cultural preservationist, is featured in the Netflix show. Since the filming in 2019, she's co-founded Tall Grass Food Box, a platform and marketplace to support Black farmers. INDY Week has an interview with Gabrielle about the show and what's next. [INDY Week]
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