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Here’s what’s happening now:

The rate of cases in Wake County continues to climb, as daily new case counts in North Carolina reach new highs since July.

The rate of cases in Wake County on Wednesday is 180 cases per 10,000 residents this week.

From most recent to older rates, previous weeks were: 177 (last week) per 10,000 residents in Wake County; 172 and 163. 

Here are the weekly increases by ZIP code.


What else to know:

🦠 The state has asked some local governments, including Wake County, to consider tighter local rules around COVID-19. Raleigh's mayor says it's not currently being considered. [News & Observer]

🎶 Ruby Deluxe is an important space for the LGBTQ+ community. Even in Phase 3, Ruby Deluxe and small music + entertainment venues like it are struggling. [INDY Week]
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7 ways to spend your week:

🎃 Halloween Drive-Thru Spectacular: Pick up a “creepy craft” and “tasty treats” in the drive-thru. Costumes encouraged. Sunday at East (Knightdale), Southeast (Garner) and Northeast (N. Raleigh) regional libraries. [register]

🎙️ Converging Stories: Fear. Raleigh storytellers will share true stories around the theme of fear and its many interpretations in a virtual, live and ticketed event. On Monday, join our event with our partner Transfer Company. [tickets]

🧟 Zombiepalooza. The Cary theater will go virtual and stream local zombie short films for its annual Zombiepalooza. Friday. 


🍽️ Order Harvest Dinner. Tickets are still available for Chef Caroline Morrison's to-go Harvest Dinner on Sunday, a series of chef dinners that benefit Raleigh City Farm. [info]

🎃 Pick up a pumpkin. Our pumpkin patch + market guide. [read more]

🎶 DJs on the patio at Longleaf Hotel Sunday, playing chill afternoon selections from vinyl and cassettes. The capacity will be limited to 40 people. [@thelongleafhotel]

☑️ Vote! Early voting continues every day until Oct. 31, including Saturday and Sunday this weekend. [locations] + [check wait times] + [guide]


A Place at the Table re-opens Saturday. With the pandemic, the percentage of paying guests to those who paid less or received a free meal shifted. 

To meet the demand of those requesting a free meal, A Place at the Table is working with community partners to provide tokens, which will be required for a free meal, with the exception of families with children.

After Saturday, the cafe will return to its regular takeout/curbside hours, 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Wednesdays-Sundays. [read more]


The developers behind the Downtown South project, which would include a soccer and entertainment stadium in a large, mixed-used district south of Downtown Raleigh's core, are pursuing a rezoning and help from the city to move forward, the News & Observer reports. Securing the rezoning and a tax increment grant is necessary to move forward, they say.

Community groups are raising concerns about the engagement process, gentrification and worsening environmental impacts like flooding. [read more at N&O]


Tickets on sale today at noon for the Dix Park drive-in movie on Halloween night. The park will show "Hotel Transylvania." [tickets🎥
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