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Here’s what’s happening now:

Weekly COVID-19 analysis: The CDC’s community transmission risk is still “high” and the case rate increased the last two weeks.

Two weeks ago, the risk level decreased to “substantial,” but now it’s higher and further from that threshold:
📊 Wednesday: 119 cases per 100,000 people
📊 Last week: 100 cases per 100,000 people
📊 Two weeks ago: 89 cases per 100,000 people

The threshold for “high” community transmission is 100 cases/100,000 people or higher.

The state metric measures the rate of confirmed cases differently, as the last 14 days, but it also increased.

In Wake County, that 14-day number has increased from 201 cases per 100,000 people last week to 226 cases per 100,000 people this week.

The percent of tests that are positive in Wake County is at goal level for the seventh week in a row, 3.4%. It’s an increase from last week’s 3.2%. The goal is 5% or less. The statewide percentage is higher after being at goal level for three weeks, 5.9%.

Vaccination percentages: New to the dashboard is an ages 5+ option. 77% of the population ages 5 and older is vaccinated with at least one dose in Wake County.

There are 13 congregate living facility outbreaks in Wake County this week, flat from last week. No new outbreaks were announced. 

There are 10 K-12 or childcare clusters in Wake County on Thursday, an increase of 2 clusters from last Wednesday. [newly announced clusters]


Raleigh Convergence has analyzed local-level data for Wake County for the last 81 weeks. [become a member to support hyperlocal journalism like this!]

📊 Cases by ZIP code, full data + links: [RaleighConvergence.com]
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🎄 Holiday Magic at Merrimon-Wynne: A family-friendly Sunday afternoon event at the historic house includes Santa, hot cocoa (or something stronger) and a Christmas tree farm. An evening event includes live music, a spiked hot chocolate & cider bar, and charcuterie or s’mores box around the fire pits. [tickets]

Raleigh's Downtown Menorah Lighting: Chabad Young Professionals Raleigh, Downtown Raleigh Alliance and the City of Raleigh will celebrate the festival of lights with a 6:30 p.m. Monday lighting of the menorah at Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts. [info]

🎄Celebrate the Season: Walter Magazine's holiday shopping event 6-9 p.m. Wednesday brings together local vendors and small businesses while you sip signature cocktails and enjoy hors d’oeuvres.  [tickets]

🛍️ A Shopping SPREE! from the Junior League of Raleigh is back in person, this time at a new location. Find the four-day fundraiser and juried shopping event at the NC State Fairgrounds beginning Thursday. [tickets] (Editor's note: I am a member of JLR but not involved with this event)

Ongoing: Find details on the ongoing NC Chinese Lantern Festival, The Rink and Nights of Lights: [RaleighConvergence.com]
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