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😷 Vaccinations in the current phase can be given to those 65 and older, down from 75 and older, state officials announced Thursday. This is an adjustment based on new federal guidelines. [read more]

📊 Weekly data analysis: As COVID-19 vaccinations begin for older adults in the general public in Wake County, the virus is continuing to spread at higher rates with a number of metrics.

Most -- 29 of 33 ZIP codes -- increased their confirmed COVID-19 case totals by at least 10% in the last week. Two increased by more than 20%. 

The median percentage growth for new confirmed cases in Wake County in the last week is above 12.5%, according to Raleigh Convergence's weekly analysis of the state's ZIP code level data. [this week's analysis]

🍎 Wake County public schools will stay in remote learning until at least mid-February. [News & Observer]

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4 ideas to spend your weekend + beyond:

❤️ Give back, safely, during the MLK Day of Service 2021 from the United Way of the Greater Triangle. Support four area nonprofits, including Meals on Wheels in Wake County, by dropping off needed supplies at two locations (one off Capital Boulevard in Raleigh, one at RTP) from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday, Martin Luther King, Jr., Day. [info]

❤️ Dignity Week: Volunteer in-person, remotely or donate supplies during Activate Good's Dignity Week, going on now until Jan. 23. [info]

❤️ Cary's MLK Dreamfest, which includes a food drive, storytellers and a movie, begins today and continues through Monday. [CaryCitizen]

🎂 A Place at the Table, Raleigh's pay-what-you-can-cafe, is celebrating its third birthday today! Place your to-go order from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. today and get some cake, too. [site]
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