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Hi y'all,


One year ago, I left my paycheck-delivering job and took the leap into entrepreneurial journalism.

That night after work, my husband and I got margaritas at Centro and celebrated that next step. 

Over our 2020 margaritas, he asked what I'd learned in the last year.

After thinking about it, this is the No. 1 thing I've learned: To believe in my ability to generate ideas. Lots of them.

Entrepreneurship in particular requires failing, falling short and trying again, but it's certainly not unique to starting a business.

With whatever you do, you are not one idea. You are not one role. You are not one job. You are not one success or one failure.


So whether you're getting promoted at work, staring down a project's failure, feeling stuck in someone else's view of your role at work or at home or pivoting (again) in entrepreneurship, you too are more than just one idea. 

To all your future ideas,
Sarah Day


📸: Devin Desjarlais Photography
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What to know about the coronavirus in Wake County (for now)


At this point, concerns about the coronavirus have likely become topics of conversation at your kids' schools, your work or even for your weekend plans as the International Festival is the first large event in Raleigh to be canceled because of concerns.

Coronavirus is not largely spread in the U.S., but health officials at the Centers for Disease Control are concerned because "this disease has caused illness, including illness resulting in death, and sustained person-to-person spread."

With the first North Carolina case of coronavirus, or COVID-19, in Wake County, how concerned should you be now?

Here's what to know and some resources:

 

About the coronavirus case in Wake County

The person who contracted the virus from a long-term care facility in Seattle is faring well in isolation at home.

The person passed through RDU airport on Feb. 22, ABC-11 reports.

Risk in Wake County is still considered low at this point. 

Officials reached out to people who were on the flight, but declined to share how many people are under observation, WUNC reports.

WUNC, quoting Wake County Public Health Director Chris Kippes, said his department is following the CDC’s recommendations for whom to contact.


How does coronavirus spread?

Because the virus is thought to spread from person to person contact, anyone in “close contact” — within 6 feet — is at higher risk for coronavirus.

Droplets from a sick person’s coughs or sneezes may be inhaled by a person in this defined close contact. Getting sick from touching surfaces seems to be less risky with this virus, the CDC says.

People with the virus are most contagious when they are symptomatic. The person who passed through RDU was not experiencing symptoms at the time.


How concerned should we be?

About 80% of people with the virus only experience mild symptoms. About 20% see more serious respiratory complications, such as pneumonia, or become critically ill.

The percentage of people who are dying from the disease is 3.4%, USA Today reports from the World Health Organization, but that's a global number. The seasonal flu is less than 1%.

At this point, the coronavirus seems to be affecting older people with underlying health issues. 

Younger, healthy people, even young children, appear to be less affected, North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services Chief Medical Officer Dr. Elizabeth Tilson said in a press conference.

“Older people, with underlying health conditions, seem to be at higher risk,” ABC-11 quoted Tilson.

“We see that children seem to fare very well. Only about 1 percent of the cases have been identified in children and seem to fare very well.” 
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Races to watch for November beyond who will be president

VP Joe Biden won over North Carolinians in a Super Tuesday in a competitive primary.

But that's not it for the results of the March 3 primary. Here are some other results and races to watch going into November:


🗳️ U.S. Senate race, with primary winner Democrat Cal Cunningham taking on incumbent Sen. Thom Tillis, a Republican. Cal was more popular in Wake County than the rest of the state, receiving 61% of the votes in Wake Co. compared to the 57% of all N.C. votes, according to Vox

Why it's a race to watch: "
Democrats have long eyed North Carolina, Maine, Arizona, and Colorado as part of their bid to retake the Senate this fall — and the race in the Tar Heel State is expected to be close," Vox writes.

🗳️ In the race for N.C. governor, Gov. Roy Cooper (D) and Lt. Gov. Dan Forest (R) will be on the ballot in November. [News & Observer]

🗳️ In a Congressional race that's expected to go blue, Deborah Ross won the redrawn District 2. Now that the district is Wake County and Raleigh, the Democrat is expected to win over Republican Alan Swain. [News & Observer]

🗳️ In the Lieutenant Governor's race, Democrat Yvonne Lewis Holley is leading in votes, but not with a wide enough margin to be safe from the second-place vote getter asking for a runoff. Republican Mark Robinson will be on November's ballot. That + more results: [INDY Week]

🗳️ And in the two Wake County Commissioners primary races, Sig Hutchinson and Maria Cervania received the most votes. [INDY Week]

PLUS...

The famous (or infamous) silo between Boylan Heights and the downtown skyline is coming down. [@ITBInsider]

New Airbnb rules are moving forward after an initial vote by Raleigh City Council. [News & Observer]

A new craft brew + record shop is moving into Seaboard Station in the former BREW spot. It's the second location for Durham-based Hunky Dory. [@DowntownRaleigh]


Tips or topics you're curious about? Tap reply or email raleighconvergence@gmail.com.
 
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