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Actionable + hyperlocal news to know:

Weekly COVID-19 analysis: The CDC’s community transmission risk remains high and increased since last week.

The 7-day case rate over the past few weeks:
  • Wednesday: 247 cases per 100,000 people.
  • Last week: 179 cases per 100,000 people.
  • Two weeks ago: 179 cases per 100,000 people.
  • Three weeks ago: 109 cases per 100,000 people
  • Four weeks ago: 119 cases per 100,000 people [+ more numbers]
Raleigh’s mayor on Friday said the city will keep its mask mandate indoors after increased cases and “concerns over the omicron variant.”

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

In Wake County, that 14-day number has increased from 363 cases per 100,000 people last week to 468 cases per 100,000 people this week.

The percent of tests that are positive in Wake County is now at 5.8%, up from 5.1% last week. Previously the percentage stayed at goal level, 5% or less, for nine weeks in a row.

Vaccination percentages: 74% of all Wake County residents are vaccinated with at least one dose, up 1%. 70% of all Wake County residents are fully vaccinated, flat this week.

There are 17 congregate living facility outbreaks in Wake County this week, an increase of three outbreaks. Six new outbreaks were announced by the county this week.

There are 11 K-12 or childcare clusters in Wake County on Wednesday, flat from last week. Two K-12 clusters are named in Tuesday’s report. 

📊 Data links + more analysis: []

Raleigh Convergence has analyzed local-level data for Wake County for the last 84 weeks. [become a member to support hyperlocal journalism like this!]
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2021 Year in Review 
From the editor:

Here are the top stories from 2021, from original content at

Consider this our collective Raleigh stories of 2021, wrapped: 🎁
Top 10 most-read stories of 2021: 

1. Raleigh area Greenway trail will soon be more connected to region. [April 2021]

2. Local COVID-19 data analysis [updated weekly]

3. What's in North Hills' new innovation district? [Jan. 2021]

4. 5 Raleigh hidden gems to visit [Aug. 2021]

5. 5 Wake County outdoor activities to explore [Aug. 2021]

6. How to find or keep your proof of vaccination handy [Aug. 2021]

7. What Apple's new campus means for Wake County [April 2021]

8. Raleigh's sunflowers fields [June 2021]

9. Raleigh in 2022: How church properties could be a solution [Dec. 2021]

10. Downtown South, Park City South designs announced by Kane Realty [Nov. 2021]

Note: Stories have not been updated since published date unless noted in story.
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