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Here’s what’s happening now:
 
COVID-19 in Wake County:

Face masks will be required in Raleigh beginning 4 p.m. today. [read a rundown of the rules]

Knightdale will also require face masks beginning 5 p.m. Sunday, with similar rules.

📊 What’s new by ZIP code: For the second week in a row, the weekly increase of lab-confirmed cases in Wake County ZIP codes is more than 30%. Two weeks ago, the median percentage increase, week over week, was 20%.

Wake County Public Health began offering drive-through testing for groups considered high risk, and two locations offered last week, Wendell and Zebulon, saw the highest percentage increases week over week.


What else to know: 
🧪 More locations added for free drive-through testing for at-risk people. [sign up]
📍Wake County announced a new congregate living facility outbreak at Forest Glenn in Garner.

📈 People ages 25-49 are driving the increases in cases, Dr. Mandy Cohen said. [NC Health News]
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Happening in Raleigh...

Today is Juneteenth, which commemorates the day that enslaved people in Texas learned they had been emancipated more than two years before. @n.c.born is organizing an event and march today from 11 a.m.-10 p.m. [learn more]


📸: Activist art in Downtown Raleigh by @okirah and @graysonmarieart

From the #TheBounceBackRDU interview, a night of stories streaming tonight at 7 p.m. from creator Alexus Rhone of Truth Meet Story in partnership with Raleigh Arts and SEEK Raleigh, commemorating Juneteenth with African American storytellers:

Raleigh Convergence: How do you see this event or these stories in context of what’s going on here in Raleigh, with calls for racial justice, and beyond?

Alexus Rhone: The work of justice is unending. “With liberty and justice for all” is the closing line in The Pledge of Allegiance. “Establish justice, ensure domestic tranquility…” is part of the opening line in the Preamble of the Constitution. We must accept that these things don’t naturally fall in place. 

For that reason, the work of justice requires all hands on deck. Preachers, politicians, journalists, and artists, within our corner of the universe, have a responsibility to serve the common good.

If the solutions we seek are embedded inside the stories of our neighbors, then my highest aspirations for #TheBounceBackRDU is that everyone will sign-on to the live stream and enjoy a night of solutions. Stories matter. [read the interview]


#AllInForRaleigh's live fundraising event is Saturday at noon. On the virtual docket: performances from N'kogniito and Cody Daniel, a live illustration segment for kids from Abigail Morris, video segments from videographers Trayvion Biddle, Spencer Bland and Ben Johnson and local business owners, including a longer segment with Patrice Graham of Colors of Yoga Raleigh.

The virtual event raises private matching funds for small business owners in Raleigh. Viewers are encouraged to
 donate in advance or during the event at allinforraleigh.com. [Event]

Black Flea Market is at Loading Dock at E. Whitaker Mill Road from 2-6 p.m. Sunday. Support Black-owned businesses in the free shopping event open to all ages. [@blackfleamarketnc]
 


RDU is pausing airport expansion plans, don't expect air travel to return to pre-COVID-19 levels until 2024. [News & Observer]

Fighting racism through food: From bakers to restaurants like Garland, the food and beverage community in Raleigh is raising funds for anti-racism and social justice organizations.

Don't forget to celebrate the dads in your life on Sunday -- it's Father's Day. A few Father's Day memories from Raleighites: [Walter]
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