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Here’s what’s happening now:

North Carolina will stay in Phase 3 until at least Nov. 13, the governor announced. The executive order for Phase 3 was set to expire Friday until it was extended.

The state is seeing its highest new numbers of confirmed cases since a peak in daily cases in July, state officials said.

N.C. also had the highest number of one-day COVID-19-related deaths this week, 
WRAL reports.

In a briefing Wednesday afternoon, NC DHHS Secretary Mandy Cohen shared the update of data officials track over a 14-day period:

➡️ ER visits with COVID-like symptoms are level.
⬆️  Confirmed COVID-19 cases are increasing.
↗️ Percentage of tests that are positive is slightly higher than the 5% they'd like to see.
➡️ Hospitalizations are growing, but since there is still capacity, it received a "level" yellow line. 

What else to know:

🍎 The Wake County school board is considering opening up high school campuses for in-person instruction in January. [News & Observer]

🦠 Wake County passed the 20K for confirmed COVID-19 cases Wednesday. [more local info]

Absentee ballots postmarked by Election Day will be accepted until Nov. 12, courts decide. [WUNC]
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🎙️ Meet the storytellers for Converging Stories: Fear

Converging Stories is a live storytelling event in which Raleigh community members share a story around a theme. 

This Monday before Halloween, the stories converge around the theme of fear and its many interpretations. 

🎟️ Get your tickets for the virtual, live event!
Storyteller Robin Simonton has been the Executive Director of Historic Oakwood Cemetery since November of 2011. Robin holds a BA in US History from the University of Hawaii and an MA in Historical Administration from Eastern Illinois University. Previously, she was the Program and Volunteer Services Executive at Girl Scouts — North Carolina Coastal Pines. Currently, Robin is a member of the Board of Directors of the Wake County Historical Society and the Association for Gravestone Studies.  Robin and her husband Jeff live in Rolesville with their  10-year-old son, Cullen.

Storyteller Kaleah Smith lives in Apex with her husband, Kenny and 3 kids. She is a proud UNC alum and has an MBA from Duke’s Fuqua School of Business. She leads a sales team as a district business manager for a large health care company. The most effective sales people are story tellers at heart.

Kaleah believes that our stories are powerful gifts meant to be shared. She enjoys connecting with people through uncomfortable conversations and learning from differing perspectives. She’ll take a good story over small talk any day. 

Kaleah enjoys playing with her kids, working out, reading and writing. A goal digger, Kaleah challenges herself to practice new skills — 2020 goals include sharing stories in a more public forum.

Storyteller Leah Finch is an old soul and a creative at heart. Her formal working hours are spent connecting with Etix clients all over the US, as she equips them with tools to most effectively use Etix’s proprietary ticketing platform. 

Leah enjoys walking with her neighbors downtown, sketching the city before it awakens, joining poetry competitions, writing for her neighborhood newsletter, dancing her heart out at Zumba, and delivering fresh-baked concoctions to unsuspecting passersby.  Ultimately, she finds the most solace in the deep and beautiful spaces of the human experience. 

Storyteller Sadashiv Patil is now a resident of Raleigh, but also spent a good part of his life in New York.

“I hail from a small town of Bijapur from India. I’m working as a Senior Software engineer for little over a decade, for an investment bank here. I love to cook, garden and would love to share my life story with you all!”

Storyteller David Overton is a Raleigh native. One of his favorite things is to set up a couple of chairs, outside, somewhere nice, where the two of you can chat and laugh. He currently thinks perfection just might be found under an old oak tree in the fall, but that changes with the season. 


Local news, news:

📰 Jane Porter will be the next top editor at INDY Week, beginning in January. She's currently the editor of Raleigh magazine. [INDY Week

📰 Jeffrey Billman, INDY's former editor, recently launched PRIMER, a newsletter focused on local, state and national issues.

📰 And the N&O's Raleigh-focused Walter magazine was acquired by a family-owned media company in Southern Pines, who own arts and culture magazines across the state.


Wake County housing prices grew nearly twice as much as income over the last five years, but that's better than the national average of 2.6 times more. Ultimately Raleigh ranked 43rd of 53 for large cities, according to the study. [News & Observer]

New from SEEK Raleigh: Pieces of Grief, a "sonic meditation on grief and loss" combines anonymous voicemail submissions, field recordings, archival interviews and original music. It's intended to be listened to in Durant Nature Preserve. More on how it came together at INDY Week. [listen]

Reminder: WakeUP Wake County is hosting a virtual event about the affordable housing bond on the Raleigh ballot this morning at 8:30 a.m. today. [register]

The Player's Retreat re-opened Wednesday for takeout only. [menu] 🍔
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