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Here’s what’s happening now:

The rate of confirmed cases in Wake County dropped again in the last week to 29 cases per 100,000 people from 40/100,000 people. This rate is a rolling 14-day average.

The median weekly growth for COVID-19 cases in Wake County ZIP codes, compared to their totals, dropped again. Last week, it was 0.24%, this week it’s 0.17%.

The percent of tests that are positive in Wake County is at goal level for the fifth week in a row. This week the rolling 14-day average in Wake County is at 1.3%, down from 2% last week. The statewide percentage is at 1.9%. The goal is 5% or less.

Congregate living facilities in Wake County dropped again, to 6 outbreaks. Two facilities saw increases, a nursing home and the county jail.

There is only one childcare or K-12 cluster in Wake County this week, a K-12 school, a decrease from 3.

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Estella Patterson, selected from 3 top candidates, will be Raleigh's next police chief. [News & Observer]
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6 ideas for your weekend + beyond
🖤 The Inaugural Capital City Juneteenth Celebration: The ongoing celebration includes a Saturday morning event at the State Capitol grounds with chalk art to show the Juneteenth flag, portraits of formerly enslaved people whose lives "intersected with the Capitol" and names of freedmen and women (9 a.m.-noon).

Saturday afternoon, bring lawn chairs to Harvey Hill at Dorothea Dix Park for music, food and guest speakers (1-5 p.m.). For those opting out of in-person gathering, the event will be livestreamed on Facebook. [details]

🖤 Juneteenth: A Celebration of Emancipation with the Pope Family: A weekend full of programming at the historic house of Dr. Manassa T. Pope, his wife Delia and their daughters Evelyn and Ruth, located in Downtown Raleigh at 124 E Cabarrus Street. The Pope House is North Carolina's only Black house museum. 

The Friday-Sunday event includes "rare artifacts, special guest speakers, exclusive guided tours, and weekend-long activity stations," including activities for kids. Non-ticketed and free. [schedule]

🖤 Shopper's Block Juneteenth Edition: A street festival from Black Dollar NC, Black Flea Market, One of One Boutique, Melanated Exchange Market and ReUp will include shopping, food trucks, a basketball tournament and a message from Black Oak Society. 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday at Blount and Cabarrus streets in Downtown Raleigh. [info]

🖤 Juneteenth Community Event at Southeast Raleigh YMCA: The YMCA location at Rock Quarry Road will celebrate Juneteenth with a live DJ and cardio dance, a chalk art competition, food trucks, Black-owned businesses, spoken word and poetry, and more family-friendly activities. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday. [FB event]

🍻 Wander Market at Oaklyn Springs Brewery: The Father's Day market from Food & Flea Productions will be at the Fuquay-Varina brewery 1-5 p.m. Sunday, with the Wandering Moose food truck and live music. [@foodandflea_productions]

🌱 Learn about composting with us: Raleigh Convergence + CompostNow are co-hosting this virtual event, 12 p.m. Monday. Kat Nigro, VP of Experience for CompostNow, will share a short how-to on composting, so you know the why and the how to get started. Like all our content, it will be a concise 45 minutes for this virtual event. [Register]

Reborn Clothing Co.,
an upcycled clothing company launched by an NC State grad, is opening their first brick and mortar in North Hills in July. At the store, customers can bring in items to be reworked by Reborn, or shop readymade upcycled items. [TBJ]

The Local Band Local Beer series at The Pour House Music Hall and Record Shop is starting again July 18. The all-ages live music series features 6 bands on two stages every Sunday. [@thepourhouse]

The Jack Smith Park spraygrounds in Cary are repaired and open again. [site]
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