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Actionable + hyperlocal news to know:

COVID-19 cases in Wake County continue to drop as the CDC and North Carolina have changed the prioritization of different metrics.

The state dashboard is revised as North Carolina moves to what officials call the “new phase of COVID-19.
  • The overall North Carolina dashboard will now be updated weekly by noon Wednesdays versus daily.
  • County- and state-level cases data will be updated Monday-Friday and can now be found here.
  • Local testing data with percentage of tests that are positive is now here (12 days of data is shown).
  • Additions to the dashboard include surveillance of variants and COVID-19 found in wastewater.
Wake County’s 14-day case rate decreased again in the last week, is now at 97 cases per 100,000 people. Last week the case rate was 120 cases per 100,000 people.

The percentage of tests that are positive in Wake County over the last 7 days is an average of 2.6%. This is a decrease from the 3.1% 14-day measurement from the previous dashboard.

The CDC now considers Wake County as low COVID-19 community level.
The CDC is now using different benchmarks for community levels and the most recent numbers available are measuring March 10-16, with updates now at 8 p.m. Thursdays. The new community levels, explained: []

Congregate living facility outbreaks decreased by seven new outbreaks to 37 outbreaks in Wake County.

Childcare and K-12 clusters stayed flat at 2 total clusters. Both are at childcare facilities.

📊 More numbers, links + analysis: []

Raleigh Convergence has analyzed local-level data for Wake County for the last 98 weeks.
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Local idea:
Little Blue Bakehouse will combine retail, coffee cafe and incubator
Little Blue Bakehouse is coming in early summer to Southeast Raleigh. 

The idea: A coffee cafe and bakery retail experience will be open to the community.

A membership-based commercial kitchen tailored to bakers will take up the other portion of the 3,000-square-foot space.

Behind the idea: Raleigh natives and married couple Allison and Carl Vick. You may know the two from Little Blue Macaron, found in local coffee and boba shops or markets. [keep reading]
Full story >>
Community news + ideas, quick:

🍷 The Raleigh Wine Shop is now open in its new location in the Moore Square District, at 317 S. Bloodworth St. The historic building is renovated to create a modern gathering and retail space, plus outdoor seating. You can enjoy tastings, a glass or a shared wine by the bottle on site. [website]

🏗️ The Fenton development, which Cary Mayor Harold Weinbrecht said is the largest development in Cary history, will open with its first retailers on April 29 in soft opening mode.
  • Coming later: Which retailers and restaurants opening in April, May and early June, with a grand opening planned for June 4-5.
  • Restaurants will be a draw for tenants and customers alike, with big name chefs from the Southeast and the Triangle, including a steakhouse from Raleigh's Scott Crawford and sushi from Durham's Michael Lee.
  • A future drink with a view: The Fenton Instagram account showed an in-progress view of the forthcoming anticipated Dram & Draught rooftop.

🥖 Boulted Bread will be moving from its South Street location to a new spot a few blocks away in Boylan Heights. The News & Observer reports the new address will be 328 Dupont Circle. See inside the new site: [@boultedbread]
📸: Courtesy Dix Park

Wings of the City leaves Dorothea Dix Park soon: Catch the exhibit of nine bronze sculptures by Mexican artist Jorge Marín before the installation ends. Sunday is your last chance! [map + details]

🗓️ Coming up:
  • North Hills announced its Wellness Wednesdays and Beach Music series lineups, two outdoor series now on sale. 
  • Tickets go on sale Friday for nonmembers for North Carolina Museum of Art's outdoor music series. The 2022 Amphitheater Concert series begins with Old Crow Medicine Show on May 20. 
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