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Here’s what’s happening now:

COVID-19 in Wake County:

While North Carolina is showing early signs of stabilization, the numbers are still too high, state officials said Wednesday. 

North Carolina will stay in Phase 2 for 5 more weeks, Governor Roy Cooper announced in a press conference Wednesday.

Five weeks from Friday is Sept. 11.

“Stable is good but decreasing is better,” he said. “We know that stability is fragile and these trends can change quickly.” 

Viral transmission is starting to stabilize, Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Mandy Cohen said, but there’s still work to do. 

The data that informed the Phase 2 extension:
😷 Trajectory of COVID-19 like syndromic cases (an earlier indicator) is declining but still high.

😷 New cases are stable but remain high. 
😷 The percentage of positive tests of overall tests is level but still high — 7-8% positive when state officials want to see 5% or lower. 
😷 Hospitalizations (a later indicator) are level and there is still capacity at NC hospitals. [read more]

ZIP code analysis: ZIP codes with fewer cases grew faster by percentage this week for the second week.

Only three of the faster-growing ZIP codes were above the average for overall Wake County cases, about 350. [read more, by ZIP code]


What else to know:
📚 How to get childcare for K-6 students during remote learning [News & Observer]
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Converging Stories' guest emcee: Charles Phaneuf

We're making our virtual live storytelling event even better with our first-ever co-emcee!

Charles Phaneuf will be our special guest emcee on Monday, sharing the virtual stage with Converging Stories' producer, Raleigh Convergence editor and publisher Sarah Day Owen Wiskirchen, in support of local community storytellers.

Charles will also share a short story around the theme of Coming Home.


About Charles: Charles Phaenuf is the President of the United Arts Council, a local arts agency that has worked for more than 30 years to build a better Raleigh and Wake County through support of and advocacy for the arts.

His career started at UNC-Chapel Hill where he served as president of the student union, and continued in New York and Washington, DC. His previous leadership roles include Associate Managing Director of Shakespeare Theatre Company and Executive Director of Raleigh Little Theatre. Charles has been named Tar Heel of the Week by the News and Observer (2018) and 40 Under 40 by the Triangle Business Journal (2014), and he was selected as one of 19 People for 2019 by the INDY Week.

He enjoys biking, golf and playing music, often with his wife Emily, who is also a musician and teaches in Wake County Public Schools.

About the event: Converging Stories: Coming Home, from Raleigh Convergence x Transfer Company, is the latest event in which your neighbors tell a true, first-person narrative around a theme.

The ticketed live storytelling event will be at 7 p.m. Monday. Read more about the three storytellers and buy tickets on Eventbrite.
 


Raleigh's city manager, Ruffin Hall, will leave at the end of this year. The News & Observer shared some of his accomplishments over his seven-year tenure.

While more people may know the mayor's name than the city manager's, it's one of -- if not the most -- powerful roles in Raleigh city government, which makes this big news. 

All city departments are overseen by the city manager's office, including police. Ruffin Hall also created the city's pandemic-adjusted budget. The city manager works closely with the Raleigh City Council, making recommendations (with staff input and research) for the elected officials' decisions. His last day will be Dec. 31.


Help Wake Co. students: Activate Good is coordinating volunteers to help 40K students in Wake County get the technology they need to access remote learning. Volunteers must register for shifts that begin Aug. 17. [learn more + sign up]

Paying tribute to indigenous people, a native-land-acknowledgement ceremony was held at Dorothea Dix Park. [INDY Week]

Two Raleigh-based Black-owned startups received big grants from WeWork. [WRAL TechWire]


What to do if you see a coyote -- they're around you even even if you're in Downtown Raleigh. [WUNC] Have you seen any? Reply to this email with your coyote stories! 💬
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