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Coronavirus: The latest local updates, cancellations, resources + more


Major Local Announcements

○ Governor Roy Cooper has extended COVID-19 rules + regulations and implemented a state-wide curfew. The mandate requires everyone to stay at home between the hours of 10 p.m.–5 a.m., plus on-premise alcohol sales are prohibited after 9 p.m. The executive order is currently in effect through Feb. 28. (The News & Observer)  

Thanks to a recent executive order from Gov. Roy Cooper, restaurants are now permitted to sell to-go cocktails. You can learn more about local participating restaurants here.

 NC remains in Phase 3 of the state’s reopening plan. Bars with outdoor seating, outdoor entertainment venues, movie theaters, and amusement parks are permitted to be open at 30% capacity or for 100 guests, whichever is fewer. (The News & Observer)

○ The City Council announced that all city-sponsored events will be canceled through March 31. This includes the annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade, and other seasonal events. (WRAL)

Still in effect: As of 4 p.m. on June 19, the City of Raleigh is now requiring face coverings to be worn in public. Click here to see exceptions + find out what determines an acceptable mask. 

○ On Feb. 11 + 13, PNC Arena will be used as a COVID-19 mass-vaccination site with walk-up and drive-thru options by appointment only. Up to 2,100 vaccines will be distributed to eligible people on the Wake County COVID-19 vaccine waitlist over those two days. 💉 (The News & Observer)

Gov. Roy Cooper and the NCDHHS announced a timeline for essential workers — which includes first responders, restaurant employees + grocery store workers to receive COVID-19 vaccines. Teachers + school employees (pre-K–12) are eligible to receive the vaccine on February 24 and other essential workers are eligible beginning March 10.  (The News & Observer)

Numbers from NCDHHS

○ 72,213 (4,738 active) cases of COVID-19 in Wake County as of February 18 at 12:45 p.m.
○ 20,991 (1,154 active) cases in Durham County
○ 829,000+ cases in North Carolina; 10,670 deaths

Schedule Changes

College and professional sporting events (CBS Sports)
North Carolina schools K-12, colleges + universities (NCDHHS)
○ Local events — updates on cancelled events from Triangle on the Cheap
Wake County School District alerts
City of Raleigh daily alerts
Modified bus routes and service alerts

Community Resources

Latest updates for NC (The News & Observer)
Running list of closings (WRAL)
Podcast — NC coronavirus news (WRAL)
Ways to help those in need across the Triangle (News & Observer)
50 activities for cooped-up kids that don’t involve a screen (Triangle on the Cheap)
Help with utilities payments
Food resource map to help families identify locations nearest them
Meals on Wheels for local seniors
○ Resources for homelessness + housing crisis
Pet food for families with financial trouble
NC Artist Relief Fund
Small business rapid recovery loans
List of Durham delivery + take-out options
List of Raleigh delivery + take-out options
List of educational websites, apps + free subscriptions 
How to help local women-owned businesses
Free assessment, screening + counseling to discuss symptoms and help determine if testing for COVID-19 is recommended.
Mission Triangle has compiled a list of current (and verified) nonprofits in our area that need support during this time — and at all times.

Health Care Resources

Clinics and community health centers in Wake County *Please contact the location before going if you think you have contracted COVID-19.
CDC Resources
World Health Organization Resources

Community Conversations

How can RALtoday best support our community right now?
Stay-at-home orders around the Triangle (explained)
Donate supplies to help our local hospitals
Supporting local restaurants on #carryoutWednesday (and every day)
Stick to your routine with local, online workout classes
Here’s how one local startup is helping to support the service industry
Notes from a local wellness instructor
Date night ideas with social distancing in mind
Quarantine food photo challenge
Share your stories with us
Where to find toilet paper in Raleigh
10 local startups for consumers in Raleigh
Resources for frontline workers
Notes from a local lifestyle coach
Local fundraisers
Local shops selling face masks in and around Raleigh
Assistance loans for small businesses in Raleigh
Where to buy local produce in Raleigh
Job opportunities during COVID-19
New local initiative addresses supply chain concerns
Notes from a local real estate professional
How to help your dog transition out of quarantine
Governor Roy Cooper’s reopening NC plan
Poll results: What our readers said about getting back to normal post-quarantine
Inspections, renewals, and vehicle registration during COVID-19
Paycheck protection program loans
Raleigh’s mask mandate
Mental health resources
NC’s plan for schools
Perspective: Wake County school teacher weighs in
WakeHELPS utility bill assistance
Join our Pen Pal Program, Raleigh
Preserve your 2020 story for posterity
Tracking your non-commute in the Triangle
Notes from a local bankruptcy attorney
NC’s statewide curfew explained
Heated porches and patios for dining out
Your guide for to-go cocktails in Raleigh