COVID-19 vaccines given to residents of Harrisonburg and Rockingham County
Harrisonburg and Rockingham County population that is fully vaccinated

Community Perspective: Suicides at Middle River Regional Jail demands accountability

A contributed perspectives piece by Connie Wright-Zink

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Area Red Cross needs blood – and people

While the Central Virginia Chapter of the American Red Cross needs blood to address a shortage in the area that includes Harrisonburg and Rockingham County, it’s also in need of people who are willing to lend a hand at blood drives without rolling up their sleeves to donate.

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Amid ‘stunning surge’ in COVID cases, city shifts meetings back online

The city council approved an emergency declaration Tuesday, sending public meetings back online for at least a month and raising the alarm that the community’s sharp increase in COVID-19 cases will further strain an overstretched health care system. 

Area hospitals brace for Omicron surge’s impact

Hospitals in the Valley are grappling with the Omicron variant surge, which has nearly filled up Augusta Health’s ICU and COVID units and prompted Sentara RMH on Friday to postpone non-essential surgeries.

As new semester begins, JMU COVID protocols remain mostly unchanged

As the omicron variant spreads, JMU says that it will not require boosters for students and faculty, but is prepared change requirements if CDC guidelines change.

In the face of Omicron, city schools aim to stay in person; High school to open new modular building

Acknowledging the surge of the Omicron variant, Superintendent Michael Richards said at this year’s first Harrisonburg School Board meeting Tuesday night that the district is “well prepared” to continue in-person learning.

Trails, trees and vaccination news mark 2021. What will 2022 bring?

If the list of The Citizen’s most-read stories of 2021 tells us anything about the last year, it’s that people were eager for information about the outdoors. Trails and trees were big attractions. 

Community Perspective: The Christmas Eel

A contributed perspectives piece by Anna Rose Geary

I doubt that my grandmother, Nonna Teresa, ever heard the adage “Cleanliness is next to godliness,” but if she did, she would not have believed it. God and a clean house had nothing to do with each other.  

Statewide environmental news roundup – December 2021

A Breeze reporter highlighted JMU’s plans to install a 420 MW solar system on campus. Another reporter for the JMU student paper critiqued JMU’s sustainability practices, arguing that “installing a few solar panels … just isn’t cutting it….”

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