When everyone is cheering the beginning of a new decade, the coronavirus is breaking into our lives. At the beginning, the coronavirus appeared in China, and it was the Chinese New Year at that time, so the population was very mobile and the infection was very strong.
The government is considering a $850 billion stimulation to get the economy rolling again with a relatively small tax relief to individuals (mine would be $242/month, a mere 9% of my disposable salary) and $50 billion to the airlines. I’m not an economist, but based on my life in small-city America, it seems clear to me that there are problems here.
Harrisonburg is college town so – in more normal times – you can’t go too far on a nice day without seeing an outdoor college party. Recently I witnessed a rowdy event taking place at some houses that border the rear of our office parking lot.
In the fall of 2016, our kids joined about 1.7 million other children in the United States who learn at home. Now, as the coronavirus pandemic emptied schools and brought the learning home for the foreseeable future, I’m hearing parents ask many of the same questions and express some of the same anxieties I had when we started teaching at home.
Community Perspective: Public library has resources to learn more about COVID-19 and to get a break from it
As we grapple with the Coronavirus and its effect on our daily lives, we are all trying to find out what its means for us. With all the fake information floating out there, it’s important we understand where to find accurate and helpful information.
Harrisonburg businesses, organizations and other service providers made gut-wrenching decisions over the past 48 hours to dramatically scale back their interactions with the public. That has meant shifting to carry-out-only for restaurants, cutting back on hours of operations, limiting visitors to the hospital and, in many cases, closing up for the next couple weeks — at least.
Monday updates: Public library to close starting Tuesday; Parks and rec makes closures; District Court announces postponements; Sentara limits hospital visitation; EMU sends students home after person reports flu-like symptoms
Sentara Healthcare announced Monday that regular visitation at its hospitals, including RMH Medical Center, will end until “the transmission of COVID-19 is no longer a threat.”
Harrisonburg has one resident who is presumed to have COVID-19. Meanwhile, the public schools and universities are closed to students for the next couple weeks — at least. Employees at businesses and now JMU are being told to stay home if they can. The city has declared a state of emergency in order to apply for federal financial help to cover costs associated with managing the pandemic. And businesses already are feeling the pain of fewer customers and are bracing for that to get worse as area college students don’t return to town.