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Hburg schools’ get creative with Mobile Cafe to make sure students and their families have enough to eat

After the Harrisonburg City Public Schools shut down amid the COVID-19 pandemic, dedicated staff and nutritionists worked out a plan to continue providing meals for students whose primary source of nutritious food came through the schools.

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Tiller Strings: sales, rentals, repair, sheet music, accessories.

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.

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To knot or not to knot was not even a question for these dedicated knotters

Comforters are aptly named. They comfort their makers, the givers, and those who receive them. That’s what makes them so appealing, so magical, so comforting, pun intended.

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COVID-19’s effects send shockwaves of disruption across Harrisonburg

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.”

What’s changed? What’s happening? And what’s next? A guide to COVID-19’s effect on Harrisonburg

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.

Closings, cancelations and postponed events/ programs

The Citizen will be updating as closings and other announcements as they are made.

‘I’m not sick–I’m crying’

“You mean, you haven’t eaten in nine hours?” The hazmat-suited doctor standing before me stared at me, pills in rubber-gloved hand, confusion apparent through the voice muffled by a face mask. I shook my head, sitting up on the steel-frame quarantine bed. “Well, you need to have these pills with food…” he muttered, half to himself, shifting uncomfortably. We looked at the clock; it was almost midnight. “I’ll see if I can find something for you.”

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