Following a ruling against him in early October, The Breeze’s Editor-in-Chief Jake Conley says he’s worried moving forward about how much information university officials will or will not provide to journalists in the interest of public health.
When someone tests positive for COVID-19 in Harrisonburg City Schools, it starts a chain reaction in which the schools, relying on contact tracing, notify the families of students who might have been exposed or in close contact. But that process isn’t always perfect, as one parent found out.
When Doug Moyer, president and CEO of Sentara RMH, unveiled the medical center’s new COVID-19 hospitalization dashboard at a rare press conference Monday, he made an urgent plea to the community to get vaccinated and keep down the number of COVID-19 patients. The dashboard, which reports some hospital occupancy data, shows some key numbers, but it’s not as extensive as the data Sentara RMH has to report to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
As COVID-19 cases again sharply rise across the Valley, and the Delta variant tests even the best-laid back-to-school plans, local school systems and universities are navigating new waters.
Underscoring how covid-19 continues to complicate even routine approvals of event permits, Harrisonburg city council members engaged in a back-and-forth over whether to regulate upcoming outdoor events — and if so how.
The city’s relatively small size could be its biggest asset as the COVID-19 pandemic lingers, said Jennifer Bell, Harrisonburg’s tourism manager since July 2019, who has been putting more effort into getting advertising in front of conference and event planners. Since October she has purchased four full-page color ads in Small Market Meeting Magazine, a full-page color ad in the wedding edition of Virginia Living magazine, a full-page ad in ConventionSouth Magazine and an assortment of digital advertising across various platforms.
The city council on Tuesday adopted its updated plan for what city leaders envision for Harrisonburg in 2039, which now includes a provision aimed at “effectively responding to and reducing climate change impacts.”
Speaking to a sharply divided and sometimes raucous crowd, Rockingham County Public Schools officials announced at the school board meeting Monday that students would have to wear masks inside schools this fall.