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.
Speaking to an audience of about 30 in the Rockingham County Administrative Offices on Monday, the county’s schools’ superintendent said future school board meetings would meet in similar non-school venues to help diffuse tension about masks.
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.
After a debate regarding protection against the spread of Covid, city school board members voted at Tuesday’s meeting to require public school employees to be vaccinated, unless given a religious or medical exemption.
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.”
Harrisonburg City Council members met in person for the first time since 2020 and revisited key issues from that time: the new high school and a housing crunch.
While COVID-19 vaccinations have become widely available, several Harrisonburg organizations have stepped up efforts to help people in vulnerable communities — including immigrants and refugees, as well as those experiencing homelessness — overcome hurdles to get vaccinated.
Even as hospitals overflow with record numbers of Covid-19 patients in other parts of the country and world, the Central Shenandoah Health District is upbeat about the progress of the state health department’s vaccination campaign in their jurisdiction.