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STAUNTON, Va. (WHSV) — “No push back, no negative talk, they are just grateful to be able to come,” said Wendy Shutty with the Staunton Augusta YMCA. The YMCA offers a wide variety of fitness courses and had to adapt its programming at the start of the pandemic. “We initially started outside with as many classes as we could do. Then gradually when everything began to reopen, we opened classes back indoors,” Shutty explained. A majority of classes have since been moved inside with precautions that follow the governor’s executive orders. “We still have to observe 10-foot spacing,” Shutty added. " When they are coming to class, they do have to have their masks, on and while they are setting up and getting their equipment, whatever they need for class, we ask them to keep their masks on and once they start exercising they can remove their masks.” Shutty says there are 60 to 70 classes offered at the YMCA each week. You can find more information about how to register for classes by clicking here.
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HARRISONBURG, Va. (WHSV) — “Please, take action now!” People rallied outside of Congressman Ben Cline’s Harrisonburg office on Wednesday, calling on U.S. leaders to help the people of Tigray. Tigray has been dealing with government conflict for several months. According to a report from the Associated Press, the State Department cited “credible reports of looting, sexual violence, assaults in refugee camps and other human rights abuses.” “They cut off all the connections, we can’t connect to our people. We just need the U.S. to take action. Action speaks more than words,” explained Helen Gebrehaimanot. People held up signs that read, “U.S. TAKE ACTION” and “HELP THE STARVING IN TIGRAY”. Tsega Kidanu says everything is shut down in Tigray. “They don’t have anything, even now, almost 18 days, everyone here doesn’t have any connection with our families,” Kidanu added. “We need the U.S. government to help us reconnect to Tigray.”
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ROCKINGHAM COUNTY, Va. (WHSV) — With the Central Shenandoah Health District in Phase 1B of the vaccine roll-out, teachers and staff in Rockingham County were able to receive the COVID-19 vaccine Wednesday. VDH staff and school nurses were able to vaccinate 450 teachers and staff members in just a few hours. Division superintendent Oskar Scheikl said they are prioritizing which staff member receives the vaccine first based on who interacts with students day-to-day. Special education teachers and drivers took priority Wednesday, with more clinics scheduled over the next two weeks. “We’ve set up multiple clinics, a total of four at this point, and we hope to have between 2,000 and 2,200 shots,” Scheikl said. “2,000 should cover everyone who has told us that they wanted the vaccine.” These are closed clinics, which means they are only offered to Rockingham County Public Schools teachers and staff members. Scheikl said over the next few days, staff will be notified of what clinic they are assigned to and will be able to schedule a time slot if not known already. He said some staff, like at the central office, will be some of the last to be vaccinated because they do not regularly see students. Scheikl said with more students returning physically to school next semester, out of all the chaos during the pandemic, Wednesday was a day to celebrate. “So it’s exciting, but it means for just a brief moment in time we can be here and look at this and say, ‘good.’ You know, we’re getting shots in arms and people are going to protected,” Scheikl said. The school division said they would really like to thank VDH, school nurses and Rockingham County Fire and Rescue Chief Jeremy Holloway, who all helped set up the clinics Scheikl said while today is a celebration for the vaccine, it is important the community still follows CDC guidelines and remains vigilant.
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