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HARRISONBURG, Va. (WHSV) - On Monday, Governor Ralph Northam announced that 70% of Virginia’s adults have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine. Virginia is the 16th state in the county to meet this goal set by President Joe Biden which is two weeks ahead of the nationwide goal by the Fourth of July. In the Central Shenandoah Health District (CSHD), numbers are lower. About 57% of adults in the health district have received at least one shot. Jordi Shelton, a communications specialist with the CSHD, said it’s crucial now more than ever that shots keep going into arms. The health district is working to continue hosting convenient clinics and overcoming community barriers. “Whether it’s job-wise and you’re not able to get out of work in time to reach a vaccine clinic or you have some hesitancy,” Shelton said. “We’re trying to adjust all those barriers and provide clinics with plenty of options for people.” She said reaching that goal will come down to community outreach and work with CSHD community partners. “Canvassing with our communities and visiting local businesses to let them know where the vaccine clinics are happening,” Shelton said. “Every shot in arms counts. Every piece of this puzzle is equally important.” Beginning June 22, CSHD and other health districts across the commonwealth are launching a Community Information Team. The team’s mission is to support COVID-19 vaccine outreach efforts throughout the health district. Outreach will include door-to-door canvassing in residential neighborhoods and at local businesses. The Community Information Team will provide health education, information about upcoming COVID-19 vaccine clinics, and registration opportunities for specific clinics. The CSHD has several vaccine clinics this week. For more information, click here.
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HARRISONBURG, Va. (WHSV) - Increased interest in people traveling and a shortage of staff is causing hundreds of American Airlines flights to be canceled through mid-July. To minimize impact at a specific airport, American Airlines reports there will be a bigger effect in Dallas-Fort Worth, which is an American Airlines hub. The company is anticipating 50 to 80 flight cancelations per day going forward, according to a spokesperson. Terrie Dean, the co-owner of the Wishing Well in Harrisonburg, said the ramp-up of people’s interest in travel happened a whole lot quicker than airlines were prepared for. “It’s been enormously busy,” Dean said. “We’re happy to see these doors open back up again to the world because that means great things for us, but impacting this industry are all the other challenges that we’re facing. We’re having to realize new ways to work around these things.” While Wishing Well clients have not had their flights canceled, Dean said many have been rescheduled. It looks like this problem could hang around. She said it’s not just airlines that are being impacted by staffing shortages, but cruise lines and hotels too. Dean said it’s just another obstacle the travel industry is having to maneuver. “We do know that these cancelations are going to ramp up and probably be a part of what we deal with between now and the mid-July period,” Dean said. “Add to that some seasonal operational issues, because of storms, it’s going to make for a very interesting summer.” To minimize your risks if you are planning a vacation, Dean said that booking your flights in a travel package or through reputable travel sources can help protect you in uncertain times. The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) reported that it saw record high post-pandemic travelers go through the screening process on June 20. Over 2.1 million travelers were screened at security across the country.
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AUGUSTA CO., Va. (WHSV) - Transportation Security Administration Officers at the Shenandoah Valley Regional Airport (SHD) stopped a Kentucky man from boarding a plane with a loaded handgun Friday, June 18.
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HARRISONBURG, Va. (WHSV) - Monday is the 30th annual National Ride to Work Day, where motorcyclists are encouraged to ride their bikes to work and police look to increase motorcycle safety on the roadways. According to the DMV, there have already been 482 motorcycle involved crashes and 30 fatalities across the state this year. As the weather warms, police are reminding drivers to stay alert. “They go through the winter months and they’re not so used to seeing a motorcycle, and not thinking to look for a motorcycle, so as it warms up we need to remind them to look for motorcycles,” said Sgt. Wayne Westfall, the head of the Harrisonburg Police traffic division. Officials say it can be easy for drivers to overlook motorcycles, which leads to a larger number of accidents. “When you have a motorcycle that is not at fault in an accident, a lot of times what you’re seeing is people in a hurry, not paying attention to the smaller vehicles, and just your generalized distracted driving,” said Justin Joiner, a Virginia State Trooper. Motorcyclists are also in danger from debris like grass clippings in the road. “Any debris that’s on the roadway can be hazardous, especially then if you have water, you have storms come through, then it makes it even worse it kind of becomes compounded,” said Rockingham County Sheriff Bryan Hutcheson. Police encourage riders to wear proper DOT approved equipment and avoid driving at high speeds. Sergeant Westfall adds that drivers need to be aware because motorcycles are usually closer than they appear and that drivers often don’t have as much time to pull out ahead as they may think. He says this happens in Harrisonburg from time to time. “We have our fair share of motorcycle crashes in the city that anyone else has, you know one crash is one too many as far as I’m concerned.” Sheriff Bryan Hutcheson says the windy roads in Rockingham county can often create problems for even more experienced cyclists, he also emphasized the importance of drivers and cyclists being mindful of each other. “If both parties are alert, everybody out there is alert then we’d have a whole lot safer roadway,” said Hutcheson.