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Harrisonburg advising continued attention to social distancing

harrisonburgThe City of Harrisonburg is urging residents to utilize strict social distancing measures with the number of COVID-19 cases in the city and Rockingham County surpassing the 80 mark today.

Residents are still welcome to go outside for exercise or other activities if they are not sick, as long as they maintain social distancing rules of keeping a mandatory six feet of distance between yourself and others. If you are outside in a group of more than 10 people and in violation of Gov. Ralph Northam’s March 30 stay-at-home order, you will receive a citation from the Harrisonburg Police Department.

With the holiday weekend upcoming, city officials are concerned that some individuals may disregard social gathering warnings.

“The dramatic increase in the numbers show the importance of continuing social distancing, washing our hands, and staying home as much as possible,” Harrisonburg Fire Department Administrative Officer and Deputy Emergency Coordinator Paul Helmuth said. “Remember, even when having to be in small groups, social distancing practices are important.”

The Virginia Department of Health has created a phone number where you can call and speak to someone with your COVID-19 concerns. That number is 1-855-949-8378.

It is open Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. until 6 p.m.