This illustration, created at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, reveals ultrastructural morphology exhibited by coronaviruses.

The Virginia Department of Health is offering free COVID-19 tests today from 2 to 6 p.m. at the Rockingham County Fairgrounds.

Tests are available on a first-come, first-served basis and no insurance or appointment are required. Preference is given to people experiencing symptoms or have come in close contact to someone with a confirmed positive case of the new coronavirus.

Last week, Harrisonburg reached a 2,000 cumulative count of COVID-19 cases after 47 new cases were recorded by the VDH on Thursday. Rockingham County has 1,278 cases and 109 hospitalizations and had 41 cases reported on Sept. 12, the most cases reported in one day for the county. As of Monday, Harrisonburg has reported 2,184 cases with 89 hospitalizations.

The city also reported its 34th death on Sept. 9 and Rockingham County recorded its 20th death on Sept. 13, according to data from VDH. That translates to 1.9 deaths per 100,000 population for the city and a 1.2 deaths per 100,000 population rate in the county. 

For any questions on today's free testing, call (540) 574-5101.

— Staff Report

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