COVID-19 Info

We are committed to our mission of being a resource to Martinsville-Henry County.

As such, we are in constant communication with our community partners on how to respond to the threat of COVID-19 and its potential impacts. 

At The Harvest Foundation, we've taken additional steps and protocols to keep our offices clean and to prevent the spread of germs within the building. 

Below are recommendations by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) that include: 

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

We'll keep you updated on our social networks and website as we work with our partners to provide the best support possible.

State-National Resources

Virginia Department of Health - COVID-19
The Virginia Department of Health is monitoring an outbreak of respiratory illness, called coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), caused by a novel (new) coronavirus that was first detected in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China. Cases of COVID-19 are also being reported in a growing number of countries internationally, including the United States, where the first case of COVID-19 was confirmed on January 21, 2020 in a traveler who had recently returned from Wuhan.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
CDC is responding to an outbreak of respiratory disease caused by a novel (new) coronavirus that was first detected in China and which has now been detected in more than 100 locations internationally, including in the United States. The virus has been named “SARS-CoV-2” and the disease it causes has been named “coronavirus disease 2019” (abbreviated “COVID-19”).

Local Resources

Sovah Health
Sovah Health continues to work closely with the local health departments and the Virginia Department of Health (VDH) and is following guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to ensure the hospitals and clinics are prepared with the appropriate plans to detect, protect and respond should anyone in the community contract or be exposed to coronavirus (COVID-19).

City of Martinsville and County of Henry
This informational page is authorized by Henry County, the Henry County Public Service Authority, and the City of Martinsville to serve as a community resource on the latest updates regarding the COVID-19 Pandemic.

Martinsville-Henry County Visitor Center
The Martinsville – Henry County Visitor Center (VisitMartinsville) first priority is the safety and health of its visitors, residents, industry partners, and team. While the risk of contracting COVID- 19 is low, we are carefully following the guidelines of the US Department of State and the Centers for Disease Control and Preventions (CDC) and our local health department authorities.

News

Allyson Rothrock leads a discussion with community leaders on March 15 at Harvest offices.

Updated March 20, 2020
Harvest Foundation deploys relief fund to aid in COVID-19 response

The Harvest Foundation will partner with the United Way and Smart Beginnings Martinsville Henry to provide a $150,000 Emergency Childcare Relief Fund to aid priority healthcare and first responders in meeting short-term childcare needs.

“It’s impossible to plan for each and every contingency because the situation changes frequently, but we can do our best to prepare for the worst and hope for favorable outcomes,” said Allyson Rothrock, Harvest Foundation president. “The COVID-19 pandemic has encouraged us to work outside of our comfort zones and make sure we do all we can to support our community.”

A task force of local nonprofit and government leaders previously convened to discuss issues caused by the COVID-19 pandemic and possible ways the community could begin to address needs.

“We decided to focus first on the most critical assets that will get us through this tough time — our first responders and healthcare workers,” Rothrock added.

United Way will serve as administrator of the fund and work with local partners and childcare providers to establish a plan for emergency childcare services adhering to state and federal protocols for childcare and recommendations by the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) regarding the COVID-19 outbreak.

They will then coordinate with health care employers and local government to connect their high-demand workers with services to meet short-term needs until pending state and federal resources can be deployed to the community.

“This is a rapidly evolving situation that highlights the importance of planning and early preparedness,” said Philip Wenkstern, executive director of United Way of Henry County and Martinsville. “Ensuring that our healthcare system and first responders are able to address emerging challenges in our community is a priority. We commend the Harvest Foundation for their foresight in working to build resilient systems that are able to evolve with the changing needs of our community. These early conversations and actions will hopefully mitigate adverse impacts on our region associated with COVID-19.”

Updated March 17, 2020
Effective March 18, Harvest offices will be closed to the public and open for appointments only. Please call our office at (276) 632-3329 or email info@theharvestfoundation.org for additional information. Additionally, applications for community space reservations at our offices are on hold indefinitely. We will update you further as we know more.

Updated March 16, 2020
Community members rally to coordinate COVID-19 response 

Local leaders and members of nonprofit and governmental organizations throughout Martinsville-Henry County convened over the weekend to kick off a task force focused on supporting the community during the response to coronavirus (COVID-19) and its potential impacts. 

Following the announcement from Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam’s office on March 13 to close all K-12 schools in the state for a minimum of two weeks, the local task force went to work on its first concern — researching open slots locally for school-age childcare for parents who must work during this crisis. As that information becomes available, it will be disseminated to the public. The working group will focus on additional issues moving forward. 

“We’re working within a fluid environment to determine the best solutions for our community when it comes to the coronavirus response,” said Allyson Rothrock, president of The Harvest Foundation. “Community leaders are having important conversations and taking this matter extremely seriously. We will have updates throughout this time as we collaborate with our partners to support Martinsville-Henry County.”   

As of March 16, local childcare providers have 155 openings that will accommodate emergency placement of school-age children. Below is a listing of providers with open slots:

  • First Baptist Church ELC (276) 632-2636
  • Stanleytown Amazing Grace Baptist Church (276) 629-1886
  • First United Methodist Church (276) 656-6199
  • Freedom Baptist Church (276) 638-3802 ext. 106 
  • Happy Feet (276) 403-4183
  • Fresh Start — God’s Creative Learning Center (276) 634-5526
  • Clydie Harrison — Family Child Care (276) 957-4645

“We are entering unprecedented times,” said County Administrator Tim Hall. “This group is working together to help ease the issues that working parents are facing, along with a host of other issues. Our work will continue, and Henry County will have information forthcoming specific to County issues as well.”

The City of Martinsville has taken preliminary steps at the local level to mitigate impacts from the coronavirus outbreak. Martinsville City Manager Leon Towarnicki said they are heeding advice from the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) that encourage employees to practice social distancing, situational awareness, and proper handwashing techniques. Visitors will be required to use hand sanitizer as they enter the city municipal building, and non-essential travel is canceled for employees. 

“We’ve advised employees to not come to work if they don’t feel well,” Towarnicki said. “The security checkpoint coming into the municipal building will begin monitoring the temperature of those who enter, and individuals with an elevated temperature will not be allowed to come in.”    

Task force partners include the Henry-Martinsville Department of Social Services, Martinsville-Henry County YMCA, Boys and Girls Clubs of the Blue Ridge, United Way of Henry County and Martinsville, Smart Beginnings Martinsville-Henry, Patrick Henry Community College, City of Martinsville, County of Henry, the Martinsville-Henry County Economic Development Corporation, and The Harvest Foundation. 

Information for Nonprofits

How Nonprofits Can Utilize the New Federal Laws Dealing with COVID-19
NPQ - Nonprofit Quarterly: What does the $2 trillion-plus federal stimulus bill mean for nonprofits? 



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