COVID-19 Info

*Harvest Foundation offices are currently closed to the public due to COVID-19. Please call (276) 632-3329 for additional information.*

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 April 8, 2020
Local testing site open at Martinsville Speedway

The Harvest Foundation has partnered with local physicians and healthcare providers, Martinsville Speedway, the Martinsville-Henry County Coalition for Health and Wellness, Martinsville and Henry County public safety departments, Martinsville and Henry County law enforcement agencies, Sovah Health-Martinsville, and the Virginia Department of Health together to implement a drive-thru COVID-19 central testing site. Testing for qualified individuals will begin on Wednesday, April 8. Testing hours are from 12-4 p.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays.

The site will be located at the Martinsville Speedway, 340 Speedway Road, Ridgeway, Virginia. The site was chosen by a committee of first responders and law enforcement who felt it was ideal due to its proximity to highways and open-air setting that allows for social distancing.

The site will not be open to the public. In order to be tested you must be a resident of Martinsville City, Henry County, or Patrick County. You must also go through a pre-screening process with your local physician who will need to send certain documentation to the testing site. No individuals will be permitted into the testing site unless the site has received the documentation needed from the individual's physician.

The testing site will be operating on a tiered schedule throughout the week depending on the demand. The schedule will be posted weekly and will be communicated through the media, social media, and emailed to local physicians. The site will be staffed by trained medical, public safety, and law enforcement personnel.

We will be sharing information about the central testing site via the West Piedmont Health District's Facebook page (@WestPiedmontHealthDistrict) and encourage you to share liberally with pertinent contacts, your own social media, etc.

Nancy Bell, Population Health Manager, from Virginia Department of Health will serve as the Public Information Officer for this initiative and can be reached at nancy.bell@vdh.virginia.gov or (540) 488-5004.

Updated March 30, 2020
Local COVID-19 task force works to establish testing site

The site will be located at the Martinsville Speedway in Ridgeway

(MARTINSVILLE, VA — March 30, 2020) Planning for a COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) testing site is underway in Martinsville Henry County. The Martinsville Speedway, located at 340 Speedway Road in Ridgeway, Va., will serve as the site’s location.

Leading this effort is a group of local nonprofit, community and government leaders. Officials are in the process of acquiring test kits and setting up logistics for the site. Details on an opening date, hours of operation, and testing site protocols will be announced once all materials and required equipment is in place.

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.

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. 

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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