MARTINSVILLE, Va. (WFXR) – After eight days of gathering and preparing resources, a new COVID-19 testing site opened at Martinsville Speedway on Wednesday.
According to Nancy Bell, the Population Health Manager of the West Piedmont Health District, this wouldn’t be possible without the organizations that donated or contributed their efforts.
“We’ve been at this about eight days from conception to opening today. It’s remarkable how well people came together, from Clay Campbell and Martinsville Speedway offering us a place to do this, to the health department and others providing materials and supplies.”Nancy Bell – Population Health Manager / West Piedmont Health District – VDH
The Harvest Foundation donated $300,000 dollars to make the testing site possible.
“All of us felt it was important to bring all the people that need to be tested to one place, instead of them going to all the different medical practices. It just seems the right thing to do according to our medical professionals.”Allyson Rothrock – President / The Harvest Foundation
Bringing all the potential COVID-19 cases to one localized place will help end confusion and keep everyone safer, Bell says.
“There was no dedicated testing facility, some doctors were doing some hospitals were doing, but no one was doing with any consistency and we were not communicating… So this is an opportunity for physicians in the area to send patients here for the test.”Nancy Bell – Population Health Manager / West Piedmont Health District – VDH
After all the hard work getting this site set up, we asked if they feel prepared for the days ahead.
“It’s looking good to me. I congratulate the community here, all the agencies that are involved in this. There are a lot of logistics here, a lot of material, a lot of supplies, and some training that all had to be done and the organizations that are participating all pull together. I’m impressed.”Kerry Gateley – Health Director / West Piedmont and Central Virginia Health Districts – VDH
For more information on West Piedmont Health District and their response to the COVID-19 crisis, click here.
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