UPDATE (As of 7/20/20)
The Brazos Valley Food Bank is happy to report that no self-isolating staff that had direct contact with our 1 COVID positive employee tested positive for COVID! And, the employee that tested positive is doing much better. The Distribution Warehouse and the Volunteer Center are back open today (7/20/20) and for the foreseeable future.
Important COVID-19 Announcement (As of 7/10/20)
As a trusted helping organization in the Brazos Valley and one that values transparency, we feel this information is important to share with all of our supporters:
BVFB has an employee who tested positive for COVID late yesterday afternoon (7/9/20). That employee left the facility immediately and is now quarantining. Because this employee had close contact with all warehouse and volunteer center staff, these staff are now self-isolating and will be tested.
As of right now, the Warehouse and Volunteer Center are closed from now through next week (at least).
Plan of action:
- The Warehouse and Volunteer Center will be completely sanitized by a professional service.
- We are exploring alternate options in order to maintain some distribution processes next week. Stay tuned.
BVFB has been operating throughout COVID. We never stopped our services - yet, almost all services had to be modified. Safety for those in need, for volunteers and staff was and is a high priority. BVFB implemented social distancing in the Volunteer Center and Warehouse early on, as well as gloves. We also mandated masks well before it was being done in this area and long before there were mandates. We have hand sanitizer everywhere and utilize a professional cleaning service that has done weekly deep cleaning/sanitizing for us for months now.
Nonetheless, COVID has now hit BVFB. We are handling the situation responsibly and professionally, consulting the Brazos County Health District and following CDC guidelines. Our goal is to get everyone back here at soon as possible, acting as safely as possible, and to get food to our partner agencies and ultimately to those who need it ongoingly.
If you have volunteered with us this week, separate notification has already been sent to you. If you are scheduled to volunteer next week, someone will be in contact with you soon. If you are a partner agency that may have been exposed, you will hear from us (if you do not hear from us, there is nothing to worry about at this time). Same with Retail Pick-Up Partners.
We always appreciate you. But, at this difficult time, we would really value your continued support.
- The Brazos Valley Food Bank