Gildan Yarns, Eden, Donates N95 Masks to Rockingham County Department of Health and Human Services

Rockingham County, NC (March, 26, 2020) – The
coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic is causing a shortage of much needed personal-protective equipment for healthcare facilities across the country, including here in Rockingham County. While several local healthcare agencies have shared resources amongst themselves, much of the supply has dwindled to a startling low.

Gildan Yarns, a yarn manufacturing company located in Eden, N.C., announced Wednesday, they had a supply of N95 masks they would like to donate to Rockingham County Health and Human Services to help aid in the shortage. N95 masks are used to protect the wearer from airborne particles and from liquid contaminating the face and are essential for not only healthcare workers safety but for their patient’s safety as well.

“Rockingham County Health and Human Services has assisted with supplying some healthcare facilities with needed personal-protective equipment, as it becomes available,” states Felissa Ferrell, Rockingham County’s Health and Human Services Director.  “Public Health is dedicated to ensuring the health and safety of our community. This donation will not only give our frontline workers the materials they need to protect themselves, but will assist us in protecting our entire community.”

Due to the nature of their business, Gildan provides N95 masks to their employees during normal operations. With production currently being halted, the supply they have of N95 masks outweighs the demand. The excess of masks at the Eden site is what led them to donate a total of 320 masks to Health and Human Services.

“Gildan is responding to needs caused by the pandemic,” said Chuck Ward, President of Gildan Yarns. “We want to ensure we especially give back to the communities in which we operate. These communities and their workforce are the heart of our business.”

“Gildan has always been a stellar leader in our Community. They have really been a ray of light in these difficult times due to the shortage of personal-protection equipment.
It is good to know that during these unprecedented times Gildan has come through to assist our County in providing quality services,” Lance Metzler, Rockingham County Manager noted about the generous donation.

Rockingham County health and human services plans to evaluate the need of not only their agency, but other agencies in Rockingham County as well and distribute thesupply accordingly.

For more information, questions, or for ways to help, please contact Tara Martin, Economic Development Marketing Manager at

Statement from Rockingham County Board of Commissioner’s Regarding Shelter in Place

Due to the many questions received regarding counties and municipalities outside of Rockingham County who are sheltering in place, Rockingham County Government/Commissioners have had no discussion or plans to shelter in place as we continue to provide services to our residents, local businesses, and industries. Until we receive orders from the Federal or State Government outside of what North Carolina Executive Orders already exist, our County State of Emergency Declaration stands as written with no further restrictions planned at this time.

Rockingham County Restaurants Offer Curbside Pick-Up and Delivery After COVID-19 Shutdown

It was announced Tuesday, March 17th that all restaurants and bars will close for dine-in until further notice.  According to the order, takeout and delivery orders are still an option. In an effort to support and lift our local restaurants in Rockingham County, Economic Development has put together the follow list of those that are offering delivery and/or curbside pick-up services. Please note this list is very fluid and is constantly changing. We are doing our best to keep it as up to date as possible. If you have any changes that need to be made, please feel free to email us at Let’s support our favorite restaurants today so they are here tomorrow.

Click HERE to see a list of those restaurants who are open for business.



Economic Development Welcomes New Marketing Manager

Rockingham County, NC (March 3, 2020) – Rockingham County Economic Development is excited to announce that Tara Martin has joined the department as its Marketing Manager. A native of Rockingham County, Martin comes to the department with 12 years of extensive marketing and public relations experience. 

“We are thrilled that Tara has joined our team,” said Leigh Cockram, Director, Economic Development.  “As Communications Director for the Martinsville Henry County Coalition for Health and Wellness and most recently Assistant Public Information Officer for the Rockingham County Division of Public Health, Tara brings with her a wealth of knowledge related to branding, advertisements, and social media marketing. I have no doubt that this experience coupled with her creativity, energy, and passion for her hometown will allow our office to expand our marketing efforts showcasing Rockingham County as the great place it is.”  

Tara Martin, Marketing Manager, Economic, Small Business and Tourism Development

As Marketing Manager for Economic Development, Tara will be responsible for implementing marketing strategies aimed at increasing the visibility of Rockingham County as a great place to live, work, and play. In addition, she will oversee and coordinate the proactive marketing efforts of the Department of Economic Development, Small Business, and Tourism in conjunction with the manager of each division.

“I look forward to working with the team at Economic Development and promoting all the wonderful things we have to offer in Rockingham County,” said Martin.  “As a resident of Rockingham County myself, I look forward to strengthening the economic infrastructure currently in place as we pave the way for improvements in our County’s future.”

Tara can be contacted at 336-342-8363 or