COVID-19 - April 23, 2021

Published on April 23, 2021

April 23, 2021

Dear Friends,

Givens Estates continues to closely monitor campus, local and State metrics regarding COVID-19 activity. There continues to be moderate COVID-19 activity in Buncombe County and on campus with individuals that are exposed to the virus or ill.  Currently Givens Estates does not have any residents or team members ill with COVID-19 and only four individuals in quarantine due to direct exposure to someone positive with the virus. We tested all residents and team members working in GEHC and WAL last week with no individuals testing positive for the virus. The percent of COVID-19 tests that are positive for Buncombe County continues to remain steady at a 14-day average of 4.8% and currently the State positivity rate is around 7%. We will continue to monitor conditions on campus closely as restrictions are eased and adjust, as necessary.

The guidelines that have been implemented at Givens Estates are a result of CDC guidance and Governor Cooper’s Executive Orders to prevent the spread of COVID-19.  Please follow our guideline regarding visitors only in your homes and not public spaces. Adhere to the 3 W’s including maintaining 6 feet distance from others and the wearing of masks when in public and not seated in dining.

Current estimates are that 47% of the NC adult population are partially vaccinated and 36% are fully vaccinated. We are fortunate that among the Givens Estates Community approximately 98% of residents and 71% of team members are fully vaccinated which affords good protection to those vaccinated from becoming ill from the COVID-19 virus. Givens Estates continues to move forward exercising caution during this time where vaccinations of the public continue. According to expert guidance, once we achieve vaccination rates of two-thirds of the adult population (66% or more), we will see a decline in the number of cases, and we can further open our campus commons areas and dining to visitors.  My hope is that by June 1 we will be able to ease visitor restrictions.

The maximum indoor group size increases to 50 people today with the wearing of masks and physical distancing. Although group size has increased, to account for physical distancing, not all rooms can accommodate 50 attendees. Outdoor group size is 100 people with the wearing of masks and physical distancing.

Please continue to enjoy campus life as we open additional dining venues and the new Jordan Center, bring back favorite programs, and enjoy the company of friends and family. Thank you for your continued diligence and patience as we all work to reopen campus.

With gratitude,

John C. Cowan, Jr.

Executive Director