COVID-19 - April 9, 2021

Published on April 9, 2021

April 9, 2021

Dear Friends,

Givens Estates went more than 11 weeks without any individuals positive for COVID-19 but unfortunately, we have two team members currently positive for the virus. We also have individuals under investigation due to exposure to others that have tested positive for COVID-19. This is an indication of some moderate increase in virus activity in our area as indicated by an increase in the percent of tests that are positive to 4.5% in Buncombe County and 6.7% in the State. We will continue to monitor conditions on campus closely as restrictions are eased and adjust, as necessary.

No changes in our current protocols have been made and I request that everyone continue to follow our guidelines regarding visitors only in your homes and not public spaces and adhere to the 3 W’s including the wearing of masks when in public and not seated in dining. It is important to remain steadfast with these measures until more people in the general population are fully vaccinated. Current estimates are that 39% of the NC adult population are partially vaccinated and 27% are fully vaccinated. We are fortunate that among the Givens Estates Community approximately 98% of residents and 70% of team members are fully vaccinated which affords good protection to those vaccinated from becoming ill from the COVID-19 virus.

Please remember the following guidelines:

  • Visitors are not permitted in commons spaces including dining rooms, group activities, etc. 
  • The maximum indoor group size is 25 people with the wearing of masks and physical distancing. Although group size has increased, to account for physical distancing, not all rooms can accommodate 25 attendees. Outdoor group size is 50 people with the wearing of masks and physical distancing. Food and drink are permitted with outdoor groups while physical distancing.
  • Guest rooms continue to be closed until conditions improve further and we permit visitors in commons areas.
  • Overnight visitors are permitted in the privacy of your home. Please limit the number of visitors to no more than 4 at a time. Your visitors must remain in your home and not be in public areas including dining areas, lobbies, and classrooms. We recommend that you refer to the CDC guidelines regarding in home visitors after vaccination at
  • Please limit interaction with staff entering your home to provide services, always wear your face covering and maintain at least 6 feet distance from others.
  • If you are sick, being tested for COVID-19, have been in direct contact with someone being tested or think you have been exposed to someone infected with the virus, please stay home, follow up with your doctor, and notify Givens Estates (Social Worker or Campus Nurse) by telephone for specific directions regarding your situation. If you are sick, we can perform a test for you in consultation with your personal physician.

Thank you for the nice notes of appreciation and kind thoughts you are sharing with many of the dedicated team members for the good work they do each day. Your kindness, respect and understanding towards our team members is one of the most important ways that we can retain them. Many team members have shared with me how much your kind thoughts mean to them since they are here to support you and appreciate knowing they are making a difference in your lives.

It has been wonderful to observe the Givens Estates’ campus coming back to life this spring with the easing of restrictions. The renewal of friendships when coming together for a meal, visiting with neighbors in your homes and reconnecting with loves ones is wonderful to observe. Keep up the good work of being in community and caring for one another.

With gratitude,

John C. Cowan, Jr.

Executive Director