February 26, 2021
Please remember that Givens Estates will have our final onsite COVID-19 vaccination clinics on February 27 (9am- 2pm), March 1 (9am-2pm) and March 5 (9am-1:30pm). If you are due your second dose of vaccine, please be sure to attend your assigned clinic. If you are interested in receiving your first dose of vaccine, please contact Christopher Snyder to schedule your clinic time. Individuals receiving their first dose will be responsible for contacting Walgreens directly to schedule their second dose at a local Walgreens pharmacy.
As I stressed several weeks ago, most people outside of Givens Estates in the general population have not yet received the vaccine and there are new strains of virus emerging. As a result, everyone should continue to follow all precautions that have been in place for months to continue to fight the virus. Please continue to stay home except for essential needs, wear a tight-fitting mask covering both your nose and mouth, maintain physical distance from others of at least 6 feet, and practice good hand hygiene. These precautions apply when off campus and on campus with other individuals not living with you in your home. These requirements will remain in place until the CDC and State and local health authorities determine it is safe to discontinue these measures. Please continue to be patient before resuming normal activity to allow for more progress with vaccinations among the general population.
Until this past Wednesday Givens Estates had not had any residents or team members test positive for COVID-19 in more than 4 weeks. Unfortunately, this changed on Wednesday. The positive test result was identified from routine testing in our licensed areas. The individual has received both doses of the vaccine more than 14 days ago and is currently not symptomatic. We are working with local public health officials to figure this unique situation out as we move forward. This is a reminder that individuals that have been vaccinated can still acquire COVID-19 but will not typically become severely ill or require hospitalization.
Givens Estates Health Center and Wood Assisted Living Center are both out of outbreak status. In addition, we have very little COVID-19 activity on campus. The number of reported daily cases and the total number of hospitalizations locally and across the State have continued to decline. The percent of tests that are positive for our State has decreased from 7.9 % to 4.5% and in Buncombe County our test positivity rate has decreased from 5.5% to 4.0% over the past two weeks.
The current trends are encouraging, and Givens Estates will continue to gradually ease restrictions if conditions improve. On Monday February 15th we resumed weekly Housekeeping Services, began welcoming visitors in your home and ended the quarantine requirements for travel and hospitalizations. Please refer to this week’s Gazette for information on the resumption of select small groups and other programs. We also are working on plans to open the new Exercise room in the Wellness Center soon.
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John C. Cowan, Jr.