July 9, 2020
Our lives continue to be dominated by the challenges presented by the COVID-19 Pandemic and the increasing community spread of the virus in Asheville and Buncombe County. Givens Estates continues to be diligent in following all recommended preventative and mitigation measures that have been put in place. We are working closely with local public health officials as we manage the impact of the virus on our Givens Estates community. This week we completed follow up testing for residents and team members of Wood Assisted Living and identified a second team member positive for the virus. The first team member identified several weeks ago with the virus is doing well and back at work after a period of quarantine at home. No residents in Wood Assisted Living or elsewhere on campus have tested positive for the virus. We will continue to monitor Wood Assisted Living with weekly testing until we have no new positive cases.
Testing has limited value in identifying at a point in time the presence of the virus among residents and team members and is not the first line of defense in preventing the spread of the virus. It is imperative that all team members and residents adhere to the guidelines to prevent the spread of the virus. In our recent team member cases, I believe the strict adherence to the use of masks/face shields; proper hand hygiene; and physical distancing has helped prevent the spread of the virus. It is critical that everyone steps up their compliance with these measures as we continue to see more cases in our region. Do not become complacent or relaxed at this critical time of increasing spread. It is inevitable that we will see more cases among community members in the weeks and months to come thus the importance of each person doing their part to limit the spread.
Team Members and Residents must continue to:
Last month I was hopeful that we would be able to begin relaxing visitor restrictions and offering more small group programs. However, in the current environment of increasing spread of the virus, this is not possible. We are making every effort to return to campus life and activity that is both safe and healthy, but the plans we have been developing will need to be placed on hold until conditions improve. The safety of our entire campus community remains our most important concern and this will guide our decisions going forward.
Please be reminded of the following:
I commend everyone for being good neighbors and pray you will all stay safe and healthy. Please let me or any of the department directors know of any questions or concerns that we might assist you with.
John C. Cowan, Jr.