July 17, 2020
With the increasing spread of the coronavirus in Buncombe County and North Carolina, Givens Estates is impacted by increasing cases of team members with the virus or under investigation for the virus. What happens in the community at large has an impact on the Givens Estates community especially when it involves a highly contagious virus like COVID-19. Givens Estates team members and residents continue to be diligent in following all recommended preventative and mitigation measures that have been implemented. All of us are becoming weary and impatient with the restrictions to our daily lives, but we must continue to stick to our plan which will help to slow the spread of the virus. We continue to communicate daily with local public health officials as we manage the impact of the virus on our community. This week we are performing testing of residents and team members of Wood Assisted Living and Givens Estates Health Center as a result of additional team members with the virus. We have identified a third team member in Wood Assisted Living and two team members and a resident in Givens Estates Health Center positive for the virus. These individuals and several other team members under investigation for the virus are in quarantine. The information gathered by public health officials as part of their contact tracing indicate that all current team member cases have been the result of community spread of the virus from outside the Givens Estates Community. Currently no residents in Wood Assisted Living or independent living have tested positive for the virus.
Team Members and Residents must continue to:
Governor Cooper announced this week an extension of Executive Order 141’s Safer at Home restrictions for another three weeks because of significant spread of the virus across our State. The following guidelines will continue to remain in place over the next three weeks and will be revisited when conditions begin to improve to the point where the State enters Phase 3 of reopening. We all want to return to the campus life and activity that we are used to, but we will only do so when it can be accomplished in a manner that is safe and healthy.
Please be reminded of the following:
I am beginning bi-weekly written communications regarding the COVID-19 Pandemic to the Givens Estates community so my next regular update will be July 31st. If there are significant events or information that need to be communicated in between, please rest assured that I will communicate with you at those times in addition to my regular biweekly letters. Please let us know of any questions or assistance we can help you with in the meantime.
John C. Cowan, Jr.