COVID-19 - March 17, 2020

Published on March 17, 2020

Givens Estates has no suspected or confirmed cases of the coronavirus known as COVID-19. Yesterday we learned of the first reported case in Buncombe County from the Health Department. We ask for everyone’s assistance to carry out protocols to keep Givens Estates residents and team members as protected as possible.  Effective Wednesday, March 18 Visitors to Givens Estates will not be permitted. As has been reported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, those over age 65 and especially those with underlying health issues are at greatest risk from this virus. This requires Givens Estates to take steps to minimize exposure as much as we can.

Visitors to Independent Living Homes:

Because people can be infected and feel fine, without exhibiting any symptoms, we are restricting all visitors unless they are necessary to provide medical care and supportive services to a resident in their apartment or cottage. These allowed caregivers must sign in at the Oxford Main Lobby Entrance and report directly to the Resident’s Home. We have asked residents to ask these care providers not to come if they meet any of the following criteria:

  • Have recently traveled internationally
  • Have signs of a respiratory infection with fever/cough/sore throat
  • Have been in contact with someone with COVID-19 or under investigation for COVID-19
  • Visited in a community where the community-based spread of COVID-19 is occurring
  • Have taken a cruise in the past 14 days or participated in other settings where crowds are confined to a common location.

Visitors to Givens Estates Health Center/Wood Assisted Living:

We are placing the most restrictions on visitors to our higher levels of care, which includes the Health Center and Assisted Living, where our most vulnerable residents live.  We are following CMS guidance which states that “Facilities should restrict visitation of all visitors and non-essential health care personnel, except for certain compassionate care situations, such as an end-of-life situation. In those cases, visitors will be limited to a specific room only. Facilities are expected to notify potential visitors to defer visitation until further notice (through signage, calls, letters, etc.).”  We remain in contact with families of residents living in these locations regarding visitation and are arranging alternative methods of staying in touch with loved ones.

Team Members:

We are screening all team members daily.  Those that have traveled internationally, have signs of a respiratory infection with fever/cough/sore throat, have been in contact with someone with COVID-19 or under investigation for COVID-19, live in a community where the community based spread of COVID-19 is occurring, and have taken a cruise in the past 14 days or participated in other settings where crowds are confined to a common location will not be allowed to work until it has been determined they are safe to perform their duties.

We continue to monitor this changing situation with the support of the Centers for Disease Control, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, North Carolina Division of Public Health and Buncombe County Health Department.

For ongoing communication regarding community action plans for COVID-19, please refer back to this Blog. We will also provide ongoing communication to residents via our internal television station, Givens TV Channel 900, emails at least weekly, and in the Resident newsletter, The Gazette.  

Everyone at Givens Estates is working diligently to serve the best interest of the entire Givens Estates Community.  This is certainly a complicated time, so please be patient with us.  As the situation changes, we will continue to update you. If you have questions or concerns about your individual situation, please feel to reach out to us.  

John Cowan, Executive Director