COVID-19 - March 19, 2020

Published on March 19, 2020

Dear Friends,

I am writing to provide an update regarding how Givens Estates continues to address the threat from an increased incidence of COVID-19 in the Asheville region.  The measures I communicated to you in my March 6 letter and others have been enacted over the past weeks.  I am grateful for everyone’s cooperation and adherence with these measures which are extraordinary and inconvenient.  I believe the preventative measures we have taken will be important as we move into a containment phase of the Pandemic.  I am not currently aware of any confirmed cases of COVID-19 among residents or team members at Givens Estates.  However, in the coming days with increased testing we will begin to see an increase in the number of positive cases in the area.

It is required that you notify us if you have symptoms of or are being tested for COVID-19.  In both situations we will require that you remain in your home to self- isolate.  We are tracking all reports among residents and team members to identify any increased incidence on campus with associated trends. Residents should pull their emergency cord to report to the nurse via telephone.  Angela Malone, Campus Nurse is tracking residents’ reports.  Team members should inform their immediate supervisor who will report to our Registered Nurse Infection Control Specialist for tracking and monitoring activities. 

We continue to monitor the evolving situation in conjunction with our Local Health Department and State Authorities with close attention to the Centers for Disease Control recommendations.  Givens Estates team members are doing our best to adapt our operations to provide services to residents.  We are trying to be creative in how we provide services. We are using technology to stay in touch with one another and to work from home.  We are continually looking for ways that we can support one another during this difficult time. 

Please continue to practice good basic infection control which includes frequent and thorough handwashing, staying at home when you feel sick, and letting us know when you have symptoms so we can track the prevalence on campus. I encourage you to visit for reliable, up-to-date information.  Please share this information with your family and let them know that we are providing general updates on the Givens Estates website.

I am grateful for the efforts of the many dedicated Givens Estates team members and the professionalism they embody.  They are doing a wonderful job under stressful conditions.  I am also appreciative of the cooperative and positive spirit among the resident community.  As I have commented many times, it is the people of the Givens Estates Community that make us a special place.  Continue to care for one another and raise each other up as we move forward into the uncharted weeks ahead.  Please let me or any of my colleagues know how we can help.   

My best,

John C. Cowan, Jr.
Executive Director