COVID-19 - March 26, 2021

Published on March 26, 2021

March 26, 2021

Dear Friends,

Givens Estates has not had any COVID-19 activity among residents or team members for more than ten weeks. 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 has increased slightly to 6.1% for the State and 3.6% in Buncombe County.   We will continue to monitor conditions closely as restrictions are eased at the State level and on campus with adjustments made as needed.

North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper just recently announced the easing of several statewide coronavirus restrictions as the state’s new cases have dropped significantly since the start of 2021.  The new guidelines go into effect on Friday, March 26.  The recent changes can be reviewed at .  As I have mentioned before, Givens Estates will typically ease restrictions more slowly on campus than at the State level given our more cautious approach. 

Givens Estates continues to ease restrictions in response to improving conditions.  Please note the following changes:

The Main Entrance check in screening will end Monday, April 5th. Visitors of residents living in Asbury and Oxford Commons should continue to enter through the Oxford Commons main entrance to check in and screen before their visit.  Visitation in GEHC and WAL requires check in and screening in accordance with specific licensure guidelines.  GEHC check in occurs at the main building entrance and WAL check in occurs at the Third Floor Covered Patio Entrance to WAL.
Visitors are not permitted in commons spaces including dining rooms, group activities, etc. 
Effective March 29th we are increasing the maximum indoor group size to 25 with the wearing of masks and physical distancing.  Although group size has increased, to account for physical distancing, not all rooms can accommodate 25 attendees.
Outdoor group size increases to 50 with the wearing of masks and physical distancing. Food and drink are permitted with outdoor groups while physical distancing.

Guest rooms continue to be closed until conditions improve further and we permit visitors in commons areas.
Effective March 29th the Market + Craft and the Social Brew will begin to operate at a 75% occupancy level in accord with the new State guidance. Everyone must wear a mask covering your nose and mouth except when seated and eating or drinking.  Remember that no visitors should be in commons areas which includes dining areas.

Please note the following:

Overnight visitors are permitted in the privacy of your home.  Please limit the number of visitors to no more than 4 at a time. Your visitors must remain in your home and not be in public areas including dining areas, lobbies, and classrooms.  We recommend that you refer to the CDC guidelines regarding in home visitors after vaccination at .
Please limit interaction with staff entering your home to provide services, always wear your face covering and maintain at least 6 feet distance from others.
If you are sick, being tested for COVID-19, have been in direct contact with someone being tested or think you have been exposed to someone infected with the virus, please stay home, follow up with your doctor, and notify Givens Estates (Social Worker or Campus Nurse) by telephone for specific directions regarding your situation. If you are sick, we can perform a test for you in consultation with your personal physician.

It is hard to believe it was a year ago that we began to “shut down” our campus. This past year has been challenging in so many ways for residents and team members. Once again, I would like to thank you for your continued support.I hope you will continue to find opportunities to thank our dedicated Team Members for all they have done to manage this pandemic while also working hard to facilitate the renovations of Oxford Commons to implement enhancements in the services we offer.

Please be patient and kind with team members as you provide feedback regarding services.Remember that we are not only working to resume normal operations after a year of restrictions due to the Pandemic but are concurrently implementing new programs and services as part of the Oxford Commons renovation. My colleagues and I are here to support residents and strive to meet the various resident expectations.Any time we implement new services like we are currently in dining, there is a significant amount of time required to receive feedback and then fine tune our processes. Please rest assured that although we may not be able to address every expectation, we will do our best to listen to everyone’s feedback and respond the best we can.It has been quite a year and it will take everyone time to get back to some sense of normal.Please give yourself and others time to become reacquainted as we resume campus life after a year of isolation and enjoy being back together as a community once again.

With gratitude,

John C. Cowan, Jr.

Executive Director