COVID-19 - September 25, 2020

Published on September 25, 2020

September 25, 2020                                                                                       

Dear Friends,

We are now a few days past the six-month milestone of the implementation of campus restrictions in response to the COVID-19 Pandemic.  Givens Estates has cautiously relaxed some restrictions regarding visitation, is working to resume normal housekeeping services, and is making plans to begin more small group programs.  While it may feel like we have the wind at our backs, we can’t get lackadaisical or be overconfident. Every day requires us to be focused and vigilant to stay our course. I know firsthand from my conversations with residents and team members that our current situation is in no way desirable. Yes, everyone makes their way through it, but we must continue to do everything we can to keep the number of residents and team members with COVID-19 as low as possible. To this end, remember to always practice the basics: mask, distance, and wash hands. Please continue to limit your travel off campus and to limit your on-campus visitors.  Over the past few weeks, we had not had anyone test positive for the virus, but this week we have again had two team members test positive.  COVID-19 is still ever present, so continue to take precautions since our good fortune could quickly change.

The percentage of all Covid-19 tests performed in Buncombe County that are positive is currently 2.3%. This is a positive indicator since the goal is to remain at or below 5%.

Please remember to:

  • Wear a face covering or mask covering your nose and mouth when in public. Also wear a face covering when individuals enter your home to visit with you or provide a service such as housekeeping or maintenance.
  • Physically distance from others by keeping a minimum of 6 feet between yourself and other people and do not participate in group activities where you cannot physically distance. This also applies to visitors and individuals providing services in your home.
  • Wash your hands with soap and water for 20 seconds or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Stay home as much as possible to avoid being exposed to the virus.
  • 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, and follow up with your doctor and Givens Estates for specific directions regarding your situation.

I also want to provide some general updates:

  • Givens Estates is beginning flu vaccinations for residents and team members in the Health Center and Assisted Living.  Please view the information in this week’s Gazette for information about flu vaccinations for independent living residents. I encourage everyone to consider getting a flu vaccination this year as recommended by public health experts.
  • Since we have relaxed visitation guidelines for Independent Living residents, Facilities staff will no longer accept items at the main entrance for delivery to independent living residences.  Please ask family and friends to deliver items to your home themselves.  Visitor restrictions are still in place for GEHC and WAL so we will continue to deliver items dropped off at the main entrance to those residents as needed.
  • The new Therapy Gym located in the Jordan Wellness Center is the first area to be completed as part of the Oxford Commons renovation and is being prepared for opening.  Equipment has been ordered including the Biodex Balance System SD for dynamic balance testing and training as part of our fall risk screening and conditioning therapy program.  It will be wonderful to have this new dedicated Therapy space which will enhance the therapy services offered.
  • Life Enrichment is working to provide opportunities in October for small groups of residents to come together in person for select programs and some additional outdoor exercise groups during the nice fall weather.

We all look forward to the time when life becomes more of what we are used to.Until then, thank you for your continued patience with the changes and inconveniences related to the Pandemic and construction activities across campus.

Please contact us if you have questions or we can be of assistance.

With appreciation,

John C. Cowan, Jr.

Executive Director