To: Residents of Covenant Village
From: Dale Melton, CEO
Date: November 6, 2020
We were informed this morning that we a Health Center (HC) Resident tested positive for COVID-19. The positive test result was an outcome of the State’s current mandatory COVID testing for both Health Center Residents and Staff.
Good news: Resident is doing well, as the Health Center remains in lockdown.
Our Contact Tracing protocols have not uncovered any additional exposures.
As with the previous recent cases, the Resident was asymptomatic, which is exactly the reason NC DHHS established ongoing mandatory testing back on August 7, 2020. The test results came back from Tuesday’s now twice weekly mandatory testing for our HC Residents. In this particular situation, the process worked like it was intended—for which we are grateful!
As of today and in summary, Covenant Village has four active positive cases—three HC Nursing Team members and now this HC Resident. You will recall, we recently had two additional HC Team members test positive, but they were cleared by the Gaston County DHHS office this week and are already back at work after being out for the required quarantine timeframe.
As we have shared all along, any positive cases, potential symptoms, or potential exposures are serious for us at Covenant Village—even more so in our Health Center. The health and safety of our Residents, Staff, and larger community continue to be our highest priority. This virus is still actively present and remains dangerous to anyone, but particularly our population who are most vulnerable. We CANNOT let our guard down. We have a long way to go—particularly as the Fall and Winter Seasons settle in!
As you will recall, due to Gaston County’s % Positive metric (currently above 10%), our testing frequency in the Health Center has increased to TWICE weekly. We are concluding our second week of twice weekly testing as a result of the County’s % Positive statistic.
What should you continue to be doing when you are outside your home?
• Wear a facemask at ALL TIMES while you are out (unless you are outside exercising alone).
• Practice physical distancing of at least six (6) feet at ALL TIMES.
• Wash your hands CONTINUALLY and use hand sanitizer in between.
• Practice good cough etiquette.
• Use common sense on what you should and should not do.
• If you experience any of the COVID-19 related symptoms or are just not feeling well, you should contact the Arbor Wing Nurses Station at —704.917.7857.
We will continue to provide the latest information via community memos; Covenant Conversations on the internal TV channel and Facebook; as well as the Covenant Village website (https://covenantvillagenc.com/) and Facebook page.
For those of us who may have eased off our compliance with the above infection control guidance, use this time to re-evaluate your efforts and actions on behalf of our entire Village! We are only as good as you are and as I am. We will get through this—together! A committed community conquers COVID!!