To: Residents of Covenant Village
From: Dale Melton, CEO
Date: February 4, 2021
This is the first COVID community memo for 2021. What does that mean? In part, it means we have been battling this virus extremely well so far this New Year!
|After finishing up all the test results from January’s mandatory testing, we did add two new Staff cases. Both new Staff cases were asymptomatic and Nursing Staff members. Positive COVID Cases: By Week|
|HC: Health Center|
|IL: Independent Living|
Currently, our total COVID case count stands at ZERO. What an incredible marker for our Village! All your hard work does pay off!! Let me share with you some other highlights:
• It has been seven (7) weeks since a HC Resident Active Case
• It has also been six (6) weeks since any Positive Resident Case anywhere on campus!!
• In the last six (6) weeks, we have added only FIVE new Cases. All of those were Staff cases.
• We did have one third party employee test positive last week, but that individual is asymptomatic and doing well!
• We are tracking only ONE other Staff member—One is out for potential Exposure. No one is out for potential Symptoms. It has been over three (3) weeks since a Staff member has been out of work due to potential symptoms.
|Here is a summary of All cases since the start of the Pandemic: Active||Total||HC||IL||Former||Total||HC||IL|
As we have shared all along, any positive cases, potential symptoms, or potential exposures are serious for us at Covenant Village. The health and safety of our Residents, Staff, and larger community continue to be our highest priority.
Covenant Village COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic #2
On Tuesday, February 2nd, we held our second, highly successful COVID Vaccination Clinic. We vaccinated nearly 340 Residents and Staff. Over 300 received their second dose.
Over 98% of all Residents have been vaccinated! We are right around 50% of Staff. There may have been more sore arms this time for those who received their second dose, as well as increased, but expected side effects—low grade fever, head and body aches, as well as fatigue.
As a reminder, it will take two (2) weeks for the vaccine to fully establish itself in our bodies.
With that said—our current plans are, slowly and in a measured way, to START RE-OPENING areas of the campus—including Activities; Chapel/Communion/Bible Study; Dining; and the Wellness Center.
• Re-Openings will take place after the two (2) week vaccination establishment period.
• The ONE key caveat to Re-Opening is the emergence of COVID variants. If variants overtake the state and/or region, we will need to re-assess. As we have done routinely, we will be tracking all the key metrics in the State and in Gaston County.
We CANNOT let our guard down. Even with this COVID-19 Vaccine, we have a long way to go! We STILL must continue to practice all the important COVID-related practices, including:
• Wearing Masks at all times outside your home and anytime around others (even in your home)
• Practicing at least six feet of physical distancing at all times
• Washing your hands and using hand sanitizer in between
• Continuing to use good cough etiquette.
On-campus, Indoor Visitation
We are now offering indoor visitation opportunities on the first floor of the B-Building. We are using the same location for both Health Center and independent living Resident visitations. Weekly dates will be alternated to provide visits for Residents who are interested in having visits. If you would like to be considered for an upcoming indoor visit from Family or friends, please contact:
• Brenda Harris for independent living Residents
• Jacinda Helton for Health Center Residents
Visitation parameters include:
• Visitors will be oriented on the guidelines for the visits, which will require them to communicate any current symptoms, as well as to undergo a COVID-19 screening and temperature check upon entry onto the campus.
• Visitors will meet their Resident at the indoor visitation location. There will be NO ADMITTANCE into any other building or location on campus.
• Residents and Visitors will wear a mask at all times while on campus—both before and after visiting.
• Residents and Visitors will maintain a minimum 6-foot physical distance at all times while on campus.
• Visitation order must be prioritized, based on a number of factors, including:
o Resident need
o Whether Resident has been vaccinated
o Whether Resident has been off campus to see Family recently.
• Visits are limited to a 30-minute scheduled time slot, whether Residents or Visitors arrive on time or not.
• Visits are limited to no more than two (2) individuals per visit.
• Only Visitors who have made reservations and are listed on the Visitation Schedule will be permitted on campus for a visitation.
• Visitors will be directed, by the Welcome Center, to a designated parking area for visitation guests.
• Visitors will be contacted, usually within two (2) days of a visit, and asked if they have received a COVID-19 diagnosis or developed any signs or symptoms. Communication is the key to continued successful indoor visitation!
Covenant Village will accommodate indoor visitation to the greatest extent possible for Residents and their designated visitors. We reserve the right, at any time, to limit the length of any visit, the days on which visits will be permitted, the hours during a day when visits will be permitted, and the number of times during a day or week visitation may occur. We will do our best to stay in open communication with Residents.
We will continue to provide the latest information via community memos; Covenant Conversations on the internal TV channel and Facebook; as well as on Wellzesta, our new Resident communication portal; the Covenant Village website (https://covenantvillagenc.com/); and on our Facebook page.
You have done so well recently. Congratulations!! You can help us all to keep this menacing virus away from our Village—by our diligence and vigilance!
• If you experience any of the COVID-19 related symptoms or are just not feeling well, you should call the Arbor Wing Nurses Station at —704.917.7857—for an assessment.
We recognize the significant and ongoing inconvenience to life, as well as the physical, spiritual, and emotional toll the Pandemic has brought to our Village, our county, our state, our nation, and our world. Thank you for understanding and honoring the conditions we must put into place, as we all remain committed to preserving the health and well-being of our entire community.
Let’s covenant with each other to Finish Strong this Journey—and to Keep HOPE Alive!