To: Residents of Covenant Village
From: Dale Melton, CEO
Date: July 31, 2020
Today, Covenant Village was notified that two of our Employees tested positive for the
COVID-19 virus. Both cases have been discussed with the Gaston County DHHS Staff. We have been informed and advised that due to the minimal risk of one, no action is required; however, some action is needed as a precautionary measure for the other. The details on that case are explained below.
A current part-time Employee in our Health Center tested positive for the COVID-19 virus. The Employee was exposed at her/his main employer, not at Covenant Village. Before the Employee was notified by the main employer, the Employee had worked one shift at Covenant Village.
After we were notified, we reached out to the Gaston County DHHS Staff to report our situation, and we are in ongoing communications with them. As a result, we are placing ourselves on high alert due to the actively positive working Employee in the Health Center. The Employee is not currently working and is at home doing well. Being on high alert demonstrates we are being extra cautious at this time and will be testing all the Residents on the Woodlands Wing, as well as the other Employees who worked on the Woodlands Wing the same shift of the positive Employee.
We will administer the tests and send out immediately in order to receive the results back as quickly as possible, upon consultation and order by our medical director, Dr. Todd Hansen.
The Employee contacted her/his Covenant Village Supervisor, for which we are grateful. As soon as we received notification from the Employee of the confirmation of the positive test result, Sue Ashley (Director of Nursing) and Jenn Barker (HR Director) began the investigative process of Contact Tracing, which is crucial in our response to any COVID-19 situation. We identified that the Employee worked that one shift and was confined to the Woodlands Wing.
In addition, Kevin Stewart (Administrator) ordered the Health Center shut down to all non-health care personnel and non-essential activities and services. There is no communal dining or use of the common areas. There will be no family visits or sitters on the Woodlands Wing while shut down. Physical and occupational therapy will operate on a rotating daily basis between Health Center needs and independently living needs.
You will recall, we took this same action to shut down the Health Center early on in the Pandemic before moving to a Phase 2 level of operations, and then most recently, with the first Employee who tested positive.
As we all know, any such positive cases or potential exposures are serious for us at Covenant Village. We are being particularly guarded here at a time when Gaston County is experiencing its highest number of new positive COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations since the Pandemic began. Additionally, the State is recording record highs in new positive cases, as well as hospitalizations.
This virus is still present, active—in the local community—and remains dangerous to anyone, but particularly our population who are most vulnerable. We CANNOT let our guard down.
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 realize the significant and ongoing inconvenience to life, as well as the physical, spiritual, and emotional toll that this Pandemic has brought to our Village, our county, our state, our nation, and our world. Thank you for understanding and complying with the conditions we must put into place, as we all remain committed to preserving the health and well-being of our entire community.
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!!
We will continue to keep you updated via community memos; Covenant Conversations on the internal TV channel and Facebook, and the Covenant Village website (https://covenantvillagenc.com/).
Let’s covenant with each other to Finish Strong this Journey—and to Keep HOPE Alive!