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Precautions & Preparedness for Coronavirus: Gaston Hospice Employee Tests Positive for COVID-19


To: Residents of Covenant Village From: Dale Melton, CEO

Date: June 8, 2020

On Sunday, June 7, Gaston Hospice notified Covenant Village that one of their Hospice

Employees tested positive for the COVID-19 virus. After they engaged in the important step of Contact Tracing—identifying anyone who could have come in contact with the Hospice Employee once a positive test was confirmed—we were notified that the Gaston Hospice Employee had provided services to one Health Center Resident.

Kevin Stewart, Administrator, and Sue Ashley, Director of Nursing, immediately implemented our COVID-19 infection control procedures and protocols with the Health Center Resident. The Resident was notified, the Resident is being quarantined for 14-days. The Resident is currently exhibiting no COVID-19 related symptoms.

Additionally, the Resident’s Spouse, a Cottage Resident, was notified and is being quarantined for 14-days in the Resident’s Cottage. The spouse is currently exhibiting no COVID-19 related symptoms.

We have taken the further step of providing ongoing on-campus Hospice services via telehealth communications in conjunction with Gaston Hospice. Exceptions will be made for critical care needs and end of life situations.

The Health Center Staff continue to monitor and control the situation.  We continue to be in contact with Gaston Hospice and the Gaston County Health Department.  We will keep you updated via community memos, Covenant Conversations on the internal TV channel and Facebook, as well as the Covenant Village website (https://covenantvillagenc.com/).

Package Delivery Changes:

In a separate action, we are announcing changes to our package delivery system. As you heard earlier, we have seen the volume of delivery exchanges at the Welcome Center rise significantly, but more so the increased misuse of these exchanges for extended visits. This is causing concern on numerous fronts: COVID-19 control, Village fairness, and safety concerns.

Effective immediately, Residents will no longer drop off or pick up packages at the Welcome Center. Received packages are to be picked up in front of the A-Building once the Resident is notified of arrival. Residents who have outgoing packages are to drop them off in front of A-Building.

An Employee will be stationed at the front of A-Building to help facilitate this amended process. By implementing these changes, it will effectively eliminate the possibility of unnecessary congestion and safety issues at the Welcome Center. If a Resident approaches the gate prior to receiving a package knowing it is on the way, the Resident will be directed to wait in front of the A-Building where the package will be delivered to the Resident.

Thank you for your understanding.


As we have been sharing with you over the course of the last number of weeks, the COVID-19 virus is still active, dangerous, and in our larger Gaston County community. The number of active confirmed cases in Gaston County escalated from 47 on Monday to 90 by Friday. On Saturday, the State recorded its highest single day total of new confirmed cases at 1,370. As of today, the Governor has made no indication of moving into Phase 3 Re-Opening.

While there is a lot we have opened-up on campus, the current “shelter in place” executive orders keep the current restrictions in place between campus and the outside community:

  • The Health Center continues to be shut down to any visitation, except for compassionate care at end of life situations.
  • No Visitation is permitted on campus—including the Welcome Center area.
  • If a Resident leaves the campus and returns, you are still required to undertake a 14- Day Self-Isolation. As the Governor’s Executive Order 141 states, Residents represent high-risk individuals and are still under “shelter in place” restrictions, with travel only for absolutely essential purposes. If a Resident is on a 14-Day Self- Isolation, the Resident Spouse is also required to undertake a 14-Day Self-Isolation.

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 City, our County, our State, our Nation, and our World. Thank you for understanding and compliance, as we all remain committed to preserving the health and well-being of our entire community. We will get through this—Together! A committed community conquers COVID!!

Let’s covenant one with the other to Finish Strong this Journey!

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