To: Residents of Covenant Village
From: Dale Melton, CEO
Date: October 9, 2020
This afternoon, Covenant Village was notified that a current Employee on our Health Center’s Food & Nutrition Team tested positive for the COVID-19 virus. The positive test result is the first in the first five rounds of mandatory Staff testing, as required by the State of North Carolina. Our first round of mandatory Staff testing was August 26th.
This is the first Staff positive case since late July. As you will recall, we did have two recent Cottage Resident positive cases, but they are no longer active.
As soon as we received notification of the positive test result, Jenn Barker (HR Director) began working with the Food & Nutrition leadership to undertake the investigative process of Contact Tracing, which is crucial in our response to any COVID-19 situation. At this time, we have found no indication of exposure from the Employee.
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 allowed inside the Health Center at this time, unless for compassion care situations. Outdoor visitations, which began this week in the Health Center courtyard, are allowed to continue, per State mandate. Physical and occupational therapy will operate on a rotating daily basis between Health Center Resident needs and Independent Living Resident needs.
You will recall we have taken this same action to shut down the Health Center early on in the Pandemic—for example, before moving to a Phase 2 level of operations and then most recently with the first two Employees who tested positive, during early summer.
As we all know, any positive cases or potential exposures are serious for us at Covenant Village. 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 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.
Let’s covenant with each other to Finish Strong this Journey—and to Keep HOPE Alive!