To: Residents of Covenant Village From: Dale Melton, CEO
Date: June 2, 2020
On Wednesday, May 20, Governor Cooper announced Safer at Home, the State’s more cautious and modest transition to Phase 2 in the overall plans to re-open North Carolina.
Whereas, the news was not good for us opening up “shelter in place” restrictions between campus and the outside community, we did receive good news that we could continue to ease on-campus restrictions!
We are doing so under Controlled, Measured, and Monitored Conditions. If we observe non- compliance with these Conditions, we will be obligated to put the restrictions back in place.
We ask that you continue to think of others—those on your halls or streets—and the impact our actions have on everyone as we move forward.
A quick recap:
- On Tuesday, May 26th, the Pool re-opened in a controlled, measured, and monitored way to independent living Residents only. I want to express our gratefulness to Matt Gibbons, Director of Wellness, for the planning involved to re-open the Pool and to provide its benefits to our Residents.
One guideline we have adjusted since the re-opening is to provide access to the Restrooms while exercising in the Pool. Toilets and sinks only; NO showers at this
- Last week, our Activities Staff increased the number of outdoor activity options in a way to provide additional and appropriate social interaction, as well as increased access to the outdoors. Our first Bus Rides off-campus were successful ventures and welcomed by all who participated. Yesterday, Residents enjoyed an outdoor art demonstration by local artist Ron Shepard under the A-Building’s porte cochere. I want to thank Sherry Cheney, Director of Activities, and Karen Lemon, Assistant Director of Activities, for providing these wonderful and creative outlets for our Residents.
The following Opportunities will resume on Monday, June 8th:
- The IL Beauty Salon will re-open. We are grateful in numerous ways to Pam Paige, Director of Resident Services and Kevin Stewart, Administrator, for careful conversation and coordinated planning to make available this important service for our Residents.
Staff have been diligent to follow all operational and infection control instructions from the State in order to process a smooth and stable re-opening, including deep cleaning of the Beauty Salon itself.
Residents will be contacted in order to make their initial appointment for hair and/or nails. We will start with all former Beauty Salon Resident clients and then offer appointments to all other Residents. We do hope, if you have not used the Covenant Village Beauty Salon in the past, that you will consider this option now.
At the outset, hair appointments will be made for shampoo, cuts, and sets only so that we can serve as many Residents as possible early on. We will come back around for color and perms at a later time.
- Regular weekly Housekeeping duties will resume. I want to express our deep appreciation to Russ Craig, Director of Property Services; Lisa Davenport, Housekeeping Supervisor; and Wanda Slagle, Assistant Housekeeping Supervisor for finding the right time and setting to restart this important service for our Residents. We started bi-weekly Housekeeping services the week of April 27th after stopping all Housekeeping services five weeks earlier.
- Starting with Dinner on Monday, June 8th, Cottage Meal Pick-up will resume and go like this:
o Monday through Saturday: 4:30-5:00 Dinner with Lunch for the next Day
o Sunday: 11:30-12:00
As a result of resuming regular weekly Housekeeping duties, Cottage Residents are
asked to pick up their Daily Meals at the Front Entrance of the A-Building—as you did back in mid-March when we initially closed the Dining Room.
I want to offer our gratitude to Glynn Ziehm, Director of Food & Nutrition, Julia Kotecki, Assistant Director of Food & Nutrition, and their Team for organizing our meal delivery system and overseeing all the various components of this vital service.
Feel free to coordinate picking up meals for your neighbors!
While there is a lot we have opened-up on campus, the current “shelter in place” executive orders keep the 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. We are noticing a significant increase in the number of meetings at this high-traffic area, as well as an increase in the time parties are spending together. This is creating safety issues and must be stopped.
- 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 a high-risk individual category in the State and are still under “shelter in place” restrictions, with travel only for absolutely essential purposes.
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!
Let’s covenant one with the other to Finish Strong this Journey!