COVID-19 Update April 3

Published on April 3, 2020

Although we face many uncertainties due to the COVID-19 pandemic, there is also great solace in knowing that Givens Highland Farms is a strong and vibrant community and together, we will get through these challenging times. Personally, I have had the privilege of seeing staff and residents coming together in new and creative ways to make the very best during this challenging situation.

We are taking very seriously the Stay Home – Stay Safe orders issued by state and local governments and understand how they are intended to help not just ourselves but also our friends and neighbors. This is truly a collaborative effort.  We continue to encourage practicing physical social distancing (6-foot distancing between yourself and other people), regular handwashing, avoiding touching your face, sanitizing your hands before and after going to the store and washing your hands with soap and hot water upon your return home.

The CDC continues to provide updated information and they tell us that 25% of people who have COVID-19 don’t even display any symptoms. They also believe this virus is 3 times more contagious than the flu and that people may be contagious 48 hours before showing symptoms. This means anyone, even if they appear healthy, may spread the virus.

Buncombe County is requiring anyone traveling from areas experiencing community transmission of COVID-19 to self-quarantine at their residence upon return for 14 days before entering the community at large. Quarantine is defined as self-isolation in your residence with self-monitoring for symptoms and very limited contact with others. If you have concerns or questions about traveling please let us know.

Those with respiratory illness, cough, fever or shortness of breath:

Seek advice by telephone from a healthcare provider or the health department to determine whether medical evaluation is needed.
Report your symptoms by contacting Home Care or pressing your pendent.
Limit contact with others.

Individuals diagnosed with COVID-19 are required to self-isolate for:

At least 7 days past the first sign of symptoms;
AND at least 3 days (72 hours) have passed since a fever without the use of fever reducing medications;
AND improvement in respiratory symptoms.
It is not required to have a negative COVID-19 test to document recovery.
For anyone who has been diagnosed with COVID-19, they should have anyone they have been in close contact with self-monitor their temperature and symptoms of COVID-19, limit outside interaction as much as possible for 14 days, and self-isolate if they develop symptoms.

We will continue to stay up to date on changes and in the meantime, would love to hear the ways in which you are staying engaged and positive!


Ken Kramer

Executive Director