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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



Our Monitoring Efforts

How are we monitoring the situation?

We are staying up-to-date with information from the Centers for Disease Control, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, North Carolina Division of Public Health and Buncombe County Health Department..

Our RN, Infection Control Specialist is monitoring trends, and our Director of Health Services, will make recommendations as to when certain portions of our infection control procedures should be implemented. 

Our Safeguard Measures

How are we safeguarding our community?

We have in place an All Hazards Plan which includes policies and procedures for an infectious disease outbreak and a Pandemic Plan.

We are screening all team members across the campus. If a team member indicates symptoms or potential exposure to COVID-19, they will be sent home immediately. These measures are our first step in prevention of this contagious disease.

Residents and team members are encouraged to continue to practice good basic infection control which means frequent and thorough handwashing, staying at home when feeling sick, and letting us know when experiencing flu-like symptoms so we can track the prevalence on campus, etc.

Preparation Recommendations

How should our community prepare?

Independent living residents and team members are encouraged to make a personal plan that they can depend on should there be a widespread Coronavirus outbreak in the Black Mountain/Asheville area. Many residents and team members have developed their personal plans and are prepared. If you have not made plans you can find information about developing such a plan from the Red Cross and

We encourage residents and team members to secure an ample supply of medications, groceries, etc. if required to remain at home for an extended period. As we have seen in other parts of the world, services and product supply chains can be interrupted.

In addition to being aware of on-campus updates from our leadership team, we recommend our residents and team members stay informed with the latest information from reputable sources like the CDC and the State and County Health Departments.

Givens Highland Farms is aware of the associated risks with a widespread infectious disease outbreak. We have measures in place to respond to and manage the impacts from such events. We appreciate the efforts of residents and our many dedicated team members to be prepared for times like these. When each of us does our part, it makes us better able to respond to anticipated and unexpected impacts.