COVID-19 Update 8 May 1, 2020

Wintergreen Owners:

To minimize emails to owners, these weekly updates include public safety updates as well as WPOA general updates.

From Executive Director Roberts:

Reminder – The WPOA offices remain closed to walk-in traffic.  Please send an email or call WPOA for assistance.  If we are unable to address your needs remotely, we will identify a time to meet in person. WPOA plans to remain open and serving the community. We will try our best to keep you informed and adjust our operations as needed.

WPOA employees continue training with Fire/Rescue personnel so WPOA can provide assistance if needed.

Bears remain active and owners are encouraged to visit:  https://www.ourwintergreen.org/bears to learn more about bears, their habits and the rules in place to keep them wild.  Owners who rent their property at Wintergreen are encouraged to share this information with their guests.

The Ravens Roost Overlook deck renovation is underway.  The flooring is mostly complete and next week we plan to begin work replacing posts and railings.  We hope to complete this project by the middle of May.

Pavement overlay is complete on Black Walnut and Stoney Creek East.  Adding shoulder stone along the edges of the new asphalt should begin during the week of May 11th.  Line painting is scheduled to be completed a week or two after the shoulder stone is complete.  Until this work is complete, please use extra caution as you drive and/or walk.

Paving is scheduled to begin on the mountain next week.  Black Rock Circle will be completed first, followed by Devils Knob Loop.  Wintergreen Drive will be last on the list.  Weather and other factors will have a big impact on the project schedule.  Once the asphalt is complete, road shoulder stone and line painting will follow.

The Tuckahoe Clubhouse and all community playgrounds remain closed.  Opening these facilities back up in May will depend on the status of COVID 19 in our area, Executive Orders issued by Governor Northam, CDC, VDH, etc.   We will provide updates each week about the status of these facilities.

The tennis court at Rodes Farm will re-open on Saturday, May 2nd for limited play.  We are working with the resort and other clubs in the area to develop guidelines/best practices for this re-opening.  Since the resort courts require pre-season clay surface maintenance that our one hard court does not, Rodes Farm will be the first to open. Owners need to recognize our only court is not likely to satisfy the needs of our large community.  To help address this, guidelines for play will include length of play restrictions to allow more owners access until additional resort courts become available.  Work on the resort courts in Stoney Creek is scheduled to begin early next week in anticipation of opening these courts sometime the following week.  Once these courts are open the resort contractor will shift efforts to the Devils Knob facility.  Additional details related to tennis and golf operations will be shared with club members in the next day or two.

Thanks again for your understanding and support.

COVID-19 Rodes Farm Tennis Court Rules & Regulations:

  • Court use is restricted to Wintergreen Owners and accompanied guests ONLY.
  • Follow CDC’s guidance on personal hygiene prior to heading to the tennis courts – wash hands, carry hand sanitizer, do not use tennis courts if you have symptoms, cover your mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing, etc.
  • Use new balls and racquet grips whenever possible
  • Each person should use their own balls on the court, AND label them
  • When changing sides, do so on opposite sides of court.
  • Observe at all times CDC’s minimum recommended social distancing of six feet from other people. Practice it and know what it looks like.
  • Bring the necessary supplies (hand sanitizers, wipes) to disinfect your way in and out.  If you need to open the gate, clean before and after.
  • Come prepared to play, do not share towels, food, drinks, chairs, equipment, etc.
  • Either bow to your opponents or partners, wave, air high five, or touch racquets instead of the regular pre/post-match handshakes.
  • No social gatherings on the courts.
  • Court use is first come first served.  Until additional courts open within our community, court time is restricted to 1 hour per group.
  • NO PICKLEBALL WILL BE PLAYED DURING THIS TIME

 

From Chief Sheets: 

The number of confirmed Virginia cases has risen from 11,400 last week to well over 16,000 this week.  15% of Virginians testing positive have been hospitalized and 4% have died. (578). Nelson County cases increased from 7 to 8. We aren’t aware of any cases at Wintergreen.  As of today, all of our employees are out of quarantine and we’re at full strength.  Thus far, four of our employees have been quarantined.

Now that it’s officially May (heck yeah) the temptation to get back to whatever we were doing before COVID will be strong.  There are still nearly 1,000 new cases each day in Virginia.  Try really hard to maintain your distance and wear masks.  I give Wintergreen residents an A+ for coming up with ways to minimize the pain.  The meals organized for delivery each week, Zoom groups, and other events have gone a long way towards keeping everyone sane.  Tomorrow will be the first Saturday for the Farmer’s Market with a new pre-order, drive-up format.  Nice!

Community members made almost 600 masks and have distributed them over the past two weeks.  Many recipients tossed donations in the box.  The sewing clubs donated all of that cash (approximately $900) to Wintergreen Rescue to help offset the costs of N95 masks we must purchase.  That’s very helpful, thank you.  We have not received a PPE shipment in weeks.

A great website to keep you up to date can be found at  www.virginia.gov/coronavirus/

We continue to work through phone issues at our Stoney Creek station.  For the time being, you may contact the mountain station at 434-325-1051.  They will be able to help you or transfer your message to the Stoney Creek crew.

Try to take a moment to enjoy the beautiful scenery nature has to offer this time of year.  The colorful blooms, birds chirping, and green grass are all things that distract me from the negative drumbeat in the background.   A key part of maintaining your physical health is maintaining your mental health.

Stay safe,

Curtis