COVID-19 Update 10 May 15, 2020

Wintergreen Owners:                                                                                           

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 through this crisis.  We will try our best to keep you informed and adjust our operations as needed.    

The Ravens Roost Overlook project is 99% complete, owners are encouraged to check it out.     

With more and more owners and guests out and about walking, riding bikes, etc. owners are reminded to please observe posted speed limits and drive slowly.     

The tennis court at Rodes Farm is currently open for Tennis and Pickleball.  Players are reminded that COVID 19 remains a serious health risk.  Please adhere to the rules posted and use the sign-up sheets to help facilitate play. 

Stoney Creek residents are reminded to use caution along the newly asphalted roads.  Line painting and adding shoulder stone is underway and will continue next week.   

Mountain residents are reminded to use caution along Devils Knob Loop and Black Rock Circle.  The paving contractor will return late next week to finish Black Rock Circle.  Paving on Wintergreen Drive is scheduled to begin the week of June 1st. We hope to complete the shoulder stone on Devils Knob Loop next week and then move to Black Rock Circle.  Line painting will follow.  

Friends of Wintergreen and Here To Stay Wintergreen are exploring a new online/mobile “store” to help Wintergreen-area residents shop for and obtain services from local, independent providers.  They need your input and have developed an online survey to collect feedback.  The survey can be found here:  https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/X2V5V7T 

Starting tonight, most of Virginia is beginning a gradual re-opening.  To learn more about the re-opening and what phase 1 of the plan includes, please visit this link: https://www.governor.virginia.gov/newsroom/all-releases/2020/may/headline-856681-en.html  

Consistent with Phase 1 restrictions, the Tuckahoe Clubhouse remains closed.   Re-opening this facility might be covered in phase 2 of the re-opening plan.  As we get closer to the date, additional guidance will become available related to indoor public facilities, number of occupants at any one time, cleaning requirements, etc.   

Community Playgrounds remain closed.  While some outdoor facilities are starting to open slowly, communities are struggling with ways to keep kids and families safe when using shared playground equipment.  Kids can transmit the virus without showing symptoms, they struggle with social distancing, touch everything and everyone and the equipment is very difficult to clean.  We expect some additional guidance on this next week and will provide more information in our next update.    

WPOA pools will remain closed for Memorial Day Weekend.  The pool opening date will depend on where this activity falls in the Governor’s re-opening plan.  Will pools be allowed to re-open during phase 2, or will they fall into phase 3?  If allowed to operate, what will the state require and what does that look like operationally?  We expect some additional guidance on this in the coming weeks.     

Thanks again for your understanding and support.   

 From Chief Sheets:  

This will likely be my last COVID19 update for a while.  I’m not providing any information which can’t be easily found online.  I don’t want to waste your time.  I will release information if a situation arises of which you should be aware. 

The number of confirmed Virginia cases has risen from 22,000 last week to over 28,000 this week.  13% of Virginians testing positive have been hospitalized and nearly 1,000 Virginians have lost their lives to COVID19 .  Nelson County cases increased to 12. We aren’t aware of cases at Wintergreen. 

12 is a very low number, but it isn’t zero.  Moreover, if you add up the cases of Counties which share a border with Nelson you will see there are over 600 cases close by.  If you venture out, please protect yourself. 

Our first shipment from the Virginia Department of Emergency Management has arrived.  We will now switch gears and attempt to build our cache of PPE before the predicted “second wave”.  This is a difficult task because don’t want to compete with agencies who need PPE now.  We will be very cautious in how we approach this. 

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

For the Thomas Jefferson district numbers please visit TJHD Dashboard 

If at any point you have questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to email.  csheets@wtgfireresq.org  I typically handle between 50 and 100 emails per day.  Email truly is the best way to capture my attention. 

Stay safe!