COVID-19 Update 9 May 8, 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.

Bears remain active.  I am going to test the theory “a picture is worth a thousand words”.  Please visit the Wintergreen Fire Rescue Facebook page to see what a Black Bear can do to an unlocked car. https://www.facebook.com/WintergreenFireRescue/ Remember to report Bear incidents to Wintergreen Police Department.

To learn more about bears, their habits and the rules in place to keep them wild please visit https://www.ourwintergreen.org/bears

The Ravens Roost Overlook deck renovation is nearing completion.  We hope to complete this project by the end of next week.

Stoney Creek residents are reminded to use caution along the newly asphalted roads.  Line painting is already underway and shoulder stone is likely to begin next week.

Mountain residents are reminded to use caution along Devils Knob Loop and Black Rock Circle.  We hope to finish Black Rock Circle early next week and move to Wintergreen Drive the following week.  Line painting and shoulder stone will follow.  Please use caution.

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, VDOH, etc.   We will provide updates each week about the status of these facilities.

Getting takeout is great way to support our local restaurants, please visit this link for details https://www.wtgbulletinboard.org/restaurant

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.

The resort courts in Stoney Creek are in the works.  Much of the preliminary work is complete and the contractor is scheduled to finish Friday of next week.  Weather could impact the schedule, stay tuned and be on the lookout for resort updates.

Last but not least, Happy Mother’s Day to all Wintergreen Moms!

Thanks again for your understanding and support.

From Chief Sheets:

The number of confirmed Virginia cases has risen from 16,000 last week to over 22,000 this week.  One month ago, our number was 4,300.  14% of Virginians testing positive have been hospitalized and 4% have died. (789) Nelson County cases increased from 8 to 9. We aren’t aware of any cases at Wintergreen.  As of today, all fire – rescue employees are ready for service.

I fear that the low Nelson County numbers may be creating a false sense of security.  It’s in everyone’s best interest that we continue to focus upon risk mitigation.

When will this ever end?  If I could answer that I would be filling out my retirement papers.  What I do know is that Virginia’s cases continue to climb and there is no vaccine for this highly contagious disease.  Everyone reading this knows the steps to take to protect yourself.  The hard part is getting into the right habits.  I struggle too.  I’ve become very fond of ADA compliant doors which I can open without using my hands.  A few months ago, I didn’t even pay attention to door hardware.

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

This weekend would have been the weekend for many high-school and college students to have graduated.  Sadly, they will probably never experience what most of us would describe as one of the happiest days of our lives.  If you know any “would-be graduates” be sure you reach out to them and let them know how proud you are.

We’re all in this together.