WPOA Operational Update- September 18, 2020

Wintergreen Owners:

We remain in Phase 3 of the re-opening plan.  A link to the Phase 3 guidance and recent Executive Orders can be found here:  https://www.virginia.gov/coronavirus/

Owners are reminded to use caution, wear face coverings, social distance and wash hands frequently.

Weather permitting, Mullins Markings will be onsite next week to complete roadway line painting, crosswalks, etc.  We are working with Adams Construction to complete a few pavement related projects at the Black Rock Overlook and COB.  Adams has us on their list for the end of September.

Much cooler temperatures forecasted for the weekend should provide a brisk reminder that Summer is over.  Over the next several weeks, mowing will slow down and some other activities like roadside tree work will resume.

The Founders Vision Overlook paving project will be postponed until 2021.  Weather uncertainty and the risk of impacting the use of this overlook during leaf season, warranted pushing this product until Spring.

WPOA is working with the US Postal Service on facility upgrades at the mountain mailbox facility.  In addition to new boxes, our goals include; a better layout, more boxes, more larger boxes and more parcel boxes.  All of these improvements require approval from USPS, so it is way too early to share details.  We hope to complete these improvements before the end of the year.

The exact format for the Annual Meeting on November 7th, is still TBD.  This meeting will be virtual and we are planning to live-stream the entire event on the www.wtgpoa.org website.  Given that this will be a televised event and not an actual meeting, how we conduct the “Community Organization” portion of the meeting is adding to the challenge.  We will be sharing additional details in the coming weeks.

Owners are reminded that bears remain very active.  Please lock doors, secure trash, etc.  Acorns and Hickory nuts are starting to fall.  Fingers crossed, this additional native food source should help keep bears focused on wild alternatives.   For additional information please visit: https://dwr.virginia.gov/wildlife/bear/living-with-black-bears/

COVID Update from Chief Sheets:

The last time I reviewed statistics in a weekly update was September 6.  At that time there were 95,867 Covid cases in Virginia.  There are now over 137,000.  10,464 Virginians are hospitalized and 2,920 Virginians have died. The Nelson County numbers continue to climb at a slow but steady pace.  Nelson has logged just under 100 cases, 4 are currently hospitalized, and sadly one has died.  The numbers are low, but they aren’t zero.  Certainly, to our Nelson neighbors who just lost a beloved family member, the tally is painful.  Nationally there are nearly 7 million cases with nearly 200,000 deaths.

We know a lot more about this disease than we did 6 months ago.  Hopefully by now you respect the disease rather than fear it.  We know that our distancing and masking practices are really quite effective.  As traditional flu season approaches, we need to double-down on our infection control practices.  Some medical experts believe this flu season will actually be better than previous ones because people are paying such close attention to distancing practices.

Most medical experts agree this “new normal” will be something we deal with for another year or so.  I hope that’s a lengthy estimate, but at the same time I know it’s based upon science.   Like many of you, I’ve shaken a lot of hands during my career.  I place a lot of emphasis upon handshakes and first impressions.  I haven’t shaken anyone’s hand for months.  I don’t like the “elbow bump”.  It seems silly.  I will accept silly.  Silly is helping keep everyone safe.

The fact that we haven’t had any COVID hospitalizations from within Wintergreen speaks to the steadfastness of our residents.  All summer long I’ve seen you working hard to keep one another safe.  I see you respecting your neighbors by wearing a mask.  I, as well as all WPOA staff very much appreciate your efforts.  Keep up the good work!  We are stronger together.  This too shall pass.