Thanksgiving COVID Reminder

To residents and families,

We grasp the severity of the coronavirus as one of our nation’s greatest challenges, and we are committed to keeping our residents and teammates’ health a top priority. We understand that the virus’ impact has caused many of us to be separated from our loved ones and with Thanksgiving approaching, we know you want to spend more time with your family. Coronavirus cases are spiking globally, and now is not the time to let up. During the holidays, it is important to adhere to the core principles of infection prevention, such as remaining six feet or more a part, wearing a face covering, and limiting the number of interactions with others. We know that some of you plan to leave Presbyterian Village North (PVN) temporarily during the holidays. Although we don’t recommend leaving the campus, should you leave, we strongly encourage the following:

  • Limit close contact (maintain physical distancing of six feet or more), keep gatherings as small as possible, and use technology to engage with others remotely;
  • Wear facemasks or cloth face coverings at all times (including in cars, homes, restaurants, etc.);
  • Limit contact with commonly touched surfaces or shared items;
  • Keep safe around food and drinks. Avoid communal serving utensils, passing of food, potluck or buffet style food service, and instead opt for individually prepared plates by a single server;
  • Perform hand hygiene often (e.g., wash hands with soap and water or alcohol-based hand sanitizer);
  • Avoid large gatherings, crowded areas, and high-risk activities such as singing;
  • Ask anyone who has signs or symptoms of COVID-19, or has been exposed to someone diagnosed with COVID-19, to not attend the gathering;
  • If possible, conduct gatherings outdoors. Indoor gatherings should have good ventilation, open windows and doors if possible;
  • Verbally greet others instead of shaking hands or giving hugs. Think ahead about how you will manage to prevent physical interactions with loved ones of different ages such as young children; and older adults; and
  • Check local conditions and state requirements for precautions and restrictions, including positivity rates and quarantine requirements, before crossing state lines.

We encourage you to review CDC’s webpage on holiday celebrations, which has even more suggestions for preventing the spread of COVID-19 or view this COVID-19 best practices reminder. We express our sincere gratitude for everyone doing what they can to help protect those around them. We will persevere through these challenging times, Lastly, remember if you feel ill, err on the side of caution and test for the virus.  Again, for more information, please contact us at 214-355-9019, or follow daily updates at


Bryan Cooper
Executive Director