We have recently been notified that one of our Recreation members tested positive for COVID-19. This individual was last present in the Wellness Center workout room on Wednesday, July 29th. The Recreation Department follows very strict cleaning and sanitation protocols to ensure members’ safety. These include a thorough cleaning/disinfecting prior to opening each day, continuous cleaning/disinfecting throughout the day, and a deep cleaning/sanitation at 3:00am on Monday, Thursday, and Saturday every week. While we feel the current risk is minimal, we believe it is important to make our members aware in the interest of full transparency.

We understand the desire for more information regarding a confirmed positive test that was self-reported by a property owner who is a member of the Rec Department to Rec Department management. However, we cannot divulge information that would identify a particular individual at any of our venues due to privacy laws. That said, the member in question was in the Wellness Center early-Wednesday morning and used the equipment in the workout room. Had you been in close contact with this individual, you would have been notified by the Loudon County Health Department as part of its contact tracing process. We will certainly share any information that the Health Department requests to facilitate this procedure.

Following each 45 minute workout session, the entire facility is sanitized. This is in addition to the requirement that each member disinfect the equipment that they use after they use it. Our facility is cleaned and disinfected each morning before it opens by POA cleaning crews and receives a deep cleaning/sanitation by an outside service on Monday, Thursday and Saturday at 3:00am. Our facility entry protocols and staff requirements are rigidly followed. All of our amenities follow similar protocols to protect the safety of our property owners. As a result, the risk of a casual exposure is extremely limited.

We encourage all property owners to follow all CDC and state guidelines by staying six feet apart from anyone not in your household, wearing a mask when distancing is not possible or practical and staying home if you are not feeling well or if you’re awaiting test results. The best offense is a good defense. Truth be told, anyone can be carrying COVID-19 without even knowing it. Everywhere we go and everyone we come into contact with poses a potential risk. This is why it is so important to follow the safety guidelines.

We are often asked, “Should I get a test?” According to the CDC, the highest chance of contracting COVID-19 requires more than ten minutes of close contact with a person who has tested positive. A shorter answer is, if you’re unsure or concerned, get a test. If you have additional questions, please contact the Loudon County Health Department or your personal medical professional.