SPECIAL NOTICE: Suspending Group Activities & Programs for Next 3 Weeks

/SPECIAL NOTICE: Suspending Group Activities & Programs for Next 3 Weeks
SPECIAL NOTICE: Suspending Group Activities & Programs for Next 3 Weeks 2020-03-16T15:49:11-04:00

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Update added on Friday, March 13, 2020 at 6:00 pm — From Monday, March 16th, through Friday 20th the Fearrington Homeowners Association and Fearrington Cares will co-sponsor a Call-in Hour (919-542-6877) from 10:00 am-11:00 am every day, to address residents’ questions about COVID-19 and community preparedness. Until then, and throughout the coming weeks, please use the information and links found on our curated and frequently updated COVID-19 Current Information Page filed on the Resources menu tab.

SPECIAL NOTICE About Temporarily Suspending Group Activities & Programs

Posted on Wednesday, March 11, 2020.

Fearrington Cares has been closely monitoring updates from medical professionals, the state Health Department, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the World Health Organization (WHO), and internal teams to make decisions based on the best available information. Out of an abundance of caution in this evolving situation, we have decided to take a proactive approach by suspending Fearrington Cares sponsored group gatherings for at least the next 3 weeks, after which we will re-evaluate the clinical situation. As of this date, NC has no confirmed cases of community-acquired Coronavirus (COVID-19); however, we have every indication that it will spread quickly when it begins. This action is intended to reduce the risks of Coronavirus (CODID-19) infections and to help the health care system be more capable of handling any potential influx of new cases.

As of Thursday, March 12th, 2020 Fearrington Cares has suspended our group activities to include movement classes, support groups, education programs, and special events for at least the next 3 weeks in order to minimize the impact and slow the rate of new infections.  On Wednesday, March 11th, Galloway Ridge limited outside guests from entering the building until at least March 31, 2020. Galloway Ridge was to be the venue of our FUNdraiser Special Event featuring the Mint Julep Jazz Band Concert, which was scheduled for March 22nd.

This suspension is specific to group gatherings at this time. Other Fearrington Cares services are ongoing and the Center is open weekdays from 9:00 am-1:00 pm. We will make every effort to re-schedule education programs and special events (including the Mint Julep Jazz Band Concert — Please hang onto your tickets!) and have no information to share about them at this time.

The following information is posted on the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHHS); please note additional recommendations for events in the Triangle:

NCDHHS is making several recommendations to slow the spread of COVID-19 and reduce the number of people infected.


For mass gatherings and community events, NCDHHS recommends that event organizers:

  • Urge anyone who is sick not to attend.
  • Encourage those who are at high risk not to attend.
  • Adopt lenient refund policies for people who are high-risk.
  • Find ways to give people more physical space to limit close contact as much as possible.
  • Encourage attendees to wash hands frequently.
  • Clean surfaces with standard cleaners.

Triangle (Durham, Orange, and Wake counties)

In addition to the precautions above, NCDHHS recommends that organizers of mass gathering events which primarily draw high-risk persons, including those that attract older adults, consider canceling or postponing these events.

Carl T. Bergstrom, a University of Washington researcher, shared an epidemic peak chart that demonstrates the importance of fast action which can help to flatten or level the infection rate. SOURCE

Explanation of This Chart:

While we know that COVID-19 will continue to spread,  all activities, including those by the various levels of government and by Fearrington Cares are aimed at reducing the height of the epidemic curve.  By doing so,  the risk of infection will be reduced and the health care system more capable of dealing with the potential influx of cases.

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