4/21/20 Update from Executive Director Austin Payne

Apr 21, 2020 | Charlottesville, COVID-TBAC

We’re pleased to report that we have no new positive test results for residents or staff since our last update.

As previously shared, we had one member of our team test positive for COVID-19. The team member has fully recuperated and has been cleared to return to work. We do not have any other team members who are quarantined at home.

While we are practicing physical distancing and expanded infection control protocols, engagement and joy are still a part of life at The Blake. Last week, we enjoyed delicious personal pizza on our afternoon snack cart, relaxed and enjoyed aromatherapy hand massages and received in room spa goodies and sipped margaritas during our Fiesta Friday celebration.

We continue to follow CDC and Virginia Department of Health guidelines by restricting visitors and non-essential personnel, practicing social distancing, practicing handwashing, and daily monitoring of staff for fever or illness. We will continue to actively monitor residents for fever and respiratory symptoms twice a day. Staff members and essential visitors are required to wash their hands upon entry into the building. Our staff members continue to wear masks while on duty. We have reinforced to our staff that anyone who is sick should stay home.

We understand the importance of close communication between our team, families and health care partners and will continue to post and share updates at Please contact me at 434-973-7900 if you have any questions or concerns.

We cannot thank you enough for your support, kind words and continued encouragement during these unprecedented times.

Thank You,

Austin Payne, BSN, RN, CDON, CALN
Executive Director