Village Care Center Covid-19 Updates

New COVID-19 Cases

As of April 19, 2021

The following report summarizes the daily number of new COVID-19 cases at the Village Care Center. The data is updated when new cases are reported. Cumulative totals can be found in the Weekly Updates to Families section.







  • April 19: Now new cases.
  • April 18: No new cases.
  • April 17: No new cases.
  • April 16: No new cases.
  • April 15: No new cases.
  • April 14: No new cases.
  • April 13: No new cases.
  • April 12: no new cases.
  • April 11: No new cases.
  • April 10: No new cases.
  • April 9: No new cases.
  • April 8: No new cases.
  • April 7: No new cases.
  • April 6: No new cases.
  • April 5: No new cases.
  • April 4: No new cases.
  • April 3: No new cases.
  • April 2: No new cases.
  • April 1: No new cases.

Weekly Updates to Families

The following email updates are sent to the families and responsible parties of Village Care Center residents. If you have a question, please contact Anthony Columbatto, administrator, at, or Tami Hoversten, assistant administrator and director of nursing, at

April 15, 2021

I wanted to share a couple of updates with you regarding the current status of the VCC.  First and foremost, we have been open for visits for several weeks now, and it has been great to see each of you and – most importantly – the positive impact your presence is having on our residents.  After the year we have had, this continues to be a most welcome experience for all of us.

Secondly, we have received a lot of requests for people to bring their dogs into the VCC during their visits.  We love the idea of having dogs in the community once again, but have some guidelines that must be adhered to:

  • A copy of current vaccinations MUST be submitted to the front desk prior to entry.
  • All dogs must remain on a leash the entirety of the visit.
  • Visitors are responsible for cleaning up after their pet, both indoors and outdoors.

I also wanted to update you regarding the presence of COVID-19 at John Knox Village:

Village Care Center

  • There have been NO new resident or associate positive cases so far this month. As of today, all care neighborhoods at the VCC are open to visitors.
  • Don’t forget: You now can simply stop by within visiting hours:8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. The end times are hard-stop times due to available staffing; entry will be denied after visiting hours close.

Village Assisted Living 

  • There was one new positive case in the past week. A non-direct care associate who works in assisted living’s 400 wing and part of the 100 wing tested positive on April 6. In-person indoor visitation and non-essential outings were paused for all of assisted living and Memory Care 1 & 2. With two rounds of resident and associate testing completed by April 13, and NO new positive test results, all parts of Village Assisted Living are now available for visits and non-essential outings.
  • Renovation work is ahead of schedule. What was planned as a six-month renovation project is on track to wrap up in May – two months early! The transformation of the hallways and common areas is truly amazing.

All areas outside of VCC and VAL

  • There have been NO new resident or associate positive cases reported so far this month.
  • The easing of restrictions and allowing visitors on campus seems to be going smoothly, and Independent Living will begin Phase II of their reopening process on Monday, April 19.

Lastly, I am simultaneously sad and excited to inform you that I will be stepping away from the day-to-day operations of Village Care Center at the beginning of June. I will be stepping into a new role at John Knox Village as the Vice President of Health and Community Services, as Rodney McBride is retiring.  It will be a bittersweet transition. The past four and a half years at the VCC have been an incredible experience for me.

Throughout all of the pain and loss that we went through together this past year, I am so fortunate to have been surrounded by such a supportive community of residents, families and associates, and the most tremendous leadership team I have ever had the opportunity to work with.  We will begin the search for my replacement immediately, and I will remain heavily involved in the operation of the VCC as we look for the best candidate to keep the Village Care Center moving forward.

March 30, 2021

I have great news for you – the Village Care Center will be open to visitors once again starting on Wednesday, March 31.

With that said, in addition to welcoming visitors to our building, we also are implementing updates to the visitation policy. The most notable change: you no longer need to schedule your visits! Instead, you can simply stop by within the set visiting hours (see below).

We are implementing this change on a trial basis and hope the added flexibility will make it easier for you to visit with your loved one. However, I need to point out that if visitors don’t adhere to the guidelines, we will need to move back to a scheduled visit system.

Here are the details you should be aware of:

  • VCC visiting hours are from 8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. 
    • Please be aware: the end times are hard-stop times because the VCC does not have staff available outside of those hours to greet and screen visitors. Entry will be denied after visiting hours close.  
  • Visitor(s) must complete a visitor log and screening prior to entering resident care area.
  • Visits need to take place in the resident’s room OR outside, with the preferred method still being outside.
  • When visiting, please adhere to the following:
    • Visitors must wear masks at all times. (Children also must wear face coverings and remain in the rooms of the person they are visiting.)
    • Visitors should go directly to the resident’s room or designated visitation area.
    • Visitors should remain 6 feet from other residents and staff in the facility.
    • No more than two visitors can be present in one room.
    • Visits should be limited to one hour.
    • If a resident has a roommate, the visit should not occur in the resident’s room.
    • Pets are not allowed for indoor visits.
    • Please let me know if you want to read the entire policy.

Please know that we have put these guidelines in place for the safety of our patients/residents, staff and visitors. They are based on screening guidelines provided by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). Please let me know if you have any questions.