July 3, 2020

Dear Canterbury Residents, Employees, Family Members, Trustees, and Community Partners,

As we kick off this holiday weekend, I wanted to follow up on my communication from July 1st regarding the results of our recent community-wide testing. We have continued to receive results from the testing that was done on June 26th and June 29th, though some results are still pending. We have learned of one additional positive case of an Independent Living resident who is not experiencing any symptoms. We have spoken to all individuals who may have had close contact with this resident up to two days prior to the test date, and those individuals are quarantining or monitoring for symptoms per our protocols. We are following the CDC’s definition of close contact which they define as anyone within 6 feet of an infected person for more than 15 minutes starting from 48 hours prior to when the person started to feel sick (or in this case, 48 hours prior to the day of testing).

Currently, visitation for Independent Living residents is only allowed outside in our gardens. We recognize that many of our Independent Living residents have a growing need for medical care or assistance from family members, particularly after a medical procedure. Beginning July 6th, we will allow visitation for family members to provide essential care or assistance for Independent Living residents only. All visitors inside the building must be 18 years or older. Visitation is limited to 2 individuals at a time and may only take place inside a resident’s apartment. No visitors are allowed in any common areas inside the building. Visitors must be screened at our front entrance, wear a mask, and practice social distancing as much as possible while inside the resident’s apartment.

As cases in Georgia and across the Country continue to rise daily, we are going to delay our plans for reopening the community fully. Once the community is COVID free, we will begin plans to reopen for general visitation inside our building for Independent Living residents. Visitors, including those under the age of 18, continue to be allowed in our gardens.

Our best defense to reduce the risk of transmission of the virus is to wear a mask, practice social distancing, and regular handwashing. All employees are required to wear masks while in the community and around other individuals. Residents should wear a mask anytime they leave their apartment as well as in the gardens if they are within 6 feet of another individual.

We want to wish everyone a happy July 4th!

If you have any questions or concerns, you can reach me at 470.381.6790 or or Julie Parker, Chief Operating Officer, at 404.201.7067 or

Debi McNeil
President & CEO