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Coronavirus Information and Resources

COVID-19 Preparedness and Policies

Today, over 450 people enjoy life at The Forest and more than 275 staff members are an integral part of their lives. COVID-19 may keep us socially distanced, but we are still a vibrant, active community dedicated to learning, moving, sharing, and growing.

Resident Notifications

To keep The Forest community well informed, updates will be distributed to residents via Channel 1390, TouchTown screens, Telephone Emergency Notification System (TENS), and our brightly colored notices, as well as email, when possible.


Keep Moving

Although the fitness center remains closed by state mandate, exercise classes continue in a new way! The Department of Resident Life is providing over 30 classes a week on our internal channel: 1390. Visit the Keeping Busy Table outside Connections for a current schedule. Offerings include Cardio, Strength, Folk Dancing, Core, Yoga, and more!

Zoom Zoom! Cardio Conditioning, Balance Basics, Yoga, and more are now available virtually using Zoom. Dates, times, and links to join are shared each week in the Forest Forward and are available on the Keeping Busy Table outside Connections.

The Forest at Duke saltwater pool was able to reopen with timeslots and protocols. Reservations can be made for the following week beginning Friday at 12:00pm. Please contact Resident Life to request a reservation: | 919-419-4069


Keep Doing

Our Taproot Pub was able to partially reopen with timeslots and protocols for both billiard tables and club tables. Reservations can be made for the following week beginning Friday at 12:00pm. Please contact Resident Life to request a reservation: | 919-419-4069

The library has reopened with limited hours and restrictions on capacity. More information can be found outside the library.

Visitation Policy

Effective Friday, March 13, 2020, at 12:00 p.m. and until further notice, The Forest at Duke is suspending all visitation. The only exceptions will be for those who are gravely ill or currently enrolled in hospice care. Those exceptions must be approved by the Director of Health Services (see below).

Family members who are taking residents to physician appointments may pick them up via the front entrance but may not enter the building. Family members may also pick residents up directly from their cottage homes.

Some residents have expressed the desire to go off campus with their family for extended visits. While we cannot stop them from doing so, we do ask that they consider not returning to campus until further guidance from The Forest at Duke. If that is not possible, we ask that they please self-isolate upon their return. While they may not be sick, they could have been exposed and they could be a carrier, which could put others at risk.



The governor is restricting all visitors inside the Health and Wellness Center. Exceptions may be considered in advance, in cases involving end-of-life and compassion-care visits. To discuss a potential exception, please contact our Director of Health Services, Lee Ann Bailey-Clayton at 919-419-4090 or

Team members of The Forest at Duke, deliveries, and contractors must continue to be screened before accessing the community. A daily temperature must be recorded, as well as a screening sheet.

Updated August 10, 2020

The state Department of Health and Human Services recently started requiring all employees who work in nursing home environments to be tested every other week. The Forest at Duke team members working inside our Health and Wellness Center began being tested at the end of July. If there are no positive cases, testing will continue every other week. If there are positive cases among staff, testing will move to every week until there are no new cases for 28 days.

As a result of testing, The Forest at Duke has had one team member and one contractor test positive for the virus as asymptomatic carriers. Both isolated immediately. No residents or subsequent team members tested positive from this initial finding.

Since March, The Forest at Duke has had one resident in Independent Living test positive for the virus. This resident self isolated in their residence immediately and has fully recovered. No residents or team members tested positive from this finding.

If you have questions about the coronavirus, the following websites offer comprehensive information:


CDC: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

NC Division of Public Health

The Society for Post-Acute and Long-Term Care Medicine: AMDA Update on COVID-19