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Residential treatment facility confirms case of COVID-19

Photo by Clint Parker.

Weaverville – A North Buncombe residential treatment facility has confirmed they had a case of COVID-19 in their center. Solstice East, located on Upper Flat Creek Rd, Weaverville, confirmed they have a resident who had tested positive for COVID-19. 

“We identified our first positive case of COVID on-campus nearly two weeks ago on September 28. A student returned with mild flu symptoms after spending time off-campus,” said Rick Pollard, M.Ed., who is the center’s Executive Director. “We tested this student for COVID on the day symptoms were observed. We’re thankful that this student had a very mild case of COVID and has since tested negative for the virus and returned to normal daily activities.”

Asked how they handled it since it is a residential facility, Pollard said,”At Solstice East, the health and safety of our students and staff is our highest priority. Due to our implemented COVID precautions and preparedness plan created by our on-staff medical team, we were able to keep this to an isolated case. All students were tested for COVID with negative results. Our staff was offered COVID testing too, and those tests also returned negative.”

According to its website, “Solstice East is a groundbreaking residential treatment center that emphasizes the mind-body connection in [a] unique approach to holistic healthcare…Solstice East specializes in the provision of gender-specific treatment for female adolescents who struggle with a variety of presenting problems.

Asked if  other residents’ parents have been notified about the case, Pollard replied, “Yes, we alerted all the students’ parents about the positive COVID case on campus within 24 hours of receiving the result.”