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COVID-19: Peninsula Club temporarily closed


June 14. By Dave Yochum. As more local businesses start to reopen, employees of The Peninsula Club have “walked away” from their jobs after an outbreak of the coronavirus became apparent over the weekend.

Meanwhile, county-wide cases of COVID-19 punched through the 7,000 level between yesterday and today.

The outbreak was traced to club members who used the Peninsula pool, tennis and golf areas as well as the restaurants.

There were “several additional confirmed positive COVID-19 cases within the membership,” according to a letter sent to members by the president of The Peninsula Club, George Searle, and the general manager, Christophe Hermine.

The member-owned club is closed for the time being, while the Peninsula Yacht Club, a private business on Harbor Light owned by the Matthews-based Morningstar Properties self-storage and marina group, is open and operating.


Half-way in between there was an open house as a million-dollar home, highlighting the yin and yang of the worldwide pandemic. Two-thirds of the deaths associated with the pandemic are among people 65 and older.

Employees ‘uncomfortable’

More than half the employees of The Peninsula Club “walked away” when they were informed of positive cases and the possibility of exposure.

“These employees were uncomfortable with the situation and did not feel safe for their own health,” the letter said. “The Club cannot require staff to work while they feel unsafe during this pandemic.” The club will be fully sanitized today and tomorrow.



The letter came after the Lake Norman Chamber held its first ribbon cutting since February. Mayor Woody Washam attended, wearing a face mask. North Carolina is in the middle—No. 21 nationwide—of regulations covering business and reopening, according to a national study by WalletHub.

But the numbers coming out of the NC Dept. of Health & Human Services are disappointing to say the least. As of noon today, the NCDHHS was reporting 44,119 cases of COVID-19 statewide, up 2,870 from the noon Friday report.

Another death at Autumn Care

The statewide death toll is 1,109, up 17 from Friday’s NCDHHS report. In Mecklenburg County there  have been a total of 121 deaths, 20 of them at the Autumn Care nursing home on Zion Avenue in Cornelius.

Between Tuesday and Friday there was one new death at Autumn Care, according to NCDHHS.

The Pines in Davidson had its first COVID-19 death as well.

Current statewide data, which can change over time, shows 82 percent of the COVID-19 deaths occurred among those over 65 years of age.

In New York, 66 percent of the COVID-19 deaths occurred among people age 70 and older. Just under 20 percent were between the ages of 60 and 70, according to the New York State Dept. of Health.

New York and New Jersey were the epicenter of the COVID-19 pandemic, with the outbreak peaking in late March and April. North Carolina has seen its cases increase since about Memorial Day, landing us on the national COVID-19 radar along with Texas.

The daily number of new cases across the country seems to be leveling out, according to data from Johns Hopkins University, but more than 20 states, including North Carolina, are seeing increasing numbers of new cases.

Both Texas and North Carolina reported a record number of virus-related hospitalizations. In North Carolina, there were a total of 798 hospitalizations due to COVID-19 as of noon today, up from 760 on Friday.

Comparing NC to NY, NJ

Johns Hopkins University, whose data Cornelius Today tracks, says North Carolina is now logging more new daily cases than New York and New Jersey.

Members affected differently

The membership of the club skews older, but many are not in high-risk groups.

“To be honest I’m not worried in the least. I think far more people have it than we know and have mild symptoms and are unaware. If I were older with underlying conditions, I’d be more worried,” said one club member.


10 Responses to “COVID-19: Peninsula Club temporarily closed”

  1. I was the broker who held the open house in The Peninsula today. Every measure was taken, and all guidelines were followed, to keep those who attended and me safe. Everyone had to wear masks and if they didn’t have them, they were provided. Gloves and booties were also available. If they refused to wear a mask and abide by the guidelines presented, they were not allowed into the home. All surfaces and door handles were sanitized as each group of no more than three people were allowed into the unoccupied home. Plus if someone wanted a door or drawer opened, it was done so with a gloved hand. Hands were washed after every party left. All had to fill out a questionnaire asking questions about their health, travel and actual or possible exposure to Covid 19 and the pen they used was then tossed into a sealed bag. Again, every precaution was taken to protect all who attended the open house today. It is unfortunate that several of the restaurants, clubs, stores and so on do not follow the guidelines which the real estate community follows in order to protect our citizens while doing what we love to do….show the amazing homes in the Lake Norman area to existing and new residents.

    Posted by Pamela Boileau | June 14, 2020, 3:49 pm
    • My husband and I went to this open house and I felt you did everything and more to protect broker and clients. I felt safe and protected from all viruses! Thank you. I am also a member of the Peninsula Club and feel they have done an outstanding job thru all of this, especially the staff and its employees. As a member of the The Yacht club as well, we were told we had a 2.5 hour take out wait for dinner Saturday night and a packed parking lot Sunday, cars lining the street…what is up with that????

      Posted by Paula Rosser Jackson | June 15, 2020, 1:52 pm
    • The open house procedure was very well executed. Necessary business protocols will keep us safe and working for our clients.

      Posted by Valerie Smithers | June 15, 2020, 9:27 pm
  2. Reading about the Peninsula Club brings home the fact that COVID is closer than many may think in our area. It would be helpful to know how many cases are in the 28031 zip code with the weekly report.

    Posted by Diane Powell | June 14, 2020, 4:53 pm
  3. It`s out there. Even in our small town. I had a close call 3 weeks ago by being in direct contact with a positive person. If someone is really worried get both test. Blood and nasal swab a few days apart. Test are not 100% however, if one test (confirms) the other seems best chance for knowing where you stand in regard to an infection. Amazing to me I tested negative on both.. Lets all wear a mask when out and about maybe this bug will go away!

    Posted by Capt. Andy Clelland | June 15, 2020, 9:54 am
    • Me wearing a mask is to protect you, you wear one is to protect me. Neighbor helping neighbor. It is simple, painless and can be fashionable. I saw a woman with a leopard spotted mask and matching sneakers at Harris Teeter yesterday! Please everyone, respect your neighbors and wear a mask when you are out.

      Posted by Elodie Moel | June 16, 2020, 9:11 am
    • Thank you capt Andy .. very useful info. Where did you get tested?

      Posted by J C | June 16, 2020, 12:33 pm
      • A clinic called Starmed on Tuckaseegee Rd. did my blood / antibody test. Very professional staff and lead doctor. Took about 30 min , never got out of my car. Then went to Novant drive thru at corner of Statesville rd. and hwy 73 in Huntersville for the nasal swab. Also, expert , professional staff. I can`t say enough about how the local medical folks are here to help all of us. I would recommend everyone to get checked out , see where you stand , and where a mask so this stuff will end ! Of course, as always, its not a problem until it effects YOU ! Good luck.

        Posted by Capt. Andy Clelland | June 16, 2020, 10:50 pm
  4. I am grateful to fellow Club members who notified the Club of their Covid status. Thank you.
    You have done a service for Club members and the whole community.

    Posted by Jay Gerdes | June 15, 2020, 6:05 pm

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