How is Aviva Responding to COVID-19

Aviva Senior Living is a vaccine mandated campus effective October 1, 2021. All Aviva residents, employees, and contractors are required to be vaccinated. This policy also applies to private duty agencies and caregivers employed by residents and families.

Aviva Senior Living is dedicated to the safety and wellbeing of our residents, staff, volunteers, and families. Visit the CDC website for the most up-to-date information on the COVID-19 pandemic.

Our COVID Task Force communicates with local and national experts to prepare specific rules and procedures addressing COVID-19. These procedures are divided between our two buildings based on the health status and level of care needs of the residents of each one. Our current policies are provided below.                                                  

Anchin-Benderson Families – December 31, 2021

COVID-19 Status Update

Florida’s marked increase of COVID cases again this past week has not spared our campus, unfortunately. Sarasota County positivity rate is over 10% with a HIGH transmission rate. Aviva currently has 5 employees quarantined for either exposure or COVID. Resident testing was performed at least twice on all Benderson Residents and happily, no cases have been identified. We are all encouraged to do our best to remain careful to keep our community at its safest and heathiest with proper masking, distancing, and lots of good hand hygiene.  

Visitation Guidelines Update

At this time, we are keeping visitation and socially distanced activities open, as no Residents have tested positive. Outdoor visitation is still strongly encouraged and the preferred method of visitation. All indoor visits will occur only in the Resident’s room, with strict adherence to hand hygiene and proper mask-wearing. While in the building, please keep your face mask on for the duration of your visit. Visitors who have outdoor visits must still check in at the front desk before taking the Resident outdoors.

Kobernick Independent Living- Update January 4, 2022

The Sarasota County positivity rate is 16.5%, almost a 10% increase from last week and the transmission rate is now “high”. Since Saturday, we have identified six positive team members: three Kobernick dining services employees; an Anchin business office employee; a member of the Anchin nursing team and an administrative member from Benderson. Contact tracing is being completed – any employee or resident potentially exposed will be notified and tested.

Given the sharp spike in the cases in the community and among campus staff, please note the following:

Visitation Guidelines Update

At this time, we are keeping visitation and socially distanced activities open, as no Residents have tested positive. All indoor visits will occur only in the Resident’s room, with strict adherence to hand hygiene and proper mask-wearing. Only 2 visitors may visit at a time. Visitors will not be able to participate in activities or visit in common areas. We request that visitors not visit if feeling sick or have been potentially exposed to COVID.

Bistro and Dining Room

Effective Wednesday, January 5th, until further notice, Jane and Irv’s Bistro will remain open, but will only provide Pick Up and Room Service. We will not be providing service in the Bistro. Whenever possible, we ask that you pick up your order rather than have it delivered. The Kobernick Dining Room remains open, but your continued patience is required due to greater staff shortages.

Kobernick Activities

Residents must remain masked at all events and in all common areas. Programming will continue if residents adhere to masking, as we continue to follow guidelines and practices to ensure the safety of our entire community. There will be limited outings. Residents should check the outing book on a weekly basis to see which trips are still happening. Visitors will not be able to attend or participate in community activities.

Resident Wellness

Finally, a reminder, if you have been exposed to someone who has been Covid tested and is positive, please self-isolate and contact our wellness nurse. It is recommended that you contact your doctor and monitor for any symptoms.

As always, we rely on everyone in our community to do the best we can. Continued vigilance is necessary to ensure we remain safe and healthy.


All visitors must be screened at the Kobernick Front Desk. We are asking for proof of vaccination or a negative test result within 5 days for entry for all guests. All guests must wear masks and maintain social distancing indoors. Masks are not required outdoors. 

Please continue to practice good infection control prevention. Wash your hands and maintain social distancing. Please refrain from visiting if you are not feeling well.

Prospective Residents

While we prefer to pre-schedule appointments, walk-ins are welcome. We are asking for all guests to be screened by our concierge and wear masks during the entire visit. Tours will maintain careful social distancing and may be abbreviated if necessary. All Kobernick tours will be required to show proof of a negative test within 5 days or proof of vaccination to enter. 

For new residents moving onto campus the Sales office can provide information on our resident entry requirements. For more information please contact the Marketing & Sales office @ 941-225-8369. 

A Special Note to Families: We would like to remind all family members that Kobernick is an Independent Living facility. As stated in the resident lease and Resident Handbook, residents must be able to fully care for themselves or receive the required care from a private duty aide. Aviva will not provide direct care, care items, or assistance with activities of daily living to a resident in Kobernick.

In addition, as residents in Kobernick are considered independent, Aviva does not possess the legal authority to stop or prevent residents who continue to choose to leave campus or continue to congregate in common areas. Our team has and will continue to educate residents on the dangers of the infection spread and close down areas under our control. We are making every effort to make Aviva a safe place to live.


We continue to promote the benefits of vaccination and Booster shots. For options, please visit In Sarasota County, convenient COVID, PCR, drive-thru testing is available at Ed Smith Stadium, 2700 12th Street, Sarasota, FL 34237.