Status Update November 28, 2020

 There are no new updates or positive test results to report again this week.  We continue with our twice weekly testing of employees due to the high case count of COVID-19 in Lancaster County.  Lancaster County's positivity rate has increased to 12.7% for the past week.  We continue to take all precautions including restricted visits except for compassionate care, window and virutal visits.  Staff are reminded to practice frequent hand hygience, social distancing wearing of face masks and eye protection throughout the facility.  Becuase we know that community spread is the greatest threat to our residents, we also strongly  encourage staff to wear masks, practice frequent hand  hygiene and social distancing while in the community.  Residents are also reminded and encouraged to practice safe social distancing, frequent hand hygiene and mask wearing for their protection.  The PA Department of Health has created a mobile app which you can download, found here  COVID Alert PA | PA.GOV

Update November 20, 2020

We have completed this week's employee testing and we are both pleased and grateful to report that there are no positive COVID-19 test results.  We feel extremely fortunate given the increasing cases across the U.S., PA and Lancaster County.  Today's county positivity rate has increased from 9.2% to 11.1%.  For those on the family Zoom meeting yesterday, you will recall that we were anticipating that Lancaster would be in the high county positivity case count by next week.  As a result of this, we are now required to test staff twice weekly.  There is no new guidance on testing of asymptomatic residents however, we will evaluate and determine if residents who go out routinely for medical appointments should be tested.  Additionally, because we are in a high positivity county, we will be stopping all indoor visits and switching back to window and virtual visits.  Our Therapeutic Recreation staff has already contacted the families who have visits scheduled for next week.  We grea

Update November 13, 2020

We have completed weekly testing again this week and we are very pleased to report that there continue to be no new positive COVID-19 test results.  It is important to remind you that the numbers across the United States, Pennsylvania and Lancaster County continue to rise at an alarming rate.  Please take all the necessary precautions to protect yourself and your loved ones.  As a reminder, maintain a safe environment by screening those who visit your home by asking if they have had symptoms or if they have been exposed to anyone with symptoms so that you can take necessary steps to protect yourself.  Wear a mask, socially distance, wash your hands frequently and clean surfaces frequently.  These are all important steps to prevent the potential for exposure to COVID-19.  Your precaution in the community also helps to ensure the safety of our residents when you visit. We are continuing with indoor scheduled visits at this time however, as the county positivity rate continues to climb, w

Update November 7, 2020

Weekly employee testing was completed and we are happy to report that all test results were negative.  We will be testing again this week as the Lancaster County positivity remains above 5%.  In fact, this week, the rate has jumped from 5.8% last week to 6.5% as of today.  Please be safe out there.   The facility is working on plans for the upcoming Holiday.  This plan will be established according to the CMS core principles of COVID-19 infection prevention. Our Holidays will be much different this year due to the pandemic but we will do our best to ensure that you get to spend time with your loved one in the safest manner possible.  We will be sending out information as soon as we have our plan completed.   Please continue to contact Lindsey Black to schedule your visits. Have a nice weekend!

Update November 4, 2020

 We are pleased to report that we have continued to have no positive COVID-19  test results for residents or staff.  Our last positive employee test result was  on September 24th.  The last positive resident test result was five months ago.  The facility had been conducting monthly testing during the month of October in accordance with CMS guidance.  Our testing strategy depends on the COVID-19 positivity rating in the county where the facility is located. I mentioned in a previous post that a facility which resides in a county with a low positivity rating (<5%) are required to test monthly, facilities residing in counties with a medium positivity rating (5-10%) are required to test weekly and facilities residing in high positivity counties (>10%) are required to test twice a week.  On November 2nd, Lancaster County's positivity rating jumped from a 4.7% to 5.8%.  That percentage put us in the medium positivity level and we therefore began testing staff weekly as of this week
 There continue to be no positive cases of COVID-19 amongst staff or residents.  The facility will be completing monthly testing of staff 11/1 through 11/3 based on Lancaster County's positivity rating remaining below 5%.  This week, Lancaster County was at 3.9%.  We are checking the positivity rating every week on Monday to determine our testing course of action.  We continue to follow CMS and PA DOH guidance regarding use of PPE and infection control precautions.  Any changes or updates on our COVID-19 situation will be posted here as we have done throughout the pandemic.  Have a nice weekend!

Update October 9 2020

We have completed universal testing again following a positive employee test result that we received on 9/27/20 from the 9/24 test date.  All residents and employees have been tested and there were no new positive test results.  We will be moving back into Step 2 of the reopening plan as outlined by the PA Department of Health.   Residents have been eating in the dining rooms with appropriate distancing and infection control measures in place. They have been participating in small group activities with no more than five residents in a group with social distancing, hand hygiene and masking which is permitted in Step 1.  In Step 2, we will be allowing residents to participate in activities with no more than 10 residents to a group with social distancing, hand hygiene and masking.  We have continued with family visits outdoors while in Step 1.  We will continue with visits as planned and will allow indoor visits in our neutral zone areas depending on weather.  Please continue to coordinat