Update June 29, 2020

We are pleased to report that all test results from last week have been received and there are no new confirmed positive cases amongst residents or staff.    There were a few results that were inconclusive and needed to be redone so we chose to wait until they were in before reporting.  The building is completely COVID free!  Our last positive result was identified on June 9th.  The staff have worked very hard to get to this point over the last several months so this is truly a very proud moment.
Late Friday, June 26th, we received new guidance from the PA Department of Health about steps that buildings must take before re-opening.  It is very comprehensive and requires among other things, a facility plan which must be submitted to DOH.  We have already drafted a plan in response to that guidance.  We will be participating in educational calls with the Pennsylvania Health Care Association to discuss all aspects of that guidance to ensure that we are meeting all requirements.  As soon as we are able, we will be issuing an update here and reaching out to families, residents and staff to discuss how we will all to work together to ensure that we reopen in the safest manner possible for our residents.  We must all remember that what happens in Pennsylvania and especially Lancaster County will be part of our actions going forward.  I urge you to be cautious, wear your mask in public, wash your hands, and practice social distancing.  It is up to all citizens to recognize that our actions will have an impact on our elderly population, especially those living and working in long term care facilities.  Thank you for your continued patience and stay tuned for the next steps.

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