Novel Coronavirus COVID-19 Update

Information was Updated November 20, 2020

Plans to Ease COVID-19 Restrictions

Based on Pennsylvania's recently introduced, 3-Step Process, Presbyterian SeniorCare Network is rolling out its plans to ease COVID-19 restrictions. Click on the link below to learn more.

At Presbyterian SeniorCare Network, we are leaving no stone unturned in our pursuit or opportunities to be supportive and to show our appreciation of our Team Members, who now more than ever, truly are Heroes with Heart. Learn more about how we applied for the State's COVID-19 PA Hazard Pay Grant and what we are doing additionally to say thank you to our 2,000 Heroes with Heart across our 10-county Network. Click on the video below, which also includes a special message from a resident:

At Presbyterian SeniorCare Network, our utmost priority is the health and well-being of our residents, patients, volunteers, team members, families, visitors and the community.

Be sure to watch a very special thank you message for our team members across the Network from Paul Winkler below:

This general information is being provided for the benefit of everyone. Expect to receive information directly from YOUR Presbyterian SeniorCare Network community or program leaders for any specifics that may be appropriate.

This information will address the issues surrounding the Coronavirus (COVID-19) and its implications within and surrounding our continuum of care.

OUR INDUSTRY ASSOCIATION, LEADINGAGE IS CALLING ON CONGRESS TO ACT FOR OLDER ADULTS 


Presbyterian SeniorCare Network is committed to full transparency related to COVID-19 testing and outcomes among our residents, patients and staff.  Beginning on May 19, 2020, test results for all care communities across our Network can be found at the link below.

This information will be updated on a regular basis, and we invite you to check back as often as you’d like. Keep in mind that the data shown is just for each day and is not a running cumulative total since the beginning of any reporting period. 

Additionally, you may be aware that the Pennsylvania Department of Health is reporting COVID-19 cases for long-term care communities under the section called, COVID-19 Cases Associated with Nursing Homes and Personal Care Homes to Date, on its website. Here is the link to that information: https://www.health.pa.gov/topics/disease/coronavirus/Pages/Cases.aspx

To learn about resources that can help everyone stay well and engaged during these times, check out our Connected at the Heart page.  

Current Visitor Guidelines

The COVID-19 situation is changing daily and we are monitoring it closely. It now is a global pandemic and an unprecedented public health emergency requiring all of us to accept extraordinary sacrifice and inconvenience.

We are following the guidance from the federal government, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Centers for Medicare & Medicaid (CMS) as well as state and local agencies, which continues to be updated as more is learned.  The current guidance is to maintain heightened precautionary measures in order to protect the most vulnerable.

We have eased visitation restrictions for ALL OF OUR COMMUNITIES. This includes independent living communities as well as "care" communities that range from skilled nursing/rehabilitation centers to assisted living and personal care communities. 

For ALL “Care” Communities, prescheduled outdoor visits are permitted depending on weather conditions. We will be following federal, state and local guidance about when we may be permitted to offer in-person visitation, which also must be prescheduled.

Please click here to learn more specifics about prescheduled visitation guidelines for each of our “care“ communities.

Extraordinary circumstances, such as end-of-life and compassionate care, will be handled on a case-by-case basis. Please contact the Administrator or Director of Nursing for the specific community where the care is being provided to discuss special visitation accommodations.

GENERAL COVID-19 INFORMATION

On March 6, 2020, Governor Tom Wolf confirmed the first two presumptive positive cases of 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) in Pennsylvania and reminded citizens that the commonwealth is prepared to respond to community spread of this virus. Since then, more presumptive cases have been identified in across the state. On April 1, 2020, Governor Wolf issued a stay-at-home-order for all Pennsylvania residents through April 30, 2020. 

The spread of this disease is inevitable, but some basic precautions and knowledge will offer protection.

The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania has developed a medical supplies procurement portal through a joint effort between the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency, the Department of Health, the Department of General Services, and the Department of Community and Economic Development to source the most needed supplies for medical providers, emergency responders, and health care professionals.

HELPFUL RESOURCES FOR UP-TO-DATE INFORMATION

We have some general information listed below, but for the most valuable, up-to-date resources. Other helpful resources can be found on our Connected at the Heart resource page

CDC Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Long-term Care Facilities, Nursing Homes - March 10, 2020

(Excerpt)

“Because of the ease of spread in a long-term care setting and the severity of illness that occurs in residents with COVID-19, facilities should immediately restrict all visitation to their facilities except certain compassionate care situations, such as end of life situations.”

 

What is the Coronavirus?

COVID-19 is a virus strain, first identified in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China, that has only spread in people since December 2019. Health experts are closely monitoring the situation because little is known about this new virus and it has the potential to cause severe illness and pneumonia in some people.

 

How does it spread?

Person-to-person. COVID-19 is primarily spread through respiratory droplets. To prevent infection it is recommended that people stay beyond six feet of someone who is contagious. It may be possible that a person can get COVID-19 by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose, or possibly their eyes, but this is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads.

 

What are the symptoms?

Common signs of infection include respiratory symptoms, fever, cough, shortness of breath and breathing difficulties. In more severe cases, infection can cause pneumonia, severe acute respiratory syndrome, kidney failure and even death. If you have any of these symptoms call your doctor immediately, you may be contagious even if you are only feeling a little sick.

 

How can I protect myself and others?

Standard recommendations to prevent infection spread include:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing; going to the bathroom; and before eating or preparing food.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Maintain social distancing of approximately six feet.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.

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