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Novel Coronavirus COVID-19 Update
Information was Updated September 18, 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.
With new case counts showing that these aggressive efforts have flattened the curve, the governor and his administration will begin to plan for a reopening process that protects Pennsylvanians and helps to stabilize the economy.
To that end, the administration will work with economic and public health experts to determine the metrics used for safe reopening by taking a regional, sector-based approach.
In consultation with Team PA, the Department of Health, the Department of Community and Economic Development, the Department of Labor and Industry, the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency, and others, the administration will develop guidance for businesses, local governments, workers, customers, and others and guide a safe reopening process.
- Our approach will be data driven and reliant upon quantifiable criteria to drive a targeted, evidence-based, regional approach to reopenings in Pennsylvania.
- We will put forth guidance and recommendations for employers, individuals, and health care facilities and providers for assured accountability as we reopen.
- Reopening necessitates that adequate personal protective equipment and diagnostic testing are available.
- Reopening requires a monitoring and surveillance program that allows the commonwealth to be deploy swift actions for containment or mitigation.
- Protections for vulnerable populations must remain steadfast throughout the reopening process, such as limitations on visitors to congregate care facilities and prisons.
- Limitations on large gatherings unrelated to occupations should remain in place for the duration of the reopening process.
Pennsylvania Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine says people shouldn’t be expecting a quick return to their regular way of life even after pandemic restrictions begin to ease in some counties next month.“I think that the idea — and the governor has spoken on this — that we’re going to go back exactly to how we were before, at least for the foreseeable future, is unlikely,” Levine said. “I think there will be a new normal. But as the governor often says, Pennsylvanians are strong and resilient and we will get through this.”
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.
- World Health Organization
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
- US Department of Health & Human Services
- Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
- Pennsylvania Department of Health
- Most up-to-date information on COVID-19 for Pennsylvanians
- Guidance for wearing a mask
- PA Department of Health issues Frequently Asked Questions for Families of Persons in Skilled Nursing Centers
- 6/5/2020 - Wolf Administration: Long-Term and Congregate Care Restrictions Will Remain in Place to Protect Vulnerable Populations as Pennsylvania Reopens
- Mandatory mask-wearing order for PA takes effect on July 1, 2020 until further notice
- Allegheny County Department of Health
- US Postal Service Coronavirus Statement of March 17, 2020
- The CDC Coronavirus webpage for those at a higher risk of complications
- AARP's News and Guidance on Coronavirus
- The Pioneer Network Resource Library
- The Alzheimer's Association's Coronavirus (COVID-19) Tips for Dementia Caregivers page
- COVID-19 Guide for Older Adults
- Coronavirus terms: A glossary to understand the pandemic
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.