Presbyterian SeniorCare Network is closely monitoring the coronavirus (COVID-19). Read our general awareness statement here.
Coronavirus Novel COVID-19 Update
Information was Updated April 4, 2020
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.
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.
Late in the day on April 4, 2020, Presbyterian SeniorCare Network received confirmation of its first COVID-19 positive case. One employee at our Southminster Place personal care community on the Washington campus tested positive for the novel coronavirus COVID-19. We have notified Southminster Place team members, residents and family members and have taken the appropriate precautions in accordance with federal, state and local authorities. The health and safety of our team members, patients and residents are our top priority. We continue to be guided by our deep commitment to our mission and values despite these challenging times. View News Release
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.
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. For more information, please visit the link below:
- Wolf Administration Launches Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Critical Medical Supplies Procurement Portal
- Stay-at-home order in effect for Pennsylvania counties
- Find PA childcare centers still open at PA Department of Human Services
We have some general information listed below, but for the most valuable, up-to-date resources regarding the coronavirus, here are some good resources:
- 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
- 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
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.