COVID-19 Vaccination Information


November 30, 2022

To Residents and POAs/Family Members,

REMINDERS

All individuals are encouraged to wear a surgical mask when in any common area on campus.

Anyone entering the Main Building for any reason, must wear a surgical mask when in any common area and must follow our screening process.

Anyone entering our Personal Care (PC and PCMS) and Skilled (SNF and SNFMS) areas – this includes any resident from any level of care – must wear a surgical mask and are encouraged to wear face shields.

Non-employee individuals such as vendors, volunteers and healthcare professionals must wear a surgical mask and a face shield when in any resident care area or in close contact with a resident.  

Everyone must wear their mask correctly. It must cover the nose and mouth.

CDC has changed the requirements for an individual to be considered up to date. Now the guidelines are requiring individuals have at least one of the bivalent boosters to be considered up to date. There is information on our website and intranet from the CDC regarding their new guidance for who is considered up to date. 

We have had no SNF/SNFMS or PC/PCMS residents test positive since my last letter but we have had two staff members test positive for COVID-19. We follow the government guidelines for quarantine, contact tracing and relevant/high risk exposures. At this time SNF/SNFMS and PC/PCMS are open for general visitation except for SNFMS A wing which continues to be our red zone location. There are no residents remaining in our red zone from the recent outbreak.   

Any staff member who tests positive is quarantined for at least 7 days and may return to work on day 7 (if they have a negative antigen test result on day 5 and day 7). If the day 5 antigen test is positive, the staff member may return to work on day 10 or after two negative antigen tests 48 hours apart. PC/PCMS and SNF/SNFMS positive residents are quarantined for at least 10 days and must have a negative antigen test before leaving the red zone. The affected unit will also be a “yellow zone” for 14 days from the date of the positive resident. In all situations the date of the positive individual is considered day 0. We ask all independent residents to follow the same guidelines as PC/PCMS and SNF/SNFMS.

We have a calendar on the bulletin board in the main building front lobby that tracks positive cases for staff and residents. It is updated throughout the month as cases are added. This calendar is in addition to the updated positive case notices that are under the “About Us” heading on the website – please click on “health news update”.

Although we are open 24 hours each day, our regular visiting hours are Monday through Sunday from 8:00am-8:00pm. Our main doors are locked at 8:00pm. If a visitor wants to enter SARC after hours, please call the main number (717-285-5443) and the supervisor will open the doors.

Our guidelines for PC/PCMS and SNF/SNFMS visits have not changed. Visits should occur in a resident’s room or in a visitation room (for SNF residents). Visits and visitors can not be in common areas including the dining rooms, living rooms or sun rooms unless coordinated with the Nursing Team.

Because of the size of our personal care and skilled rooms and the need to follow the CDC’S CORE PRINCIPLES of COVID, we are recommending only 4 visitors at a time. All visitors, whether visiting inside or outside should keep a mask on while visiting. The CDC core principles are wearing of masks, frequent handwashing and social distancing (at least 6ft). We encourage outside visits as weather permits. Skilled care offers visitation rooms if needed for those residents residing in a semi-private room. If a visit is going to occur in a semi-private room, please make sure the privacy curtain is closed and both residents as well as all visitors are encouraged to wear masks and following the CDC core principles. We still ask everyone to practice social distancing whenever possible, this includes waiting in a line, waiting for the elevator, or while on an elevator.

If a PC/PCMS or SNF/SNFMS visitor removes or lowers their mask outside of our guidelines while visiting (whether inside or outside), the visit will end and the visitor will be asked to leave. Repeated violations of this policy will result in suspension of visiting privileges.

When we have an outbreak (according to CMS – this is one COVID positive resident or staff member) within a skilled or personal care area of our campus we must initiate contact tracing. Those residents and staff who are designated as having a relevant or high-level exposure are quarantined and/or tested according to government requirements. For entering into an unaffected area during a COVID outbreak,our guidelines remain the same. In areas affected by the outbreak, everyone must wear full PPE (personal protective equipment) when entering the exposed area.

We encourage all who enter our campus, visitors, vendors, volunteers or healthcare professional (no matter where the location is on campus) to be up to date with vaccines. We also encourage all visitors to have a COVID antigen test within 24-48 hours of visiting. All other individuals should be tested according to their employer/organization’s guidelines. If any individual either becomes COVID–19 positive or becomes aware of a COVID-19 exposure that occurred within 10 days prior to being on campus, they must immediately inform SARC at the time they are made aware. SARC will need to evaluate for staff and resident testing and contact tracing. If an individual has COVID-19 or has an exposure, we ask that you not enter our campus for 10 days.

We continue with our screening process for those who enter our main building except for EMS and the Postal Service. We encourage everyone to practice social distancing (at least 6ft) and frequent handwashing while in any of our buildings. We require all who enter our main building to wear a surgical mask while in a common area. We do have surgical masks available for those who do not have one. We also offer face shields and masks with attached shields. While visiting SNF/SNFMS or PC/PCMS, visitors must wear a surgical mask in common areas, but the resident may choose to not have the visitor(s) wear one while in the resident room. The resident, roommate and visitors should be up to date with vaccines. Along with the surgical mask, vendors and volunteers must wear a face shield when in SNF/SNFMS or PC/PCMS. Please place the mask/shield in the appropriate receptacle by the main exit prior to leaving the building. For individuals entering PC/PCMS or SNF/SNFMS, we do have KN95s available at the reception desk.

For those entering one of our independent buildings, we are not requiring the screening process however we do encourage all residents and visitors/caregivers to wear a mask when in any common area. Staff, volunteers, healthcare professionals and vendors must wear a surgical mask in common areas and a shield/goggles when in a resident’s home. If someone needs entry into one of our apartment buildings outside of normal hours (Mon-Sun 9am-5pm), the individual can call our main building number (717-285-5443) and coordinate through the receptionist or supervisor for entry.

Regardless of vaccine status, staff are required to wear a surgical mask while in our buildings and a face shield/surgical mask or N95/goggles when in close contact with a resident or in a resident care area. Staff members who would like to wear a fit-tested N95 all the time, instead of a surgical mask, please reach out to your manager for details.   

For staff, if you have any signs or symptoms, please call your manager before entering the building. We need to determine if you need to be tested outside the building and discuss further actions that may be necessary.

 

New admissions at any level to our campus will not need to quarantine on arrival to SARC. New admissions, at any level, are still required to have proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test within 72 hours of admission. New admissions to PC/PCMS and SNF/SNFMS will also be tested on arrival to St. Anne’s and again 48 hours after the first test and then again 48 hours after the second test.  

Any SNF or PC resident leaving SARC for less than 24 hours (regardless of vaccine status) will not need to quarantine for 10 days on return to the facility. If there was a high-risk exposure while out of the building, there may be changes to this protocol. We encourage our independent residents to follow these same guidelines.

We have a vaccination program with Hillcrest, a local pharmacy, and Masonic Pharmacy (our pharmacy vendor) to administer the vaccine to those residents and employees who decide at any time that they would like the vaccine or a booster dose. Hillcrest and Masonic offer both the monovalent vaccine (vaccine that address the original COVID-19 virus strain) and bivalent vaccine (vaccine that addresses the original virus strains as well the most recent variations of the virus) doses of Pfizer and Moderna vaccines. Residents can reach out to social services regarding either vaccine/booster consent form. We have education information regarding vaccinations and boosters on our website. Staff members can visit Human Resources for education material and either consent form. We also have information on our intranet as well as offering education materials at new hire orientation. We ask that staff and independent residents who receive the vaccine or booster elsewhere, to please bring proof of vaccination for human resources or social services to place in their file. At any time, a staff member or resident can request a dose of the vaccine. Staff can request a dose through either Human Resources or their manager. Residents/POAs can request a dose through social services or a clinical manager. We will work with our pharmacy to schedule a time for the shot to be given.

We will have a vaccine clinic on Thursday, December 8, 2022 for either the primary series or the bivalent shot. Information about vaccines is on the website. The clinic will be from 7:30am-9:00am in Pauline Hall. The original and bivalent consent forms are located at the reception desks, through social services or in the Human Resources office.  

If you have not received the primary vaccines of Pfizer, Moderna – you will need to start with a primary series before receiving the bivalent vaccine and use the primary vaccine consent form. The bivalent can be administered two months after the primary series.  

If you have received the primary series and any booster vaccines, you are eligible for the bivalent vaccine two months after your last vaccine. Please use the bivalent consent form.

Individuals eating in the Café, Bistro or Breakroom should continue to follow the CDC core principles of frequent hand washing, social distancing and masking. This is regardless of vaccine status. If you choose to sit with an individual who is not up to date with their vaccines, please understand the risks you are assuming related to COVID. We have plexi-glass dividers in each area, for anyone who would like to use one.

All activities including beauty shop/barber services, church services, events and dining programs continue on our limited schedules based on positive cases within the organization. We are offering in-person Mass for all levels of care on various days. These programs are subject to change based on a unit having a positive or exposed resident and/or staff. We do not offer large group activities and recommend everyone to limit large group gatherings whether inside or outside in their everyday life/activities.

The SARC COVID-19 telephone announcement is updated at least every other Wednesday. That number is 717-285-0946. This number is an announcement type message meaning you can listen but there is NO option to leave a message.

St. Anne’s utilizes the CDC County Transmission Level. Currently through November 22 – Lancaster County is considered SUBSTANTIAL/ORANGE.

We have seen an increase in exposures from the Thanksgiving holiday. Currently we have four staff members that are being tested because of high-risk exposures. As we continue to move into the winter months and people are together in close proximity for longer periods of time (especially as the holiday season approaches), we urge everyone to continue following the Core Principles from CDC. Please be vigilant whether indoors or outside for the safety of our residents, staff and all who come through our organization.  The Core principles are – SOCIAL DISTANCE, WEAR A MASK AND GOOD HAND HYGIENE.

Updates will be maintained through our one call system, letters, website and COVID phone hotline. Should you have any questions, please contact us at 717-285-5443 and the receptionist can direct you to the appropriate personnel.

Thank you,

Mary Turnbaugh, President

St. Anne’s Retirement Community


November 18, 2022

Update from Our Medical Director:
Dr. Spicher, our Medical Director, visited St. Anne’s to provide a COVID-19 update on November 18, 2022. His presentation was televised on the in-house channels on our campus.

View a recording of Dr. Spicher’s presentation on YouTube

View slides from the 11/18/22 presentation


November 16, 2022

REMINDERS

All individuals are encouraged to wear a surgical mask when in any common area on campus.

Anyone entering the Main Building for any reason, must wear a surgical mask when in any common area and must follow our screening process.

Anyone entering our Personal Care (PC and PCMS) and Skilled (SNF and SNFMS) areas – this includes any resident from any level of care – must wear a surgical mask and are encouraged to wear face shields.

Non-employee individuals such as vendors, volunteers and healthcare professionals must wear a surgical mask and a face shield when in any resident care area or in close contact with a resident.  

Everyone must wear their mask correctly. It must cover the nose and mouth.

CDC has changed the requirements for an individual to be considered up to date. Now the guidelines are requiring individuals have at least one of the bivalent boosters to be considered up to date. There is information on our website and intranet from the CDC regarding their new guidance for who is considered up to date. 

We have had no SNF/SNFMS or PC/PCMS residents test positive since my last letter but we have had three staff members test positive for COVID-19. We follow the government guidelines for quarantine, contact tracing and relevant/high risk exposures. At this time SNF/SNFMS and PC/PCMS are open for general visitation except for SNFMS A wing which continues to be our red zone location. We currently have 2 positive residents from the recent outbreak.   

Any staff member who tests positive is quarantined for at least 7 days and may return to work on day 7 (if they have a negative antigen test result on day 5 and day 7). If the day 5 antigen test is positive, the staff member may return to work on day 10 or after two negative antigen tests 48 hours apart. PC/PCMS and SNF/SNFMS positive residents are quarantined for 10 days. The affected unit will also be a “yellow zone” for 14 days from the date of the positive resident. In all situations the date of the positive individual is considered day 0. We ask all independent residents to follow the same guidelines as PC/PCMS and SNF/SNFMS.

We have a calendar on the bulletin board in the main building front lobby that tracks positive cases for staff and residents. It is updated throughout the month as cases are added. This calendar is in addition to the updated positive case notices that are under the “About Us” heading on the website – please click on “health news update”.

Although we are open 24 hours each day, our regular visiting hours are Monday through Sunday from 8:00am-8:00pm. Our main doors are locked at 8:00pm. If a visitor wants to enter SARC after hours, please call the main number (717-285-5443) and the supervisor will open the doors.

Our guidelines for PC/PCMS and SNF/SNFMS visits have not changed. Visits should occur in a resident’s room or in a visitation room (for SNF residents). Visits and visitors can not be in common areas including the dining rooms, living rooms or sun rooms unless coordinated with the Nursing Team.

Because of the size of our personal care and skilled rooms and the need to follow the CDC’S CORE PRINCIPLES of COVID, we are recommending only 4 visitors at a time. All visitors, whether visiting inside or outside should keep a mask on while visiting. The CDC core principles are wearing of masks, frequent handwashing and social distancing (at least 6ft). We encourage outside visits as weather permits. Skilled care offers visitation rooms if needed for those residents residing in a semi-private room. If a visit is going to occur in a semi-private room, please make sure the privacy curtain is closed and both residents as well as all visitors are encouraged to wear masks and following the CDC core principles. We still ask everyone to practice social distancing whenever possible, this includes waiting in a line, waiting for the elevator, or while on an elevator.

If a PC/PCMS or SNF/SNFMS visitor removes or lowers their mask outside of our guidelines while visiting (whether inside or outside), the visit will end and the visitor will be asked to leave. Repeated violations of this policy will result in suspension of visiting privileges.

When we have an outbreak (according to CMS – this is one COVID positive resident or staff member) within a skilled or personal care area of our campus we must initiate contact tracing. Those residents and staff who are designated as having a relevant or high-level exposure are quarantined and/or tested according to government requirements. For entering into an unaffected area during a COVID outbreak,

our guidelines remain the same. In areas affected by the outbreak, everyone must wear full PPE (personal protective equipment) when entering the exposed area.

We encourage all who enter our campus, visitors, vendors, volunteers or healthcare professional (no matter where the location is on campus) to be up to date with vaccines. We also encourage all visitors to have a COVID antigen test within 24-48 hours of visiting. All other individuals should be tested according to their employer/organization’s guidelines. If any individual either becomes COVID–19 positive or becomes aware of a COVID-19 exposure that occurred within 10 days prior to being on campus, they must immediately inform SARC at the time they are made aware. SARC will need to evaluate for staff and resident testing and contact tracing. If an individual has COVID-19 or has an exposure, we ask that you not enter our campus for 10 days.

We continue with our screening process for those who enter our main building except for EMS and the Postal Service. We encourage everyone to practice social distancing (at least 6ft) and frequent handwashing while in any of our buildings. We require all who enter our main building to wear a surgical mask while in a common area. We do have surgical masks available for those who do not have one. We also offer face shields and masks with attached shields. While visiting SNF/SNFMS or PC/PCMS, visitors must wear a surgical mask in common areas, but the resident may choose to not have the visitor(s) wear one while in the resident room. The resident, roommate and visitors should be up to date with vaccines. Along with the surgical mask, vendors and volunteers must wear a face shield when in SNF/SNFMS or PC/PCMS. Please place the mask/shield in the appropriate receptacle by the main exit prior to leaving the building. For individuals entering PC/PCMS or SNF/SNFMS, we do have KN95s available at the reception desk.

For those entering one of our independent buildings, we are not requiring the screening process however we do encourage all residents and visitors/caregivers to wear a mask when in any common area. Staff, volunteers, healthcare professionals and vendors must wear a surgical mask in common areas and a shield/goggles when in a resident’s home. If someone needs entry into one of our apartment buildings outside of normal hours (Mon-Sun 9am-5pm), the individual can call our main building number (717-285-5443) and coordinate through the receptionist or supervisor for entry.

Regardless of vaccine status, staff are required to wear a surgical mask while in our buildings and a face shield/surgical mask or N95/goggles when in close contact with a resident or in a resident care area. Staff members who would like to wear a fit-tested N95 all the time, instead of a surgical mask, please reach out to your manager for details.   

For staff, if you have any signs or symptoms, please call your manager before entering the building. We need to determine if you need to be tested outside the building and discuss further actions that may be necessary.

 

New admissions at any level to our campus will not need to quarantine on arrival to SARC. New admissions, at any level, are still required to have proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test within 72 hours of admission. New admissions to PC/PCMS and SNF/SNFMS will also be tested on arrival to St. Anne’s and again 48 hours after the first test and then again 48 hours after the second test.  

Any SNF or PC resident leaving SARC for less than 24 hours (regardless of vaccine status) will not need to quarantine for 10 days on return to the facility. If there was a high-risk exposure while out of the building, there may be changes to this protocol. We encourage our independent residents to follow these same guidelines.

We have a vaccination program with Hillcrest, a local pharmacy, and Masonic Pharmacy (our pharmacy vendor) to administer the vaccine to those residents and employees who decide at any time that they would like the vaccine or a booster dose. Hillcrest and Masonic offer both the monovalent vaccine (vaccine that address the original COVID-19 virus strain) and bivalent vaccine (vaccine that addresses the original virus strains as well the most recent variations of the virus) doses of Pfizer and Moderna vaccines. Residents can reach out to social services regarding either vaccine/booster consent form. We have education information regarding vaccinations and boosters on our website. Staff members can visit Human Resources for education material and either consent form. We also have information on our intranet as well as offering education materials at new hire orientation. We ask that staff and independent residents who receive the vaccine or booster elsewhere, to please bring proof of vaccination for human resources or social services to place in their file. At any time, a staff member or resident can request a dose of the vaccine. Staff can request a dose through either Human Resources or their manager. Residents/POAs can request a dose through social services or a clinical manager. We will work with our pharmacy to schedule a time for the shot to be given.

We will have a vaccine clinic on Thursday, December 8, 2022 for either the primary series or the bivalent shot. Information about vaccines is on the website. The clinic will be from 7:30am-9:00am in Pauline Hall. The original and bivalent consent forms are located at the reception desks, through social services or in the Human Resources office.  

If you have not received the primary vaccines of Pfizer, Moderna – you will need to start with a primary series before receiving the bivalent vaccine and use the primary vaccine consent form. The bivalent can be administered two months after the primary series.  

If you have received the primary series and any booster vaccines, you are eligible for the bivalent vaccine two months after your last vaccine. Please use the bivalent consent form.

Individuals eating in the Café, Bistro or Breakroom should continue to follow the CDC core principles of frequent hand washing, social distancing and masking. This is regardless of vaccine status. If you choose to sit with an individual who is not up to date with their vaccines, please understand the risks you are assuming related to COVID. We have plexi-glass dividers in each area, for anyone who would like to use one.

All activities including beauty shop/barber services, church services, events and dining programs continue on our limited schedules based on positive cases within the organization. We are offering in-person Mass for all levels of care on various days. These programs are subject to change based on a unit having a positive or exposed resident and/or staff. We do not offer large group activities and recommend everyone to limit large group gatherings whether inside or outside in their everyday life/activities.

The SARC COVID-19 telephone announcement is updated at least every other Wednesday. That number is 717-285-0946. This number is an announcement type message meaning you can listen but there is NO option to leave a message.

St. Anne’s utilizes the CDC County Transmission Level. Currently through November 8 – Lancaster County is considered SUBSTANTIAL/ORANGE.

As we move into the colder months and people are together in close proximity for longer periods of time, we urge everyone to continue following the Core Principles from CDC. Please be vigilant whether indoors or outside for the safety of our residents, staff and all who come through our organization.  The Core principles are – SOCIAL DISTANCE, WEAR A MASK AND GOOD HAND HYGIENE.

Updates will be maintained through our one call system, letters, website and COVID phone hotline. Should you have any questions, please contact us at 717-285-5443 and the receptionist can direct you to the appropriate personnel.

Thank you,

Mary Turnbaugh, President

St. Anne’s Retirement Community

 

 


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November 11, 2022

DR SPICHER

WILL BE PRESENTING  

A COVID-19 UPDATE ON NOVEMBER 18, 2022

AT 2:00PM

IN PAULINE HALL.

THIS WILL BE TELEVISED ON THE IN-HOUSE CHANNELS.

Mary Turnbaugh 11/11/22


November 2, 2022

REMINDERS

All individuals are encouraged to wear a surgical mask when in any common area on campus.

Anyone entering the Main Building for any reason, must wear a surgical mask when in any common area and must follow our screening process.

Anyone entering our Personal Care (PC and PCMS) and Skilled (SNF and SNFMS) areas – this includes any resident from any level of care – must wear a surgical mask and are encouraged to wear face shields.

Non-employee individuals such as vendors, volunteers and healthcare professionals must wear a surgical mask and a face shield when in any resident care area or in close contact with a resident.  

Everyone must wear their mask correctly. It must cover the nose and mouth.

CDC has changed the requirements for an individual to be considered up to date. Now the guidelines are requiring individuals have at least one of the bivalent boosters to be considered up to date. There is information on our website and intranet from the CDC regarding their new guidance for who is considered up to date. 

We have had ten SNF/SNFMS residents test positive as well as eleven staff members test positive for COVID-19 since my last letter. We follow the government guidelines for quarantine, contact tracing and relevant/high risk exposures. At this time, SNF 2ND Floor SNF is a yellow zone through 11/7/22 and SNFMS 1ST Floor is a red zone through 11/8/22 and then a yellow zone through 11/12/22. 

Any staff member who tests positive is quarantined for at least 7 days and may return to work on day 7 (if they have a negative antigen test result on day 5 and day 7). If the day 5 antigen test is positive, the staff member may return to work on day 10 or after two negative antigen tests 48 hours apart. PC/PCMS and SNF/SNFMS positive residents are quarantined for 10 days. The affected unit will also be a “yellow zone” for 14 days from the date of the positive resident. In all situations the date of the positive individual is considered day 0. We ask all independent residents to follow the same guidelines as PC/PCMS and SNF/SNFMS.

We have a calendar on the bulletin board in the main building front lobby that tracks positive cases for staff and residents. It is updated throughout the month as cases are added. This calendar is in addition to the updated positive case notices that are under the “About Us” heading on the website – please click on “health news update”.

Although we are open 24 hours each day, our regular visiting hours are Monday through Sunday from 8:00am-8:00pm. Our main doors are locked at 8:00pm. If a visitor wants to enter SARC after hours, please call the main number (717-285-5443) and the supervisor will open the doors.

Our guidelines for PC/PCMS and SNF/SNFMS visits have not changed. Visits should occur in a resident’s room or in a visitation room (for SNF residents). Visits and visitors can not be in common areas including the dining rooms, living rooms or sun rooms unless coordinated with the Nursing Team.

Because of the size of our personal care and skilled rooms and the need to follow the CDC’S CORE PRINCIPLES of COVID, we are recommending only 4 visitors at a time. All visitors, whether visiting inside or outside should keep a mask on while visiting. The CDC core principles are wearing of masks, frequent handwashing and social distancing (at least 6ft). We encourage outside visits as weather permits. Skilled care offers visitation rooms if needed for those residents residing in a semi-private room. If a visit is going to occur in a semi-private room, please make sure the privacy curtain is closed and both residents as well as all visitors are encouraged to wear masks and following the CDC core principles. We still ask everyone to practice social distancing whenever possible, this includes waiting in a line, waiting for the elevator, or while on an elevator.

If a PC/PCMS or SNF/SNFMS visitor removes or lowers their mask outside of our guidelines while visiting (whether inside or outside), the visit will end and the visitor will be asked to leave. Repeated violations of this policy will result in suspension of visiting privileges.

When we have an outbreak (according to CMS – this is one COVID positive resident or staff member) within a skilled or personal care area of our campus we must initiate contact tracing. Those residents and staff who are designated as having a relevant or high-level exposure are quarantined and/or tested according to government requirements. For entering into an unaffected area during a COVID outbreak, our guidelines remain the same. In areas affected by the outbreak, everyone must wear full PPE (personal protective equipment) when entering the exposed area.

We encourage all who enter our campus, visitors, vendors, volunteers or healthcare professional (no matter where the location is on campus) to be up to date with vaccines. We also encourage all visitors to have a COVID antigen test within 24-48 hours of visiting. All other individuals should be tested according to their employer/organization’s guidelines. If any individual either becomes COVID–19 positive or becomes aware of a COVID-19 exposure that occurred within 10 days prior to being on campus, they must immediately inform SARC at the time they are made aware. SARC will need to evaluate for staff and resident testing and contact tracing. If an individual has COVID-19 or has an exposure, we ask that you not enter our campus for 10 days.

We continue with our screening process for those who enter our main building except for EMS and the Postal Service. We encourage everyone to practice social distancing (at least 6ft) and frequent handwashing while in any of our buildings. We require all who enter our main building to wear a surgical mask while in a common area. We do have surgical masks available for those who do not have one. We also offer face shields and masks with attached shields. While visiting SNF/SNFMS or PC/PCMS, visitors must wear a surgical mask in common areas, but the resident may choose to not have the visitor(s) wear one while in the resident room. The resident, roommate and visitors should be up to date with vaccines. Along with the surgical mask, vendors and volunteers must wear a face shield when in SNF/SNFMS or PC/PCMS. Please place the mask/shield in the appropriate receptacle by the main exit prior to leaving the building. For individuals entering PC/PCMS or SNF/SNFMS, we do have KN95s available at the reception desk.

For those entering one of our independent buildings, we are not requiring the screening process however we do encourage all residents and visitors/caregivers to wear a mask when in any common area. Staff, volunteers, healthcare professionals and vendors must wear a surgical mask in common areas and a shield/goggles when in a resident’s home. If someone needs entry into one of our apartment buildings outside of normal hours (Mon-Sun 9am-5pm), the individual can call our main building number (717-285-5443) and coordinate through the receptionist or supervisor for entry.

Regardless of vaccine status, staff are required to wear a surgical mask while in our buildings and a face shield/goggles when in close contact with a resident or in a resident care area. Staff members who would like to wear a fit-tested N95 instead of a surgical mask, please reach out to your manager for details.   

For staff, if you have any signs or symptoms, please call your manager before entering the building. We need to determine if you need to be tested outside the building and discuss further actions that may be necessary.

 

New admissions at any level to our campus will not need to quarantine on arrival to SARC. New admissions, at any level, are still required to have proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test within 72 hours of admission. New admissions to PC/PCMS and SNF/SNFMS will also be tested on arrival to St. Anne’s and again 48 hours after the first test and then again 48 hours after the second test.  

Any SNF or PC resident leaving SARC for less than 24 hours (regardless of vaccine status) will not need to quarantine for 10 days on return to the facility. If there was a high risk exposure while out of the building, there may be changes to this protocol. We encourage our independent residents to follow these same guidelines.

We have a vaccination program with Hillcrest, a local pharmacy, and Masonic Pharmacy (our pharmacy vendor) to administer the vaccine to those residents and employees who decide at any time that they would like the vaccine or a booster dose. Hillcrest and Masonic offer both the monovalent vaccine (vaccine that address the original COVID-19 virus strain) and bivalent vaccine (vaccine that addresses the original virus strains as well the most recent variations of the virus) doses of Pfizer and Moderna vaccines. Residents can reach out to social services regarding either vaccine/booster consent form. We have education information regarding vaccinations and boosters on our website. Staff members can visit Human Resources for education material and either consent form. We also have information on our intranet as well as offering education materials at new hire orientation. We ask that staff and independent residents who receive the vaccine or booster elsewhere, to please bring proof of vaccination for human resources or social services to place in their file. At any time, a staff member or resident can request a dose of the vaccine. Staff can request a dose through either Human Resources or their manager. Residents/POAs can request a dose through social services or a clinical manager. We will work with our pharmacy to schedule a time for the shot to be given.

We will have a vaccine clinic on Monday, November 7, 2022 for either the primary series or the bivalent shot. Information about vaccines is on the website. The clinic will be from 7:30am-9:00am and 1:30pm-3:00pm in Pauline Hall. The original and bivalent consent forms are located at the reception desks, through social services or in the Human Resources office.  

If you have not received the primary vaccines of Pfizer, Moderna – you will need to start with a primary series before receiving the bivalent vaccine and use the primary vaccine consent form. The bivalent can be administered two months after the primary series.  

If you have received the primary series and any booster vaccines, you are eligible for the bivalent vaccine two months after your last vaccine. Please use the bivalent consent form.

Individuals eating in the Café, Bistro or Breakroom should continue to follow the CDC core principles of frequent hand washing, social distancing and masking. This is regardless of vaccine status. If you choose to sit with an individual who is not up to date with their vaccines, please understand the risks you are assuming related to COVID. We have plexi-glass dividers in each area, for anyone who would like to use one.

All activities including beauty shop/barber services, church services, events and dining programs continue on our limited schedules based on positive cases within the organization. We are offering in-person Mass for all levels of care on various days. These programs are subject to change based on a unit having a positive or exposed resident and/or staff. We do not offer large group activities and recommend everyone to limit large group gatherings whether inside or outside in their everyday life/activities.

CMS, CDC and DOH have modified our guidelines related to COVID-19. Some of this new guidance is more conservate while other guidance has relaxed. Overall the standard core principles remain in effect for everyone and in particular healthcare settings – SOCIAL DISTANCE, WEAR A MASK AND GOOD HAND HYGIENE.

The SARC COVID-19 telephone announcement is updated at least every other Wednesday. That number is 717-285-0946. This number is an announcement type message meaning you can listen but there is NO option to leave a message.

St. Anne’s utilizes the CDC County Transmission Level. Currently through October 25 – Lancaster County continues to be considered SUBSTANTIAL/ORANGE.

We continue with our most significant outbreak of COVID since March 2020. It is critical that everyone follows our guidelines that are based on the Core Principles from CDC. Please be vigilant whether indoors or outside for the safety of our residents, staff and all who come through our organization.  

Updates will be maintained through our one call system, letters, website and COVID phone hotline. Should you have any questions, please contact us at 717-285-5443 and the receptionist can direct you to the appropriate personnel.

Thank you,

Mary Turnbaugh, President

St. Anne’s Retirement Community


October 19, 2022

 

Significant changes to the content of this letter are shaded.

 

REMINDERS

All individuals are encouraged to wear a surgical mask when in any common area on campus.

Anyone entering the Main Building for any reason, must wear a surgical mask when in any common area and must follow our screening process.

Anyone entering our Personal Care (PC and PCMS) and Skilled (SNF and SNFMS) areas – this includes any resident from any level of care – must wear a surgical mask and are encouraged to wear face shields.

Non-employee individuals such as vendors, volunteers and healthcare professionals must wear a surgical mask and a face shield when in any resident care area or in close contact with a resident.  

Everyone must wear their mask correctly. It must cover the nose and mouth.

CDC has changed the requirements for an individual to be considered up to date. Now the guidelines are requiring individuals have at least one of the bivalent boosters to be considered up to date. There is information on our website and intranet from the CDC regarding their new guidance for who is considered up to date. 

We have had seven PC/PCMS residents and nineteen SNF/SNFMS residents test positive as well as ten staff members test positive for COVID-19 since my last letter. We follow the government guidelines for quarantine, contact tracing and relevant/high risk exposures. At this time PC is a yellow zone through 10/28/22, PCMS is a yellow zone through 10/26/22, SNF 2ND Floor SNF is a yellow zone through 10/23/22 and SNFMS 1ST Floor is a red zone through 10/28/22 and then a yellow zone through 11/1/22. 

Any staff member who tests positive is quarantined for at least 7 days and may return to work on day 7 (if they have a negative antigen test result on day 5 and day 7). If the day 5 antigen test is positive, the staff member may return to work on day 10 or after two negative antigen tests 48 hours apart. PC/PCMS and SNF/SNFMS positive residents are quarantined for 10 days. The affected unit will also be a “yellow zone” for 14 days from the date of the positive resident. In all situations the date of the positive individual is considered day 0. We ask all independent residents to follow the same guidelines as PC/PCMS and SNF/SNFMS.

We have a calendar on the bulletin board in the main building front lobby that tracks positive cases for staff and residents. It is updated throughout the month as cases are added. This calendar is in addition to the updated positive case notices that are under the “About Us” heading on the website – please click on “health news update”.

Although we are open 24 hours each day, our regular visiting hours are Monday through Sunday from 8:00am-8:00pm. Our main doors are locked at 8:00pm. If a visitor wants to enter SARC after hours, please call the main number (717-285-5443) and the supervisor will open the doors.

Our guidelines for PC/PCMS and SNF/SNFMS visits have not changed. Visits should occur in a resident’s room or in a visitation room (SNF). Visits and visitors can not be in common areas including the dining rooms, living rooms or sun rooms unless coordinated with the Nursing Team.

Because of the size of our personal care and skilled rooms and the need to follow the CDC’S CORE PRINCIPLES of COVID, we are recommending only 4 visitors at a time. All visitors, whether visiting inside or outside should keep a mask on while visiting. The CDC core principles are wearing of masks, frequent handwashing and social distancing (at least 6ft). We encourage outside visits as weather permits. Skilled care offers visitation rooms if needed for those residents residing in a semi-private room. If a visit is going to occur in a semi-private room, please make sure the privacy curtain is closed and both residents as well as all visitors are encouraged to wear masks and following the CDC core principles. We still ask everyone to practice social distancing whenever possible, this includes waiting in a line, waiting for the elevator, or while on an elevator.

If a PC/PCMS or SNF/SNFMS visitor removes or lowers their mask outside of our guidelines while visiting (whether inside or outside), the visit will end and the visitor will be asked to leave. Repeated violations of this policy will result in suspension of visiting privileges.

When we have an outbreak (according to CMS – this is one COVID positive resident or staff member) within a skilled or personal care area of our campus we must initiate contact tracing. Those residents and staff who are designated as having a relevant or high-level exposure are quarantined and/or tested according to government requirements. For entering into an unaffected area during a COVID outbreak,

our guidelines remain the same. In areas affected by the outbreak, everyone must wear full PPE (personal protective equipment) when entering the exposed area.

We encourage all who enter our campus, visitors, vendors, volunteers or healthcare professional (no matter where the location is on campus) to be up to date with vaccines. We also encourage all visitors to have a COVID antigen test within 24-48 hours of visiting. All other individuals should be tested according to their employer/organization’s guidelines. If any individual either becomes COVID–19 positive or becomes aware of a COVID-19 exposure that occurred within 10 days prior to being on campus, they must immediately inform SARC at the time they are made aware. SARC will need to evaluate for staff and resident testing and contact tracing. If an individual has COVID-19 or has an exposure, we ask that you not enter our campus for 10 days.

We continue with our screening process for those who enter our main building except for EMS and the Postal Service. We encourage everyone to practice social distancing (at least 6ft) and frequent handwashing while in any of our buildings. We require all who enter our main building to wear a surgical mask while in a common area. We do have surgical masks available for those who do not have one. We also offer face shields and masks with attached shields. While visiting SNF/SNFMS or PC/PCMS, visitors must wear a surgical mask in common areas, but the resident may choose to not have the visitor(s) wear one while in the resident room. The resident, roommate and visitors should be up to date with vaccines. Along with the surgical mask, vendors and volunteers must wear a face shield when in SNF/SNFMS or PC/PCMS. Please place the mask/shield in the appropriate receptacle by the main exit prior to leaving the building. For individuals entering PC/PCMS or SNF/SNFMS, we do have KN95s available at the reception desk.

For those entering one of our independent buildings, we are not requiring the screening process however we do encourage all residents and visitors/caregivers to wear a mask when in any common area. Staff, volunteers, healthcare professionals and vendors must wear a surgical mask in common areas and a shield/goggles when in a resident’s home. If someone needs entry into one of our apartment buildings outside of normal hours (Mon-Sun 9am-5pm), the individual can call our main building number (717-285-5443) and coordinate through the receptionist or supervisor for entry.

Regardless of vaccine status, staff are required to wear a surgical mask while in our buildings and a face shield/goggles when in close contact with a resident or in a resident care area. Staff members who would like to wear a fit-tested N95 instead of a surgical mask, please reach out to your manager for details.   

For staff, if you have any signs or symptoms, please call your manager before entering the building. We need to determine if you need to be tested outside the building and discuss further actions that may be necessary.

 

New admissions at any level to our campus will not need to quarantine on arrival to SARC. New admissions, at any level, are still required to have proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test within 72 hours of admission. New admissions to PC/PCMS and SNF/SNFMS will also be tested on arrival to St. Anne’s and again 48 hours after the first test and then again 48 hours after the second test.  

Any SNF or PC resident leaving SARC for less than 24 hours (regardless of vaccine status) will not need to quarantine for 10 days on return to the facility. If there was a high risk exposure while out of the building, there may be changes to this protocol. We encourage our independent residents to follow these same guidelines.

We have a vaccination program with Hillcrest, a local pharmacy, and Masonic Pharmacy (our pharmacy vendor) to administer the vaccine to those residents and employees who decide at any time that they would like the vaccine or a booster dose. Hillcrest and Masonic offer both the monovalent vaccine (vaccine that address the original COVID-19 virus strain) and bivalent vaccine (vaccine that addresses the original virus strains as well the most recent variations of the virus) doses of Pfizer and Moderna vaccines. Residents can reach out to social services regarding either vaccine/booster consent form. We have education information regarding vaccinations and boosters on our website. Staff members can visit Human Resources for education material and either consent form. We also have information on our intranet as well as offering education materials at new hire orientation. We ask that staff and independent residents who receive the vaccine or booster elsewhere, to please bring proof of vaccination for human resources or social services to place in their file. At any time, a staff member or resident can request a dose of the vaccine. Staff can request a dose through either Human Resources or their manager. Residents/POAs can request a dose through social services or a clinical manager. We will work with our pharmacy to schedule a time for the shot to be given.

We will have a vaccine clinic on Monday, November 7, 2022 for either the primary series or the bivalent shot. Information about vaccines is on the website. The clinic will be from 7:30am-9:00am and 1:30pm-3:00pm in Pauline Hall. The original and bivalent consent forms are located at the reception desks, through social services or in the Human Resources office.  

If you have not received the primary vaccines of Pfizer, Moderna – you will need to start with a primary series before receiving the bivalent vaccine and use the primary vaccine consent form. The bivalent can be administered two months after the primary series.  

If you have received the primary series and any booster vaccines, you are eligible for the bivalent vaccine two months after your last vaccine. Please use the bivalent consent form.

Individuals eating in the Café, Bistro or Breakroom should continue to follow the CDC core principles of frequent hand washing, social distancing and masking. This is regardless of vaccine status. If you choose to sit with an individual who is not up to date with their vaccines, please understand the risks you are assuming related to COVID. We have plexi-glass dividers in each area, for anyone who would like to use one.

All activities including beauty shop/barber services, church services, events and dining programs continue on our limited schedules based on positive cases within the organization. We are offering in-person Mass for all levels of care on various days. These programs are subject to change based on a unit having a positive or exposed resident and/or staff. We do not offer large group activities and recommend everyone to limit large group gatherings whether inside or outside in their everyday life/activities.

CMS, CDC and DOH have modified our guidelines related to COVID-19. Some of this new guidance is more conservate while other guidance has relaxed. Overall the standard core principles remain in effect for everyone and in particular healthcare settings – SOCIAL DISTANCE, WEAR A MASK AND GOOD HAND HYGIENE.

The SARC COVID-19 telephone announcement is updated at least every other Wednesday. That number is 717-285-0946. This number is an announcement type message meaning you can listen but there is NO option to leave a message.

We have received some questions regarding the CDC having Lancaster listed as a “low” County and SARC saying Lancaster County is “high”. There are two different pages on the CDC website that address this difference. The general public looks at the County Community Level and because SARC is a healthcare entity – we must use the County Transmission Level. Please use the following information to see the information SARC uses on the CDC website:

Copy and Paste in your browser:

https://covid.cdc.gov/covid-data-tracker/#datatracker-home

 There is a yellow box at the top that says CDC recommends use of COVID-19 Community Levels to determine the impact of COVID-19 on communities and take action. Community Transmission levels are provided for healthcare facility use only.

 Click on the Community Transmission Levels and the information that I am required to use will be displayed. If you would like to see Lancaster County Rates – use the drop down tab for “state” and then “county” – you need to scroll down to around page three and you will see Lancaster County is considered HIGH or RED right now through Tuesday, October 11.

We are currently experiencing our most significant outbreak of COVID since March 2020. It is critical that everyone follows our guidelines that are based on the Core Principles from CDC. Please be vigilant whether indoors or outside for the safety of our residents, staff and all who come through our organization.  

Updates will be maintained through our one call system, letters, website and COVID phone hotline. Should you have any questions, please contact us at 717-285-5443 and the receptionist can direct you to the appropriate personnel.

Thank you,

Mary Turnbaugh, President

St. Anne’s Retirement Community


October 4, 2022

REMINDERS:

All individuals are encouraged to wear a surgical mask when in any common area on campus.

Anyone entering the Main Building for any reason, must wear a surgical mask when in any common area and must follow our screening process.

Anyone entering our Personal Care (PC and PCMS) and Skilled (SNF and SNFMS) areas – this includes any resident from any level of care – must wear a surgical mask and are encouraged to wear face shields.

Non-employee individuals such as vendors, volunteers and healthcare professionals must wear a surgical mask and a face shield when in any resident care area or in close contact with a resident.

Everyone must wear their mask correctly. It must cover the nose and mouth.

CDC has changed the requirements for an individual to be considered up to date. Now the guidelines are requiring individuals have at least one of the bivalent boosters to be considered up to date. For information from the CDC regarding their new guidance for who is considered up to date, read CDC’s Immunization Schedule for Persons 6 Months & Older

We have had four PC residents test positive for COVID-19 and one staff member test positive for COVID since my last letter. We follow the government guidelines for quarantine, contact tracing and relevant/high risk exposures.

Any staff member who tests positive is quarantined for at least 7 days and may return to work on day 7 (if they have a negative antigen test result on day 5 and day 7). If the day 5 antigen test is positive, the staff member may return to work on day 10 or after two negative antigen tests 48 hours apart. PC/PCMS and SNF/SNFMS positive residents are quarantined for 10 days. The affected unit will also be a “yellow zone” for 14 days from the date of the positive resident. In all situations the date of the positive individual is considered day 0. We ask all independent residents to follow the same guidelines as PC/PCMS and SNF/SNFMS.

We have a calendar on the bulletin board in the main building front lobby that tracks positive cases for staff and residents. It is updated throughout the month as cases are added. This calendar is in addition to the updated positive case notices that are under the “About Us” heading on the website – please click on “health news update”.
Although we are open 24 hours each day, our regular visiting hours are Monday through Sunday from 8:00am-8:00pm. Our main doors are locked at 8:00pm. If a visitor wants to enter SARC after hours, please call the main number (717-285-5443) and the supervisor will open the doors.

Our guidelines for PC/PCMS and SNF/SNFMS visits have not changed. Visits should occur in a resident’s room or visitation room. Visits and visitors can not be in common areas including the dining rooms, living rooms or sun rooms unless coordinated with the Nursing Team.

Because of the size of our personal care and skilled rooms and the need to follow the CDC’S CORE PRINCIPLES of COVID, we are recommending only 4 visitors at a time. All visitors, whether visiting inside or outside should keep a mask on while visiting. The CDC core principles are wearing of masks, frequent handwashing and social distancing (at least 6ft). We encourage outside visits as weather permits. Skilled care offers visitation rooms if needed for those residents residing in a semi-private room. If a visit is going to occur in a semi-private room, please make sure the privacy curtain is closed and both residents as well as all visitors are encouraged to wear masks and following the CDC core principles. We still ask everyone to practice social distancing whenever possible, this includes waiting in a line, waiting for the elevator, or while on an elevator.

If a PC/PCMS or SNF/SNFMS visitor removes or lowers their mask outside of our guidelines while visiting (whether inside or outside), the visit will end and the visitor will be asked to leave. Repeated violations of this policy will result in suspension of visiting privileges.

When we have an outbreak (according to CMS – this is one COVID positive resident or staff member) within a skilled or personal care area of our campus we must initiate contact tracing. Those residents and staff who are designated as having a relevant or high-level exposure are quarantined and/or tested according to government requirements. For entering into an unaffected area during a COVID outbreak, our guidelines remain the same. In areas affected by the outbreak, everyone to wear full PPE (personal protective equipment) when entering the exposed area.

We encourage all who enter our campus, visitors, vendors, volunteers or healthcare professional (no matter where the location is on campus) to be up to date with vaccines. We also encourage all visitors to have a COVID antigen test within 24-48 hours of visiting. All other individuals should be tested according to their employer/organization’s guidelines. If any individual either becomes COVID–19 positive or becomes aware of a COVID-19 exposure that occurred within 10 days prior to being on campus, they must immediately inform SARC at the time they are made aware. SARC will need to evaluate for staff and resident testing and contact tracing. If an individual has COVID-19 or has an exposure, we ask that you not enter our campus for 10 days.

We continue with our screening process for those who enter our main building except for EMS and the Postal Service. We encourage everyone to practice social distancing (at least 6ft) and frequent handwashing while in any of our buildings. We require all who enter our main building to wear a surgical mask while in a common area. We do have surgical masks available for those who do not have one. We also offer face shields and masks with attached shields. While visiting SNF/SNFMS or PC/PCMS, visitors must wear a surgical mask in common areas, but the resident may choose to not have the visitor(s) wear one while in the resident room. The resident, roommate and visitors should be up to date with vaccines. Along with the surgical mask, vendors and volunteers must wear a face shield when in SNF/SNFMS or PC/PCMS. Please place the mask/shield in the appropriate receptacle by the main exit prior to leaving the building. For individuals entering PC/PCMS or SNF/SNFMS, we do have KN95s available at the reception desk.

For those entering one of our independent buildings, we are not requiring the screening process however we do encourage all residents and visitors/caregivers to wear a mask when in any common area. Staff, volunteers, healthcare professionals and vendors must wear a surgical mask in common areas and a shield/goggles when in a resident’s home. If someone needs entry into 100 Merlini Drive outside of normal hours (Mon-Sun 9am-5pm), the individual can call our main building number (717-285-5443) and coordinate through the receptionist or supervisor for entry.

Regardless of vaccine status, staff are required to wear a surgical mask while in our buildings and a face shield/goggles when in close contact with a resident or in a resident care area. Staff members who would like to wear a fit-tested N95 instead of a surgical mask, please reach out to your manager for details.

For staff, if you have any signs or symptoms, please call your manager before entering the building. We need to determine if you need to be tested outside the building and discuss further actions that may be necessary.

New admissions at any level to our campus will not need to quarantine on arrival to SARC. New admissions, at any level, are still required to have proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test within 72 hours of admission. New admissions to PC/PCMS and SNF/SNFMS will also be tested on arrival to St. Anne’s and again 48 hours after the first test and then again 48 hours after the second test.

Any SNF or PC resident leaving SARC for less than 24 hours (regardless of vaccine status) will not need to quarantine for 10 days on return to the facility. If there was a high risk exposure while out of the building, there may be changes to this protocol. We encourage our independent residents to follow these same guidelines.

We have a vaccination program with Hillcrest, a local pharmacy, and Masonic Pharmacy (our pharmacy vendor) to administer the vaccine to those residents and employees who decide at any time that they would like the vaccine or a booster dose. Hillcrest and Masonic offer both the monovalent vaccine (vaccine that address the original COVID-19 virus strain) and bivalent vaccine (vaccine that addresses the original virus strains as well the most recent variations of the virus) doses of Pfizer and Moderna vaccines. Residents can reach out to social services regarding either vaccine/booster consent form. We have education information regarding vaccinations and boosters on our website. Staff members can visit Human Resources for education material and either consent form. We also have information on our intranet as well as offering education materials at new hire orientation. We ask that staff and independent residents who receive the vaccine or booster elsewhere, to please bring proof of vaccination for human resources or social services to place in their file. At any time, a staff member or resident can request a dose of the vaccine. Staff can request a dose through either Human Resources or their manager. Residents/POAs can request a dose through social services or a clinical manager. We will work with our pharmacy to schedule a time for the shot to be given.

Because we now have access to the Pfizer and Moderna bivalent vaccines, we are scheduling a vaccine clinic. Information about both vaccines is on the website. We will have a vaccine clinic on October 12. The clinic will be from 7:30am-11:00am in Pauline Hall. We have sent letters and new consents forms to all residents/POAs. The new consents are only to be used for this vaccine.

If you have not received the primary vaccines of Pfizer, Moderna or J&J – you will need to start with a primary series before receiving the bivalent vaccine and use the old consent form. The bivalent can be administered two months after the primary series.

If you have received the primary series and any booster vaccines, you are eligible for the bivalent vaccine two months after your last vaccine.

Individuals eating in the Café, Bistro or Breakroom should continue to follow the CDC core principles of frequent hand washing, social distancing and masking. This is regardless of vaccine status. If you choose to sit with an individual who is not up to date with their vaccines, please understand the risks you are assuming related to COVID. We have plexi-glass dividers in each area, for anyone who would like to use one.

All activities including beauty shop/barber services, church services, events and dining programs continue on our limited schedules based on positive cases within the organization. We are offering in-person Mass for all levels of care on various days. These programs are subject to change based on a unit having a positive or exposed resident and/or staff. We do not offer large group activities and recommend everyone to limit large group gatherings whether inside or outside in their everyday life/activities.

CMS, CDC and DOH have modified our guidelines related to COVID-19. Some of this new guidance is more conservative while other guidance has relaxed. Overall the standard core principles remain in effect for everyone and in particular healthcare settings – SOCIAL DISTANCE, WEAR A MASK AND GOOD HAND HYGIENE.

The SARC COVID-19 telephone announcement is updated at least every other Wednesday. That number is 717-285-0946. This number is an announcement type message meaning you can listen but there is NO option to leave a message.

We have received some questions regarding the CDC having Lancaster listed as a “low” County and SARC saying Lancaster County is “high”. There are two different pages on the CDC website that address this difference. The general public looks at the County Community Level and because SARC is a healthcare entity – we must use the County Transmission Level. Please use the following information to see the information SARC uses on the CDC website: https://covid.cdc.gov/covid-data-tracker/#datatracker-home

There is a yellow box at the top that says CDC recommends use of COVID-19 Community Levels to determine the impact of COVID-19 on communities and take action. Community Transmission levels are provided for healthcare facility use only.

Click on the Community Transmission Levels and the information that I am required to use will be displayed. If you would like to see Lancaster County Rates – use the drop down tab for “state” and then “county” – you need to scroll down to around page three and you will see Lancaster County is considered HIGH or RED right now through Tuesday, September 27.

Our county continues to see a high number of positive cases. Please be vigilant with following the core principles whether indoors or outside as the newer variant is easily transmitted. Because of the transmission levels and CMS, DOH and CDC guidance, SARC continues to follow and encourages the CORE principles for everyone entering our campus.

Updates will be maintained through our one call system, letters, website and COVID phone hotline. Should you have any questions, please contact us at 717-285-5443 and the receptionist can direct you to the appropriate personnel.

Thank you,

Mary Turnbaugh, President
St. Anne’s Retirement Community


September 21, 2022

To Residents and POAs/Family Members,

REMINDERS

All individuals (including independent residents) must wear a surgical mask when in any common area on campus – this includes Apartment Building 100 and 200.

All independent campus residents entering the main building for any reason, must follow our screening process.

Anyone entering our Personal Care (PC and PCMS) and Skilled (SNF and SNFMS) areas – this includes any resident from any level of care – must wear a surgical mask and are encouraged to wear face shields. Non-employee individuals such as vendors, volunteers and healthcare professionals must wear the face shield when in any resident care area or in close contact with a resident.  

Everyone must wear their mask correctly. It must cover the nose and mouth.

Because individuals can contract different variants of COVID-19 (meaning you can get COVID more than once), CDC has changed the requirements for an individual to be considered up to date. Now the guidelines are requiring individuals over 50 to have their second booster to be considered up to date. Their new guidelines: unvaccinated, vaccinated but no boosters and those over 50 with only one booster dose are all not up to date. Those over 50 with two booster doses and those under 50 with one or two booster doses are the only individuals considered up to date. There is information on our website and intranet from the CDC regarding their new guidance for who is considered up to date. 

We have had four staff members test positive for COVID since my last letter. We follow the government guidelines for quarantine and contact tracing. We continue with our contingency staffing plan because of our on-going struggles to hire staff in healthcare due to the pandemic. Our contingency plan includes testing of those not up to date according to CMS guidelines, testing all staff (regardless of vaccine status) with symptoms, screening of staff at the start of each shift, testing all staff with a one-time *high-risk/relevant exposure: if up to date – day 1 and then day 5-7 and if not up to date – every day for 5 days: all from the date of the exposure (exposure date is day 0). If the exposure is ongoing (meaning a staff member has a continuous exposure such as a household member) then the staff member is tested every day for 18 days. *A high risk/relevant exposure is defined as being closer than 6 feet for more than a cumulative time of 15 minutes without a face mask and shield.

Any staff member who tests positive is quarantined for at least 7 days and may return to work on day 7 (if they have a negative antigen test result between day 5 and day 7). If that antigen test is positive, the staff member may return to work on day 10. PC/PCMS and SNF/SNFMS positive residents are quarantined for 10 days. The affected unit will also be a “yellow zone” for 14 days from the date of the positive resident. In all situations the date of the positive individual is considered day 0. We ask all independent residents to follow the same guidelines as PC/PCMS and SNF/SNFMS.

We have a calendar on the bulletin board in the main building front lobby that tracks positive cases for staff and residents. It is updated throughout the month as cases are added. This calendar is in addition to the updated positive case notices that are added under the COVID page on our website.

Although we are open 24 hours each day, our regular visiting hours are Monday through Sunday from 8:00am-8:00pm. Our main doors are locked at 8:00pm. If a visitor wants to enter SARC after hours, please call the main number (717-285-5443) and the supervisor will open the doors.

Even with our visiting hours, our guidelines for PC/PCMS and SNF/SNFMS visits have not changed. Visits must occur in a resident’s room or visitation room. Visits and visitors can not be in common areas including the dining rooms, living rooms or sun rooms unless coordinated with the Nursing Team.

Because of the size of our personal care and skilled rooms and the need to follow the CDC’S CORE PRINCIPLES of COVID, we are recommending only 4 visitors at a time. All visitors, whether visiting inside or outside should keep a mask on while visiting. The CDC core principles are wearing of masks, frequent handwashing and social distancing (at least 6ft). We encourage outside visits as weather permits. Skilled care offers visitation rooms if needed for those residents residing in a semi-private room. If a visit is going to occur in a semi-private room, please make sure the privacy curtain is closed and both residents as well as all visitors are masked and following the CDC core principles. We still ask everyone to practice social distancing whenever possible, this includes waiting in a line, waiting for the elevator, or while on an elevator.

If a PC/PCMS or SNF/SNFMS visitor removes or lowers their mask outside of our guidelines while visiting (whether inside or outside), the visit will end and the visitor will be asked to leave. Repeated violations of this policy will result in suspension of visiting privileges.

We are using CDC’s community transmission tracker to determine how often we test staff who are not up to date. This is a requirement from CMS and DOH. Currently through August 30, the PA dashboard rate is 16.6% and CDC has Lancaster County at a “high/red” level. We are testing staff who are “not-up-to-date” twice each week at this time.

When we have an outbreak (according to CMS – this is one COVID positive resident or staff member) within a skilled or personal care area of our campus we must initiate contact tracing. Those residents and staff who are designated as having a relevant or high-level exposure are quarantined and/or tested according to government requirements. For entering into an unaffected area during a COVID outbreak,

our guidelines remain the same. In areas affected by the outbreak, anyone not considered up to date with their vaccine status will need to wear full PPE (personal protective equipment) when entering the exposed area. All others entering the area, may wear full PPE if they so choose to. This will include face mask (based on CDC guidelines and SARC’s COVID-19 status), face shield, gown and gloves.

We encourage all who enter our campus, visitors, vendors, volunteers or healthcare professional (no matter where the location is on campus) to be up to date with vaccines. We also encourage all visitors to have a COVID antigen test within 24-48 hours of visiting. All other individuals should be tested according to their employer/organization’s guidelines. If any individual either becomes COVID–19 positive or becomes aware of a COVID-19 exposure that occurred within 10 days prior to being on campus, they must immediately inform SARC at the time they are made aware. SARC will need to evaluate for staff and resident testing and contact tracing. If an individual has COVID-19 or has an exposure, we ask that you not enter our campus for 10 days.

We continue with our screening process for those who enter our main building except for EMS and the Postal Service. We encourage everyone to practice social distancing (at least 6ft) and frequent handwashing while in any of our buildings. We require all who enter our main building to wear a surgical mask while in a common area. We do have surgical masks available for those who do not have one. We also offer face shields and masks with attached shields. While visiting SNF/SNFMS or PC/PCMS, visitors must wear a surgical mask in common areas, but the resident may choose to not have the visitor(s) wear one while in the resident room. The resident, roommate and visitors should be up to date with vaccines. Along with the surgical mask, vendors and volunteers must wear a face shield when in SNF/SNFMS or PC/PCMS. Please place the mask/shield in the appropriate receptacle by the main exit prior to leaving the building. For individuals entering PC/PCMS or SNF/SNFMS, we do have KN95s available at the reception desk.

For those entering one of our apartment buildings, we are not requiring the screening process however we do require all residents, vendors, employees and visitors/caregivers to wear a mask when in any common area. If someone needs entry into 100 Merlini Drive outside of normal hours (Mon-Sun 9am-5pm), the individual can call our main building number (717-285-5443) and coordinate through the receptionist or supervisor for entry.

Regardless of vaccine status, staff are required to wear a surgical mask while in our buildings and a face shield when in close contact with a resident or in a resident care area. Staff members who would like to wear a fit-tested N95 instead of a surgical mask, please reach out to your manager for details.   

For staff, if you have any signs or symptoms, please call your manager before entering the building. We need to determine if you need to be tested outside the building and discuss further actions that may be necessary.

 

New admissions at any level to our campus who are up to date, will not need to quarantine on arrival to SARC. Residents who are not up to date will need to complete a 10 day quarantine on admission. New admissions, at any level, are still required to have proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test within 72 hours of admission. New admissions to PC/PCMS and SNF/SNFMS will also be tested on arrival to St. Anne’s and again between day 5-7.

Any SNF or PC resident leaving SARC for less than 24 hours (regardless of vaccine status) will not need to quarantine for 10 days on return to the facility. Any SNF/SNFMS or PC/PCMS resident leaving the facility for more than 24 hours who is not up to date will need to quarantine for 10 days upon return to the facility. Both these scenarios are also contingent on whether there was a high-risk exposure while out of the building. We encourage our independent residents to follow these same guidelines.

We do have a vaccination program with Hillcrest, a local pharmacy, and Masonic Pharmacy (our pharmacy vendor) to administer the vaccine to those residents and employees who decide at any time that they would like the vaccine or a booster dose. Hillcrest and Masonic offer both the monovalent vaccine (vaccine that address the original COVID-19 virus strain) and bivalent vaccine (vaccine that addresses the original virus strains as well the most recent variations of the virus) doses of Pfizer and Moderna vaccines. Residents can reach out to social services regarding either vaccine/booster consent form. We have education information regarding vaccinations and boosters on our website. Staff members can visit Human Resources for education material and either consent forms. We also have information on our intranet as well as offering education materials at new hire orientation. We ask that staff and independent residents who receive the vaccine or booster elsewhere, to please bring proof of vaccination for human resources or social services to place in their file. At any time, a staff member or resident can request a dose of the vaccine. Staff can request a dose through either Human Resources or their manager. Residents/POAs can request a dose through social services or a clinical manager. We will work with our pharmacy to schedule a time for the shot to be given.

Because we now have access to the Pfizer and Moderna bivalent vaccines, we are scheduling a vaccine clinic. Information about both vaccines is on the website. We will have a vaccine clinic on October 12. The times and location will be sent closer to that date. We are sending letters and new consents forms to all residents/POAs. The new consents are only to be used for this vaccine.

If you have not received the primary vaccines of Pfizer, Moderna or J&J – you will need to start with a primary series before receiving the bivalent vaccine and use the old consent form. The bivalent can be administered two months after the primary series.  

If you have received the primary series and any booster vaccines, you are eligible for the bivalent vaccine two months after your last vaccine.

Individuals eating in the Café, Bistro or Breakroom should only sit together at a table if everyone is up to date. If you choose to sit with an individual who is not up to date, please understand the risks you are assuming related to COVID. Those individuals, who are not up to date should socially distance while eating. The CDC core principles of frequent hand washing, social distancing and masking regardless of vaccine status should always be followed. We do have plexi-glass screens in each area for unvaccinated individuals to use.  

All activities including beauty shop/barber services, church services, activities and dining programs continue on our limited schedules based on positive cases within the organization. We are offering in-person Mass for all levels of care on various days. These programs are subject to change based on a unit having a positive or exposed resident and/or staff. We do not offer large group activities and recommend everyone to limit large group gatherings whether inside or outside in their everyday life/activities.

Even though we offer more relaxed visitation, CMS/CDC/DOH continues to require us to follow the core principles from CDC – SOCIAL DISTANCE, WEAR A MASK AND GOOD HAND HYGIENE and we  must continue to follow the directives from CDC, CMS and DOH. All staff, residents, non-employee individuals and visitors/caregivers need to follow our guidelines for each area of our campus at all times, while at any event and when riding in one of our vehicles. (for safety: vehicle drivers do not need to wear a shield).

The CDC has loosened guidelines for the general public but those guidelines do NOT apply to healthcare settings. Our guidelines for COVID-19 have not changed. These guidelines protect our residents, staff and all those who enter our campus.

The SARC COVID-19 telephone announcement is updated at least every other Wednesday. That number is 717-285-0946. This number is an announcement type message meaning you can listen but there is NO option to leave a message.

We have received some questions regarding the CDC having Lancaster listed as a “low” County and SARC saying Lancaster County is “high”. There are two different pages on the CDC website that address this difference. The general public looks at the County Community Level and because SARC is a healthcare entity – we must use the County Transmission Level. Please use the following information to see the information SARC uses on the CDC website:

 

 Copy and Paste in your browser:

https://covid.cdc.gov/covid-data-tracker/#datatracker-home

 

There is a yellow box at the top that says CDC recommends use of COVID-19 Community Levels to determine the impact of COVID-19 on communities and take action. Community Transmission levels are provided for healthcare facility use only.

 

Click on the Community Transmission Levels and the information that I am required to use will be displayed. If you would like to see Lancaster County Rates – use the drop down tab for “state” and then “county” – you need to scroll down to around page three and you will see Lancaster County is considered HIGH or RED right now through Tuesday, September 13.

Our county continues to see a high number of positive cases. Please be vigilant with following the core principles whether indoors or outside as the newer variant is easily transmitted. Because of the transmission levels and CMS, DOH and CDC guidance, SARC continues to follow and encourages the CORE principles for everyone entering our campus.

Updates will be maintained through our one call system, letters, website and COVID phone hotline. Should you have any questions, please contact us at 717-285-5443 and the receptionist can direct you to the appropriate personnel.

Thank you,

Mary Turnbaugh, President

St. Anne’s Retirement Community


September 7, 2022

REMINDERS

All individuals (including independent residents) must wear a surgical mask when in any common area on campus – this includes Apartment Building 100 and 200.

All independent campus residents entering the main building for any reason, must follow our screening process.

Anyone entering our Personal Care (PC and PCMS) and Skilled (SNF and SNFMS) areas – this includes any resident from any level of care – must wear a surgical mask and are encouraged to wear face shields. Non-employee individuals such as vendors, volunteers and healthcare professionals must wear the face shield when in any resident care area or in close contact with a resident.  

Everyone must wear their mask correctly. It must cover the nose and mouth.

Because individuals can contract different variants of COVID-19 (meaning you can get COVID more than once), CDC has changed the requirements for an individual to be considered up to date. Now the guidelines are requiring individuals over 50 to have their second booster to be considered up to date. Their new guidelines: unvaccinated, vaccinated but no boosters and those over 50 with only one booster dose are all not up to date. Those over 50 with two booster doses and those under 50 with one or two booster doses are the only individuals considered up to date. There is information on our website and intranet from the CDC regarding their new guidance for who is considered up to date. 

We have had four staff members test positive for COVID since my last letter. We follow the government guidelines for quarantine and contact tracing. We continue with our contingency staffing plan because of our on-going struggles to hire staff in healthcare due to the pandemic. Our contingency plan includes testing of those not up to date according to CMS guidelines, testing all staff (regardless of vaccine status) with symptoms, screening of staff at the start of each shift, testing all staff with a one-time *high-risk/relevant exposure: if up to date – day 1 and then day 5-7 and if not up to date – every day for 5 days: all from the date of the exposure (exposure date is day 0). If the exposure is ongoing (meaning a staff member has a continuous exposure such as a household member) then the staff member is tested every day for 18 days. *A high risk/relevant exposure is defined as being closer than 6 feet for more than a cumulative time of 15 minutes without a face mask and shield.

Any staff member who tests positive is quarantined for at least 7 days and may return to work on day 7 (if they have a negative antigen test result between day 5 and day 7). If that antigen test is positive, the staff member may return to work on day 101. PC/PCMS and SNF/SNFMS positive residents are quarantined for 10 days. The affected unit will also be a “yellow zone” for 14 days from the date of the positive resident. In all situations the date of the positive individual is considered day 0. We ask all independent residents to follow the same guidelines as PC/PCMS and SNF/SNFMS.

We have a calendar on the bulletin board in the main building front lobby that tracks positive cases for staff and residents. It is updated throughout the month as cases are added. This calendar is in addition to the updated positive case notices that are added under the COVID page on our website.

Although we are open 24 hours each day, our regular visiting hours are Monday through Sunday from 8:00am-8:00pm. Our main doors are locked at 8:00pm. If a visitor wants to enter SARC after hours, please call the main number (717-285-5443) and the supervisor will open the doors.

Even with our visiting hours, our guidelines for PC/PCMS and SNF/SNFMS visits have not changed. Visits must occur in a resident’s room or visitation room. Visits and visitors can not be in common areas including the dining rooms, living rooms or sun rooms unless coordinated with the Nursing Team.

Because of the size of our personal care and skilled rooms and the need to follow the CDC’S CORE PRINCIPLES of COVID, we are recommending only 4 visitors at a time. All visitors, whether visiting inside or outside should keep a mask on while visiting. The CDC core principles are wearing of masks, frequent handwashing and social distancing (at least 6ft). We encourage outside visits as weather permits. Skilled care offers visitation rooms if needed for those residents residing in a semi-private room. If a visit is going to occur in a semi-private room, please make sure the privacy curtain is closed and both residents as well as all visitors are masked and following the CDC core principles. We still ask everyone to practice social distancing whenever possible, this includes waiting in a line, waiting for the elevator, or while on an elevator.

If a PC/PCMS or SNF/SNFMS visitor removes or lowers their mask outside of our guidelines while visiting (whether inside or outside), the visit will end and the visitor will be asked to leave. Repeated violations of this policy will result in suspension of visiting privileges.

We are using CDC’s community transmission tracker to determine how often we test staff who are not up to date. This is a requirement from CMS and DOH. Currently through August 30, the PA dashboard rate is 17.7% and CDC has Lancaster County at a “high/red” level. We are testing staff who are “not-up-to-date” twice each week at this time.

When we have an outbreak (according to CMS – this is one COVID positive resident or staff member) within a skilled or personal care area of our campus we must initiate contact tracing. Those residents and staff who are designated as having a relevant or high-level exposure are quarantined and/or tested according to government requirements. For entering into an unaffected area during a COVID outbreak,

our guidelines remain the same. In areas affected by the outbreak, anyone not considered up to date with their vaccine status will need to wear full PPE (personal protective equipment) when entering the exposed area. All others entering the area, may wear full PPE if they so choose to. This will include face mask (based on CDC guidelines and SARC’s COVID-19 status), face shield, gown and gloves.

We encourage all who enter our campus, visitors, vendors, volunteers or healthcare professional (no matter where the location is on campus) to be up to date with vaccines. We also encourage all visitors to have a COVID antigen test within 24-48 hours of visiting. All other individuals should be tested according to their employer/organization’s guidelines. If any individual either becomes COVID–19 positive or becomes aware of a COVID-19 exposure that occurred within 10 days prior to being on campus, they must immediately inform SARC at the time they are made aware. SARC will need to evaluate for staff and resident testing and contact tracing. If an individual has COVID-19 or has an exposure, we ask that you not enter our campus for 10 days.

We continue with our screening process for those who enter our main building except for EMS emergency calls and the Postal Service. We encourage everyone to practice social distancing (at least 6ft) and frequent handwashing while in any of our buildings. We require all who enter our main building to wear a surgical mask while in a common area. We do have surgical masks available for those who do not have one. We also offer face shields and masks with attached shields. While visiting SNF/SNFMS or PC/PCMS, visitors must wear a surgical mask in common areas, but the resident may choose to not have the visitor(s) wear one while in the resident room. The resident, roommate and visitors should be up to date with vaccines. Along with the surgical mask, vendors and volunteers must wear a face shield when in SNF/SNFMS or PC/PCMS. Please place the mask/shield in the appropriate receptacle by the main exit prior to leaving the building. For individuals entering PC/PCMS or SNF/SNFMS, we do have KN95s available at the reception desk.

For those entering one of our apartment buildings, we are not requiring the screening process however we do require all residents, vendors, employees and visitors/caregivers to wear a mask when in any common area. If someone needs entry into 100 Merlini Drive outside of normal hours (Mon-Sun 9am-5pm), the individual can call our main building number (717-285-5443) and coordinate through the receptionist or supervisor for entry.

Regardless of vaccine status, staff are required to wear a surgical mask while in our buildings and a face shield when in close contact with a resident or in a resident care area. Staff members who would like to wear a fit-tested N95 instead of a surgical mask, please reach out to your manager for details.   

For staff, if you have any signs or symptoms, please call your manager before entering the building. We need to determine if you need to be tested outside the building and discuss further actions that may be necessary.

 

New admissions at any level to our campus who are up to date, will not need to quarantine on arrival to SARC. Residents who are not up to date will need to complete a 10 day quarantine on admission. New admissions, at any level, are still required to have proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test within 72 hours of admission. New admissions to PC/PCMS and SNF/SNFMS will also be tested on arrival to St. Anne’s and again between day 5-7.

Any SNF or PC resident leaving SARC for less than 24 hours (regardless of vaccine status) will not need to quarantine for 10 days on return to the facility. Any SNF/SNFMS or PC/PCMS resident leaving the facility for more than 24 hours who is not up to date will need to quarantine for 10 days upon return to the facility. Both these scenarios are also contingent on whether there was a high-risk exposure while out of the building. We encourage our independent residents to follow these same guidelines.

 

We do have a vaccination program with Hillcrest, a local pharmacy, and Masonic Pharmacy (our pharmacy vendor) to administer the vaccine to those residents and employees who decide at any time that they would like the vaccine or a booster dose. Both Hillcrest and Masonic offer Pfizer and Moderna vaccines. Residents can reach out to social services regarding the vaccine/booster consent form. We have education information regarding vaccinations and boosters on our website. Staff members can visit Human Resources for education material and a consent form. We also have information on our intranet as well as offering education materials at new hire orientation. We ask that staff and independent residents who receive the vaccine or booster elsewhere, to please bring proof of vaccination for human resources or social services to place in their file. At any time, a staff member or resident can request a dose of the vaccine. Staff can request a dose through either Human Resources or their manager. Residents/POAs can request a dose through social services or a clinical manager. We will work with our pharmacy to schedule a time for the shot to be given.

We have received notice that the new Pfizer vaccine – Bivalent – should be available for us in September. We do not have a vaccine clinic scheduled at this time at St. Anne’s.  

Individuals eating in the Café, Bistro or Breakroom should only sit together at a table if everyone is up to date. If you choose to sit with an individual who is not up to date, please understand the risks you are assuming related to COVID. Those individuals, who are not up to date should socially distance while eating. The CDC core principles of frequent hand washing, social distancing and masking regardless of vaccine status should always be followed. We do have plexi-glass screens in each area for unvaccinated individuals to use.  

All activities including beauty shop/barber services, church services, activities and dining programs continue on our limited schedules based on positive cases within the organization. We are offering in-person Mass for all levels of care on various days. These programs are subject to change based on a unit having a positive or exposed resident and/or staff. We do not offer large group activities and recommend everyone to limit large group gatherings whether inside or outside in their everyday life/activities.

Even though we offer more relaxed visitation, CMS/CDC/DOH continues to require us to follow the core principles from CDC – SOCIAL DISTANCE, WEAR A MASK AND GOOD HAND HYGIENE and we  must continue to follow the directives from CDC, CMS and DOH. All staff, residents, non-employee individuals and visitors/caregivers need to follow our guidelines for each area of our campus at all times, while at any event and when riding in one of our vehicles. (for safety: vehicle drivers do not need to wear a shield).

The CDC has loosened guidelines for the general public but those guidelines do NOT apply to healthcare settings. Our guidelines for COVID-19 have not changed. These guidelines protect our residents, staff and all those who enter our campus.

The SARC COVID-19 telephone announcement is updated at least every other Wednesday. That number is 717-285-0946. This number is an announcement type message meaning you can listen but there is NO option to leave a message.

We have received some questions regarding the CDC having Lancaster listed as a “low” County and SARC saying Lancaster County is “high”. There are two different pages on the CDC website that address this difference. The general public looks at the County Community Level and because SARC is a healthcare entity – we must use the County Transmission Level. Please use the following information to see the information SARC uses on the CDC website:

 

 Copy and Paste in your browser:

https://covid.cdc.gov/covid-data-tracker/#datatracker-home

 

There is a yellow box at the top that says CDC recommends use of COVID-19 Community Levels to determine the impact of COVID-19 on communities and take action. Community Transmission levels are provided for healthcare facility use only.

 

Click on the Community Transmission Levels and the information that I am required to use will be displayed. If you would like to see Lancaster County Rates – use the drop down tab for “state” and then “county” – you need to scroll down to around page three and you will see Lancaster County is considered HIGH or RED right now through Tuesday, August 30.

Our county continues to see a high number of positive cases. Please be vigilant with following the core principles whether indoors or outside as the newer variant is easily transmitted. Because of the transmission levels and CMS, DOH and CDC guidance, SARC continues to follow and encourages the CORE principles for everyone entering our campus.

Updates will be maintained through our one call system, letters, website and COVID phone hotline. Should you have any questions, please contact us at 717-285-5443 and the receptionist can direct you to the appropriate personnel.

Thank you,

Mary Turnbaugh, President

St. Anne’s Retirement Community


August 24, 2022

To Residents, Staff and POAs/Family Members,

REMINDERS

All individuals (including independent residents) must wear a surgical mask when in any common area on campus – this includes Apartment Building 100 and 200.

All independent campus residents entering the main building for any reason, must follow our screening process.

Anyone entering our Personal Care (PC and PCMS) and Skilled (SNF and SNFMS) areas – this includes any resident from any level of care – must wear a surgical mask and are encouraged to wear face shields. Non-employee individuals such as vendors, volunteers and healthcare professionals must wear the face shield when in any resident care area or in close contact with a resident.  

Everyone must wear their mask correctly. It must cover the nose and mouth.

Because individuals can contract different variants of COVID-19 (meaning you can get COVID more than once), CDC has changed the requirements for an individual to be considered up to date. Now the guidelines are requiring individuals over 50 to have their second booster to be considered up to date. Their new guidelines: unvaccinated, vaccinated but no boosters and those over 50 with only one booster dose are all not up to date. Those over 50 with two booster doses and those under 50 with one or two booster doses are the only individuals considered up to date. There is information on our website and intranet from the CDC regarding their new guidance for who is considered up to date. 

We have had seven staff members test positive for COVID since my last letter. We follow the government guidelines for quarantine and contact tracing. We continue with our contingency staffing plan because of our on-going struggles to hire staff in healthcare due to the pandemic. Our contingency plan includes testing of those not up to date according to CMS guidelines, testing all staff (regardless of vaccine status) with symptoms, screening of staff at the start of each shift, testing all staff with a one-time *high-risk/relevant exposure: if up to date – day 1 and then day 5-7 and if not up to date – every day for 5 days: all from the date of the exposure (exposure date is day 0). If the exposure is ongoing (meaning a staff member has a continuous exposure such as a household member) then the staff member is tested every day for 18 days. *A high risk/relevant exposure is defined as being closer than 6 feet for more than a cumulative time of 15 minutes without a face mask and shield.

Any staff member who tests positive is quarantined for at least 7 days and may return to work on day 8 (if they have a negative antigen test result between day 5 and day 7). If that antigen test is positive, the staff member may return to work on day 11. PC/PCMS and SNF/SNFMS positive residents are quarantined for 10 days. The affected unit will also be a “yellow zone” for 14 days from the date of the positive resident. In all situations the date of the positive individual is considered day 0. We ask all independent residents to follow the same guidelines as PC/PCMS and SNF/SNFMS.

We have a calendar on the bulletin board in the main building front lobby that tracks positive cases for staff and residents. It is updated throughout the month as cases are added. This calendar is in addition to the updated positive case notices that are added under the COVID page on our website.

Although we are open 24 hours each day, our regular visiting hours are Monday through Sunday from 8:00am-8:00pm. Our main doors are locked at 8:00pm. If a visitor wants to enter SARC after hours, please call the main number (717-285-5443) and the supervisor will open the doors.

Even with our visiting hours, our guidelines for PC/PCMS and SNF/SNFMS visits have not changed. Visits must occur in a resident’s room or visitation room. Visits and visitors can not be in common areas including the dining rooms, living rooms or sun rooms unless coordinated with the Nursing Team.

Because of the size of our personal care and skilled rooms and the need to follow the CDC’S CORE PRINCIPLES of COVID, we are recommending only 4 visitors at a time. All visitors, whether visiting inside or outside should keep a mask on while visiting. The CDC core principles are wearing of masks, frequent handwashing and social distancing (at least 6ft). We encourage outside visits as weather permits. Skilled care offers visitation rooms if needed for those residents residing in a semi-private room. If a visit is going to occur in a semi-private room, please make sure the privacy curtain is closed and both residents as well as all visitors are masked and following the CDC core principles. We still ask everyone to practice social distancing whenever possible, this includes waiting in a line, waiting for the elevator, or while on an elevator.

If a PC/PCMS or SNF/SNFMS visitor removes or lowers their mask outside of our guidelines while visiting (whether inside or outside), the visit will end and the visitor will be asked to leave. Repeated violations of this policy will result in suspension of visiting privileges.

We are using CDC’s community transmission tracker to determine how often we test staff who are not up to date. This is a requirement from CMS and DOH. Currently through August 16, the PA dashboard rate is 18.2% and CDC has Lancaster County at a “high/red” level. We are testing staff who are “not-up-to-date” twice each week at this time.

When we have an outbreak (according to CMS – this is one COVID positive resident or staff member) within a skilled or personal care area of our campus we must initiate contact tracing. Those residents and staff who are designated as having a relevant or high-level exposure are quarantined and/or tested according to government requirements. For entering into an unaffected area during a COVID outbreak,

our guidelines remain the same. In areas affected by the outbreak, anyone not considered up to date with their vaccine status will need to wear full PPE (personal protective equipment) when entering the exposed area. All others entering the area, may wear full PPE if they so choose to. This will include face mask (based on CDC guidelines and SARC’s COVID-19 status), face shield, gown and gloves.

We encourage all who enter our campus, visitors, vendors, volunteers or healthcare professional (no matter where the location is on campus) to be up to date with vaccines. We also encourage all visitors to have a COVID antigen test within 24-48 hours of visiting. All other individuals should be tested according to their employer/organization’s guidelines. If any individual either becomes COVID–19 positive or becomes aware of a COVID-19 exposure that occurred within 10 days prior to being on campus, they must immediately inform SARC at the time they are made aware. SARC will need to evaluate for staff and resident testing and contact tracing. If an individual has COVID-19 or has an exposure, we ask that you not enter our campus for 10 days.

We continue with our screening process for those who enter our main building except for EMS emergency calls and the Postal Service. We encourage everyone to practice social distance (at least 6ft) and frequent handwashing while in any of our buildings. We require all who enter our main building to wear a surgical mask while in a common area. We do have surgical masks available for those who do not have one. We also offer face shields and masks with attached shields. While visiting SNF/SNFMS or PC/PCMS, visitors must wear a surgical mask in common areas, but the resident may choose to not have the visitor(s) wear one while in the resident room. The resident, roommate and visitors should be up to date with vaccines. Along with the surgical mask, vendors and volunteers must wear a face shield when in SNF/SNFMS or PC/PCMS. Please place the mask/shield in the appropriate receptacle by the main exit prior to leaving the building. For individuals entering PC/PCMS or SNF/SNFMS, we do have KN95s available at the reception desk.

For those entering one of our apartment buildings, we are not requiring the screening process however we do require all residents, vendors, employees and visitors/caregivers to wear a mask when in any common area. If someone needs entry into 100 Merlini Drive outside of normal hours (Mon-Sun 9am-5pm), the individual can call our main building number (717-285-5443) and coordinate through the receptionist or supervisor for entry.

Regardless of vaccine status, staff are required to wear a surgical mask while in our buildings and a face shield when in close contact with a resident or in a resident care area. Staff members who would like to wear a fit-tested N95 instead of a surgical mask, please reach out to your manager for details.   

For staff, if you have any signs or symptoms, please call your manager before entering the building. We need to determine if you need to be tested outside the building and discuss further actions that may be necessary.

 

New admissions at any level to our campus who are up to date, will not need to quarantine on arrival to SARC. Residents who are not up to date will need to complete a 10 day quarantine on admission. New admissions, at any level, are still required to have proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test within 72 hours of admission. New admissions to PC/PCMS and SNF/SNFMS will also be tested on arrival to St. Anne’s and again between day 5-7.

Any SNF or PC resident leaving SARC for less than 24 hours (regardless of vaccine status) will not need to quarantine for 10 days on return to the facility. Any SNF/SNFMS or PC/PCMS resident leaving the facility for more than 24 hours who is not up to date will need to quarantine for 10 days upon return to the facility. Both these scenarios are also contingent on whether there was a high-risk exposure while out of the building. We encourage our independent residents to follow these same guidelines.

We do have a vaccination program with Hillcrest, a local pharmacy, and Masonic Pharmacy (our pharmacy vendor) to administer the vaccine to those residents and employees who decide at any time that they would like the vaccine or a booster dose. Both Hillcrest and Masonic offer Pfizer and Moderna vaccines. Residents can reach out to social services regarding the vaccine/booster consent form. We have education information regarding vaccinations and boosters on our website. Staff members can visit Human Resources for education material and a consent form. We also have information on our intranet as well as offering education materials at new hire orientation. We ask that staff and independent residents who receive the vaccine or booster elsewhere, to please bring proof of vaccination for human resources or social services to place in their file. At any time, a staff member or resident can request a dose of the vaccine. Staff can request a dose through either Human Resources or their manager. Residents/POAs can request a dose through social services or a clinical manager. We will work with our pharmacy to schedule a time for the shot to be given.

We do not have a vaccine clinic scheduled at this time at St. Anne’s.  

Individuals eating in the Café, Bistro or Breakroom should only sit together at a table if everyone is up to date. If you choose to sit with an individual who is not up to date, please understand the risks you are assuming related to COVID. Those individuals, who are not up to date should socially distance while eating. The CDC core principles of frequent hand washing, social distancing and masking regardless of vaccine status should always be followed. We do have plexi-glass screens in each area for unvaccinated individuals to use.  

All activities including beauty shop/barber services, church services, activities and dining programs continue on our limited schedules based on positive cases within the organization. We are offering in-person Mass for all levels of care on various days. These programs are subject to change based on a unit having a positive or exposed resident and/or staff. We do not offer large group activities and recommend everyone to limit large group gatherings whether inside or outside in their everyday life/activities.

Even though we offer more relaxed visitation, CMS/CDC/DOH continues to require us to follow the core principles from CDC – SOCIAL DISTANCE, WEAR A MASK AND GOOD HAND HYGIENE and we  must continue to follow the directives from CDC, CMS and DOH. All staff, residents, non-employee individuals and visitors/caregivers need to follow our guidelines for each area of our campus at all times, while at any event and when riding in one of our vehicles. (for safety: vehicle drivers do not need to wear a shield).

The CDC has loosened guidelines for the general public but those guidelines do NOT apply to healthcare settings. Our guidelines for COVID-19 have not changed. These guidelines protect our residents, staff and all those who enter our campus.

The SARC COVID-19 telephone announcement is updated at least every other Wednesday. That number is 717-285-0946. This number is an announcement type message meaning you can listen but there is NO option to leave a message.

We have received some questions regarding the CDC having Lancaster listed as a “low” County and SARC saying Lancaster County is “high”. There are two different pages on the CDC website that address this difference. The general public looks at the County Community Level and because SARC is a healthcare entity – we must use the County Transmission Level. Please use the following information to see the information SARC uses on the CDC website:

 Copy and Paste in your browser:

https://covid.cdc.gov/covid-data-tracker/#datatracker-home

 

There is a yellow box at the top that says CDC recommends use of COVID-19 Community Levels to determine the impact of COVID-19 on communities and take action. Community Transmission levels are provided for healthcare facility use only.

 

Click on the Community Transmission Levels and the information that I am required to use will be displayed. If you would like to see Lancaster County Rates – use the drop down tab for “state” and then “county” – you need to scroll down to around page three and you will see Lancaster County is considered HIGH or RED right now through Tuesday, August 16.

Our county continues to see an increased number of positive cases. Please be vigilant with following the core principles whether indoors or outside as the newer variant is easily transmitted. Because of the transmission levels and CMS, DOH and CDC guidance, SARC continues to follow and encourages the CORE principles for everyone entering our campus.

Updates will be maintained through our one call system, letters, website and COVID phone hotline. Should you have any questions, please contact us at 717-285-5443 and the receptionist can direct you to the appropriate personnel.

Thank you,

Mary Turnbaugh, President

St. Anne’s Retirement Community


 

August 10, 2022

REMINDERS

All individuals (including independent residents) must wear a surgical mask when in any common area on campus – this includes Apartment Building 100 and 200.

All independent campus residents entering the main building for any reason, must follow our screening process which includes a temperature reading and answering our questionnaire.

Anyone entering our Personal Care (PC and PCMS) and Skilled (SNF and SNFMS) areas – this includes any resident from any level of care – must wear a surgical mask and are encouraged to wear face shields. Non-employee individuals such as vendors, volunteers and healthcare professionals must wear the face shield when in any resident care area or in close contact with a resident.  

Everyone must wear their mask correctly. It must cover the nose and mouth.

Please remember: even though you may have had COVID recently or some time over the last 2 years, you are still able to get COVID again and again. For this reason, CDC has changed the requirements for an individual to be considered up to date. Now the guidelines are requiring individuals over 50 to have their second booster to be considered up to date. Their new guidelines: unvaccinated, vaccinated but no boosters and those over 50 with only one booster dose are all not up to date. Those over 50 with two booster doses and those under 50 with one or two booster doses are the only individuals considered up to date. There is information on our website and intranet from the CDC regarding their new guidance for who is considered up to date. 

 

We have had ten staff members test positive for COVID since my last letter. We have also had one SNF Second Floor resident test positive since my last letter. We follow the government guidelines for quarantine and contact tracing. We continue with our contingency staffing plan because of our on-going struggles to hire staff in healthcare due to the pandemic. Our contingency plan includes testing of those not up to date according to CMS guidelines, testing all staff (regardless of vaccine status) with symptoms, screening of staff at the start of each shift, testing all staff with a one-time *high-risk/relevant exposure: if up-to-date – day 1 and then day 5-7 and if not up to date – every day for 5 days: all from the date of the exposure (exposure date is day 0). If the exposure is ongoing (meaning a staff member has a continuous exposure such as a household member) then the staff member is tested every day for 18 days. *A high risk/relevant exposure is defined as being closer than 6 feet for more than a cumulative time of 15 minutes without a face mask and shield. We also had one day during our outbreak when we utilized a positive staff member in the red zone to take care of our positive residents.   

Any staff member who tests positive is quarantined for at least 7 days and may return to work on day 8 (if they have a negative antigen test result between day 5 and day 7). If that antigen test is positive, the staff member may return to work on day 11. PC/PCMS and SNF/SNFMS positive residents are quarantined for 10 days. The affected unit will also be a “yellow zone” for 14 days from the date of the positive resident. In all situations the date of the positive individual is considered day 0. We ask all independent residents to follow the same guidelines as PC/PCMS and SNF/SNFMS.

We have a calendar on the bulletin board in the main building front lobby that tracks positive cases for staff and residents. It is updated throughout the month as cases are added. This calendar is in addition to the updated positive case notices that are added under the COVID page on our website.

Although we are open 24 hours each day, our regular visiting hours are Monday through Sunday from 8:00am-8:00pm. Our main doors are locked at 8:00pm. If a visitor wants to enter SARC after hours, please call the main number (717-285-5443) and the supervisor will open the doors.

Even with our visiting hours, our guidelines for PC/PCMS and SNF/SNFMS visits have not changed. Visits must occur in a resident’s room or visitation room. Visits and visitors can not be in common areas including the dining rooms, living rooms or sun rooms unless coordinated with the Nursing Team.

 

Because of the size of our personal care and skilled rooms and the need to follow the CDC’S CORE PRINCIPLES of COVID, we are recommending only 4 visitors at a time. All visitors, whether visiting inside or outside must keep a mask on while visiting. The CDC core principles are wearing of masks, frequent handwashing and social distancing (at least 6ft). We encourage outside visits as weather permits. Skilled care offers visitation rooms if needed for those residents residing in a semi-private room. If a visit is going to occur in a semi-private room, please make sure the privacy curtain is closed and both residents as well as all visitors are masked and following the CDC core principles. We still ask everyone to practice social distancing whenever possible, this includes waiting in a line, waiting for the elevator, or while on an elevator.

 

If a PC/PCMS or SNF/SNFMS visitor removes or lowers their mask outside of our guidelines while visiting (whether inside or outside), the visit will end and the visitor will be asked to leave. Repeated violations of this policy will result in suspension of visiting privileges.

 

We are using CDC’s community transmission tracker to determine how often we test staff who are “not-up-to-date”. This is a requirement from CMS and DOH. Currently through August 2, the PA dashboard rate is 19.1% and CDC has Lancaster County at a “high/red” level. We are testing staff who are “not-up-to-date” twice each week at this time.

 

When we have an outbreak (according to CMS – this is one COVID positive resident or staff member) within a skilled or personal care area of our campus we must initiate contact tracing. Those residents and staff who are designated as having a relevant or high-level exposure are quarantined and/or tested according to government requirements. For entering into an unaffected area during a COVID outbreak, our guidelines remain the same. In areas affected by the outbreak, anyone not considered up to date with their vaccine status will need to wear full PPE (personal protective equipment) when entering the exposed area. All others entering the area, may wear full PPE if they so choose to. This will include face mask (based on CDC guidelines and SARC’s COVID-19 status), face shield, gown and gloves.

 

We encourage all who enter our campus, visitors, vendors, volunteers or healthcare professional (HCP) (no matter where the location is on campus) to be up to date with vaccines. We also encourage all visitors to have a COVID antigen test within 24-48 hours of visiting. All other individuals should be tested according to their employer/organization’s guidelines. If any individual either becomes COVID–19 positive or becomes aware of a COVID-19 exposure that occurred within 10 days prior to being on campus, they must immediately inform SARC at the time they are made aware. SARC will need to evaluate for staff and resident testing and contact tracing. If an individual has COVID-19 or has an exposure, we ask that you not enter our campus for 10 days.

 

We continue with our screening process for those who enter our buildings except for EMS emergency calls and the Postal Service. Everyone will continue to wear masks, social distance (at least 6ft) and perform frequent handwashing while in any of our buildings. We are requiring all who enter our buildings for skilled and personal care to wear a surgical mask, which we are providing. We have surgical masks with and without shields attached as we are also recommending a face shield for SNF and PC visitors. Vendors, volunteers and HCP must wear the face shield when in these areas. Please place the mask/shield in the appropriate receptacle by the main exit prior to leaving the building. For individuals entering PC/PCMS or SNF/SNFMS, we do have KN95s available at the reception desk.

 

For those entering one of our apartment buildings, we are not requiring the screening process however we do require all residents and visitors/caregivers to wear a mask when in any common area. If someone needs entry into 100 Merlini Drive outside of normal hours (Mon-Sun 9am-5pm), the individual can call our main building number (717-285-5443) and coordinate through the receptionist or supervisor for entry.

 

Regardless of vaccine status, staff are required to wear a surgical mask while in our buildings and a face shield when in close contact with a resident or in a resident care area. Staff members who would like to wear a fit-tested N95 instead of a surgical mask, please reach out to your manager for details.   

 

For staff, if you have any signs or symptoms, please call your manager before entering the building. We need to determine if you need to be tested outside the building and discuss further actions that may be necessary.

 

New admissions at any level to our campus who are up to date, will not need to quarantine on arrival to SARC. Residents who are not up to date will need to complete a 10 day quarantine on admission. New admissions, at any level, are still required to have proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test within 72 hours of admission. New admissions to PC/PCMS and SNF/SNFMS will also be tested on arrival to St. Anne’s and again between day 5-7.

 

Any SNF or PC resident leaving SARC for less than 24 hours (regardless of vaccine status) will not need to quarantine for 10 days on return to the facility. Any SNF/SNFMS or PC/PCMS resident leaving the facility for more than 24 hours who is not up to date will need to quarantine for 10 days upon return to the facility. Both these scenarios are also contingent on whether there was a high-risk exposure while out of the building. We encourage our independent residents to follow these same guidelines.

 

We do have a vaccination program with Hillcrest, a local pharmacy, and Masonic Pharmacy (our pharmacy vendor) to administer the vaccine to those residents and employees who decide at any time that they would like the vaccine or a booster dose. Both Hillcrest and Masonic offer Pfizer and Moderna vaccines. Residents can reach out to social services regarding the vaccine/booster consent form. We have education information regarding vaccinations and boosters on our website. Staff members can visit Human Resources for education material and a consent form. We also have information on our intranet as well as offering education materials at new hire orientation. We ask that staff and independent residents who receive the vaccine or booster elsewhere, to please bring proof of vaccination for human resources or social services to place in their file. At any time, a staff member or resident can request a dose of the vaccine. Staff can request a dose through either Human Resources or their manager. Residents/POAs can request a dose through social services or a clinical manager. We will work with our pharmacy to schedule a time for the shot to be given.

 

We do not have another vaccine clinic scheduled at this time.  

 

Individuals eating in the Café, Bistro or Breakroom should only sit together at a table if everyone is up to date. If you choose to sit with an individual who is not up to date, please understand the risks you are assuming related to COVID. Those individuals, who are not up to date should socially distance while eating. The CDC core principles of frequent hand washing, social distancing and masking regardless of vaccine status should always be followed. We do have plexi-glass screens in each area for unvaccinated individuals to use.  

All activities including beauty shop/barber services, church services, activities and dining programs continue on our limited schedules based on positive cases within the organization. We are offering in-person Mass for all levels of care on various days. These programs are subject to change based on a unit having a positive or exposed resident and/or staff.  

Even though we offer more relaxed visitation, CMS/CDC/DOH continues to require us to follow the core principles from CDC – SOCIAL DISTANCE, WEAR A MASK AND GOOD HAND HYGIENE. We also must continue to follow the directives from CDC, CMS and DOH. All staff, residents, non- employee individuals and visitors/caregivers need to follow our guidelines for each area of our campus at all times, while at any event and when riding in one of our vehicles. (for safety: vehicle drivers do not need to wear a shield).

The principles are for the protection of our residents, staff and all those who enter our campus

Because the government has not changed the guidelines for COVID-19, we are still recommending for everyone to limit large group gatherings whether inside or outside in their everyday life/activities. Individuals should be wearing a mask and social distancing during any event or outing.

The SARC COVID-19 telephone announcement is updated at least every other Wednesday. That number is 717-285-0946. This number is an announcement type message meaning you can listen but there is NO option to leave a message.

 

We have received some questions regarding the CDC having Lancaster listed as a “low” County and SARC saying Lancaster County is “high”. There are two different pages on the CDC website that address this difference. The general public looks at the County Community Level and because SARC is a healthcare entity – we must use the County Transmission Level. Please use the following information to see the information SARC uses on the CDC website:

 

Copy and Paste in your browser:

https://covid.cdc.gov/covid-data-tracker/#datatracker-home

 

There is a yellow box at the top that says CDC recommends use of COVID-19 Community Levels to determine the impact of COVID-19 on communities and take action. Community Transmission levels are provided for healthcare facility use only.

 

Click on the Community Transmission Levels and the information that I am required to use will be displayed. If you would like to see Lancaster County Rates – use the drop down tab for “state” and then “county” – you need to scroll down to around page three and you will see Lancaster County is considered HIGH or RED right now through Tuesday, August 2.

 

We are seeing an increase in positive cases within SARC and within the county. Please be vigilant with following the core principles whether indoors or outside as the newer variant is easily transmitted. Because of the transmission levels and CMS, DOH and CDC guidance, SARC continues to follow and encourages the CORE principles for everyone entering our campus.

 

Updates will be maintained through our one call system, letters, website and COVID phone hotline. Should you have any questions, please contact us at 717-285-5443 and the receptionist can direct you to the appropriate personnel.

 

Thank you,

 

Mary Turnbaugh, President

St. Anne’s Retirement Community


July 27, 2022

REMINDERS

All individuals (including independent residents) must wear a surgical mask when in any common area on campus – this includes Apartment Building 100 and 200.

All independent campus residents entering the main building for any reason, must follow our screening process which includes a temperature reading and answering our questionnaire.

Anyone entering our Personal Care (PC and PCMS) and Skilled (SNF and SNFMS) areas – this includes any resident from any level of care – must wear a surgical mask and are encouraged to wear face shields. Vendors, volunteers and healthcare professionals (HCP) must wear the face shield when in any resident care area or in close contact with a resident.  

Everyone must wear their mask correctly. It must cover the nose and mouth.

Please remember: even though you may have had COVID recently or some time over the last 2 years, you are still able to get COVID again and again. For this reason, CDC has changed the requirements for an individual to be considered “fully vaccinated”. Now the guidelines are requiring individuals over 50 to have their second booster to be considered “up-to-date”. Their new guidelines: unvaccinated, vaccinated but no boosters and those over 50 with only one booster dose are all considered “not-up-to-date”. Those over 50 with two booster doses and those under 50 with one or two booster doses are the only individuals considered “up-to-date”. There is information on our website and intranet from the CDC regarding their new guidance for who is considered “up-to-date”. 

 

We have had nine positive staff members test positive for COVID since my last letter. We have also had one Personal Care resident, two SNF Memory Support residents and two SNF Second Floor residents test positive since my last letter. We follow the government guidelines for quarantine and contact tracing. We continue with our contingency staffing plan because of our on-going struggles to hire staff in healthcare due to the pandemic. Our contingency plan includes testing of those not considered “up-to-date” according to CMS guidelines, testing all staff (regardless of vaccine status) with symptoms, screening of staff at the start of each shift, testing all staff with a one-time *high-risk/relevant exposure: if up-to-date – day 1 and then day 5-7 and if not up to date – every day for 5 days: all from the date of the exposure (exposure date is day 0). If the exposure is ongoing (meaning a staff member has a continuous exposure such as a household member) then the staff member is tested every day for 18 days. *A high risk/relevant exposure is defined as being closer than 6 feet for more than a cumulative time of 15 minutes without a face mask and shield.   

Any staff member who tests positive is quarantined for at least 7 days and may return to work on day 8 (if they have a negative antigen test result between day 5 and day 7). If that antigen test is positive, the staff member may return to work on day 11. PC/PCMS and SNF/SNFMS positive residents are quarantined for 10 days. The affected unit will also be a “yellow zone” for 14 days from the date of the positive resident. In all situations the date of the positive individual is considered day 0. We ask all independent residents to follow the same guidelines as PC/PCMS and SNF/SNFMS.

We have a calendar on the bulletin board in the main building front lobby that tracks positive cases for staff and residents. It is updated throughout the month as cases are added. This calendar is in addition to the updated positive case notices that are added under the COVID page on our website.

Although we are open 24 hours each day, our regular visiting hours are Monday through Sunday from 8:00am-8:00pm. Our main doors are locked at 8:00pm. If a visitor wants to enter SARC after hours, please call the main number (717-285-5443) and the supervisor will open the doors.

Even with our visiting hours, our guidelines for PC/PCMS and SNF/SNFMS visits have not changed. Visits must occur in a resident’s room or visitation room. Visits and visitors can not be in common areas including the dining rooms, living rooms or sun rooms unless coordinated with the Nursing Team.

 

Because of the size of our personal care and skilled rooms and the need to follow the CDC’S CORE PRINCIPLES of COVID, we are recommending only 4 visitors at a time. All visitors, whether visiting inside or outside must keep a mask on while visiting. The CDC core principles are wearing of masks, frequent handwashing and social distancing (at least 6ft). We encourage outside visits as weather permits. Skilled care offers visitation rooms if needed for those residents residing in a semi-private room. If a visit is going to occur in a semi-private room, please make sure the privacy curtain is closed and both residents as well as all visitors are masked and following the CDC core principles. We still ask everyone to practice social distancing whenever possible, this includes waiting in a line, waiting for the elevator, or while on an elevator.

 

If a PC/PCMS or SNF/SNFMS visitor removes or lowers their mask outside of our guidelines while visiting (whether inside or outside), the visit will end and the visitor will be asked to leave. Repeated violations of this policy will result in suspension of visiting privileges.

 

We are using CDC’s community transmission tracker to determine how often we test staff who are “not-up-to-date”. This is a requirement from CMS and DOH. Currently through July 19, the PA dashboard rate is 19.4% and CDC has Lancaster County at a “high/red” level. We are testing staff who are “not-up-to-date” twice each week at this time.

 

When we have an outbreak (according to CMS – this is one COVID positive resident or staff member) within a skilled or personal care area of our campus we must initiate contact tracing. Those residents and staff who are designated as having a relevant or high-level exposure are quarantined and/or tested according to government requirements. For entering into an unaffected area during a COVID outbreak,

 

 

our guidelines remain the same. In areas affected by the outbreak, anyone not considered “up-to-date”  with their vaccine status will need to wear full PPE (personal protective equipment) when entering the exposed area. All others entering the area, may choose to wear full PPE if they so choose to. This will include face mask (based on CDC guidelines and SARC’s COVID-19 status), face shield, gown and gloves.

 

We encourage all who enter our campus, visitors, vendors, volunteers or healthcare professional (HCP) (no matter where the location is on campus) to be up to date with vaccines. We also encourage all visitors to have a COVID antigen test within 24-48 hours of visiting. All other individuals should be tested according to their employer/organization’s guidelines. If any individual either becomes COVID–19 positive or becomes aware of a COVID-19 exposure that occurred within 10 days prior to being on campus, they must immediately inform SARC at the time they are made aware. SARC will need to evaluate for staff and resident testing and contact tracing. If an individual has COVID-19 or has an exposure, we ask that you not enter our campus for 10 days.

 

We continue with our screening process for those who enter our buildings except for EMS emergency calls and the Postal Service. Everyone will continue to wear masks, social distance (at least 6ft) and perform frequent handwashing while in any of our buildings. We are requiring all who enter our buildings for skilled and personal care to wear a surgical mask, which we are providing. We have surgical masks with and without shields attached as we are also recommending a face shield for SNF and PC visitors. Vendors, volunteers and HCP must wear the face shield when in these areas. Please place the mask/shield in the appropriate receptacle by the main exit prior to leaving the building. For individuals entering PC/PCMS or SNF/SNFMS, we do have KN95s available at the reception desk.

 

For those entering one of our apartment buildings, we are not requiring the screening process however we do require all residents and visitors/caregivers to wear a mask when in any common area. If someone needs entry into 100 Merlini Drive outside of normal hours (Mon-Sun 9am-5pm), the individual can call our main building number (717-285-5443) and coordinate through the receptionist or supervisor for entry.

 

Regardless of vaccine status, staff are required to wear a surgical mask while in our buildings and a face shield when in close contact with a resident or in a resident care area. Staff members who would like to wear a fit-tested N95 instead of a surgical mask, please reach out to your manager for details.   

 

For staff, if you have any signs or symptoms, please call your manager before entering the building. We need to determine if you need to be tested outside the building and discuss further actions that may be necessary.

 

New admissions at any level to our campus who are boostered/up-to-date, will not need to quarantine on arrival to SARC. Residents who are unvaccinated or vaccinated will need to complete a 10 day quarantine on admission. New admissions, at any level, are still required to have proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test within 72 hours of admission. New admissions to PC/PCMS and SNF/SNFMS will also be tested on arrival to St. Anne’s and again between day 5-7.

 

Any SNF or PC resident leaving SARC for less than 24 hours (regardless of vaccine status) will not need to quarantine for 10 days on return to the facility. Any SNF/SNFMS or PC/PCMS resident leaving the facility for more than 24 hours who is not considered “up-to-date” will need to quarantine for 10 days upon return to the facility. Both these scenarios are also contingent on whether there was a high-risk exposure while out of the building. We encourage our independent residents to follow these same guidelines.

 

 

 

 

We do have a vaccination program with Hillcrest, a local pharmacy, and Masonic Pharmacy (our pharmacy vendor) to administer the vaccine to those residents and employees who decide at any time that they would like the vaccine or a booster dose. Both Hillcrest and Masonic offer Pfizer and Moderna vaccines. Residents can reach out to social services regarding the vaccine/booster consent form. We have education information regarding vaccinations and boosters on our website. Staff members can visit Human Resources for education material and a consent form. We also have information on our intranet as well as offering education materials at new hire orientation. We ask that staff and independent residents who receive the vaccine or booster elsewhere, to please bring proof of vaccination for human resources or social services to place in their file. At any time, a staff member or resident can request a dose of the vaccine. Staff can request a dose through either Human Resources or their manager. Residents/POAs can request a dose through social services or a clinical manager. We will work with our pharmacy to schedule a time for the shot to be given.

 

We do not have another vaccine clinic scheduled at this time.  

 

Individuals eating in the Café, Bistro or Breakroom should only sit together at a table if everyone is “up-to-date”. If you choose to sit with an individual who is not “up-to-date”, please understand the risks you are assuming related to COVID. Those individuals, who are not “up-to-date” should socially distance while eating. The CDC core principles of frequent hand washing, social distancing and masking regardless of vaccine status should always be followed. We do have plexi-glass screens in each area for unvaccinated individuals to use.  

All activities including beauty shop/barber services, church services, activities and dining programs continue on our limited schedules. We are offering in-person Mass for all levels of care on various days. These programs are subject to change based on a unit having a positive or exposed resident and/or staff.  

Even though we offer more relaxed visitation, CMS/CDC/DOH continues to require us to follow the core principles from CDC – SOCIAL DISTANCE, WEAR A MASK AND GOOD HAND HYGIENE. We also must continue to follow the directives from CDC, CMS and DOH. All staff, residents, HCP and visitors/caregivers need to follow our guidelines for each area of our campus at all times, while at any event and when riding in one of our vehicles. (for safety: vehicle drivers do not need to wear a shield).

The principles are for the protection of our residents, staff and all those who enter our campus

Because the government has not changed the guidelines for COVID-19, we are still recommending for everyone to limit large group gatherings whether inside or outside in their everyday life/activities. Individuals should be wearing a mask and social distancing during any event or outing.

The SARC COVID-19 telephone announcement is updated at least every other Wednesday. That number is 717-285-0946. This number is an announcement type message meaning you can listen but there is NO option to leave a message.

 

We have received some questions regarding the CDC having Lancaster listed as a “low” County and SARC saying Lancaster County is “high”. There are two different pages on the CDC website that address this difference. The general public looks at the County Community Level and because SARC is a healthcare entity – we must use the County Transmission Level. Please use the following information to see the information SARC uses on the CDC website:

 

Copy and Paste in your browser:

https://covid.cdc.gov/covid-data-tracker/#datatracker-home

 

There is a yellow box at the top that says CDC recommends use of COVID-19 Community Levels to determine the impact of COVID-19 on communities and take action. Community Transmission levels are provided for healthcare facility use only.

 

Click on the Community Transmission Levels and the information that I am required to use will be displayed. If you would like to see Lancaster County Rates – use the drop down tab for “state” and then “county” – you need to scroll down to around page three and you will see Lancaster County is considered HIGH or RED right now through Tuesday, July 19.

 

We are seeing an increase in positive cases within SARC and within the county. Please be vigilant with following the core principles whether indoors or outside as the newer variant is easily transmitted. Because of the transmission levels and CMS, DOH and CDC guidance, SARC continues to follow and encourages the CORE principles for everyone entering our campus.

 

Updates will be maintained through our one call system, letters, website and COVID phone hotline. Should you have any questions, please contact us at 717-285-5443 and the receptionist can direct you to the appropriate personnel.

 

Thank you,

 

Mary Turnbaugh, President

St. Anne’s Retirement Community


July 13, 2022

REMINDERS

All individuals (including independent residents) must wear a surgical mask when in any common area on campus – this includes Apartment Building 100 and 200.

All independent campus residents entering the main building for any reason, must follow our screening process which includes a temperature reading and answering our questionnaire.

Anyone entering our Personal Care (PC and PCMS) and Skilled (SNF and SNFMS) areas – this includes any resident from any level of care – must wear a surgical mask and are encouraged to wear face shields. Vendors, volunteers and healthcare professionals (HCP) must wear the face shield when in any resident care area or in close contact with a resident.  

Everyone must wear their mask correctly. It must cover the nose and mouth.

Please remember: even though you may have had COVID recently or some time over the last 2 years, you are still able to get COVID again and again. For this reason, CDC has changed the requirements for an individual to be considered “fully vaccinated”. Now the guidelines are requiring individuals over 50 to have their second booster to be considered “up-to-date”. Their new guidelines: unvaccinated, vaccinated but no boosters and those over 50 with only one booster dose are all considered “not-up-to-date”. Those over 50 with two booster doses and those under 50 with one or two booster doses are the only individuals considered “up-to-date”. There is information on our website and intranet from the CDC regarding their new guidance for who is considered “up-to-date”. 

 

We have had three positive staff members since my last letter. We follow the government guidelines for quarantine and contact tracing. We continue with our contingency staffing plan because of our on-going struggles to hire staff in healthcare due to the pandemic. Our contingency plan includes testing of those not considered “up-to-date” according to CMS guidelines, testing all staff (regardless of vaccine status) with symptoms, screening of staff at the start of each shift, testing all staff with a one-time *high-risk/relevant exposure: if up-to-date – day 1 and then

day 5-7 and if not up to date – every day for 5 days: all from the date of the exposure (exposure date is day 0). If the exposure is ongoing (meaning a staff member has a continuous exposure such as a household member) then the staff member is tested every day for 18 days. *A high risk/relevant exposure is defined as being closer than 6 feet for more than a cumulative time of 15 minutes without a face mask and shield.   

Any staff member who tests positive is quarantined for at least 7 days and may return to work on day 8 (if they have a negative antigen test result between day 5 and day 7). If that antigen test is positive, the staff member may return to work on day 11. PC/PCMS and SNF/SNFMS positive residents are quarantined for 10 days. We ask all independent residents to follow the same guidelines as PC/PCMS and SNF/SNFMS.

We have a calendar on the bulletin board in the main building front lobby that tracks positive cases for staff and residents. It is updated throughout the month as cases are added. This calendar is in addition to the updated positive case notices that are added under the COVID page on our website.

Although we are open 24 hours each day, our regular visiting hours are Monday through Sunday from 8:00am-8:00pm. Our main doors are locked at 8:00pm. If a visitor wants to enter SARC after hours, please call the main number (717-285-5443) and the supervisor will open the doors.

Even with our visiting hours, our guidelines for PC/PCMS and SNF/SNFMS visits have not changed. Visits must occur in a resident’s room or visitation room. Visits and visitors can not be in common areas including the dining rooms, living rooms or sun rooms unless coordinated with the Nursing Team.

 

Because of the size of our personal care and skilled rooms and the need to follow the CDC’S CORE PRINCIPLES of COVID, we are recommending only 4 visitors at a time. All visitors, whether visiting inside or outside must keep a mask on while visiting. The CDC core principles are wearing of masks, frequent handwashing and social distancing (at least 6ft). We encourage outside visits as weather permits. Skilled care offers visitation rooms if needed for those residents residing in a semi-private room. If a visit is going to occur in a semi-private room, please make sure the privacy curtain is closed and both residents as well as all visitors are masked and following the CDC core principles. We still ask everyone to practice social distancing whenever possible, this includes waiting in a line, waiting for the elevator, or while on an elevator.

 

If a PC/PCMS or SNF/SNFMS visitor removes or lowers their mask outside of our guidelines while visiting (whether inside or outside), the visit will end and the visitor will be asked to leave. Repeated violations of this policy will result in suspension of visiting privileges.

 

We are using CDC’s community transmission tracker to determine how often we test staff who are “not-up-to-date”. This is a requirement from CMS and DOH. Currently through July 5, the PA dashboard rate is 15.4% and CDC has Lancaster County at a “high/red” level. We are testing staff who are “not-up-to-date” twice each week at this time.

 

When we have an outbreak (according to CMS – this is one COVID positive resident or staff member) within a skilled or personal care area of our campus we must initiate contact tracing. Those residents and staff who are designated as having a relevant or high-level exposure are quarantined and/or tested according to government requirements. For entering into an unaffected area during a COVID outbreak,

 

 

our guidelines remain the same. In areas affected by the outbreak, anyone not considered “up-to-date”  with their vaccine status will need to wear full PPE (personal protective equipment) when entering the exposed area. All others entering the area, may choose to wear full PPE if they so choose to. This will include face mask (based on CDC guidelines and SARC’s COVID-19 status), face shield, gown and gloves.

 

We encourage all who enter our campus, visitors, vendors, volunteers or healthcare professional (HCP) (no matter where the location is on campus) to be up to date with vaccines. We also encourage all visitors to have a COVID antigen test within 24-48 hours of visiting. All other individuals should be tested according to their employer/organization’s guidelines. If any individual either becomes COVID–19 positive or becomes aware of a COVID-19 exposure that occurred within 10 days prior to being on campus, they must immediately inform SARC at the time they are made aware. SARC will need to evaluate for staff and resident testing and contact tracing. If an individual has COVID-19 or has an exposure, we ask that you not enter our campus for 10 days.

 

We continue with our screening process for those who enter our buildings except for EMS emergency calls and the Postal Service. Everyone will continue to wear masks, social distance (at least 6ft) and perform frequent handwashing while in any of our buildings. We are requiring all who enter our buildings for skilled and personal care to wear a surgical mask, which we are providing. We have surgical masks with and without shields attached as we are also recommending a face shield for SNF and PC visitors. Vendors, volunteers and HCP must wear the face shield when in these areas. Please place the mask/shield in the appropriate receptacle by the main exit prior to leaving the building. For individuals entering PC/PCMS or SNF/SNFMS, we do have KN95s available at the reception desk.

 

For those entering one of our apartment buildings, we are not requiring the screening process however we do require all residents and visitors/caregivers to wear a mask when in any common area. If someone needs entry into 100 Merlini Drive outside of normal hours (Mon-Sun 9am-5pm), the individual can call our main building number (717-285-5443) and coordinate through the receptionist or supervisor for entry.

 

Regardless of vaccine status, staff are required to wear a surgical mask while in our buildings and a face shield when in close contact with a resident or in a resident care area. Staff members who would like to wear a fit-tested N95 instead of a surgical mask, please reach out to your manager for details.   

 

For staff, if you have any signs or symptoms, please call your manager before entering the building. We need to determine if you need to be tested outside the building and discuss further actions that may be necessary.

 

New admissions at any level to our campus who are boostered/up-to-date, will not need to quarantine on arrival to SARC. Residents who are unvaccinated or vaccinated will need to complete a 10 day quarantine on admission. New admissions, at any level, are still required to have proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test within 72 hours of admission. New admissions to PC/PCMS and SNF/SNFMS will also be tested on arrival to St. Anne’s and again between day 5-7.

 

Any SNF or PC resident leaving SARC for less than 24 hours (regardless of vaccine status) will not need to quarantine for 10 days on return to the facility. Any SNF/SNFMS or PC/PCMS resident leaving the facility for more than 24 hours who is not considered “up-to-date” will need to quarantine for 10 days upon return to the facility. Both these scenarios are also contingent on whether there was a high-risk exposure while out of the building. We encourage our independent residents to follow these same guidelines.

 

We do have a vaccination program with Hillcrest, a local pharmacy, and Masonic Pharmacy (our pharmacy vendor) to administer the vaccine to those residents and employees who decide at any time that they would like the vaccine or a booster dose. Both Hillcrest and Masonic offer Pfizer and Moderna vaccines. Residents can reach out to social services regarding the vaccine/booster consent form. We have education information regarding vaccinations and boosters on our website. Staff members can visit Human Resources for education material and a consent form. We also have information on our intranet as well as offering education materials at new hire orientation. We ask that staff and independent residents who receive the vaccine or booster elsewhere, to please bring proof of vaccination for human resources or social services to place in their file. At any time, a staff member or resident can request a dose of the vaccine. Staff can request a dose through either Human Resources or their manager. Residents/POAs can request a dose through social services or a clinical manager. We will work with our pharmacy to schedule a time for the shot to be given.

 

We have a vaccine clinic on July 21 with Masonic Pharmacy. This clinic is from 7:30am-9:00am and additional times may be added if we have numerous requests. The clinic will be in Pauline Hall.

 

Individuals eating in the Café, Bistro or Breakroom should only sit together at a table if everyone is “up-to-date”. If you choose to sit with an individual who is not “up-to-date”, please understand the risks you are assuming related to COVID. Those individuals, who are not “up-to-date” should socially distance while eating. The CDC core principles of frequent hand washing, social distancing and masking regardless of vaccine status should always be followed. We do have plexi-glass screens in each area for unvaccinated individuals to use.  

All activities including beauty shop/barber services, church services, activities and dining programs continue on our limited schedules. We are offering in-person Mass for all levels of care on various weekdays. These programs are subject to change based on a unit having a positive or exposed resident and/or staff.  

Even though we offer more relaxed visitation, CMS/CDC/DOH continues to require us to follow the core principles from CDC – SOCIAL DISTANCE, WEAR A MASK AND GOOD HAND HYGIENE. We also must continue to follow the directives from CDC, CMS and DOH. All staff, residents, HCP and visitors/caregivers need to follow our guidelines for each area of our campus at all times, while at any event and when riding in one of our vehicles. (for safety: vehicle drivers do not need to wear a shield).

The principles are for the protection of our residents, staff and all those who enter our campus

Because the government has not changed the guidelines for COVID-19, we are still recommending to everyone to limit large group gatherings whether inside or outside in their everyday life/activities. Individuals should be wearing a mask and social distancing during any event or outing.

The SARC COVID-19 telephone announcement is updated at least every other Wednesday. That number is 717-285-0946. This number is an announcement type message meaning you can listen but there is NO option to leave a message.

 

We have received some questions regarding the CDC having Lancaster listed as a “low” County and SARC saying Lancaster County is “high”. There are two different pages on the CDC website that address this difference. The general public looks at the County Community Level and because SARC is a healthcare entity – we must use the County Transmission Level. Please use the following information to see the information SARC uses on the CDC website:

 

Copy and Paste in your browser:

https://covid.cdc.gov/covid-data-tracker/#datatracker-home

 

There is a yellow box at the top that says CDC recommends use of COVID-19 Community Levels to determine the impact of COVID-19 on communities and take action. Community Transmission levels are provided for healthcare facility use only.

 

Click on the Community Transmission Levels and the information that I am required to use will be displayed. If you would like to see Lancaster County Rates – use the drop down tab for “state” and then “county” – you need to scroll down to around page three and you will see Lancaster County is considered HIGH or RED right now through Tuesday, July 5.

 

Because of CMS, DOH and CDC guidance, SARC continues to follow and encourages the CORE principles for everyone entering our campus.

 

Updates will be maintained through our one call system, letters, website and COVID phone hotline. Should you have any questions, please contact us at 717-285-5443 and the receptionist can direct you to the appropriate personnel.

 

Thank you,

 

Mary Turnbaugh, President

St. Anne’s Retirement Community


June 29, 2022

REMINDERS:

  • All individuals (including independent residents) must wear a surgical mask when in any common area on campus – this includes Apartment Building 100 and 200.
  • All independent campus residents entering the main building for any reason, must follow our screening process which includes a temperature reading and answering our questionnaire.
  • Anyone entering our Personal Care (PC and PCMS) and Skilled (SNF and SNFMS) areas – this includes any resident from any level of care – must wear a surgical mask and are encouraged to wear face shields. Vendors, volunteers and healthcare professionals (HCP) must wear the face shield when in any resident care area or in close contact with a resident.
  • Everyone must wear their mask correctly. It must cover the nose and mouth.

Please remember: even though you may have had COVID recently or some time over the last 2 years, you are still able to get COVID again and again. For this reason, CDC has changed the requirements for an individual to be considered “fully vaccinated”. Now the guidelines are requiring individuals over 50 to have their second booster to be considered “up-to-date”. Their new guidelines: unvaccinated, vaccinated but no boosters and those over 50 with only one booster dose are all considered “not-up-to-date”. Those over 50 with two booster doses and those under 50 with one or two booster doses are the only individuals considered “up-to-date”. There is information on our website and intranet from the CDC regarding their new guidance for who is considered “up-to-date”.

We have had two positive staff members since my last letter. We follow the government guidelines for quarantine and contact tracing. We continue with our contingency staffing plan because of our on-going struggles to hire staff in healthcare due to the pandemic. Our contingency plan includes testing of those not considered “up-to-date” according to CMS guidelines, testing all staff (regardless of vaccine status) with symptoms, screening of staff at the start of each shift, testing all staff with a one-time *high-risk/relevant exposure: if up-to-date – day 1 and then
day 5-7 and if not up to date – every day for 5 days: all from the date of the exposure (exposure date is day 0). If the exposure is ongoing (meaning a staff member has a continuous exposure such as a household member) then the staff member is tested every day for 18 days. *A high risk/relevant exposure is defined as being closer than 6 feet for more than a cumulative time of 15 minutes without a face mask and shield.

Any staff member who tests positive is quarantined for at least 7 days and may return to work on day 8 (if they have a negative antigen test result between day 5 and day 7). If that antigen test is positive, the staff member may return to work on day 11. PC/PCMS and SNF/SNFMS positive residents are quarantined for 10 days. We ask all independent residents to follow the same guidelines as PC/PCMS and SNF/SNFMS.
We have a calendar on the bulletin board in the main building front lobby that tracks positive cases for staff and residents. It is updated throughout the month as cases are added. This calendar is in addition to the updated positive case notices that are added under the COVID page on our website.

Although we are open 24 hours each day, our regular visiting hours are Monday through Sunday from 8:00am-8:00pm. Our main doors are locked at 8:00pm. If a visitor wants to enter SARC after hours, please call the main number (717-285-5443) and the supervisor will open the doors.

Even with our visiting hours, our guidelines for PC/PCMS and SNF/SNFMS visits have not changed. Visits must occur in a resident’s room or visitation room. Visits and visitors can not be in common areas including the dining rooms, living rooms or sun rooms unless coordinated with the Nursing Team.

Because of the size of our personal care and skilled rooms and the need to follow the CDC’S CORE PRINCIPLES of COVID, we are recommending only 4 visitors at a time. All visitors, whether visiting inside or outside must keep a mask on while visiting. The CDC core principles are wearing of masks, frequent handwashing and social distancing (at least 6ft). We encourage outside visits as weather permits. Skilled care offers visitation rooms if needed for those residents residing in a semi-private room. If a visit is going to occur in a semi-private room, please make sure the privacy curtain is closed and both residents as well as all visitors are masked and following the CDC core principles. We still ask everyone to practice social distancing whenever possible, this includes waiting in a line, waiting for the elevator, or while on an elevator.

If a PC/PCMS or SNF/SNFMS visitor removes or lowers their mask outside of our guidelines while visiting (whether inside or outside), the visit will end and the visitor will be asked to leave. Repeated violations of this policy will result in suspension of visiting privileges.

We are using CDC’s community transmission tracker to determine how often we test staff who are “not-up-to-date”. This is a requirement from CMS and DOH. Currently through June 21, the PA dashboard rate is 13.4% and CDC has Lancaster County at a “high/red” level. We are testing staff who are “not-up-to-date” twice each week at this time.

When we have an outbreak (according to CMS – this is one COVID positive resident or staff member) within a skilled or personal care area of our campus we must initiate contact tracing. Those residents and staff who are designated as having a relevant or high-level exposure are quarantined and/or tested according to government requirements. For entering into an unaffected area during a COVID outbreak, our guidelines remain the same. In areas affected by the outbreak, anyone not considered “up-to-date” with their vaccine status will need to wear full PPE (personal protective equipment) when entering the exposed area. All others entering the area, may choose to wear full PPE if they so choose to. This will include face mask (based on CDC guidelines and SARC’s COVID-19 status), face shield, gown and gloves.

We encourage all who enter our campus, visitors, vendors, volunteers or healthcare professional (HCP) (no matter where the location is on campus) to be up to date with vaccines. We also encourage all visitors to have a COVID antigen test within 24-48 hours of visiting. All other individuals should be tested according to their employer/organization’s guidelines. If any individual either becomes COVID–19 positive or becomes aware of a COVID-19 exposure that occurred within 10 days prior to being on campus, they must immediately inform SARC at the time they are made aware. SARC will need to evaluate for staff and resident testing and contact tracing. If an individual has COVID-19 or has an exposure, we ask that you not enter our campus for 10 days.

We continue with our screening process for those who enter our buildings except for EMS emergency calls and the Postal Service. Everyone will continue to wear masks, social distance (at least 6ft) and perform frequent handwashing while in any of our buildings. We are requiring all who enter our buildings for skilled and personal care to wear a surgical mask, which we are providing. We have surgical masks with and without shields attached as we are also recommending a face shield for SNF and PC visitors. Vendors, volunteers and HCP must wear the face shield when in these areas. Please place the mask/shield in the appropriate receptacle by the main exit prior to leaving the building. For individuals entering PC/PCMS or SNF/SNFMS, we do have KN95s available at the reception desk.

For those entering one of our apartment buildings, we are not requiring the screening process however we do require all residents and visitors/caregivers to wear a mask when in any common area. If someone needs entry into 100 Merlini Drive outside of normal hours (Mon-Sun 9am-5pm), the individual can call our main building number (717-285-5443) and coordinate through the receptionist or supervisor for entry.

Regardless of vaccine status, staff are required to wear a surgical mask while in our buildings and a face shield when in close contact with a resident or in a resident care area. Staff members who would like to wear a fit-tested N95 instead of a surgical mask, please reach out to your manager for details.

For staff, if you have any signs or symptoms, please call your manager before entering the building. We need to determine if you need to be tested outside the building and discuss further actions that may be necessary.

New admissions at any level to our campus who are boostered/up-to-date, will not need to quarantine on arrival to SARC. Residents who are unvaccinated or vaccinated will need to complete a 10 day quarantine on admission. New admissions, at any level, are still required to have proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test within 72 hours of admission. New admissions to PC/PCMS and SNF/SNFMS will also be tested on arrival to St. Anne’s and again between day 5-7.

Any SNF or PC resident leaving SARC for less than 24 hours (regardless of vaccine status) will not need to quarantine for 10 days on return to the facility. Any SNF/SNFMS or PC/PCMS resident leaving the facility for more than 24 hours who is not considered “up-to-date” will need to quarantine for 10 days upon return to the facility. Both these scenarios are also contingent on whether there was a high-risk exposure while out of the building. We encourage our independent residents to follow these same guidelines.

We do have a vaccination program with Hillcrest, a local pharmacy, and Masonic Pharmacy (our pharmacy vendor) to administer the vaccine to those residents and employees who decide at any time that they would like the vaccine or a booster dose. Both Hillcrest and Masonic offer Pfizer and Moderna vaccines. Residents can reach out to social services regarding the vaccine/booster consent form. We have education information regarding vaccinations and boosters on our website. Staff members can visit Human Resources for education material and a consent form. We also have information on our intranet as well as offering education materials at new hire orientation. We ask that staff and independent residents who receive the vaccine or booster elsewhere, to please bring proof of vaccination for human resources or social services to place in their file. At any time, a staff member or resident can request a dose of the vaccine. Staff can request a dose through either Human Resources or their manager. Residents/POAs can request a dose through social services or a clinical manager. We will work with our pharmacy to schedule a time for the shot to be given.

We have a vaccine clinic today, June 29 with Masonic Pharmacy. This clinic is from 7:30am-9:00am and 2:00pm-3:30pm in Pauline Hall. Our next clinic will be July 21, more details will be provided at a later date.

Individuals eating in the Café, Bistro or Breakroom should only sit together at a table if everyone is “up-to-date”. If you choose to sit with an individual who is not “up-to-date”, please understand the risks you are assuming related to COVID. Those individuals, who are not “up-to-date” should socially distance while eating. The CDC core principles of frequent hand washing, social distancing and masking regardless of vaccine status should always be followed. We do have plexi-glass screens in each area for unvaccinated individuals to use.

All activities including beauty shop/barber services, church services, activities and dining programs continue on our limited schedules. We are offering in-person Mass for all levels of care on various weekdays. These programs are subject to change based on a unit having a positive or exposed resident and/or staff.

Even though we offer more relaxed visitation, CMS/CDC/DOH continues to require us to follow the core principles from CDC – SOCIAL DISTANCE, WEAR A MASK AND GOOD HAND HYGIENE. We also must continue to follow the directives from CDC, CMS and DOH. All staff, residents, HCP and visitors/caregivers need to follow our guidelines for each area of our campus at all times, while at any event and when riding in one of our vehicles. (for safety: vehicle drivers do not need to wear a shield).

The principles are for the protection of our residents, staff and all those who enter our campus
Because the government has not changed the guidelines for COVID-19, we are still recommending to everyone to limit large group gatherings whether inside or outside in their everyday life/activities. Individuals should be wearing a mask and social distancing during any event or outing.

The SARC COVID-19 telephone announcement is updated at least every other Wednesday. That number is 717-285-0946. This number is an announcement type message meaning you can listen but there is NO option to leave a message.

We have received some questions regarding the CDC having Lancaster listed as a “low” County and SARC saying Lancaster County is “high”. There are two different pages on the CDC website that address this difference. The general public looks at the County Community Level and because SARC is a healthcare entity – we must use the County Transmission Level.

  • Please use the following information to see the information SARC uses on the CDC website: https://covid.cdc.gov/covid-data-tracker/#datatracker-home
  • There is a yellow box at the top that says CDC recommends use of COVID-19 Community Levels to determine the impact of COVID-19 on communities and take action. Community Transmission levels are provided for healthcare facility use only.
  • Click on the Community Transmission Levels and the information that I am required to use will be displayed.
  • If you would like to see Lancaster County Rates – use the drop down tab for “state” and then “county” – you need to scroll down to around page three and you will see Lancaster County is considered HIGH or RED right now through Tuesday, June 21.

SARC also reviews the DOH COVID Early Warning Dashboard weekly. As of last Tuesday, June 21, the Lancaster County Positivity Rate from this website is 13.4%.

Because of these two sites and CMS, DOH and CDC guidance, SARC continues to follow and encourages the CORE principles for everyone entering our campus.

Updates will be maintained through our one call system, letters, website and COVID phone hotline. Should you have any questions, please contact us at 717-285-5443 and the receptionist can direct you to the appropriate personnel.

Thank you,

Mary Turnbaugh, President
St. Anne’s Retirement Community



June 20, 2022

St. Anne’s Retirement Community welcomed our Medical Director, Dr. Spicher, to campus for a presentation called “Coronavirus in LTC: The New Normal?”. Dr. Spicher spoke about the current state of the pandemic including treatments, vaccines and how COVID-19 has impacted senior living communities.

View Dr. Spicher’s June Coronavirus Presentation on YouTube here.


June 15, 2022

REMINDERS

All individuals (including independent residents) must wear a surgical mask when in any common area on campus – this includes Apartment Building 100 and 200.

All independent campus residents entering the main building for any reason, must follow our screening process which includes a temperature reading and answering our questionnaire.

Anyone entering our Personal Care (PC and PCMS) and Skilled (SNF and SNFMS) areas – this includes any resident from any level of care – must wear a surgical mask and are encouraged to wear face shields. Vendors, volunteers and healthcare professionals (HCP) must wear the face shield when in any resident care area or in close contact with a resident.  

Everyone must wear their mask correctly. It must cover the nose and mouth.

Please remember: even though you may have had COVID recently or some time over the last 2 years, you are still able to get COVID again and again. For this reason, CDC has changed the requirements for an individual to be considered “fully vaccinated”. Now the guidelines are requiring individuals over 50 to have their second booster to be considered “up-to-date”. Their new guidelines: unvaccinated, vaccinated but no boosters and those over 50 with only one booster dose are all considered “not-up-to-date”. Those over 50 with two booster doses and those under 50 with one or two booster doses are the only individuals considered “up-to-date”.

We have two positive SNF residents at this time. We have had five positive staff members since my last letter. We follow the government guidelines for quarantine and contact tracing. We continue with our contingency staffing plan because of our on-going struggles to hire staff in healthcare due to the pandemic. Our contingency plan includes testing of those not considered “up-to-date” according to CMS guidelines, testing all staff (regardless of vaccine status) with symptoms, screening of staff at the start of each shift, testing all staff with a one-time *high-risk/relevant exposure: if up-to-date – day 1 and then  day 5-7 and if not up to date – every day for 5 days: all from the date of the exposure (exposure date is day 0). If the exposure is ongoing (meaning a staff member has a continuous exposure such as a household member) then the staff member is tested every day for 18 days. *A high risk/relevant exposure is defined as being closer than 6 feet for more than a cumulative time of 15 minutes without a face mask and shield.   

Any staff member who tests positive is quarantined for at least 7 days and may return to work on day 8 (if they have a negative antigen test result between day 5 and day 7). If that antigen test is positive, the staff member may return to work on day 11. PC/PCMS and SNF/SNFMS positive residents are quarantined for 10 days. We ask all independent residents to follow the same guidelines as PC/PCMS and SNF/SNFMS.

We have a calendar on the bulletin board in the main building front lobby that tracks positive cases for staff and residents. It is updated throughout the month as cases are added. This calendar is in addition to the updated positive case notices that are added under the COVID page on our website.

Although we are open 24 hours each day, our regular visiting hours are Monday through Sunday from 8:00am-8:00pm. Our main doors are locked at 8:00pm. If a visitor wants to enter SARC after hours, please call the main number (717-285-5443) and the supervisor will open the doors.

Even with our visiting hours, our guidelines for PC/PCMS and SNF/SNFMS visits have not changed. Visits must occur in a resident’s room or visitation room. Visits and visitors can not be in common areas including the dining rooms, living rooms or sun rooms unless coordinated with the Nursing Team.

 

Because of the size of our personal care and skilled rooms and the need to follow the CDC’S CORE PRINCIPLES of COVID, we are recommending only 4 visitors at a time. All visitors, whether visiting inside or outside must keep a mask on while visiting. The CDC core principles are wearing of masks, frequent handwashing and social distancing (at least 6ft). We encourage outside visits as weather permits. Skilled care offers visitation rooms if needed for those residents residing in a semi-private room. If a visit is going to occur in a semi-private room, please make sure the privacy curtain is closed and both residents as well as all visitors are masked and following the CDC core principles. We still ask everyone to practice social distancing whenever possible, this includes waiting in a line, waiting for the elevator, or while on an elevator.

 

If a PC/PCMS or SNF/SNFMS visitor removes or lowers their mask outside of our guidelines while visiting (whether inside or outside), the visit will end and the visitor will be asked to leave. Repeated violations of this policy will result in suspension of visiting privileges.

 

We are using CDC’s community transmission tracker to determine how often we test staff who are “not-up-to-date”. This is a requirement from CMS and DOH. Currently through June 9, the PA dashboard rate is 12.7% and CDC has Lancaster County at a “high/red” level. We are testing staff who are “not-up-to-date” twice each week at this time.

 

When we have an outbreak (according to CMS – this is one COVID positive resident or staff member) within a skilled or personal care area of our campus we must initiate contact tracing. Those residents and staff who are designated as having a relevant or high-level exposure are quarantined and/or tested according to government requirements. For entering into an unaffected area during a COVID outbreak, our guidelines remain the same. In areas affected by the outbreak, anyone not considered “up-to-date”  with their vaccine status will need to wear full PPE (personal protective equipment) when entering the exposed area. All others entering the area, may choose to wear full PPE if they so choose to. This will include face mask (based on CDC guidelines and SARC’s COVID-19 status), face shield, gown and gloves.

 

We encourage all who enter our campus, visitors, vendors, volunteers or healthcare professional (HCP) (no matter where the location is on campus) to be vaccinated and have a booster dose. We also encourage all visitors to have a COVID antigen test within 24-48 hours of visiting. All other individuals should be tested according to their employer/organization’s guidelines. If any individual either becomes COVID–19 positive or becomes aware of a COVID-19 exposure that occurred within 10 days prior to being on campus, they must immediately inform SARC at the time they are made aware. SARC will need to evaluate for staff and resident testing and contact tracing. If an individual has COVID-19 or has an exposure, we ask that you not enter our campus for 10 days.

 

We continue with our screening process for those who enter our buildings except for EMS emergency calls and the Postal Service. Everyone will continue to wear masks, social distance (at least 6ft) and perform frequent handwashing while in any of our buildings. We are requiring all who enter our buildings for skilled and personal care to wear a surgical mask, which we are providing. We have surgical masks with and without shields attached as we are also recommending a face shield for SNF and PC visitors. Vendors, volunteers and HCP must wear the face shield when in these areas. Please place the mask/shield in the appropriate receptacle by the main exit prior to leaving the building. For individuals entering PC/PCMS or SNF/SNFMS, we do have KN95s available at the reception desk.

 

For those entering one of our apartment buildings, we are not requiring the screening process however we do require all residents and visitors/caregivers to wear a mask when in any common area. If someone needs entry into 100 Merlini Drive outside of normal hours (Mon-Sun 9am-5pm), the individual can call our main building number (717-285-5443) and coordinate through the receptionist or supervisor for entry.

 

Regardless of vaccine status, staff are required to wear a surgical mask while in our buildings and a face shield when in close contact with a resident or in a resident care area. Staff members who would like to wear a fit-tested N95 instead of a surgical mask, please reach out to your manager for details.   

 

For staff, if you have any signs or symptoms, please call your manager before entering the building. We need to determine if you need to be tested outside the building and discuss further actions that may be necessary.

 

New admissions at any level to our campus who are boostered/up-to-date, will not need to quarantine on arrival to SARC. Residents who are unvaccinated or vaccinated will need to complete a 10 day quarantine on admission. New admissions, at any level, are still required to have proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test within 72 hours of admission. New admissions will also be tested on arrival to St. Anne’s and again between day 5-7.

 

Any SNF or PC resident leaving SARC for less than 24 hours (regardless of vaccine status) will not need to quarantine for 10 days on return to the facility. Any SNF/SNFMS or PC/PCMS resident leaving the facility for more than 24 hours who is not considered “up-to-date” will need to quarantine for 10 days upon return to the facility. Both these scenarios are also contingent on whether there was a high-risk exposure while out of the building. We encourage our independent residents to follow these same guidelines.

 

We do have a vaccination program with Hillcrest, a local pharmacy, and Masonic Pharmacy (our pharmacy vendor) to administer the vaccine to those residents and employees who decide at any time that they would like the vaccine or a booster dose. Both Hillcrest and Masonic offer Pfizer and Moderna vaccines. Residents can reach out to social services regarding the vaccine/booster consent form. We have education information regarding vaccinations and boosters on our website. Staff members can visit Human Resources for education material and a consent form. We also have information on our intranet as well as offering education materials at new hire orientation. We ask that staff and independent residents who receive the vaccine or booster elsewhere, to please bring proof of vaccination for human resources or social services to place in their file. At any time, a staff member or resident can request a dose of the vaccine. Staff can request a dose through either Human Resources or their manager. Residents/POAs can request a dose through social services or a clinical manager. We will work with our pharmacy to schedule a time for the shot to be given.

 

Our next vaccine clinic with Masonic Pharmacy is June 29, 2022. This clinic will be from 7:30am-9:00am and 2:00pm-3:30pm in Pauline Hall. Additional memos/letters will be distributed to residents, POAs and staff.

 

View the CDC’s guidance for who is considered “up-to-date”.

 

Individuals eating in the Café, Bistro or Breakroom should only sit together at a table if everyone is “up-to-date”. If you choose to sit with an individual who is not “up-to-date”, please understand the risks you are assuming related to COVID. Those individuals, who are not “up-to-date” should socially distance while eating. The CDC core principles of frequent hand washing, social distancing and masking regardless of vaccine status should always be followed. We do have plexi-glass screens in each area for unvaccinated individuals to use.  

All activities including beauty shop/barber services, church services, activities and dining programs continue on our limited schedules. We are offering in-person Mass for all levels of care on various weekdays. These programs are subject to change based on a unit having a positive or exposed resident and/or staff.  

Even though we offer more relaxed visitation, CMS/CDC/DOH continues to require us to follow the core principles from CDC – SOCIAL DISTANCE, WEAR A MASK AND GOOD HAND HYGIENE. We also must continue to follow the directives from CDC, CMS and DOH. All staff, residents, HCP and visitors/caregivers need to follow our guidelines for each area of our campus at all times, while at any event and when riding in one of our vehicles. (for safety: vehicle drivers do not need to wear a shield).

The principles are for the protection of our residents, staff and all those who enter our campus

Because the government has not changed the guidelines for COVID-19, we are still recommending to everyone to limit large group gatherings whether inside or outside in their everyday life/activities. Individuals should be wearing a mask and social distancing during any event or outing.

The SARC COVID-19 telephone announcement is updated at least every other Wednesday. That number is 717-285-0946. This number is an announcement type message meaning you can listen but there is NO option to leave a message.

 

The information from Dr Spicher’s presentation will be available on our website and intranet.

 

We have received some questions regarding the CDC having Lancaster listed as a “low” County and SARC saying Lancaster County is “high”. There are two different pages on the CDC website that address this difference. The general public looks at the County Community Level and because SARC is a healthcare entity – we must use the County Transmission Level. Please use the following information to seethe information SARC uses on the CDC website:

 

Copy and Paste in your browser:

https://covid.cdc.gov/covid-data-tracker/#datatracker-home

 

There is a yellow box at the top that says CDC recommends use of COVID-19 Community Levels to determine the impact of COVID-19 on communities and take action. Community Transmission levels are provided for healthcare facility use only.

 

Click on the Community Transmission Levels and the information that I am required to use will be displayed. If you would like to see Lancaster County Rates – use the drop down tab for “state” and then “county” – you need to scroll down to around page three and you will see Lancaster County is considered HIGH or RED right now through Thursday, June 9.

 

SARC also reviews the DOH COVID Early Warning Dashboard weekly. As of last Thursday, the Lancaster County Positivity Rate from this website is 12.7%.

 

Because of these two sites and CMS, DOH and CDC guidance, SARC continues to follow and encourage the CORE principles for everyone entering our campus.

 

Updates will be maintained through our one call system, letters, website and COVID phone hotline. Should you have any questions, please contact us at 717-285-5443 and the receptionist can direct you to the appropriate personnel.

Thank you,

 

Mary Turnbaugh, President

St. Anne’s Retirement Community


June 1, 2022

REMINDERS

  • All individuals (including independent residents) must wear a surgical mask when in any common area on campus – this includes Apartment Building 100 and 200.
  • All independent campus residents entering the main building for any reason, must follow our screening process which includes a temperature reading and answering our questionnaire.
  • Anyone entering our Personal Care (PC and PCMS) and Skilled (SNF and SNFMS) areas – this includes any resident from any level of care – must wear a surgical mask and are encouraged to wear face shields.
  • Vendors, volunteers and healthcare professionals (HCP) must wear the face shield when in any resident care area or in close contact with a resident.
  • Everyone must wear their mask correctly. It must cover the nose and mouth.

Please remember: even though you may have had COVID recently or some time over the last 2 years, you are still able to get COVID again and again. For this reason, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) and Department of Health (DOH) have changed the requirements for an individual to be considered “fully vaccinated”. Now the guidelines are requiring individuals to have their booster to be considered “fully vaccinated” or “up-to-date”. Their new definitions are in three categories: unvaccinated(exempt), vaccinated (not boostered) and up-to-date (boostered).

  • We have no positive SNF/SNFMS or PCMS residents at this time.
  • We do have three positive PC residents at this time.
  • We have had six positive staff members since my last letter.

We follow the government guidelines for quarantine and contact tracing. We continue with our contingency staffing plan because of our on-going struggles to hire staff in healthcare because of the pandemic. Our contingency plan includes testing of exempt (unvaccinated staff) and those not-up-to date according to CMS guidelines, testing all staff (regardless of vaccine status) with symptoms, screening of staff at the start of each shift, testing all staff with a one-time *high-risk/relevant exposure: if boostered – day 1 and then day 5-7 and if not boostered – every day for 5 days: all from the date of the exposure (exposure date is day 0). If the exposure is ongoing (meaning a staff member has a continuous exposure such as a household member) then the staff member is tested every day for 18 days. *A high risk/relevant exposure is defined as being closer than 6 feet for more than a cumulative time of 15 minutes without a face mask and shield.

Any staff member who tests positive is quarantined for at least 7 days and may return to work on day 8 (if they have a negative antigen test result between day 5 and day 7). If that antigen test is positive, the staff member may return to work on day 11. PC/PCMS and SNF/SNFMS positive residents are quarantined for 10 days. We ask all independent residents to follow the same guidelines as PC/PCMS and SNF/SNFMS.

We have a calendar on the bulletin board in the main building front lobby that tracks positive cases for staff and residents. It is updated throughout the month as cases are added. This calendar is in addition to the updated positive case notices that are added under the COVID page on our website.

Visitation Guidelines

  • Although we are open 24 hours each day, our regular visiting hours are Monday through Sunday from 8:00am-8:00pm. Our main doors are locked at 8:00pm. If a visitor wants to enter SARC after hours, please call the main number (717-285-5443) and the supervisor will open the doors.
  • Even with our visiting hours, our guidelines for PC/PCMS and SNF/SNFMS visits have not changed.
    • Visits must occur in a resident’s room or visitation room.
    • Visits and visitors can not be in common areas including the dining rooms, living rooms or sun rooms unless coordinated with the Nursing Team.
  • Because of the size of our personal care and skilled rooms and the need to follow the CDC’S CORE PRINCIPLES of COVID, we are recommending only 4 visitors at a time.
    • All visitors, whether visiting inside or outside must keep a mask on while visiting.
    • The CDC core principles are wearing of masks, frequent handwashing and social distancing (at least 6ft).
  • We encourage outside visits as weather permits.
  • Skilled care offers visitation rooms if needed for those residents residing in a semi-private room.
    • If a visit is going to occur in a semi-private room, please make sure the privacy curtain is closed and both residents as well as all visitors are masked and following the CDC core principles.
  • We still ask everyone to practice social distancing whenever possible, this includes waiting in a line, waiting for the elevator, or while on an elevator.
  • If a PC/PCMS or SNF/SNFMS visitor removes or lowers their mask outside of our guidelines while visiting (whether inside or outside), the visit will end and the visitor will be asked to leave. Repeated violations of this policy will result in suspension of visiting privileges.

 

We are using CDC’s community transmission tracker to determine how often we test staff who are “not-up-to-date”. This is a requirement from CMS and DOH. Currently through May 10, the PA dashboard rate is 11.0% and CDC has Lancaster County at a “high/red” level. We are testing staff who are “not-up-to-date” twice each week at this time.

When we have an outbreak (according to CMS – this is one COVID positive resident or staff member) within a skilled or personal care area of our campus we must initiate contact tracing. Those residents and staff who are designated as having a relevant or high-level exposure are quarantined and/or tested according to government requirements. For entering into an unaffected area during a COVID outbreak, our guidelines remain the same. In areas affected by the outbreak, anyone entering will need to wear full
PPE (personal protective equipment). This will include face mask (based on CDC guidelines and SARC’s COVID-19 status), face shield, gown and gloves.


Guidelines for Those Entering Our Campus

  • We encourage all who enter our campus, visitors, vendors, volunteers or healthcare professional (HCP) (no matter where the location is on campus) to be vaccinated and have a booster dose.
  • We also encourage all visitors to have a COVID antigen test within 24-48 hours of visiting.
  • All other individuals should be tested according to their employer/organization’s guidelines.
  • If any individual either becomes COVID–19 positive or becomes aware of a COVID-19 exposure that occurred within 10 days prior to being on campus, they must immediately inform SARC at the time they are made aware. SARC will need to evaluate for staff and resident testing and contact tracing.
  • If an individual has COVID-19 or has an exposure, we ask that you not enter our campus for 10 days.
  • We continue with our screening process for those who enter our buildings except for EMS emergency calls and the Postal Service.
  • Everyone will continue to wear masks, social distance (at least 6ft) and perform frequent handwashing while in any of our buildings.
  • We are requiring all who enter our buildings for skilled and personal care to wear a surgical mask, which we are providing.
  • We have surgical masks with and without shields attached as we are also recommending a face shield for SNF and PC visitors.
    • Vendors, volunteers and HCP must wear the face shield when in these areas.
    • Please place the mask/shield in the appropriate receptacle by the main exit prior to leaving the building.
  • For individuals entering PC/PCMS or SNF/SNFMS, we do have KN95s available at the reception desk.
  • For those entering one of our apartment buildings, we are not requiring the screening process however we do require all residents and visitors/caregivers to wear a mask when in any common area.
    • If someone needs entry into 100 Merlini Drive outside of normal hours (Mon-Sun 9am-5pm), the individual can call our main building number (717-285-5443) and coordinate through the receptionist or supervisor for entry.

 

Staff Guidelines

  • Whether staff have the booster, been vaccinated or unvaccinated, they are required to wear a surgical mask while in our buildings and a face shield when in close contact with a resident or in a resident care area.
  • Staff members who would like to wear a fit- tested N95 instead of a surgical mask, please reach out to your manager for details.
  • For staff, if you have any signs or symptoms, please call your manager before entering the building. We need to determine if you need to be tested outside the building and discuss further actions that may be necessary.

 

New Admissions to Campus
New admissions at any level to our campus who are boostered/up-to-date, will not need to quarantine on arrival to SARC. Residents who are unvaccinated or vaccinated will need to complete a 14 day quarantine on admission. New admissions, at any level, are still required to have proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test within 72 hours of admission. New admissions will also be tested on arrival to St. Anne’s and again between day 5-7.

Residents Leaving Campus
Any SNF or PC resident leaving SARC for less than 24 hours (whether boostered, vaccinated or unvaccinated) will not need to quarantine for 14 days on return to the facility. Any SNF/SNFMS or PC/PCMS resident leaving the facility for more than 24 hours who is not boostered will need to quarantine for 14 days upon return to the facility. Both these scenarios are also contingent on whether there was a high-risk exposure while out of the building. We encourage our independent residents to follow these same guidelines.

Vaccination Program with Local Pharmacy
We do have a vaccination program with Hillcrest, a local pharmacy, and Masonic Pharmacy (our pharmacy vendor) to administer the vaccine to those residents and employees who decide at any time that they would like the vaccine or a booster dose. Hillcrest offers Moderna and Pfizer while Masonic offers the Johnson/Johnson, Pfizer and Moderna vaccines. Residents can reach out to social services regarding the vaccine/booster consent form. We have education information regarding vaccinations and boosters on our website. Staff members can visit Human Resources for education material and a consent form. We also have information on our intranet as well as offering education materials at new hire orientation. We ask that staff and independent residents who receive the vaccine or booster elsewhere, to please bring proof of vaccination for human resources or social services to place in their file. At any time, a staff member or resident can request a dose of the vaccine. Staff can request a dose through either Human Resources or their manager. Residents/POAs can request a dose through social services or a clinical manager. We will work with our pharmacy to schedule a time for the shot to be given.

CDC Update
An update from CDC has now encouraged those over 50 or anyone who is immunocompromised receive a second booster dose at least 4 months after their first booster. This is only for Moderna and Pfizer. There has been no update from Johnson & Johnson.

Campus Activities

  • Individuals eating in the Café, Bistro or Breakroom should only sit together at a table if everyone is boostered.
  • If you choose to sit with an unvaccinated or vaccinated individual, please understand the risks you are assuming related to COVID.
  • Unvaccinated and vaccinated individuals should socially distance while eating.
  • The CDC core principles of frequent hand washing, social distancing and masking whether vaccinated or not should always be followed.
  • We do have plexi-glass screens in each area for unvaccinated individuals to use.
  • All activities including beauty shop/barber services, church services, activities and dining programs continue on our limited schedules.
  • We are offering in-person Mass for all levels of care on various weekdays.
  • These programs are subject to change based on a unit having a positive or exposed resident and/or staff.

 

Following the CDC Core Principles

  • Even though we offer more relaxed visitation, CMS/CDC/DOH continues to require us to follow the core principles from CDC – SOCIAL DISTANCE, WEAR A MASK AND GOOD HAND HYGIENE.
  • We also must continue to follow the directives from CDC, CMS and DOH.
  • All staff, residents, HCP and visitors/caregivers need to follow our guidelines for each area of our campus at all times, while at any event and when riding in one of our vehicles. (for safety: vehicle drivers do not need to wear a shield).
  • The principles are for the protection of our residents, staff and all those who enter our campus.
  • Because the government has not changed the guidelines for COVID-19, we are still recommending to everyone to limit large group gatherings whether inside or outside in their everyday life/activities.
  • Individuals should be wearing a mask and social distancing during any event or outing.

 

COVID-19 Telephone Announcement
The SARC COVID-19 telephone announcement is updated at least every other Wednesday. That number is 717-285-0946. This number is an announcement type message meaning you can listen but there is NO option to leave a message.

Update from Our Medical Director
Our Medical Director, Dr Spicher, will be having a COVID-19 update on June 14, 2022 at 1:30pm. This will be broadcasted on our in-house channel.

Community & County Transmission Levels
We have received some questions regarding the CDC having Lancaster listed as “low” County and SARC saying Lancaster County is “high”. There are two different pages on the CDC website that address this difference. The general public looks at the County Community Level and because SARC is a healthcare entity – we must use the County Transmission Level. To see the information SARC uses, please visit https://covid.cdc.gov/covid-data-tracker/#datatracker-home

  • There is a yellow box at the top that says CDC recommends use of COVID-19 Community Levels to determine the impact of COVID-19 on communities and take action. Community Transmission levels are provided for healthcare facility use only.
  • Click on the Community Transmission Levels and the information that I am required to use will be displayed. If you would like to see Lancaster County Rates – use the drop down tab for “state” and then “county” – you need to scroll down to around page three and you will see Lancaster County is considered HIGH or RED right now through Thursday, May 26.

SARC also reviews the DOH COVID Early Warning Dashboard weekly. As of last Thursday, the Lancaster County Positivity Rate from this website is 20.2%.

Because of these two sites, I can not stress enough the importance of wearing masks and social distancing for everyone.

Updates will be maintained through our one call system, letters, website and COVID phone hotline. Should you have any questions, please contact us at 717-285-5443 and the receptionist can direct you to the appropriate personnel.
Thank you,

Mary Turnbaugh, President
St. Anne’s Retirement Community


 

May 18, 2022


REMINDERS

  • All individuals (including independent residents) must wear a surgical mask when in any common area on campus – this includes Apartment Building 100 and 200.
  • All independent campus residents entering the main building for any reason, must follow our screening process which includes a temperature reading and answering our questionnaire.
  • Anyone entering our Personal Care (PC and PCMS) and Skilled (SNF and SNFMS) areas – this includes any resident from any level of care – must wear a surgical mask and are encouraged to wear face shields. Vendors, volunteers and healthcare professionals (HCP) must wear the face shield when in any resident care area or in close contact with a resident.
  • Everyone must wear their mask correctly. It must cover the nose and mouth.

Please Remember:    Even though you may have had COVID recently or some time over the last 2 years, you are still able to get COVID again and again. For this reason, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) and Department of Health (DOH) have changed the requirements for an individual to be considered “fully vaccinated”. Now the guidelines are requiring individuals to have their booster to be considered “fully vaccinated” or “up-to-date”. Their new definitions are in three categories: unvaccinated(exempt), vaccinated (not boostered) and up-to-date (boostered).

We have no positive SNF/SNFMS or PC/PCMS residents at this time. We had two positive staff members since my last letter. We followed the government guidelines for quarantine and contact tracing. We continue with our contingency staffing plan because of our on-going struggles to hire staff in healthcare because of the pandemic. Our contingency plan includes testing of exempt (unvaccinated staff) and those not-up-to date according to CMS guidelines, testing all staff (regardless of vaccine status) with symptoms, screening of staff at the start of each shift, testing all staff with a one-time *high-risk/relevant exposure (regardless of vaccine status) every day for 5 days from the date of the exposure (exposure date is day 0). If the exposure is ongoing (meaning a staff member has a continuous exposure such as a household member) then the staff member is tested every day for 18 days. *A high risk/relevant exposure is defined as being closer than 6 feet for more than a cumulative time of 15 minutes without a face mask and shield.

Any staff member who tests positive is quarantined for at least 7 days and may return to work on day 8 (if they have a negative antigen test result between day 5 and day 7). If that antigen test is positive, the staff member may return to work on day 11.
We have a calendar on the bulletin board in the main building front lobby that tracks positive cases for staff and residents. It is updated throughout the month as cases are added. This calendar is in addition to the updated positive case notices that are added under the COVID page on our website.

Visitation Guidelines

  • Although we are open 24 hours each day, our regular visiting hours are Monday through Sunday from 8:00am-8:00pm. Our main doors are locked at 8:00pm. If a visitor wants to enter SARC after hours, please call the main number (717-285-5443) and the supervisor will open the doors.
  • Even with our visiting hours, our guidelines for PC/PCMS and SNF/SNFMS visits have not changed. Visits must occur in a resident’s room or visitation room. Visits and visitors can not be in common areas including the dining rooms, living rooms or sun rooms unless coordinated with the Nursing Team.
  • Because of the size of our personal care and skilled rooms and the need to follow the CDC’S CORE PRINCIPLES of COVID, we are recommending only 4 visitors at a time.
  • All visitors, whether visiting inside or outside must keep a mask on while visiting. The CDC core principles are wearing of masks, frequent handwashing and social distancing (at least 6ft).
  • We encourage outside visits as weather permits.
  • Skilled care offers visitation rooms if needed for those residents residing in a semi-private room. If a visit is going to occur in a semi-private room, please make sure the privacy curtain is closed and both residents as well as all visitors are masked and following the CDC core principles.
  • We still ask everyone to practice social distancing whenever possible, this includes waiting in a line, waiting for the elevator, or while on an elevator.
  • If a PC/PCMS or SNF/SNFMS visitor removes or lowers their mask outside of our guidelines while visiting (whether inside or outside), the visit will end and the visitor will be asked to leave. Repeated violations of this policy will result in suspension of visiting privileges.

 

CDC’s Community Transmission Tracker & Testing of Our Staff
We are using CDC’s community transmission tracker to determine how often we test staff who are “not-up-to-date”. This is a requirement from CMS and DOH. Currently through May 10, the PA dashboard rate is 11.0% and CDC has Lancaster County at a “high/red” level. We are testing staff who are “not-up-to-date” twice each week at this time.

Procedures for COVID-19 Outbreak
When we have an outbreak (according to CMS – this is one COVID positive resident or staff member) within a skilled or personal care area of our campus we must initiate contact tracing. Those residents and staff who are designated as having a relevant or high-level exposure are quarantined and/or tested according to government requirements. For entering into an unaffected area during a COVID outbreak, our guidelines remain the same. In areas affected by the outbreak, anyone entering will need to wear full
PPE (personal protective equipment). This will include face mask (based on CDC guidelines and SARC’s COVID-19 status), face shield, gown and gloves.

Safety Precautions for Building Entrance

  • We encourage all who enter our campus, visitors, vendors, volunteers or healthcare professional (HCP) (no matter where the location is on campus) to be vaccinated and have a booster dose.
  • We also encourage all visitors to have a COVID antigen test within 24-48 hours of visiting.
  • All other individuals should be tested according to their employer/organization’s guidelines.
  • If any individual either becomes COVID–19 positive or becomes aware of a COVID-19 exposure that occurred within 10 days prior to being on campus, they must immediately inform SARC at the time they are made aware. SARC will need to evaluate for staff and resident testing and contact tracing. If an individual has COVID-19 or has an exposure, we ask that you not enter our campus for 10 days.
  • We continue with our screening process for those who enter our buildings except for EMS emergency calls and the Postal Service.
  • Everyone will continue to wear masks, social distance (at least 6ft) and perform frequent handwashing while in any of our buildings.
  • We are requiring all who enter our buildings for skilled and personal care to wear a surgical mask, which we are providing:
    • We have surgical masks with and without shields attached as we are also recommending a face shield for SNF and PC visitors.
    • Vendors, volunteers and HCP must wear the face shield when in these areas. Please place the mask/shield in the appropriate receptacle by the main exit prior to leaving the building.
    • For individuals entering PC/PCMS or SNF/SNFMS, we do have KN95s available at the reception desk.
  • For those entering one of our apartment buildings, we are not requiring the screening process however we do require all residents and visitors/caregivers to wear a mask when in any common area. If someone needs entry into 100 Merlini Drive outside of normal hours (Mon-Sun 9am-5pm), the individual can call our main building number (717-285-5443) and coordinate through the receptionist or supervisor for entry.

 

Safety Procedures for Staff
Whether staff have the booster, been vaccinated or unvaccinated, they are required to wear a surgical mask while in our buildings and a face shield when in close contact with a resident or in a resident care area. Staff members who would like to wear a fit- tested N95 instead of a surgical mask, please reach out to your manager for details.

For staff, if you have any signs or symptoms, please call your manager before entering the building. We need to determine if you need to be tested outside the building and discuss further actions that may be necessary.


New Admissions to Campus
New admissions at any level to our campus who are boostered/up-to-date, will not need to quarantine on arrival to SARC. Residents who are unvaccinated or vaccinated will need to complete a 14 day quarantine on admission. New admissions, at any level, are still required to have proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test within 72 hours of admission. New admissions will also be tested on arrival to St. Anne’s and again between day 5-7.

Residents Leaving Campus
Any SNF or PC resident leaving SARC for less than 24 hours (whether boostered, vaccinated or unvaccinated) will not need to quarantine for 14 days on return to the facility. Any SNF/SNFMS or PC/PCMS resident leaving the facility for more than 24 hours who is not boostered will need to quarantine for 14 days upon return to the facility. Both these scenarios are also contingent on whether there was a high-risk exposure while out of the building. We encourage our independent residents to follow these same guidelines.

Vaccination Program with Local Pharmacy
We do have a vaccination program with Hillcrest, a local pharmacy, and Masonic Pharmacy (our pharmacy vendor) to administer the vaccine to those residents and employees who decide at any time that they would like the vaccine or a booster dose. Hillcrest offers Moderna and Pfizer while Masonic offers the Johnson/Johnson, Pfizer and Moderna vaccines. Residents can reach out to social services regarding the vaccine/booster consent form. We have education information regarding vaccinations and boosters on our website. Staff members can visit Human Resources for education material and a consent form. We also have information on our intranet as well as offering education materials at new hire orientation. We ask that staff and independent residents who receive the vaccine or booster elsewhere, to please bring proof of vaccination for human resources or social services to place in their file. At any time, a staff member or resident can request a dose of the vaccine. Staff can request a dose through either Human Resources or their manager. Residents/POAs can request a dose through social services or a clinical manager. We will work with our pharmacy to schedule a time for the shot to be given.

An update from CDC has now encouraged those over 50 or anyone who is immunocompromised receive a second booster dose at least 4 months after their first booster. This is only for Moderna and Pfizer. There has been no update from Johnson & Johnson.

Campus Activities

  • Individuals eating in the Café, Bistro or Breakroom should only sit together at a table if everyone is boostered.
    • If you choose to sit with an unvaccinated or vaccinated individual, please understand the risks you are assuming related to COVID.
    • Unvaccinated and vaccinated individuals should socially distance while eating.
    • The CDC core principles of frequent hand washing, social distancing and masking whether vaccinated or not should always be followed.
    • We do have plexi-glass screens in each area for unvaccinated individuals to use.
  • All activities including beauty shop/barber services, church services, activities and dining programs continue on our limited schedules.
  • We are offering in-person Mass for all levels of care on various weekdays.

 

Even though we offer more relaxed visitation, CMS/CDC/DOH continues to require us to follow the core principles from CDC – SOCIAL DISTANCE, WEAR A MASK AND GOOD HAND HYGIENE. We also must continue to follow the directives from CDC, CMS and DOH. All staff, residents, HCP and visitors/caregivers need to follow our guidelines for each area of our campus at all times, while at any event and when riding in one of our vehicles. (for safety: vehicle drivers do not need to wear a shield).

The principles are for the protection of our residents, staff and all those who enter our campus.

Because the government has not changed the guidelines for COVID-19, we are still recommending to everyone to limit large group gatherings whether inside or outside in their everyday life/activities. Individuals should be wearing a mask and social distancing during any event or outing.

COVID-19 Telephone Announcement

The SARC COVID-19 telephone announcement is updated at least every other Wednesday. That number is 717-285-0946. This number is an announcement type message meaning you can listen but there is NO option to leave a message.

Future Updates

Updates will be maintained through our one call system, letters, website and COVID phone hotline. Should you have any questions, please contact us at 717-285-5443 and the receptionist can direct you to the appropriate personnel.

 

As our county rate continues to rise, we will not be looking at any changes to our guidelines at this time. Even though many individuals choose to disregard the initiatives set forth by the government, we at St. Anne’s must follow those regulations. Out of respect for our staff and residents, even if you individually do not agree with the government mandates, while you are on our campus, we require you to follow those mandates. As always, our resident and staff safety is of upmost importance to us.

Thank you,

Mary Turnbaugh, President
St. Anne’s Retirement Community


May 4, 2022

 REMINDERS:

  • All individuals (including independent residents) must wear a surgical mask when in any common area on campus – this includes Apartment Building 100 and 200.
  • All independent campus residents entering the main building for any reason, must follow our screening process which includes a temperature reading and answering our questionnaire.
  • Anyone entering our Personal Care (PC and PCMS) and Skilled (SNF and SNFMS) areas – this includes any resident from any level of care – must wear a surgical mask and are encouraged to wear face shields. Vendors, volunteers and healthcare professionals (HCP) must wear the face shield when in any resident care area or in close contact with a resident.
  • Everyone must wear their mask correctly. It must cover the nose and mouth.

 

Please Remember: Even though you may have had COVID recently or some time over the last 2 years, you are still able to get COVID again and again. For this reason, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) and Department of Health (DOH) have changed the requirements for an individual to be considered “fully vaccinated”. Now the guidelines are requiring individuals to have their booster to be considered “fully vaccinated” or “up-to-date”. Their new definitions are in three categories: unvaccinated(exempt), vaccinated (not boostered) and up-to-date (boostered).

We have no positive SNF/SNFMS or PC/PCMS residents at this time. We had two positive staff members since my last letter. We followed the government guidelines for quarantine and contact tracing. We continue with our contingency staffing plan because of our on-going struggles to hire staff in healthcare because of the pandemic. Our contingency plan includes testing of exempt (unvaccinated staff) and those not-up-to date according to CMS guidelines, testing all staff (regardless of vaccine status) with symptoms, screening of staff at the start of each shift, testing all staff with a one-time *high-risk/relevant exposure (regardless of vaccine status) every day for 5 days from the date of the exposure (exposure date is day 0). If the exposure is ongoing (meaning a staff member has a continuous exposure such as a household member) then the staff member is tested every day for 18 days. *A high risk/relevant exposure is defined as being closer than 6 feet for more than a cumulative time of 15 minutes without a face mask and shield.

Any staff member who tests positive is quarantined for at least 7 days and may return to work on day 8 (if they have a negative antigen test result between day 5 and day 7). If that antigen test is positive, the staff member may return to work on day 11.

We have a calendar on the bulletin board in the main building front lobby that tracks positive cases for staff and residents. It is updated throughout the month as cases are added. This calendar is in addition to the updated positive case notices that are added under the COVID page on our website.

Visitation Guidelines

  • Although we are open 24 hours each day, our regular visiting hours are Monday through Sunday from 8:00am-8:00pm. Our main doors are locked at 8:00pm. If a visitor wants to enter SARC after hours, please call the main number (717-285-5443) and the supervisor will open the doors.
  • Even with our visiting hours, our guidelines for PC/PCMS and SNF/SNFMS visits have not changed. Visits must occur in a resident’s room or visitation room. Visits and visitors can not be in common areas including the dining rooms, living rooms or sun rooms unless coordinated with the Nursing Team.

Following CDC’s Core Principles of COVID During Visits

  • Because of the size of our personal care and skilled rooms and the need to follow the CDC’S CORE PRINCIPLES of COVID, we are recommending only 4 visitors at a time.
    • All visitors, whether visiting inside or outside must keep a mask on while visiting.
    • The CDC core principles are wearing of masks, frequent handwashing and social distancing (at least 6ft).
    • We encourage outside visits as weather permits.
    • Skilled care offers visitation rooms if needed for those residents residing in a semi-private room. If a visit is going to occur in a semi-private room, please make sure the privacy curtain is closed and both residents as well as all visitors are masked and following the CDC core principles.
    • We still ask everyone to practice social distancing whenever possible, this includes waiting in a line, waiting for the elevator, or while on an elevator.
    • If a PC/PCMS or SNF/SNFMS visitor removes or lowers their mask outside of our guidelines while visiting (whether inside or outside), the visit will end and the visitor will be asked to leave. Repeated violations of this policy will result in suspension of visiting privileges.

CDC’s Community Transmission Tracker & Testing of Our Staff

We are using CDC’s community transmission tracker to determine how often we test staff who are “not-up-to-date”. This is a requirement from CMS and DOH. Currently through April 28, the PA dashboard rate is 6.4% and CDC has Lancaster County at a “substantial or orange” level. We are testing staff who are “not-up-to-date” twice each week at this time.

Procedures for COVID-19 Outbreak

When we have an outbreak (according to CMS – this is one COVID positive resident or staff member) within a skilled or personal care area of our campus we must initiate contact tracing. Those residents and staff who are designated as having a relevant or high-level exposure are quarantined and/or tested according to government requirements. For entering into an unaffected area during a COVID outbreak, our guidelines remain the same. In areas affected by the outbreak, anyone entering will need to wear full
PPE (personal protective equipment). This will include face mask (based on CDC guidelines and SARC’s COVID-19 status), face shield, gown and gloves.

Safety Precautions for Building Entrance

  • We encourage all who enter our campus, visitors, vendors, volunteers or healthcare professional (HCP) (no matter where the location is on campus) to be vaccinated and have a booster dose.
  • We also encourage all visitors to have a COVID antigen test within 24-48 hours of visiting.
  • All other individuals should be tested according to their employer/organization’s guidelines.
  • If any individual either becomes COVID–19 positive or becomes aware of a COVID-19 exposure that occurred within 10 days prior to being on campus, they must immediately inform SARC at the time they are made aware. SARC will need to evaluate for staff and resident testing and contact tracing. If an individual has COVID-19 or has an exposure, we ask that you not enter our campus for 10 days.
  • We continue with our screening process for those who enter our buildings except for EMS emergency calls and the Postal Service.
  • Everyone will continue to wear masks, social distance (at least 6ft) and perform frequent handwashing while in any of our buildings.
  • We are requiring all who enter our buildings for skilled and personal care to wear a surgical mask, which we are providing. We have surgical masks with and without shields attached as we are also recommending a face shield for SNF and PC visitors. Vendors, volunteers and HCP must wear the face shield when in these areas. Please place the mask/shield in the appropriate receptacle by the main exit prior to leaving the building. For individuals entering PC/PCMS or SNF/SNFMS, we do have KN95s available at the reception desk.
  • For those entering one of our apartment buildings, we are not requiring the screening process however we do require all residents and visitors/caregivers to wear a mask when in any common area.
  • If someone needs entry into 100 Merlini Drive outside of normal hours (Mon-Sun 9am-5pm), the individual can call our main building number (717-285-5443) and coordinate through the receptionist or supervisor for entry.

 

Staff Safety Procedures

  • Whether staff have the booster, been vaccinated or unvaccinated, they are required to wear a surgical mask while in our buildings and a face shield when in close contact with a resident or in a resident care area. Staff members who would like to wear a fit- tested N95 instead of a surgical mask, please reach out to your manager for details.
  • For staff, if you have any signs or symptoms, please call your manager before entering the building. We need to determine if you need to be tested outside the building and discuss further actions that may be necessary.

New Admissions to Campus

New admissions at any level to our campus who are boostered/up-to-date, will not need to quarantine on arrival to SARC. Residents who are unvaccinated or vaccinated will need to complete a 14 day quarantine on admission. New admissions, at any level, are still required to have proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test within 72 hours of admission. New admissions will also be tested on arrival to St. Anne’s and again between day 5-7.

Residents Leaving Campus

Any SNF or PC resident leaving SARC for less than 24 hours (whether boostered, vaccinated or unvaccinated) will not need to quarantine for 14 days on return to the facility. Any SNF/SNFMS or PC/PCMS resident leaving the facility for more than 24 hours who is not boostered will need to quarantine for 14 days upon return to the facility. Both these scenarios are also contingent on whether there was a high-risk exposure while out of the building. We encourage our independent residents to follow these same guidelines.

Vaccination Program with Local Pharmacy

We do have a vaccination program with Hillcrest, a local pharmacy, and Masonic Pharmacy (our pharmacy vendor) to administer the vaccine to those residents and employees who decide at any time that they would like the vaccine or a booster dose. Hillcrest offers Moderna and Pfizer while Masonic offers the Johnson/Johnson, Pfizer and Moderna vaccines. Residents can reach out to social services regarding the vaccine/booster consent form. We have education information regarding vaccinations and boosters on our website. Staff members can visit Human Resources for education material and a consent form. We also have information on our intranet as well as offering education materials at new hire orientation. We ask that staff and independent residents who receive the vaccine or booster elsewhere, to please bring proof of vaccination for human resources or social services to place in their file. At any time, a staff member or resident can request a dose of the vaccine. Staff can request a dose through either Human Resources or their manager. Residents/POAs can request a dose through social services or a clinical manager. We will work with our pharmacy to schedule a time for the shot to be given.

Vaccination Clinic

We are having a vaccine clinic on May 17 from 7:30am-9:00am and 2:00pm-3:30pm in Pauline Hall. This will be for staff and residents wanting any type/dose of a vaccine. If anyone would like a shot and has not completed a consent form, please see social services (residents) or Human Resources (staff) for a consent form and to be included in this clinic.

An update from CDC has now encouraged those over 50 or anyone who is immunocompromised receive a second booster dose at least 4 months after their first booster. This is only for Moderna and Pfizer. There has been no update from Johnson & Johnson.

Campus Activities

  • Individuals eating in the Café, Bistro or Breakroom should only sit together at a table if everyone is boostered.
    • If you choose to sit with an unvaccinated or vaccinated individual, please understand the risks you are assuming related to COVID.
    • Unvaccinated and vaccinated individuals should socially distance while eating.
    • The CDC core principles of frequent hand washing, social distancing and masking whether vaccinated or not should always be followed.
    • We do have plexi-glass screens in each area for unvaccinated individuals to use.
  • All activities including beauty shop/barber services, church services, activities and dining programs continue on our limited schedules.
  • We are offering in-person Mass for all levels of care on various weekdays.

Even though we offer more relaxed visitation, CMS/CDC/DOH continues to require us to follow the core principles from CDC – SOCIAL DISTANCE, WEAR A MASK AND GOOD HAND HYGIENE. We also must continue to follow the directives from CDC, CMS and DOH. All staff, residents, HCP and visitors/caregivers need to follow our guidelines for each area of our campus at all times, while at any event and when riding in one of our vehicles. (for safety: vehicle drivers do not need to wear a shield). The principles are for the protection of our residents, staff and all those who enter our campus.

Because the government has not changed the guidelines for COVID-19, we are still recommending to everyone to limit large group gatherings whether inside or outside in their everyday life/activities. Individuals should be wearing a mask and social distancing during any event or outing.

COVID-19 Telephone Announcement

The SARC COVID-19 telephone announcement is updated at least every other Wednesday. That number is 717-285-0946. This number is an announcement type message meaning you can listen but there is NO option to leave a message.

Future COVID Updates

Updates will be maintained through our one call system, letters, website and COVID phone hotline. Should you have any questions, please contact us at 717-285-5443 and the receptionist can direct you to the appropriate personnel.

As government regulations change, we will revisit our guidelines here at SARC. Even though many individuals have chosen to disregard the initiatives set forth by the government, we at St. Anne’s must follow those regulations. Out of respect for our staff and residents, even if you individually do not agree with the government mandates, while you are on our campus, we require you to follow those mandates. As always our resident and staff safety is of upmost importance to us.

Thank you,

Mary Turnbaugh, President
St. Anne’s Retirement Community


April 20, 2022

Even though the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has modified their guidelines for the general population, our requirements have NOT changed.

Visitation Guidelines

  • All individuals (including independent residents) must wear a surgical mask when in any common area on campus – this includes Apartment Building 100 and 200.
  • All independent campus residents entering the main building for any reason, must follow our screening process which includes a temperature reading and answering our questionnaire.
  • Anyone entering our Personal Care (PC and PCMS) and Skilled (SNF and SNFMS) areas – this includes any resident from any level of care – must wear a surgical mask and are encouraged to wear face shields. Vendors, volunteers and healthcare professionals (HCP) must wear the face shield when in any resident care area or in close contact with a resident.
  • Everyone must wear their mask correctly. It must cover the nose and mouth.

Please Remember: even though you may have had COVID recently or some time over the last 2 years, you are still able to get COVID again and again. For this reason, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) and Department of Health (DOH) have changed the requirements for an individual to be considered “fully vaccinated”. Now the guidelines are requiring individuals to have their booster to be considered “fully vaccinated” or “up-to-date”. Their new definitions are in three categories: unvaccinated(exempt), vaccinated (not boostered) and up-to-date (boostered). We are working with staff to make sure those who are vaccinated have the opportunity to get a booster dose as the guidelines for testing and length of time for quarantine are changing based on whether a staff member is boostered, vaccinated or exempt.

We have no positive SNF/SNFMS or PC/PCMS residents at this time. We had one positive staff member on April 10. This employee has not been in the building for the last month. We will follow the government guidelines for quarantine and contact tracing as necessary. We continue with our contingency staffing plan because of our on-going struggles to hire staff in healthcare because of the pandemic. Our contingency plan includes testing of exempt (unvaccinated staff) and those not-up-to date according to CMS guidelines, testing all staff (regardless of vaccine status) with symptoms, screening of staff at the start and end of each shift, testing all staff with a one-time *high-risk/relevant exposure (regardless of vaccine status) every day for 5 days from the date of the exposure. If the exposure is ongoing (meaning a staff member has a continuous exposure such as a household member) then the staff member is tested every day for 18 days. *A high risk/relevant exposure is defined as being closer than 6 feet for more than a cumulative time of 15 minutes without a face mask and shield.

Any staff member who tests positive is quarantined for at least 7 days and may return to work on day 8 (if they have a negative antigen test result between day 5 and day 7). If that antigen test is positive, the staff member may return to work on day 11.

We have a calendar on the bulletin board in the main building front lobby that tracks positive cases for staff and residents. It is updated throughout the month as cases are added. This calendar is in addition to the updated positive case notices that are added on this COVID page.

Visiting Hours:

  • Although we are open 24 hours each day, our regular visiting hours are Monday through Sunday from 8:00am-8:00pm. Our main doors are locked at 8:00pm.
  • If a visitor wants to enter SARC after hours, please call the main number (717-285-5443) and the supervisor will open the doors.

 

Following CDC’s Core Principles of COVID During Visits

  • Even with our visiting hours, our guidelines for PC/PCMS and SNF/SNFMS visits have not changed.
    • Visits must occur in a resident’s room or visitation room.
    • Visits and visitors can not be in common areas including the dining rooms, living rooms or sun rooms unless coordinated with the Nursing Team.
  • Because of the size of our personal care and skilled rooms and the need to follow the CDC’S CORE PRINCIPLES of COVID, we are recommending only 4 visitors at a time.
    • All visitors, whether visiting inside or outside must keep a mask on while visiting.
    • The CDC core principles are wearing of masks, frequent handwashing and social distancing (at least 6ft). We encourage outside visits as weather permits.
    • Skilled care offers visitation rooms if needed for those residents residing in a semi-private room. If a visit is going to occur in a semi-private room, please make sure the privacy curtain is closed and both residents as well as all visitors are masked and following the CDC core principles.
    • We still ask everyone to practice social distancing whenever possible, this includes waiting in a line, waiting for the elevator, or while on an elevator.
  • If a PC/PCMS or SNF/SNFMS visitor removes or lowers their mask outside of our guidelines while visiting (whether inside or outside), the visit will end and the visitor will be asked to leave. Repeated violations of this policy will result in suspension of visiting privileges.

 

CDC’s Community Transmission Tracker & Testing of Our Staff
We are using CDC’s community transmission tracker to determine how often we test staff who are “not-up-to-date”. This is a requirement from CMS and DOH. Currently through April 14, the PA dashboard rate is 3.8% and CDC has Lancaster County at a “moderate or yellow” level. We are testing staff who are “not-up-to-date” weekly at this time.

Procedures for COVID-19 Outbreak 
When we have an outbreak (according to CMS – this is one COVID positive resident or staff member) within a skilled or personal care area of our campus we must initiate contact tracing. Those residents and staff who are designated as having a relevant or high-level exposure are quarantined and/or tested according to government requirements. For entering into an unaffected area during a COVID outbreak, our guidelines remain the same. In areas affected by the outbreak, anyone entering will need to wear full PPE (personal protective equipment). This will include face mask (based on CDC guidelines and SARC’s COVID-19 status), face shield, gown and gloves.

Safety Precautions for Building Entrance

  • We encourage all who enter our campus, visitors, vendors, volunteers or healthcare professional (HCP) (no matter where the location is on campus) to be vaccinated and have a booster dose.
  • We also encourage all visitors to have a COVID antigen test within 24-48 hours of visiting.
  • All other individuals should be tested according to county guidelines.
  • If any individual either becomes COVID–19 positive or becomes aware of a COVID-19 exposure that occurred within the 48 hours prior to being on campus, they must immediately inform SARC at the time they are made aware. SARC will need to evaluate for staff and resident testing and contact tracing.
  • If an individual has COVID-19 or has an exposure, we ask that you not enter our campus for 10 days.
  • We continue with our screening process for those who enter our buildings except for EMS emergency calls and the Postal Service.
  • Everyone will continue to wear masks, social distance (at least 6ft) and perform frequent handwashing while in any of our buildings.
  • We are requiring all who enter our buildings for skilled and personal care to wear a surgical mask, which we are providing.
    • We have surgical masks with and without shields attached as we are also recommending a face shield for SNF and PC visitors.
    • Vendors, volunteers and HCP must wear the face shield when in these areas.
    • Please place the mask/shield in the appropriate receptacle by the main exit prior to leaving the building.
    • For individuals entering PC/PCMS or SNF/SNFMS, we do have KN95s available at the reception desk.
  • For those entering one of our apartment buildings, we are not requiring the screening process however we do require all residents and visitors/caregivers to wear a mask when in any common area.
  • If someone needs entry into 100 Merlini Drive outside of normal hours (Mon-Sun 9am-5pm), the individual can call our main building number (717-285-5443) and coordinate through the receptionist or supervisor for entry.

 

 

Staff Safety Procedures

  • Whether staff have the booster, been vaccinated or unvaccinated, they are required to wear a surgical mask while in our buildings and a face shield when in close contact with a resident or in a resident care area.
  • Staff members who would like to wear a fit- tested N95 instead of a surgical mask, please reach out to your manager for details.
  • For staff, if you have any signs or symptoms, please call your manager before entering the building. We need to determine if you need to be tested outside the building and discuss further actions that may be necessary.

 

New Admissions to Campus

New admissions at any level to our campus who are boostered/up-to-date, will not need to quarantine on arrival to SARC. Residents who are unvaccinated or vaccinated will need to complete a 14 day quarantine on admission. New admissions, at any level, are still required to have proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test within 72 hours of admission.

Residents Leaving Campus

  • Any SNF or PC resident leaving SARC for less than 24 hours (whether boostered, vaccinated or unvaccinated) will not need to quarantine for 14 days on return to the facility.
  • Any SNF/SNFMS or PC/PCMS resident leaving the facility for more than 24 hours who is not boostered will need to quarantine for 14 days upon return to the facility.
  • Both these scenarios are also contingent on whether there was a high-risk exposure while out of the building. We encourage our independent residents to follow these same guidelines.

 

Vaccination Program with Local Pharmacy

We do have a vaccination program with Hillcrest, a local pharmacy, and Masonic Pharmacy (our pharmacy vendor) to administer the vaccine to those residents and employees who decide at any time that they would like the vaccine or a booster dose. Hillcrest offers Moderna and Pfizer while Masonic offers the Johnson/Johnson, Pfizer and Moderna vaccines. Residents can reach out to social services regarding the vaccine/booster consent form. We have education information regarding vaccinations and boosters on our website. Staff members can visit Human Resources for education material and a consent form. We also have information on our intranet as well as offering education materials at new hire orientation. We ask that staff and independent residents who receive the vaccine or booster elsewhere, to please bring proof of vaccination for human resources or social services to place in their file. At any time, a staff member or resident can request a dose of the vaccine. Staff can request a dose through either Human Resources or their manager. Residents/POAs can request a dose through social services or a clinical manager. We will work with our pharmacy to schedule a time for the shot to be given.

Vaccination Clinic – April 20 & April 21

We are having a vaccine clinic today and tomorrow, April 20 and 21, 2022. An update from CDC has now encouraged those over 50 years of age and those immunocompromised to receive a second booster dose at least 4 months after their first booster. This is only for Moderna and Pfizer. There has been no update from Johnson & Johnson. If anyone would like a shot and has not completed a consent form, please see social services (residents) or Human Resources (staff) for a consent form and to be included in this clinic.

Campus Activities

  • Individuals eating in the Café, Bistro or Breakroom should only sit together at a table if everyone is boostered.
  • If you choose to sit with an unvaccinated or vaccinated individual, please understand the risks you are assuming related to COVID.
  • Unvaccinated and vaccinated individuals should socially distance while eating.
  • The CDC core principles of frequent hand washing, social distancing and masking whether vaccinated or not should always be followed.
  • We do have plexi-glass screens in each area for unvaccinated individuals to use.
  • All activities including beauty shop/barber services, church services, activities and dining programs continue on our limited schedules.
  • We are offering in-person Mass for all levels of care on various weekdays.

 

Even though we offer more relaxed visitation, CMS/CDC/DOH continues to require us to follow the core principles from CDC – SOCIAL DISTANCE, WEAR A MASK AND GOOD HAND HYGIENE. We also must continue to follow the directives from CDC, CMS and DOH.

All staff, residents, HCP and visitors/caregivers need to follow our guidelines for each area of our campus at all times, while at any event and when riding in one of our vehicles. (for safety: vehicle drivers do not need to wear a shield).

The principles are for the protection of our residents, staff and all those who enter our campus.

Because the government has not changed the guidelines for COVID-19, we are still recommending to everyone to limit large group gatherings whether inside or outside in their everyday life/activities. Individuals should be wearing a mask and social distancing during any event or outing.

COVID-19 Telephone Announcement

The SARC COVID-19 telephone announcement is updated at least every other Wednesday. That number is 717-285-0946. This number is an announcement type message meaning you can listen but there is NO option to leave a message.

Future COVID-19 Updates

Updates will be maintained through our one call system, letters, website and COVID phone hotline. Should you have any questions, please contact us at 717-285-5443 and the receptionist can direct you to the appropriate personnel.
As we move into warmer weather and we are seeing more activities and events, please remember we are still required to follow very different guidelines from the general population. Our goal, as always, is to keep our resident and staff safe. That has not changed.

Thank you,
Mary Turnbaugh, President
St. Anne’s Retirement Community


April 7, 2022 

Booster Memo – April 6, 2022

Even though the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has modified their guidelines for the general population, our requirements have NOT changed. We received updates from the government in mid-March and our general guidelines have not changed.

Visitation Guidelines

        • All individuals (including independent residents) must wear a surgical mask when in any common area on campus – this includes Apartment Building 100 and 200.
        • All independent campus residents entering the main building for any reason, must follow our screening process which includes a temperature reading and answering our questionnaire.
        • Anyone entering our Personal Care (PC and PCMS) and Skilled (SNF and SNFMS) areas – this includes any resident from any level of care – must wear a surgical mask and are encouraged to wear face shields. Vendors, volunteers and healthcare professionals (HCP) must wear the face shield when in any resident care area or in close contact with a resident.
        • Everyone must wear their mask correctly. It must cover the nose and mouth.

 

Please remember: even though you may have had COVID recently or some time over the last 2 years, you are still able to get COVID again and again. For this reason, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) and Department of Health (DOH) have changed the requirements for an individual to be considered “fully vaccinated”. Now the guidelines are requiring individuals to have their booster to be considered “fully vaccinated” or “up-to-date”. Their new definitions are in three categories: unvaccinated(exempt), vaccinated (not boostered) and up-to-date (boostered). We are working with staff to make sure those who are vaccinated have the opportunity to get a booster dose as the guidelines for testing and length of time for quarantine are changing based on whether a staff member is boostered, vaccinated or exempt.

We have no positive SNF/SNFMS or PC/PCMS residents at this time. We have not had a positive staff member since mid-February. We will follow the government guidelines for quarantine and contact tracing as necessary. We continue with our contingency staffing plan because of our on-going struggles to hire staff in healthcare because of the pandemic. Our contingency plan includes testing of exempt (unvaccinated staff) and those not-up-to date according to CMS guidelines, testing all staff (regardless of vaccine status) with symptoms, screening of staff at the start and end of each shift, testing all staff with a one-time *high-risk/relevant exposure (regardless of vaccine status) every day for 5 days from the date of the exposure. If the exposure is ongoing (meaning a staff member has a continuous exposure such as a household member) then the staff member is tested every day for 18 days. *A high risk/relevant exposure is defined as being closer than 6 feet for more than a cumulative time of 15 minutes without a face mask and shield.

Any staff member who tests positive is quarantined for at least 7 days and may return to work on day 8 (if they have a negative antigen test result between day 5 and day 7). If that antigen test is positive, the staff member may return to work on day 11.

We have a calendar on the bulletin board in the main building front lobby that tracks positive cases for staff and residents. It is updated throughout the month as cases are added. This calendar is in addition to the updated positive case notices that are added under the COVID page on our website.

Visiting Hours:

      • Although we are open 24 hours each day, our regular visiting hours are Monday through Sunday from 8:00am-8:00pm.
      • Our main doors are locked at 8:00pm.
      • If a visitor wants to enter SARC after hours, please call the main number (717-285-5443) and the supervisor will open the doors.

 

Following CDC’s Core Principles of COVID During Visits

      • Even with our visiting hours, our guidelines for PC/PCMS and SNF/SNFMS visits have not changed.
      • Visits must occur in a resident’s room or visitation room.
      • Visits and visitors can not be in common areas including the dining rooms, living rooms or sun rooms unless coordinated with the Nursing Team.
      • Because of the size of our personal care and skilled rooms and the need to follow the CDC’S CORE PRINCIPLES of COVID, we are recommending only 4 visitors at a time.
      • All visitors, whether visiting inside or outside must keep a mask on while visiting.
      • The CDC core principles are wearing of masks, frequent handwashing and social distancing (at least 6ft).
      • We encourage outside visits as weather permits.
      • Skilled care offers visitation rooms if needed for those residents residing in a semi-private room.
      • If a visit is going to occur in a semi-private room, please make sure the privacy curtain is closed and both residents as well as all visitors are masked and following the CDC core principles.
      • We still ask everyone to practice social distancing whenever possible, this includes waiting in a line, waiting for the elevator, or while on an elevator.
      • If a PC/PCMS or SNF/SNFMS visitor removes or lowers their mask outside of our guidelines while visiting (whether inside or outside), the visit will end and the visitor will be asked to leave. Repeated violations of this policy will result in suspension of visiting privileges.

 

How We Test Unvaccinated Staff
We are using CDC’s community transmission tracker to determine how often we test staff who are “not-up-to-date”. This is a requirement from CMS and DOH. Currently through March 30, the PA dashboard rate is 2.2% and CDC has Lancaster County at a “moderate or yellow” level. We are testing staff who are “not-up-to-date” weekly at this time.

Procedures for COVID-19 Outbreak 
When we have an outbreak (according to CMS – this is one COVID positive resident or staff member) within a skilled or personal care area of our campus we must initiate contact tracing. Those residents and staff who are designated as having a relevant or high-level exposure are quarantined and/or tested according to government requirements. For entering into an unaffected area during a COVID outbreak, our guidelines remain the same. In areas affected by the outbreak, anyone entering will need to wear full PPE (personal protective equipment). This will include face mask (based on CDC guidelines and SARC’s COVID-19 status), face shield, gown and gloves.

Safety Precautions for Building Entrance

      • We encourage all who enter our campus, visitors, vendors, volunteers or healthcare professional (HCP) (no matter where the location is on campus) to be vaccinated and have a booster dose.
      • We also encourage all visitors to have a COVID antigen test within 24-48 hours of visiting. All other individuals should be tested according to county guidelines.
      • If any individual either becomes COVID–19 positive or becomes aware of a COVID-19 exposure that occurred within the 48 hours prior to being on campus, they must immediately inform SARC at the time they are made aware. SARC will need to evaluate for staff and resident testing and contact tracing. If an individual has COVID-19 or has an exposure, we ask that you not enter our campus for 10 days.
      • We continue with our screening process for those who enter our buildings except for EMS emergency calls and the Postal Service.
      • Everyone will continue to wear masks, social distance (at least 6ft) and perform frequent handwashing while in any of our buildings.
      • We are requiring all who enter our buildings for skilled and personal care to wear a surgical mask, which we are providing. 
        • We have surgical masks with and without shields attached as we are also recommending a face shield for SNF and PC visitors.
        • Vendors, volunteers and HCP must wear the face shield when in these areas.
        • Please place the mask/shield in the appropriate receptacle by the main exit prior to leaving the building. For individuals entering PC/PCMS or SNF/SNFMS, we do have KN95s available at the reception desk.
      • For those entering one of our apartment buildings, we are not requiring the screening process however we do require all residents and visitors/caregivers to wear a mask when in any common area. If someone needs entry into 100 Merlini Drive outside of normal hours (Mon-Sun 9am-5pm), the individual can call our main building number (717-285-5443) and coordinate through the receptionist or supervisor for entry.

 

Staff Safety Procedures

      • Whether staff have the booster, been vaccinated or unvaccinated, they are required to wear a surgical mask while in our buildings and a face shield when in close contact with a resident or in a resident care area.
      • Staff members who would like to wear a fit- tested N95 instead of a surgical mask, please reach out to your manager for details.
      • For staff, if you have any signs or symptoms, please call your manager before entering the building. We need to determine if you need to be tested outside the building and discuss further actions that may be necessary.

 

New Admissions to Campus

New admissions at any level to our campus who are boostered/up-to-date, will not need to quarantine on arrival to SARC. Residents who are unvaccinated or vaccinated will need to complete a 14 day quarantine on admission. New admissions, at any level, are still required to have proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test within 72 hours of admission.

Residents Leaving Campus

      • Any SNF or PC resident leaving SARC for less than 24 hours (whether boostered, vaccinated or unvaccinated) will not need to quarantine for 14 days on return to the facility.
      • Any SNF/SNF or PC/PCMS resident leaving the facility for more than 24 hours who is not boostered will need to quarantine for 14 days upon return to the facility.
      • Both these scenarios are also contingent on whether there was a high-risk exposure while out of the building.
      • We encourage our independent residents to follow these same guidelines.

 

Vaccination Program with Local Pharmacy

We do have a vaccination program with Hillcrest, a local pharmacy, and Masonic Pharmacy (our pharmacy vendor) to administer the vaccine to those residents and employees who decide at any time that they would like the vaccine or a booster dose. Hillcrest offers Moderna and Pfizer while Masonic offers the Johnson/Johnson, Pfizer and Moderna vaccines. Residents can reach out to social services regarding the vaccine/booster consent form. We have education information regarding vaccinations and boosters on our website. Staff members can visit Human Resources for education material and a consent form. We also have information on our intranet as well as offering education materials at new hire orientation. We ask that staff and independent residents who receive the vaccine or booster elsewhere, to please bring proof of vaccination for human resources or social services to place in their file. At any time, a staff member or resident can request a dose of the vaccine. Staff can request a dose through either Human Resources or their manager. Residents/POAs can request a dose through social services or a clinical manager. We will work with our pharmacy to schedule a time for the shot to be given.

Vaccination Clinic – April 20 & April 21

We will have a vaccine clinic on April 20 and 21, 2022. An update from CDC has now encouraged those over 50 years of age and those immunocompromised to receive a second booster dose at least 4 months after their first booster. This is only for Moderna and Pfizer. There has been no update from Johnson & Johnson. Please see the website for the memo with additional information.

Campus Activities

      • Individuals eating in the Café, Bistro or Breakroom should only sit together at a table if everyone is boostered.
      • If you choose to sit with an unvaccinated or vaccinated individual, please understand the risks you are assuming related to COVID.
      • Unvaccinated and vaccinated individuals should socially distance while eating.
      • The CDC core principles of frequent hand washing, social distancing and masking whether vaccinated or not should always be followed.
      • We do have plexi-glass screens in each area for unvaccinated individuals to use.
      • All activities including beauty shop/barber services, church services, activities and dining programs continue on our limited schedules.
      • We are offering in-person Mass for all levels of care on various weekdays.

 

Even though we offer more relaxed visitation, CMS/CDC/DOH continues to require us to follow the core principles from CDC – SOCIAL DISTANCE, WEAR A MASK AND GOOD HAND HYGIENE. We also must continue to follow the directives from CDC, CMS and DOH.

All staff, residents, HCP and visitors/caregivers need to follow our guidelines for each area of our campus at all times, while at any event and when riding in one of our vehicles. (for safety: vehicle drivers do not need to wear a shield).

The principles are for the protection of our residents, staff and all those who enter our campus. 

Because the government has not changed the guidelines for COVID-19, we are still recommending to everyone to limit large group gatherings whether inside or outside in their everyday life/activities. Individuals should be wearing a mask and social distancing during any event or outing.

COVID-19 Telephone Announcement

The SARC COVID-19 telephone announcement is updated at least every other Wednesday. That number is 717-285-0946. This number is an announcement type message meaning you can listen but there is NO option to leave a message.

Future COVID-19 Updates

Updates will be maintained through our one call system, letters, website and COVID phone hotline. Should you have any questions, please contact us at 717-285-5443 and the receptionist can direct you to the appropriate personnel.
With warmer weather on our horizon and the transmission rates falling, we are starting to see more and more activities and events. Please remember as much as we enjoy the connection and interaction – we are still required to follow very different guidelines from the general population. Our goal, as always, is to keep our resident and staff safe. That has not changed.

Thank you,

Mary Turnbaugh, President
St. Anne’s Retirement Community


March 23, 2022 

Even though the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has modified their guidelines for the general population, our requirements have NOT changed. We received updates from the government in mid-March and our general guidelines have not changed.

Visitation Guidelines

      • All St. Anne’s (SARC) independent residents and visitors must wear a surgical mask when in any common area on campus – this includes Apartment Building 100 and 200.
      • All independent campus residents entering the main building for any reason, must follow our screening process which includes a temperature reading and answering our questionnaire.
      • Personal care (PC and PCMS) and skilled (SNF and SNFMS) visitors (this includes any resident from any level of care) must wear a surgical mask and are encouraged to wear face shields.
      • Everyone must wear their mask correctly. It must cover the nose and mouth.

 

Once again as a reminder even though you may have had COVID recently or some time over the last 2 years, you are still able to get COVID again and again. For this reason, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) and Department of Health (DOH) have changed the requirements for an individual to be considered “fully vaccinated”.

Now the guidelines are requiring individuals to have their booster to be considered “fully vaccinated” or “up-to-date”. Their new definitions are in three categories: unvaccinated (exempt), vaccinated (not boostered) and up-to-date (boostered). We are working with staff to make sure those who are vaccinated have the opportunity to get a booster dose as the guidelines for testing and length of time for quarantine are changing based on whether a staff member is boostered, vaccinated or exempt.

We have no positive skilled (SNF/SNFMS) or personal care (PC/PCMS) residents at this time. We have not had a positive staff member since mid-February. We will follow the government guidelines for quarantine and contact tracing as necessary.

We continue with our contingency staffing plan because of our on-going struggles to hire staff in healthcare because of the pandemic. Our contingency plan includes testing of exempt (unvaccinated staff) and those not-up-to date according to CMS guidelines, testing all staff (regardless of vaccine status) with symptoms, screening of staff at the start and end of each shift, testing all staff with a one-time *high-risk/relevant exposure (regardless of vaccine status) every day for 5 days from the date of the exposure. If the exposure is ongoing (meaning a staff member has a continuous exposure such as a household member) then the staff member is tested every day for 18 days. *A high risk/relevant exposure is defined as being closer than 6 feet for more than a cumulative time of 15 minutes without a face mask and shield.

Any staff member who tests positive is quarantined for at least 7 days and may return to work on day 8 (if they have a negative antigen test result between day 5 and day 7). If that antigen test is positive, the staff member may return to work on day 11.

We have a calendar that tracks positive cases for staff and residents on the bulletin board in the main building front lobby. It is updated throughout the month as cases are added. This calendar is in addition to the updated positive case notices that are added under the COVID page on our website.

Visiting Hours

      • Although we are open 24 hours each day, our regular visiting hours are Monday through Sunday from 8:00am-8:00pm. Our main doors are locked at 8:00pm.
      • If a visitor wants to enter SARC after hours, please call the main number (717-285-5443) and the supervisor will open the doors.
      • Even with our visiting hours, our guidelines for PC/PCMS and SNF/SNFMS visits have not changed. Visits must occur in a resident’s room or visitation room. Visits and visitors can not be in common areas including the dining rooms, living rooms or sun rooms.

 

Following CDC’s Core Principles of COVID During Visits

      • The CDC core principles are wearing of masks, frequent handwashing and social distancing (at least 6ft).
      • Because of the size of our personal care and skilled rooms and the need to follow the CDC’S CORE PRINCIPLES of COVID, we are recommending only 4 visitors at a time. All visitors, whether visiting inside or outside must keep a mask on while visiting. 
      • We encourage outside visits as weather permits.
      • Skilled care offers visitation rooms if needed for those residents residing in a semi-private room.
      • If a visit is going to occur in a semi-private room, please make sure the privacy curtain is closed and both residents as well as all visitors are masked and following the CDC core principles.
      • We still ask everyone to practice social distancing whenever possible, this includes waiting in a line, waiting for the elevator, or while on an elevator.
      • If a PC/PCMS or SNF/SNFMS visitor removes or lowers their mask at any time while visiting (whether inside or outside), the visit will end and the visitor will be asked to leave. Repeated violations of this policy will result in suspension of visiting privileges.

 

How We Test Unvaccinated Staff
We are using CDC’s community transmission tracker to determine how often we test unvaccinated staff. This is a requirement from CMS and DOH. Currently through March 17, the PA dashboard rate is 2.6% and CDC has Lancaster County at a “moderate or yellow” level. We are testing unvaccinated and vaccinated staff weekly at this time.

Procedures for COVID-19 Outbreak 
When we have an outbreak (according to CMS – this is one COVID positive resident or staff member) within a skilled or personal care area of our campus we must initiate contact tracing. Those residents and staff who are designated as having a relevant or high-level exposure are quarantined and/or tested according to government requirements. For visits in unaffected areas during a COVID outbreak, our guidelines remain the same. In areas affected by the outbreak, visitors will need to wear full PPE (personal protective equipment) for the visit. This will include face mask (based on CDC guidelines and SARC’s COVID-19 status), face shield, gown and gloves.

We encourage all visitors (no matter where the visit is on campus) to be vaccinated and have a booster dose. We also encourage all visitors to have a COVID antigen test within 24-48 hours of visiting. If a visitor either becomes COVID–19 positive or becomes aware of a COVID-19 exposure that occurred within the 48 hours prior to a visit, they must immediately inform SARC at the time they are made aware.

SARC will need to evaluate for staff and resident testing and contact tracing. If a visitor has COVID or has an exposure, we ask that you not visit for 10 days.

Safety Precautions for Building Entrance

      • We continue with our screening process for those who enter our buildings except for EMS emergency calls and the Postal Service. Everyone will continue to wear masks, social distance (at least 6ft) and perform frequent handwashing while in any of our buildings.
      • We are requiring all who enter our buildings for skilled and personal care to wear a surgical mask, which we are providing. We have surgical masks with and without shields attached as we are also recommending a face shield for SNF and PC visitors. Please place the mask/shield in the appropriate receptacle by the main exit prior to leaving the building.
      • For individuals visiting on PC/PCMS or SNF/SNFMS, we do have KN95s available at the reception desk.
      • For those entering one of our apartment buildings, we are not requiring the screening process however we do require all residents and visitors/caregivers to wear a mask when in any common area. Our main building reception hours are Mon-Sun 6am-8pm. Visitors/caregivers at other times will need to call the main number (717-285-5443) and coordinate through the Supervisor for entry.
      • Whether staff have the booster, been vaccinated or unvaccinated, they are required to wear a surgical mask while in our buildings and a face shield when in close contact with a resident or in a resident care area. Staff members who would like to wear a fit-tested N95 instead of a surgical mask, please reach out to your manager for details.
      • Please remember for all who are visiting St. Anne’s, if you have any signs/symptoms, do not enter our buildings. If you are recovering from COVID-19, please refrain from visiting until at least 10 days have passed from when symptoms started or since you have had a positive test.
      • For staff, if you have any signs or symptoms, please call your manager before entering the building. We need to determine if you need to be tested outside the building and discuss further actions that may be necessary.

New Admissions

      • New admissions at any level to our campus who are boostered/up-to-date will not need to quarantine on
        arrival to SARC.
      • Residents who are unvaccinated or vaccinated will need to complete a 14 day quarantine on admission.
      • New admissions, at any level, are still required to have proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test within 72 hours of admission.

Residents Leaving Campus

      • Any SNF or PC resident leaving SARC for less than 24 hours (whether boostered, vaccinated or unvaccinated) will not need to quarantine for 14 days on return to the facility.
      • Any SNF/SNF or PC/PCMS resident leaving the facility for more than 24 hours who is not boostered will need to quarantine for 14 days upon return to the facility.
      • Both these scenarios above are also contingent on whether there was a high-risk exposure while out of the building.
      • We encourage our independent residents to follow these same guidelines.

Vaccination Information

      • We do have a vaccination program with Hillcrest, a local pharmacy, and Masonic Pharmacy (our pharmacy vendor) to administer the vaccine to those residents and employees who decide at any time that they would like the vaccine or a booster dose.
      • Hillcrest offers Moderna and Pfizer while Masonic offers the Johnson/Johnson, Pfizer and Moderna vaccines.
      • Residents can reach out to social services regarding the vaccine/booster consent form.
      • We have education information regarding vaccinations and boosters on our website.
      • Staff members can visit Human Resources for education material and a consent form.
      • We also have information on our intranet as well as offering education materials at new hire orientation.
      • We ask that staff and independent residents who receive the vaccine or booster elsewhere, to please bring proof of vaccination for human resources or social services to place in their file.
      • At any time, a staff member or resident can request a dose of the vaccine.
        • Staff can request a dose through either Human Resources or their manager.
        • Residents/POAs can request a dose through social services or a clinical manager.
        • We will work with our pharmacy to schedule a time for the shot to be given.

Campus Activities

Campus Dining

      • Individuals eating in the Café, Bistro or Breakroom should only sit together at a table if everyone is boostered.
      • If you choose to sit with an unvaccinated or vaccinated individual, please understand the risks you are assuming related to COVID.
      • Unvaccinated and vaccinated individuals should socially distance while eating.
      • The CDC core principles of frequent hand washing, social distancing and masking whether vaccinated or not should always be followed.
      • We do have plexi-glass screens in each area for unvaccinated individuals to use.

 

Beauty Shop/Barber Services, Church Services, Activities & Dining Programs

      • All activities including beauty shop/barber services, church services, activities and dining programs continue on our limited schedules.
      • We are offering in-person Mass for independent and personal care on various weekdays in the Chapel.

 

Even though we offer more relaxed visitation, CMS/CDC/DOH continues to require us to follow the core principles from CDC – SOCIAL DISTANCE, WEAR A MASK AND GOOD HAND HYGIENE. We also must continue to follow the directives from CDC, CMS and DOH. All staff, residents and visitors/caregivers need to follow our guidelines for each area of our campus at all times, while at any event and when riding in one of our vehicles. (for safety: vehicle drivers do not need to wear a shield).

The principles are for the protection of our residents, staff and all those who enter our campus.

Because the government has not changed the guidelines for COVID-19, we are still recommending to everyone to limit large group gatherings whether inside or outside in their everyday life/activities. Individuals should be wearing a mask and social distancing during any event or outing.

COVID-19 Telephone Announcement

      • The SARC COVID-19 telephone announcement is updated at least every other Wednesday.
      • The phone number for this announcement is 717-285-0946.
      • This number is an announcement type message meaning you can listen but there is NO option to leave a message.

Future COVID-19 Updates

Updates will be maintained through our one call system, letters, website and COVID phone hotline. Should you have any questions, please contact us at 717-285-5443 and the receptionist can direct you to the appropriate personnel.

Thank you,
Mary Turnbaugh, President
St. Anne’s Retirement Community

 

 


March 9, 2022

Even though the CDC has modified their guidelines for the general population, our requirements have NOT changed. We are hoping to see some changes in the next several weeks, but for now our policies continue as they are currently.

Visitation Guidelines

      • All SARC independent residents and visitors must wear a surgical mask when in any common area on campus – this includes Apartment Building 100 and 200.
      • All independent campus residents entering the main building for any reason, must follow our screening process which includes a temperature reading and answering our questionnaire.
      • Personal care and skilled visitors (this includes any resident from any level of care) must wear a surgical mask and are encouraged to wear face shields.
      • Everyone must wear their mask correctly. It must cover the nose and mouth.
      • Once again as a reminder even though you may have had COVID recently or some time over the last 2 years, you are still able to get COVID again and again. For this reason, CMS and DOH have changed the requirements for an individual to be considered “fully vaccinated”. Now the guidelines are requiring individuals to have their booster to be considered “fully vaccinated” or “up-to-date”. Their new definitions are in three categories: unvaccinated(exempt), vaccinated (not boostered) and up-to-date (boostered). We are working with staff to make sure those who are vaccinated have the opportunity to get a booster dose as the guidelines for testing and length of time for quarantine are changing based on whether a staff member is boostered, vaccinated or exempt.
      • We have no positive skilled (SNF/SNFMS) or personal care (PC/PCMS) residents at this time. We have not had a positive staff member since mid-February. We will follow the government guidelines for quarantine and contact tracing as necessary.
      • We continue with our contingency staffing plan because of our on-going struggles to hire staff in healthcare because of the pandemic.
      • Our contingency plan includes testing of exempt (unvaccinated staff) according to CMS guidelines, testing all staff (regardless of vaccine status) with symptoms, screening of staff at the start and end of each shift, testing all staff with a one-time *high-risk/relevant exposure (regardless of vaccine status) every day for 5 days from the date of the exposure.
      • If the exposure is ongoing (meaning a staff member has a continuous exposure such as a household member) then the staff member is tested every day for 18 days. *A high risk/relevant exposure is defined as being closer than 6 feet for more than a cumulative time of 15 minutes without a face mask and/or shield.
      • Any staff member who tests positive is quarantined for at least 7 days and may return to work on day 8 (if they have a negative antigen test result between day 5 and day 7). I
      • f that antigen test is positive, the staff member may return to work on day 11.
      • We have a calendar on the bulletin board in the main building front lobby that tracks positive cases for staff and residents. It is updated throughout the month as cases are added. This calendar is in addition to the updated positive case notices that are added under the COVID page on our website.
      • Although we are open 24 hours each day, our regular visiting hours are Monday through Sunday from 8:00am-8:00pm.
      • Our main doors are locked at 8:00pm. If a visitor wants to enter SARC after hours, please call the main number (717-285-5443) and the supervisor will open the doors.
      • Even though we have expanded our visiting hours, our guidelines for PC and SNF visits have not changed.
      • Visits must occur in a resident’s room or visitation room.
      • Visits and visitors can not be in common areas including the dining rooms, living rooms or sun rooms.
      • Because of the size of our personal care and skilled rooms and the need to follow the CDC’S CORE PRINCIPLES of COVID, we are recommending only 4 visitors at a time.
      • All visitors, whether visiting inside or outside must keep a mask on while visiting.
      • The CDC core principles are wearing of masks, frequent handwashing and social distancing (at least 6ft).
      • We encourage outside visits as weather permits. Skilled care offers visitation rooms if needed for those residents residing in a semi-private room.
      • If a visit is going to occur in a semi-private room, please make sure the privacy curtain is closed and both residents as well as all visitors are masked and following the CDC core principles. We still ask everyone to practice social distancing whenever possible, this includes waiting in a line, waiting for the elevator, or while on an elevator.
      • If a PC or SNF visitor removes or lowers their mask at any time while visiting (whether inside or outside), the visit will end and the visitor will be asked to leave.
      • Repeated violations of this policy will result in suspension of visiting privileges.
      • We are using CDC’s community transmission tracker to determine how often we test unvaccinated staff. This is a requirement from CMS and DOH.
      • Currently through March 4, the PA dashboard rate is 4.0% and CDC has Lancaster County at a “moderate or yellow” level which means we will test unvaccinated and vaccinated staff twice each week for two weeks and then test weekly from that point forward.
      • When we have an outbreak (according to CMS – this is one COVID positive resident or staff member) within a skilled or personal care area of our campus we must initiate contact tracing.
      • Those residents and staff who are designated as having a relevant or high-level exposure are quarantined and/or tested according to government requirements.
      • For visits in unaffected areas during a COVID outbreak, our guidelines remain the same. In areas affected by the outbreak, visitors will need to wear full PPE (personal protective equipment) for the visit.
      • This will include face mask (based on CDC guidelines and SARC’s COVID-19 status), face shield, gown and gloves.
      • We encourage all visitors (no matter where the visit is on campus) to be vaccinated and have a booster dose.
      • We also encourage all visitors to have a COVID antigen test within 24-48 hours of visiting.
      • If a visitor either becomes COVID–19 positive or becomes aware of a COVID-19 exposure that occurred within the 48 hours prior to a visit, they must immediately inform SARC at the time they are made aware. SARC will need to evaluate for staff and resident testing and contact tracing.
      • If a visitor has COVID or has an exposure, we ask that you not visit for 10 days.
      • We continue with our screening process for those who enter our buildings except for EMS emergency calls and the Postal Service.
      • Everyone will continue to wear masks, social distance (at least 6ft) and perform frequent handwashing while in any of our buildings.
      • We are requiring all who enter our buildings for skilled and personal care to wear a surgical mask, which we are providing.
      • We have surgical masks with and without shields attached as we are also recommending a face shield for SNF and PC visitors. Please place the mask/shield in the appropriate receptacle by the main exit prior to leaving the building.
      • For individuals visiting on PC or SNF, we do have KN95s available at the reception desk.
      • For those entering one of our apartment buildings, we are not requiring the screening process however we do require all residents and visitors/caregivers to wear a surgical mask when in any common area.
      • Our main building reception hours are Mon-Sun 6am-8pm. Visitors/caregivers at other times will need to call the main number (717-285-5443) and coordinate through the Supervisor for entry.
      • Whether staff have the booster, been vaccinated or unvaccinated, they are required to wear a surgical mask while in our buildings and a face shield when in close contact with a resident or in a resident care area.
      • Staff members who would like to wear a fit- tested N95 instead of a surgical mask, please reach out to your manager for details.
      • Please remember for all who are visiting St. Anne’s, if you have any signs/symptoms, do not enter our buildings.
      • If you are recovering from COVID-19, please refrain from visiting until at least 10 days have passed from when symptoms started or since you have had a positive test.
      • For staff, if you have any signs or symptoms, please call your manager before entering the building.
      • We need to determine if you need to be tested outside the building and discuss further actions that may be necessary.

New Admissions

      • New admissions at any level to our campus who are boostered/up-to-date, will not need to quarantine on arrival to SARC. Residents who are unvaccinated or vaccinated will need to complete a 14 day quarantine on admission.
      • New admissions, at any level, are still required to have proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test within 72 hours of admission.

Residents

      • Any SNF or PC resident leaving SARC for less than 24 hours (whether boostered, vaccinated or unvaccinated) will not need to quarantine for 14 days on return to the facility.
      • Any SNF or PC resident leaving the facility for more than 24 hours who is not boostered will need to quarantine for 14 days upon return to the facility.
      • Both these scenarios are also contingent on whether there was a high-risk exposure while out of the building.
      • We encourage our independent residents to follow these same guidelines.

Vaccine Information

      • We do have a vaccination program with Hillcrest, a local pharmacy, and Masonic Pharmacy (our pharmacy vendor) to administer the vaccine to those residents and employees who decide at any time that they would like the vaccine or a booster dose.
      • Hillcrest offers Moderna and Pfizer while Masonic offers the Johnson/Johnson, Pfizer and Moderna vaccines.
      • Residents can reach out to social services regarding the vaccine/booster consent form.
      • We have education information regarding vaccinations and boosters on our website. Staff members can visit Human Resources for education material and a consent form.
      • We also have information on our intranet as well as offering education materials at new hire orientation.
      • We ask that staff who receive the vaccine or booster elsewhere, to please bring proof of vaccination for human resources to place in their file.
      • At any time, a staff member or resident can request a dose of the vaccine.
      • Staff can request a dose through either Human Resources or their manager.
      • Residents/POAs can request a dose through social services or a clinical manager.
      • We will work with our pharmacy to schedule a time for the shot to be given.

Activities

      • Individuals eating in the Café, Bistro or Breakroom should only sit together at a table if everyone is boostered.
      • If you choose to sit with an unvaccinated or vaccinated individual, please understand the risks you are assuming related to COVID.
      • Unvaccinated and vaccinated individuals should socially distance while eating.
      • The CDC core principles of frequent hand washing, social distancing and masking whether vaccinated or not should always be followed.
      • We do have plexi-glass screens in each area for unvaccinated individuals to use.
      • All activities including beauty shop/barber services, church services, activities and dining programs continue on our limited schedules.
      • We are offering in-person Mass for independent and personal care on various weekdays in the Chapel.

Even though we offer more relaxed visitation, CMS/CDC/DOH continues to require us to follow the core principles from CDC – SOCIAL DISTANCE, WEAR A MASK AND GOOD HAND HYGIENE. We also must continue to follow the directives from CDC, CMS, DOH and OSHA. All staff, residents and visitors/caregivers need to follow our guidelines for each area of our campus at all times, while at any event and when riding in one of our vehicles. (for safety: vehicle drivers do not need to wear a shield).
The principles are for the protection of our residents, staff and all those who enter our campus. Because the government has not changed the guidelines for OVID-19, we are still recommending to everyone to limit large group gatherings whether inside or outside in their everyday life/activities. Individuals should be wearing a mask and social distancing during any event or outing. 

COVID-19 Telephone Announcement

      • The SARC COVID-19 telephone announcement is updated at least every other Wednesday. That number is 717-285-0946. This number is an announcement type message meaning you can listen but there is NO option to leave a message.

Future COVID Updates

      • Updates will be maintained through our one call system, letters, website and COVID phone hotline. Should you have any questions, please contact us at 717-285-5443 and the receptionist can direct you to the appropriate personnel.

Thank you,

Mary Turnbaugh, President
St. Anne’s Retirement Community


February 23, 2022

All SARC independent residents and visitors must wear a surgical mask when in any common area on campus – this includes Apartment Building 100 and 200.

All independent campus residents entering the main building for any reason, must follow our screening process which includes a temperature reading and answering our questionnaire.

Personal care and skilled visitors (this includes any resident from any level of care) must wear a surgical mask and are encouraged to wear face shields.

Everyone must wear their mask correctly. It must cover the nose and mouth.

Please remember that even though you may have had COVID recently or some time over the last 2 years, you are still able to get COVID again and again. For this reason, CMS and DOH have changed the requirements for an individual to be considered “fully vaccinated”. Now the guidelines are requiring individuals to have their booster to be considered “fully vaccinated” or “up-to-date”. Their new definitions are in three categories: unvaccinated(exempt), vaccinated (not boostered) and up-to-date (boostered). We are working with staff to make sure those who are vaccinated have the opportunity to get a booster dose as the guidelines for testing and length of time for quarantine are changing based on whether a staff member is boostered, vaccinated or exempt. 

We have no positive skilled (SNF/SNFMS) or personal care (PC/PCMS) residents at this time. Personal Care Memory Support is still considered a yellow zone through Friday, February 25, 2022. The yellow zone will be lifted on Saturday, February 26. We continue to have numerous staff members off because they tested positive for COVID (some with and some without symptoms). We are following the government guidelines for quarantine and contact tracing. We continue with our contingency staffing plan because of our number of positive staff and exposed staff as well as the on-going struggles to hire staff in healthcare because of the pandemic. Our contingency plan includes testing of exempt (unvaccinated staff) according to CMS guidelines, testing all staff (regardless of vaccine status) with symptoms, screening of staff at the start and end of each shift, testing all staff with a one-time *high-risk/relevant exposure (regardless of vaccine status) every day for 5 days from the date of the exposure. If the exposure is ongoing (meaning a staff member has a continuous exposure such as a household member) then the staff member is tested every day for 18 days. *A high risk/relevant exposure is defined as being closer than 6 feet for more than a cumulative time of 15 minutes without a face mask and/or shield.   

Any staff member who tests positive is quarantined for at least 7 days and may return to work on day 8 (if they have a negative antigen test result between day 5 and day 7). If that antigen test is positive, the staff member may return to work on day 11.

We have a calendar on the bulletin board in the main building front lobby that tracks positive cases for staff and residents. It is updated throughout the month as cases are added. This calendar is in addition to the updated positive case notices that are added under the COVID page on our website.

Visitation Guidelines

      • We continue with regular visitation.
      • Although we are open 24 hours each day our regular visiting hours are Monday through Sunday from 8:00am-8:00pm.
      • Our main doors are locked at 8:00pm.
      • If a visitor wants to enter SARC after hours, please call the main number (717-285-5443) and the supervisor will open the doors.
      • Even though we have expanded our visiting hours, our guidelines for PC and SNF visits have not changed.
      • Visits must occur in a resident’s room or visitation room.
      • Visits and visitors can not be in common areas including the dining rooms, living rooms or sun rooms.
      • Because of the size of our personal care and skilled rooms and the need to follow the CDC’S CORE PRINCIPLES of COVID, we are recommending only 4 visitors at a time.
      • All visitors, whether visiting inside or outside must keep a mask on while visiting.
      • The CDC core principles are wearing of masks, frequent handwashing and social distancing (at least 6ft).
      • We encourage outside visits as weather permits.
      • Skilled care offers visitation rooms if needed for those residents residing in a semi-private room.
      • If a visit is going to occur in a semi-private room, please make sure the privacy curtain is closed and both residents as well as all visitors are masked and following the CDC core principles.
      • We still ask everyone to practice social distancing whenever possible, this includes waiting in a line, waiting for the elevator, or while on an elevator.
      • If a PC or SNF visitor removes or lowers their mask at any time while visiting (whether inside or outside), the visit will end and the visitor will be asked to leave.
      • Repeated violations of this policy will result in suspension of visiting privileges.
      • We are using CDC’s community transmission tracker to determine how often we test unvaccinated staff. This is a requirement from CMS and DOH.
      • Currently through February 17, the PA dashboard rate is 9.4% and CDC has Lancaster County at a “high or red” level which means we test unvaccinated staff twice each week.
      • When we have an outbreak (according to CMS – this is one COVID positive resident or staff member) within a skilled or personal care area of our campus we must initiate contact tracing.
      • Those residents and staff who are designated as having a relevant or high-level exposure are quarantined and/or tested according to government requirements.
      • For visits in unaffected areas during a COVID outbreak, our guidelines remain the same.
      • In areas affected by the outbreak, visitors will need to wear full PPE (personal protective equipment) for the visit.
      • This will include face mask (based on CDC guidelines and SARC’s COVID-19 status), face shield, gown and gloves.
      • We encourage all visitors (no matter where the visit is on campus) to be vaccinated and have a booster dose.
      • We also encourage all visitors to have a COVID antigen test within 24-48 hours of visiting.
      • If a visitor either becomes COVID–19 positive or becomes aware of a COVID-19 exposure that occurred within the 48 hours prior to a visit, they must immediately inform SARC at the time they are made aware.
      • SARC will need to evaluate for staff and resident testing and contact tracing. 
      • We continue with our screening process for those who enter our buildings except for EMS emergency calls and the Postal Service.
      • Everyone will continue to wear masks, social distance (at least 6ft) and perform frequent handwashing while in any of our buildings.
      • We are requiring all who enter our buildings for skilled and personal care to wear a surgical mask, which we are providing.
      • We have surgical masks with and without shields attached as we are also recommending a face shield for SNF and PC visitors.
      • Please place the mask/shield in the appropriate receptacle by the main exit prior to leaving the building.
      • For individuals visiting on PC or SNF, we do have KN95s available at the reception desk.
      • For those entering one of our apartment buildings, we are not requiring the screening process however we do require all residents and visitors/caregivers to wear a surgical mask when in any common area.
      • Our main building reception hours are Mon-Sun 6am-8pm. Visitors/caregivers at other times will need to call the main number (717-285-5443) and coordinate through the Supervisor for entry.
      • Whether staff have the booster, been vaccinated or unvaccinated, they are required to wear a surgical mask while in our buildings and a face shield when in close contact with a resident or in a resident care area.
      • Staff members who would like to wear a fit- tested N95 instead of a surgical mask, please reach out to your manager for details.   
      • Please remember for all who are visiting St. Anne’s, if you have any signs/symptoms, do not enter our buildings.
      • If you are recovering from COVID-19, please refrain from visiting until at least 10 days have passed from when symptoms started or since you have had a positive test.
      • For staff, if you have any signs or symptoms, please call your manager before entering the building.
      • We need to determine if you need to be tested outside the building and discuss further actions that may be necessary.

New Admissions

      • New admissions, at any level to our campus that are at least two weeks post full vaccination (boostered), will not need to quarantine for 14 days on arrival to SARC. New admissions, at any level, are still required to have proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test within 72 hours of admission.

Residents

      • Any SNF or PC resident leaving SARC for less than 24 hours (whether boostered, vaccinated or unvaccinated) will not need to quarantine for 14 days on return to the facility.
      • Any SNF or PC resident leaving the facility for more than 24 hours who is not boostered will need to quarantine for 14 days upon return to the facility.
      • Both these scenarios are also contingent on whether there was a high-risk exposure while out of the building.
      • We encourage our independent residents to follow these same guidelines.

Vaccine Information

      • We do have a vaccination program with Hillcrest, a local pharmacy, and Masonic Pharmacy (our pharmacy vendor) to administer the vaccine to those residents and employees who decide at any time that they would like the vaccine or a booster dose. Hillcrest offers Moderna and Pfizer while Masonic offers the Johnson/Johnson, Pfizer and Moderna vaccines.
      • Residents can reach out to social services regarding the vaccine/booster consent form.
      • We have education information regarding vaccinations and boosters on our website.
      • Staff members can visit Human Resources for education material and a consent form.
      • We also have information on our intranet as well as offering education materials at new hire orientation.
      • We ask that staff who receive the vaccine or booster elsewhere, to please bring proof of vaccination for human resources to place in their file.
      • On Thursday, March 3, we have a scheduled vaccine clinic for those needing a vaccine/booster of Moderna, Johnson & Johnson or Pfizer.
      • This clinic is with Masonic Pharmacy and times are 7:30am-9:00am and 2:00pm-3:30pm in Pauline Hall.
      • The guidelines from CDC allow for a mixing of vaccines.
      • A booster shot may be administered unless an individual is symptomatic or within their COVID quarantine time (7-10 days).
      • We have Pfizer and Moderna information on our website.
      • All St. Anne’s staff are either boostered, vaccinated or have an approved exemption. Individuals are eligible for the booster dose if they are at least 5 months post Moderna or Pfizer series or they are at least 2 months post J&J vaccine.

Activities

      • Individuals eating in the Café, Bistro or Breakroom should only sit together at a table if everyone is boostered. If you choose to sit with an unvaccinated or vaccinated individual, please understand the risks you are assuming related to COVID. Unvaccinated and vaccinated individuals should socially distance while eating. The CDC core principles of frequent hand washing, social distancing and masking whether vaccinated or not should always be followed. We do have plexi-glass screens in each area for unvaccinated individuals to use. 
      • All activities including beauty shop/barber services, church services, activities and dining programs continue on our limited schedules.
      • We are offering in-person Mass for independent and personal care on various weekdays in the Chapel.

Even though CMS requires us to allow more visitation options, we are still required to follow the core principles from CDC – SOCIAL DISTANCE, WEAR A MASK AND GOOD HAND HYGIENE. We also must continue to follow the directives from CDC, CMS, DOH and OSHA. All staff, residents and visitors/caregivers need to follow our guidelines for each area of our campus at all times, while at any event and when riding in one of our vehicles. (for safety: vehicle drivers do not need to wear a shield).

The principles are for the protection of our residents, staff and all those who enter our campus

Because of the high positivity rates, we are still recommending to everyone to limit large group gatherings whether inside or outside in their everyday life/activities. Individuals should be wearing a mask and social distancing during any event or outing.

COVID-19 Telephone Announcement

      • The SARC COVID-19 telephone announcement is updated at least every other Wednesday. That number is 717-285-0946.
      • This number is an announcement type message meaning you can listen but there is NO option to leave a message.

Future COVID Updates

      • Updates will be maintained through our one call system, letters, website and COVID phone hotline.
      • Should you have any questions, please contact us at 717-285-5443 and the receptionist can direct you to the appropriate personnel.

 

Thank you,

Mary Turnbaugh, President

St. Anne’s Retirement Community

February 9, 2022

All SARC independent residents and visitors must wear a surgical mask when in any common area on campus – this includes Apartment Building 100 and 200.

All independent campus residents entering the main building for any reason, must follow our screening process which includes a temperature reading and answering our questionnaire.

Personal care and skilled visitors (this includes any resident from any level of care) must wear a surgical mask and are encouraged to wear face shields.

Please make sure everyone is wearing their mask correctly. It must cover the nose and mouth.

We have no positive skilled (SNF) residents at this time. SNF second floor is still a yellow zone and that will be lifted on Sunday, February 13, 2022. Personal Care Memory Support (PCMS) is still considered a red zone through Friday, February 11, 2022, PCMS will then be a yellow zone from Saturday, February 12 through and including Friday, February 25, 2022. The yellow zone will be lifted on Saturday, February 26. We continue to have numerous staff members off because they tested positive for COVID (some with and some without symptoms). We are following the government guidelines for quarantine and contact tracing.

We have a calendar on the bulletin board in the main building front lobby that tracks positive cases for staff and residents. It is updated throughout the month as cases are added. This calendar is in addition to the updated positive case notices that are added under the COVID page on our website.

Visitation Guidelines

      • We continue with regular visitation.
      • Although we are open 24 hours each day our regular visiting hours are Monday through Sunday from 8:00am-8:00pm.
      • Our main doors are locked at 8:00pm.
      • If a visitor wants to enter SARC after hours, please call the main number (717-285-5443) and the supervisor will open the doors.
      • Even though we have expanded our visiting hours, our guidelines for PC and SNF visits have not changed. Visits must occur in a resident’s room or visitation room. Visits and visitors can not be in common areas including the dining rooms, living rooms or sun rooms.
      • Because of the size of our personal care and skilled rooms and the need to follow the CDC’S CORE PRINCIPLES of COVID, we are recommending only 4 visitors at a time.
      • All visitors, whether visiting inside or outside must keep a mask on while visiting.
      • The CDC core principles are wearing of masks, frequent handwashing and social distancing (at least 6ft).
      • We encourage outside visits as weather permits. Skilled care offers visitation rooms if needed for those residents residing in a semi-private room.
      • If a visit is going to occur in a semi-private room, please make sure the privacy curtain is closed and both residents as well as all visitors are masked and following the CDC core principles.
      • We still ask everyone to practice social distancing whenever possible, this includes waiting in line, waiting for the elevator, or while on an elevator.
      • If a PC or SNF visitor removes or lowers their mask at any time while visiting (whether inside or outside), the visit will end and the visitor will be asked to leave.
      • Repeated violations of this policy will result in suspension of visiting privileges.
      • We are using CDC’s community transmission tracker to determine how often we test unvaccinated staff. This is a requirement from CMS and DOH.
      • Currently through January 20, CDC has Lancaster County at a “high or red” level which means we test unvaccinated staff twice each week.
      • When we have an outbreak (according to CMS – this is one COVID positive resident or staff member) within a skilled or personal care area of our campus we must initiate contact tracing.
      • Those residents and staff who are designated as having a relevant or high-level exposure are quarantined and/or tested according to government requirements.
      • For visits in unaffected areas during a COVID outbreak, our guidelines remain the same.
      • In areas affected by the outbreak, visitors will need to wear full PPE (personal protective equipment) for the visit.
      • This will include face mask (based on CDC guidelines and SARC’s COVID-19 status), face shield, gown and gloves.
      • We encourage all visitors (no matter where the visit is on campus) to be vaccinated and have a booster dose.
      • We also encourage all visitors to have a COVID antigen test within 24-48 hours of visiting.
      • If a visitor either becomes COVID–19 positive or becomes aware of a COVID-19 exposure that occurred within the 48 hours prior to a visit, they must immediately inform SARC at the time they are made aware.
      • SARC will need to evaluate for staff and resident testing and contact tracing.
      • We continue with our screening process for those who enter our buildings except for EMS emergency calls and the Postal Service.
      • Everyone will continue to wear masks, social distance (at least 6ft) and perform frequent handwashing while in any of our buildings.
      • We are requiring all who enter our buildings for skilled and personal care to wear a surgical mask, which we are providing.
      • We have surgical masks with and without shields attached as we are also recommending a face shield for SNF and PC visitors.
      • Please place the mask/shield in the appropriate receptacle by the main exit prior to leaving the building.
      • For individuals visiting on PC or SNF, we do have KN95s available at the reception desk.
      • For those entering one of our apartment buildings, we are not requiring the screening process however we do require all residents and visitors/caregivers to wear a surgical mask when in any common area.
      • Our main building reception hours are Mon-Sun 6am-8pm. Visitors/caregivers at other times will need to call the main number (717-285-5443) and coordinate through the Supervisor for entry.
      • Whether staff have the booster, been vaccinated or unvaccinated, they are required to wear a surgical mask while in our buildings and a face shield when in close contact with a resident or in a resident care area.
      • Staff members who would like to wear a fit- tested N95 instead of a surgical mask, please reach out to your manager for details.   
      • Please remember for all who are visiting St. Anne’s, if you have any signs/symptoms, do not enter our buildings.
      • If you are recovering from COVID-19, please refrain from visiting until at least 10 days have passed from when symptoms started or since you have had a positive test.
      • For staff, if you have any signs or symptoms, please call your manager before entering the building. We need to determine if you need to be tested outside the building and discuss further actions that may be necessary.

New Admissions

      • New admissions, at any level to our campus that are at least two weeks post full vaccination, will not need to quarantine for 14 days on arrival to SARC. New admissions, at any level, are still required to have proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test within 72 hours of admission.

Residents 

      • Any SNF or PC resident leaving SARC for less than 24 hours (whether fully vaccinated or not) will not need to quarantine for 14 days on return to the facility.
      • Any SNF or PC resident leaving the facility for more than 24 hours who is not fully vaccinated will need to quarantine for 14 days upon return to the facility.
      • Both these scenarios are also contingent on whether there was a high-risk exposure while out of the building.
      • We encourage our independent residents to follow these same guidelines.

Vaccine Information

      • We do have a vaccination program with Hillcrest, a local pharmacy, and Masonic Pharmacy (our pharmacy vendor) to administer the vaccine to those residents and employees who decide at any time that they would like the vaccine or a booster dose.
      • Hillcrest offers Moderna and Pfizer while Masonic offers the Johnson/Johnson, Pfizer and Moderna vaccines.
      • Residents can reach out to social services regarding the vaccine/booster consent form.
      • We have education information regarding vaccinations and boosters on our website. Staff members can visit Human Resources for education material and a consent form.
      • We also have information on our intranet as well as offering education materials at new hire orientation.
      • We ask that staff who receive the vaccine or booster elsewhere, to please bring proof of vaccination for human resources to place in their file.
      • On Tuesday, February 15, we have a vaccine clinic for those needing a vaccine/booster of Moderna, Johnson & Johnson or Pfizer.
      • This clinic is with Masonic Pharmacy and times and locations will be sent closer to the clinic date.
      • The guidelines from CDC allow for a mixing of vaccines.
      • A booster shot may be administered unless an individual is symptomatic or within their COVID quarantine time (7-10 days).
      • We have Pfizer and Moderna information on our website.
      • All St. Anne’s staff are either fully vaccinated or have an approved exemption.

Activities

      • Individuals eating in the Café, Bistro or Breakroom should only sit together at a table if everyone is vaccinated.
      • If you choose to sit with an unvaccinated individual, please understand the risks you are assuming related to COVID.
      • Unvaccinated individuals should socially distance while eating.
      • The CDC core principles of frequent hand washing, social distancing and masking whether vaccinated or not should always be followed.
      • We do have plexi-glass screens in each area for unvaccinated individuals to use.  
      • All activities including beauty shop/barber services, church services, activities and dining programs continue on our limited schedules.
      • We are offering in-person Mass for independent and personal care on various weekdays in the Chapel.

 

Staff and residents should follow CDC core principles guidelines at all times while at any event and when riding in one of our vehicles. This includes social distancing, wearing of a mask and shield (for safety: vehicle drivers do not need to wear a shield) and frequent hand washing.

Even though CMS requires us to allow more visitation options, we are still required to follow the core principles from CDC – SOCIAL DISTANCE, WEAR A MASK AND GOOD HAND HYGIENE. We also must continue to follow the directives from CDC, CMS, DOH and OSHA. All staff, residents and visitors/caregivers need to follow our guidelines for each area of our campus.

The principles are for the protection of our residents, staff and all those who enter our campus.

Because of the high positivity rates, we are still recommending to everyone to limit large group gatherings whether inside or outside in their everyday life/activities. Individuals should be wearing a mask and social distancing during any event or outing.

COVID-19 Telephone Announcement

The SARC COVID-19 telephone announcement is updated at least every other Wednesday. That number is 717-285-0946. This number is an announcement type message meaning you can listen but there is NO option to leave a message.

Future COVID Updates

Updates will be maintained through our one call system, letters, website and COVID phone hotline. Should you have any questions, please contact us at 717-285-5443 and the receptionist can direct you to the appropriate personnel.

 

Thank you,

Mary Turnbaugh, President

St. Anne’s Retirement Community


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January 26, 2022

All SARC independent residents and visitors must wear a surgical mask when in any common area on campus.

All independent campus residents entering the main building for any reason, must follow our screening process which includes a temperature reading and answering our questionnaire.

Personal care and skilled visitors (this includes any resident from any level of care) must wear a surgical mask and are encouraged to wear face shields.

Please make sure everyone is wearing their mask correctly. It must cover the nose and mouth.

We have no positive skilled (SNF) or personal care (PC) residents at this time. We currently have numerous staff members off because they tested positive for COVID (some with and some without symptoms). We are following the government guidelines for quarantine and contact tracing.

We have a calendar on the bulletin board in the main building front lobby that tracks positive cases for staff and residents. It is updated throughout the month as cases are added. This calendar is in addition to the updated positive case notices that are added under the COVID page on our website.

We are using CDC’s community transmission tracker to determine how often we test unvaccinated staff. This is a requirement from CMS and DOH. Currently through January 20, CDC has Lancaster County at a “high or red” level which means we test unvaccinated staff twice each week.

When we have an outbreak (according to CMS – this is one COVID positive resident or staff member) within a skilled or personal care area of our campus we must initiate contact tracing. Those residents and staff who are designated as having a relevant or high-level exposure are quarantined and/or tested according to government requirements. For visits in unaffected areas during a COVID outbreak, our guidelines remain the same. In areas affected by the outbreak, visitors will need to wear full PPE (personal protective equipment) for the visit. This will include face mask (based on CDC guidelines and SARC’s COVID-19 status), face shield, gown and gloves.

Visitation Guidelines

      • We continue with regular visitation.
      • Although we are open 24 hours each day our regular visiting hours are Monday through Sunday from 8:00am-8:00pm. Our main doors are locked at 8:00pm.
      • If a visitor wants to enter SARC after hours, please call the main number (717-285-5443) and the supervisor will open the doors.
      • Even though we have expanded our visiting hours, our guidelines for PC and SNF visits have not changed. Visits must occur in a resident’s room or visitation room. Visits and visitors can not be in common areas including the dining rooms, living rooms or sun rooms.
      • Because of the size of our personal care and skilled rooms and the need to follow the CDC’S CORE PRINCIPLES of COVID, we are recommending only 4 visitors at a time.
      • All visitors, whether visiting inside or outside must keep a mask on while visiting.
      • The CDC core principles are wearing of masks, frequent handwashing and social distancing (at least 6ft).
      • We encourage outside visits as weather permits.
      • Skilled care offers visitation rooms if needed for those residents residing in a semi-private room.
      • If a visit is going to occur in a semi-private room, please make sure the privacy curtain is closed and both residents as well as all visitors are masked and following the CDC core principles.
      • We still ask everyone to practice social distancing whenever possible, this includes waiting in line, waiting for the elevator, or while on an elevator.
      • If a PC or SNF visitor removes or lowers their mask at any time while visiting (whether inside or outside), the visit will end and the visitor will be asked to leave. Repeated violations of this policy will result in suspension of visiting privileges.
      • We encourage all visitors (no matter where the visit is on campus) to be vaccinated and have a booster dose.
      • We also encourage all visitors to have a COVID antigen test within 24-48 hours of visiting.
      • If a visitor either becomes COVID–19 positive or becomes aware of a COVID-19 exposure that occurred within the 48 hours prior to a visit, they must immediately inform SARC at the time they are made aware.
      • SARC will need to evaluate for staff and resident testing and contact tracing.
      • We continue with our screening process for those who enter our buildings except for EMS emergency calls and the Postal Service.
      • Everyone will continue to wear masks, social distance (at least 6ft) and perform frequent handwashing while in any of our buildings.
      • We are requiring all who enter our buildings for skilled and personal care to wear a surgical mask, which we are providing.
      • We have surgical masks with and without shields attached as we are also recommending a face shield for SNF and PC visitors.
      • Please place the mask/shield in the appropriate receptacle by the main exit prior to leaving the building. For individuals visiting on PC or SNF, we do have KN95s available at the reception desk.
      • For those entering one of our apartment buildings, we are not requiring the screening process however we do require all residents and visitors/caregivers to wear a surgical mask when in any common area.
      • Our main building reception hours are Mon-Sun 6am-8pm. Visitors/caregivers at other times will need to call the main number (717-285-5443) and coordinate through the Supervisor for entry.
      • Whether staff have the booster, been vaccinated or unvaccinated, they are required to wear a surgical mask while in our buildings and a face shield when in close contact with a resident or in a resident care area.
      • Staff members who would like to wear a fit- tested N95 instead of a surgical mask, please reach out to your manager for details.   
      • Please remember for all who are visiting St. Anne’s, if you have any signs/symptoms, do not enter our buildings.
      • If you are recovering from COVID-19, please refrain from visiting until at least 10 days have passed from when symptoms started or since you have had a positive test.
      • For staff, if you have any signs or symptoms, please call your manager before entering the building.
      • We need to determine if you need to be tested outside the building and discuss further actions that may be necessary.
      • Any SNF or PC resident leaving SARC for less than 24 hours (whether fully vaccinated or not) will not need to quarantine for 14 days on return to the facility.
      • Any SNF or PC resident leaving the facility for more than 24 hours who is not fully vaccinated will need to quarantine for 14 days upon return to the facility.
      • Both these scenarios are also contingent on whether there was a high-risk exposure while out of the building.
      • We encourage our independent residents to follow these same guidelines.

New Admissions

      • New admissions, at any level to our campus that are at least two weeks post full vaccination, will not need to quarantine for 14 days on arrival to SARC. Also, new admissions at any level, are still required to have proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test within 72 hours of admission.

Vaccine Information

      • We do have a vaccination program with Hillcrest, a local pharmacy, and Masonic Pharmacy (our pharmacy vendor) to administer the vaccine to those residents and employees who decide at any time that they would like the vaccine or a booster dose.
      • Hillcrest offers Moderna and Pfizer while Masonic offers the Johnson/Johnson, Pfizer and Moderna vaccines.
      • Residents can reach out to social services regarding the vaccine. We have education information regarding vaccinations on our website.
      • Staff members can visit Human Resources for education material and a consent form.
      • We also have information on our intranet as well as offering education materials at new hire orientation.
      • We ask that staff who receive the vaccine or booster elsewhere, to please bring proof of vaccination for human resources to place in their file.
      • On Wednesday, January 26, we have a vaccine clinic for those needing a vaccine of Moderna, Johnson & Johnson or Pfizer.
      • This clinic will also have Moderna and Pfizer booster shots. This clinic is with Masonic Pharmacy and will be held in our Therapy Department and observation will be in Pauline Hall.
      • The times are 7:30am -11:30am and 1:30pm-3:30pm.
      • At this time, the guidelines from CDC allow for a mixing of vaccines.
      • A booster shot may be administered unless an individual is symptomatic or within their COVID quarantine time (7-10 days). We have Pfizer and Moderna information on our website.
      • The CMS mandate has been re-instated. As of January 4, 2022, all current St. Anne’s staff are either fully vaccinated or have an approved exemption.
      • We have a process for all new employees to either be fully vaccinated or have an approved exemption prior to beginning employment with St. Anne’s.  

Activities

      • Individuals eating in the Café, Bistro or Breakroom should only sit together at a table if everyone is vaccinated.
      • If you choose to sit with an unvaccinated individual, please understand the risks you are assuming related to COVID.
      • Unvaccinated individuals should socially distance while eating.
      • The CDC core principles of frequent hand washing, social distancing and masking whether vaccinated or not should always be followed.
      • We do have plexi-glass screens in each area for unvaccinated individuals to use. 
      • All activities including beauty shop/barber services, church services, activities and dining programs continue on our limited schedules.
      • We are offering in-person Mass for independent and personal care on various weekdays in the Chapel.

Staff and residents should follow CDC core principles guidelines at all times while at any event and when riding in one of our vehicles. This includes social distancing, wearing of a mask and shield (for safety: vehicle drivers do not need to wear a shield) and frequent hand washing.

EVERYONE must be cautious especially during the winter months as our positivity rate through January 20 was 33.5%.

Even though CMS requires us to allow more visitation options, we are still required to follow the core principles from CDC – SOCIAL DISTANCE, WEAR A MASK AND GOOD HAND HYGIENE. We also must continue to follow the directives from CDC, CMS, DOH and OSHA. All staff, residents and visitors/caregivers need to follow our guidelines for each area of our campus.

The core guidelines include masking, hand washing, social distancing, temperature monitoring and completing our screening form as appropriate in each area of our campus.

The principles are for the protection of our residents, staff and all those who enter our campus

Because of the high positivity rates, we are still recommending to everyone: to limit large group gatherings whether inside or outside in their everyday life/activities. Individuals should be wearing a mask and social distancing during any event or outing.

COVID-19 Telephone Announcement

      • The SARC COVID-19 telephone announcement is updated at least every other Wednesday. That number is 717-285-0946. This number is an announcement type message meaning you can listen but there is NO option to leave a message.

Future COVID Updates

      • Updates will be maintained through our one call system, letters, website and COVID phone hotline. Should you have any questions, please contact us at 717-285-5443 and the receptionist can direct you to the appropriate personnel.

 

Thank you,

Mary Turnbaugh, President

St. Anne’s Retirement Community


 

January 12, 2022

All SARC independent residents and visitors must wear a surgical mask when in any common area on campus.

All independent campus residents entering the main building for any reason, must follow our screening process which includes getting their temperature and answering our questionnaire.

Personal care and skilled visitors (this includes any resident from any level of care) must wear a surgical mask and are encouraged to wear face shields.

Please make sure everyone is wearing their mask correctly. It must cover the nose and mouth.

We have no positive SNF or PC residents at this time. We currently have numerous staff members off because they tested positive for COVID (some with and some without symptoms). We are following the government guidelines for quarantine and contact tracing. We continue with regular visitation.

Although we are open 24 hours each day our regular visiting hours are Monday through Sunday from 8:00am-8:00pm. Our main doors are locked at 8:00pm. If a visitor wants to enter SARC after hours, please call the main number (717-285-5443) and the supervisor will open the doors.

Even though we have expanded our visiting hours, our guidelines for PC and SNF visits have not changed. Visits must occur in a resident’s room or visitation room. Visits and visitors can not be in common areas including the dining rooms, living rooms or sun rooms.

Because of the size of our personal care and skilled rooms and the need to follow the CDC’S CORE PRINCIPLES of COVID, we are recommending only 4 visitors at a time. All visitors, whether visiting inside or outside must keep a mask on while visiting. The CDC core principles are wearing of masks, frequent handwashing and social distancing (at least 6ft). We encourage outside visits as weather permits. Skilled care offers visitation rooms if needed for those residents residing in a semi-private room. If a visit is going to occur in a semi-private room, please make sure the privacy curtain is closed and both residents as well as all visitors are masked and following the CDC core principles. We still ask everyone to practice social distancing whenever possible, this includes waiting in line, waiting for the elevator, or while on an elevator.

We are using CDC’s community transmission tracker to determine how often we test unvaccinated staff. This is a requirement from CMS and DOH. Currently through January 6, CDC has Lancaster County at a “high or red” level which means we test unvaccinated staff twice each week.

Visitation Guidelines

      • When we have an outbreak (according to CMS – this is one COVID positive resident or staff member) within a skilled or personal care area of our campus we must initiate contact tracing.
      • Those residents and staff who are designated as having a relevant or high-level exposure are quarantined and/or tested according to government requirements.
      • For visits in unaffected areas during a COVID outbreak, our guidelines remain the same.
      • In areas affected by the outbreak, visitors will need to wear full PPE (personal protective equipment) for the visit. This will include face mask (based on CDC guidelines and SARC’s COVID-19 status), face shield, gown and gloves.
      • We encourage all visitors (no matter where the visit is on campus) to be vaccinated and have a booster dose.
      • We also encourage all visitors to have a COVID antigen test within 24-48 hours of visiting.
      • If a visitor either becomes COVID–19 positive or becomes aware of a COVID-19 exposure that occurred within the 48 hours prior to a visit, they must immediately inform SARC at the time they are made aware.
      • SARC will need to evaluate for staff and resident testing and contact tracing.
      • We continue with our screening process for those who enter our buildings except for EMS emergency calls and the Postal Service.
      • Everyone will continue to wear masks, social distance (at least 6ft) and perform frequent handwashing while in any of our buildings.
      • We are requiring all who enter our buildings for skilled and personal care to wear a surgical mask, which we are providing.
      • We have surgical masks with and without shields attached as we are also recommending a face shield for SNF and PC visitors.
      • Please place the mask/shield in the appropriate receptacle by the main exit prior to leaving the building.
      • Whether staff have the booster, been vaccinated or unvaccinated, they are required to wear a surgical mask while in our buildings and a face shield when in close contact with a resident or in a resident care area.
      • For those entering one of our apartment buildings, we are not requiring the screening process however we do require all residents and visitors/caregivers to wear a surgical mask when in any common area.
      • Our main building reception hours are Mon-Sun 6am-8pm. Visitors/caregivers at other times will need to call the main number (717-285-5443) and coordinate through the Supervisor for entry.
      • Please remember for all who are coming into St. Anne’s, if you have any signs/symptoms, do not enter our buildings.
      • For staff, if you have any signs or symptoms, please call your manager before entering the building. We need to determine if you need to be tested outside the building and discuss further actions that may be necessary.
      • Any SNF or PC resident leaving SARC for less than 24 hours (whether fully vaccinated or not) will not need to quarantine for 14 days on return to the facility. Any SNF or PC resident leaving the facility for more than 24 hours who is not fully vaccinated will need to quarantine for 14 days upon return to the facility. Both these scenarios are also contingent on whether there was a high-risk exposure while out of the building. We encourage our independent residents to follow these same guidelines.
      • If a PC or SNF visitor removes or lowers their mask at any time while visiting (whether inside or outside), the visit will end and the visitor will be asked to leave. Repeated violations of this policy will result in suspension of visiting privileges.

New Admissions

      • New admissions, at any level to our campus that are at least two weeks post full vaccination, will not need to quarantine for 14 days on arrival to SARC. Also, new admissions at any level, are still required to have proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test within 72 hours of admission.

Vaccine Information

      • We do have a vaccination program with Hillcrest, a local pharmacy, and Masonic Pharmacy (our pharmacy vendor) to administer the vaccine to those residents and employees who decide at any time that they would like the vaccine or a booster dose.
      • Hillcrest offers Moderna and Pfizer while Masonic offers the Johnson/Johnson, Pfizer and Moderna vaccines.
        Residents can reach out to social services regarding the vaccine.
      • We have education information regarding vaccinations on our website.
      • Staff members can visit Human Resources for education material and a consent form.
      • We also have information on our intranet as well as offering education materials at new hire orientation.
      • We ask that staff who receive the vaccine or booster elsewhere, to please bring proof of vaccination for human resources to place in their file.
      • On Wednesday, January 26, we have a vaccine clinic for those needing a vaccine of Moderna, Johnson & Johnson or Pfizer.
        This clinic will also have Moderna and Pfizer booster shots.
        This clinic is with Masonic Pharmacy and will be held in our Therapy Department and observation will be in Pauline Hall.
        The times are 7:30am -11:30am and 1:30pm-3:30pm.
        At this time, the guidelines from CDC allow for a mixing of vaccines.
      • A booster shot may be administered unless an individual is symptomatic or within their COVID quarantine time (7-10 days).
      • We have Pfizer and Moderna information on our website.
      • The CMS mandate has been re-instated. As of January 4, 2022, all current St. Anne’s staff are either fully vaccinated or have an approved exemption.
      • We have a process for all new employees to either be fully vaccinated or have an approved exemption prior to beginning employment with St. Anne’s.
      • Dr. Spicher presented a COVID update through the in-house channels on Tuesday, January 11 at 1:30pm.

Campus Activities & Services

      • The Bistro and Café remain open.
        • Individuals should only sit together at a table if everyone is vaccinated.
        • If you choose to sit with an unvaccinated individual, please understand the risks you are assuming related to COVID.
        • Unvaccinated individuals should socially distance while eating.
        • The CDC core principles of frequent hand washing, social distancing and masking whether vaccinated or not should always be followed.
        • We do have plexi-glass screens in the Bistro, Café and breakroom for unvaccinated individuals to use.
      • All activities including beauty shop/barber services, church services, activities and dining programs continue on our limited schedules.
      • We are offering in-person Mass for independent and personal care on various weekdays in the Chapel.
      • Staff and residents should follow CDC core principles guidelines at all times while at any event and when riding in one of our vehicles.
      • This includes social distancing, wearing of a mask and shield (for safety: vehicle drivers do not need to wear a shield) and frequent hand washing.

EVERYONE must be cautious especially during the winter months as our positivity rate through January 6 was 34.6% – that is the highest level it has been since the pandemic started in March 2020.

Even though CMS requires us to allow more visitation options, we are still required to follow the core principles from CDC – SOCIAL DISTANCE, WEAR A MASK AND GOOD HAND HYGIENE. We also must continue to follow the directives from CDC, CMS, DOH and OSHA. All staff, residents and visitors/caregivers need to follow our guidelines for each area of our campus.

The core guidelines include masking, hand washing, social distancing, temperature monitoring and completing our screening form as appropriate in each area of our campus. The principles are for the protection of our residents, staff and all those who enter our campus.

Because of the rising positivity rates, we are still recommending to everyone to limit large group gatherings whether inside or outside in their everyday life/activities. Individuals should be wearing a mask and social distancing during any event or outing.

COVID-19 Telephone Announcement

      • The SARC COVID-19 telephone announcement is updated at least every other Wednesday. That number is 717-285-0946. This number is an announcement type message meaning you can listen but there is NO option to leave a message.

Future COVID Updates

      • Updates will be maintained through our one call system, letters, website and COVID phone hotline. Should you have any questions, please contact us at 717-285-5443 and the receptionist can direct you to the appropriate personnel.

Thank you,

Mary Turnbaugh, President
St. Anne’s Retirement Community


December 29, 2021

Personal care and skilled visitors must wear a surgical mask and are encouraged to wear face shields. All SARC residents and visitors must wear a surgical or cloth mask when in any common area on campus. Please make sure everyone is wearing their mask correctly. It must cover the nose and mouth.

We have no positive COVID residents at this time. We currently have 4 staff members off because they tested positive for COVID. We are following the government guidelines for quarantine and contact tracing.

We continue with regular visitation. Although we are open 24 hours each day our regular visiting hours are Monday through Sunday from 8:00am-8:00pm. Our main doors are locked at 8:00pm. If a visitor wants to enter SARC after hours, please call the main number (717-285-5443) and the supervisor will open the doors.

Even though we have expanded our visiting hours, our guidelines for PC and SNF visits have not changed. Visits must occur in a resident’s room or visitation room. Visits and visitors can not be in common areas including the dining rooms.

Visitation Guidelines

      • Because of the size of our personal care and skilled rooms and the need to follow the CDC’S CORE PRINCIPLES of COVID, we are recommending only 4 visitors at a time.
      • All visitors, whether visiting inside or outside must keep a mask on while visiting.
      • The CDC core principles are wearing of masks, frequent handwashing and social distancing (at least 6ft).
      • We encourage outside visits as weather permits.
      • Skilled care offers visitation rooms if needed for those residents residing in a semi-private room.
      • If a visit is going to occur in a semi-private room, please make sure the privacy curtain is closed and both residents as well as all visitors are masked and following the CDC core principles.
      • We still ask everyone to practice social distancing whenever possible, this includes waiting in line, waiting for the elevator, or while on an elevator.
      • If a visitor removes or lowers their mask at any time while visiting (whether inside or outside), the visit will end and the visitor will be asked to leave.
      • Repeated violations of this policy will result in suspension of visiting privileges.
      • We encourage all visitors to be vaccinated and to have a COVID antigen or PCR test within 48 – 72 hours of visiting.
      • If a visitor becomes COVID–19 positive or becomes aware of a COVID-19 exposure that occurred within the 48 hours prior to a visit, they must immediately inform SARC at the time they are made aware. SARC will need to evaluate for staff and resident testing and contact tracing.
      • We continue with our screening process for those who enter our buildings except for EMS emergency calls and the Postal Service.
      • Everyone will continue to wear masks, social distance (at least 6ft) and perform frequent handwashing while in any of our buildings.
      • We are requiring all who enter our buildings for skilled and personal care to wear a surgical mask, which we are providing.
      • We have surgical masks with and without shields attached as we are also recommending a face shield for SNF and PC visitors.
      • Please place the mask/shield in the appropriate receptacle by the main exit prior to leaving the building.
      • Whether vaccinated or not, staff are still required to wear a surgical mask while in our buildings and a face shield when in close contact with a resident or in a resident care area.
      • For those entering one of our apartment buildings, we are not requiring the screening process however we do require all residents and visitors/caregivers to wear a mask when in any common area.
      • Our main building reception hours are Mon-Sun 6am-9pm.
      • Visitors/caregivers at other times will need to call the main number (717-285-5443) and coordinate through the Supervisor.
      • Please remember for all who are coming into St. Anne’s, if you have any signs/symptoms, do not enter our buildings.
      • For staff, if you have any signs or symptoms before entering the building, please call your manager to schedule a drive through antigen and PCR test and also to discuss further actions that may be necessary.
      • Any SNF or PC resident leaving SARC for less than 24 hours (whether fully vaccinated or not) will not need to quarantine for 14 days on return to the facility.
      • Any SNF or PC resident leaving the facility for more than 24 hours who is not fully vaccinated will need to quarantine for 14 days upon return to the facility.
      • Both these scenarios are also contingent on whether there was a high-risk exposure while out of the building. We encourage our independent residents to follow these same guidelines.

New Admissions

      • New admissions, at any level to our campus that are at least two weeks post full vaccination, will not need to quarantine for 14 days on arrival to SARC. Also, new admissions at any level, are still required to have proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test within 72 hours of admission.

Vaccine Information

      • We do have a vaccination program with Hillcrest, a local pharmacy, and Masonic Pharmacy (our pharmacy vendor) to administer the vaccine to those residents and employees who decide at any time that they would like the vaccine.
      • Hillcrest offers Moderna and Pfizer while Masonic offers the Johnson/Johnson, Pfizer and Moderna vaccines.
      • Residents can reach out to social services regarding the vaccine, education information regarding vaccination can be accessed from our website or through social services.
      • Staff members can visit Human Resources for education material and a consent form.
      • We also have information on the website, on our intranet as well as offering education materials at new hire orientation.
      • We ask that staff who receive the vaccine elsewhere, to please bring proof of vaccination for human resources to place in their file.
      • On Thursday, December 30, we have a vaccine clinic for those needing a vaccine of Moderna, Johnson & Johnson or Pfizer.
      • This clinic will also have Moderna and Pfizer booster shots. This clinic is with Masonic Pharmacy and will be held in Pauline Hall. The times are 7:30am and 2:30pm.
      • At this time, the guidelines from CDC allow for a mixing of vaccines.
      • A booster shot may be administered unless an individual is symptomatic or within their COVID quarantine time (10-14 days).
      • We have Pfizer and Moderna information on our website.
      • The CMS mandate has been re-instated. Because they have not addressed any changes to the original mandate, we will continue with our own COVID Vaccine Option program.
      • As of December 5, 2021, our staff have either begun the vaccination process or have an approved exemption.
      • New employees will have the same option of either being vaccinated or having the exemption.
      • Dr. Spicher will be presenting a COVID update through the in-house channels on Tuesday, January 11 at 1:30pm.

Campus Activities & Services

      • The Bistro and Café are open.
        • Individuals should only sit together at a table if everyone is vaccinated.
        • If you choose to sit with an unvaccinated individual, please understand the risks you are assuming related to COVID.
        • Unvaccinated individuals should socially distance while eating.
        • The CDC core principles of frequent hand washing, social distancing and masking whether vaccinated or not should always be followed.
        • We do have plexi-glass screens in the Bistro, Café and breakroom for unvaccinated individuals to use.
      • All activities including beauty shop/barber services, church services, activities and dining programs continue on our limited schedules.
      • We are offering in-person Mass for independent and personal care on various weekdays in the Chapel. A memo regarding the holiday services was sent in the newsletter.
      • Staff and residents should follow CDC core principles guidelines at all times while at any event and when riding in one of our vehicles. This includes social distancing, wearing of a mask and shield (for safety: vehicle drivers do not need to wear a shield) and frequent hand washing.

We can not stress enough the need for EVERYONE to be cautious through the winter months as our positivity rates are at the highest level they have been since the pandemic started in March 2020.
Even though CMS requires us to allow more visitation options, we are still required to follow the core principles from CDC – SOCIAL DISTANCE, WEAR A MASK AND GOOD HAND HYGIENE. We also must continue to follow the directives from CDC, CMS, DOH and OSHA. All staff, residents and visitors/caregivers need to follow our guidelines for each area of our campus. These guidelines include masking, hand washing, social distancing, temperature monitoring and completing our screening form as appropriate in each area of our campus. We support these guidelines because even with the vaccine, individuals are able to spread and get COVID-19. The vaccine does NOT prevent the virus, rather it should lessen symptoms. The principles are for the protection of our residents, staff and all those who enter our campus.

We are using CDC’s community transmission tracker to determine how often we test unvaccinated staff. This is a requirement from CMS and DOH. Currently through December 23, CDC has Lancaster County at a “high or red” level which means we test unvaccinated staff twice each week. When we have an outbreak (according to CMS – this is one COVID positive resident or staff member) within a skilled or personal care area of our campus we must initiate contact tracing. Those residents and staff who are designated as having a relevant or high-level exposure are quarantined and/or tested according to government requirements. For visits in unaffected areas during a COVID outbreak, our guidelines remain the same. In areas affected by the outbreak, visitors will need to wear full PPE (personal protective equipment) for the visit. This will include face mask (based on CDC guidelines and SARC’s COVID-19 status), face shield, gown and gloves.

Because of the rising positivity rates, we are still recommending to everyone to limit large group gatherings whether inside or outside in their everyday life/activities. Individuals should be wearing a mask and social distancing during any event or outing.

COVID-19 Telephone Announcement

      • The SARC COVID-19 telephone announcement is updated at least every other Wednesday. That number is 717-285-0946. This number is an announcement type message meaning you can listen but there is NO option to leave a message.

Future COVID Updates

      • Updates will be maintained through our one call system, letters, website and COVID phone hotline. Should you have any questions, please contact us at 717-285-5443 and the receptionist can direct you to the appropriate personnel.

Thank you,

Mary Turnbaugh, President
St. Anne’s Retirement Community


December 15, 2021

Personal care and skilled visitors must wear a surgical mask and are encouraged to wear face shields. All SARC residents and visitors must wear a surgical or cloth mask when in any common area on campus.

Please make sure everyone is wearing their mask correctly. It must cover the nose and mouth. We have no new positive COVID staff or residents at this time.

Visitation Guidelines

      • We continue with regular visitation.
      • Although we are open 24 hours each day our regular visiting hours are Monday through Sunday from 8:00am-8:00pm. Our main doors are locked at 8:00pm.
      • If a visitor wants to enter SARC after hours, please call the main number (717-285-5443) and the supervisor will open the doors.
      • Even though we have expanded our visiting hours, our guidelines for PC and SNF visits have not changed. Visits must occur in a resident’s room or visitation room.
      • Visits and visitors can not be in common areas including the dining rooms.
      • Because of the size of our personal care and skilled rooms and the need to follow the CDC’S CORE PRINCIPLES of COVID, we are recommending only 4 visitors at a time.
      • All visitors, whether visiting inside or outside must keep a mask on while visiting.
      • The CDC core principles are wearing of masks, frequent handwashing and social distancing (at least 6ft).
      • We encourage outside visits as weather permits.
      • Skilled care offers visitation rooms if needed for those residents residing in a semi-private room. If a visit is going to occur in a semi-private room, please make sure the privacy curtain is closed and both residents as well as all visitors are masked and following the CDC core principles.
      • We still ask everyone to practice social distancing whenever possible, this includes waiting in line, waiting for the elevator, or while on an elevator.
      • If a visitor removes or lowers their mask at any time while visiting (whether inside or outside), the visit will end and the visitor will be asked to leave.
      • Repeated violations of this policy will result in suspension of visiting privileges.
      • We encourage all visitors to be vaccinated and to have a COVID antigen or PCR test within 48 – 72 hours of visiting.
      • If a visitor becomes COVID–19 positive or becomes aware of a COVID-19 exposure that occurred within the 48 hours prior to a visit, they must immediately inform SARC at the time they are made aware. SARC will need to evaluate for staff and resident testing and contact tracing.

Mask Policy for Visitors

      • We continue with our screening process for those who enter our buildings except for EMS emergency calls and the Postal Service.
      • Everyone will continue to wear masks, social distance (at least 6ft) and perform frequent handwashing while in any of our buildings.
      • We are requiring all who enter our buildings for skilled and personal care to wear a surgical mask, which we are providing.
      • We have surgical masks with and without shields attached as we are also recommending a face shield for SNF and PC visitors.
      • Please place the mask/shield in the appropriate receptacle by the main exit prior to leaving the building.
      • Whether vaccinated or not, staff are still required to wear a surgical mask while in our buildings and a face shield when in close contact with a resident or in a resident care area.
      • For those entering one of our apartment buildings, we are not requiring the screening process however we do require all residents and visitors/caregivers to wear a mask when in any common area.
      • Our main building reception hours are Mon-Sun 6am-9pm. Visitors/caregivers at other times will need to call the main number (717-285-5443) and coordinate through the Supervisor.
      • Any SNF or PC resident leaving SARC for less than 24 hours (whether fully vaccinated or not) will not need to quarantine for 14 days on return to the facility.
      • Any SNF or PC resident leaving the facility for more than 24 hours who is not fully vaccinated will need to quarantine for 14 days upon return to the facility.
      • Both these scenarios are also contingent on whether there was a high-risk exposure while out of the building. We encourage our independent residents to follow these same guidelines.
      • Please remember for all who are coming into St. Anne’s, if you have any signs/symptoms, do not enter our buildings.
      • For staff, if you have any signs or symptoms before entering the building, please call your manager to schedule a drive through antigen and PCR test and also to discuss further actions that may be necessary.

New Admissions

      • New admissions, at any level to our campus that are at least two weeks post full vaccination, will not need to quarantine for 14 days on arrival to SARC. Also, new admissions at any level, are still required to have proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test within 72 hours of admission.

Vaccine Information

      • We do have a vaccination program with Hillcrest, a local pharmacy, and Masonic Pharmacy (our pharmacy vendor) to administer the vaccine to those residents and employees who decide at any time that they would like the vaccine.
      • Hillcrest offers Moderna and Pfizer while Masonic offers the Johnson/Johnson, Pfizer and Moderna vaccines.
      • Residents can reach out to social services regarding the vaccine, education information regarding vaccination can be accessed from our website or through social services.
      • Staff members can visit Human Resources for education material and a consent form.
      • We also have information on the website, on our intranet as well as offering education materials at new hire orientation.
      • We ask that staff who receive the vaccine elsewhere, to please bring proof of vaccination for human resources to place in their file.
      • On Thursday, December 16, we have a vaccine clinic for those needing a vaccine of Moderna, Johnson & Johnson or Pfizer. This clinic will also have Moderna and Pfizer booster shots. This clinic is with Masonic Pharmacy and will be held in Pauline Hall. The times are 7:30am and 2:30pm. At this time, the guidelines from CDC allow for a mixing of vaccines.
      • A booster shot may be administered unless an individual is symptomatic or within their COVID quarantine time (10-14 days).
      • We have Pfizer and Moderna information on our website.
      • Because the CMS mandate was placed on hold through the federal court system on December 1, 2021, we have decided to institute our own COVID Vaccine Option program.
      • As of December 5, 2021, our staff have either begun the vaccination process or have an approved exemption. New employees will have the same option of either being vaccinated or having the exemption.

Campus Activities & Services

      • The Bistro and Café are open.
        • Individuals should only sit together at a table if everyone is vaccinated.
        • If you choose to sit with an unvaccinated individual, please understand the risks you are assuming related to COVID.
        • Unvaccinated individuals should socially distance while eating.
        • The CDC core principles of frequent hand washing, social distancing and masking whether vaccinated or not should always be followed.
        • We do have plexi-glass screens in the Bistro, Café and breakroom for unvaccinated individuals to use.
      • All activities including beauty shop/barber services, church services, activities and dining programs continue on our limited schedules.
      • Our hair dresser was off campus until December 14, 2021.
      • We are offering in-person Mass for independent and personal care on various weekdays in the Chapel.
      • A memo regarding the Christmas holiday services was sent in the newsletter.

Staff and residents should follow CDC core principles guidelines at all times while at any event and when riding in one of our vehicles. This includes social distancing, wearing of a mask and shield (for safety: vehicle drivers do not need to wear a shield) and frequent hand washing.

We are using CDC’s community transmission tracker to determine how often we test unvaccinated staff. This is a requirement from CMS and DOH. Currently through December 9, CDC has Lancaster County at a “high or red” level which means we test unvaccinated staff twice each week. When we have an outbreak (according to CMS – this is one COVID positive resident or staff member) within a skilled or personal care area of our campus we must initiate contact tracing. Those residents and staff who are designated as having a high-level exposure are tested initially (approximately 48 hours after exposure) and then 5-7 days after exposure. The COVID area is quarantined for 14 days. For visits in unaffected areas during a COVID outbreak, our guidelines remain the same. In areas affected by the outbreak, visitors will need to wear full PPE (personal protective equipment) for the visit. This will include face mask (based on CDC guidelines and SARC’s COVID-19 status), face shield, gown and gloves.

We can not stress enough the need for EVERYONE to be cautious through the winter months as our positivity rates are at the highest level they have been since the pandemic started in March 2020.
Even though CMS requires us to allow more visitation options, we are still required to follow the core principles from CDC – SOCIAL DISTANCE, WEAR A MASK AND GOOD HAND HYGIENE.

We also must continue to follow the directives from CDC, CMS, DOH and OSHA. All staff, residents and visitors/caregivers need to follow our guidelines for each area of our campus. These guidelines include masking, hand washing, social distancing, temperature monitoring and completing our screening form as appropriate in each area of our campus. We support these guidelines because even with the vaccine, individuals are able to spread and get COVID-19. The vaccine does NOT prevent the virus, rather it should lessen symptoms. I know continuing with these principles is not a favorable concept. They are for the protection of our residents, staff and all those who enter our campus. Even with the holiday season, we are still recommending to everyone to limit large group gatherings whether inside or outside in their everyday life/activities. Individuals should be wearing a mask and social distancing during any event or outing.

COVID-19 Telephone Announcement

      • The SARC COVID-19 telephone announcement is updated at least every other Wednesday. That number is 717-285-0946. This number is an announcement type message meaning you can listen but there is NO option to leave a message.

Future COVID Updates

      • Updates will be maintained through our one call system, letters, website and COVID phone hotline. Should you have any questions, please contact us at 717-285-5443 and the receptionist can direct you to the appropriate personnel.

Thank you,
Mary Turnbaugh, President
St. Anne’s Retirement Community


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December 1, 2021

As a reminder: surgical masks and shields must be worn by all staff. Personal care and skilled visitors must wear a surgical mask and are encouraged to wear face shields. All other SARC residents and visitors must wear a surgical or cloth mask when in any common area on campus. Please make sure everyone is wearing their mask correctly. It must cover the nose and mouth.

We have had one staff member test positive for COVID on 11/26/21. We are following our guidelines for notifying and testing potentially exposed individuals. We have not had any positive cases develop to date for this possible exposure.

Visitation Guidelines

      • We continue with regular visitation. Although we are open 24 hours each day our regular visiting hours are Monday through Sunday from 8:00am-8:00pm. Our main doors are locked at 8:00pm. If a visitor wants to enter SARC after hours, please call the main number (717-285-5443) and the supervisor will open the doors.
      • Because of the size of our personal care and skilled rooms and the need to follow the CDC’S CORE PRINCIPLES of COVID, we are recommending only 4 visitors at a time.
      • All visitors, whether visiting inside or outside must keep a mask on while visiting. The CDC core principles are wearing of masks, frequent handwashing and social distancing (at least 6ft).
      • We encourage outside visits as weather permits.
      • Skilled care offers visitation rooms if needed for those residents residing in a semi-private room.
      • If a visit is going to occur in a semi-private room, please make sure the privacy curtain is closed and both residents as well as all visitors are masked and following the CDC core principles.
      • We still ask everyone to practice social distancing whenever possible, this includes waiting in line, waiting for the elevator, or while on an elevator.
      • If a visitor removes or lowers their mask at any time while visiting (whether inside or outside), the visit will end and the visitor will be asked to leave. Repeated violations of this policy will result in suspension of visiting privileges.
      • We encourage all visitors to be vaccinated and to have a COVID antigen or PCR test within 48 – 72 hours of visiting.
      • If a visitor becomes COVID–19 positive or becomes aware of a COVID-19 exposure that occurred within the 48 hours prior to a visit, they must immediately inform SARC at the time they are made aware. SARC will need to evaluate for staff and resident testing and contact tracing.

Mask Policy for Visitors

      • We continue with our screening process for those who enter our buildings except for EMS emergency calls and the Postal Service.
      • Everyone will continue to wear masks, social distance (at least 6ft) and perform frequent handwashing while in any of our buildings.
      • We are requiring all who enter our buildings for skilled and personal care to wear a surgical mask, which we are providing.
      • We have surgical masks with and without shields attached as we are also recommending a face shield for SNF and PC visitors.
      • Any SNF or PC resident leaving SARC for less than 24 hours (whether fully vaccinated or not) will not need to quarantine for 14 days on return to the facility.
      • Any SNF or PC resident leaving the facility for more than 24 hours who is not fully vaccinated will need to quarantine for 14 days upon return to the facility.
      • Both these scenarios are also contingent on whether there was a high-risk exposure while out of the building. We encourage our independent residents to follow these same guidelines.
      • Please place the mask/shield in the appropriate receptacle by the main exit prior to leaving the building.
      • Whether vaccinated or not, staff are still required to wear a surgical mask while in our buildings and a face shield when in close contact with a resident or in a resident care area.
      • For those entering one of our apartment buildings, we are not requiring the screening process however we do require all residents and visitors/caregivers to wear a mask when in any common area.
      • Our main building reception hours are Mon-Sun 6am-9pm. Visitors/caregivers at other times will need to call the main number (717-285-5443) and coordinate through the Supervisor.
      • Please remember for all who are coming into St. Anne’s, if you have any signs/symptoms, do not enter our buildings.
      • For staff, if you have any signs or symptoms before entering the building, please call your manager to schedule a drive through antigen and PCR test and also to discuss further actions that may be necessary.

New Admissions

      • New admissions, at any level to our campus that are at least two weeks post full vaccination, will not need to quarantine for 14 days on arrival to SARC. Also, new admissions at any level, are still required to have proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test within 72 hours of admission.

Vaccine Information

      • We do have a vaccination program with Hillcrest, a local pharmacy, and Masonic Pharmacy (our pharmacy vendor) to administer the vaccine to those residents and employees who decide at any time that they would like the vaccine.
      • Hillcrest offers Moderna and Pfizer while Masonic offers the Johnson/Johnson, Pfizer and Moderna vaccines.
      • Residents can reach out to social services regarding the vaccine, education information regarding vaccination can be accessed from our website or through social services.
      • Staff members can visit Human Resources for education material and a consent form.
      • We also have information on the website, on our intranet as well as offering education materials at new hire orientation.
      • We ask that staff who receive the vaccine elsewhere, to please bring proof of vaccination for human resources to place in their file.
      • On Thursday, December 2, we have a vaccine clinic for those needing a vaccine or booster of Moderna, Johnson & Johnson or Pfizer.
      • This clinic is with Masonic Pharmacy and will be held in Pauline Hall. The times are 7:30am and 2:30pm.
      • At this time, the guidelines from CDC allow for a mixing of vaccines.
      • A booster shot may be administered unless an individual is symptomatic or within their COVID quarantine time (10 days).
      • We have Pfizer and Moderna information on our website.
      • We are working through the CMS “mandate” for healthcare facilities.
      • Our staff will either begin vaccination or have approved exemptions by December 5, 2021.

Campus Activities & Services

      • The Bistro and Café are open.
        • Individuals should only sit together at a table if everyone is vaccinated.
        • If you choose to sit with an unvaccinated individual, please understand the risks you are assuming related to COVID.
        • Unvaccinated individuals should socially distance while eating.
        • The CDC core principles of frequent hand washing, social distancing and masking whether vaccinated or not should always be followed.
        • We do have plexi-glass screens in the Bistro, Café and breakroom for unvaccinated individuals to use.
      • All activities including beauty shop/barber services, church services, activities and dining programs continue on our limited schedules.
      • Our hair dresser is off campus until December 14, 2021.
      • We are offering in-person Mass for independent and personal care on various weekdays in the Chapel.
      • A memo regarding the Christmas holiday services will be sent in the newsletter.
      • Staff and residents should follow CDC core principles guidelines at all times while at any event and when riding in one of our vehicles.
      • This includes social distancing, wearing of a mask (for safety: vehicle drivers do not need to wear a shield) and frequent hand washing.

We are using CDC’s community transmission tracker to determine how often we test unvaccinated staff. This is a requirement from CMS and DOH. Currently through November 25, CDC has Lancaster County at a “high or red” level which means we test unvaccinated staff twice each week. When we have an outbreak (according to CMS – this is one COVID positive resident or staff member) within a skilled or personal care area of our campus we must initiate contact tracing. Those residents and staff who are designated as having a high-level exposure are tested initially (approximately 48 hours after exposure) and then 5-7 days after exposure. The COVID area is quarantined for 14 days. For visits in unaffected areas during a COVID outbreak, our guidelines remain the same. In areas affected by the outbreak, visitors will need to wear full PPE (personal protective equipment) for the visit. This will include face mask (based on CDC guidelines and SARC’s COVID-19 status), face shield, gown and gloves.

Lancaster County is still considered at a “red” level for COVID cases and our percentages are rising. Even though CMS requires us to allow more visitation options, we are still required to follow the core principles from CDC – SOCIAL DISTANCE, WEAR A MASK AND GOOD HAND HYGIENE. We also must continue to follow the directives from CDC, CMS, DOH and OSHA. All staff, residents and visitors/caregivers need to follow our guidelines for each area of our campus. These guidelines include masking, hand washing, social distancing, temperature monitoring and completing our screening form as appropriate in each area of our campus. We support these guidelines because even with the vaccine, individuals are able to spread and get COVID-19. The vaccine does NOT prevent the virus, rather it should lessen symptoms. I know continuing with these principles is not a favorable concept. They are for the protection of our residents, staff and all those who enter our campus.

We are also recommending to everyone to limit large group gatherings whether inside or outside in their everyday life/activities. Individuals should be wearing a mask and social distancing during any event or outing.

COVID-19 Telephone Announcement

      • The SARC COVID-19 telephone announcement is updated at least every other Wednesday. That number is 717-285-0946. This number is an announcement type message meaning you can listen but there is NO option to leave a message.

Future COVID Updates

      • Updates will be maintained through our one call system, letters, website and COVID phone hotline. Should you have any questions, please contact us at 717-285-5443 and the receptionist can direct you to the appropriate personnel.

Thank you,

Mary Turnbaugh, President
St. Anne’s Retirement Community


November 17, 2021

As a reminder: surgical masks and shields must be worn by all staff. Personal care and skilled visitors must wear a surgical mask and are encouraged to wear face shields. All other SARC residents and visitors must wear a surgical or cloth mask when in any common area on campus. Please make sure everyone is wearing their mask correctly. It must cover the nose and mouth.

We have had no new cases of COVID within the building in the last week.

Visitation Guidelines

      • Beginning Monday, November 22, 2021, we will begin regular visitation.
      • Although we are open 24 hours each day our regular visiting hours are Monday through Sunday from 8:00am-8:00pm. Our main doors are locked at 8:00pm.
      • If a visitor wants to enter SARC after hours, please call the main number (717-285-5443) and the supervisor will open the doors.
      • Because of the size of our personal care and skilled rooms and the need to follow the CDC’S CORE PRINCIPLES of COVID, we are recommending only 4 visitors at a time.
      • All visitors, whether visiting inside or outside must keep a mask on while visiting.
      • The CDC core principles are wearing of masks, frequent handwashing and social distancing (at least 6ft).
      • We encourage outside visits as weather permits.
      • Skilled care offers visitation rooms if needed for those residents residing in a semi-private room.
      • If a visit is going to occur in a semi-private room, please make sure the privacy curtain is closed and both residents as well as all visitors are masked and following the CDC core principles.
      • We still ask everyone to practice social distancing whenever possible, this includes waiting in line, waiting for the elevator, or while on an elevator.
      • We encourage all visitors to be vaccinated and to have a COVID antigen or PCR test within 48 – 72 hours of visiting.
      • If a visitor becomes COVID–19 positive or becomes aware of a COVID-19 exposure that occurred within the 48 hours prior to a visit, they must immediately inform SARC at the time they are made aware. SARC will need to evaluate for staff and resident testing and contact tracing.

Mask Policy for Visitors

      • If a visitor removes or lowers their mask at any time while visiting (whether inside or outside), the visit will end and the visitor will be asked to leave.
      • Repeated violations of this policy will result in suspension of visiting privileges.
      • We continue with our screening process for those who enter our buildings except for EMS emergency calls and the Postal Service.
      • Everyone will continue to wear masks, social distance (at least 6ft) and perform frequent handwashing while in any of our buildings.
      • We are requiring all who enter our buildings for skilled and personal care to wear a surgical mask, which we are providing.
      • We have surgical masks with and without shields attached as we are also recommending a face shield for SNF and PC visitors.
      • Please place the mask/shield in the appropriate receptacle by the main exit prior to leaving the building.
      • Whether vaccinated or not, staff are still required to wear a surgical mask while in our buildings and a face shield when in close contact with a resident or in a resident care area. F
      • or those entering one of our apartment buildings, we are not requiring the screening process however we do require all residents and visitors/caregivers to wear a mask when in any common area. Our main building reception hours are Mon-Sun 6am-9pm.
      • Visitors/caregivers at other times will need to call the main number (717-285-5443) and coordinate through the Supervisor.
      • Please remember for all who are coming into St. Anne’s, if you have any signs/symptoms, do not enter our buildings.
      • For staff, if you have any signs or symptoms before entering the building, please call your manager to schedule a drive through antigen and PCR test and also to discuss further actions that may be necessary.

New Admissions

      • New admissions, at any level to our campus that are at least two weeks post full vaccination, will not need to quarantine for 14 days on arrival to SARC.
      • Also, new admissions at any level, are still required to have proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test within 72 hours of admission.
      • Any SNF or PC resident leaving SARC for less than 24 hours (whether fully vaccinated or not) will not need to quarantine for 14 days on return to the facility.
      • Any SNF or PC resident leaving the facility for more than 24 hours who is not fully vaccinated will need to quarantine for 14 days upon return to the facility.
      • Both these scenarios are also contingent on whether there was a high-risk exposure while out of the building.
      • We encourage our independent residents to follow these same guidelines.

Vaccine Information

      • We do have a vaccination program with Hillcrest, a local pharmacy, and Masonic Pharmacy (our pharmacy vendor) to administer the vaccine to those residents and employees who decide at any time that they would like the vaccine.
      • Hillcrest offers Moderna and Pfizer while Masonic offers the Johnson/Johnson, Pfizer and Moderna vaccines.
      • Residents can reach out to social services regarding the vaccine, education information regarding vaccination can be accessed from our website or through social services.
      • Staff members can visit Human Resources for education material and a consent form.
      • We also have information on the website, on our intranet as well as offering education materials at new hire orientation.
      • We ask that staff who receive the vaccine elsewhere, to please bring proof of vaccination for human resources to place in their file.
      • On Thursday, November 18, we have a vaccine clinic for those needing a vaccine or booster of Moderna, Johnson & Johnson or Pfizer.
      • This clinic is with Masonic Pharmacy and will be held in Pauline Hall.
      • The times are 7:30am and 2:30pm.
      • At this time, the guidelines from CDC allow for a mixing of vaccines.
      • A booster shot may be administered unless an individual is symptomatic or within their COVID quarantine time (10 days).
      • We have Pfizer and Moderna information on our website. CMS has released their “mandate” for healthcare facilities.
      • We are working with our unvaccinated staff to offer vaccines and exemption options. Our staff will either be vaccinated or have approved exemptions be December 5, 2021.

Campus Activities & Services

      • The Bistro and Café are open.
        • Individuals should only sit together at a table if everyone is vaccinated.
        • Unvaccinated individuals should socially distance while eating.
        • The CDC core principles of frequent hand washing, social distancing and masking whether vaccinated or not should always be followed.
      • All activities including beauty shop/barber services, church services, activities and dining programs continue on our limited schedules.
      • We are offering in-person Mass for independent and personal care on various weekdays in the Chapel. Staff and residents should follow CDC core principles guidelines at all times while at any event and when riding in one of our vehicles.
      • This includes social distancing, wearing of a mask (for safety: vehicle drivers do not need to wear a shield) and frequent hand washing.

 

Lancaster County is still considered at a “red” level for COVID cases and with CMS allowing for more visitation options, we are still required to follow the core principles from CDC – SOCIAL DISTANCE, WEAR A MASK AND GOOD HAND HYGIENE. We also must continue to follow the directives from CDC, CMS, DOH and OSHA. All staff, residents and visitors/caregivers need to follow our guidelines for each area of our campus. These guidelines include masking, hand washing, social distancing, temperature monitoring and completing our screening form as appropriate in each area of our campus. We support these guidelines because even with the vaccine, individuals are able to spread and get COVID-19. The vaccine does NOT prevent the virus, rather it should lessen symptoms. I know continuing with these principles is not a favorable concept. They are for the protection of our residents, staff and all those who enter our campus.

We are also recommending to everyone to limit large group gatherings whether inside or outside in their everyday life/activities. Individuals should be wearing a mask and social distancing during any event or outing.

We are using CDC’s community transmission tracker to determine how often we test unvaccinated staff. This is a requirement from CMS and DOH. Currently through November 11, CDC has Lancaster County at a “high or red” level which means we test unvaccinated staff twice each week. When we have an outbreak (according to CMS – this is one COVID positive resident or staff member) within a skilled or personal care area of our campus we must initiate contact tracing. Those residents and staff who are designated as having a high-level exposure are tested initially (approximately 48 hours after exposure) and then 5-7 days after exposure. The COVID area is quarantined for 14 days. For visits in unaffected areas during a COVID outbreak, our guidelines remain the same. In areas affected by the outbreak, visitors will need to wear full PPE (personal protective equipment) for the visit. This will include face mask (based on CDC guidelines and SARC’s COVID-19 status), face shield, gown and gloves.

COVID-19 Telephone Announcement

      • The SARC COVID-19 telephone announcement is updated at least every other Wednesday. That number is 717-285-0946. This number is an announcement type message meaning you can listen but there is NO option to leave a message.

Future COVID Updates

      • Updates will be maintained through our one call system, letters, website and COVID phone hotline. Should you have any questions, please contact us at 717-285-5443 and the receptionist can direct you to the appropriate personnel.

Thank you,

Mary Turnbaugh, President
St. Anne’s Retirement Community


November 3, 2021

As a reminder: surgical masks and shields must be worn by all staff. Personal care and skilled visitors must wear a surgical mask and are encouraged to wear face shields. All other SARC residents and visitors must wear a surgical or cloth mask when in any common area on campus. Please make sure everyone is wearing their mask correctly. It must cover the nose and mouth.

We have had no new cases of COVID within the building in the last two weeks.  

Visitation Guidelines

      • We maintain our visitation schedule in all areas of our campus.
      • Our visiting schedule for personal care and skilled is Monday through Sunday 11:30am-1:30pm and 4:30pm-6:30pm.
      • We are allowing 2 visitors during each time period which means there are only four visitors each day. This guideline is for inside or outside visits.
      • Whether visiting inside or outside, we ask that everyone follows the CDC core principles which include wearing of masks, frequent handwashing and social distancing (at least 6ft).
      • We encourage outside visits as weather permits.
      • A resident’s clergy is NOT considered a visitor but will need to follow our guideline of only two people in a visiting area at one time.
      • Skilled care offers visitation rooms if needed for those residents residing in a semi-private room.
      • If a visit is going to occur in a semi-private room, please make sure the privacy curtain is closed and both residents as well as all visitors are masked and following the CDC core principles. I-Pad or phone visits can be scheduled with social services.
      • Pets are also welcomed in our facilities.
      • All pets are welcomed and must have a current vaccine record on file with the receptionist.
      • We still ask everyone to practice social distancing whenever possible, this includes waiting in line, waiting for the elevator, or while on an elevator
      • If a skilled resident is in a yellow or red zone and that resident is allowed compassionate care visits, these can be scheduled through social services and will be Monday through Friday for one hour, one time each day and for two visitors.
      • The complete list of guidelines is on the website and on each unit. The receptionist has copies of the guidelines for anyone who would like one. The times for visits will be 11:30am, 2pm or 5pm.

Mask Policy for Visitors

      • If a visitor removes or lowers their mask at any time while visiting (whether inside or outside), the visit will end and the visitor will be asked to leave. Repeated violations of this policy will result in suspension of visiting privileges.
      • We continue with our screening process for those who enter our buildings except for EMS emergency calls and the Postal Service.
      • Everyone will continue to wear masks, social distance (at least 6ft) and perform frequent handwashing while in any of our buildings.
      • We are requiring all who enter our buildings for skilled and personal care to wear a surgical mask, which we are providing.
      • We have surgical masks with and without shields attached as we are also recommending a face shield for SNF and PC visitors.
      • Please place the mask/shield in the appropriate receptacle by the main exit prior to leaving the building.
      • Whether vaccinated or not, staff are still required to wear a surgical mask while in our buildings and a face shield when in close contact with a resident or in a resident care area. For those entering one of our apartment buildings, we are not requiring the screening process however we do require all residents and visitors/caregivers to wear a mask when in any common area.
      • Our main building reception hours are Mon-Sun 6am-9pm. Visitors/caregivers at other times will need to call the main number (717-285-5443) and coordinate through the Supervisor.
      • Please remember for all who are coming into St. Anne’s, if you have any signs/symptoms, do not enter our buildings.
      • For staff, if you have any signs or symptoms before entering the building, please call your manager to schedule a drive through antigen and PCR test and also to discuss further actions that may be necessary. 
      • We encourage visitors to be vaccinated and test on their own prior to visiting at St. Anne’s. We also request visitors to notify St. Anne’s if at any time within 14 days of visiting, they are diagnosed with COVID.

New Admissions

      • New admissions, at any level to our campus that are at least two weeks post full vaccination, will not need to quarantine for 14 days on arrival to SARC. Also, new admissions at any level, are still required to have proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test within 72 hours of admission.
      • Any SNF or PC resident leaving SARC for less than 24 hours (whether fully vaccinated or not) will not need to quarantine for 14 days on return to the facility.
      • Any SNF or PC resident leaving the facility for more than 24 hours who is not fully vaccinated will need to quarantine for 14 days upon return to the facility.
      • Both these scenarios are also contingent on whether there was a high-risk exposure while out of the building.
      • We encourage our independent residents to follow these same guidelines.

Vaccine Information

      • We do have a vaccination program with Hillcrest, a local pharmacy, and Masonic Pharmacy (our pharmacy vendor) to administer the vaccine to those residents and employees who decide at any time that they would like the vaccine.
      • Hillcrest is currently offering Moderna and Pfizer while Masonic offers the Johnson/Johnson (currently unavailable), Pfizer and Moderna vaccines.
      • Residents can reach out to social services regarding the vaccine, education information regarding vaccination can be accessed from our website or through social services.
      • Staff members can visit Human Resources for education material and a consent form.
      • We also have information on the website, on our intranet as well as offering education materials at new hire orientation.
      • We ask that staff who receive the vaccine elsewhere, to please bring proof of vaccination for human resources to place in their file.
      • We have scheduled a booster clinic for Moderna, Johnson & Johnson and Pfizer recipients with Masonic Pharmacy. The date of the clinic is November 18 at 7:30am and 2:30pm.
      • We will be sending out more information in the next week regarding the details for the clinic. At this time, the guidelines from CDC allow for a mixing of vaccines.
      • A booster shot may be administered unless an individual is symptomatic or within their COVID quarantine time (10 days).
      • We have Pfizer and Moderna information on our website. We are still waiting for the federal government to release their “mandate” for healthcare. We have heard that the guidance should be out in early November. Once we have that information, we will move forward as necessary.  

Campus Activities & Services

      • The Bistro and Café remain open.
        • Individuals should only sit together at a table if everyone is vaccinated.
        • Unvaccinated individuals should socially distance while eating.
        • The CDC core principles of frequent hand washing, social distancing and masking whether vaccinated or not should always be followed.  
      • All activities including beauty shop/barber services, church services, activities and dining programs continue on our limited schedules.
      • We are offering in-person Mass for independent and personal care on weekdays in the Chapel.
      • A memo was sent last week with the schedule for those services.
      • Staff and residents should follow CDC core principles guidelines at all times while at any event and when riding in one of our vehicles.
      • This includes social distancing, wearing of a mask (for safety: vehicle drivers do not need to wear a shield) and frequent hand washing.

We continue to follow the directives from CDC, CMS, DOH and OSHA. The CDC core principles are the foundation for our precautions. All staff, residents and visitors/caregivers need to follow our guidelines for each area of our campus. These guidelines include masking, hand washing, social distancing, temperature monitoring and completing our screening form as appropriate in each area of our campus. We are also recommending to everyone to limit large group gatherings whether inside or outside in their everyday life/activities. Individuals should be wearing a mask and social distancing during any event or outing.      

Because Lancaster County is still registering high levels of COVID, we must continue the core principles from the CDC – SOCIAL DISTANCE, WEAR A MASK AND GOOD HAND HYGIENE for all. After 19 months of COVID, I know continuing with these principles is not a favorable concept. They are for the protection of our residents, staff and all those who enter our campus.  We support these guidelines because even with the vaccine, individuals are able to get COVID-19. The vaccine does NOT prevent the virus, rather it should lessen symptoms. We are required to follow those principles whether inside our buildings or outside on our campus for a visit.

COVID-19 Telephone Announcement

The SARC COVID-19 telephone announcement is updated at least every other Wednesday. That number is 717-285-0946. This number is an announcement type message meaning you can listen but there is NO option to leave a message.

We are using CDC’s community transmission tracker to determine how often we test unvaccinated staff. This is a requirement from CMS and DOH. Currently through October 28, CDC has Lancaster County at a “high or red” level which means we test unvaccinated staff twice each week. When we have an outbreak (according to CMS – this is one COVID positive resident or staff member) within any area of our campus we must initially test everyone (both residents and staff) who were in the area(s) and then we must test those individuals in 5-7 days and quarantine that area for 14 days. 

Future COVID Updates

Updates will be maintained through our one call system, letters, website and COVID phone hotline. Should you have any questions, please contact us at 717-285-5443 and the receptionist can direct you to the appropriate personnel.

Thank you,

Mary Turnbaugh, President
St. Anne’s Retirement Community


October 20, 2021

As a reminder: surgical masks and shields must be worn by all staff. Personal care and skilled visitors must wear a surgical mask and are encouraged to wear face shields. All other SARC residents and visitors must wear a surgical or cloth mask when in any common area on campus. Please make sure everyone is wearing their mask correctly. It must cover the nose and mouth.

We have had no new cases of COVID within the building in the last two weeks.

Visitation Guidelines

      • We maintain our visitation schedule in all areas of our campus. Our visiting schedule for personal care and skilled is Monday through Sunday 11:30am-1:30pm and 4:30pm-6:30pm.
      • We are allowing 2 visitors during each time period which means there are only four visitors each day. This guideline is for inside or outside visits.
      • Whether visiting inside or outside, we ask that everyone follows the CDC core principles which include wearing of masks, frequent handwashing and social distancing (at least 6ft). We encourage outside visits as weather permits.
      • A resident’s clergy is NOT considered a visitor but will need to follow our guideline of only two people in a visiting area at one time.
      • Skilled care offers visitation rooms if needed for those residents residing in a semi-private room. If a visit is going to occur in a semi-private room, please make sure the privacy curtain is closed and both residents as well as all visitors are masked and following the CDC core principles.
      • I-Pad or phone visits can be scheduled with social services.
      • Pets are also welcomed in our facilities. All pets are welcomed and must have a current vaccine record on file with the receptionist.
      • We still ask everyone to practice social distancing whenever possible, this includes waiting in line, waiting for the elevator, or while on an elevator.
      • If a skilled unit is in a yellow zone and a resident in that area is allowed compassionate care visits, these can be scheduled through social services and will be Monday through Friday for one hour, one time each day and for two visitors. The times for visits will be 11:30am, 2pm or 5pm.
      • The complete list of guidelines is on the website and on each unit. The receptionist has copies of the guidelines for anyone who would like one.

Mask Policy for Visitors

      • If a visitor removes or lowers their mask at any time while visiting (whether inside or outside), the visit will end and the visitor will be asked to leave.
      • Repeated violations of this policy will result in suspension of visiting privileges.
      • We continue with our screening process for those who enter our buildings except for EMS emergency calls and the Postal Service. Everyone will continue to wear masks, social distance (at least 6ft) and perform frequent handwashing while in any of our buildings.
      • We are requiring all who enter our buildings for skilled and personal care to wear a surgical mask, which we are providing.
      • We have surgical masks with and without shields attached as we are also recommending a face shield for SNF and PC visitors.
      • Please place the mask/shield in the appropriate receptacle by the main exit prior to leaving the building.
      • Whether vaccinated or not, staff are still required to wear a surgical mask while in our buildings and a face shield when in close contact with a resident or in a resident care area.
      • For those entering one of our apartment buildings, we are not requiring the screening process however we do require all residents and visitors/caregivers to wear a mask when in any common area.
      • Our main building reception hours are Mon-Sun 6am-9pm.
      • Visitors/caregivers at other times will need to call the main number (717-285-5443) and coordinate through the Supervisor.
      • Please remember for all who are coming into St. Anne’s, if you have any signs/symptoms, do not enter our buildings.
      • For staff, if you have any signs or symptoms before entering the building, please call your manager to schedule a drive through antigen and PCR test and also to discuss further actions that may be necessary.

COVID Testing for Staff & Residents

      • We are using CDC’s community transmission tracker to determine how often we test unvaccinated staff. This is a requirement from CMS and DOH. Currently through October 14, CDC has Lancaster County as “high or red” level which means we test unvaccinated staff twice each week.
      • When we have an outbreak (according to CMS – this is one COVID positive resident or staff member) within any area of our campus we must initially test everyone (both residents and staff) who were in the area(s) and then we must test those individuals every 5-7 days for the next 14 days.
      • The area with the positive case must be quarantined for 14 days.
      • We encourage visitors to be vaccinated and test on their own prior to visiting at St. Anne’s.
      • We also request visitors to notify St. Anne’s if at any time within 14 days of visiting, they are diagnosed with COVID.

New Admissions

      • New admissions, at any level to our campus that are at least two weeks post full vaccination, will not need to quarantine for 14 days on arrival to SARC.
      • Also, new admissions at any level, are still required to have proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test within 72 hours of admission.
      • Any SNF or PC resident leaving SARC for less than 24 hours (whether fully vaccinated or not) will not need to quarantine for 14 days on return to the facility.
      • Any SNF or PC resident leaving the facility for more than 24 hours who is not fully vaccinated will need to quarantine for 14 days upon return to the facility.
      • Both these scenarios are also contingent on whether there was a high-risk exposure while out of the building.
      • We encourage our independent residents to follow these same guidelines.

Vaccine Information

      • We do have a vaccination program with Hillcrest, a local pharmacy, and Masonic Pharmacy (our pharmacy vendor) to administer the vaccine to those residents and employees who decide at any time that they would like the vaccine.
      • Hillcrest is currently offering Moderna and Pfizer while Masonic offers the Johnson/Johnson (currently unavailable), Pfizer and Moderna vaccines.
      • Residents can reach out to social services regarding the vaccine, education information regarding vaccination can be accessed from our website or through social services.
      • Staff members can visit Human Resources for education material and a consent form.
      • We also have information on the website, on our intranet as well as offering education materials at new hire orientation.
      • We ask that staff who receive the vaccine elsewhere, to please bring proof of vaccination for human resources to place in their file.
      • We have scheduled a booster clinic for Pfizer recipients with Masonic Pharmacy. The dates of the Pfizer clinic are October 25 and 26 2021.
      • We sent a memo to independent residents earlier this week along with a reminder to please bring their vaccine card to the booster clinic.
      • At this time, the guidelines from CDC recommend your booster vaccine be the same as the vaccine you initially received and a booster shot may be given unless an individual is symptomatic or within their COVID quarantine time (10 days).
      • Moderna is waiting on final approval for a booster from FDA.
      • We will evaluate a need for a booster clinic as appropriate.
      • We also do not have any information regarding a J&J booster vaccine at this time
      • We have Pfizer and Moderna information on our website.

Campus Activities & Services

      • The Bistro and Café remain open.
        • Individuals should only sit four or more at a table if everyone is vaccinated.
        • Unvaccinated individuals should socially distance while eating.
        • The CDC core principles of frequent hand washing, social distancing and masking whether vaccinated or not should always be followed.
      • All activities including beauty shop/barber services, church services, activities and dining programs continue on our limited schedules.
      • Staff and residents should follow CDC core principles guidelines at all times while at any event and when riding in one of our vehicles.
      • This includes social distancing, wearing of a mask (for safety: vehicle drivers do not need to wear a shield) and frequent hand washing.

We continue to follow the directives from CDC, CMS, DOH and OSHA. The CDC core principles are a “must” for us. These principles include wearing a mask, social distancing and performing frequent hand hygiene. All staff, residents and visitors/caregivers need to follow our guidelines for each area of our campus. These guidelines include masking, hand washing, social distancing, temperature monitoring and completing our screening form as appropriate in each area of our campus. We are also recommending to everyone to limit large group gatherings whether inside or outside in their everyday life/activities. Individuals should be wearing a mask and social distancing during any event or outing.

Because Lancaster County is still registering high levels of COVID, we must continue the core principles from the CDC – SOCIAL DISTANCE, WEAR A MASK AND GOOD HAND HYGIENE for all. We are aware that these guidelines are not always well received by some but they are for the protection of our residents, staff and all those who enter our campus. We support these guidelines because even with the vaccine, individuals are able to get COVID-19. The vaccine does NOT prevent the virus, rather it should lessen symptoms. We are required to follow those principles whether inside our buildings or outside on our campus for a visit.

COVID-19 Telephone Announcement

      • The SARC COVID-19 telephone announcement is updated at least every other Wednesday. That number is 717-285-0946. This number is an announcement type message meaning you can listen but there is NO option to leave a message.

Future COVID Updates

      • Updates will be maintained through our one call system, letters, website and COVID phone hotline. Should you have any questions, please contact us at 717-285-5443 and the receptionist can direct you to the appropriate personnel.

Thank you,

Mary Turnbaugh, President
St. Anne’s Retirement Community


 

September 22, 2021

As a reminder: surgical masks and shields must be worn by all staff. Personal care and skilled visitors must wear a surgical mask and are encouraged to wear face shields. All other SARC residents and visitors must wear a surgical or cloth mask when in any common area on campus. Please make sure everyone is wearing their mask correctly. It must cover the nose and mouth.

We reopened for regular visitation on Monday, September 20 in all areas of the main building. Our visiting schedule for personal care and skilled is Monday through Sunday 11:30am-1:30pm and 4:30pm-6:30pm.

Visitation Guidelines

      • We are allowing 2 visitors during each time period which means there are only four visitors each day. This guideline is for inside or outside visits.
      • Whether visiting inside or outside, we ask that everyone follows the CDC core principles which include wearing of masks, frequent handwashing and social distancing (at least 6ft). We encourage outside visits as weather permits.
      • A resident’s clergy is NOT considered a visitor but will need to follow our guideline of only two people in a visiting area at one time.
      • Skilled care offers visitation rooms if needed for those residents residing in a semi-private room.
      • If a visit is going to occur in a semi-private room, please make sure the privacy curtain is closed and both residents as well as all visitors are masked and following the CDC core principles.
      • I-Pad or phone visits can be scheduled with social services.
      • Pets are also welcomed in our facilities. All pets are welcomed and must have a current vaccine record on file with the receptionist.
      • We still ask everyone to practice social distancing whenever possible, this includes waiting in line, waiting for the elevator, or while on an elevator.
      • We do update the website and phone message when there is a change to our visitation. We also send a one call alert through our SARA system.
      • If a skilled unit is in a yellow zone and a resident in that area is allowed compassionate care visits, these can be scheduled through social services and will be Monday through Friday for one hour, one time each day and for two visitors.
      • The complete list of guidelines is on the website and on each unit. The receptionist has copies of the guidelines for anyone who would like one. The times for visits will be 11:30am, 2pm or 5pm.
      • Our main building reception hours are Mon-Sun 6am-9pm.
      • Visitors/caregivers at other times will need to call the main number (717-285-5443) and coordinate through the Supervisor.

Mask Policy for Visitors

      • If a visitor removes or lowers their mask at any time while visiting (whether inside or outside), the visit will end and the visitor will be asked to leave. Repeated violations of this policy will result in suspension of visiting privileges.

COVID Testing for Staff & Residents

      • We are testing staff and residents based on CMS and DOH guidelines as well as the county positivity rate.
      • New guidance from CMS has us using the CDC’s community transmission tracker to determine how often we test unvaccinated staff. Currently through September 16, CDC has Lancaster County as “high or red” level which means we test unvaccinated staff twice each week.
      • We encourage visitors to be vaccinated and test on their own prior to visiting at St. Anne’s. We also request visitors to notify St. Anne’s if at any time within 14 days of visiting, they are diagnosed with COVID.
      • We continue with our screening process for those who enter our buildings except for EMS emergency calls and the Postal Service. Everyone will continue to wear masks, social distance (at least 6ft) and perform frequent handwashing while in any of our buildings.
      • We are requiring all who enter our buildings for skilled and personal care to wear a surgical mask, which we are providing.
      • We have surgical masks with and without shields attached as we are also recommending a face shield for SNF and PC visitors.
      • Please place the mask/shield in the appropriate receptacle by the main exit prior to leaving the building.
      • Whether vaccinated or not, staff are still required to wear a surgical mask while in our buildings and a face shield when in close contact with a resident on in a resident care area.
      • For those entering one of our apartment buildings, we are not requiring the screening process however we do require all residents and visitors/caregivers to wear a mask when in any common area.
      • Please remember for all who are coming into St. Anne’s, if you have any signs/symptoms, do not enter our buildings.
      • For staff, if you have any signs or symptoms before entering the building, please call your manager to schedule a drive through antigen and PCR test and also to discuss further actions that may be necessary.
      • Any SNF or PC resident leaving SARC for less than 24 hours (whether fully vaccinated or not) will not need to quarantine for 14 days on return to the facility.
      • Any SNF or PC resident leaving the facility for more than 24 hours who is not fully vaccinated will need to quarantine for 14 days upon return to the facility.
      • Both these scenarios are also contingent on whether there was a high-risk exposure while out of the building.
      • We encourage our independent residents to follow these same guidelines.

New Admissions

      • New admissions, at any level to our campus that are at least two weeks post full vaccination, will not need to quarantine for 14 days on arrival to SARC. Also, new admissions at any level, are still required to have proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test within 72 hours of admission.

Vaccine Information

      • We do have a vaccination program with Hillcrest, a local pharmacy, and Masonic Pharmacy (our pharmacy vendor) to administer the vaccine to those residents and employees who decide at any time that they would like the vaccine.
      • Hillcrest is currently offering Moderna and Pfizer while Masonic offers the Johnson/Johnson (currently unavailable), Pfizer and Moderna vaccines.
      • Residents can reach out to social services regarding the vaccine, education information regarding vaccination can be accessed from our website or through social services.
      • Staff members can visit Human Resources for education material and a consent form.
      • We also have information on the website, on our intranet as well as offering education materials at new hire orientation.
      • We ask that staff who receive the vaccine elsewhere, to please bring proof of vaccination for human resources to place in their file.

Vaccine Clinic

      • We have scheduled a booster clinic for Pfizer and Moderna recipients with Masonic Pharmacy.
      • The dates of this clinic are October 25, 26 and 27, 2021.
      • We will be sending out more information as we finalize times and details.
      • We are still waiting for final directives from CDC and CMS regarding booster vaccines, but we have begun preparing in anticipation that the update will be made public soon.
      • For our independent residents, please remember to bring your vaccine card with you to the booster clinic.
      • We have Pfizer and Moderna booster information on our website for everyone’s viewing.
      • At this time, the guidelines from CDC recommend your booster vaccine be the same as the vaccine you initially received.
      • We do not have any information regarding a J&J booster vaccine at this time.

Campus Activities & Services

      • The Bistro and Café are open.
        • Individuals should only sit four or more at a table if everyone is vaccinated.
        • Unvaccinated individuals should socially distance while eating.
        • The CDC core principles of frequent hand washing, social distancing and masking whether vaccinated or not should always be followed.
      • All activities including beauty shop/barber services, church services, activities and dining programs have returned to our pre-outbreak schedules.
      • Staff and residents should follow CDC core principles guidelines at all times while at a church service and when riding in one of our vehicles. This includes social distancing, wearing of a mask (for safety: vehicle drivers do not need to wear a shield) and frequent hand washing.

As we are a “healthcare organization”, we are required to follow the directives from many different agencies including CDC, CMS, DOH and OSHA. The CDC core principles are staple for us. These principals include wearing a mask, social distancing and performing frequent hand hygiene. All staff, residents and visitors/caregivers need to follow our guidelines for masking, hand washing, social distancing, temperature monitoring and completing our screening form when entering our main building.

Currently our state and much of our country have high levels of COVID. We will continue the core principles from the CDC – SOCIAL DISTANCE, WEAR A MASK AND USE GOOD HAND HYGIENE for all. We encourage these guidelines because even with the vaccine, individuals are able to get COVID-19. The vaccine does NOT prevent the virus, rather it should lessen symptoms. We are required to follow those principals whether inside our buildings or outside on our campus for a visit. We certainly understand that these guidelines are not always well received by some – they are for the protection of our residents, staff and all those who enter our campus.

COVID-19 Telephone Announcement

      • The SARC COVID-19 telephone announcement is updated at least every other Wednesday. That number is 717-285-0946. This number is an announcement type message meaning you can listen but there is NO option to leave a message.

Future COVID Updates

      • Updates will be maintained through our one call system, letters, website and COVID phone hotline. Should you have any questions, please contact us at 717-285-5443 and the receptionist can direct you to the appropriate personnel.

 

Thank you,

Mary Turnbaugh, President
St. Anne’s Retirement Community


September 20, 2021

As a reminder: surgical masks and shields must be worn by all staff. Personal care and skilled visitors must wear a surgical mask and are encouraged to wear face shields. All other SARC residents and visitors must wear a surgical or cloth mask when in any common area on campus. Please make sure everyone is wearing their mask correctly. It must cover the nose and mouth.

We are open for regular visitation beginning Monday, September 20 in all areas of the main building. Our visiting schedule for personal care and skilled is Monday through Sunday 11:30am-1:30pm and 4:30pm-6:30pm.

Visitation Guidelines

      • We are allowing 2 visitors during each time period which means there are only four visitors each day. This guideline is for inside or outside visits. Whether visiting inside or outside, we ask that everyone follows the CDC core principles which include wearing of masks, frequent handwashing and social distancing (at least 6ft). We encourage outside visits as weather permits.
      • A resident’s clergy is NOT considered a visitor but will need to follow our guideline of only two people in a visiting area at one time.
      • Skilled care offers visitation rooms if needed for those residents residing in a semi-private room.
      • If a visit is going to occur in a semi-private room, please make sure the privacy curtain is closed and both residents as well as all visitors are masked and following the CDC core principles.
      • I-Pad or phone visits can be scheduled with social services.
      • Pets are also welcomed in our facilities. All pets are welcomed and must have a current vaccine record on file with the receptionist.
      • We still ask everyone to practice social distancing whenever possible, this includes waiting in line, waiting for the elevator, or while on an elevator.

Mask Policy for Visitors

      • If a visitor removes or lowers their mask at any time while visiting (whether inside or outside), the visit will end and the visitor will be asked to leave.
      • Repeated violations of this policy will result in suspension of visiting privileges.
      • We encourage visitors to be vaccinated and test on their own prior to visiting at St. Anne’s. We also request visitors to notify St. Anne’s if at any time within 14 days of visiting, they are diagnosed with COVID.
      • We continue with our screening process for those who enter our buildings except for EMS emergency calls and the Postal Service.
      • Everyone will continue to wear masks, social distance (at least 6ft) and perform frequent handwashing while in any of our buildings.
      • We are requiring all who enter our buildings for skilled and personal care to wear a surgical mask, which we are providing. We have surgical masks with and without shields attached as we are also recommending a face shield for SNF and PC visitors. Please place the mask/shield in the appropriate receptacle by the main exit prior to leaving the building.
      • Whether vaccinated or not, staff are still required to wear a surgical mask while in our buildings and a face shield when in close contact with a resident on in a resident care area.
        Please remember for all who are coming into St. Anne’s, if you have any signs/symptoms, do not enter our buildings.
      • For staff, if you have any signs or symptoms before entering the building, please call your manager to schedule a drive through antigen and PCR test and also to discuss further actions that may be necessary.

Campus Activities & Services

      • The Bistro and Café are open.
        • Individuals should only sit four or more at a table if everyone is vaccinated. Unvaccinated individuals should socially distance while eating.
        • The CDC core principles of frequent hand washing, social distancing and masking whether vaccinated or not should always be followed.
      • All activities including beauty shop/barber services, church services, activities and dining programs have returned to our pre-outbreak schedules.
      •  Staff and residents should follow CDC core principles guidelines at all times while at a church service and when riding in one of our vehicles. This includes social distancing, wearing of a mask (for safety: vehicle drivers do not need to wear a shield) and frequent hand washing.

Independent Living

      • For those entering one of our apartment buildings, we are not requiring the screening process however we do require all residents and visitors/caregivers to wear a mask when in any common area. Our main building reception hours are Mon-Sun 6am-9pm.
      • Visitors/caregivers at other times will need to call the main number (717-285-5443) and coordinate through the Supervisor.

COVID-19 Telephone Announcement

      • The SARC COVID-19 telephone announcement is updated at least every other Wednesday. That number is 717-285-0946. This number is an announcement type message meaning you can listen but there is NO option to leave a message.

Future COVID Updates

      • Updates will be maintained through our one call system, letters, website and COVID phone hotline. Should you have any questions, please contact us at 717-285-5443 and the receptionist can direct you to the appropriate personnel.

 

Thank you,
Mary Turnbaugh, President
St. Anne’s Retirement Community


September 8, 2021

As a reminder: surgical masks and shields must be worn by all staff. Personal care and skilled visitors must wear a surgical mask and are encouraged to wear face shields. All other SARC residents and visitors must wear a surgical or cloth mask when in any common area on campus. Please make sure everyone is wearing their mask correctly. It must cover the nose and mouth.

On Friday, September 3, 2021 we were notified that we had a COVID positive resident within our main building apartments. On Tuesday, September 7, we had a first floor skilled staff member test positive for COVID.

Our skilled 2nd floor and personal care units are closed for regular visitation until at least Thursday, September 9. First floor skilled will be closed for regular visitation through Sunday, September 19, 2021.Compassionate care and end of life visits will still occur on skilled units as appropriate. For those visits on first floor skilled, full PPE (gown, mask, shield and gloves) are required as it is a yellow zone. A resident’s clergy is NOT considered a visitor but will need to follow our guideline of only two people in a visiting area at one time. SNF and PC residents are not allowed to leave their units at this time except for necessary medical appointments.

Visitation Guidelines

      • We are not allowing visits between skilled, personal care and independent living units at this time. The visitation guidelines are at the receptionist desk, on the website and on each unit. Pets are allowed to visit in the facility. All pets must have a current vaccine record on file with the receptionist. We still ask everyone to practice social distancing whenever possible, this includes waiting in line, waiting for the elevator, or while on an elevator.
      • If a skilled resident is allowed compassionate care visits, these can be scheduled through social services and will be Monday through Friday for one hour, one time each day and for two visitors. The complete list of guidelines is on the website and on each unit. The receptionist has copies of the guidelines for anyone who would like one. The times for visits will be 11:30am, 2pm or 5pm.
      • Campus independent living residents (100 Merlini, 200 Merlini and cottages) are not allowed in the main building until at least Monday, September 20, 2021. Main building apartment residents are not allowed to visit any campus buildings at this time and these residents are not to congregate in common areas of the main building. We recommend main building apartment residents restrict visitors as well.
      • When regular visitation resumes for personal care and skilled, our visitation schedule will be Monday through Sunday 11:30am-1:30pm and 4:30pm-6:30pm.
      • We are allowing 2 visitors during each time period which means there are only four visitors each day. This guideline is for inside or outside visits.
      • Whether visiting inside or outside, we ask that everyone follows the CDC core principles which include wearing of masks, frequent handwashing and social distancing (at least 6ft). A resident’s clergy is NOT considered a visitor but will need to follow our guideline of only two people in a visiting area at one time.
      • Skilled care offers visitation rooms if needed for those residents residing in a semi-private room. If a visit is going to occur in a semi-private room, please make sure the privacy curtain is closed and both residents as well as all visitors are masked and following the CDC core principles. We encourage outside visits as weather permits. I-Pad or phone visits can be scheduled with social services.

Mask Policy for Visitors

      • If a visitor removes or lowers their mask at any time while visiting (whether inside or outside), the visit will end and the visitor will be asked to leave. Repeated violations of this policy will result in suspension of visiting privileges.

COVID Testing for Staff & Residents

      • We are testing staff and residents based on CMS and DOH guidelines as well as the county positivity rate. Currently through September 2 the positivity rate is 10.5 %. This means we are currently testing unvaccinated staff twice each week. Because of the positive staff member, our staff, skilled and personal care residents, regardless of vaccination status, will be tested every 3-7 days for the next two weeks. The first floor skilled unit will be considered a yellow zone (full PPE) for at least 14 days.
      • We do update the website and phone message when there is a change to our visitation. We also send a one call alert through our SARA system.
      • We encourage visitors to be vaccinated and test on their own prior to visiting at St. Anne’s. We also request visitors to notify St. Anne’s if at any time within 14 days of visiting, they are diagnosed with COVID.
      • We continue with our screening process for those who enter our buildings except for EMS emergency calls and the Postal Service. Everyone will continue to wear masks, social distance (at least 6ft) and perform frequent handwashing while in any of our buildings. We are requiring all who enter our buildings for skilled and personal care to wear a surgical mask, which we are providing.
      • We have surgical masks with and without shields attached as we are also recommending a face shield for SNF and PC visitors. Please place the mask/shield in the appropriate receptacle by the main exit prior to leaving the building. Whether vaccinated or not, staff are still required to wear a surgical mask while in our buildings and a face shield when in close contact with a resident on in a resident care area.
      • Please remember for all who are coming into St. Anne’s, if you have any signs/symptoms, do not enter our buildings. For staff, if you have any signs or symptoms, please call your manager to schedule a drive through antigen and PCR test and also to discuss further actions that may be necessary.
      • Any SNF or PC resident leaving SARC for less than 24 hours (whether fully vaccinated or not) will not need to quarantine for 14 days on return to the facility. Any SNF or PC resident leaving the facility for more than 24 hours who is not fully vaccinated will need to quarantine for 14 days upon return to the facility. Both these scenarios are also contingent on whether there was a high-risk exposure while out of the building. We encourage our independent residents to follow these same guidelines.

New Admissions

      • New admissions, at any level to our campus that are at least two weeks post full vaccination, will not need to quarantine for 14 days on arrival to SARC. Also, new admissions at any level, are still required to have proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test within 72 hours of admission.

Vaccine Information

      • We do have a vaccination program with Hillcrest, a local pharmacy, and Masonic Pharmacy (our pharmacy vendor) to administer the vaccine to those residents and employees who decide at any time that they would like the vaccine.
      • Hillcrest is currently offering Moderna and Pfizer while Masonic offers the Johnson/Johnson (currently unavailable), Pfizer and Moderna vaccines.
      • Residents can reach out to social services regarding the vaccine, education information regarding vaccination can be accessed from our website or through social services.
      • Staff members can visit Human Resources for education material and a consent form. We also have information on the website, on our intranet as well as offering education materials at new hire orientation. We ask that staff who receive the vaccine elsewhere, to please bring proof of vaccination for human resources to place in their file.

Booster Clinic

      • We have scheduled a booster clinic for Pfizer and Moderna recipients with Masonic Pharmacy.
      • The dates of this clinic are October 25, 26 and 27, 2021.
      • We will be sending out more information as we finalize times and details. Enclosed with this letter is a generic consent form.
      • If you or your loved one is interested in the booster, please complete the consent form and designate which vaccine booster you need and return in the envelop to Lisa Hollywood, NHA.
      • For our independent residents, you must bring your vaccine card with you to the booster clinic. We have Pfizer and Moderna booster information on our website for everyone’s viewing.
      • At this time, the guidelines from CDC recommend your booster vaccine be the same as the vaccine you initially received. We do not have any information regarding a J&J booster vaccine at this time.

Campus Activities & Services

      • The Bistro remains open.
        • Individuals should only sit four or more at a table if everyone is vaccinated.
        • Unvaccinated individuals should socially distance while eating.
        • The CDC core principles of frequent hand washing, social distancing and masking whether vaccinated or not should always be followed.
      • The Café is closed for all visitors, independent, skilled and personal care residents.
        • Main building apartment residents may go to the Café to purchase their meal but can not sit in the Café. They must return to their apartment to eat their meal.
        • Staff should only sit four or more at a table if everyone is vaccinated. Unvaccinated individuals should socially distance while eating.
        • The CDC core principles of frequent hand washing, social distancing and masking whether vaccinated or not should always be followed.
      • Our beauty shop/barber services for the main building are closed at this time.
        • We do have those services for campus independent residents at 100 Merlini Drive.

Pastoral Care

      • Our church services in the main building are closed at this time.
        • We do offer services through our inhouse channel.
        • We will continue with our church schedule in 100 Merlini Drive. Activities, both on campus and off campus, will continue for campus independent living residents.

Activities

      • Currently there are no group activities for the main building apartments.
        • Activities for skilled and personal care will be limited to their individual units and meals will be served in their rooms.
        • Staff and residents should follow CDC core principles guidelines at all times while at a church service and when riding in one of our vehicles. This includes social distancing, wearing of a mask (for safety: vehicle drivers do not need to wear a shield) and frequent hand washing.

COVID-19 Telephone Announcement

      • The SARC COVID-19 telephone announcement is updated at least every other Wednesday. That number is 717-285-0946. This number is an announcement type message meaning you can listen but there is NO option to leave a message.

Future COVID Updates

      • Updates will be maintained through our one call system, letters, website and COVID phone hotline. Should you have any questions, please contact us at 717-285-5443 and the receptionist can direct you to the appropriate personnel.

 

As COVID cases continue to rise across the country, we can’t stress enough, the core principles from the CDC – SOCIAL DISTANCE, WEAR A MASK AND USE GOOD HAND HYGIENE for all. We encourage these guidelines because even with the vaccine, individuals are able to get COVID-19. The vaccine does NOT prevent the virus, rather it should lessen symptoms. We will continue our guidelines set forth by the federal and state government. We are required to follow those guidelines whether inside our buildings or outside on our campus for a visit. While these guidelines are cumbersome, they are for the protection of our residents, staff and all those who enter our campus.

 

As a reminder – we are considered a “healthcare facility” and we follow more stringent guidelines from CDC, CMS and DOH. We must continue with the CDC core principles. This includes following guidelines for wearing a mask, social distancing and performing frequent hand hygiene. All staff, residents and visitors/caregivers need to follow our guidelines for masking, hand washing, social distancing, temperature monitoring and completing our screening form when entering our main building. Our main building reception hours are Mon-Sun 6am-9pm. Visitors/caregivers at other times will need to call the main number (717-285-5443) and coordinate through the Supervisor.

Thank you,
Mary Turnbaugh, President
St. Anne’s Retirement Community


September 7, 2021

On Tuesday, September 7, we had a staff member test positive for COVID:

      • Skilled 2nd floor and personal care units are closed for regular visitation until at least Thursday, September 9.
      • First floor skilled will be closed for regular visitation through Sunday, September 19, 2021.
      • Compassionate care and end of life visits will still occur on skilled units as appropriate.
        • For those visits on 1st floor skilled, full PPE (gown, mask, shield and gloves) are required as it is a yellow zone.
        • If a skilled resident is allowed compassionate care visits, these can be scheduled through social services.
        • These visits will be Monday through Friday for one hour, one time each day and for two visitors.
        • The times for visits will be 11:30am, 2pm or 5pm.
        • The complete list of guidelines are listed at the top of this page and on each unit. The receptionist has copies of the guidelines for anyone who would like one.
      • When regular visitation resumes for personal care and skilled:
        • Our visitation schedule will be Monday through Sunday 11:30am-1:30pm and 4:30pm-6:30pm.
        • We are allowing 2 visitors during each time period which means there are only four visitors each day. This guideline is for inside or outside visits.
        • Whether visiting inside or outside, we ask that everyone follows the CDC core principles which include wearing of masks, frequent handwashing and social distancing (at least 6ft).
        • A resident’s clergy is NOT considered a visitor but will need to follow our guideline of only two people in a visiting area at one time.
      • SNF and PC residents are not allowed to leave their units at this time except for certain medical appointments.
      • We are not allowing visits between skilled, personal care and independent living units at this time.

Independent Living

      • Campus independent living residents (100 Merlini, 200 Merlini and cottages) are not allowed in the main building at this time.
      • Main building apartment residents are not allowed to visit any campus buildings at this time and these residents are not to congregate in common areas of the main building. We recommend main building apartment residents restrict visitors as well.

 

Mask Policy for Visitors

      • If a visitor removes or lowers their mask at any time while visiting (whether inside or outside), the visit will end and the visitor will be asked to leave. Repeated violations of this policy will result in suspension of visiting privileges.

COVID Testing for Staff & Residents

      • We are testing staff and residents based on CMS and DOH guidelines as well as the county positivity rate. Currently through September 2 the positivity rate is 10.5 %. This means we are currently testing unvaccinated staff twice each week. Because of the positive staff member, our staff, skilled and personal care residents, regardless of vaccination status, will be tested every 3-7 days for the next two weeks. The first floor skilled unit will be considered a yellow zone (full PPE) for at least 14 days.

Visitation Guidelines

      • We encourage caregivers and visitors to be vaccinated and test on their own prior to visiting at St. Anne’s.
      • We also request caregivers and visitors to notify St. Anne’s if at any time within 14 days of visiting, they are diagnosed with COVID.
      • Please remember for all who are coming into St. Anne’s, if you have any signs/symptoms, do not enter our buildings. For staff, if you have any signs or symptoms, please call your manager to schedule a drive through antigen and PCR test and also to discuss further actions that may be necessary.

Campus Activities & Services

      • The Bistro remains open. Individuals should only sit four or more at a table if everyone is vaccinated. Unvaccinated individuals should socially distance while eating. The CDC core principles of frequent hand washing, social distancing and masking whether vaccinated or not should always be followed.
      • The Café is closed for all visitors, independent, skilled and personal care residents:
        • Main building apartment residents may go to the Café to purchase their meal but can not sit in the Café. They must return to their apartment to eat their meal.
        • Staff should only sit four or more at a table if everyone is vaccinated. Unvaccinated individuals should socially distance while eating.
        • The CDC core principles of frequent hand washing, social distancing and masking, whether vaccinated or not, should always be followed.
      • Our beauty shop/barber services for the main building are closed at this time. We do have those services for campus independent residents at 100 Merlini Drive.
      • Our Church services in the main building are closed at this time. We offer services through our inhouse channel.
      • We will continue with our church schedule in 100 Merlini Drive.
      • Activities, both on campus and off campus:
        • Activities will continue for campus independent living residents.
        • Currently there are no group activities for the main building apartments.
        • Activities for skilled and personal care will be limited to their individual units and meals will be served in their rooms.
      • Staff and residents should follow CDC core principles guidelines at all times while at a church service and when riding in one of our vehicles. This includes social distancing, wearing of a mask (for safety: vehicle drivers do not need to wear a shield) and frequent hand washing.

COVID-19 Telephone Announcement
The SARC COVID-19 telephone announcement is updated at least every other Wednesday. That number is 717-285-0946. This number is an announcement type message meaning you can listen but there is NO option to leave a message.

Future COVID Updates
Updates will be maintained through our one call system, letters, website and COVID phone hotline. Should you have any questions, please contact us at 717-285-5443 and the receptionist can direct you to the appropriate personnel.

 

Thank you,
Mary Turnbaugh, President
St. Anne’s Retirement Community


September 3, 2021

AS OF FRIDAY EVENING, SEPTEMBER 3, 2021 WE WERE MADE AWARE OF A POSITIVE COVID MAIN BUILDING APARTMENT RESIDENT. AT THIS TIME THERE WILL BE NO VISITATION BETWEEN SKILLED, PERSONAL CARE AND INDEPENDENT LIVING UNITS UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.

      • WE ARE ALSO LIMITING VISITATION FOR SKILLED AND PERSONAL CARE UNITS BEGINNING NOW. AT THIS TIME VISITATION FOR SKILLED AND PERSONAL CARE UNITS WILL BE MONDAY-SUNDAY 11:30-1:30 AND 4:30-6:30PM. THERE WILL BE ONLY TWO VISITORS ALLOWED DURING EACH TIME PERIOD WHICH MEANS A TOTAL OF FOUR DIFFERENT VISITORS EACH DAY.
      • THE CAFÉ WILL BE CLOSED TO ALL RESIDENTS (SKILLED, PERSONAL CARE AND INDEPENDENT LIVING) AS WELL AS ALL VISITORS UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE. INDEPENDENT LIVING RESIDENTS FROM THE MAIN BUILDING MAY GO TO THE CAFÉ AND GET THEIR MEAL AND RETURN TO THEIR APARTMENT TO EAT.
      • MAIN BUILDING APARTMENT RESIDENTS SHOULD NOT BE IN COMMON AREAS WITHIN THE MAIN BUILDING.
      • BUILDING 100, 200 AND COTTAGE RESIDENTS ARE NOT ALLOWED IN THE MAIN BUILDING AT THIS TIME.
      • THE BISTRO WILL REMAIN OPEN FOR NORMAL HOURS.
      • MAIN BUILDING APARTMENT RESIDENTS SHOULD NOT GO TO OTHER BUILDINGS ON CAMPUS.
      • ALL CHURCH SERVICES IN THE MAIN BUILDING ARE CANCELLED. CHURCH SERVICES IN BUILDING 100 WILL CONTINUE AS SCHEDULED.
      • BEAUTICIAN SERVICES WILL CONTINUE AT BUILDING 100 BUT ANY MAIN BUILDING BEAUTICIAN SERVICES ARE CANCELLED.
      • ACTIVITIES IN THE MAIN BUILDING WILL BE LIMITED TO INDIVIDUAL UNITS. THERE WILL BE NO GROUP ACTIVITIES FOR THE MAIN BUILDING APARTMENTS AT THIS TIME.

PLEASE REMEMBER TO WEAR YOUR MASK, SOCIAL DISTANCE AND WASH/SANITIZE YOUR HANDS FREQUENTLY.


August 25, 2021

We continue with regular visitation guidelines in all areas. The schedule for visitation for personal care (PC) and skilled (SNF) residents is posted above on this webpage. The current regular hours for PC and SNF units are 11:00am-2:00pm and 4:00pm-7:00pm Monday through Sunday.

As a reminder: We have reinstated the requirement that masks must be worn by everyone when in any common area on campus.

Visitation Guidelines

      • Two (2) visitors at a time (unless going outside).
      • As clarification because of CMS and DOH guidelines, even when visiting outside, we ask that everyone follows the CDC core principles which include wearing of masks, frequent handwashing and social distancing (at least 6ft).
      • A resident’s clergy is NOT considered a visitor but will need to follow our guideline of only two people in a visiting area at one time.
      • There will not be a restriction on the number of visits a resident may have each day but the main guideline of two visitors at a time must be maintained.
      • The visitation guidelines are at the receptionist desk, on the website and on each unit.
      • Pets are allowed to visit in the facility.
        • All pets must have a current vaccine record on file with the receptionist.
      • We still ask everyone to practice social distancing whenever possible, this includes waiting in line, waiting for the elevator, or while on an elevator.
      • Skilled care offers visitation rooms if needed for those residents residing in a semi-private room.
        • If a visit is going to occur in a semi-private room, please make sure the privacy curtain is closed and both residents as well as all visitors are masked and following the CDC core principles.
      • We encourage outside visits as weather permits.
      • If a resident has a visit with more than two visitors, the visit will need to occur outside.
      • All visits whether inside or outside are required to stay within the time schedules.
      • iPad or phone visits can be scheduled with social services.
      • If a visitor removes or lowers their mask at any time while visiting (whether inside or outside), the visit will end and the visitor will be asked to leave. Repeated violations of this policy will result in suspension of visiting privileges.
      • If we are on limited visitation because of a positive staff member or resident on our SNF units, we will offer compassionate care visits.
        • If a skilled resident is allowed compassionate care visits, these can be scheduled through social services and will be Monday through Friday for one hour, one time each day and for two visitors.
        • The complete list of guidelines is on the website and on each unit. The receptionist has copies of the guidelines for anyone who would like one.
        • The times for visits will be 11:30am, 2pm or 5pm.

Testing of Staff & Residents

      • We continue testing staff and residents based on CMS and DOH guidelines as well as the county positivity rate.
      • Currently through August 19 the positivity rate is 9.0%.
      • We are currently testing unvaccinated staff weekly because of this rate in the county.
      • Residents, regardless of vaccination status, will not need to be tested unless we have a positive case in the building.
      • Our testing parameters when we have a positive case in the building for both staff and residents is:
        • An initial testing of staff and residents in the exposed area.
        • We will then test staff and residents based on CMS guidelines every 3-7 days for two weeks and the exposed units will be considered yellow zones for 14 days.
      • One stipulation that continues is when we have a positive resident or staff member, per CMS guidelines, we will stop visits and evaluate the areas of exposure. We update the website and phone message when there is a change to our visitation. We also send a one call alert through our SARA system.

Vaccination & Testing for Visitors

      • We encourage visitors to be vaccinated and test on their own prior to visiting at St. Anne’s.
      • We also request visitors to notify St. Anne’s if at any time within 14 days of visiting, they are diagnosed with COVID.

Screening Process for Building Entry

      • We continue with our screening process for those who enter our buildings except for EMS emergency calls and the Postal Service.
      • Everyone will continue to wear masks, social distance (at least 6ft) and perform frequent handwashing while in any of our buildings.
      • We are requiring all who enter our buildings for skilled and personal care to wear a surgical mask, which we are providing.
      • We have surgical masks with and without shields attached. We are recommending a face shield for visitors. Please place the mask and shield in the appropriate receptacle by the main exit prior to leaving the building.
      • Whether vaccinated or not, staff are still required to wear a mask while in our buildings and a face shield when in close contact with a resident on in a resident care area.
      • Please remember for all who are coming into St. Anne’s, if you have any signs/symptoms, do not enter our buildings.
      • For staff, if you have any signs or symptoms, please call your manager to schedule a drive through antigen and PCR and also to discuss further actions that may be necessary.

New Admissions

      • New admissions, at any level to our campus that are at least two weeks post full vaccination, will not need to quarantine for 14 days on arrival to SARC.
      • Also, new admissions at any level, are still required to have proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test within 72 hours of admission.

Residents Leaving Campus

      • Any SNF or PC resident leaving SARC for less than 24 hours (whether fully vaccinated or not) will not need to quarantine for 14 days on return to the facility.
      • Any SNF or PC resident leaving the facility for more than 24 hours who is not fully vaccinated will need to quarantine for 14 days upon return to the facility.
      • Both the above scenarios are also contingent on whether there was a high-risk exposure while out of the building.
      • We encourage our independent residents to follow these same guidelines.

Vaccination Program with Local Pharmacy

      • We have  a vaccination program with Hillcrest, a local pharmacy, and Masonic Pharmacy (our pharmacy vendor) to administer the vaccine to those residents and employees who decide at any time that they would like the vaccine.
      • Hillcrest is currently offering Moderna and Pfizer while Masonic offers the Johnson/Johnson (currently unavailable) and Moderna vaccines.
      • Residents can reach out to social services regarding the vaccine, education information regarding vaccination can be accessed from our website or through social services.
      • Staff members can visit Human Resources for education material and a consent form. We also have information on the website, on our intranet as well as offering education materials at new hire orientation. We ask that staff who receive the vaccine elsewhere, to please bring proof of vaccination for human resources to place in their file.

Campus Dining Services

      • The Café, Bistro and Employee Breakroom are fully open, allowing visitors, residents and staff in appropriate areas.
      • Individuals should only sit four or more at a table if everyone is vaccinated. Unvaccinated individuals should socially distance while eating.
      • SNF and PC residents are limited on eating off their unit based on whether their unit is closed and whether a resident is vaccinated.
      • We have opened all dining rooms on SNF and PC, allowing for 4 residents at a table, as long as everyone is vaccinated.
      • The CDC core principles of frequent hand washing, social distancing and masking whether vaccinated or not should always be followed.

 

Church Services & Activities on Campus

      • We will continue with a modified church schedule through September because of the climbing positivity rate. These services will be contingent on a unit’s exposure status.
      • Activities, both on campus and off campus, will continue to expand throughout September as appropriate.
      • Staff and residents should follow CDC core principles guidelines at all times while at a church service and when riding in one of our vehicles. This includes social distancing, wearing of a mask (for safety: vehicle drivers do not need to wear a shield) and frequent hand washing.


As a reminder – we are considered a “healthcare facility” and we follow more stringent guidelines from CDC, CMS and DOH.
We must continue with the CDC core principles. This includes following guidelines for wearing a mask, social distancing and performing frequent hand hygiene. All staff, residents and visitors/caregivers need to follow our guidelines for masking, hand washing, social distancing, temperature monitoring and completing our screening form when entering our main building. Our main building reception hours are Mon-Sun 6am-9pm. Visitors/caregivers at other times will need to call the main number (717-285-5443) and coordinate through the Supervisor.

Apartment Buildings 

      • For those entering one of our apartment buildings, we no longer require the screening process, however we do require all residents and visitors/caregivers to wear a mask when in any common area.
      • Our main building reception hours are Mon-Sun 6am-9pm. Visitors/caregivers at other times will need to call the main number (717-285-5443) and coordinate through the Supervisor.

COVID Telephone Announcement

      • The SARC COVID-19 telephone announcement is updated at least every other Wednesday.
      • That number is 717-285-0946.
      • This number is an announcement type message meaning you can listen but there is NO option to leave a message.

As COVID cases continue to rise across the country, we can’t stress enough, the core principles from the CDC – SOCIAL DISTANCE, WEAR A MASK AND USE GOOD HAND HYGIENE for all. We encourage these guidelines because even with the vaccine, individuals are able to get COVID-19. The vaccine does NOT prevent the virus, rather it should lessen symptoms. We will continue our guidelines set forth by the federal and state government. We are required to follow those guidelines whether inside our buildings or outside on our campus for a visit. While these guidelines are cumbersome, they are for the protection of our residents, staff and all those who enter our campus.

Updates will be maintained through our one call system, letters, website and COVID phone hotline. Should you have any questions, please contact us at 717-285-5443 and the receptionist can direct you to the appropriate personnel.

Thank you,
Mary Turnbaugh, President
St. Anne’s Retirement Community


August 11, 2021

We continue with regular visitation guidelines in all areas. The schedule for visitation for personal care (PC) and skilled (SNF) residents is posted in the links above on this page. The current regular hours for PC and SNF units are 11:00am-2:00pm and 4:00pm-7:00pm Monday through Sunday.

We have reinstated the requirement (as of August 5, 2021) that masks must be worn by everyone when in any common area on campus.

Guidelines for Visits:

      • Two (2) visitors at a time (unless going outside). As clarification because of CMS and DOH guidelines, even when visiting outside, we ask that everyone follows the CDC core principles which include wearing of masks, frequent handwashing and social distancing (at least 6ft).
      • A resident’s clergy is NOT considered a visitor, but will need to follow our guideline of only two people in a visiting area at one time.
      • There will not be a restriction on the number of visits a resident may have each day, but the main guideline of two visitors at a time must be maintained.
      • The visitation guidelines are at the receptionist desk,in the links at the top of this page and on each unit.
      • Pets are allowed to visit in the facility. All pets must have a current vaccine record on file with the receptionist.
      • We still ask everyone to practice social distancing whenever possible, this includes waiting in line, waiting for the elevator, or while on an elevator.
      • Skilled Care offers visitation rooms if needed for those residents residing in a semi-private room.
        • If a visit is going to occur in a semi-private room, please make sure the privacy curtain is closed and both residents as well as all visitors are masked and following the CDC core principles.
      • We encourage outside visits as weather permits.
      • If a resident has a visit with more than two visitors, the visit will need to occur outside.
      • All visits whether inside or outside are required to stay within the time schedules.
      • iPad or phone visits can be scheduled with social services.
      • If a visitor removes or lowers their mask at any time while visiting (whether inside or outside), the visit will end and the visitor will be asked to leave. Repeated violations of this policy will result in suspension of visiting privileges.
      • If we are on limited visitation because of a positive staff member or resident on our SNF units, we will offer compassionate care visits.
        • If a skilled resident is allowed compassionate care visits, these can be scheduled through social services and will be Monday through Friday for one hour, one time each day and for two visitors.
        • The complete list of guidelines is on the website and on each unit. The receptionist has copies of the guidelines for anyone who would like one.
        • The times for visits will be 11:30am, 2pm or 5pm.

 

COVID Testing for Staff & Residents

      • We continue testing staff and residents based on CMS and DOH guidelines as well as the county positivity rate. Currently through August 5, 2021 the positivity rate is 7.2%. We are currently testing unvaccinated staff weekly because of this increased rate in the county.
      • Residents, regardless of vaccination status, will not need to be tested unless we have a positive case in the building.
      • Our testing parameters when we have a positive case in the building for both staff and residents is an initial testing of staff and residents in the exposed area. Then we will test staff and residents based on CMS guidelines every 3-7 days for two weeks and the exposed units will be considered yellow zones for 14 days.
      • One stipulation that continues is when we have a positive resident or staff member, per CMS guidelines, we will stop visits and evaluate the areas of exposure. We do update the website and phone message when there is a change to our visitation. We also send a one call alert through our SARA system.
      • We encourage visitors to be vaccinated and test on their own prior to visiting at St. Anne’s. We also request visitors to notify St. Anne’s if at any time within 14 days of visiting, they are diagnosed with COVID.

 

Screening Process for All Who Enter Our Buildings

      • We continue with our screening process for those who enter our buildings except for EMS emergency calls and the Postal Service.
      • Everyone will continue to wear masks, social distance (at least 6ft) and perform frequent handwashing while in any of our buildings.
      • We are requiring all who enter our buildings for skilled and personal care to wear a surgical mask, which we are providing. We have surgical masks with and without shields attached. We are recommending a face shield for visitors. Please place the mask and shield in the appropriate receptacle by the main exit prior to leaving the building.
      • Whether vaccinated or not, staff are still required to wear a mask while in our buildings and a face shield when in close contact with a resident on in a resident care area.
      • Please remember for all who are coming into St. Anne’s, if you have any signs/symptoms, do not enter our buildings. For staff, if you have any signs or symptoms, please call your manager to schedule a drive through antigen and PCR and also to discuss further actions that may be necessary.

 

New Admissions to Campus

      • New admissions, at any level to our campus that are at least two weeks post full vaccination, will not need to quarantine for 14 days on arrival to SARC.
      • Also, new admissions at any level, are still required to have proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test within 72 hours of admission.

 

Residents Leaving Campus

      • Any SNF or PC resident leaving SARC for less than 24 hours (whether fully vaccinated or not) will not need to quarantine for 14 days on return to the facility.
      • Any SNF or PC resident leaving the facility for more than 24 hours, who is not fully vaccinated, will need to quarantine for 14 days upon return to the facility.
      • Both these scenarios are also contingent on whether there was a high-risk exposure while out of the building.
      • We encourage our independent residents to follow these same guidelines.

 

Vaccination Program with Local Pharmacy

      • We have a vaccination program with Hillcrest, a local pharmacy, and Masonic Pharmacy (our pharmacy vendor) to administer the vaccine to those residents and employees who decide at any time that they would like the vaccine.
      • Hillcrest is currently offering Moderna and Pfizer while Masonic offers the Johnson/Johnson and Moderna vaccines.
      • Residents can reach out to social services regarding the vaccine.
      • Education information regarding vaccination can be accessed from our website or through social services.
      • Staff members can visit Human Resources for education material and a consent form. We also have information on the website, on our intranet as well as offering education materials at new hire orientation.
      • We ask that staff who receive the vaccine elsewhere, to please bring proof of vaccination for human resources to place in their file.

 

Campus Dining Services

      • The Café, Bistro and Employee Breakroom are fully open, allowing visitors, residents and staff in appropriate areas. Individuals should only sit four or more at a table if everyone is vaccinated. Unvaccinated individuals should socially distance while eating.
      • SNF and PC residents are limited on eating off their unit based on whether their unit is closed and whether a resident is vaccinated.
      • We have opened all dining rooms on SNF and PC, allowing for 4 residents at a table, as long as everyone is vaccinated.
      • The CDC core principles of frequent hand washing, social distancing and masking whether vaccinated or not should always be followed.

 

Campus Church Services

      • We will continue with a modified church schedule through August, with our goal of increasing services in September.  These services will be contingent on a unit’s exposure status.

 

Campus Activities

      • Activities, both on campus and off campus, will continue to expand throughout August as appropriate.
      • Staff and residents should follow CDC core principles guidelines at all times while at a church service and when riding in one of our vehicles. This includes social distancing, wearing of a mask and frequent hand washing.

 

As a reminder – we are considered a “healthcare facility” and we follow more stringent guidelines from CDC, CMS and DOH. We must continue with the CDC core principles:

      • This includes following guidelines for wearing a mask, social distancing and performing frequent hand hygiene.
      • All staff, residents and visitors/caregivers need to follow our guidelines for masking, hand washing, social distancing, temperature monitoring and completing our screening form when entering our main building.
      • For those entering one of our apartment buildings, we no longer require the screening process however we do require all residents and visitors/caregivers to wear a mask when in any common area.
      • Our main building reception hours are Mon-Sun 6am-9pm. Visitors/caregivers at other times will need to call the main number (717-285-5443) and coordinate through the Supervisor.

 

COVID-19 Telephone Announcement

      • SARC’s COVID-19 telephone announcement is updated at least every other Wednesday.
      • The number for the SARC COVID-19 announcement is 717-285-0946.
      • This number is an announcement type message meaning you can listen but there is NO option to leave a message.

 

With our county positivity rate continuing to rise, we can’t stress enough, the core principles from the CDC – SOCIAL DISTANCE, WEAR A MASK AND USE GOOD HAND HYGIENE for all. We encourage these guidelines because even with the vaccine, individuals are able to get COVID-19. The vaccine does NOT prevent the virus, rather it should lessen symptoms. We will continue our guidelines set forth by the federal and state government. We are required to follow those guidelines whether inside our buildings or outside on our campus for a visit. We ask for your continued understanding and patience as we continue with COVID-19 restrictions.

Updates will be maintained through our one call system, letters, website and COVID phone hotline. Should you have any questions, please contact us at 717-285-5443 and the receptionist can direct you to the appropriate personnel.

Thank you,
Mary Turnbaugh, President
St. Anne’s Retirement Community


July 28, 2021

To Residents and POAs/Family Members,

We continue with regular visitation guidelines in all areas. The schedule for visitation for personal care (PC) and skilled (SNF) residents is posted in the links at the top of this page. The current regular hours for PC and SNF units are 11:00am-2:00pm and 4:00pm-7:00pm Monday through Sunday.

Our guidelines for visits are:

      • Two (2) visitors at a time (unless going outside). As clarification because of CMS and DOH guidelines, even when visiting outside, we ask that everyone follows the CDC core principles which include wearing of masks, frequent handwashing and social distancing (at least 6ft). A resident’s clergy is NOT considered a visitor but will need to follow our guideline of only two people in a visiting area at one time.
      • There will not be a restriction on the number of visits a resident may have each day, but the main guideline of two visitors at a time must be maintained.
      • The visitation guidelines are at the receptionist desk, on the website and on each unit.
      • Pets are allowed to visit in the facility. All pets must have a current vaccine record on file with the receptionist.
      • We still ask everyone to practice social distancing whenever possible, this includes waiting in line, waiting for the elevator, or while on an elevator.
      • Skilled care offers visitation rooms if needed for those residents residing in a semi-private room. If a visit is going to occur in a semi-private room, please make sure the privacy curtain is closed and both residents as well as all visitors are masked and following the CDC core principles.
      • We encourage outside visits as weather permits.
      • If a resident has a visit with more than two visitors, the visit will need to occur outside.
      • All visits whether inside or outside are required to stay within the time schedules.
      • iPad or phone visits can be scheduled with social services.
      • If a visitor removes or lowers their mask at any time while visiting (whether inside or outside), the visit will end and the visitor will be asked to leave. Repeated violations of this policy will result in suspension of visiting privileges.
      • If we are on limited visitation because of a positive staff member or resident on our SNF units:
        • We will offer compassionate care visits.
        • If a skilled resident is allowed compassionate care visits, these can be scheduled through social services and will be Monday through Friday for one hour, one time each day and for two visitors.
        • The complete list of guidelines is on the website and on each unit. The receptionist has copies of the guidelines for anyone who would like one.
        • The times for visits will be 11:30am, 2pm or 5pm.

 

COVID Testing for Staff & Residents

      • We continue testing staff and residents based on CMS and DOH guidelines as well as the county positivity rate. Currently through July 8 the positivity rate is 3.3%. At this time, we will continue to not test staff or residents. Residents, regardless of vaccination status, will not need to be tested unless we have a positive case in the building.
      • Our testing parameters, when we have a positive case in the building, for both staff and residents is an initial testing of staff and residents in the exposed area. Then, we will test staff and residents based on CMS guidelines every 3-7 days for two weeks and the exposed units will be considered yellow zones for 14 days.
      • One stipulation that continues is when we have a positive resident or staff member, per CMS guidelines, we will stop visits and evaluate the areas of exposure.
      • We do update the website and phone message when there is a change to our visitation. We also send a one call alert through our SARA system.

 

Screening Process for All Who Enter Our Buildings

      • We encourage visitors to be vaccinated and test on their own prior to visiting at St. Anne’s.
      • We also request visitors to notify St. Anne’s if at any time within 14 days of visiting, they are diagnosed with COVID. 
      • We continue with our screening process for those who enter our buildings except for EMS emergency calls and the Postal Service.
      • Everyone will continue to wear masks, social distance (at least 6ft) and perform frequent handwashing while in any of our buildings.
      • We are requiring all who enter our buildings for skilled and personal care to wear a surgical mask, which we are providing. We have surgical masks with and without shields attached. We are recommending a face shield for  visitors. Please place the mask and shield in the appropriate receptacle by the main exit prior to leaving the  building. 
      • Whether vaccinated or not, staff are still required to wear a mask while in our buildings and a face shield when in close contact with a resident on in a resident care area. 
      • Please remember for all who are coming into St. Anne’s, if you have any signs/symptoms, do not enter our buildings.
      • For staff, if you have any signs or symptoms, please call your manager to schedule a drive through antigen and PCR and also to discuss further actions that may be necessary. 

 

New Admissions to Campus

      • New admissions, at any level to our campus that are at least two weeks post full vaccination, will not need to  quarantine for 14 days on arrival to SARC.
      • New admissions at any level, are still required to have proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test within 72 hours of admission. 

 

Residents Leaving Campus

      • Any SNF or PC resident leaving SARC for less than 24 hours (whether fully vaccinated or not) will not need to quarantine for 14 days on return to the facility.
      • Any SNF or PC resident leaving the facility for more than 24 hours, who is not fully vaccinated, will need to quarantine for 14 days upon return to the facility.
      • Both the scenarios above are also contingent on whether there was a high-risk exposure while out of the building.
      • We encourage our independent residents to follow these same guidelines.

 

Vaccination Program with Local Pharmacy
We have a vaccination program with Hillcrest, a local pharmacy, and Masonic Pharmacy (our pharmacy vendor) to administer the vaccine to those residents and employees who decide at any time that they would like the vaccine. Hillcrest is currently offering Moderna and Pfizer while Masonic offers the Johnson/Johnson and Moderna vaccines. Residents can reach out to social services regarding the vaccine, education information regarding vaccination can be accessed from our website or through social services. Staff members can visit Human Resources for education material and a consent form. We also have information on the website, on our intranet as well as offering education materials at new hire orientation. We ask that staff who receive the vaccine elsewhere, to please bring proof of vaccination for human resources to place in their file.

Campus Dining, Activities & Church Services
The Café, Bistro and Employee Breakroom are fully open, allowing visitors, residents and staff in appropriate areas. Individuals should only sit four or more at a table if everyone is vaccinated. Unvaccinated individuals should socially distance while eating. SNF and PC residents are limited on eating off their unit based on whether their unit is closed and whether a resident is vaccinated. We have opened all dining rooms on SNF and PC, allowing for 4 residents at a table, as long as everyone is vaccinated. The CDC core principles of frequent hand washing, social distancing and masking whether vaccinated or not should always be followed.

We will continue with a modified church schedule through July and August, with our goal of increasing services in late August. These services will be contingent on a unit’s exposure status.

Activities, both on campus and off campus, will continue to expand throughout July and August. Staff and residents should follow CDC core principles guidelines at all times while at a church service and when riding in one of our vehicles. This includes social distancing, wearing of a mask and frequent hand washing.

 

As a reminder – we are considered a “healthcare facility” and we follow more stringent guidelines from CDC, CMS and DOH. We must continue with the CDC core principles. This includes: 

      • Following guidelines for wearing a mask, social distancing and performing frequent hand hygiene.
      • All staff, residents and visitors/caregivers  need to follow our guidelines for masking, hand washing, social distancing, temperature monitoring and completing our screening form when entering our main building.
      • For those entering one of our apartment buildings, we no longer have these requirements.
      • Our main building reception hours are Mon-Sun 6am-9pm. Visitors/caregivers at other times will need to call the main number (717-285-5443) and coordinate through the Supervisor.

 

COVID-19 Telephone Announcement
The SARC COVID-19 telephone announcement is updated at least every other Wednesday. That number is 717-285-0946. This number is an announcement type message meaning you can listen but there is NO option to leave a message.

Lancaster County’s Positivity Rate on the Rise
With our county positivity rate rising, we can not stress enough, the core principles from the CDC – SOCIAL DISTANCE, WEAR A MASK AND USE GOOD HAND HYGIENE for all. We encourage these guidelines because even with the vaccine, individuals are able to get COVID-19. The vaccine does NOT prevent the virus, rather it should lessen symptoms. We will continue our guidelines set forth by the federal and state government. We are required to follow those guidelines whether inside our buildings or outside on our campus for a visit. We ask for your continued understanding and patience as we continue with COVID-19 restrictions.

COVID-19 Updates
Updates will be maintained through our one call system, letters, website and COVID phone hotline. Should you have any questions, please contact us at 717-285-5443 and the receptionist can direct you to the appropriate personnel.

 

Thank you,
Mary Turnbaugh, President
St. Anne’s Retirement Community


July 14, 2021

As of today, we have regular visitations in all areas. The schedule for visitation for personal care (PC) and skilled (SNF) residents is posted on the website. The current regular hours for PC and SNF units are 11:00am-2:00pm and 4:00pm-7:00pm Monday through Sunday.

Our guidelines for visits are:

      • 2 visitors at a time (unless going outside).
      • As clarification because of CMS and DOH guidelines, even when visiting outside, we ask that everyone follows the CDC core principles which include wearing of masks, frequent handwashing and social distancing (at least 6ft).
      • A resident’s clergy is NOT considered a visitor, but will need to follow our guideline of only two people in a visiting area at one time.
      • There will not be a restriction on the number of visits a resident may have each day, but the main guideline of two visitors at a time must be maintained.
      • The visitation guidelines are at the receptionist desk, on the website and on each unit.
      • Pets are allowed to visit in the facility. All pets must have a current vaccine record on file with the receptionist.
      • We still ask everyone to practice social distancing whenever possible, this includes waiting in line, waiting for the elevator, or while on an elevator.
      • Skilled care offers visitation rooms if needed for those residents residing in a semi-private room.
        • If a visit is going to occur in a semi-private room, please make sure the privacy curtain is closed and both residents as well as all visitors are masked and following the CDC core principles.
      • We encourage outside visits as weather permits.
      • If a resident has a visit with more than two visitors, the visit will need to occur outside.
      • All visits whether inside or outside are required to stay within the time schedules.
      • iPad or phone visits can be scheduled with social services.
      • If a visitor removes or lowers their mask at any time while visiting (whether inside or outside), the visit will end and the visitor will be asked to leave. Repeated violations of this policy will result in suspension of visiting privileges.

 

If we are on limited visitation because of a positive staff member or resident on our SNF units:

      • We will offer compassionate care visits.
      • If a skilled resident is allowed compassionate care visits, these can be scheduled through social services.
      • Compassionate Care Visits will be Monday through Friday for one hour, one time each day and for two visitors.
      • The complete list of guidelines is on the website (at the top of this page) and on each unit. The receptionist has copies of the guidelines for anyone who would like one.
      • Compassionate Care visits will be 11:30am, 2pm or 5pm.

 

Staff & Resident COVID Testing

      • We continue testing staff and residents based on CMS and DOH guidelines as well as the county positivity rate.
      • Currently through July 8 the positivity rate is 0.8%. At this time, we will continue to not test staff or residents.
      • We did test all unvaccinated staff last week and results were all negative.
      • Residents, regardless of vaccination status, will not need to be tested unless we have a positive case in the building.
      • Our testing parameters when we have a positive case in the building for both staff and residents is an initial testing of staff and residents in the exposed area. Then we will test staff and residents based on CMS guidelines every 3-7 days for two weeks and the exposed units will be considered yellow zones for 14 days. One stipulation that continues is when we have a positive resident or staff member, per CMS guidelines, we will stop visits and evaluate the areas of exposure.
      • We do update the website and phone message when there is a change to our visitation. We also send a one call alert through our SARA system.
      • We encourage visitors to be vaccinated and test on their own prior to visiting at St. Anne’s.
      • We also request visitors to notify St. Anne’s if at any time within 14 days of visiting, they are diagnosed with COVID.

 

Screening Process for All Who Enter Our Buildings
We continue with our screening process for all who enter our buildings except for EMS emergency calls. Everyone will continue to wear masks, social distance (at least 6ft) and perform frequent handwashing while in any of our buildings. We are requiring all who enter our buildings for skilled and personal care to wear a surgical mask, which we are providing. Our surgical masks have a shield attached as we are also recommending a face shield for visitors. Please place the mask and shield in the appropriate receptacle by the main exit prior to leaving the building. Whether vaccinated or not, staff are still required to wear a mask while in our buildings and a face shield when in close contact with a resident on in a resident care area.

Please remember for all who are coming into St. Anne’s, if you have any signs/symptoms, do not enter our buildings. For staff, if you have any signs or symptoms, please call your manager to schedule a drive through antigen and to discuss further actions that may be necessary.

 

New Admissions to Campus
New admissions, at any level to our campus that are at least two weeks post full vaccination, will not need to quarantine for 14 days on arrival to SARC. Also, new admissions at any level, are still required to have proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test within 72 hours of admission.

 

Residents Leaving Our Campus

      • Any SNF or PC resident leaving SARC for less than 24 hours (whether fully vaccinated or not) will not need to quarantine for 14 days on return to the facility.
      • Any SNF or PC resident leaving the facility for more than 24 hours who is not fully vaccinated will need to quarantine for 14 days upon return to the facility.
      • Both the scenarios above are also contingent on whether there was a high-risk exposure while out of the building.
      • We encourage our independent residents to follow these same guidelines.

 

Vaccination Program with Local Pharmacy
We do have a vaccination program with Hillcrest, a local pharmacy, to administer the vaccine to those residents and employees who decide at any time that they would like the vaccine. Hillcrest is currently offering all three vaccines, this includes Moderna, Pfizer and the Johnson/Johnson vaccines. Our SNF and PC pharmacy, Masonic Pharmacy, can also provide Johnson/Johnson as well as Moderna to our residents and staff. Residents can reach out to social services regarding the vaccine, education information regarding vaccination can be accessed from our website or through social services. Staff members can visit Human Resources for education material and a consent form. We also have information on the website, on our intranet as well as offering education materials at new hire orientation. We ask that staff who receive the vaccine elsewhere, to please bring proof of vaccination for human resources to place in their file.

 

 

Campus Dining, Activites and Church Services
The Café, Bistro and Employee Breakroom are fully open, allowing visitors, residents and staff in appropriate areas. Individuals should only sit four or more at a table if everyone is vaccinated. Unvaccinated individuals should socially distance while eating. SNF and PC residents are limited on eating off their unit based on whether their unit is closed and whether a resident is vaccinated. We have opened all dining rooms on SNF and PC, allowing for 4 residents at a table, as long as everyone is vaccinated. The CDC core principles of frequent hand washing, social distancing and masking whether vaccinated or not should always be followed.

We will continue with a modified church schedule through July, with our goal of increasing services in late July or early August. These services will be contingent on a unit’s exposure status. Activities, both on campus and off campus, will continue to expand throughout July and August. Staff and residents should follow CDC core principles guidelines at all times while at a church service and when riding in one of our vehicles. This includes social distancing, wearing of a mask and frequent hand washing.

 

As a Healthcare Facility, We Follow More Stringent Guidelines:
As a reminder – we are considered a “healthcare facility” and we follow more stringent guidelines from CDC, CMS and DOH. We must continue with the CDC core principles. This includes following guidelines for wearing a mask, social distancing and performing frequent hand hygiene. All staff, residents and visitors/caregivers need to follow our guidelines for masking, hand washing, social distancing, temperature monitoring and completing our screening form when entering our main building. For those entering one of our apartment buildings, we no longer have these requirements. Our main building reception hours are Mon-Sun 6am-9pm. Visitors/caregivers at other times will need to call the main number (717-285-5443) and coordinate through the Supervisor.

 

COVID-19 Telephone Annoucement
The SARC COVID-19 telephone announcement is updated at least every other Wednesday. That number is 717-285-0946. This number is an announcement type message meaning you can listen but there is NO option to leave a message.

Even though mask restrictions and other restrictions have lifted for Pennsylvania, CMS, DOH and CDC have NOT lifted the restrictions for our skilled and personal care areas. We are required to follow those guidelines whether inside our buildings or outside on our campus for a visit. We ask for your continued understanding and patience as we continue with COVID-19 restrictions. We can not stress enough, the core principles from the CDC – SOCIAL DISTANCE, WEAR A MASK AND USE GOOD HAND HYGIENE for all. We encourage these guidelines because even with the vaccine, individuals are able to get COVID-19. The vaccine does NOT prevent the virus, rather it should lessen symptoms.

Updates will be maintained through our one call system, letters, website and COVID phone hotline. Should you have any questions, please contact us at 717-285-5443 and the receptionist can direct you to the appropriate personnel.

Thank you,
Mary Turnbaugh, President
St. Anne’s Retirement Community

 


June 30, 2021

As of today, we have regular visitations in all areas. The schedule for visitation for personal care (PC) and skilled (SNF) residents is posted in the links above. 

Beginning Tuesday, July 6, 2021 our visiting hours will change for our PC and SNF units. Our new hours will be 11:00am-2:00pm and 4:00pm-7:00pm Monday through Sunday.

We will also be changing our guidelines for visits. Our new guidelines will be 2 visitors at a time (unless going outside). As clarification because of CMS and DOH guidelines, even when visiting outside, we ask that everyone follows the CDC core principles which include wearing of masks, frequent handwashing and social distancing (at least 6ft). A resident’s clergy is NOT considered a visitor but will need to follow our guideline of only two people in a visiting area at one time. There will not be a restriction on the number of visits a resident may have each day but the main guideline of two visitors at a time must be maintained. The new visitation guidelines will be at the receptionist desk, on the website and on each unit as of Tuesday, July 6. Pets are allowed to visit in the facility. All pets must have a current vaccine record on file with the receptionist. We still ask everyone to practice social distancing whenever possible, this includes waiting in line, waiting for the elevator, or while on an elevator.

Skilled care offers visitation rooms if needed for those residents residing in a semi-private room. If a visit is going to occur in a semi-private room, please make sure the privacy curtain is closed and both residents as well as all visitors are masked and following the CDC core principles. We encourage outside visits as weather permits. If a resident has a visit with more than two visitors, the visit will need to occur outside. All visits whether inside or outside are required to stay within the time schedules. I-Pad or phone visits can be scheduled with social services.

If a visitor removes or lowers their mask at any time while visiting (whether inside or outside), the visit will end and the visitor will be asked to leave. Repeated violations of this policy will result in suspension of visiting privileges.
If we are on limited visitation because of a positive staff member or resident on our SNF units, we will offer compassionate care visits. If a skilled resident is allowed compassionate care visits, these can be scheduled through social services and will be Monday through Friday for one hour, one time each day and for two visitors. The complete list of guidelines is on the website and on each unit. The receptionist has copies of the guidelines for anyone who would like one. The times for visits will be 11:30am, 2pm or 5pm.

Staff & Resident Covid Testing
We continue testing staff and residents based on CMS and DOH guidelines as well as the county positivity rate. Currently through June 24 the positivity rate is 0.8%. At this time, we will continue to not test staff or residents. Unless we have a positive case in the building, we will begin testing unvaccinated staff monthly beginning on July 6 and 7. Residents, regardless of vaccination status, will not need to be tested unless we have a positive case in the building. Our testing parameters when we have a positive case in the building for both staff and residents is an initial testing of staff and residents in the exposed area. Then we will test staff and residents based on CMS guidelines every 3-7 days for two weeks and the exposed units will be considered yellow zones for 14 days. One stipulation that continues is when we have a positive resident or staff member, per CMS guidelines, we will stop visits and evaluate the areas of exposure. We do update the website and phone message when there is a change to our visitation. We also send a one call alert through our SARA system.

We encourage visitors to be vaccinated and test on their own prior to visiting at St. Anne’s. We also request visitors to notify St. Anne’s if at any time within 14 days of visiting, they are diagnosed with COVID.

Building Screening Process

      • We continue with our screening process for all who enter our buildings except for EMS emergency calls. Everyone will continue to wear masks, social distance (at least 6ft) and perform frequent handwashing while in any of our buildings.
      • We are requiring all who enter our buildings for skilled and personal care to wear a surgical mask, which we are providing. Our surgical masks have a shield attached as we are also recommending a face shield for visitors. Please place the mask and shield in the appropriate receptacle by the main exit prior to leaving the building.
      • Whether vaccinated or not, staff are still required to wear a mask while in our buildings and a face shield when in close contact with a resident on in a resident care area.
      • Please remember for all who are coming into St. Anne’s, if you have any signs/symptoms, do not enter our buildings. For staff, if you have any signs or symptoms, please call your manager to schedule a drive through antigen and to discuss further actions that may be necessary.

New Admission of Residents
New admissions, at any level to our campus that are at least two weeks post full vaccination, will not need to quarantine for 14 days on arrival to SARC. Also, new admissions at any level, are still required to have proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test within 72 hours of admission.

Guidelines for Residents Leaving Campus
Any SNF or PC resident leaving SARC for less than 24 hours (whether fully vaccinated or not) will not need to quarantine for 14 days on return to the facility. Any SNF or PC resident leaving the facility for more than 24 hours who is not fully vaccinated will need to quarantine for 14 days upon return to the facility. Both these scenarios are also contingent on whether there was a high-risk exposure while out of the building. We encourage our independent residents to follow these same guidelines.

Vaccination Program with Local Pharmacy
We have a vaccination program with Hillcrest, a local pharmacy, to administer the vaccine to those residents and employees who decide at any time that they would like the vaccine. Hillcrest is currently offering all three vaccines, this includes Moderna, Pfizer and the Johnson/Johnson vaccines. Our SNF and PC pharmacy, Masonic Pharmacy, can also provide Johnson/Johnson as well as Moderna to our residents and staff. Residents can reach out to social services regarding the vaccine, education information regarding vaccination can be accessed from our website or through social services. Staff members can visit Human Resources for education material and a consent form. We also have information on the website, on our intranet as well as offering education materials at new hire orientation. We ask that staff who receive the vaccine elsewhere, to please bring proof of vaccination for human resources to place in their file.

Campus Dining, Services & Activities
The Café, Bistro and Employee Breakroom are fully open, allowing visitors, residents and staff in appropriate areas. Individuals should only sit four or more at a table if everyone is vaccinated. Unvaccinated individuals should socially distance while eating. SNF and PC residents are limited on eating off their unit based on whether their unit is closed and whether a resident is vaccinated. We have opened all dining rooms on SNF and PC, allowing for 4 residents at a table, as long as everyone is vaccinated. The CDC core principles of frequent hand washing, social distancing and masking whether vaccinated or not should always be followed.

We will continue with a modified church schedule through July, with our goal of increasing services in late July or early August. These services will be contingent on a unit’s exposure status. Activities, both on campus and off campus, will continue to expand throughout July and August. Staff and residents should follow CDC core principles guidelines at all times while at a church service and when riding in one of our vehicles. This includes social distancing, wearing of a mask and frequent hand washing.

As a reminder – we are considered a “healthcare facility” and we follow more stringent guidelines from CDC, CMS and DOH. We must continue with the CDC core principles. This includes following guidelines for wearing a mask, social distancing and performing frequent hand hygiene. All staff, residents and visitors/caregivers need to follow our guidelines for masking, hand washing, social distancing, temperature monitoring and completing our screening form when entering our main building. For those entering one of our apartment buildings, we no longer have these requirements. Our main building reception hours are Mon-Sun 6am-9pm. Visitors/caregivers at other times will need to call the main number (717-285-5443) and coordinate through the Supervisor.

COVID Telephone Announcement
The SARC COVID-19 telephone announcement is updated at least every other Wednesday. That number is 717-285-0946. This number is an announcement type message meaning you can listen but there is NO option to leave a message.

Even though mask restrictions and other restrictions have lifted for Pennsylvania, CMS, DOH and CDC have NOT lifted the restrictions for our skilled and personal care areas. We are required to follow those guidelines whether inside our buildings or outside on our campus for a visit. We ask for your continued understanding and patience as we continue with COVID-19 restrictions. We can not stress enough, the core principles from the CDC – SOCIAL DISTANCE, WEAR A MASK AND USE GOOD HAND HYGIENE for all. We encourage these guidelines because even with the vaccine, individuals are able to get COVID-19. The vaccine does NOT prevent the virus, rather it should lessen symptoms.

Updates will be maintained through our one call system, letters, website and COVID phone hotline. Should you have any questions, please contact us at 717-285-5443 and the receptionist can direct you to the appropriate personnel.

Thank you,
Mary Turnbaugh, President
St. Anne’s Retirement Community


June 16, 2021

As of today, we have regular visitations in all areas. The schedule for visitation for PC and SNF residents is posted at the top of this page.

Beginning Saturday June 19, 2021, we will be open for Saturday visits.

      • We will utilize our current visiting schedule and guidelines for visits on Saturdays.
      • This includes 1 visit/day with up to two visitors (unless going outside)
      • Times for visits are:
        • 10:30am-12:30pm
        • 1:30pm-3:30pm
        • 4:30pm-6:30pm
      • The current visitation guidelines are at the receptionist desk, on the website and on each unit.
      • Pets are allowed to visit in the facility.
      • Skilled care offers visitation rooms if needed for those residents residing in a semi-private room.
      • If a visit is going to occur in a semi-private room, please make sure the privacy curtain is closed and both residents as well as all visitors are masked and following the CDC core principles.
      • We encourage outside visits as weather permits.
      • We will continue with specific times and specific days of the week for visitation.
      • If a resident has a visit with more than two visitors, the visit will need to occur outside.
      • All visits whether inside or outside are required to stay within the time schedules.
      • I-Pad or phone visits can be scheduled with social services.
      • All pets must have a current vaccine record on file with the receptionist.
      • If a visitor removes or lowers their mask at any time while in our building, the visit will end and the visitor will be asked to leave. Repeated violations of this policy will result in suspension of visiting privileges.

 

Limited Visitation Guidelines 
If we are on limited visitation because of a positive staff member or resident on our SNF units, we will offer compassionate care visits. If a skilled resident is allowed compassionate care visits, these can be scheduled through social services and will be Monday through Friday for one hour, one time each day and for two visitors. The complete list of guidelines is on the website and on each unit. The receptionist has copies of the guidelines for anyone who would like one. The times for visits will be 11:30am, 2pm or 5pm.

COVID-19 Testing for Staff & Residents
We continue testing staff and residents based on CMS and DOH guidelines as well as the county positivity rate. Currently through June 10 the positivity rate is 1.4%. At this time, we will not be testing staff or residents.

Unless we have a positive case in the building, we will begin testing unvaccinated staff monthly beginning on July 6 and 7. Residents, regardless of vaccination status, will not need to be tested unless we have a positive case in the building. Our testing parameters when we have a positive case in the building for both staff and residents is an initial testing of staff and residents in the exposed area. After that, we will test staff and residents based on CMS guidelines every 3-7 days for two weeks and the exposed units will be considered yellow zones for 14 days. One stipulation that continues is when we have a positive resident or staff member, per CMS guidelines, we will stop visits and evaluate the areas of exposure. We do update the website and phone message when there is a change to our visitation. We also send a one call alert through our SARA system.

We encourage visitors to be vaccinated and test on their own prior to visiting at St. Anne’s. We also encourage visitors to notify St. Anne’s if at any time within 14 days of visiting, they are diagnosed with COVID.


Screening Process for Building Entry

      • We continue with our screening process for all who enter our buildings except for EMS emergency calls.
      • Everyone will continue to wear masks, social distance and perform frequent handwashing while in any of our buildings.
      • We are requiring all who enter our buildings for skilled and personal care to wear a surgical mask, which we are providing.
      • We are also recommending a face shield for visitors, which we also are providing.
      • Please place the mask and shield in the appropriate receptacles by the main exit prior to leaving the building.
      • **Please remember for all who are coming into St. Anne’s, if you have any signs/symptoms, do not enter our buildings. For staff, if you have any signs or symptoms, please call your manager to schedule a drive through antigen and to discuss further actions that may be necessary.**

 

New Admission of Residents
New admissions, at any level to our campus that are at least two weeks post full vaccination, will not need to quarantine for 14 days on arrival to SARC. Also, new admissions at any level, are still required to have proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test within 72 hours of admission.


Guidelines for Residents Leaving Campus

      • Any resident leaving SARC for less than 24 hours (whether fully vaccinated or not) will not need to quarantine for 14 days on return to the facility.
      • Any resident leaving the facility for more than 24 hours who is not fully vaccinated will need to quarantine for 14 days upon return to the facility.
      • Both these scenarios are also contingent on whether there was a high-risk exposure while out of the building.
      • For our unvaccinated independent residents, we recommend quarantining for 14 days after an outing over 24 hours.

 

Vaccination Program with Local Pharmacy
We have a vaccination program with Hillcrest, a local pharmacy, to administer the vaccine to those residents and employees who decide at any time that they would like the vaccine. Hillcrest is currently using the Moderna vaccine which is a two-step vaccine with 28 days between doses. They also recently began offering the Pfizer and the Johnson/Johnson vaccines as well.

Vaccinations with Masonic Pharmacy
Our SNF and PC pharmacy, Masonic Pharmacy, can also provide Johnson/Johnson as well as Moderna to our residents and staff. Residents can reach out to social services regarding the vaccine, education information regarding vaccination can be accessed from our website or through social services. Staff members can visit Human Resources for education material and a consent form. We also have information on the website, on our intranet as well as offering education materials at new hire orientation. We ask that staff who receive the vaccine elsewhere, to please bring proof of vaccination for human resources to place in their file.

 

Campus Dining, Activities & Services

      • The Café and Bistro are fully open, allowing visitors, staff and residents in both areas. Individuals should only sit four or more at a table if everyone is vaccinated.
      • SNF and PC residents are limited on if they can eat off the unit based on whether a unit is closed and whether a resident is vaccinated.
      • We have opened all dining rooms on SNF and PC, allowing for 4 residents at a table, as long as everyone is vaccinated.
      • We will continue with a modified church schedule through June, with goal of increasing services in July. These services will be contingent on a unit’s exposure status.
      • Activities, both on campus and off campus, will continue to expand throughout June and July. Staff, residents and visitors should follow CDC core principles guidelines at all times. This includes social distancing, wearing of a mask unless eating and frequent hand washing.

 

As a reminder – we are considered a “healthcare facility” and we follow more stringent guidelines from CDC, CMS and DOH. We must continue with the CDC core principles. This includes following guidelines for wearing a mask, social distancing and performing frequent hand hygiene. All staff, residents and visitors/caregivers need to follow our guidelines for masking, hand washing, social distancing, temperature monitoring and completing our screening form. Locations for screening are at the main building (Mon-Sun 6am-9pm) and Building 100 (Mon-Sun 9am-5pm). Visitors/caregivers at other times will need to call the main number (717-285-5443) and coordinate through the Supervisor.

COVID-19 Telephone Announcement 
The SARC COVID-19 telephone announcement is updated at least every other Wednesday. That number is 717-285-0946. This number is an announcement type message meaning you can listen but there is NO option to leave a message.

Even though many restrictions for the general population have eased, CMS. DOH and CDC have NOT lifted the restrictions for our industry. We ask for your continued understanding as our visitation schedule changes quickly when we have a positive resident or staff member. We stress the core principles from the CDC – SOCIAL DISTANCE, WEAR A MASK AND USE GOOD HAND HYGIENE. We encourage these guidelines because even with the vaccine, individuals are able to get COVID-19. The vaccine does NOT prevent the virus, rather it should lessen symptoms.

Updates will be maintained through our one call system, letters, website and COVID phone hotline. Should you have any questions, please contact us at 717-285-5443 and the receptionist can direct you to the appropriate personnel.

Thank you,

Mary Turnbaugh, President
St. Anne’s Retirement Community

 

 

 

June 2, 2021

As of today, we have regular visitations in all areas. The schedule for visitation for PC and SNF residents is posted above on this page. Skilled care offers visitation rooms if needed for those residents residing in a semi-private room. If a visit is going to occur in a semi-private room, please make sure the privacy curtain is closed and both residents as well as all visitors are masked and following the CDC core principles. We encourage outside visits as weather permits. We will continue with specific times and specific days of the week for visitation. If a resident has a visit with more than two visitors, the visit will need to occur outside. All visits whether inside or outside are required to stay within the time schedules. I-Pad or phone visits can be scheduled with social services. The current visitation guidelines are at the receptionist desk, on the website and on each unit. Pets are allowed to visit in the facility. All pets must have a current vaccine record on file with the receptionist.

If we are on limited visitation because of a positive staff member or resident on our SNF units, we will offer compassionate care visits. If a skilled resident is allowed compassionate care visits, these can be scheduled through social services and will be Monday through Friday for one hour, one time each day and for two visitors. The complete list of guidelines is on the website and on each unit. The receptionist has copies of the guidelines for anyone who would like one. The times for visits will be 11:30am, 2pm or 5pm.

Staff  & Resident Testing
We continue testing staff and residents based on CMS and DOH guidelines as well as the county positivity rate. Currently through May 27 the positivity rate is 3.6%.

      • For next week, we will test all staff.
      • After next week, we will begin testing unvaccinated staff monthly beginning in July.
      • Residents, regardless of vaccination status, will not need to be tested unless we have a positive case in the building.

Our testing parameters when we have a positive case in the building for both staff and residents is an initial testing of staff and residents in the exposed area. After that, we will test staff and residents based on CMS guidelines every 3-7 days for two weeks and the exposure units will be considered yellow zones for 14 days. One stipulation that continues is when we have a positive resident or staff member, per CMS guidelines, we will stop visits and evaluate the areas of exposure. We encourage visitors to be vaccinated and test on their own prior to visiting at St. Anne’s. We do update the website and phone message when there is a change to our visitation. We also send a one call alert through our SARA system.

Building Access Procedures

      • We continue with our screening process for all who enter our buildings except for EMS emergency calls.
      • Everyone will continue to wear masks, social distance and perform frequent hand washing  while in any of our buildings.
      • We are requiring all who enter our buildings for skilled and personal care to wear a surgical mask, which we are providing.
      • We are also recommending a face shield for visitors, which we also are providing. Please place the mask and shield in the appropriate receptacles by the main exit prior to leaving the building.

 

New Admissions
New admissions, at any level to our campus that are at least two weeks post full vaccination, will not need to quarantine for 14 days on arrival to SARC. Also, new admissions at any level, are still required to have proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test within 72 hours of admission.

Residents Leaving Campus
Any resident leaving SARC for less than 24 hours (whether vaccinated or not) will not need to quarantine for 14 days on return to the facility. Any resident leaving the facility for more than 24 hours who is not fully vaccinated will need to quarantine for 14 days upon return to the facility. Both these scenarios are also contingent on whether there was a high-risk exposure while out of the building. For our unvaccinated independent residents, we recommend quarantining for 14 days after an outing over 24 hours.

Vaccination Program with Local Pharmacy
We have a vaccination program with Hillcrest, a local pharmacy, to administer the vaccine to those residents and employees who decide at any time that they would like the vaccine. Hillcrest is currently using the Moderna vaccine which is a two-step vaccine with 28 days between doses. Residents can reach out to social services regarding the vaccine, education information regarding vaccination can be accessed from our website. Staff members can visit Human Resources for education and the consent form. We ask that staff who receive the vaccine elsewhere, to please bring proof of vaccination for human resources to place in their file. Our SNF and PC pharmacy, Masonic Pharmacy, can also provide Johnson and Johnson as well as Moderna to our residents and staff.

Campus Dining, Activities & Services

      • The Café and Bistro are fully open, allowing visitors and residents in both areas, SNF and PC residents are limited based on whether a unit is closed.
      • We have opened all dining rooms on SNF and PC, allowing for 4 residents at a table, as long as everyone is vaccinated.
      • We will continue with a modified church schedule through June, with goal of increasing services in July.
      • These services will be contingent on a unit’s exposure status.
      • Activities, both on campus and off campus, will continue to expand throughout June and July.

Staff, residents and visitors should follow CDC core principles guidelines at all times. This includes social distancing, wearing of a mask unless eating and frequent hand washing.

As a reminder – we are considered a “healthcare facility” and we follow more stringent guidelines from CDC, CMS and DOH. While the rest of the country may be relaxing guidelines – we are not.

      • We must continue with the CDC core principles. This includes following guidelines for wearing a mask, social distancing and performing frequent hand hygiene.
      • All staff, residents and visitors/caregivers need to follow our guidelines for masking, hand washing, social distancing, temperature monitoring and completing our screening form.
      • Locations for screening are at the main building (Mon-Sun 6am-9pm) and Building 100 (Mon-Sun 9am-5pm). Visitors/caregivers at other times will need to call the main number (717-285-5443) and coordinate through the Supervisor.

 

COVID-19 Telephone Announcement 
The SARC COVID-19 telephone announcement is updated at least every other Wednesday. That number is 717-285-0946. This number is an announcement type message meaning you can listen but there is NO option to leave a message.

 

We are aware that our guidelines continue to be more restrictive than the regular population. We ask for your understanding as our visitation schedule changes quickly when we have a positive resident or staff member. We will always focus on the safety and well-being of our residents and staff.

We must continue to stress the core principles from the CDC – SOCIAL DISTANCE, WEAR A MASK AND USE GOOD HAND HYGIENE. We encourage these guidelines because even with the vaccine, individuals are able to get COVID-19. The vaccine does NOT prevent the virus, rather it should lessen symptoms.

Updates will be maintained through our one call system, letters, website and COVID phone hotline. Should you have any questions, please contact us at 717-285-5443 and the receptionist can direct you to the appropriate personnel.

Thank you,

Mary Turnbaugh, President
St. Anne’s Retirement Community


May 19, 2021

We are currently on restricted visitation for the all SNF (skilled) and PC (personal care) units at this time. We had a positive resident and staff member on PC this past weekend and we are completing our 14 days of quarantine for those two units. This means that both PC and PCMS are considered yellow zones and are not allowed any visitation.

SNF has had compassionate care visits since Monday, May 17. As long as testing results on Wednesday, May 19 are negative, we will reopen both SNF units on Thursday, May 20, 2021 for regular visitations. Our goal is to reopen both PC units on Monday, May 31 for visitation.

The schedule for visitation for PC and SNF residents is 11:30AM-12:30PM, 2:00PM-3:00PM or 5:00PM-6:00PM.

      • Skilled care offers visitation rooms if needed for those residents residing in a semi-private room. IF a visit is going to occur in a semi-private room, please make sure the privacy curtain is closed and both residents as well as all visitors are masked and following the CDC core principles.
      • We encourage outside visits as weather permits.
      • We will continue with specific times and specific days of the week for visitation.
      • If a resident has a visit with more than two visitors, the visit will need to occur outside.
      • All visits whether inside or outside are required to stay within the time schedules.
      • I-Pad or phone visits can be scheduled with social services.
      • The current visitation guidelines are at the receptionist desk, on the website and on each unit.
      • Pets are allowed to visit in the facility. All pets must have a current vaccine record on file with the receptionist.

 

Unvaccinated Residents Leaving Campus

      • On PC and SNF, if an unvaccinated resident leaves the campus for any reason for 24 hours or more, they will need to quarantine for 14 days in our asymptomatic yellow zone.
      • We also encourage this process for our unvaccinated independent residents. 
      • We recommend following the core principles from CDC at all times including good and frequent hand washing, social distancing (at least 6ft) and wearing of a mask.

 

Guidelines for Limited Visitation

      • IF we are on limited visitation because of a positive staff member or resident on our SNF units, we will offer compassionate care visits.
      • If a skilled resident is allowed compassionate care visits, these can be scheduled through social services and will be Monday through Friday for one hour, one time each day and for two visitors.
      • Please follow the Compassionate Care Visitor Guidelines, Restricted Visit (updated May 2021) which are also available to view within each unit. The receptionist has copies of the guidelines for anyone who would like one.
      • The times for visits will be 11:30am, 2pm or 5pm.

 

COVID Testing for Staff & Residents
We continue testing staff and residents based on CMS and DOH guidelines as well as the county positivity rate. Currently through May 13 the positivity rate is 5.1%. We also have testing parameters when we have a positive case in the building for both staff and residents. One situation that has not changed, when we have a positive resident or staff member, per CMS guidelines, we will stop visits and evaluate the areas of exposure. We encourage visitors to be vaccinated and test on their own prior to visiting at St. Anne’s.

COVID Screenings & Precations Upon Building Entry
We continue with our screening process for all who enter our buildings except for EMS emergency calls. Everyone will continue to wear masks, social distance and perform frequent handwashing while in any of our buildings. We are requiring all who enter our buildings for skilled and personal care to wear a surgical mask, which we are providing. We are also recommending a face shield for visitors, which we also are providing. Please place the mask and shield in the appropriate receptacles by the main exit prior to leaving the building.

New Admissions to Campus
New admissions, at any level to our campus who are at least two weeks post full vaccination, will not need to quarantine for 14 days on arrival to SARC. Also, new admissions at any level, are still required to have proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test within 72 hours of admission. Any resident leaving SARC for an appointment, if fully vaccinated will not need to quarantine for 14 days on return to the facility.

Vaccination Program with Local Pharmacy
We do have a vaccination program with Hillcrest, a local pharmacy, to administer the vaccine to those residents and employees who decide at any time that they would like the vaccine. Hillcrest is currently using the Moderna vaccine which is a two-step vaccine with 28 days between doses. Residents can reach out to social services regarding the vaccine and staff members can visit Human Resources for the consent form. We ask that staff who receive the vaccine elsewhere, to please bring proof of vaccination for human resources to place in their file.

Campus Services & Activities 
The Café and Bistro are fully open, allowing visitors and residents in both areas, SNF and PC residents are limited based on whether a unit is closed. Throughout the month of May, we will increase dining experiences as well as in house and off campus activities and church services based on a unit’s exposure status.

Staff, residents and visitors should follow CDC core principles guidelines at all times. This includes social distancing, wearing of a mask unless eating and frequent hand washing.

As a reminder – we are considered a “healthcare facility” and we follow more stringent guidelines from CDC, CMS and DOH. While the rest of the country may be relaxing guidelines – we are not. We must continue with the CDC core principles. This includes following guidelines for wearing a mask, social distancing and performing frequent hand hygiene.

All staff, residents and visitors/caregivers need to follow our guidelines for masking, hand washing, social distancing, temperature monitoring and completing our screening form. Locations for screening are at the main building (Mon-Sun 6am-9pm) and Building 100 (Mon-Sun 9am-5pm). Visitors/caregivers at other times will need to call the main number (717-285-5443) and coordinate through the Supervisor.

Travel information
Travel information can be found at the Department of Health Travel Restriction website at www.health.pa.gov/topics/disease/coronavirus/Pages/Travelers.aspx

COVID-19 Telephone Announcement
The SARC COVID-19 telephone announcement is updated at least every other Wednesday. That number is 717-285-0946. This number is an announcement type message meaning you can listen but there is NO option to leave a message.

 

Please remember as we open our campus, we must still follow government regulations when we have a positive staff member or resident. We do update the website and phone message when there is a change to our visitation. We also send a one call alert through our SARA system.

Please remember that our guidelines will continue to be more restrictive than the regular population. We ask for your understanding as our visit schedule changes quickly when we have a positive resident or staff member. We will always focus on the safety and well-being of our residents and staff. We must continue to stress the core principles from the CDC – SOCIAL DISTANCE, WEAR A MASK AND USE GOOD HAND HYGIENE. We encourage these guidelines because even with the vaccine, individuals are able to get COVID-19. The vaccine does NOT prevent the virus, rather it should lessen symptoms. Updates will be maintained through our one call system, letters, website and COVID phone hotline. Should you have any questions, please contact us at 717-285-5443 and the receptionist can direct you to the appropriate personnel.

Thank you,

Mary Turnbaugh, President
St. Anne’s Retirement Community

 



May 16, 2021

All Skilled and Personal Care units are closed at this time because of a COVID positive individual as of May 16, 2021 at 8:00 am. We will update our website and phone message as we have more information.

Skilled Nursing Floor (SNF) Compassionate Care Visits

Skilled Nursing Floor (SNF) Compassionate Care Visits will begin on Monday, May 17 at the following times:

      • 11:30AM-12:30PM
      • 2:00PM-3:00PM
      • 5:00PM-6:00PM

Please schedule Compassionate Care visits through Social Services. There are no testing  requirements at this time. All Compassionate Care Visit Guidelines continue to be in effect.

 



May 7, 2021

Both Skilled Nursing Floor units are planning to re-open for regular visits on Sunday, May 9, 2021.

 



May 5, 2021

We are currently on restricted visitation for both Skilled Nursing Floor (SNF) units at this time. We had 1 positive staff member last weekend and we are completing our 14 days of quarantine (both units are considered exposed and therefore in “yellow zones”). Personal Care (PC) was able to open for visitation last Thursday. Skilled Nursing Floors have compassionate care visits until our quarantine lifts. Our goal is to open on Sunday, May 9 for regular visitation on both SNF units.

The schedule for visitation program for PC and SNF residents is posted on the website.

      • Skilled care offers visitation rooms if needed for those residents residing in a semi-private room.
      • We will continue with specific times and specific days for visitation.
      • If a resident has a visitation with more than two visitors, the visit will need to occur outside.
      • All visits whether inside or outside are required to stay within the time schedules.
      • iPad or phone visits can be scheduled with social services.
      • The current visitation guidelines are at the receptionist desk, on the website and on each unit.
      • Pets are allowed to visit in the facility. All pets must have a current vaccine record on file with the receptionist.

Unvaccinated Residents Leaving Campus
On PC and SNF, if an unvaccinated resident leaves the campus for any reason (including medical appointment or family visits), the resident will need to quarantine for 14 days. For our unvaccinated independent residents, we recommend quarantining for 14 days after an outing and for everyone, we recommend following the core principles from CDC at all times.

Information about Limited Visitation
If we are on limited visitation because of a positive staff member or resident on our SNF units, we will offer compassionate care visits. If a skilled resident is allowed compassionate care visits, these can be scheduled through social services and will be for one hour, one time each day and for two visitors. The complete list of guidelines is on the website and on each unit. The receptionist has copies of the guidelines for anyone who would like one. The times for visits will be 11:30am, 2pm or 5pm.

COVID Testing Schedule

Our testing schedules will change based on our county positivity rate (through April 29 – we are at 7.7%) and if we have a positive staff member or resident. Our testing schedules will be changing as CMS is changing their guidelines. In the last week, we have received multiple new guidelines from both CMS and the Department of Health. We are currently working on revised policies from those new guidelines. One area that has not changed, when we have a positive resident or staff member, per CMS guidelines, we will stop visits and evaluate the areas of exposure.

Screening Process for Visitors

We continue with our screening process for all who enter our buildings except for EMS emergency calls.

      • Everyone will continue to wear masks, social distance and perform frequent handwashing while in any of our buildings.
      • We are requiring all who enter our buildings for skilled and personal care to wear a surgical mask, which we are providing.
      • We are also offering a face shield for those who would like to wear one while in the building.
      • Please place the shield in the box by the main exit prior to leaving the building. We also have a separate box by the front entrance for surgical mask disposal.

New Admissions
New admissions, at any level to our campus that are at least two weeks post full vaccination, will not need to quarantine for 14 days on arrival to SARC. Also, new admissions at any level, are still required to have proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test within 72 hours of admission.

Vaccinated Residents Leaving Campus

Any resident leaving SARC for an appointment, if fully vaccinated will not need to quarantine for 14 days on return to the facility.

Vaccination Program with Local Pharmacy 
We do have a vaccination program with Hillcrest, a local pharmacy, to administer the vaccine to those residents and employees who decide at any time that they would like the vaccine. Hillcrest is currently using the Moderna vaccine which is a two-step vaccine with 28 days between doses. Residents can reach out to social services regarding the vaccine and staff members can visit Human Resources for the consent form. We continue to work with our facility pharmacy on the availability of the Johnson and Johnson vaccine.

Services and Activities on Campus
The Café and Bistro are fully open, allowing visitors and residents in both areas (SNF and PC residents are limited based on whether a unit is closed). We continue to offer more group activities on PC and SNF as well as two residents at each table for meals, again based on a unit’s exposure. Throughout the month of May, we hope to return to four residents at each table for PC and SNF, begin a modified church schedule for the campus, begin our shuttle service on campus as well as off campus activities and have limited volunteers on SNF.

General COVID Precautions
Staff, residents and visitors should follow CDC guidelines at all times. This includes social distancing, wearing of a mask unless eating and frequent hand washing.

As a reminder – we are following CDC and CMS guidelines for re-opening of a retirement community including the core principles. This includes following guidelines for wearing a mask, social distancing and performing frequent hand hygiene. All visitors/caregivers need to follow our guidelines for temperature monitoring and completing our screening form. Those locations are at the main building (Mon-Sun 6am-9pm) and Building 100 (Mon-Sun 9am-5pm). Visitors/caregivers at other times will need to call the main number (717-285-5443) and coordinate through the Supervisor.

Travel Restrictions
Travel restrictions outside the state have been lifted by the Governor. Please see the Department of Health Travel Restriction website for the most current information. That site is: https://www.health.pa.gov/topics/disease/coronavirus/Pages/Travelers.aspx

SARC COVID-19 Telephone Announcement 
The SARC COVID-19 telephone announcement is updated at least every other Wednesday. That number is 717-285-0946. This number is an announcement type message meaning you can listen but there is NO option to leave a message.

 

Please remember as we open our campus, we must still follow government regulations when we have a positive staff member or resident. We do update the website and phone message when there is a change to our visitation. We also send a one call alert through our SARA system.

Please understand that our visitation status is based on government guidelines that we are required to follow. Our goal has been and will always be to continue our quality of care as well as keeping everyone safe. We must continue to stress the core principles from the CDC – SOCIAL DISTANCE, WEAR A MASK AND USE GOOD HAND HYGIENE. We encourage these guidelines because even with the vaccine, individuals are able to get COVID-19. The vaccine does NOT prevent the virus, rather it should lessen symptoms. Updates will be maintained through our one call system, letters, website and COVID phone hotline. Should you have any questions, please contact us at 717-285-5443 and the receptionist can direct you to the appropriate personnel.

Thank you,
Mary Turnbaugh, President
St. Anne’s Retirement Community


 

April 29, 2021

Personal Care and Personal Care Memory Support are open for regular visitation beginning Thursday, April 29, 2021. Skilled Nursing 1st Floor and Skilled Nursing 2nd Floor will continue with Compassionate Care visits only through at least Thursday, May 6, 2021.


April 24, 2021

Personal Care, Personal Care Memory Support, Skilled Nursing 1st Floor and Skilled Nursing 2nd Floor are CLOSED for regular visitation beginning Saturday, April 24, 2021.

Skilled Nursing Floor Compassionate Care Visits
Skilled Nursing Floor units will have Compassionate Care visits starting Monday, April 26, 2021. The times for these visits will be: 

      • 11:30AM-12:30PM
      • 2:00PM-3:00PM
      • 5:00PM-6:00PM

Please schedule Compassionate Care visits through Social Services. There are no testing requirements at this time. All Compassionate Care Visit Guidelines continue to be in effect.

Visits may now occur in Resident rooms. Compassionate Care rooms are available. Please let Social Services know, when a visit is scheduled, if you would like to use one of the Compassionate Care rooms.



April 22, 2021

Personal Care, Personal Care Memory Support and 2nd Floor Skilled Nursing are open for regular visitation beginning Thursday, April 22, 2021.

1st Floor Skilled Nursing will be closed for visitation except for Compassionate Care visits until at least Thursday, April 29, 2021.

 


April 21, 2021

We are currently on restricted visitation for PC (personal care) units and SNF (skilled) units at this time. We were made aware of 2 positive staff members this past weekend. Because of this information, we had to stop visitation on PC and SNF, except for SNF compassionate care visits, until we have tested staff and residents, which is occurring April 19-21. If our results are negative, we will begin visitation on Thursday, April 22 for those areas not considered to be potentially exposed. We will test staff and residents again next week (April 26-28) and if we are all negative, we will lift restrictions to the exposed areas on Thursday, April 29.

The schedule for visitation program for PC and SNF residents is posted on the website. Skilled care offers visitation rooms if needed for those residents residing in a semi-private room. We will continue with specific times and specific days for visitation. If a resident has a visitation with more than two visitors, the visit will need to occur outside. All visits whether inside or outside are required to stay within the time schedules. IPad or Phone visits can be scheduled with social services. The current visitation guidelines are at the receptionist desk, on the website and on each unit. Pets are allowed to visit in the facility. All pets must have a current vaccine record on file with the receptionist.

Unvaccinated Residents Leaving Campus

      • On PC and SNF, if an unvaccinated resident leaves the campus for any reason (including medical appointment or family visits), the resident will need to quarantine for 14 days.
      • Independent residents, we recommend quarantining for 14 days after an outing and for everyone, we recommend following the core principals from CDC at all times.

Limited Visitation Guidelines
If we are on limited visitation because of a positive staff member or resident, we will offer compassionate care visits on our skilled units. If a skilled resident is allowed compassionate care visits, these can be scheduled through social services and will be for one hour, one time each day and for two visitors. Please read the Compassionate Care Visit Guidelines – Restricted Visits.  These guidelines are also available in each unit, please see the receptionist if you want a copy. The times for visits will be 11:30am, 2pm or 5pm.

COVID Testing Schedule
Our testing schedules will change based on our county positivity rate (through April 15 – we are at 9%) and if we have a positive staff member or resident. After next week, we will be testing residents once each month and staff on a weekly schedule. We are not requiring any testing of visitors. Please remember when we have a positive resident or staff member, per CMS guidelines, we will stop visits and return to only having SNF compassionate care and end of life visits until we are two weeks post positive case. We may require visitor testing at that time.

COVID Screening & Precautions on Campus
We continue with our screening process for all who enter our buildings except for EMS emergency calls. Everyone will continue to wear masks, social distance and perform frequent handwashing while in any of our buildings. We are requiring all who enter our buildings for skilled and personal care to wear a surgical mask, which we are providing. We are also offering a face shield for those who would like to wear one while in the building. Please place the shield in the box by the main exit prior to leaving the building. We also have a separate box by the front entrance for surgical mask disposal.

New Admissions to Campus
New admissions, at any level to our campus that are at least two weeks post full vaccination, will not need to quarantine for 14 days on arrival to SARC. Also, new admissions at any level, are still required to have proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test within 72 hours of admission. Any resident leaving SARC for an appointment, if fully vaccinated will not need to quarantine for 14 days on return to the facility.

Vaccination Program with Local Pharmacies
We do have a vaccination program with Hillcrest, a local pharmacy, to administer the vaccine to those residents and employees who decide at any time that they would like the vaccine. Hillcrest is currently using the Moderna vaccine which is a two-step vaccine with 28 days between doses. Residents can reach out to social services regarding the vaccine and staff members can visit Human Resources for the consent form. We are on hold with Masonic Pharmacy at this time as the Johnson & Johnson vaccine is not currently being offered.

Campus Services & Activities
The Café and Bistro are fully open, allowing visitors and residents in both areas (SNF and PC residents are limited based on whether a unit is closed). We continue to offer more group activities on PC and SNF as well as two residents at each table for meals. Throughout the month of May we hope to return to four residents at each table for PC and SNF, begin a modified church schedule for the campus, begin our shuttle service on campus as well as off campus activities and have limited volunteers on SNF. Staff, residents and visitors should follow CDC guidelines at all times. This includes social distancing, wearing of a mask unless eating and frequent hand washing.

CDC & CMS Guidelines for Reopening

As a reminder – we are following CDC and CMS guidelines for re-opening of a retirement community including the core principles. This includes following guidelines for wearing a mask, social distancing and performing frequent hand hygiene. All visitors/caregivers need to follow our guidelines for temperature monitoring and completing our screening form. Those locations are at the main building (Mon-Sun 6am-9pm) and Building 100 (Mon-Sun 9am-5pm). Visitors/caregivers at other times will need to call the main number (717-285-5443) and coordinate through the Supervisor.

Travel Restrictions
Travel restrictions outside the state have been lifted by the Governor. Please see the Department of Health Travel Restriction website for the most current information at www.health.pa.gov/topics/disease/coronavirus/Pages/Travelers.aspx

COVID-19 Telephone Announcement
The St. Anne’s Retirement Community (SARC) COVID-19 telephone announcement is updated at least every other Wednesday. That number is 717-285-0946. This number is an announcement type message meaning you can listen but there is NO option to leave a message.

Please remember as we open our campus, we must still follow government regulations when we have a positive staff member or resident. We do update the website and phone message when there is a change to our visitation. We also send a one call alert through our SARA system.

We are excited to see visitors on campus and residents spending time with loved ones. We must continue to stress the core principles from the CDC – SOCIAL DISTANCE, WEAR A MASK AND USE GOOD HAND HYGIENE. We encourage these guidelines because even with the vaccine, individuals are able to get COVID-19. The vaccine does NOT prevent the virus, rather it should lessen symptoms. Updates will be maintained through our one call system, letters, website and COVID phone hotline. Should you have any questions, please contact us at 717-285-5443 and the receptionist can direct you to the appropriate personnel.

Thank you,

Mary Turnbaugh, President
St. Anne’s Retirement Community

 



April 20, 2021

Skilled Nursing Floor Compassionate Care visits will begin on Monday, April 19th at the following times:

      • 11:30AM-12:30PM
      • 2:00PM-3:00PM
      • 5:00PM-6:00PM

Please schedule visits through social services. There are no testing requirements at this time. All Compassionate Care guidelines continue to be in effect.

Visits may now occur in Resident rooms. Compassionate Care rooms are also available – please let Social Services know if one of the rooms is requested when scheduling your visit.

Compassionate Care Guidelines – Restricted Visit



April 17, 2021

Our Skilled and Personal Care Units are closed at this time because of a positive staff member as of Saturday, April 17th at  7:00PM. We will update this page and the phone message as we have more information.

Skilled Nursing Floor Compassionate Care visits will begin on Monday, April 19 at the following times:

      • 11:30AM-12:30PM
      • 2:00PM-3:00PM
      • 5:00PM-6:00PM

Please schedule compassionate care visits through Social Services. There are no testing requirements at this time. All compassion care guidelines continue to be in effect.

 


 
April 15, 2021

Personal Care, Personal Care Memory Support and 1st Floor Skilled Nursing are open for regular visitation beginning Thursday, April 15th. 2nd Floor Skilled Nursing will be closed for visitation, except for Compassionate Care visits, until Monday, April 26th. 


April 12, 2021

Skilled Nursing Floor Compassionate Care visits will begin on Tuesday, April 13th at the following times:

      • 11:30AM-12:30PM
      • 2:00PM-3:00PM
      • 5:00PM-6:00PM

Please schedule visits through social services. There are no testing requirements at this time. All Compassionate Care guidelines continue to be in effect.


April 7, 2021
 
We will be continuing our current visitation program for personal care and skilled for the next several weeks. The schedule is as follows:

      • Sunday through Friday: 10:30am-12:30pm, 1:30pm-3:30pm, 4:30pm-6:30pm
      • There are NO Saturday visits at this time

 

Visitation

      • Skilled care offers visitation rooms if needed for those residents residing in a semi-private room.
      • We will continue with specific times and specific days for visitation.
      • If a resident has a visitation with more than two visitors, the visit will need to occur outside.
      • All visits, whether inside or outside, are required to stay within the time schedules.
      • iPad or Phone visits can be scheduled with social services.
      • Please follow our Guidelines for Visitation – Personal Care & Skilled Care
        These guidelines are also available at the receptionist desk and on each unit.
      • We will re-evaluate our program over the next several weeks as we strive to have a visitation program that works for our residents as well as their visitors.

Visits from Pets
Pets will be allowed for visits in the facility beginning Monday, April 12. All pets must have a current vaccine record on file with the receptionist.

Compassionate Care Visits
If a skilled resident is allowed compassionate care visits, these can be scheduled through social services:

      • Visits will be for one hour, one time each day and for two visitors.
      • The times for visits will be 10am, 1pm or 4pm.

 

Unvaccinated Residents

      • Personal Care & Skilled Units: If an unvaccinated resident leaves the campus for any reason (including medical appointment or family visits), the resident will need to quarantine for 14 days.
      • Independent Residents: For our unvaccinated independent residents, we recommend quarantining for 14 days after an outing.
      • And for EVERYONE, we recommend following the core principals from CDC at all times.

 

COVID Screening

      • At this time, we are testing skilled and personal care residents once every month. They are being tested this week utilizing the PCR tests.
      • We are not requiring any testing of visitors.
      • Staff are still being tested weekly as the county positivity rate is still above 5%, currently at 9.6%. If it goes over 10%, we will need to test staff two times every week.
      • Please remember if we have a positive resident or staff member, per CMS guidelines, we will stop visits and return to only having compassionate care and end of life visits until we are two weeks post positive case. We will require visitor testing at that time.
      • We continue with our screening process for all who enter our buildings except for EMS emergency calls.
      • Everyone will continue to wear masks, social distance and perform frequent handwashing while in any of our buildings.
      • We are requiring all who enter our buildings for skilled and personal care to wear a surgical mask, which we are providing. We are also offering a face shield for those who would like to wear one while in the building. Please place the shield in the box by the main exit prior to leaving the building. We also have a separate box by the front entrance for surgical mask disposal.

Admission of New Residents
New admissions, at any level to our campus that are at least two weeks post full vaccination, will not need to quarantine for 14 days on arrival to SARC. New admissions at any level, are still required to have proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test within 72 hours of admission.

Vaccinated Residents Leaving Our Campus
Any resident leaving SARC for an appointment, if fully vaccinated will not need to quarantine for 14 day on return to the facility.

Vaccination Program with Local Pharmacies
We do have a vaccination program with Hillcrest, a local pharmacy, to administer the vaccine to those residents and employees who decide at any time that they would like the vaccine. Hillcrest is currently using the Moderna vaccine which is a two-step vaccine with 28 days between doses. Residents can reach out to social services regarding the vaccine and staff members can visit Human Resources for the consent form. We are also working Masonic Pharmacy for vaccinations. They are offering the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

Campus Services & Activities
Starting on Monday, April 12, we will completely open the dining rooms (including the Café and Bistro), allowing visitors and residents in all dining rooms as well as having four chairs at each table. We will also start offering larger group activities on the units. Also, on April 12, all our buildings will be open for residents.

      • Communion services will continue for now as scheduled.
      • We hope to begin a modified church schedule in May for the campus.
      • We are planning to begin our shuttle service on campus as well as off campus activities in May.
      • We hope to begin allowing volunteers on campus in May.
      • Our gift shop remains open during select hours.

 

Staff, residents and visitors should follow CDC guidelines at all times. This includes social distancing, wearing of a mask unless eating and frequent hand washing.

As a reminder – we are following CDC and CMS guidelines for re-opening of a retirement community including the core principles. This includes following guidelines for wearing a mask, social distancing and performing frequent hand hygiene.

All visitors/caregivers need to follow our guidelines for temperature monitoring and completing our screening form. Those locations are at the main building (Mon-Sun 6am-9pm) and Building 100 (Mon-Sun 9am-5pm). Visitors/caregivers at other times will need to call the main number (717-285-5443) and coordinate through the Supervisor.

Travel Restrictions
Travel restrictions outside the state have been lifted by the Governor. Please see the Department of Health Travel Restriction website for the most current information at www.health.pa.gov/topics/disease/coronavirus/Pages/Travelers.aspx

COVID-19 Telephone Announcement
The St. Anne’s Retirement Community (SARC) COVID-19 telephone announcement is updated at least every other Wednesday. That number is 717-285-0946. This number is an announcement type message meaning you can listen but there is NO option to leave a message.

Medical Director Presentation – April 6, 2021
Dr. Spicher gave a COVID-19 update on April 6th

 

While we want to continue to expand our visitation program, it is very important that we all continue to SOCIAL DISTANCE, WEAR A MASK AND USE GOOD HAND HYGIENE. We encourage these guidelines because even with the vaccine, individuals are able to get COVID-19. The vaccine does NOT prevent the virus, rather it should lessen symptoms.

The safety of our residents, staff and visitors must be our main focus even as we begin to restore everyone’s quality of life both on our campus and throughout the world. Updates will be maintained through our one call system, letters, website and COVID phone hotline. Should you have any questions, please contact us at 717-285-5443 and the receptionist can direct you to the appropriate personnel.

Thank you,
Mary Turnbaugh, President
St. Anne’s Retirement Community


April 6, 2021

Our Medical Director, Dr. James Spicher, provided our staff and Residents with an update on coronavirus to share what has been learned about COVID-19 over the past year including current coronavirus data and information about treatments and vaccines.

 
 

 


Please use the links below to view the information for our latest COVID-19 updates and guidelines for reopening.

Reopening Guidelines:

Thank you for your cooperation and understanding.



Our Activities Department has created a schedule of events to help keep our Residents entertained throughout the day using our internal broadcasting network which is viewable on every television on our campus. In addition to virtual activities like chair yoga and the rosary, our Activities group has also developed week day shows like “Rise and Shine” featuring our employees to help Residents and staff continue to feel connected within our community. View calendars.

External Resources on Coronavirus Disease: