COVID-19 Vaccination Information

 

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

 


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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.

 
 

 March 24, 2021

Personal Care and Skilled Care: 
We will be changing our re-opening program for personal care and skilled beginning April 1, 2021.

Personal Care and Skilled Visitation – Beginning April 1, 2021:

As of April 1, we will no longer need to have regular or compassionate care visits scheduled unless there is a need for one of the visitation rooms (skilled only). We will still have 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.

Window/I-Pad/Phone Visits for Personal Care and Skilled Care
Starting April 1, if an IPad or Phone visit is wanted, please reach out to social services to schedule a time as we will no longer have a set schedule. 

Window/iPad/Phone visits for personal care and skilled can be scheduled through social services. Only 1 (one) visit/week at this time to ensure all residents and loved ones have an opportunity to have a visit. If you would like more than one visit in a week, please check back with social services later in the week and if there are open spots, you may take more than one visit. Please Our schedule at this time is:

  • Mon-Fri: 9:30am, 10:00am, 10:30am, 1:00pm, 1:30pm, 2:00pm, 2:30pm, 3:30pm
  • Additional times on Tues and Thurs: 6:30pm and 7:00pm
  • There will be no weekend visits at this time.
  • Currently we are scheduling one week out. On Mondays we will begin scheduling for the following week.
    • Monday, March 15: we will schedule for March 22-26
    • Monday, March 22: we will schedule for March 29-March 31

**Beginning April 1, there is no longer a set schedule for IPad or Phone Visits. Please contact Social Services when one of these visits is wanted or needed.**

Through March 31, we will continue our current plan with scheduled visits on personal care and skilled. Our goal continues to be a return to a visitation program that works for our residents as well as their visitors.

Quarantine & COVID Testing of Residents and Staff
Our quarantine has lifted from our positive staff member. At this time, we are testing residents once every month. We are also not requiring any testing of visitors. Staff are still being tested weekly as the county positivity rate is still above 5%, currently 5.7% through last week. Once that percentage drops below 5% for two consecutive weeks, we can decrease staff testing to once every month. 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.

Screening Process for 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 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.

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 two weeks 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. 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 Hillcrest 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 are also working on a program with Masonic Pharmacy for vaccinations. There will be more information on this program as we receive it.

Dining, Activities and Communion Services
We will continue adding dining and activities services in our personal care and skilled areas. We began communion services this week for all residents. Our Gift Shop has re-opened this week.

Guidelines for Independent Living Residents

Currently, our guidelines for independent living residents have not changed. Visitors may eat in the Bistro. Main Apartment residents may eat in the Café. Visits may occur outside, in homes or common areas. 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 and CMS Guidelines for Re-Opening
As a reminder – we are following CDC and CMS guidelines for re-opening of a retirement community. 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 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

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 will be having a COVID update on April 6 at 1:30pm. This will be televised on our in-house channels.

 

We are excited that visits are happening for our residents We hope that we can continue this process of welcoming visitors on our campus. 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.

Our goal is to have a new normal for SARC as quickly and as safely as we can. Our new normal must keep the safety of our residents, staff and visitors a priority but we must 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, feel free to contact us at 717-285-5443 and the receptionist can direct you to the appropriate personnel.

Thank you,

Mary Turnbaugh
St. Anne’s Retirement Community


March 12, 2021

Wednesday night we received updated guidance from CMS regarding our protocol for re-opening for visitation. We reviewed the information and discussed our procedures with our Medical Director, Dr. Spicher yesterday and developed a plan to open our campus to visitors with an end goal of returning to some semblance of normalcy.
We are still under quarantine guidelines, as we had a positive staff member in our building last week. We will build on the guidelines that were sent out on Thursday. These new additions will begin on Monday, March 22. We will continue with weekly testing for residents through next week and then begin monthly testing, Staff will begin weekly testing next week for the next two weeks and then hopefully with no new cases and if our county positivity rate drops below 5%, we will be able to move to monthly testing for staff. Please remember – if we have a positive staff member or resident at any time, we will follow the CMS guidance regarding the stopping of visitation until we can confirm that we have no other cases.

Building Screening Process
We will 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 our buildings. Staff will have the option to wear shields/googles beginning Monday, March 15. For any resident in a red zone, our staff will be in full PPE including N95 masks.

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 two weeks 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. 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 Hillcrest
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.

Visitation
We will be offering visits for all skilled residents on our current compassionate care schedule. We will have two rooms on each unit designated for visits. Each resident may schedule 1 visit/week and have two visitors at that visit for 1 hour. We will start this process with visits Monday through Friday. We will open the schedule for the week of March 22-26 on Monday, March 15 and we will continue with the same process we had in place for compassionate care visits – one week at a time and schedules opening on Monday for the following week. If there are still open time slots for the following week on Thursday, visitors may sign up for more than one time slot for the next week. Personal care will have their own schedule for visits but will follow the same principles for scheduling as skilled. All visits should be scheduled through social services. There are no testing requirements at this time for visitors. Compassionate care visits will be re-instated should we need to quarantine on our skilled units. We will also continue our schedule for I-Pad and phone visits for skilled and personal care residents. End of Life visits are as necessary.

Dining and Activities Services
We will continue adding dining and activities services in our personal care and skilled areas. We will begin communion services during the week of March 22 for all residents. Pastoral care will be issuing guidelines for communion services. Our Gift Shop will re-open in March.

Independent Living Visitors
Currently, independent living residents may have visitors in common areas and their homes. Visitors may eat in the Bistro as of Monday, March 15. Main Apartment residents may begin to eat in the Café on Monday, March 15 as well. Staff, residents and visitors eating in the Bistro or Café should follow social distancing guidelines, masks should be worn as appropriate and frequent hand washing is encouraged.

CDC and CMS Guidelines for Re-Opening
As a reminder – we are following CDC and CMS guidelines for re-opening of a retirement community. 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 were lifted last week 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 will be having a COVID update on April 6 at 1:30pm. This will be televised on our in-house channels.

Even as we re-open, the best defense continues to be SOCIAL DISTANCING, WEARING A MASK AND USING GOOD HAND HYGIENE. Please remember even with the vaccine, individuals are able to get COVID-19. The vaccine does NOT prevent the virus, rather it should make the virus weaker and decrease symptoms. We will continue our re-opening program over the next several weeks and as the
days get warmer, we will be able to offer outside visits. Our goal is to have a new normal for SARC as quickly and as safely as we can. Our new normal must keep the safety of our residents, staff and visitors a priority but we must 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, feel free to 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 10, 2021

We had one (1) positive staff members last week through our bi-weekly testing. We also had one (1) staff member test positive outside the facility. Both staff members are doing well with no or minimal symptoms. We did not have any positive residents through our bi-weekly testing. We will begin weekly testing this week for the next two weeks because of the positive staff member within the facility and the county positivity rate. We will continue our re-opening program as we have completed our vaccination schedule with Walgreens and we have established a program for new residents and staff to receive the vaccine with a local pharmacy. We still must follow the guidelines from CDC, CMS and the PA Department of Health regarding quarantine timeframes and return to work requirements. The CDC did release updated guidelines for the general public but those guidelines do not extend to retirement communities at this time. Staff are wearing regular surgical masks and face shields at all times and we wear additional PPE when a resident is in a yellow zone.

Visitation

Compassionate Care Visitors must adhere to St. Anne’s Retirement Community’s (SARC) COVID-19 Testing requirements as set forth by federal and State guidelines for initial and frequency of testing.

  • Visitors who wish to have compassionate care visits are required to have a COVID-19 PCR test within the previous 72 hours of their first visit and must bring a copy of the negative results with them for the visit. An antigen or antibody test is not sufficient.
  • After the first initial PCR test, visitors will need to ensure that they have their next test at one (1) week intervals with a copy of the negative result brought to their next visit. This may be an Antigen test. However, at every four week interval, the COVID-19 test MUST be a PCR test.
  • If a skilled resident has a relative living on the SARC campus and that relative is allowed a compassionate care visit with the skilled resident, they may have their initial and monthly PCR testing done through our PCR testing vendor.
    • Please notify Lisa Hollywood or Heather Weiss to be added to our schedule.
    • The associated cost for this PCR test is $115/test. Our lab service will bill insurance and the individual will be billed through St. Anne’s for the difference. Please bring a copy of your insurance card to your scheduled appointment.
    • Also, for those relatives living on campus, we will offer the antigen test through SARC. The relative will need to complete an antigen consent and the associated cost for this test is $10.00. An insurance card is not necessary for an antigen test.
  • SARC will inform visitors if/when our testing requirements change.

Lancaster County’s Positivity Rate
Lancaster County’s positivity rate through March 4 is 6.1%. This rate assists us in determining our restrictions and testing requirements within the facility. Because the rate remains above 5% and we have a positive staff member, testing will continue weekly for the next two weeks for staff and residents.

Dining and Activities Services
We will add more dining and activities services in our personal care and skilled areas. We will also begin to evaluate inside or outside visits over the next several weeks.

Reisdent Visitation On Our Campus
Residents who have loved ones elsewhere on our campus may schedule visits as long as both parties are at least two weeks post complete vaccination. At this time, we will be using the compassionate care schedule and rooms for these visits on skilled, please reach out to social service to schedule. For personal care visits, these visits will be scheduled through social services and they will work with nursing for an appropriate time. These visits will be for 1 hour/day and will be available Monday through Friday.

Communion Services
We will begin communion services during the week of March 22. Pastoral care will be issuing guidelines for communion services.

New Admissions to Our Campus
If a new admission to our campus is at least 14 days post complete vaccination and has proof of a negative PCR test within the previous 72 hours, they will not need to quarantine for 14 days.

Residents on Campus Going Out for Appointments
For those residents on campus going out for appointments, as long as they are at least 14 day post complete vaccination, they do not need to quarantine.

Independent Living Residents

  • Independent living resident may have visitors in common areas and their homes.
  • Visitors are allowed to eat in the Bistro as of Monday, March 15.
  • Main Apartment residents may begin to eat in the Café on Monday, March 15.
  • Staff, residents and visitors eating in the Bistro or Café should limit table occupancy to two (2).
  • Social distancing and masks should still be worn as appropriate by all parties as not everyone has been vaccinated.

Independent Guidelines for Campus Restrictions – March 10, 2021 

As a reminder to our independent living residents and their visitors

  • Follow CDC guidelines for retirement communities including: wear a mask, social distance and perform frequent hand hygiene.
  • All visitors 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 at other times will need to call the main number (717-285-5443) and coordinate through the Supervisor.

Screening Process for Personnel
We continue our screening process for personnel. Hand washing, wearing of masks, frequent cleaning of surfaces and eye protection for staff are still our best defense against this virus.

Travel Restrictions
Travel restrictions outside the state were lifted last week 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 will be having a COVID update on April 6 at 1:30pm. This will be televised on our in-house channels.

 

With the vaccine and our standard guidelines including SOCIAL DISTANCING, WEARING A MASK AND USING GOOD HAND HYGIENE, we will be able to continue our opening program over the next several weeks. Please remember even with the vaccine, individuals are able to get COVID-19. The vaccine does NOT prevent the virus, rather it should make the virus weaker and decrease symptoms.

We will continue following guidelines from government agencies. We want to continue to open our campus and with individuals following the standards set by CDC and our government, we hope we can expand that process. We must keep our residents and team members as safe and protected from this virus as we can. Updates will be maintained through our one call system, letters, website and COVID phone hotline. Should you have any questions, feel free to 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 25, 2021

We were informed yesterday that we have one positive resident on personal care. That resident is asymptomatic and has been placed in transmission-based precautions. We currently do not have any positive residents on skilled.

We have had several positive staff members, but they have not been in our buildings within the guidelines of our directives so they nor the positive resident jeopardize our re-opening program.

We have begun to open areas on a very limited basis. We will continue to follow the guidelines from CDC, CMS and the PA Department of Health regarding quarantine timeframes and return to work requirements.

Starting this week, staff has begun wearing regular surgical masks and face shields at all times. We will continue to wear additional PPE when a resident is in a yellow zone.

Visitation

Compassionate Care Visits 
On February 24, we began compassionate care visits in our skilled units. The schedule opened on Monday, February 15. For this week only, we are offering compassionate care visits Wednesday-Friday, February 24-26.

Window, iPad & Phone Visits – February/March 2021
We also began offering Window visits in addition to our iPad and Phone visits for skilled and personal care units as of today.

Window/iPad/Phone visits for personal care and skilled can be scheduled through social services. Only 1 (one) visit/week at this time to ensure all residents and loved ones have an opportunity to have a visit. Our schedule at this time is:

  • Mon-Fri: 9:30am, 10:00am, 10:30am, 1:00pm, 1:30pm, 2:00pm, 2:30pm and 3:30pm
  • Additional times on Tues and Thurs: 6:30pm and 7:00pm
  • There will be no weekend visits at this time.
  • Currently we are scheduling one week out.
  • On Mondays we will begin scheduling for the following week:
    • Monday, February 15: we will schedule for *February 24-26
      * Please note we are only scheduling 2 days this week
    • Monday, February 22: we will schedule for March 1-5
    • Monday March 1: we will schedule for March 8-12
    • Monday, March 8: we will schedule for March 15-19
    • Monday, March 15: we will schedule for March 22-26
    • Monday, March 22: we will schedule for March 29-April 2
    • Monday, March 29: we will schedule for April 5-8

End of Life Visits
End of Life visits will continue as necessary.

Staffing Pattern for Skilled Residents
Please remember for our skilled residents, our staffing pattern has changed due to COVID. The staff is working in specific halls/wings so if you need to reach a nurse in regards to a resident, please call the receptionist and they will transfer your call to the appropriate nurse caring for your loved one.

Visitor Guidelines
Visitors will need to adhere to St. Anne’s Retirement Community’s (SARC) COVID-19 Testing requirements as set forth by federal and State guidelines for initial and frequency of testing.

  • Visitors who wish to have compassionate care visits are required to have a COVID-19 PCR test within the previous 72 hours of their first visit and must bring a copy of the negative results with them for the visit. An antigen or antibody test is not sufficient. After the first initial PCR test, visitors will need to ensure that they have their next test at one (1) week intervals with a copy of the negative result brought to their next visit. This may be an Antigen test. However, at every four week interval, the COVID-19 test MUST be a PCR test.
  • If a skilled resident has a relative living on the SARC campus and that relative is allowed a compassionate care visit with the skilled resident, they may have their initial and monthly PCR testing done through our PCR testing vendor. Please notify Lisa Hollywood or Heather Weiss to be added to our schedule. The associated cost for this PCR test is $115/test. Our lab service will bill insurance and the individual will be billed through St. Anne’s for the difference. Please bring a copy of your insurance card to your scheduled appointment.
  • Also, for those relatives living on campus, we will offer the antigen test through SARC. The relative will need to complete an antigen consent and the associated cost for this test is $10.00. An insurance card is not necessary for an antigen test. SARC will inform visitors if/when our testing requirements change.

Compassionate Care Program
We have standards for both a resident’s participation in the Compassionate Care Program as well as guidelines for the visit and visitor. If you have asked to be considered for the program, our team will be in touch as to whether the resident has met the standards and to provide you with the requirements for the visit and for you, the visitor.

  • These visits will be Monday through Friday and for one hour/day.
  • There will be a maximum of two visitors at the visit and at this time, there will be four visitors allowed on the list for Compassionate Care Visits.
  • If you would like to learn more about the SNF compassionate care program, please contact social services.
  • Guidelines for Compassionate Care Visits
  • Compassionate Care Visitation Schedule
  • These visits will be on the same scheduling timeframe as I-Pad, window and phone visits, meaning they will start scheduling on a Monday for the following week.
  • We are currently utilizing the craft room on 1st floor and room 200 on 2nd floor.

Vaccination Clinic
We had our second vaccine clinic on February 8 and 9. We vaccinated approximately 420 individuals over the two days between those getting their second vaccine and those receiving their first dose. March 1 will be the second dose for those receiving their first dose on February 8 or 9.

Lancaster County Positivity Rate
Lancaster County’s positivity rate through February 18 is 8.0%. This rate assists us in determining our restrictions and testing requirements within the facility. Even though the county positivity rate is decreasing, because we have a positive resident, testing will continue weekly or biweekly for the next two weeks for staff and residents.

Dining, Activities & Other Services
We also started limited dining and activities services in our personal care and skilled areas. In-room consultative physician visits and individual beauty shop visits began this week.

Independent Living Visitation
Independent living resident started having visitors in common areas this week. We are still not having visitors in homes at this point. As a reminder to our independent living residents – follow CDC guidelines including: wear a mask, social distance and perform frequent hand hygiene.

Admission of New Residents
Admissions from outside our campus started on February 22.

Screening Process for Personnel
We continue our screening process for personnel. Hand washing, wearing of masks, frequent cleaning of surfaces and eye protection for staff are still our best defense against this virus.

Travel Restrictions
Travel restrictions outside the state continue. 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.

Our hope is with the vaccine and our continued standard guidelines including SOCIAL DISTANCING, WEARING A MASK AND USING GOOD HAND HYGIENE, we will be able to continue our opening program over the next several weeks.

Please remember even with the vaccine, individuals are able to get COVID-19. The vaccine does NOT prevent the virus, rather it should make the virus less potent with less symptoms.

We are seeing the vaccine more readily available and our positivity rate decrease, but we must remain vigilant with following our guidelines. We want to continue to open our campus but that can only occur if everyone follows the standards set by CDC and our government. We must make sure our residents and our team members are our focus.

We will keep everyone updated through our one call system, letters, website and COVID phone hotline. Should you have any questions, feel free to 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 24, 2021

We have no new positive residents on skilled or personal care. We have had several positive staff members, but they have not been in our buildings within the guidelines of our directives so they do not jeopardize our re-opening program. We have begun to open areas on a very limited basis. We will continue to follow the guidelines from CDC, CMS and the PA Department of Health regarding quarantine timeframes and return to work requirements. Starting this week, staff has begun wearing regular surgical masks and face shields at all times. We will continue to wear additional PPE when a resident is in a yellow zone.

Visitation:
Today, February 24, we began compassionate care visits in our skilled units. The schedule opened on Monday, February 15. For this week only, we are offering compassionate care visits Wednesday-Friday, February 24-26.

Window Visits: We also began offering Window visits in addition to our iPad and Phone visits for skilled and personal care units as of today. That schedule also opened on February 15.

Window, iPad & Phone Visits – February/March 2021:
Window/iPad/Phone visits for personal care and skilled can be scheduled through social services. Only 1 (one) visit/week at this time to ensure all residents and loved ones have an opportunity to have a visit. Our schedule at this time is:

  • Mon-Fri: 9:30am, 10:00am, 10:30am, 1:00pm, 1:30pm, 2:00pm, 2:30pm and 3:30pm
  • Additional times on Tues and Thurs: 6:30pm and 7:00pm
  • There will be no weekend visits at this time.
  • Currently we are scheduling one week out.
  • On Mondays we will begin scheduling for the following week:
    • Monday, February 15: we will schedule for *February 24-26
      * Please note we are only scheduling 2 days this week
    • Monday, February 22: we will schedule for March 1-5
    • Monday March 1: we will schedule for March 8-12
    • Monday, March 8: we will schedule for March 15-19
    • Monday, March 15: we will schedule for March 22-26
    • Monday, March 22: we will schedule for March 29-April 2
    • Monday, March 29: we will schedule for April 5-8

End of Life visits will continue as necessary. Please remember for our skilled residents, our staffing pattern has changed due to COVID. The staff is working in specific halls/wings so if you need to reach a nurse in regards to a resident, please call the receptionist and they will transfer your call to the appropriate nurse caring for your loved one.

Visitors will need to adhere to St. Anne’s Retirement Community’s (SARC) COVID-19 Testing requirements as set forth by federal and State guidelines for initial and frequency of testing.

  • Visitors who wish to have compassionate care visits are required to have a COVID-19 PCR test within the previous 72 hours of their first visit and must bring a copy of the negative results with them for the visit. An antigen or antibody test is not sufficient.
  • After the first initial PCR test, visitors will need to ensure that they have their next test at one (1) week intervals with a copy of the negative result brought to their next visit. This may be an Antigen test. However, at every four week interval, the COVID-19 test MUST be a PCR test.

If a skilled resident has a relative living on the SARC campus and that relative is allowed a compassionate care visit with the skilled resident, they may have their initial and monthly PCR testing done through our PCR testing vendor.

  • Please notify Lisa Hollywood or Heather Weiss to be added to our compassionate care visit schedule.
  • The associated cost for this PCR test is $115/test.
  • Our lab service will bill insurance and the individual will be billed through St. Anne’s for the difference.
  • Please bring a copy of your insurance card to your scheduled appointment.

Also, for those relatives living on campus, we will offer the antigen test through SARC. The relative will need to complete an antigen consent and the associated cost for this test is $10.00. An insurance card is not necessary for an antigen test. SARC will inform visitors if/when our testing requirements change.

Compassionate Care Program Guidelines
We have standards for both a resident’s participation in the Compassionate Care Program, as well as guidelines for the visit and visitor. If you have asked to be considered for the program, our team will be in touch as to whether the resident has met the standards and to provide you with the requirements for the visit and for you, the visitor.

  • These visits will be Monday through Friday and for one hour/day.
  • There will be a maximum of two visitors at the visit and at this time, there will be four visitors allowed on the list for Compassionate Care Visits.
  • If you would like to learn more about the SNF compassionate care program, please contact social services.
  • Compassionate Care Visitation Schedule
  • Guidelines for Compassionate Care Visits 
  • These visits will be on the same scheduling timeframe as I-Pad, window and phone visits, meaning they will start scheduling on a Monday for the following week. We are currently utilizing the craft room on 1st floor and room 200 on 2nd floor.

Vaccination Clinic
We had our second vaccine clinic on February 8 and 9. We vaccinated approximately 420 individuals over the two days between those getting their second vaccine and those receiving their first dose. March 1 will be the second dose for those receiving their first dose on February 8 or 9.

Lancaster County Positivity Rate 
Lancaster County’s positivity rate through February 18 is 8.0%. This rate assists us in determining our restrictions and testing requirements within the facility. We hope to continue seeing a decline in the county positivity rate. Since the positivity rate is between 5%-10%, and we have not had a positive case since January 11 (that individual ended quarantine on January 26), we will begin testing personal care residents and skilled residents monthly starting the week of March 1. Also, staff will begin weekly testing the week of March 8. Please remember if we have a positive resident or a positive staff member at any time, we will modify our testing and our visitation guidelines.

Dining, Activities and Other Services
We also started limited dining and activities services in our personal care and skilled areas. In-room consultative physician visits and individual beauty shop visits began this week.

Independent Living – Visitation Guidelines
Independent living resident started having visitors in common areas this week. We are still not having visitors in homes at this point. As a reminder to our independent living residents – follow CDC guidelines including: wear a mask, social distance and perform frequent hand hygiene.

Admission of New Residents
Admissions from outside our campus started on February 22.

Screening Process for Personnel
We continue our screening process for personnel. Hand washing, wearing of masks, frequent cleaning of surfaces and eye protection for staff are still our best defense against this virus.

Travel Restrictions
Travel restrictions outside the state continue. 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.

 

Our hope is with the vaccine and our continued standard guidelines including SOCIAL DISTANCING, WEARING A MASK AND USING GOOD HAND HYGIENE, we will be able to continue our opening program over the next several weeks. Please remember…

  • Even with the vaccine, individuals are able to get COVID-19.
  • The vaccine does NOT prevent the virus, rather it should make the virus less potent with less symptoms.

We are seeing the vaccine more readily available and our positivity rate decrease, but we must remain vigilant with following our guidelines. We want to continue to open our campus but that can only occur if everyone follows the standards set by CDC and our government. We must make sure our residents and our team members are our focus.

We will keep everyone updated through our one call system, letters, website and COVID phone hotline. Should you have any questions, feel free to 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 17, 2021

Independent Living: Guidelines for Campus Restrictions Beginning February 22, 2021
Independent Campus Cottages/Apartments and Main Building Apartments

  • Please make sure you communicate to Heather, Barb or Jennifer if you were potentially exposed or are positive for COVID-19.
  • If you are potentially exposed or have symptoms of COVID-19, please contact your physician for testing requirements.
  • Visitors may visit in common areas only. Common areas are the lobby, meeting room, meditation room and the bistro (for conversation only). This does not include
    eating in the Bistro.
  • Resident activities may occur in building common areas (common areas include but are not limited to…bistro, meeting room, meditation room, lobby and hallways)
  • The Bistro will be open for take-out service or eat in dining. Please remember to social distance while eating in the Bistro.
  • The Café is open for take-out service only.
  • The Beauty Shops will open for 1 Resident at a time. Please call Sue Hertzog at 717-808-9433 to schedule an appointment.
  • Residents may go to medical appointments as necessary. Please remember to self-quarantine on return.
  • Residents may have in-home physician visits.
  • Residents may go off campus but please remember to social distance, wear your mask and wash your hands frequently
  • Church service remains televised. There is no Communion.
  • No Shuttle Service
  • Grocery Shuttle Service for Independent Residents continue. Only 4 Residents/Shuttle. Grocery Shuttles will run on Fridays ONLY.
  • The travel restrictions for Pennsylvania remain in effect. This information is on our website or you can visit the PA Department of Health Travel website.
  • Caregivers may continue – please coordinate through Barb or Jennifer to schedule a caregiver.
  • If a resident has a question regarding an item on or not addressed on this list, please contact Heather, Barb, Jennifer or me for clarification or answers.

PLEASE REMEMBER THAT THESE GUIDELINES MAY CHANGE AT ANY TIME BASED ON POSITIVE CASES WITHIN ST. ANNE’S RETIREMENT COMMUNITY

Thank you,

Mary Turnbaugh, President
St. Anne’s Retirement Community 


February 10, 2021

Through our PCR and Antigen testing last week, we currently have no new positive residents on skilled or personal care. We also had no new positive staff members. As of January 26, we have no residents in a red zone. We will begin our reopening process during the week of February 22:

  • As always, we follow the guidelines from CDC, CMS and the PA Department of Health regarding quarantine timeframes and return to work requirements.
  • Skilled and personal care areas will remain under precautions until February 22, 2021.
  • Until February 22, staff will still be wearing full PPE when in those areas and face masks and face shields/goggles at all times while in all other areas.
  • As of February 22, staff will begin wearing regular masks and face shields at all times.

 

Visitation:

  • We will begin compassionate care visits in our skilled units the week of February 22, we will open that schedule on Monday, February 15. That first week, we will only offer compassionate care visits Wednesday-Friday, February 24-26.
  • We will begin offering Window visits with our I-Pad and Phone visits for skilled and personal care units as of February 22. That schedule will open on February 15. 
  • End of Life visits will continue as necessary.

Please remember for our skilled residents, our staffing pattern has changed due to COVID. The staff is working in specific halls/wings so if you need to reach a nurse in regards to a resident, please call the receptionist and they will transfer your call to the appropriate nurse caring for your loved one.

Visitors will need to adhere to St. Anne’s Retirement Community’s (SARC) COVID-19 Testing requirements as set forth by federal and State guidelines for initial and frequency of testing. Visitors who wish to have compassionate care visits are required to have a COVID-19 PCR test within the previous 72 hours of their first visit and must bring a copy of the negative results with them for the visit. An antigen or antibody test is not sufficient. After the first initial PCR test, visitors will need to ensure that they have their next test at one (1) week intervals with a copy of the negative result brought to their next visit. This may be an Antigen test. However, at every four week interval, the COVID-19 test MUST be a PCR test.

If a skilled resident has a relative living on the SARC campus and that relative is allowed a compassionate care visit with the skilled resident:

  • They may have their initial and monthly PCR testing done through our PCR testing vendor.
  • Please notify Lisa Hollywood or Heather Weiss to be added to our schedule.
  • The associated cost for this PCR test is $115/test. Our lab service will bill insurance and the individual will be billed through St. Anne’s for the difference. Please bring a copy of your insurance card to your scheduled appointment.
  • Also, for those relatives living on campus, we will offer the antigen test through SARC. The relative will need to complete an antigen consent and the associated cost for this test is $10.00. An insurance card is not necessary for an antigen test. SARC will inform visitors if/when our testing requirements change.


Window, iPad & Phone Visits – February/March 2021

Window/I-Pad/Phone visits for personal care and skilled can be scheduled through social services. Only 1 (one) visit/week at this time to ensure all residents and loved ones have an opportunity to have a visit. Our schedule at this time is:

  • Mon-Fri: 9:30am, 10:00am, 10:30am, 1:00pm, 1:30pm, 2:00pm, 2:30pm, 3:30pm
  • Additional times on Tues and Thurs: 6:30pm and 7:00pm
  • There will be no weekend visits at this time.
  • Currently we are scheduling one week out.
  • On Mondays we will begin scheduling for the following week:
    • Monday, February 15: we will schedule for *February 24-26
      * Please note we are only scheduling 2 days this week
    • Monday, February 22: we will schedule for March 1-5
    • Monday March 1: we will schedule for March 8-12
    • Monday, March 8: we will schedule for March 15-19
    • Monday, March 15: we will schedule for March 22-26
    • Monday, March 22: we will schedule for March 29-April 2
    • Monday, March 29: we will schedule for April 5-8


Compassionate Care Program: 

We have standards for both a resident’s participation in the Compassionate Care Program as well as guidelines for the visit and visitor. If you have asked to be considered for the program, our team will be in touch as to whether the resident has met the standards and to provide you with the requirements for the visit and for you, the visitor. These visits will be Monday through Friday and for one hour/day. There will be a maximum of two visitors at the visit and at this time, there will be four visitors allowed on the list for Compassionate Care Visits.

  • If you would like to learn more about the SNF compassionate care program, please contact social services.
  • Guidelines for Compassionate Care Visits
  • Compassionate Care Schedule
    • These visits will be on the same scheduling timeframe as I-Pad, window and phone visits, meaning they will start scheduling on a Monday for the following week.
    • We are currently utilizing the craft room on 1st floor and room 200 on 2nd floor.


Vaccination Clinic:

We had our second vaccine clinic on February 8 and 9. We vaccinated approximately 420 individuals over the two days between those getting their second vaccine and those receiving their first dose. March 1 and/or 2 will be the second dose for those receiving their first dose on February 8 or 9.


Lancaster County COVID-19 Status & Our Testing Requirements:

Lancaster County’s positivity rate through February 4 is 9.9%. This rate assists us in determining our restrictions and testing requirements within the facility. We hope to continue seeing a decline in the county positivity rate. Since the positivity rate is between 5%-10%, and we have not had a positive case since January 11 (that individual ended quarantine on January 26), we will begin testing personal care residents and skilled residents monthly starting February 22. Also, staff will begin weekly testing on February 22. Please remember if we have a positive resident or a positive staff member at any time, we will modify our testing and our visitation guidelines.


Re-Opening Process:

  • Beginning the week of February 22, we will start the re-opening process for dining and activities in our personal care and skilled areas. We will also have in-room consultative physician visits as well as having the beauty shops open for one resident at a time. 
  • Independent living resident will be able to have visitors in common areas beginning the week of February 22. A separate information sheet has been provided to those Residents.
    *As a reminder to our independent living residents – follow CDC guidelines including: wear a mask, social distance and perform frequent hand hygiene.*


Admission of New Residents:

We will begin admitting residents to all areas of our campus on February 22.

COVID Procedures for Staff:
We continue our screening process for personnel. Hand washing, wearing of masks, frequent cleaning of surfaces and eye protection for staff are still our best defense against this virus.

Travel Restrictions:
Travel restrictions outside the state continue. Please see the Department of Health Travel Restriction website for the most current information at https://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.

 

Our hope is with the vaccine and our continued standard guidelines including SOCIAL DISTANCING, WEARING A MASK AND USING GOOD HAND HYGIENE, we will be able to continue our opening program over the next several weeks.

While we have begun to see a decrease in the positivity rate, we must remain consistent with our guidelines. Our residents and our team members are our focus and the guidelines we are following will assist us in keeping our residents, staff, family, co-workers and friends safe. We will keep everyone updated through our one call system, letters, website and COVID phone hotline. Should you have any questions, feel free to 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 27, 2021

Through our PCR and Antigen testing last week, we currently have no new positive residents on skilled or personal care. We also had no new positive staff members. As of January 26, we have no residents in a red zone. We must continue our testing process for the next two weeks before we can consider opening the campus for visits. As always, we follow the guidelines from CDC, CMS and the PA Department of Health regarding quarantine timeframes and return to work requirements.

Skilled and personal care areas will remain under precautions until at least February 22, 2021. Staff will still be wearing full PPE when in those areas and face masks and face shields/goggles at all times while in all other areas. We plan on starting compassionate care visits the week of February 22, we will open that schedule on Monday, February 15.

End of Life visits will continue as necessary. Please remember for our skilled residents, our staffing pattern has changed due to COVID. The staff is working in specific halls/wings so if you need to reach a nurse in regards to a resident, please call the receptionist and they will transfer your call to the appropriate nurse caring for your loved one. 

iPad and Phone Visits
We will continue with I-Pad and Phone visits at this time. 
All I-Pad/Phone visits for Personal Care and Skilled units can be scheduled through Social Services. We are only allowing 1 (one) visit per week at this time to ensure all Residents and loved ones have an opportunity to have a visit.

Our schedule at this time is:

  • Mondays – Fridays: 9:30am, 10:00am, 10:30am, 1:00pm, 1:30pm, 2:00pm, 2:30pm, 3:30pm
  • Additional times on Tuesdays and Thursdays: 6:30pm and 7:00pm
  • There will be no weekend visits at this time.
  • Currently we are scheduling one week out. On Mondays we will begin scheduling for the following week.

Vaccination Administration
We had our first vaccination clinic on January 18 and 19. We were able to offer the vaccine to the SARC campus. We vaccinated approximately 340 individuals over the two days. The second vaccination will be February 8 and 9 for them and also the first vaccine for those who signed consents after the deadline or who have now decided to receive the vaccine. March 1 and 2 will be the second dose for those receiving their first dose on February 8 or 9.

Lancaster County’s Positivity Rate
Lancaster County’s positivity rate through January 21 is 12.0%. This rate assists us in determining our restrictions and testing requirements within the facility. We hope to continue seeing a decline in the county positivity rate. Since the positivity rate remains above 10% and we have had recent positive cases, we will continue testing of staff, personal care residents and skilled residents on the current schedule through at least the week of February 15. Please remember if we have a positive resident or a positive staff member at any time, we will extend our testing and our no visitation guidelines.

Independent Living Restrictions
Independent living resident will continue with their current restrictions through the week of February 15 as well. As a reminder to our independent living residents – follow CDC guidelines including: wear a mask, social distance and perform frequent hand hygiene. Until February 22, our campus will remain closed to visitors.

Admission of Residents
We will not be admitting residents to skilled or personal care at this time unless it is a resident from our campus or a new admission that has had the virus and has recovered.

Screening Process for Personnel
We continue our screening process for personnel. Hand washing, wearing of masks, frequent cleaning of surfaces and eye protection for staff are still our best defense against this virus. We are wearing face shields/goggles for staff throughout our buildings.

Travel Restrictions
Travel restrictions outside the state continue. Please see the Department of Health Travel Restriction website for the most current information at https://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.

Even with the vaccine, we will continue to follow the standard guidelines including SOCIAL DISTANCING, WEARING A MASK AND USING GOOD HAND HYGIENE wherever you are and no matter who you are with. This is for everyone’s safety: you, our residents, your family, your co-workers and your friends.

While we have begun to see the vaccine be more available, our restrictions will continue. We are here for the residents and they will always be our focus. We must make every effort to keep them and our staff safe. We will keep everyone updated through our one call system, letters, website and COVID phone hotline. Should you have any questions, feel free to 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 13, 2021

Through our PCR testing last week, we currently have two positive residents in Skilled and one positive Resident in Personal Care Memory Support. We also have one positive staff member from the same PCR testing date. All the Resident families were notified last week and the Residents are doing well and will be quarantined for at least 14 days. Our staff member is also doing well and will also be quarantined for 14 days.

We are continuing to test Residents in Skilled and Personal Care at least 2 times per week. They have a PCR test and an antigen test. We also test staff on the same schedule. We follow the guidelines from CDC, CMS and the PA Department of Health regarding quarantine timeframes and return to work requirements. Skilled and Personal Care areas will remain under precautions until further notice. Staff will be wearing full PPE when in those areas and face masks and face shields/goggles at all times while in all other areas. 

We apologize that we cannot restart Compassionate Care visits or Window visits at this time; however, we will continue with I-Pad and phone visits. That schedule is on the website. End-of-life visits will continue as necessary. Our Skilled staffing pattern has changed due to COVID. The staff is working in specific halls/wings to better serve our Residents. Beginning Monday, January 18, if you need to reach a nurse in regards to a resident, please call the Receptionist and they will transfer your call to the appropriate nurse caring for your loved one.

We have been given tentative dates for our vaccine administration from our pharmacy partner, Walgreens. Our dates are January 18 and 19, February 8 and 9 and March 1 and 2. We are planning on vaccinating our staff as well as all the residents on campus. This includes Skilled, Personal Care and Independent residents. We are working on a schedule at this time. Not everyone will be included in the January 18/19 dates. We are scheduled to receive the Pfizer vaccine. We have a Pfizer vaccine fact sheet on the website as well as a consent and declination form. Forms are also available at the front desk. If you have any questions, please reach out to Dr. Spicher or our team.

Lancaster County’s positivity rate through January 7 is 14.0%. This rate assists us in determining our restrictions and testing requirements within the facility. Because of this positivity rate and our guidelines, we will continue testing staff, personal care Residents and skilled Residents on the current schedule through the end of January. 

Independent Living Residents have some restrictions lifted. A memo was sent to them last week to clarify those changes. As a reminder to our Independent Living Residents – follow CDC guidelines including: wear a mask, social distance and perform frequent hand hygiene. At this time, our campus will remain closed to visitors.

We will not be admitting Residents to Skilled or Personal Care at this time, unless it is a Resident from our campus or a new admission that has had the virus and has recovered.    

We continue our screening process for personnel. Hand washing, wearing of masks, frequent cleaning of surfaces and eye protection for staff are still our best defense against this virus. We are wearing face shields/goggles for staff throughout our buildings.     

Travel restrictions outside the state continue to change. There is an update from November 25, 2020 on the website. 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

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.

We continue to stress the importance of SOCIAL DISTANCING, WEARING A MASK AND USING GOOD HAND HYGIENE wherever you are and no matter who you are with. We do not expect our county positivity rate to decline over the next several weeks. Even with the vaccine on the horizon, we cannot stop these basic guidelines. This is for your safety and the safety of our residents, your family, your co-workers and your friends.

We strive to keep our residents and staff safe. Restrictions have been in place for months and they have changed our industry in many ways. Some of those changes will continue for a significant period of time. We will keep everyone updated through our one call system, letters, website and COVID phone hotline. Should you have any questions, feel free to 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 7, 2021

All I-Pad/Phone visits for Personal Care and Skilled units can be scheduled through Social Services. We are only allowing 1 (one) visit per week at this time to ensure all Residents and loved ones have an opportunity to have a visit.

Our schedule at this time is:

Mondays – Fridays: 9:30am, 10:00am, 10:30am, 1:00pm, 1:30pm, 2:00pm, 2:30pm, 3:30pm

Additional times on Tuesdays and Thursdays: 6:30pm and 7:00pm

There will be no weekend visits at this time.

Currently we are scheduling one week out. On Mondays we will begin scheduling for the following week.

Monday, January 4: we will schedule for January 11-15

Monday January 11: we will schedule for January 18-22

Monday, January 18: we will schedule for January 25-29

Monday, January 25: we will schedule for February 1-5


January 6, 2021

At this time, we have received information that we have two positive residents on skilled and one positive resident on personal care memory support from the Monday, January 4th PCR testing. We also have one positive staff member from the same PCR testing date. All the resident families have been made aware and the residents are doing well and will be quarantined for at least 14 days. Our staff member is doing well and will also be quarantined for 14 days.

We are continuing to test residents in SNF and personal care at least 2 times/week. They have a PCR test and an antigen test. We also test staff on the same schedule. We follow the guidelines from CDC, CMS and the PA Department of Health regarding quarantine timeframes and return to work requirements. Skilled and personal care areas will remain under precautions until further notice. Staff will be wearing full PPE when in those areas and face masks and face shields/goggles at all times while in all other areas.

Vaccine Administration:
We have been given tentative dates for our vaccine administration from our pharmacy partner, Walgreens. At this time, our dates are January 18, February 8 and March 1. We are scheduled to receive the Pfizer vaccine.

Vaccine Consent Form and Declination Form:
We did send a copy of the consent form (to receive the vaccine) and the declination form (to refuse the vaccine) in our last letter, however we had heard from several families that they still have not received that letter. We are not sure if there was a disruption or delay in mail service because of the holiday. As of Wednesday, December 30, if you have not received the forms in the mail, you may stop by the front desk and complete a consent form or declination form. If you have any questions, please reach out to Dr. Spicher or our team.

Lancaster County Positivity Rate:
Lancaster County’s positivity rate through December 30, 2020 is 13.5%. This rate assists us in determining our restrictions and testing requirements within the facility. Because of this positivity rate and our guidelines, we will continue testing of staff, personal care residents and skilled residents on the current schedule through the end of January.

Resident Restrictions:
Independent living resident have some restrictions lifted. A memo will be sent to them this week to clarify those changes. As a reminder to our independent living residents – please remember to follow the CDC guidelines including: wear a mask, social distance and perform frequent hand hygiene. Our campus will remain closed to visitors.

Admission of Residents:
We will not be admitting residents to skilled or personal care at this time unless it is a resident from our campus.

Screening Process for Personnel:
We continue our screening process for personnel. Hand washing, wearing of masks, frequent cleaning of surfaces and eye protection for staff are still our best defense against this virus. We are wearing face shields/goggles for staff throughout our buildings.

Travel Restrictions:
Travel restrictions outside the state continue to change. There is an update from November 25, 2020, simply scroll down to view this information on this page. Please see the Department of Health Travel Restriction website for the most current information. 

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.

We must stress the importance of SOCIAL DISTANCING, WEARING A MASK AND USING GOOD HAND HYGIENE wherever you are and no matter who you are with. We do not expect our county positivity rate to decline over the next several weeks. Even with the vaccine on the horizon, we can not stop these basic guidelines. This is for your safety and the safety of our residents, your family, your co-workers and your friends.

We strive to keep our residents and staff safe. Restrictions have been in place for months and they have changed our industry in many ways. Some of those changes will continue for a significant period of time. We will keep everyone updated through our one call system, letters, website and COVID phone hotline. Should you have any questions, feel free to 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 30, 2020

Vaccine Administration:

We have been given tentative dates for our vaccine administration from our pharmacy partner, Walgreens. At this time, our dates are January 18, February 8 and March 1. We are scheduled to receive the Pfizer vaccine.

We did send a copy of the consent form (to receive the vaccine) and the declination form (to refuse the vaccine) in our last letter, however we had heard from several families that they still have not received that letter. We are not sure if there was a disruption or delay in mail service because of the holiday. As of Wednesday, December 30, you may stop by the front desk and complete a form. We also sent the documents linked below in our last correspondence:

We currently have no residents in a “red zone” on personal care or skilled. We continue to test residents in those areas at least 2 times/week. They have a PCR test and an antigen test. We also test staff on the same schedule. We continue to have positive staff through testing and/or symptoms. We follow the guidelines from CDC, CMS and the PA Department of Health regarding quarantine timeframes and return to work requirements. Skilled and personal care areas remain under precautions. Staff will continue to wear face masks and face shield/googles at all times while in our buildings.

Lancaster County’s positivity rate through December 24 is 13.8%. This rate assists us in determining our restrictions and testing requirements within the facility. Because of this positivity rate and our guidelines, we will continue testing of staff, personal care residents and skilled residents on the current schedule through the end of January.

Visitation Information:
After discussion with Dr. Spicher, our Medical Director, if our resident PCR tests for this week are negative and remain negative, we will begin window and compassionate care visits on the week of January 11, 2021. Families may begin scheduling for that week on Monday, January 4, 2021. We will schedule those visits a week at a time.

While family/friends may call in at any time to talk with their loved one, you may use the current schedule to have a set time for a phone call instead of an iPad or window visit. This schedule is available below.

We are not yet resuming inside visits.

End of Life visits will also continue with our current guidelines of two visitors allowed at a time for one hour at a time and a maximum of four visitors on a resident’s list. We will continue to re-evaluate these programs over the next several weeks. Should you have any questions, please reach out to social services. This schedule is posted below.

Visitors who wish to have compassionate care visits are required to have a COVID-19 PCR test within the previous 72 hours of their first visit and must bring a copy of the negative results with them for the visit. An antigen or antibody test is not sufficient. There are many local entities that offer COVID-19 testing:

  • COVID-19 Testing Locations Near St. Anne’s
    (This is not a complete list and can change, please call to verify an entity’s status and appointment availability)
  • For other testing locations, reach out to your physician or insurance company

If a skilled resident has a relative living on the SARC campus, and that relative is allowed a compassionate care visit with the skilled resident, they may have their testing done through our PCR testing vendor. Please notify Lisa Hollywood or Heather Weiss to be added to our schedule. The associated cost for this PCR test is $115/test. Our lab service will bill insurance and the individual will be billed through St. Anne’s for the difference. Please bring a copy of your insurance card to your scheduled appointment.

Compassionate Care Program & Visits: 
We have standards for both a resident’s participation in the Compassionate Care Program as well as guidelines for the visit and visitor. If you have asked to be considered for the program, our team will be in touch as to whether the resident has met the standards and to provide you with the requirements for the visit and for you, the visitor. If you would like to learn more about the SNF compassionate care program, please contact social services.

 

Visitors may schedule a Compassionate Care Visit with social services according to the following:

  • Monday, January 4: for the week of January 11
  • Monday, January 11: for the week of January 18
  • Monday, January 18: for the week of January 25
  • Monday, January 25: for the week of February 1

 

Current Compassionate Care Visit times are Monday through Friday:

  • 9:30am-10:30am
  • 11:30am–12:30pm
  • 1:00pm-2:00pm
  • 3:00pm-4:00pm
  • 4:45pm-5:45pm

Each resident will have a list of 4 (four) visitors allowed for compassionate care visits. Each resident may have one visit/day with up to 2 (two) visitors from their list. The visit is scheduled for one hour. Visitors must be at least 10 years of age.

These visits will be on the same scheduling timeframe as iPad, window and phone visits, meaning they will start scheduling on a Monday for the following week. We are currently utilizing the craft room on 1st floor and room 200 on 2nd floor.

iPad, Window & Phone Visits for Personal Care & Skilled Care:
Window/I-PAD/Phone Visits, January 2021

Window/iPad/Phone visits for personal care and skilled can be scheduled through social services. Only 1 (one) visit/week at this time to ensure all residents and loved ones have an opportunity to have a visit.

Schedule for iPad, Window & Phone Visits: 

  • Mon-Fri: 9:30am, 10:00am, 10:30am, 1:00pm, 1:30pm, 2:00pm, 2:30pm, 3:30pm
  • Additional times on Tues and Thurs: 6:30pm and 7:00pm
  • There will be no weekend visits at this time.
  • Currently, we are scheduling one week out.
  • Each Monday, we will begin scheduling for the following week: 
    • Monday, December 28: we will schedule for January 4-8
    • Monday, January 4: we will schedule for January 11-15
    • Monday January 11: we will schedule for January 18-22
    • Monday, January 18: we will schedule for January 25-29
    • Monday, January 25: we will schedule for February 1-5

Independent Living Resident Restrictions
Independent living resident restrictions will maintain as they are for now. Our campus remains closed to visitors and there should not be residents gathering together.

Please remember to follow the CDC guidelines including: wear a mask, social distance and perform frequent hand hygiene.

Admission of Residents:
Beginning Monday, January 4, 2021, we will resume admitting residents to personal care or skilled from the community at large. 

Screening Process for Personnel: 
We continue our screening process for personnel. Hand washing, wearing of masks, frequent cleaning of surfaces and eye protection for staff are still our best defense against this virus. We are wearing face shields/goggles for staff throughout our buildings.

Travel Restrictions Outside Pennsylvania:
Travel restrictions outside the state continue to change. There is an update from November 25, 2020 on the website. 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

Update from Our Medical Director:
We had a COVID 19 update presentation from Dr. Spicher on December 15, 2020: 

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.

We must stress the importance of SOCIAL DISTANCING, WEARING A MASK AND USING GOOD HAND HYGIENE wherever you are and no matter who you are with.

We do not expect our county positivity rate to decline over the next several weeks. Even with the vaccine on the horizon, we can not stop these basic guidelines. This is for your safety and the safety of our residents, your family, your co-workers and your friends.

We strive to keep our residents and staff safe. Restrictions have been in place for months and they have changed our industry in many ways. Some of those changes will continue for a significant period of time. We will keep everyone updated through our one call system, letters, website and COVID phone hotline. Should you have any questions, feel free to 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 16, 2020

We have been notified from our Department of Health Pharmacy provider (Walgreens) that they are working on the roll out of the COVID vaccine. We do not have a delivery date yet nor do we know how many doses we will be receiving. Yesterday on a call with the PA Department of Health, we were told that our skilled residents will be the first group eligible to receive the vaccine as well as our staff who care for them. We will provide more information as it becomes available. We have connected with our Walgreens representative and will be discussing a roll-out program within the next two weeks.

In a letter being sent this week to all residents/responsible party, we are including a vaccine consent form from Walgreens as well as a declination form. We are asking for all SARC residents/responsible party to complete the vaccine consent or the declination form so we are ready when Walgreens schedules our first appointment.

We currently have six asymptomatic positive residents and two symptomatic positive residents within our skilled and personal care areas. We have five residents that have completed their quarantine requirement and have returned to general population. It saddens us to say that we have had two COVID related deaths. We continue with antigen testing of residents as needed. Those tests occur at least weekly and in some cases three times per week to assist with minimizing the spread of this virus. All residents continue with weekly PCR testing through our lab service. All positive skilled residents are quarantined in our skilled red zone. All positive personal care residents are quarantined in their rooms as their rooms are considered red zones. Skilled and Personal Care/Personal Care MS are under precautions. This means staff wear full PPE including N95 masks as well as gowns, shields, gloves at all times. We will continue this until all residents are out of the red zones and we have had at least one week of no new cases.

We have six staff members who have tested positive, have symptoms or have family members who are positive. These staff members are quarantining at home. We have twelve staff members who have completed their quarantine and have returned to work. Our county positivity rate as of Friday, December 11 was at 14.8%. This rate assists us in determining our restrictions and testing requirements within the facility.

Because of our guidelines, we will continue testing of staff, personal care residents and skilled residents for at least the next two weeks. Our campus remains closed because of the positivity rate and having positive residents.

At this time all inside visits, compassionate care visits and window visits are on hold for skilled and personal care until at least January 4. We will continue to re-evaluate these programs over the next several weeks. Should you have any questions, please reach out to social services. End of Life visits are also restricted at this time.

Independent living resident restrictions have not changed. Our campus is closed for all visitors at this time. Independent residents should not be gathering in any common areas or in each other’s homes.

Please remember to follow the CDC guidelines: wear a mask, social distance and perform frequent hand hygiene.

Admission of Residents to Personal Care or Skilled Care:
We are not admitting any residents to personal care or skilled unless they are from our campus. We continue our screening process for personnel. Hand washing, wearing of masks, frequent cleaning of surfaces and eye protection for staff are still our best defense against this virus. We are requiring face shields/goggles for staff throughout our buildings.

Travel Restrictions:
Travel restrictions outside the state continue to change. There is an update from November 25, 2020 on the website, simply scroll down to read the information.  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.

Holiday Celebrations:
For information about and considerations regarding holiday celebrations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, please visit www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/daily-life-coping/holidays.html  and use these guidelines when planning your holiday events. Dr Spicher has determined that our residents should not be leaving the facility over the Christmas season. If you have any questions regarding this directive, please reach out to social services.

Update from Our Medical Director:
We had a COVID 19 update presentation from Dr. Spicher on December 15, 2020. The video of his presentation is below under the update from 12/15/20. View slides from our Medical Director’s presentation here.

Lottery for iPad Visits on Christmas for Skilled & Personal Care:
We are offering a “lottery” for iPad visits on Christmas day for skilled and personal care residents. You will be notified by Friday, December 18th if your name was pulled. These visits will be for 15 minutes. The first name pulled will have first choice of times and then the second name pulled will have their pick of the times remaining and we will use this process until all slots have been filled.

COVID-19 Telephone Announcements:
The St. Anne’s Retirement Community (SARC) COVID-19 telephone announcement is updated at least every other Tuesday. 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 can not stress enough the importance of SOCIAL DISTANCING, WEARING A MASK AND USING GOOD HAND HYGIENE wherever you are and no matter who you are with. We must stay vigilant with these precautions as this virus continues to explode in our county, state and across the country. This is for your safety and the safety of our residents, your family, your co-workers and your friends.

The safety of our residents and staff must continue to be our focus. We understand that these restrictions are difficult, especially during this time of year, however, we must keep exposures to a minimum and prevent the spread of this virus within St. Anne’s. We will keep everyone updated through our one call system, letters, website and COVID phone hotline. Should you have any questions, feel free to 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


Update from Our Medical Director – December 15, 2020

Dr. Spicher, the Medical Director at St. Anne’s Retirement Community, provided an update on coronavirus in long-term care facilities including the current state of the COVID-19 pandemic, new developments in testing and treatment as well as new vaccine developments during his December 15, 2020 presentation to St. Anne’s staff. View slides from our Medical Director’s presentation here.

 


PA Latest Travel Guidance At A Glance November 25, 2020

  • The Secretary of Health issued an order requiring travelers over age 11 entering Pennsylvania from locations outside the Commonwealth, including Pennsylvanians who are returning home from locations outside the Commonwealth, to produce evidence of a negative COVID-19 test or place themselves in travel quarantine for 14 days upon entering, unless they receive a negative test result during the 14-day travel quarantine period.
  • If someone cannot get a test or chooses not to, they must quarantine for 14 days upon arrival in Pennsylvania.
  • This does NOT apply to:
    • Individuals traveling to and from the Commonwealth for the purposes of work.
    • Individuals who are returning to the Commonwealth after traveling outside the Commonwealth for less than 24 hours
    • Individuals traveling to and from the Commonwealth for medical reasons, including individuals providing comfort and support to a patient.
    • Military personnel traveling to the Commonwealth by order or directive of a state or Federal military authority.
    • Individuals in transit through the Commonwealth to another destination, provided that the time spent in the Commonwealth is only the amount of time necessary to complete the transit, make use of travel services, such as a highway rest stop, or make necessary travel connections.
    • Individuals traveling to comply with a court order, such as child custody, or other exemptions issued by guidance.
  • This order takes effect on Wednesday, November 25
  • View the amended Order of the Secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Health for Mitigation Relating to Travel.

Amended Order of the Secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Health for Mitigation Relating to Travel
Frequently Asked Questions

By Order issued November 17, 2020, and amended November 25, 2020, the Wolf administration is requiring that travelers over the age of 11 entering Pennsylvania from locations outside the Commonwealth, as well as Pennsylvanians who are returning home from locations outside the Commonwealth, produce evidence of a negative COVID-19 test or place themselves in travel quarantine for 14 days upon entering, unless they receive a negative test result during the 14-day travel quarantine period.
 
When does the Amended Order take effect?
The Amended Order takes effect immediately and will be in effect until further notice.
 
Is this a recommendation or requirement?
This is a requirement. The Order is an enforceable disease control measure authorized by the Disease Prevention and Control Law.
 
Is travel quarantine the same as quarantine when in close contact with someone who tested positive for COVID-19?
No, the travel quarantine is separate and distinct from the isolation required when an individual tests positive for COVID-19 or the quarantine required when an individual has been in close contact with someone who tested positive for COVID-19. This means individuals quarantining after travel, who have not been identified as a close contact, are permitted to stop quarantine once they receive a negative test result. Individuals in quarantine because they are a close contact to a person who tested positive for COVID-19 may not end quarantine early even with a negative test result.

Why are testing or travel quarantine being required?
Testing provides a way for individuals to know their current COVID-19 status and enable them to avoid spreading the virus. Recognizing that an individual may not have their test results before traveling, quarantine is intended to serve that same purpose, to prevent the spread of the virus.
 
What does the Order require?
Anyone who visits the Commonwealth from a location outside the Commonwealth, including residents of the Commonwealth returning to the Commonwealth, must get tested for COVID-19 within 72 hours prior to entering the Commonwealth or after arriving in the Commonwealth. If an individual is unable to get a test, is waiting for test results, or chooses not to get a test, they must complete a travel quarantine for 14 days upon arrival in the Commonwealth. If choosing to quarantine or if waiting for test results, individuals should stay in their travel location for the full 14-day period or until they receive a negative test result.
 
Does the Order apply to people traveling to the Commonwealth from a location outside the Commonwealth as well as people who live in the Commonwealth returning from a location outside the Commonwealth?
Yes, this requirement applies to both visitors to the Commonwealth and to Pennsylvanians coming back from a location outside the Commonwealth.

Does the COVID-19 test need to be a diagnostic PCR test?
To meet the testing requirement, any diagnostic SARS-CoV2 test authorized by the Food and Drug Administration, including a rapid antigen test or a diagnostic PCR test may be used.

Do I, as a Pennsylvanian, have to quarantine after I travel out of state?
Pennsylvanians returning to the Commonwealth from a location outside the Commonwealth must get a COVID-19 test within 72 hours prior to entering the Commonwealth or after arriving in the Commonwealth. If an individual is unable to get a test, is waiting for test results, or chooses not to get a test, they must complete a travel quarantine for 14 days after entering the Commonwealth. If choosing to quarantine or if waiting for negative test results, individuals should stay in their travel destination for the full 14-day period or until they receive a negative test result.  

If someone returns to the Commonwealth and is unable to access a test prior to returning, can they get tested upon return to the Commonwealth?
Yes, if someone is unable to get a COVID-19 test prior to entering the Commonwealth, they may get a COVID-19 test, to comply with the order, after entry. If a person is waiting for test results, or chooses not to get a test, they must complete a travel quarantine for 14 days after entering the Commonwealth. If choosing to quarantine or if waiting for negative test results, individuals should stay at their travel destination for the full 14-day period or until they receive a negative test result.
 
If I am awaiting my test result, am I permitted to enter the Commonwealth?
Yes, individuals are permitted to enter the Commonwealth if they are awaiting their test result. After arrival in the Commonwealth, individuals should stay in their home or travel destination without in-person contact with others outside their traveling party until they receive a negative test result. Individuals in travel quarantine who obtain a negative test do not need to continue the travel quarantine following that negative test result.
 
Do I still have to get tested after travel even if I have no symptoms?
Yes, individuals still need to be tested after travel even if they do not have symptoms. An individual can still have COVID-19 even if they are asymptomatic.
 
Where do I go if I need to get tested in the Commonwealth?
Testing sites can be found on the Department of Heath’s website. Individuals should not seek travel-related testing in the emergency department of a hospital unless they are experiencing a true medical emergency.

I thought there were travel advisories for specific States. Why must any travel outside the Commonwealth result in a quarantine?
COVID-19 case counts in ALL states are now increasing dramatically. This causes an increased risk of spreading COVID-19 when residents travel outside the Commonwealth or visitors travel into the Commonwealth. Because of this increased risk nationwide, a negative test result or travel quarantine is now required.
 
If a spouse or family member has returned from a location outside the Commonwealth, must a non-traveling household member remain in a travel quarantine?
The Order applies to persons who are traveling or have traveled. However, if the individual who traveled receives a positive test result, their close contacts, including household members, must follow Department of Health quarantine policies.

I want to follow the travel quarantine requirement instead of getting the test, but my employer is requiring me to return to work. Do I have any recourse to stay home?
The Commonwealth does not dictate how businesses should implement the requirements in the Order.

My employer has required me to travel quarantine following travel, but I am unable to work from home. Am I entitled to sick leave while I am in travel quarantine?
Employees should discuss leave and pay issues related to COVID-19 quarantine absences with their employer.

What are the exemptions to the travel Order?

  • Individuals traveling to and from the Commonwealth for the purposes of work.
  • Individuals who are returning to the Commonwealth after traveling outside the Commonwealth for less than 24 hours. 
  • Individuals traveling to and from the Commonwealth for medical reasons, including individuals providing comfort and support to a patient.
  • Military personnel traveling to the Commonwealth by order or directive of a state or Federal military authority. This includes military personnel returning to the Commonwealth after traveling outside of the Commonwealth by order or directive of a state or Federal military authority.
  • Individuals in transit through the Commonwealth to another destination, provided that the time spent in the Commonwealth is only the amount of time necessary to complete the transit, make use of travel services, such as a highway rest stop, or make necessary travel connections.
  • Individuals traveling to comply with a court order, such as child custody, or other exemptions issued by guidance.

Does the Order apply to students?
The Order applies to all individuals over the age of 11. The Order does not apply to students who regularly commute to a PreK – 12 or post-secondary institution, whether they commute from in- or out-of-state.

Does the Order apply to all ages?
This Order applies to all individuals over the age of 11.

Does the Order apply to people visiting a vacation home in the Commonwealth or coming back to the Commonwealth from a second home?
This Order applies to individuals over the age of 11 who have traveled to a location outside the Commonwealth unless they qualify for an exemption.  
 
Does the Order apply to churches, mosques, and religious organizations?
No, this Order does not apply to religious organizations or persons attending religious services. However, those individuals who have attended gatherings larger than those allowed by the Commonwealth should get tested or travel quarantine

Does the Order apply to parents picking up children from a college or university?
Yes, parents, guardians, or caregivers must compseely with the Order when picking up a student at school if traveling outside the Commonwealth for more than 24 hours. Parents, guardians, or caregivers who are picking up students from a college or university outside the Commonwealth should take precautions when doing so and refrain from moving throughout the community.

How do out-of-state travel restrictions pertain to post-secondary students returning after Thanksgiving break?
The out-of-state post-secondary student must receive a negative test result from a test administered within 72 hours prior to returning to school or complete travel quarantine for 14 days upon return or until receiving a negative test result. The Order does not apply to post-secondary students who regularly commute to a post-secondary institution, whether they commute from in- or out-of-state.

Is any industry or specific workforce, such as health care workers, exempted from the Order?
The Order applies to all individuals traveling to or returning to their home in the Commonwealth unless they meet an exemption in Section 4 of the Order.
 
Does the Order apply to people visiting colleges and universities for purposes other than student pick-up?
The Department of Education has released guidance for colleges and universities which strongly recommends precautions that would limit transmission to families (visits home and family visits to campus) and the public, especially older populations. If individuals travel to the Commonwealth to visit a college or university, they must have a negative test first or travel quarantine.
 
If someone lives near the border of another state and they frequently cross the border for necessities such as food and medication, would they need to receive a test or quarantine for making those out-of-state trips?
Individuals who are returning to the Commonwealth who have traveled outside of the Commonwealth for less than 24 hours are exempted from the Order.

What if an individual is traveling for work to a state that is not contiguous with the Commonwealth, or are making multiple stops during a work trip?
Individuals traveling to and from the Commonwealth for the purposes of work do not need to be tested or travel quarantine. Individuals who are making business trips outside the Commonwealth for overnight stays rather than commuting to and from work should consider quarantining or testing upon return.

Can students quarantine or isolate in their college dormitories if they are COVID-19 positive or awaiting test results?
Students should follow public health guidance and abide by their college or university policies.

Are airports, hotels, hospitality facilities, businesses, and other organizations required to enforce the Order?
At this time, this Order does not impose any enforcement obligations on those entities; however, these facilities are able to implement policies and procedures to encourage compliance with the Order.

How should businesses implement these recommendations? Can employers require employees returning from locations outside the Commonwealth to stay out of work for 14 days?
The Commonwealth does not dictate how businesses should implement the testing or travel quarantine requirement.

What should I do if I am traveling out of state and cannot get a test because I am asymptomatic and my employer will not let me quarantine for 14 days?
Employees should discuss with their employer their workplace policies relative to the Order to avoid unnecessary leave and pay issues.

Can I temporarily leave travel quarantine to receive testing or other necessary medical services and purchase necessities?
Yes, travelers may temporarily leave travel quarantine to receive testing or other necessary medical services and to purchase necessities.

How is this Order enforced?
The Order is enforceable as a disease control measure under the Disease Prevention and Control Law. The Administration continues to encourage compliance, and expects that, since all people are affected by this virus, everyone will do their utmost to comply. Persons who fail to comply with the Order may be fined between $25.00 and $300.00.


 December 3, 2020

We currently have five asymptomatic positive residents on skilled. We have three residents that have completed their quarantine requirement and have returned to general population. We currently have 3 asymptomatic positive residents on personal care. We are antigen testing both units on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays to minimize the spread of this virus. All residents are still having weekly PCR testing through our lab service. All positive residents have been identified through either PCR testing or antigen testing. All positive skilled residents will be quarantined in our skilled red zone. All positive personal care residents will be quarantined in their rooms as their room is now considered red zones. The first-floor skilled unit as well as the personal care unit are under precautions. This means staff wear full PPE including N95 masks as well as gowns, shields, gloves at all times. All POAs have been notified. We have gone seven months without a resident case and this is a direct result of everyone’s dedication to keeping our residents and staff safe. As the county, state and country see increases in cases again, we must continue restrictions and put other restrictions back in place.

We also have two positive staff members that are quarantining at home. We have eight staff members who have completed their quarantine and have returned to work. We have seven staff members out pending results or because of potential exposures. Our county positivity rate continues to climb quickly. As of Friday, November 27, we were at 12.7%. This rate assists us in determining our restrictions and testing requirements within the facility.  

Because of our guidelines, we will continue testing of staff, personal care residents and skilled residents for at least the next two weeks.

At this time all inside visits, compassionate care visits and window visits are on hold for skilled and personal care until at least December 21. We will re-evaluate these programs over the next several weeks. Should you have any questions, please reach out to social services. End of Life visits are also restricted at this time.

Independent living resident restrictions have changed. Our campus is closed for all visitors at this time. Independent residents should not be gathering in any common areas or in each other’s homes. Please remember to follow the CDC guidelines: wear a mask, social distance and perform frequent hand hygiene.

I-Pad visits for personal care and skilled will continue and can be scheduled through social services.
Our schedule at this time is:
Mon-Fri: 9:30am, 10:00am, 10:30am, 1:00pm, 1:30pm, 2:00pm, 2:30pm, 3:30pm

Additional times on Tues and Thurs: 6:30pm and 7:00pm (we will not have evening times on Christmas Eve or New Year’s Eve)

There will be no weekend I-Pad visits at this time.

We are only scheduling one week out at this time. On Mondays we will schedule for the following week.

Monday November 30: we will schedule for December 7-December 11

Monday, December 7: December 14-December 18

Monday, December 14: December 21-December 24

Monday, December 21: we will schedule for December 28-January 1

Monday, December 28: we will schedule for January 4-January 8

We are not admitting any residents to personal care or skilled unless they are from our campus. We continue our screening process for personnel. Hand washing, wearing of masks, frequent cleaning of surfaces and eye protection for staff are still our best defense against this virus. We have started requiring face shields/goggles for staff not only in resident care areas but throughout our buildings.     

Travel restrictions outside the state continue to change. We have included the update from November 25, 2020 on our website. Please see the Department of Health Travel Restriction website for the most current information. https://www.health.pa.gov/topics/disease/coronavirus/Pages/Travelers.aspx

We have a link on our website to the CDC guidelines for Holiday Celebrations. Please use these guidelines when planning your holiday events. At this time, we strongly encourage families to NOT plan on taking residents out of the facility for holiday gatherings. Our population is very susceptible to this virus.

We will have a COVID 19 update presentation from Dr. Spicher on December 15, 2020 at 1:30pm. This will be broadcasted through our in-house channels.

We will be offering a “lottery” for I-Pad visits on Christmas for skilled and personal care residents. If you are interested in having your name added to the drawing, please reach out to social services. The deadline for adding your name is Wednesday, December 16, 2020 at 5pm. You will be notified by Friday, December 18th if your name was pulled. These visits will be for 15 minutes. The first name pulled will have first choice of times and then the second name pulled will have their pick of the times remaining and we will use this process until all slots have been filled. 

The St. Anne’s Retirement Community (SARC) COVID-19 telephone announcement is updated at least every Tuesday. 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 can not stress enough the importance of SOCIAL DISTANCING, WEARING A MASK AND USING GOOD HAND HYGIENE wherever you are and no matter who you are with. We must continue to be strict with these precautions as this virus continues to explode in our county, state and across the country.  This is for your safety and the safety of our residents, your family, your co-workers and your friends.

We will continue to be vigilant regarding the safety of our residents and staff. We understand that these restrictions are difficult, however, we must do everything to keep exposures to a minimum and to prevent the spread of this virus. We will keep everyone updated through our one call system, letters, website and COVID phone hotline. Should you have any questions, feel free to 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 27, 2020

Through our antigen testing this week, we found 2 more asymptomatic positive residents. We have notified each resident’s POA and have moved these residents to our red zone. We continue to performed frequent antigen testing on all residents in the same unit. We will be testing staff, skilled and personal care residents for at least the next two weeks. We must have two weeks of no new cases before we can return to monthly testing.

We are continuing with not having inside visits, compassionate care visits and window visits for skilled and personal care residents until at least December 14. We will re-evaluate these programs over the next several weeks. Should you have any questions, please reach out to social services.

Our county positivity rate through November 19 is 11.3%. We are currently waiting for this week’s results. CMS and PA Department of Health have guidelines for our testing requirements based on the county positivity rates.  

We are encouraging our skilled and personal care resident families to refrain from having our residents leave the facility. If a resident goes out for a visit, they will need to quarantine for 14 days when they come back to the facility. We will review this guideline at Christmas and New Year’s.

Independent living resident restrictions have not changed. They may continue to visit in common areas. Please remember to follow the CDC guidelines: wear a mask, social distance and perform frequent hand hygiene.

I-Pad visits for skilled and personal care residents will continue and can be scheduled through social services.

The St. Anne’s Retirement Community (SARC) COVID-19 telephone announcement is updated at least every Tuesday. 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 always, please remember wherever you are and whatever you are doing……SOCIAL DISTANCE, WEAR A MASK AND USE GOOD HAND HYGIENE.

We are doing everything we can to keep exposures to a minimum and to prevent the spread of this virus. We appreciate your patience and understanding during this time. Should you have any questions, feel free to contact us at 717-285-5443 and the receptionist can direct you to the appropriate personnel.

Thank you,

Mary Turnbaugh, President


November 20, 2020

This morning we were made aware of an asymptomatic positive resident on skilled. This result is from our weekly testing requirements from November 17 and 18. We have notified the resident’s POA and have moved this resident to our red zone. We performed antigen testing on all residents in the same unit. We had an asymptomatic positive antigen result for another resident. That resident has also been moved to the red zone and the POA has been notified. We will be testing staff, skilled and personal care residents for at least the next two weeks. We must have two weeks of no new cases before we can return to monthly testing.

We are continuing with not having inside visits, compassionate care visits and window visits for skilled and personal care residents until at least December 7. We will re-evaluate these programs over the next several weeks. Should you have any questions, please reach out to social services.

Our county positivity rate through yesterday, November 19 is 11.3%. We will continue to monitor this rate. CMS and PA Department of Health have guidelines for our testing requirements based on the county positivity rates.   

We are encouraging our skilled and personal care resident families to refrain from having our residents leave the facility over Thanksgiving. If a resident goes out for a visit, they will need to quarantine for 14 days when they come back to the facility. We will review this guideline at Christmas and New Year’s.

Independent living resident restrictions have not changed. They may continue to visit in common areas. Please remember to follow the CDC guidelines: wear a mask, social distance and perform frequent hand hygiene.

I-Pad visits for skilled and personal care residents will continue and can be scheduled through social services.  

The St. Anne’s Retirement Community (SARC) COVID-19 telephone announcement is updated at least every Tuesday. 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 always, please remember wherever you are and whatever you are doing……SOCIAL DISTANCE, WEAR A MASK AND USE GOOD HAND HYGIENE.

We continue to follow the guidelines from the government to keep our residents and staff safe. We understand that these restrictions are difficult, however, we are doing everything we can to keep exposures to a minimum and to prevent the spread of this virus. We appreciate your patience during this time. Should you have any questions, feel free to contact us at 717-285-5443 and the receptionist can direct you to the appropriate personnel.

Thank you,

Mary Turnbaugh, President


November 17, 2020

We currently have one asymptomatic positive resident on skilled. This result is from our weekly testing requirements from November 11 and 12. We do not have all of our results from Nov 11 and 12 yet. We are working with our contracted Lab service as they are having operational issues on their end. We will post all results when we receive them. The positive resident will be quarantined in our red zone for 14 days. The POA has been notified. We did antigen testing and PCR testing on all residents within the same hallway over the weekend, both tests (antigen and PCR) were negative for all other residents in that hallway.

We also have three symptomatic positive staff members that are quarantining at home for 14 days. Our county positivity rate continues to climb quickly. As of Friday, November 13, we were at 9.1%. This rate also assists us in determining our restrictions within the facility.  

Because of our guidelines, we will continue testing of staff, personal care residents and skilled residents for at least the next two weeks.

At this time all inside visits, compassionate care visits and window visits are on hold for skilled and personal care until at least December 7. We will re-evaluate these programs over the next several weeks. Should you have any questions, please reach out to social services. End of Life visits are also restricted at this time. Once we have results from the testing completed this week (November 17 and 18), we will re-evaluate this limitation.

Independent living resident restrictions have not change. They may continue to visit in common areas. Please remember to follow the CDC guidelines: wear a mask, social distance and perform frequent hand hygiene.

I-Pad visits for personal care and skilled will continue and can be scheduled through social services. Our schedule at this time is:

Mon-Fri: 9:30am, 10:00am, 10:30am, 1:00pm, 1:30pm, 2:00pm, 2:30pm, 3:30pm

Additional times on Tues and Thurs: 6:30pm and 7:00pm (we will not have evening times on Christmas Eve or New Year’s Eve)

There will be no weekend I-Pad visits at this time.

We are only scheduling one week out at this time. On Mondays we will schedule for the following week. We will honor those who have already scheduled for this weekend and next week.

Monday, November 23: we will schedule for November 30-December 4

Monday November 30: we will schedule for December 7-December 11

Monday, December 7: December 14-December 18

Monday, December 14: December 21-December 24

Monday, December 21: we will schedule for December 28-January 1

Monday, December 28: we will schedule for January 4-January 8

We are continuing our admission process and screening process. Hand washing, wearing of masks, frequent cleaning of surfaces and eye protection for staff are still our best defense against this virus. We have started requiring face shields/goggles for staff not only in resident care areas but throughout our buildings.     

Travel restrictions to other areas continue through the Department of Health. Any individual who travels to a “hot spot” or area of increased COVID-19 activity, should consider self-quarantining for 14 (fourteen) days after return to home. Also, any individual who travels to a state currently on the Department of Health Travel Restriction List should also consider self-quarantining for 14 (fourteen) days after returning to Pennsylvania. This list is updated every Friday. This is the current list from Friday, November 13. The current list includes Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Wisconsin and Wyoming. Please remember to check the DOH website frequently as that list can change:

https://www.health.pa.gov/topics/disease/coronavirus/Pages/Travelers.aspx

 Please use CDC guidelines when planning your holiday events.

We will be offering a “lottery” for 6 I-Pad visits on Thanksgiving for skilled and personal care residents. If you are interested in having your name added to the drawing, please reach out to social services. The deadline for adding your name is Wednesday, November 18, 2020 at 5pm. You will be notified by Friday, November 20th if your name was pulled. Visits will be scheduled at 9:30am, 10:00am, 10:30am, 1:00pm,1:30pm and 2:00pm. These visits will be for 15 minutes. The first name pulled will have first choice of times and then the second name pulled will have their pick of the times remaining and we will use this process until all 6 slots have been filled. 

The St. Anne’s Retirement Community (SARC) COVID-19 telephone announcement is updated at least every Tuesday. 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 can not stress enough the importance of SOCIAL DISTANCING, WEARING A MASK AND USING GOOD HAND HYGIENE wherever you are and no matter who you are with. We must continue to be strict with these precautions as this virus continues to mount a resurgence.  This is not the time to relax those precautions even though we know you miss your previous “life” We must re-enforce to all, the importance of continuing them. This is for your safety and the safety of our residents, your family, your co-workers and your friends.

We will continue to be vigilant regarding the safety of our residents and staff. We understand that these restrictions are difficult, however, we must do everything to keep exposures to a minimum and to prevent the spread of this virus. We will keep everyone updated through our one call system, letters, website and COVID phone hotline. Should you have any questions, feel free to contact us at 717-285-5443 and the receptionist can direct you to the appropriate personnel.

Thank you,

Mary Turnbaugh, President


November 14, 2020

We were notified this morning that we have an asymptomatic positive resident on skilled. This result is from our weekly testing requirements. We have notified the resident’s POA and have moved this resident to our red zone. We are performing antigen testing and PCR testing on all residents within the same hallway today.
At this time all inside visits, compassionate care visits and window visits are on hold for skilled and personal care until at least December 1. We will re-evaluate these programs over the next several weeks. Should you have any questions, please reach out to social services.

At this time, independent living resident restrictions have not change. They may continue to visit in common areas. Please remember to follow the CDC guidelines: wear a mask, social distance and perform frequent hand hygiene.
I-Pad visits will continue and can be scheduled through social services.
The St. Anne’s Retirement Community (SARC) COVID-19 telephone announcement is updated at least every Tuesday. 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 always, please remember wherever you are and whatever you are doing……SOCIAL DISTANCE, WEAR A MASK AND USE GOOD HAND HYGIENE.

The safety of our residents and staff are first and foremost the priority at this time. We understand that these restrictions are difficult, however, we must do everything to keep exposures to a minimum and to prevent the spread of this virus. We appreciate your patience during this time. Should you have any questions, feel free to contact us at 717-285-5443 and the receptionist can direct you to the appropriate personnel.

Thank you,
Mary Turnbaugh, President

 


November 9, 2020

We have one staff member who is an asymptomatic positive for COVID-19. Along with that, the county positivity rate continues to climb. As of last Friday, the rate was 6.5%. Because of this information, we will need to complete weekly testing for staff, personal care residents and skilled residents for at least another two weeks. We will continue to monitor the county positivity rate weekly. Communal dining, activities and inside visits are still closed and will be closed through November. At this time, independent living resident restrictions have not changed.

We have established standards for both a resident’s participation in the Compassionate Care Program as well as guidelines for the visit and visitor. If you have asked to be considered for the program, our team will be in touch as to whether the resident has met the standards and to provide you with the requirements for the visit and for you, the visitor.  If you would like to learn more about the SNF compassionate care program, please contact social services. Updated guidelines for compassionate care visits are on the website. We also have the schedule for these visits on the website. We are currently utilizing the craft room on 1st floor and room 200 on 2nd floor.

Visitors wishing to have compassionate care visits are required to have a COVID-19 PCR test within the last 7 days and bring a copy of the negative results with them for a scheduled visit. An antigen or antibody test is not sufficient (please see the definitions of each type of test at the end of this update). If a skilled resident has a relative living on the SARC campus and that relative is allowed a compassionate care visit with the skilled resident, they may have their testing done through our PCR testing vendor. Please notify Lisa Hollywood or Heather Weiss to be added to our schedule. The associated cost for this PCR test is $115/test. Our lab service will bill insurance and the individual will be billed through St. Anne’s for the difference. Please bring a copy of your insurance card to your scheduled appointment.

If we are still doing weekly testing when we are allowed to have inside visits again, we will offer this same service to those relatives living on our campus wishing to have testing completed for personal care and skilled inside visits.

Window visits and I-Pad visits will continue as scheduled. Please arrange visits through your social services coordinator. An updated schedule is on the website.  

We are continuing our admission process and screening process. Hand washing, wearing of masks, frequent cleaning of surfaces and eye protection for staff are still our best defense against this virus. We have started requiring face shields/goggles for staff not only in resident care areas but throughout our buildings.     

Travel restrictions to other areas continue through the Department of Health. Any individual who travels to a “hot spot” or area of increased COVID-19 activity, should consider self-quarantining for 14 (fourteen) days after return to home. Also, any individual who travels to a state currently on the Department of Health Travel Restriction List should also consider self-quarantining for 14 (fourteen) days after returning to Pennsylvania. This list is updated every Friday. This is the current list from Friday, November 6. The current list includes Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Wisconsin and Wyoming. Please remember to check the DOH website frequently as that list can change:

https://www.health.pa.gov/topics/disease/coronavirus/Pages/Travelers.aspx

Our screening form has been updated to include a 5th question related to modes of travel. Please make sure when completing the questionnaire, you are answering all the questions.

We have added a link on our website to the CDC guidelines for Holiday Celebrations. Please use these guidelines when planning your holiday events.

We will be offering a “lottery” for 6 I-Pad visits on Thanksgiving for skilled and personal care residents. If you are interested in having your name added to the drawing, please reach out to social services. The deadline for adding your name is Wednesday, November 18, 2020 at 5pm. You will be notified by Friday, November 20th if your name was pulled. Visits will be scheduled at 9:30am, 10:00am, 10:30am, 1:00pm,1:30pm and 2:00pm. These visits will be for 15 minutes. The first name pulled will have first choice of times and then the second name pulled will have their pick of the times remaining and we will use this process until all 6 slots have been filled. 

The St. Anne’s Retirement Community (SARC) COVID-19 telephone announcement is updated at least every Tuesday. 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 always, please remember wherever you are and whatever you are doing……SOCIAL DISTANCE, WEAR A MASK AND USE GOOD HAND HYGIENE.

Our guidelines still continue to change frequently. We appreciate your patience while we strive to keep our Residents and Staff safe. Should you have any questions, please feel free to 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

 

Testing Definitions: More in-depth definitions can be found on the CDC Website. 

A PCR test uses polymerase chain reaction (PCR) technology. These tests detect disease by looking for traces of the virus’ genetic material.

An Antigen test looks for proteins that live on the virus’ surface.

Antibody tests are not meant to pick up on current infection with SARS-CoV-2. Rather, they search the blood for antibodies, proteins the body makes in response to an infection that may provide immunity against the same disease in the future. These tests look for SARS-CoV-2-specific antibodies to see if you’ve previously had coronavirus.

 

November 3, 2020
We were notified yesterday morning, that we have a positive staff member. This staff member has symptoms and was tested on Sunday. Because of this, we will need to complete weekly testing for staff, personal care residents and skilled residents until we have two consecutive weeks of negative tests for everyone who was tested. We also need to close down communal dining, activities and inside visits. Independent living resident restrictions will not change.

We are also testing based on the Lancaster County Positivity Rate which is now above 5% (as of last Friday, we are at 5.8%). Because of this rate and in accordance with CMS and Department of Health guidelines, we must test staff weekly. Those residents who have had inside visits, compassionate care visits, or residents who have been out of the building within the last 14 days are also included in the weekly testing. This testing requirement will continue until two weeks after the positivity rate in Lancaster County drops below 5%.

At this time, visitors who wish to have compassionate care visits are required to have a COVID-19 PCR test within the last 7 days and bring a copy of the negative results with them for a scheduled visit. An antigen or antibody test is not sufficient (please see the definitions of each type of test at the end of this update). These guidelines will continue for two weeks after the positivity rate drops below 5%. We have a list of local entities that offer COVID-19 testing on our website or you may reach out to your physician. This is not a complete list and can change, please call to verify an entity’s status. If a skilled resident has a relative living on the SARC campus and that relative is allowed a compassionate care visit with the skilled resident, they may have their testing done through our PCR testing vendor. Please notify Lisa Hollywood or Heather Weiss to be added to our schedule. The associated cost for this PCR test is $115/test. Our lab service will bill insurance and the individual will be billed through St. Anne’s for the difference. Please bring a copy of your insurance card to your scheduled appointment.

If we are still doing weekly testing when we are allowed to have inside visits again, we will offer this same service to those relatives living on our campus wishing to have testing completed for personal care and skilled inside visits.

We have established standards for both a resident’s participation in the Compassionate Care Program as well as guidelines for the visit and visitor. If you have asked to be considered for the program, our team will be in touch as to whether the resident has met the standards and to provide you with the requirements for the visit and for you, the visitor.  If you would like to learn more about the SNF compassionate care program, please contact social services. Updated guidelines for compassionate care visits are on the website. We also have the schedule for these visits on the website. We are currently utilizing the craft room on 1st floor and room 200 on 2nd floor.

Window visits and I-Pad visits will continue as scheduled. Please arrange visits through your social services coordinator. An updated schedule is on the website.  

 Please remember if at any time we have a positive case of COVID-19 (either staff or resident), we will again close our doors. We will need to have 2 (two) negative staff and resident test results spaced 1 (one) week apart before we can consider trying to re-open again. With our last update, we sent a new consent form to residents/POAs on skilled and personal care. The main change is not designating the type of test nor the laboratory we are using as there are several different types of tests at our disposal at this time. We also state that testing/contact tracing is based on the government guidelines so as things change, we do not need to ask for a new consent. As before, please complete and return in the provided envelope. 

We are continuing our admission process and screening process. Hand washing, wearing of masks, frequent cleaning of surfaces and eye protection for staff are still our best defense against this virus. We have started requiring face shields/goggles for staff not only in resident care areas but throughout our buildings.     

Travel restrictions to other areas continue through the Department of Health. Any individual who travels to a “hot spot or area of increased COVID-19 activity, should consider self-quarantining for 14 (fourteen) days after return to home. Also, any individual who travels to a state currently on the Department of Health Travel Restriction List should also consider self-quarantining for 14 (fourteen) days after returning to Pennsylvania. This list is updated every Friday. This is the current list from Friday, October 30. The current list includes Alabama, Alaska, Arkansas, Colorado, Florida, Idaho, Indiana, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Wisconsin and Wyoming. Please remember to check the DOH website frequently as that list can change:

https://www.health.pa.gov/topics/disease/coronavirus/Pages/Travelers.aspx

Our screening form has been updated to include a 5th question related to modes of travel. Please make sure when completing the questionnaire, you are answering all the questions.

We have added a link on our website to the CDC guidelines for Holiday Celebrations. Please use these guidelines when planning your holiday events.

We will be offering a “lottery” for 6 I-Pad visits on Thanksgiving for skilled and personal care residents. If you are interested in having your name added to the drawing, please reach out to social services. The deadline for adding your name is Wednesday, November 18, 2020 at 5pm. You will be notified by Friday, November 20th if your name was pulled. Visits will be scheduled at 9:30am, 10:00am, 10:30am, 1:00pm,1:30pm and 2:00pm. These visits will be for 15 minutes. The first name pulled will have first choice of times and then the second name pulled will have their pick of the times remaining and we will use this process until all 6 slots have been filled. 

The St. Anne’s Retirement Community (SARC) COVID-19 telephone announcement is updated at least every Tuesday. 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 always, please remember wherever you are and whatever you are doing… SOCIAL DISTANCE, WEAR A MASK AND USE GOOD HAND HYGIENE.

We know this pandemic has us changing guidelines and requirements frequently. While we continue our efforts to keep our Residents and Staff safe, your ongoing understanding and support is greatly appreciated. It has not been an easy road for anyone. Should you have any questions, please feel free to contact us at 717-285-5443 and the receptionist can direct you to the appropriate personnel.

Thank you,
Mary Turnbaugh, President

Testing Definitions: More in-depth definitions can be found on the CDC Website. 

  • A PCR test uses polymerase chain reaction (PCR) technology. These tests detect disease by looking for traces of the virus’ genetic material.
  • An Antigen test looks for proteins that live on the virus’ surface.
  • Antibody tests are not meant to pick up on current infection with SARS-CoV-2. Rather, they search the blood for antibodies, proteins the body makes in response to an infection that may provide immunity against the same disease in the future. These tests look for SARS-CoV-2-specific antibodies to see if you’ve previously had coronavirus.

October 27, 2020
We are beginning to schedule skilled compassionate care visits this week. We have established standards for both the requirements for a resident’s participation as well as strict guidelines for the visit and visitor. If you have asked to be considered for the program, our team will be in touch as to whether the resident has met the standards and to provide you with the requirements for the visit and for you, the visitor.  If you would like to learn more about the SNF compassionate care program, please contact social services. Updated guidelines for compassionate care visits are on the website. We also have the schedule for these visits on the website. We are currently utilizing the craft room on 1st floor and room 200 on 2nd floor.

Also, window visits being scheduled from this week forward will have two additional times on the weekends. Saturday and Sunday will have a window visit time at 10:30am and one at 4:00pm. Please schedule through your social services coordinator. An updated schedule is on the website.  
 Please remember if at any time we have a positive case of COVID-19 (either staff or resident), we will again close our doors. We will need to have 2 (two) negative staff and resident test results spaced 1 (one) week apart before we can consider trying to re-open again.
Please remember that we sent a new consent form to residents/POAs on skilled and personal care. The main change is not designating the type of test nor the laboratory we are using as there are several different types of tests at our disposal at this time. We also state that testing/contact tracing is based on the government guidelines so as things change, we do not need to ask for a new consent. As before, please complete and return in the provided envelope. 

We are continuing our admission process and screening process. Hand washing, wearing of masks, frequent cleaning of surfaces and eye protection for staff are still our best defense against this virus.

Travel restrictions to other areas continue through the Department of Health. Any individual who travels to a “hot spot or area of increased COVID-19 activity, should consider self-quarantining for 14 (fourteen) days after return to home. Also, any individual who travels to a state currently on the Department of Health Travel Restriction List should also consider self-quarantining for 14 (fourteen) days after returning to Pennsylvania. This list is updated every Friday. This is the current list from Friday, October 23. The current list includes Alabama, Alaska, Arkansas, Florida, Idaho, Indiana, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Utah, Wisconsin and Wyoming. Please remember to check the DOH website frequently as that list can change:
https://www.health.pa.gov/topics/disease/coronavirus/Pages/Travelers.aspx

The St. Anne’s Retirement Community (SARC) COVID-19 telephone announcement is updated at least every Tuesday. 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 always, please remember wherever you are and whatever you are doing……SOCIAL DISTANCE, WEAR A MASK AND USE GOOD HAND HYGIENE. We will continue expanding our re-opening process as long as we remain negative. Thank you for your support through this pandemic. It has not been an easy road for anyone. Should you have any questions, please feel free to contact us at 717-285-5443 and the receptionist can direct you to the appropriate personnel.
Thank you,

Mary Turnbaugh, President

 

Skilled and Personal Care Visits  

  • INSIDE VISITS FOR OCTOBER 19 – NOVEMBER 30
    • SKILLED WILL BE IN PAULINE HALL AT EITHER END (MIDDLE SECTION WILL BE FOR ACTIVITIES)
    • PERSONAL CARE WILL BE IN THE GAME ROOM
    • MONDAY, WEDNESDAY AND THURSDAY: 3:00PM and 3:40PM
    • TUESDAY AND FRIDAY: 10:00AM AND 10:40AM
  •  WINDOW VISITS FOR OCTOBER 19 – NOVEMBER 30
    • MONDAY, WEDNESDAY AND THURSDAY: 9:30AM, 10:00AM, 1:00PM AND 1:30PM
    • TUESDAY AND FRIDAY: 9:30AM, 1:00PM, 1:30PM AND 2:00PM
    • TUESDAY AND THURSDAY: 6:30PM AND 7:00PM
    • SATURDAY AND SUNDAY: 6:30PM
  • SCHEDULING PROCESS FOR INSIDE VISITS WILL BE:
    • October 12: we will start scheduling inside visits for the weeks of October 19, October 26 and November 2.
    • October 26: we will start scheduling inside visits for the weeks of November 9, November 16 and November 23.
    • November 16 we will start scheduling inside visits for the weeks of November 30, December 7 and December 14.

PLEASE REMEMBER ONLY ONE VISIT/WEEK AS WE WANT TO MAKE SURE EVERY RESIDENT HAS AN OPPORTUNITY FOR A VISIT

THERE ARE NO VISITS OF ANY KIND ON THANKSGIVING. WE ARE WORKING ON A “LOTTERY SYSTEM” FOR IPAD VISITS THAT DAY – MORE DETAILS TO COME.

Compassionate Care Visit Schedule

Visitors may schedule a Compassionate Care Visit with social services according to the following schedule:

  • October 26: for the weeks of November 2, November 9 and November 16
  • November 16: for the weeks of November 23, November 30, December 7 and December 14
  • December 7: for the weeks of December 21, December 28 and January 4

Current Compassionate Care Visit times are Monday through Friday:

  • 9:30am-10:30am
  • 11:30am – 12:30pm
  • 1:00pm-2:00pm
  • 3:00pm-4:00pm
  • 4:45pm-5:45pm
  • Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s schedules may vary.
    Changes will be announced as needed.

St. Anne’s Retirement Community, Compassionate Care Visitation Education

  • Compassionate Care Visits will occur in the craft room on first floor and in room 200 on the second floor unless the resident is in the asymptomatic yellow zone.
  • There are only two (2) Visitors allowed at a Compassionate Care Visit. All visitors must be at least 10 years of age to visit.
  • At this time, Compassionate Care Visits are Monday through Friday only.
  • If a resident is receiving Compassionate Care Visits, there are no other types of visits scheduled.
  • Compassionate Care Visits are for 1 hour at this time.
  • At this time, we will only allow Compassionate Care Visits in our green and asymptomatic yellow zones. Our symptomatic yellow and red zones will be offered iPad visits.
  • If at any time you become COVID – 19 positive or have a COVID -19 exposure, please report this immediately to SARC. SARC will need to evaluate for staff and resident testing and contact tracing.   
  • If you have an underlying condition or illness putting you at higher risk for COVID-19, please do NOT attend visit. Please check with your physician prior to scheduling another visit
  • Masks should be on when entering the building and you should continue to wear your mask at all times when in the building. Do not pull down your mask to talk or to show your mouth.
    • If your mask comes down, the visit ends and the resident will need to be placed in isolation for 14 days. Future visits will not be considered for you.
  • When entering a Compassionate Care room for a visit, please have your face shield on. If the visit is occurring in the asymptomatic yellow zone, full PPE (personal protection equipment) must be worn at all times. This includes a mask, shield, gown and gloves. 
  • If at any time during a Compassionate Care Visit, there is contact with the resident, please wear gloves. Please had sanitize after removing gloves.  
  • Always remember to social distance (6 ft) when possible.
  • Try not to touch your hands to you face or touch multiple surfaces during your visit.
  • Remember to wash and/or sanitize your hands frequently.
  • There are hand sanitizing stations at the front desk, at each elevator and in each room.
  • Only the bathrooms at the front desk are available for visitor use.
  • Do not go into any other area/room before, during or after your visit.
  • Do not go into any areas that are marked “symptomatic yellow” or “red” zone.
  • You will be required to complete a short screening questionnaire before and after each visit.
  • You will be required to have your temperature taken before and after each visit.
  •  Contact the Social Service Department to schedule your visit to SARC.
  •  Please check with Social Services when scheduling a visit to learn about required COVID testing before your visit. You will be required to follow the guidelines that St. Anne’s must follow according to the government.
  •  You must have a COVID-19 test with negative results completed with the 7 (seven) days prior to your first Compassionate Care Visit. A copy of the negative test result MUST be brought with you.
  •  Any visitors who does not follow the guidelines set for visitation will be restricted from further visits.
  •  Should a Resident need to use the bathroom during a Compassionate Care Visit, the resident will be returned to their room and will return to the Compassionate Care Room to continue the visit if there is still time available.
  •  Visit time will NOT be extended because of a resident’s need to leave the room, nor will an additional time slot be provided for that day. 
  • During a Compassionate Care Visit, if there is a need for a staff member, please use the call bell system to request staff. Visitors should not leave the room or approach the nurse station.
  •  We will provide your first face shield free of charge for a Compassionate Care Visit. If your shield is forgotten, we will offer a second one for $10.00 (if we have shields available). If your shield is forgotten at ANY future visit, the visit will be cancelled as face shields are required for every visit. 

 COMPASSIONATE CARE VISITS SCHEDULE

Visitors may schedule a Compassionate Care Visit with social services according to the following schedule:

  • October 26: for the weeks of November 2, November 9 and November 16
  • November 16: for the weeks of November 23, November 30, December 7 and December 14
  • December 7: for the weeks of December 21, December 28 and January 4

Current Compassionate Care Visit times are Monday through Friday:

  • 9:30am-10:30am
  • 11:30am – 12:30pm
  • 1:00pm-2:00pm
  • 3:00pm-4:00pm
  • 4:45pm-5:45pm

REMEMBER: Always wear your mask, social distance and hand hygiene, as these are your best defenses against COVID-19.


October 20, 2020
As was shared last week, our personal care (PC) and skilled (SNF) residents as well as staff results for COVID-19 from October 7 and 8 were negative. We are now allowed to begin re-opening our campus again. As of Monday, October 19, we initiated inside visits for skilled and personal care residents. We will still offer window visits and facetime/I-pad visits. All visits can be scheduled through social services. There is a copy of the schedule for inside and window visits for October and November on the website as well as the guidelines for inside visits. We will continue to monitor the Department of Health county positivity rate on a biweekly basis to determine future testing requirements. Independent living residents may continue with common area visits with loved ones using our standard precautions.

 Please remember if at any time we have a positive case of COVID-19 (either staff or resident), we will again close our doors. We will need to have 2 (two) negative staff and resident test results spaced 1 (one) week apart before we can consider trying to re-open again. 

We are sending a new consent form to residents/POAs. The main change is not designating the type of test nor the laboratory we are using as there are several different types of tests at our disposal at this time. We also state that testing/contact tracing is based on the government guidelines so as things change, we do not need to ask for a new consent. As before, please complete and return in the provided envelope.

We will begin skilled compassionate care visits the week of October 26, 2020. We have established standards for both the requirements for a resident’s participation as well as strict guidelines for the visit and visitor. If you have asked to be considered for the program, our team will be in touch as to whether the resident has met the standards and to provide you with the requirements for the visit and for you, the visitor.  If you would like to learn more about the SNF compassionate care program, please contact social services.  We are currently planning on using the craft room on 1st floor and room 200 on 2nd floor.

We are continuing our admission process and screening process. Hand washing, wearing of masks, frequent cleaning of surfaces and eye protection for staff are still our best defense against this virus.

Travel restrictions to other areas continue through the Department of Health. Any individual who travels to a “hot spot or area of increased COVID-19 activity, should consider self-quarantining for 14 (fourteen) days after return to home. Also, any individual who travels to a state currently on the Department of Health Travel Restriction List should also consider self-quarantining for 14 (fourteen) days after returning to Pennsylvania. This list is updated every Friday. This is the current list from Friday, October 16. The current list includes Alabama, Alaska, Arkansas, Florida, Idaho, Indiana, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Utah, Wisconsin and Wyoming. Please remember to check the DOH website frequently as that list can change: https://www.health.pa.gov/topics/disease/coronavirus/Pages/Travelers.aspx

The St. Anne’s Retirement Community (SARC) COVID-19 telephone announcement is updated at least every Tuesday. 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 always, please remember wherever you are and whatever you are doing……SOCIAL DISTANCE, WEAR A MASK AND USE GOOD HAND HYGIENE. While we begin the re-opening program again, your ongoing support and understanding is very much appreciated. Should you have any questions, please feel free to contact us at 717-285-5443 and the receptionist can direct you to the appropriate personnel. 
Thank you,

Mary Turnbaugh, President

Skilled and Personal Care Visits 

  • INSIDE VISITS FOR OCTOBER 19 – NOVEMBER 30:
    MONDAY, WEDNESDAY AND THURSDAY: 3:00PM and 3:40PM
    TUESDAY AND FRIDAY: 10:00AM AND 10:40AM      

    • SKILLED WILL BE IN PAULINE HALL AT EITHER END (MIDDLE SECTION WILL BE FOR ACTIVITIES)
    • PERSONAL CARE WILL BE IN THE GAME ROOM

 

  • WINDOW VISITS FOR OCTOBER 19 – NOVEMBER 30: 
    MONDAY, WEDNESDAY AND THURSDAY: 9:30AM, 10:00AM, 1:00PM AND 1:30PM
    TUESDAY AND FRIDAY: 9:30AM, 1:00PM, 1:30PM AND 2:00PM
    TUESDAY AND THURSDAY: 6:30PM AND 7:00PM
    SATURDAY AND SUNDAY: 6:30PM

 

  • SCHEDULING PROCESS FOR INSIDE VISITS WILL BE:
    • October 12: we will start scheduling inside visits for the weeks of October 19, October 26 and November 2.
    • October 26: we will start scheduling inside visits for the weeks of November 9, November 16 and November 23.
    • November 16: we will start scheduling inside visits for the weeks of November 30, December 7 and December 14.

Please remember only one visit/week as we want to make sure every Resident has an opportunity for a visit.

There are NO VISITS OF ANY KIND ON THANKSGIVING. We are working on a “Lottery System”for iPad visits that day. More details will be forthcoming. 

 

VISITOR GUIDELINES FOR SKILLED AND PERSONAL CARE:

  • Masks MUST be worn by Residents and Visitors at ALL times for ALL Inside Visits. If a Resident can not keep a mask on, please use provide a face shield for them.
  • Social Distancing (6ft apart) MUST occur at all times for Inside Visits. Please abide by the tape markings on the floor and do not cross over them. The plexi-glass barrier must remain in place during the visit.
  • There is no Touching/Contact during an Inside Visit.
  • There are only two (2) Visitors allowed at an Inside Visit. All visitors must be at least 10 years of age to visit.
  • There is no passing of any food or drink during an Inside Visit.
  • Visitors will be required to sign in, complete our screening form, have their temperature taken before the visit and hand sanitize before a visit can occur. Visitors will need to hand sanitize at the end of the visit.
  • Visitors must be seated before a Resident will be brought to the Visit site.
  • Residents will need to hand sanitize before and after the visit.
  • Inside Visits are for 20 minutes. 
    • If visitor has an underlying condition or illness putting them at higher risk for COVID-19, please do NOT attend visit. Please check with your physician prior to scheduling another visit.
    • Nursing Administration and Social Service will determine the appropriateness of a Resident for an inside visit. Our Medical Director will be involved as necessary.
  • ** Should a visitor remove their mask during the visit, the visit will end and the Resident will need to quarantine for 14 days.**

 
 

Compassionate Care Visits 

VISITOR GUIDELINES: Compassionate Care Visits will occur in a room set for Compassionate Care Visits.

  • Nursing Administration and Social Service will determine the appropriateness of a Resident for a Compassionate Care Visit. Our Medical Director will be involved as necessary.
  • There will be ongoing evaluations of residents in the Compassionate Care Program to determine their continued need for the program.
  • If a visitor wants a Compassionate Care Visit, a resident evaluation will be completed to determine if the federal and state guidelines are met and then a visit can be scheduled. The visitor will be notified of the outcome of the evaluation. A visitor will need to request a new review each time they would like a new evaluation completed.
  • All visitors must have a COVID-19 test with negative results completed with the 7 (seven) days prior to their first Compassionate Care Visit.  A copy of the negative test result MUST be brought with them.
  • Visitors will need to adhere to St. Anne’s Retirement Community’s (SARC) COVID-19 Testing requirements as set forth by federal and State guidelines for frequency of future testing. Currently, SARC is testing monthly. This means after the first test, visitors will need to ensure that they have their next test at one (1) month with a copy of the negative result brought to their next visit. If SARC returns to a weekly test or a bi-weekly test, then the visitor will also be required to test accordingly with a copy of the negative test results brought with them. SARC will inform them if/when our testing requirements change. 
  • Only residents meeting the established government guidelines for Compassionate Care Visits will be allowed to have this type of visit. These residents will have re-evaluations during this phase of re-opening to ensure they still meet the requirements. 
  • Masks/Face Shields are encouraged to be worn by Residents at all times during a Compassionate Care Visit except during meals. 
  • Visitors MUST wear a mask and face shield at ALL times during a Compassionate Care Visit. 
  • Visitors MUST wear gloves if there is contact with a resident for any reason (ie. assisting with meal).
  •  Social Distancing (6ft apart) MUST occur at all times for Compassionate Care Visits unless assisting resident with meals.
  •  There are only two (2) Visitors allowed at a Compassionate Care Visit. All visitors must be at least 10 years of age to visit.
  •  Visitors will be required to sign in, complete the screening form, have their temperature taken before each visit as well as hand sanitize before a visit can occur. Visitors will need to hand sanitize frequently during and again at the end of the visit.
  •  Residents will need to hand sanitize before and after the visit.
  • Compassionate Care Visits are for 1 hour at this time.
  •  If visitor has an underlying condition or illness putting them at higher risk for COVID-19, please do NOT attend visit. Please check with your physician prior to scheduling another visit
  • Should a Resident need to use the bathroom during a Compassionate Care Visit, the resident will be returned to their room and will return to the Compassionate Care Room to continue the visit if there is still time available.
  • Visit time will NOT be extended because of a resident’s need to leave the room.

 

COMPASSIONATE CARE VISITS: Currently Monday through Friday:

  • 9:30am-10:30am
  • 11:30am – 12:30pm
  • 1:00pm-2:00pm
  • 3:00pm-4:00pm
  • 4:45pm-5:45pm

 

Please schedule Compassionate Care Visits through your Social Services Coordinator. We will allow 1 visit/day for each resident at this time. We will re-evaluate the schedule as we monitor the usage of the program.

 Should a visitor remove their mask during the visit, the visit will end and the Resident will need to quarantine for 14 days.


October 13, 2020

Our personal care residents, skilled residents and staff results for COVID-19 last week are negative. We are able to resume a re-opening program. This will begin on Monday, October 19, 2020. We will be utilizing the Game Room and Pauline Hall for inside visits as the weather has started to turn cool. We will have similar guidelines for inside visits that we had for outside visits. These will be posted on our website this week and will be sent in our next letter to residents and families. We will continue to monitor the Department of Health county positivity rate on a biweekly basis to determine future testing requirements. To schedule an inside visit, I-pad visit or window visit, please contact your social services coordinator. 20. Independent living residents may continue with inside visits in common areas for visitors. Please remember if at any time we have a positive case of COVID-19 (either staff or resident), we will again close our doors. We will need to have 2 (two) negative staff and resident test results spaced 1 (one) week apart before we can consider trying to re-open again.

We are continuing our admission process and screening process. Hand washing, wearing of masks, frequent cleaning of surfaces and eye protection for staff are still our best defense against this virus.

Travel restrictions to other areas continue through the Department of Health. Any individual who travels to a “hot spot or area of increased COVID-19 activity, should consider self-quarantining for 14 (fourteen) days after return to home. Also, any individual who travels to a state currently on the Department of Health Travel Restriction List should also consider self-quarantining for 14 (fourteen) days after returning to Pennsylvania. This list is updated every Friday. This is the current list from Friday, October 9. The current list includes Alabama, Alaska, Arkansas, Florida, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Wisconsin and Wyoming. Please remember to check the DOH website frequently as that list can change: 
https://www.health.pa.gov/topics/disease/coronavirus/Pages/Travelers.aspx

The St. Anne’s Retirement Community (SARC) COVID-19 telephone announcement is updated at least every Tuesday. 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 always, please remember wherever you are and whatever you are doing…
SOCIAL DISTANCE
WEAR A MASK
USE GOOD HAND HYGIENE

While we are going to re-open our doors for some inside visitation, please remember we can only be successful with this program if everyone follows the guidelines we set in place from the government. Should you have any questions, please feel free to contact us at 717-285-5443 and the receptionist can direct you to the appropriate personnel.

Thank you,
Mary Turnbaugh, President


October 6, 2020

Our personal care and skilled residents as well as staff results for COVID-19 from last week are negative. We are testing individuals on October 7 and 8. If those results are negative as well, we will begin a re-opening program during the week of October 19. We will again monitor the Department of Health county positivity rate on a biweekly basis to determine future testing requirements. Attached is the modified schedule for window visits and indoor visits for personal care and skilled residents that we hope to start on October 19, 2020. Independent living residents may continue their current precautions.
Please remember if at any time we have a positive case of COVID-19 (either staff or resident) we will again close our doors. We will need to have 2 (two) negative staff and resident test results spaced 1 (one) week apart before we can consider trying to re-open again.
We are continuing our admission process and screening process. Hand washing, wearing of masks, frequent cleaning of surfaces and eye protection for staff are still our best defense against this virus.

Travel restrictions to other areas continue through the Department of Health. Any individual who travels to a “hot spot or area of increased COVID-19 activity, should consider self-quarantining for 14 (fourteen) days after return to home. Also, any individual who travels to a state currently on the Department of Health Travel Restriction List should also consider self-quarantining for 14 (fourteen) days after returning to Pennsylvania. This list is updated every Friday. This is the current list from Friday, October 2. The current list includes Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Idaho, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Wisconsin and Wyoming. Please remember to check the DOH website frequently as that list can change:
https://www.health.pa.gov/topics/disease/coronavirus/Pages/Travelers.aspx

The SARC COVID-19 telephone announcement is updated at least every Tuesday. 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.

Again, please remember wherever you are and whatever you are doing……SOCIAL DISTANCE, WEAR A MASK AND USE GOOD HAND HYGIENE.

While we continue to evaluate a re-opening program again, your understanding during this time is very much appreciated. Should you have any questions, please feel free to 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 29, 2020

St. Anne’s was notified on Saturday, September 26 of a staff member testing positive for COVID -19. That individual has since developed minor symptoms. We began closing outside visits on Saturday afternoon. We will be notifying everyone having an outside visit through October 18, 2020. Our re-opening program stopped because of this, which means communal dining and activities on the units will not occur until we begin the re-opening process again. We are also looking at beginning compassionate care visits when we re-open. Attached is the modified schedule for window visits and indoor visits for personal care and skilled residents that we hope to start on October 19, 2020. Independent living residents may continue their current precautions.

Because we had a positive staff member, we must complete weekly testing of staff and residents in skilled and personal care. We have consents from individuals however, if you wish to decline the weekly testing or want to decline for a loved one, please notify social services or nursing administration. Please be aware, any resident who refuses must be quarantined for 14 days. We will need to have 2 (two) negative staff and resident results spaced 1 (one) week apart before we can consider trying to re-open again.

We will increase the number of available window visits for personal care and skilled residents. Your social services representative can schedule for those visits or an I-Pad visit.

We are continuing our admission process and screening process. Hand washing, wearing of masks, frequent cleaning of surfaces and eye protection for staff are still our best defense against this virus.

Travel restrictions to other areas continue through the Department of Health. Any individual who travels to a “hot spot or area of increased COVID-19 activity, should consider self-quarantining for 14 (fourteen) days after return to home. Also, any individual who travels to a state currently on the Department of Health Travel Restriction List should also consider self-quarantining for 14 (fourteen) days after returning to Pennsylvania. This list is updated every Friday. This is the current list from Friday, September 25. The current list includes Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah and Wisconsin. Please remember to check the DOH website frequently as that list can change:

https://www.health.pa.gov/topics/disease/coronavirus/Pages/Travelers.aspx

The SARC COVID-19 telephone announcement is updated at least every Tuesday. 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.

While this is a set-back for re-opening, our priority is the safety of or residents and staff. We will move forward once we have met the government guidelines to do so. Your understanding during this time is very much appreciated. Should you have any questions, please feel free to 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

FOR SKILLED AND PERSONAL CARE RESIDENTS

WINDOW VISITS FROM NOW UNTIL OCTOBER 19

MONDAY THROUGH FRIDAY:  9:30AM, 10:00AM, 10:30AM, 1:00PM, 1:30PM, 2:00PM, 2:30PM AND 3:30PM

TUESDAY AND THURSDAY: 6:30PM AND 7:00PM

SATURDAY AND SUNDAY: 10:00AM, 11:00AM, 2:00PM, 4:00PM AND 6:30PM

 INSIDE VISITS FOR OCTOBER 19 – NOVEMBER 30:
THERE ARE NO WEEKEND VISITS

SKILLED WILL BE IN PAULINE HALL AT EITHER END (MIDDLE SECTION WILL BE FOR ACTIVITIES)

PERSONAL CARE WILL BE IN THE GAME ROOM

MONDAY, WEDNESDAY AND THURSDAY: 3:00PM and 3:40PM

TUESDAY AND FRIDAY: 10:00AM and 10:40AM

WINDOW VISITS FOR OCTOBER 19 – NOVEMBER 30

MONDAY, WEDNESDAY AND THURSDAY: 9:30AM, 10:00AM, 1:00PM AND 1:30PM

TUESDAY AND FRIDAY: 9:30AM, 1:00PM, 1:30PM AND 2:00PM

TUESDAY AND THURSDAY: 6:30PM AND 7:00PM

SATURDAY AND SUNDAY: 6:30PM

 SCHEDULING PROCESS FOR INSIDE VISITS WILL BE:

October 12: we will start scheduling inside visits for the weeks of October 19, October 26 and November 2.

October 26: we will start scheduling inside visits for the weeks of November 9, November 16 and November 23.

November 16: we will start scheduling inside visits for the weeks of November 30, December 7 and December 14.

 PLEASE REMEMBER TO ONLY SCHEDULE ONE VISIT/WEEK AS WE WANT TO MAKE SURE EVERY RESIDENT HAS AN OPPORTUNITY FOR A VISIT

 THERE ARE NO VISITS OF ANY KIND ON THANKSGIVING – WE ARE WORKING ON A “LOTTERY SYSTEM” FOR IPAD VISITS THAT DAY – MORE DETAILS WILL BE FORTHCOMING


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.


September 22, 2020

Dr. Spicher, the Medical Director at St. Anne’s Retirement Community, provides an update on the coronavirus pandemic including lessons learned about COVID-19, current local statistics and the lasting impact of coronavirus on everyday life during his September 22, 2020 presentation to St. Anne’s staff. View slides from our Medical Director’s presentation here.

 

September 22, 2020

At this time, St. Anne’s has no new cases of COVID-19. Our re-opening program continues per federal, state and local guidelines. We will need to complete ongoing testing for staff on a regular basis and residents if we have a positive result. Our last testing group was for staff only and that was on September 2 and 3.  Those results were all negative. At this time, our next testing dates are September 30 and October 1 for staff only.

If at any time, we have a positive COVID resident or staff (whether asymptomatic or symptomatic), we will need to close our doors and begin our re-opening process over, starting with universal testing for ALL SNF and PC residents as well as ALL staff. We will need to have 2 (two) negative staff and resident results spaced 1 (one) week apart before we can consider trying to re-open again.

We are continuing our admission process and screening process. Hand washing, wearing of masks, frequent cleaning of surfaces and eye protection for staff are still our best defense against this virus.

We continue outside visits for personal care and skilled residents. Your social services representative can schedule for those visits or a window visit or an I-Pad visit. We are actively pursuing an indoor program as cooler weather is approaching. We will have more details with our next letter. The visit schedules for skilled and personal care through October are below. Independent residents should continue outside visits for families. 

OUTSIDE VISITS FOR OCTOBER

MONDAY, WEDNESDAY AND THURSDAY: 3:30PM

TUESDAY AND FRIDAY: 10:30AM

SATURDAY: 3:30PM

SUNDAY: 10:30AM

WINDOW VISITS FOR OCTOBER

MONDAY, WEDNESDAY AND THURSDAY: 9:30AM, 10:00AM, 1:00PM AND 1:30PM

TUESDAY AND FRIDAY: 9:30AM, 1:00PM, 1:30PM AND 2:00PM

TUESDAY AND THURSDAY: 6:30PM AND 7:00PM

SATURDAY AND SUNDAY: 6:30PM

Travel restrictions to other areas continue through the Department of Health. Any individual who travels to a “hot spot or area of increased COVID-19 activity, should consider self-quarantining for 14 (fourteen) days after return to home. Also, any individual who travels to a state currently on the Department of Health Travel Restriction List should also consider self-quarantining for 14 (fourteen) days after returning to Pennsylvania. This list is updated every Friday. This is the current list from Friday, September 18. The current list includes Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee and Wisconsin. Please remember to check the DOH website frequently as that list can change:

https://www.health.pa.gov/topics/disease/coronavirus/Pages/Travelers.aspx

The SARC COVID-19 telephone announcement is updated at least every Tuesday. 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.

Dr. Spicher’s September 22 COVID-19 update presentation will be uploaded on our website.
Your continued support and understanding during this very difficult and unprecedented time is very much appreciated. Should you have any questions, please feel free to contact us at 717-285-5443 and the receptionist can direct you to the appropriate personnel.

Thank you,

Mary Turnbaugh, President


September 8, 2020
At this time, St. Anne’s has no new cases of COVID-19. Our re-opening program has begun per federal, state and local guidelines. We will need to complete ongoing testing for staff on a regular basis and residents if we have a positive result. Our last testing group was for staff ONLY and that was on September 2 and 3.  Those results were all negative. We will schedule our next testing dates for September 30 and October 1 for staff only.

If at any time, we have a positive COVID resident or staff (whether asymptomatic or symptomatic), we will need to close our doors and begin our re-opening process over, starting with universal testing for ALL Skilled Nursing and Personal Care residents as well as ALL staff. We will need to have 2 (two) negative team and resident results spaced 1 (one) week apart before we can consider trying to re-open again.

We are continuing our admission process and screening process. Hand washing, wearing of masks, frequent cleaning of surfaces and eye protection for staff are still our best defense against this virus.

We did begin outside visits for personal care and skilled residents last week. Your social services representative can schedule for those visits or a window visit or an I-Pad visit. 

Travel restrictions to other areas continue through the Department of Health. Any individual who travels to a “hot spot or area of increased COVID-19 activity, should consider self-quarantining for 14 (fourteen) days after return to home. Also, any individual who travels to a state currently on the Department of Health Travel Restriction List should also consider self-quarantining for 14 (fourteen) days after returning to Pennsylvania. This list is updated every Friday. This is the current list from Friday, September 4. The current list includes Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Nevada, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee and Texas. Please remember to check the DOH website frequently as that list can change: 

https://www.health.pa.gov/topics/disease/coronavirus/Pages/Travelers.aspx

The SARC COVID-19 telephone announcement is updated at least every Tuesday. 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 will have a COVID 19 update presentation from Dr. Spicher on September 22 at 1:30 pm. This will be televised through our in-house channels.

Your continued support and understanding during this very difficult and unprecedented time is very much appreciated. Should you have any questions, please feel free to contact us at 717-285-5443 and the receptionist can direct you to the appropriate personnel.

Thank you,
Mary Turnbaugh, President

August 25, 2020
At this time, St. Anne’s has no new cases of COVID-19. Our re-opening program will begin next week. We will need to complete ongoing testing as we move forward. There will be another testing event for staff ONLY on September 2 and 3.  Letters with information regarding plans and requirements are being sent out this week. The guidelines have been set by our state government and our Medical Director. 

Please remember, if at any time, we have a positive COVID resident or staff (whether asymptomatic or symptomatic), we will need to close our doors and begin our process over, starting with universal testing for ALL Skilled Nursing Facility and Personal Care residents as well as ALL staff. We will need to have 2 (two) negative team and resident results spaced 1 (one) week apart before we can consider trying to re-open again.

We are continuing our admission process and screening process. Hand washing, wearing of masks, frequent cleaning of surfaces and eye protection for staff are still our best defense against this virus.

Travel restrictions to other areas continue through the Department of Health. Any individual who travels to a “hot spot or area of increased COVID-19 activity, should consider self-quarantining for 14 (fourteen) days after return to home. Also, any individual who travels to a state currently on the Department of Health Travel Restriction List should also consider self-quarantining for 14 (fourteen) days after returning to Pennsylvania. This list is updated every Friday. This is the current list from Friday, August 21. The current list includes Alabama, Arkansas, California, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Kansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Nevada, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee and Texas. Please remember to check the DOH website frequently as that list can change:

https://www.health.pa.gov/topics/disease/coronavirus/Pages/Travelers.aspx

The SARC COVID-19 telephone announcement is updated at least every Tuesday. 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 will plan a future presentation from Dr. Spicher for late September.

Your continued support and understanding during this very difficult and unprecedented time is very much appreciated. Should you have any questions, please feel free to 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 12, 2020

St. Anne’s has no new cases of COVID-19. We have completed 3 (three) rounds of testing to date. We had no positive staff or residents with the last 2 (two) testing events. Future testing will be determined by our Medical Director in conjunction with CDC, DOH and CMS guidelines. 

We are continuing our admission process and screening process. Hand washing, wearing of masks, frequent cleaning of surfaces and eye protection for staff are still our best defense against this virus. We have begun setting guidelines for re-opening. This will be a slow process because should we have a positive case, we will need to close down and return to strict quarantine. We will then need to begin again with the testing program until we have 2 (two) negative team and resident results spaced 1 (one) week apart. We look to begin lifting restrictions in the next several weeks, more details will be sent out next week.

Travel restrictions to other areas continue through the Department of Health. Any individual who travels to a “hot spot or area of increased COVID-19 activity, should consider self-quarantining for 14 (fourteen) days after return to home. Also, any individual who travels to a state currently on the Department of Health Travel Restriction List should also consider self-quarantining for 14 (fourteen) days after returning to Pennsylvania. This list is updated every Friday. This is the current list from Friday, August 7. The current list includes Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas,
California, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Nevada, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah and Wisconsin. Please remember to check the DOH website frequently as that list can change:  https://www.health.pa.gov/topics/disease/coronavirus/Pages/Travelers.aspx

The SARC COVID-19 telephone announcement is updated at least every Tuesday. 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 will plan a future presentation from Dr. Spicher for late August or early September.

As we look to re-open our campus, please remember our goal will always be to keep our residents and staff safe.

Your continued support and understanding during this very difficult and unprecedented time is very much appreciated. Should you have any questions, please feel free to 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, 2020

At this time, St. Anne’s has no new cases of COVID-19. We completed our third round of testing on July 24, 2020. We are waiting for those results. The results from our second round of testing from July 16 were negative. Hopefully, we will have negative results from last week’s round of testing and we will not have to do further testing at this time.

We continue following directives from our Medical Director, Department of Health, CDC, and CMS as well as local and state officials. Our admission process and screening processes remain the same. Hand washing, wearing masks, frequent cleaning of surfaces, and eye protection for staff are still our best defense against this virus.

Because of the directive from the DOH, any individual who travels to a “hot spot or area of increased COVID-19 activity, should consider self-quarantining for 14 (fourteen) days after return to home. Also, any residential resident who travels to a state currently on the Department of Health Travel Restriction List should also consider self-quarantining for 14 (fourteen) days after returning to Pennsylvania. This list has been updated from Friday, July 24. The current list includes Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Nevada, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, and Wyoming. Please remember to check the DOH website frequently as that list can change:

https://www.health.pa.gov/topics/disease/coronavirus/Pages/Travelers.aspx

The SARC COVID-19 telephone announcement is updated at least every Tuesday. 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.

Dr. Spicher’s presentation from July 21 can be found below.

Please remember that even though Lancaster is in the green phase of re-opening, we will not begin a re-opening process until we have 2 (two) negative team and resident results spaced 1 (one) week apart. We will then be able to consider moving forward with the process for re-opening some of the restrictions of our campus. Our goal continues to be the safety and well-being of our residents and staff.

Thank you for helping to keep our community safe. Should you have any questions, please feel free to contact us at 717-285-5443 and the receptionist can direct you to the appropriate personnel.
Thank you,
Mary Turnbaugh, President


July 21, 2020

Dr. James Spicher, our Medical Director, provides another installment of updates on coronavirus in long-term care facilities including the most current information on how the virus is transmitted, symptoms, and their possible connection to the severity of the disease, testing procedures and statistics for Lancaster County.

 
 

July 14, 2020

As shared in our previous letter from July 9, St. Anne’s has completed our first round of required universal testing in accordance with the Department of Health requirements. We have NO positive residents at this time. We do have 4 asymptomatic (no symptoms) positive staff members. We have notified all 4 (four) staff members and they are following the Department of Health requirements for a self-quarantine regime. They have been wearing their mask and eye protection while on campus per Department of Health guidelines.

Because of the Department of Health requirements, we will have to test ALL staff and skilled and personal care residents weekly until we have two consecutive weeks without a positive case. We will have our next round of testing next Wednesday and Thursday, July 15 and 16. We will then have a second round of testing on Thursday and Friday, July 23 and 24. Hopefully, both those rounds of testing will be negative and we will not have to do further testing at this time.

The consents that were already signed will be sufficient for future testing. If you have a concern about future testing for yourself or a loved one, please notify the appropriate department manager to share your concerns.

We continue following directives from our Medical Director, Department of Health, CDC, and CMS as well as local and state officials. Our admission process and screening processes remain the same. Hand washing, wearing masks, frequent cleaning of surfaces, and eye protection for staff are still our best defense against this virus.

Because of the newest directive from the DOH, any staff member or residential resident who travels to a “hot spot or area of increased COVID-19 activity, should consider self-quarantining for 14 (fourteen) days after return to home. Also, any staff or independent living resident who travels to a state currently on the Department of Health Travel Restriction List should also self-quarantine for 14 (fourteen) days after returning to Pennsylvania. The staff has two other options upon returning home from a “hot spot” or a restricted state. Please remember to check the DOH website frequently as that list can change:

https://www.health.pa.gov/topics/disease/coronavirus/Pages/Travelers.aspx

The SARC COVID-19 telephone announcement is updated at least every Tuesday. 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.

 Date Change: Dr. Spicher will have an update on COVID-19 on July 21 at 1:30 pm. The presentation will be recorded and uploaded to our website afterward and the presentation will be televised on our in-house channel.

Please remember that even though Lancaster is in the green phase of re-opening, our process is very different. Our restrictions will remain until we have 2 (two) negative team and resident results spaced 1 (one) week apart. At that time, we will be able to consider moving forward with the process for re-opening some restrictions of our campus. We have begun lifting some restrictions for our independent residents, but not for personal care or skilled residents. Our goal is and will always be the safety and well-being of our residents and staff.

Thank you for helping to keep our community safe. Should you have any questions, please feel free to contact us at 717-285-5443 and the receptionist can direct you to the appropriate personnel.

Thank you,
Mary Turnbaugh, President


July 9, 2020

St. Anne’s has completed our first round of required universal testing in accordance with the Department of Health requirements. We have NO positive residents at this time. We do have 4 asymptomatic (no symptoms) positive staff members. We have notified all 4 (four) staff members and they are following the Department of Health requirements for a self-quarantine regime. They have been wearing their mask and eye protection while on campus per Department of Health guidelines.

We will have to test ALL staff and skilled and personal care residents weekly until we have two consecutive weeks without a positive case. The consents that were already signed will be sufficient for future testing. If you have a concern about future testing for yourself or a loved one, please notify the appropriate department manager to share your concerns.

We continue following directives from our Medical Director, Department of Health, CDC, and CMS as well as local and state officials. Our admission process and screening processes remain the same. Hand washing, wearing masks, frequent cleaning of surfaces, and eye protection for staff are still our best defense against this virus.

Because of the newest directive from the DOH, any residential resident or staff member who travels to a “hot spot or area of increased COVID-19 activity, should consider self-quarantining for 14 (fourteen) days after return to home. Also, any residential resident or staff member who travels to a state currently on the Department of Health Travel restriction list will need to self-quarantine for 14 (fourteen) days after returning to Pennsylvania. Currently, that list includes Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Louisiana, Mississippi, Nevada, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, and Utah. Please remember to check the DOH website frequently as that list can change:

https://www.health.pa.gov/topics/disease/coronavirus/Pages/Travelers.aspx

Please remember we have a SARC COVID-19 telephone announcement that is updated every Tuesday. 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 message was updated today, July 9, 2020, with this information.

Please remember that even though Lancaster is in the green phase of re-opening, our process is very different. Our restrictions will remain until we have 2 (two) negative team and resident results spaced 1 (one) week apart. At that time, we will be able to consider moving forward with the process of re-opening some levels of our campus. We have begun lifting some restrictions for our independent residents, but not for personal care or skilled residents. Our goal is and will always be the safety and well-being of our residents and staff.

Thank you for helping to keep our community safe. Should you have any questions, please feel free to contact us at 717-285-5443 and the receptionist can direct you to the correct individual.


June 30, 2020

Our guidance at St. Anne’s continues to come from our Medical Director, DOH, CDC, and CMS as well as local and state officials. We are still testing skilled (SNF) and personal care (PC) residents if they show symptoms. Residential living residents are to self-quarantine if there is exposure and they are to reach out to their physician if they want to be tested because of an exposure or active symptoms. All new skilled and personal care admissions are required to have a negative test result prior to entering our campus and are quarantined for 14 days as well as being quarantined for 14 days if they leave the campus for a medical or emergency visit. Our staff is checked prior to and at the end of each shift for symptoms. If a staff member has an exposure outside of work, they are to self-quarantine and see their physician for testing as appropriate. We maintain our restrictions for visitors and continue our screening process for those who do enter our campus. Hand washing, wearing masks and frequent cleaning of surfaces is still our best defense against this virus. We maintain our pledge to protect our residents and staff and keep exposures to a minimum.   

We still do not have any positive cases of COVID-19 on campus. The DOH has mandated that all facilities must have staff and skilled residents tested by July 24, 2020. We have signed an agreement with Clarity Lab Services. They will be onsite July 2, 3, and 23 to perform the testing for us. We will be testing skilled and personal care residents as well as team members. Any residents and staff that have been tested after May 24, will not have to be retested. Everyone will be receiving a consent form that will need to be completed prior to your test date. Staff will be tested on July 2 and 23 while SNF and PC residents will be tested on July 3.  

Our inhouse channel 95 or 956 provides notices of daily happenings on our campus to help residents stay involved and many of our programs are now through those channels. The Activities department is doing a wonderful job of offering events and productions throughout the campus. For our skilled and personal care residents, we are still offering video chats with family as well as window visits with family.  Scheduling for all visits is coordinated through the Social Services department.

The café and bistro continue offering take-out meals for independent residents to take back to their apartment/cottage. St. Anne’s grocery program for weekly ordering from our food service vendor and/or our staff grocery delivery service remains as an option.  

This telephone announcement is updated every Tuesday. This is an announcement only which means you can listen but there is NO option to leave a message.

Dr. Spicher will have an update on COVID-19 on July 7 at 1:30 pm. The presentation will be recorded and uploaded to our website afterward and the presentation will be televised on our in-house channel.

We also have several articles as well as links to other websites for you to visit on our website. 

Lancaster became “green” on June 26, but our restrictions will remain for at least 28 days from that date. We have begun lifting some restrictions for our independent residents, but not for personal care or skilled residents. Local, State and Federal government guidelines regarding lessening of restrictions for skilled and personal care residents should be released within the next several weeks. Once we have their guidelines, SARC will begin a process for loosening restrictions. Our goal is and will always be the safety and well-being of our residents and staff. 

Thank you for helping to keep our community safe. Should you have any questions, please feel free to contact us.


June 16, 2020

St. Anne’s continues to follow guidelines set by our Medical Director, DOH, CDC and CMS as well as local and state officials. Our current process for residents and staff is for an individual to be tested if they show symptoms. All new admissions are required to have a negative test result prior to entering our campus and are quarantined for 14 days as well as being quarantined for 14 days if they leave the campus for a medical or emergency visit. We maintain our restrictions for visitors and continue our screening process for those who do enter our campus. Hand washing, wearing of masks and frequent cleaning of surfaces is still our best defense against this virus. We are still doing our best to protect our residents and staff and keep exposures to a minimum.   

While we currently do not have any positive cases of COVID-19 on campus, the DOH has decided that all facilities must have staff and skilled residents tested by July 24. We are currently working on how this process will unfold. We have evaluated several laboratory services and are close to deciding on a partner for this event. Any residents and staff that have been tested after May 24, will not have to be retested. Once we have signed with a lab company, we will begin notifying staff and residents with details on the roll out of the testing. There will be consent forms for both residents/Power of Attorneys (POA) and staff. 

Our in house channel 95 or 956 provides notices of daily happenings on our campus to help residents stay involved and many of our programs are now through those channels. Activities is doing a wonderful job in offering events and productions throughout the campus. For our skilled and personal care residents we are still offering video chats with family as well as window visits with family.  Scheduling for all visits is coordinated through the Social Services department.

The café and bistro continue offering take-out meals for independent residents to take back to their apartment or cottage. St. Anne’s grocery program for weekly ordering from our food service vendor and/or our staff grocery delivery service remains as an option.  

Please remember we have a SARC COVID-19 telephone announcement that is updated every Tuesday. 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.

There are several blog articles for you to read found here https://www.stannesrc.org/blog/as well as links to other websites for more information

Lancaster is not yet in the green phase, but as we have stated before: our restrictions will NOT lift even when Lancaster is green. We will begin loosening some of the restrictions for our independent residents, but not for personal care or skilled residents. We will announce our process for lifting limitations as we move forward in the upcoming weeks and months. We are still awaiting guidelines on how that process will be implemented but our goal is and will always be the safety and well-being of our residents and staff.

Thank you for helping to keep our community safe. Should you have any questions, please feel free to contact us.


June 5, 2020

The Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic continues to affect the world. We are pleased that we do not have any residents or staff with COVID-19. We follow guidelines set by our Medical Director, DOH, CDC and CMS as well as local and state officials. Our residents are tested if they show symptoms and all new admissions are required to have a negative test result prior to entering our campus and are quarantined for 14 days.  They are also quarantined for 14 days if they leave the campus for a medical or emergency visit. We maintain our restrictions for visitors and continue our screening process for those who do enter our campus. We continue our practices of staff and residents masking, cleaning surfaces frequently and good hand hygiene. Our goal is to protect our residents and staff and keep exposures to a minimum.   

Our in-house channel 95 or 956 provides notices of daily happenings on our campus to help residents stay involved and many of our programs are now through those channels. Activities is doing a wonderful job in offering events and productions throughout the campus. For our skilled and personal care residents we are still offering video chats with family as well as window visits with family.  Scheduling for all visits is coordinated through the Social Services department. 

The Café and Bistro continue offering take-out meals for independent residents to take back to their apartment/cottage. St. Anne’s grocery program for weekly ordering from our food service vendor and/or our staff grocery delivery service remains as an option.  

Please remember we have a SARC COVID-19 telephone announcement that is updated every Tuesday. 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.   

Dr. Spicher held a third presentation about COVID-19 on June 2. The presentation and slides are found below. We also have a link on our blog section of the website to an article analyzing the potential spread of the virus in different settings.  

All counties in PA should be either yellow or green by June 5. This does NOT mean our restrictions will lift at that time. We will announce our process for lifting limitations as we move forward in the upcoming months. Our new normal will look much different than pre-pandemic. We are still awaiting guidelines on how that process will be implemented but please know our goal is and will continue to be the safety and well-being of our residents and staff. At this time, we will proceed as we have been with our limitations and restrictions.   

Thank you for helping to keep our community safe. Should you have any questions, please feel free to contact us.  St Anne’s Administration at 717-285-1401 or Infection Control at 717-285-6537


June 2, 2020

Dr. James Spicher, our Medical Director, shares the latest information about coronavirus including how it is transmitted, testing, risk factors and updated stats for Lancaster County.
View slides from our Medical Director’s presentation here.      

 
 

May 26, 2020

717.285.0946

We have begun a weekly SARC COVID-19 telephone announcement. The message will be modified every Tuesday morning. The telephone announcement is a recorded message for you to listen to with no option to leave a message. You may still call  717.285.5443 to speak with someone or leave a message 


May 19, 2020

We continue to monitor the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. We have been testing residents per our COVID-19 guidelines and in conjunction with our Medical Director. We quarantine all new admissions as well as anyone leaving the building for an appointment for 14 days. We also require new admissions to have a negative COVID-19 test prior to being admitted to our campus. We have also followed our guidelines with staff; sending some home for follow-up and/or testing. To date our campus continues to be negative. We continue to monitor information from the CDC, PA Dept of Health, and our Medical Director, to protect our community from infection. We maintain our restrictions for visitors and continue our screening process for those who do enter our campus. Our practices of staff and residents masking, clean surfaces frequently, and practice good hand hygiene are on-going. While these restrictions are very limiting, we must stay the course through this pandemic.  

Our in house channel 95 or 956 provides notices of daily happenings on our campus to help residents stay involved and many of our programs are now through those channels. Activities is doing a wonderful job in offering events and productions throughout the campus. For our skilled and personal care residents we are still offering video chats with family as well as window visits with family.  Scheduling for all visits is coordinated through the Social Services department. Election services will not be held at St. Anne’s on June 2 per Lancaster County. Residents are asked to complete the mail-in ballot, social services is available for assistance. For this election, the voting machines will be at West Hempfield Municipal Building.

The Café and Bistro continue to offer take-out meals for independent residents to take back to their apartment or cottage. St. Anne’s grocery program for weekly ordering from our food service vendor and/or our staff grocery delivery service remains as an option.  

We will begin a SARC COVID-19 telephone announcement on May 26, 2020. 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. This message will be modified every Tuesday morning.  

While the state of PA continues to loosen restrictions in counties, our process for lifting limitations will be much slower as our campus must do what we can to keep the virus out and our residents and staff safe during the re-opening process. At this time, we have no immediate plans to release any guidelines that are currently in place. 

Thank you for helping to keep our community safe. Should you have any questions, please feel free to contact us.

St Anne’s Administration at 717-285-1401 or Infection Control at 717-285-6537


May 4, 2020

We continue to monitor the ever-changing Coronavirus pandemic. We want to keep you apprised of our current situation at St. Anne’s. We remain covid negative at this time. We follow directions of the CDC, PA Dept of Health, and our Medical Director, to protect our community from infection. Dr Spicher has reminded us, that this means we must limit the people who enter our campus, screen everyone for symptoms of COVID-19, and remind anyone who is sick to stay home. Everyone must wear a mask, clean surfaces frequently, and practice good hand hygiene. Our efforts to “flatten the curve” are successful, but we don’t know how long the virus will linger. Though it is difficult, we must not let down our guard.

Our campus remains under restricted visitation, only compassionate care visitation by clergy/immediate family members is permitted.  Anyone dropping items off or picking up items for residents must Drop Off or Pick Up at the Apartment Building or Main Receptionist: Monday through Friday between the hours of 9 am-3 pm. We screen all persons entering a campus building, requiring a daily temp check and completion of questionnaire at time of entry, and a second temp check when leaving the building. Anyone with a fever is sent home. Everyone working, or visiting, on campus must wear a mask.

In addition to video chats with family, we have added the opportunity for residents in skilled care and personal care to have window visits with family. Residents are seated at a glass door/window inside the facility and family meet outside the door/window. They are able to see each other and converse by telephone. Scheduling for all visits is coordinated through the Social Services department.

While the state of PA is preparing to re-open counties, please know that we will be following Dr. Spicher, Department of Health and our own administration guidelines when preparing to loosen restrictions. Please know that our goal is to keep residents and staff safe during the re-opening process. This means, we will release restrictions much slower than the government.

Election services will not be held at St. Anne’s on June 2 per Lancaster County. Residents are asked to complete the mail-in ballot, social services is available for assistance. For this election, the voting machines will be at West Hempfield Municipal Building.

In recognition of our staff and their tireless efforts during this time, we will be ringing our chapel bell; every Sunday at 7 pm.

We encourage you view a recording of Dr. Spicher’s recent presentation (April 22) about COVID-19 and its risk in senior communities found below. The PA Dept of Health provides daily updates about COVID-19 in PA, at health.pa.gov.  Our in-house channel 95 or 956 provides notices of daily events on our campus to help you stay involved in campus life.

Staying safe at home is hard. Thank you for helping to keep our community safe. Should you have any questions, please feel free to contact us.

St Anne’s Administration at 717-285-1401 or Infection Control at 717-285-6537


April 28, 2020
To Residents and Family members,
As you know, we continue to be in the midst of the Coronavirus pandemic. We want to keep you updated during this difficult time. This is an evolving situation, but this is what is current today.
We are thankful to report we do not have any cases here at St Anne’s Retirement Community, though the virus continues to spread in our surrounding community. We follow directions of the CDC, PA Dept of Health, and our Medical Director, to protect our community from infection. Dr Spicher has reminded us, that this means we must limit the people who enter our campus, screen everyone for symptoms of COVID-19, and remind anyone who is sick to stay home. Everyone must wear a mask, clean surfaces frequently, and practice good hand hygiene. Our efforts to “flatten the curve” are successful, but we don’t know how long the virus will linger. Though it is difficult, we must not let down our guard.

Our campus remains under restricted visitation, only compassionate care visitation by clergy/immediate family members is permitted.  Pharmacy and Postal Services deliveries occur only at both reception desks. Anyone dropping items off or picking up items for residents must Drop Off or Pick Up at the Apartment Building or Main Receptionist: Monday through Friday between the hours of 9 am-3 pm. We screen all persons entering a campus building, requiring a daily temp check and completion of questionnaire at time of entry, and a second temp check when leaving the building. Anyone with a fever is sent home. Everyone working, or visiting, on campus must wear a mask.

In addition to video chats with family, we have added the opportunity for residents in skilled care and personal care to have window visits with family. Residents are seated at a glass door/window inside the facility and family meet outside the door/window. They are able to see each other and converse by telephone. Scheduling for all visits is coordinated through the Social Services department.

We monitor temperature and oxygen levels on all skilled nursing residents every shift and assess for virus symptoms. We screen all new admissions and do not admit to skilled unit unless a COVID-19 test was performed and results were negative. A wing on first floor skilled has been designated as an area where new admissions can be cared for, and observed for 14 days prior to transferring to another bed in skilled care. Certain staff have been trained to care for a COVID positive resident in a special area of this wing if needed. For all personal care residents, temps and oxygen levels are checked daily and checked for virus symptoms.  PPE (personal protective equipment: masks, gloves, isolation gowns, face shields) continues to be in short supply, and we are being prudent with our supplies. However, we do have what we need in order to keep both our staff and our residents safe. Our independent residents are asked to stay in their units and wear a mask when it is necessary to leave their unit. The café is only open for take-out and the Bistro is closed except for Grab & Go available daily from 9 am-11 am. We have grocery orders from our supplier and continue to make grocery runs weekly.

The PA Dept of Health provides daily updates about COVID-19 in PA, at health.pa.gov.  Our in-house channel 95 or 956 provides notices of daily events on our campus to help you stay involved in campus life.

Staying safe at home is hard. Thank you for helping to keep our community safe. Should you have any questions, please feel free to contact us.

St Anne’s Administration at 717-285-1401 or Infection Control at 717-285-6537


April 22, 2020

Our Medical Director, Dr. James Spicher, provided our staff and Residents with an update on coronavirus including how the symptoms may be different or more subtle in seniors, testing methods and the importance of personal protection equipment (PPE), personal hygiene and social distancing in slowing the spread of the disease.  
View slides from our Medical Director’s presentation here.

 
 

April 20, 2020

St. Anne’s Retirement Community Coronavirus Update

At this time, we don’t have any cases here at St Anne’s Retirement Community. We are following the directions of The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the PA Department of Health, and our Medical Director, Dr. Spicher. As you know, the virus continues to spread, and in order to slow the spread, both our state and federal government officials have instructed us to remain at home as much as possible, limit travel, and avoid group gatherings.

Our campus remains under restricted visitation. Only compassionate care visitation (ie: end of life) by clergy/immediate family members is permitted. Vendors are restricted from entering the building, supplies are dropped off at the dock. Families wishing to drop items off or pick up items for residents must Drop Off or Pick Up at the Village apartment building receptionist or Main building receptionist: Monday through Friday between the hours of 9 am and 3 pm. Families do have the opportunity to video chat with residents. We also have limited window/telephone face to face visits available. All appointments are coordinated through the Social Services department.

We continue to screen anyone entering the Village apartment building and Main building (staff, compassionate care visitors, care givers, government officials), requiring a daily temp check and completion of questionnaire at time of entry, and a second temp check when leaving the building. Anyone working or visiting on the campus must wear a mask. We continue to review the importance of good hand hygiene for everyone and the frequent cleaning of high touch surfaces. All residents have masks to be worn when in close contact with others. Residents are only to leave the campus for acute medical appointments and a mask must be worn at all times while off campus. We are offering grocery orders from our supplier and are making weekly grocery runs for independent residents.

Thank you for helping to keep our community safe. Should you have any questions, please feel free to contact us at 717-285-5443.


April 1, 2020

During this period of social distancing, our activities department is working to engage our Residents using our internal broadcasting systems on televisions throughout our community. Adaptations to our daily activities calendars are occurring regularly as we strive to enrich the lives of our Residents and keep them healthy during this time. 

View Monthly Community Calendars


March 19, 2020

Our Medical Director provides information to further educate our staff about coronavirus disease (COVID-19), address its unique risk to seniors and share ways to prevent exposure to the virus in senior living facilities.

 
 

March 12, 2020

As per our Medical Director, as a safeguard to our Residents, effective immediately, our community will not be allowing visitors. Thank you for your understanding during this time.


March 3, 2020

Notice to our Residents, Staff & Visitors:
If you are experiencing flu-like symptoms and have recently traveled to or from anywhere within or outside the United States, please avoid visitation for 21 days. We are taking extra steps to protect our Residents and staff from the coronavirus, a flu-like illness that originally developed in outside countries. Precautionary measures are being taken to prevent the spread of the virus. Coronovirus spreads through close personal contact with a sick person. Symptoms may show up 2-14 days later.

Symptoms of coronavirus (updated 4/28) include NEW fever, cough, shortness of breath, sore throat, malaise -general feeling of being tired or under the weather, body aches, diarrhea or chest tightness.
Call your healthcare provider if you (A) you have symptoms and have been to a country that has experienced an outbreak within the last 2 weeks of your travel or (B) have symptoms and have been in close contact with a person with a confirmed case of COVID-19.

Prevention of COVID-19:

  • Wash your hands often
  •  Cover your cough/sneeze with a tissue
  • Don’t touch your eyes, nose or mouth
  • Avoid close contact with sick people
  • Clean and disinfect high-touch surfaces often
  • Stay home when you are sick

Coronavirus Disease Fact Sheet

 


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: