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 comply 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

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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. 

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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: