Saint Mary's Home of Erie, PA

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Last updated on 8/7/2020

COVID-19 Response

Saint Mary's Home of Erie's top priority is the health and wellness of our residents and employees. We understand the concerns surrounding COVID-19 and its impact, and we are committed to making sure our residents, their families and our community are aware of our active efforts for prevention and containment.

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COVID-19 Status

Status Report
As part of our commitment to transparency, we are sharing the status of COVID-19 in our facilities including testing results, positive (active) cases, recovered cases, and deaths. The data reported is cumulative and will be updated throughout each week as needed.

View the report here:

Update on Active Cases
Saint Mary's East and Saint Mary's at Asbury Ridge are reporting zero (0) active cases of COVID-19 among employees and residents.


Reopening Plan

Implementation

As set forth in the guidance from the Pennsylvania Department of Health and as conditions allow, Saint Mary’s Home of Erie will gradually begin entering a three-step reopening plan. While the plan will look similar for both Saint Mary’s East and Saint Mary’s at Asbury Ridge, each campus will move throughout the three-step plan at a different rate.

The Implementation Plan for Reopening for each campus can be found here:

We encourage families to review the plans above to familiarize themselves with our strategies. However, this plan is fluid as guidance and regulations change frequently. We expect this plan to change and we will communicate any changes to this plan on our website. While reopening does not mean a complete return to normal operations, it does allow for limited forms of visitation and the reintroduction of certain services as we advance through each step – services like communal dining, activities, permitting non-essential personnel. The three-step plan described in the document above is briefly outlined below as it relates to visitation:

  1. Step One: No visitations
    No visitations will occur in step one except for compassionate care visits. Communal dining will be allowed in a manner that observes social distancing and utilizes staggered dining times as well as limited activities with five or less residents. If there is no new onset of COVID-19 for 14 consecutive days from the date we entered step one, we may advance to step two.
  2. Step Two: Outdoor visitations
    Visitations in step two will be held outside in the neighborhood patio areas nearest the parking lots. Shade structures will be available and in the event of inclement weather, visitation will be cancelled. Communal dining continues and small group activities of ten or less residents are introduced. Non-essential personnel, hairdressers and volunteers are allowed as deemed necessary. If there is no new onset of COVID-19 for 14 consecutive days from the date we entered step two, we may advance to step three.
  3. Step Three: Indoor visitations in neutral zones
    Visitations in step three will be held inside in the main lobby areas which have been designated as a neutral zones. No visitation will occur in any resident areas. Communal dining continues, activities may be conducted with continued precautions, non-essential personnel and volunteers are allowed, and outings are allowed pending approval.

If at any point during reopening there is a new facility onset of COVID-19 or if Erie County reverts back to the Red Phase, Saint Mary’s will halt all reopening plans and return to our restricted visitor policies. Should this occur, to enter reopening again the county must be in a yellow or green phase. We must additionally meet all prerequisites and achieve 14 consecutive days of no new facility onset of COVID-19 before starting over at step one.

Timeline

Each campus will enter reopening at a different time and at a different step. Before advancing into the first step and then to advance from one step to the next, each campus must achieve 14 consecutive days of no new onset of COVID-19.

Saint Mary’s at Asbury Ridge
Saint Mary’s at Asbury Ridge will enter reopening on August 10th. Due to no cases of COVID-19, Asbury Ridge is permitted to skip step one and advance directly to step two 14 days after the reopening date if there are no new cases.

The dates below are not set in stone and are subject to change.

Reopening Date: August 10th
Step Two: August 24th
Step Three: September 8th

Saint Mary’s East
Saint Mary’s East will enter reopening on August 11th. Due to past positive cases of COVID-19, East will advance to step one 14 days after the reopening date if there are no new cases.

The dates below are not set in stone and are subject to change.

Reopening Date: August 11th
Step One: August 25th
Step Two: September 8th
Step Three: September 22nd

Visitation Information

Visitations in step two and three must be scheduled in advance. Visitation will occur in designated visiting areas only and will not occur in any of the resident areas, rooms or windows at this time. Your visit will be supervised to ensure that social distancing is maintained and that all spaces are disinfected between visitors. Visitors will not be permitted to drop-off or exchange items during visitations. All visitors must wear a face mask and adhere to screening protocols.

At this time and subject to change, visits will be twenty minutes in length and limited to two visitors per resident during the following visiting hours:

Morning 9:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Afternoon 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Evening 6:00 p.m. – 7: 30 p.m.

The Social Services Department will contact all families to schedule initial visits. Pre-screening will be conducted during the time of scheduling along with a review of what to expect during your visit and where to arrive. Due to high demand and to ensure that we can provide all families and residents with the opportunity to visit, visitations may be limited in frequency. Once all families have had an opportunity for an initial visit, additional visits will be considered. We appreciate your patience with us as we work to coordinate visitation! As a reminder, video chats including FaceTime and Skype continue to be available.


What We've Been Doing

In accordance with the guidelines outlined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), and the PA Department of Health concerning higher-risk populations such as the elderly, we have been diligently enacting precautionary measures within both of our communities to help protect our residents and staff.

Some of these measures include:

  • As the weather warms residents may use designated outdoor areas, such as our internal courtyards and patios, to get some fresh air and enjoy the sunshine. Residents will be required to wear masks and maintain social distancing as appropriate.
  • Residents, for whom it is appropriate, are required to wear a face mask or covering whenever they leave their room and whenever someone else enters their room. Fabric face masks are being provided to residents for this purpose. We are also providing fabric face masks to staff for personal use outside of work.
    • As new guidance has been released on mask usage, we can now gratefully welcome donations of fabric face masks! If you are interested in donating masks, please let us know.
  • Beginning April 6th, staff will be provided with a face mask and will be required to wear the mask at all times when working. Any essential vendors who enter the building will also be required to wear a mask.
  • Effective April 2nd, families and friends will not be permitted to visit at resident windows due to security and privacy risks.
  • Effective March 20th, we will not accept in-person deliveries/drop-offs of food, cards, books, magazines, gifts, or laundry at this time. This is done in an effort to limit risk of the virus entering our building. We continue to accept florist deliveries and USPS mail, along with UPS and FedEx. We understand your desire to help brighten a loved one's day and we know how a small act of kindness can make a difference.
  • Adult Day Services is closed beginning March 16th until further notice.
  • No Visitations
    • All visitations, effective March 14th, at both Saint Mary's East and Saint Mary's at Asbury Ridge have been suspended until further notice. We will work with families on other ways they can connect with a loved one during this time. Video chat appointments can be made Monday - Friday. To help our staff coordinate, please schedule in advance.
    • Exceptions will be made for immediate family members of residents receiving hospice/end-of-life care.
    • We will notify family members if there is a change in the condition of their loved one.
  • Resident activities that expose residents to groups of people have been suspended. This includes communal dining and attendance at Mass, which will be televised for residents until further notice.
  • Staff is required to enter through the employee entrance, where they will be screened at the start of each shift. Staff continues to be provided with additional education and resources on Infection Prevention and Control.
  • Medical and cleaning supplies are being monitored and used as efficiently as possible

As new information becomes available and as the situation evolves, additional action may be taken. We understand how difficult and uncertain of a time this is for residents and family members, but these actions are necessary to protect the seniors in our care and the employees who care for them. We are grateful for the community's understanding, cooperation and trust.

What You Can Do

We urge everyone to follow the recommendations from the CDC and the PA Department of Health, which include regular hand washing, covering your cough or sneeze, frequent cleaning and disinfecting, practicing social distancing, wearing a mask in public, and staying home if you are sick.

Be Prepared
It is important to be prepared not just for the novel coronavirus, but for a number of situations. For information on ways you can plan ahead, visit ready.gov

Stay Informed
It is important to stay informed as this is a rapidly evolving situation. For the most accurate and up-to-date information regarding COVID-19, we recommend visiting cdc.gov and health.pa.gov.


COVID-19 Communications

Weekly email updates for families and friends have been ongoing since March 20, 2020. To sign up for these email updates regarding Saint Mary's & COVID-19, please send your contact information to etoner@stmaryshome.org

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Contact:
Emma Toner
Director of Marketing and Development
(814) 451-1316
etoner@stmaryshome.org