Saint Mary's Home of Erie, PA

News

Last updated on 06/01/2020

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.

Our COVID-19 communications can be viewed at the bottom of this page.


COVID-19 Status

Status Report
As part of our commitment to transparency, we are sharing the status of COVID-19 in our facilities. The data reported is cumulative and will be updated throughout each week.

View the report here:

Status Update
On May 22nd an employee working at Saint Mary's East tested positive for COVID-19. Testing has since been performed on 36 individuals, both residents and staff, who were potentially exposed to the employee. All 36 of those test results were confirmed negative as of May 27th. The employee continues to be the only positive individual at the East campus associated with this event. That person remains at home and will need to meet certain requirements before returning to work.

At this time there are no known cases among residents or staff at Saint Mary's at Asbury Ridge.

Our immediate response included notifying the Department of Health as well as notifying residents, families and other employees. COVID-19 testing was performed for residents and staff as identified through internal contact tracing. All families of residents being tested were notified.

All previous restrictions and policies remain in effect including restricted visitations, use of Personal Protective Equipment, daily screening for temperatures and symptoms among staff and residents, avoiding group activities, and stringent cleaning and disinfecting practices.

We are following CDC and Department of Health protocol to help mitigate transmission and we are committed to providing timely information. We will continue to provide updates on our status as we monitor the situation.

Read our statements here:


What We Are Doing

Saint Mary's has no plans at this time to lift visitor restrictions or to relax the strict infection prevention and control measures currently in place. This means that even as our region begins to re-open, the precautionary measures taken at Saint Mary’s will likely remain in effect beyond that date for the safety of our residents and staff. We understand that the visitation policy is difficult for families, but we want to prepare you for this reality.

We continue to be in communication with our residents, families, friends and employees to address their concerns and the action we are taking.

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. As we are still under a no visitation policy, we cannot allow visits with loved ones to take place outside at this time and residents will not be brought to the front entrances.
  • 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. This is an additional precautionary measure done to help prevent the unknown spread of the virus and to protect vulnerable residents and caregivers from unknown exposure. 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 in preparation for potential issues with the supply chain.

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.

Stay home and call your medical provider about symptoms that are concerning, such as a cough, fever, sore throat, runny nose and/or shortness of breath.

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 or to request past updates regarding Saint Mary's & COVID-19, please send your contact information to etoner@stmaryshome.org


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