Saint Mary's Home of Erie, PA

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Last updated on 1/26/2021

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

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

Status Report:

Vaccine Information

Saint Mary’s Home of Erie is making preparations for the distribution of an authorized COVID-19 vaccine. To aid in managing vaccination efforts, Saint Mary’s is participating in a nationwide effort known as the Pharmacy Partnership for Long-Term Care Program. Our healthcare partner, Walgreens, will assist in coordinating and administering an authorized COVID-19 vaccine.

Vaccine Fact Sheet for Recipients and Caregivers

Walgreens will be offering the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine. A Fact Sheet for this authorized vaccine can be found below:

Please review this document as it will help you understand more about the benefits, risks and potential side effects of vaccination.

Vaccination Clinics

The vaccine will be offered to all willing and able residents and employees. This vaccine is a two-dose series, administered three weeks apart. To accommodate this, Walgreens Pharmacists will be on-site to conduct three clinics to provide both the second dose and to capture anyone not available during the first clinic.

Vaccination clinics will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the following dates:

Saint Mary’s East:

  • Clinic One: December 30th
    • First dose for all available employees and residents
  • Clinic Two: January 20th
    • Second dose for all vaccinated during clinic one
    • First dose for anyone not vaccinated during clinic one
  • Clinic Three: February 10th
    • Second dose for anyone vaccinated during clinic two

Saint Mary’s at Asbury Ridge:

  • Clinic One: January 5th
    • First dose for all available employees and residents
  • Clinic Two: January 26th
    • Second dose for all vaccinated during clinic one
    • First dose for anyone not vaccinated during clinic one
  • Clinic Three: February 16th
    • Second dose for anyone vaccinated during clinic two

To help us enact a swift response, resident consent for vaccination will be received verbally. Responsible parties will be contacted by a Saint Mary’s team member to receive consent.

Why Get Vaccinated?

The COVID-19 vaccine is an important tool in our fight against this virus. We understand that some of you may have concerns surrounding the safety of these new vaccines. We want to assure you that these vaccines have undergone the same level of rigorous testing for safety and efficacy as other vaccines. We encourage all of our employees, residents, families and friends to get vaccinated.

Below is a special message to our employees from Dr. Robert Geiger, Medical Director at Saint Mary's at Asbury Ridge.



To learn more, a number of frequently asked questions about the vaccine and more helpful information can be found here:


Reopening Plan

Reopening Information

Saint Mary’s Home of Erie is following a three-step reopening plan as outlined by the Pennsylvania Department of Health. While reopening does not mean a complete return to normal operations, it does allow for limited forms of visitation to occur and for the reintroduction of certain services as we advance through each step – services like communal dining, activities, permitting non-essential personnel and visitation.

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

These plans are fluid as guidance and regulations change frequently. Dates are not set in stone and are subject to change. If at any point during reopening there is a new facility onset of COVID-19 or if the positivity rate increases in Erie County, Saint Mary’s will halt reopening and will return to our restricted visitor policies. We encourage all families to review the plans above and familiarize themselves with our strategies.

What step of reopening is each campus currently in?

  • Saint Mary’s East: Reopening Halted

East has halted reopening and returned to prior restrictions. No visitations or outings are permitted.

  • Saint Mary’s at Asbury Ridge: Reopening Halted

Asbury Ridge has halted reopening and returned to prior restrictions. No visitations or outings are permitted.

Visitation Information

No Visitations: Visitation is currently suspended at Saint Mary's at Asbury Ridge and Saint Mary's East until further notice.

For visitation to resume, two requirements must be met including an Erie County positivity rate below 10% for 14 days as reported by CMS and 28 days of no positive cases in the building.

As a reminder, video chats including FaceTime and Skype continue to be available through the Activities Department.


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:

  • On December 30th and January 5th, the first vaccination clinic was held in partnership with Walgreens. During this clinic, the COVID-19 vaccine was offered to all residents and employees who wished to be vaccinated.
  • As of September 23rd, employees have been provided with face shields and are required to wear them when in resident care areas as an added precaution.
  • Weather dependent, 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.
  • 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.
  • Restricted Visitations
    • Effective March 14th, at both Saint Mary's East and Saint Mary's at Asbury Ridge, visitations have been restricted 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 eberkstresser@stmaryshome.org

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