April 29, 2022, Letter to Friends and Families

We appreciate that you entrust us with the care of your loved ones and thank you for your patience and cooperation. Our priority is the protection of our residents, staff and families at our facility.

We are monitoring the latest news from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Pennsylvania Department of Health (DOH) and Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), as well as the latest COVID-19 infection control guidance with relation to its impact on our residents and visitors .   Our Visitation Guidelines are located in the COVID information page on our website.

For information about vaccination rates at nursing homes, please refer to CMS’s Care Compare site.

We had no new positive results this week.

Our Facility’s Resident Impact (Since March 30, 2020, through April 28, 2022)

0- Residents currently in our building with a confirmed active case of COVID 19

100- CONFIRMED: Residents with laboratory positive COVID-19

0 -SUSPECTED: Residents with new suspected COVID-19

107-Confirmed Staff Total: with a positive COVID-19

  • Please note that test results are reported on our call-in line at 570-207-6711 which is updated daily when we have new positive results. Family members and all others impacted by the virus will be contacted directly and provided with results and updates.

News on our Second Booster for Residents.

Our ongoing goal has been and continues to be, to mitigate any and all risk of you/your loved one contracting COVID 19. With this in mind, we are informing you of the initiation of the next step in our vaccine campaign as per the direction of the US Food and Drug Administration:

The agency (FDA) amended the emergency use authorizations as follows:

“A second booster dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine or Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine may be administered to individuals 50 years of age and older at least 4 months after receipt of a first booster dose of any authorized or approved COVID-19 vaccine.”

This recommendation has been made based on evidence that the immunity that is developed after vaccination, wanes over time requiring an additional dose to continue to provide immunity and reduce the risk of contracting this infection.

Next week  residents and or their representatives will be receiving a packet of information via email or USPS that will include a consent form. If you/you loved one would like to continue the vaccine process as recommended by the FDA, please complete the indicated sections and return.   If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to call Carol Caviston, RN, MSN, Infection Preventionist/ADON, at 570-344-6177, ext 1173 or email at ccaviston@jhep.org

Our priority is the protection of our residents, staff and families at our facility. We appreciate that you entrust us with the care of your loved ones and thank you for your patience and cooperation. If you have any questions, we are always available for you.

Thank you again.

Sincerely,

Mary Rose Applegate, MBA, RD, NHA Administrator

Jewish Home of Eastern Pennsylvania
1101 Vine St.
Scranton, PA 18510
570-344-6177

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