May 14, 2021, Letter to Family and Friends

Good news! All staff and resident testing for COVID this week came back negative! We still have one more round of testing to complete for both groups next week due to the reported positive COVID-19 results from one of our residents transferred to the hospital last weekend.

As a result we are following our protocol and suspending general visits in accordance with our visitation policy. Compassionate care/end of life visits are still being held in accordance with policy.

Testing for all of our residents will be conducted on Tuesday, May 18, 2021, and all staff will be tested on Wednesday, May 19, 2021.

We have placed all units in yellow status at this time.   Large group activities have been cancelled as well as beautician/barber appointments.  While we have had to adjust our activity schedules, our residents are still enjoying individual activities and visits with our staff.   Provided we continue to have negative tests we will be able to open back up for visitation on Monday, May 24, 2021

Our Facility’s Resident Impact (Since March 30, 2020, through May 13, 2021)

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

57 – CONFIRMED: Residents with laboratory positive COVID-19

0 – SUSPECTED: Residents with new suspected COVID-19

53 – Confirmed Staff Total: with a positive COVID-19

  • Please note that test results are reported on our daily call-in line at 570-207-6711.  Family members and all others impacted by the virus will be contacted directly and

We follow guidance from (CDC), Department of Health (DOH) and Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS).

FaceTime or Skype visits can be scheduled for residents in all zones.  Sherri Collins, Life Enrichment Director, will make appointments for video chats.  Sherri can be reached at 570-344-6177 ext. 1113 or scollins@jhep.org.

Vaccine News

We are able to obtain the Moderna and J&J/Janssen vaccine through our Pharmacy provider moving forward. This will allow us to schedule vaccine clinics for new residents and staff, and any residents or staff who change their mind and want to take the vaccine. PharMerica offered us to the option of opening our vaccine clinic to immediate family members of both our staff and residents who are in need of a vaccine. The Moderna vaccine is available for person 18 years of age or older and is given in two doses. The J&J/Janssen vaccine if a 1 shot dose for persons age 18 and older.

If you are interested in joining our next available vaccine clinic please contact Denise Skrzysowski, RN our Infection Control Preventionist at dskrzysowski@jhep.org  or 570-344-6177 extension 1173.  We are pleased to be able to offer this service to help control the spread of COVID 19.

Thank you again for entrusting us with the care of your loved ones. If you have any questions, we are always available for you.

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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