July 23, 2021, Letter to Friends and Families

We have endured the COVID-19 pandemic for too long and the threat of the Delta variant is not something to take lightly.

We encourage all residents, staff, family members and volunteers to become vaccinated, which makes one less susceptible to the emerging variant. Please view this video message from our Medical Director, Dr. Ken Sebastianelli, for further explanation: https://jhep.org/covid-19-updates.

For information about vaccination information, please check the CDC’s fact sheet. You can find vaccines near you at: https://www.vaccines.gov/search

We continue to encourage vaccination for our staff, residents and visitors. Our vaccination rates for our active residents and staff as of July 19, 2021, are 87% staff, 95% residents for a combined total of 90% of our facility vaccinated.

Our visitation guidelines are posted on our website at https://jhep.org/covid-19-updates. To schedule a visit please email Mary Ryan at mailto:mmryan@jhep.org or call her at 570-344-6177 ext. 1104. Mary is available Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. We do ask for visits to be scheduled one day in advance.  Please schedule visits occurring on Saturday, Sunday and Monday, no later than the Friday before at 1 p.m. so schedules can be provided to reception staff.

Staff testing: Our non-vaccinated staff members continue to test weekly. We are pleased to report no positive test results from testing this week.

Our Facility’s Resident Impact (Since March 30, 2020, through July 22, 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 will continue to follow guidance from (CDC), Department of Health (DOH) and Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS).

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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