July 30, 2021, Letter to Friends and Families

The rise of the Delta variant of COVID-19 is a real concern. The best way to limit one’s chances of getting the variant is to be fully vaccinated. According to a study by The New England Journal of Medicine, the effectiveness of full vaccination against the variant is about 90 percent.

We encourage all residents, staff, family members and volunteers to become vaccinated, which makes one less susceptible to the emerging variant. Find vaccines near you at: https://www.vaccines.gov/search. For information about vaccinations, please check the CDC’s fact sheet.

We continue to encourage vaccination for our staff, residents and visitors.  Our vaccination rates for our active residents and staff as of July 29, 2021, is 87% of staff vaccinated, 96.1% residents for a total of 90% of our facility vaccinated.

Our visitation guidelines are posted on our website at jhep.org in the COVID section.  To schedule a visit please email Mary Ryan at mryan@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 29, 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

Life Enrichment Department Update

Our Life Enrichment and Dietary Departments are planning a Carnival for towards the end of August, complete with food and game stands for our residents. Our Life Enrichment Director is asking families who are able and would like to donations of small items for the carnival game prizes. Items such as small new stuffed animals, or other small trinket gifts items that one would win at a carnival stand. Due to infection control, items must be NEW.  They can be dropped off with the receptionist ATTN: Sherri Collins by Aug. 10.

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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