June 18, 2021, Letter to Family and Friends

We encourage all residents, staff, family members and volunteers to become vaccinated. For information about vaccination information, please check the Centers for Disease Control’s fact sheet and you can find vaccines near you at: https://www.vaccines.gov/search/

Vaccination News:

Our vaccination rate is among the best for health facilities in our area and continue to encourage vaccinations by the general population in a quest for overall herd immunity, which experts place at 70-to-80 percent of the United States population.

As of today, 85% of our staff is vaccinated and 95% of our residents for a total facility rate of 89%.

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. Due to the delivery of the vaccine, vaccination can only occur during the week at this time.

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 June 17, 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 provided with results and updates.

Visitation has been going very well.   We are pleased to see our family members being able to come in with more frequency to visit and being able to visit in your loved one’s room.  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 Sat, Sun and Monday no later than the Friday at 1 pm so schedules can be provided to reception staff.

Happy Father’s Day to all father’s celebrating this Sunday June 20,2021

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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