May 21, 2021, Letter to Families and Friends

Good news!   All staff and resident testing for COVID this week came back negative again. All of our units will be coming out of the yellow zone over this weekend with the exception of the designated rooms on the 4th floor yellow zone that are utilized for new admissions or residents returning from the hospital.

We will be reopening for general scheduled visits on Monday May 24, 2021.

Our Facility’s Resident Impact (Since March 30, 2020, through May 20, 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

Vaccination is the critical component to keeping us all safe. Our community positivity rate continues to be high at 6.3% so we are cautiously advancing and encouraging more vaccination.

We have made some advancements in our visitation policy for this upcoming week. Please see attached. Scheduled visits are 60 minutes and there is more liberalization related to masking and social distancing for vaccinated residents and their vaccinated visitors.  We have also added more visit scheduling slots during the time periods. Our next steps will be increasing frequency, time period and locations on visits, so more to come. As we make advances in our visiting, if you can share with us a copy of your vaccination card, that way we can ensure that our residents and yourselves are visiting safely and keeping all of our residents and staff safe.

A list of our visitation protocols is attached and posted on our website at https://jhep.org in the COVID-19 section. To schedule a visit please email Mary Ryan at mailto:mmryan@jhep.orgor call her at 570-344-6177 ext. 1104. Mary is available Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

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

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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