Coronavirus Update

April 5, 2020

We are pleased to report no new cases of COVID-19 among staff or residents at Woodcrest Villa. Four staff, 1 Skilled Nursing resident and 1 Personal Care resident tested positive at Mennonite Home. The four staff have all been self-isolating since they developed symptoms.  No new tests have been sent out today for Skilled Nursing or Personal Care residents. At this time, we have no pending tests in Personal Care and only one pending test in Skilled Nursing.

We are, however, deeply saddened to report that four residents, who we previously reported had tested positive for COVID-19, have passed away at Mennonite Home.  Our hearts and prayers are with the family members of these residents during this difficult time.

We have been and will continue to follow the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention’s recommended protocols and control measures.  In addition, we continue to work with and receive support from a coalition of the Pennsylvania Department of Health (DOH) and leading nursing home and hospital associations, a public health specialist with the DOH Bureau of Epidemiology, and local and state health departments, and medical experts to manage the spread of exposure.

It is our intention to remain as transparent as possible during this unprecedented situation, while also being careful to protect the privacy of our residents, as we are required to do.  Family members of Mennonite Home residents may direct questions to Jennifer Eslinger, Nursing Home Administrator at (717) 391-3620 or Josh Bashore-Steury, Director of Personal Care at (717) 391-3661.  If your phone call is not answered immediately, please leave a message and we will return your call on a timely basis.

We will continue to update you on this website as we have material information that we can share.  You may also call the Mennonite Home Communities Coronavirus Information Line at (717) 984-2900 for updated information.

For additional information regarding COVID-19, please go to: http://www.coronavirus.gov.

 

 

April 4, 2020

We are pleased to report no new cases of COVID-19 among staff or residents at Mennonite Home in Skilled Nursing or Personal Care, or at Woodcrest Villa.

We have been following the CDC’s recommended protocols and control measures since first learning of the novel coronavirus. In addition, we have received support from a coalition of the Pennsylvania Department of Health (DOH) and leading nursing home and hospital associations, a public health specialist with the DOH Bureau of Epidemiology, and local and state health departments, and medical experts to manage the spread of exposure. Resident safety remains our top priority.

It is our intention to remain as transparent as possible during this unprecedented situation, while also being careful to protect the privacy of our residents, as we are required to do.  Family members of Mennonite Home residents may direct questions to Jennifer Eslinger, Nursing Home Administrator at (717) 391-3620 or Josh Bashore-Steury, Director of Personal Care at (717) 391-3661.  If your phone call is not answered immediately, please leave a message and we will return your call on a timely basis.

We will continue to update you on this website as we have material information that we can share.  You may also call the Mennonite Home Communities Coronavirus Information Line at (717) 984-2900 for updated information.

For additional information regarding COVID-19, please go to: http://www.coronavirus.gov.

 

 

April 3, 2020

We are pleased to report no new cases of COVID-19 among staff or residents in Personal Care or at Woodcrest Villa. Although one additional skilled nursing resident tested positive, we are grateful that in the last two days no new COVID-19 tests have been sent out for either Personal Care or skilled nursing residents.

We are grateful that two of our employees who tested positive have been medically cleared and returned to work. A third employee has been cleared to return to work on Monday. A total of 12 staff have had negative tests. Since our last update we had four staff test positive, two of whom are in non-clinical roles and two are in clinical roles.  As is always the case, staff immediately discontinue work and isolate themselves until test results are received.

We have been following the CDC’s recommended protocols and control measures since first learning of the novel coronavirus.  In addition, this past Tuesday, March 31, 2020, a coalition of the Pennsylvania Department of Health (DOH) and leading nursing home and hospital associations conducted an onsite assessment and validated our infection prevention processes and control measures to limit the spread of exposure within our facility.  On a daily basis, our team has been working closely with our Medical Director who is consulting with experts in infectious disease to confirm that we are doing all that we can.  We continue to consult with a public health specialist with the DOH Bureau of Epidemiology. In addition, we will remain in close contact with our local and state health departments, medical experts, and the CDC, to stay up to date on new information to limit and manage the spread of exposure.  Resident safety remains our top priority.

It is our intention to remain as transparent as possible during this unprecedented situation, while also being careful to protect the privacy of our residents, as we are required to do.  Family members of Mennonite Home residents may direct questions to Jennifer Eslinger, Nursing Home Administrator at (717) 391-3620 or Josh Bashore-Steury, Director of Personal Care at (717) 391-3661.  If your phone call is not answered immediately, please leave a message and we will return your call on a timely basis.

We will continue to update you on this website as we have material information that we can share.  You may also call the Mennonite Home Communities Coronavirus Information Line at (717) 984-2900 for updated information.

For additional information regarding COVID-19, please go to: http://www.coronavirus.gov.

 

 

April 2, 2020

There have been no new cases of COVID-19 within our Personal Care facility at Mennonite Home.

As you have heard in the news, federal, state, and local authorities are reporting a projected surge of positive COVID-19 cases in the United States over the next two weeks.  Since our last update, despite our team’s incredible and tireless efforts at control and mitigation, we have experienced a surge in new cases with 11 additional residents within our Skilled Nursing facility, two Woodcrest Villa staff members, one Mennonite Home staff member and one WCV resident (who has transferred to Mennonite Home) testing positive for COVID-19.  Staff are isolating at home, while residents were placed in isolation as soon as they presented with symptoms, and remain in isolation per the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) protocols.  In addition to these residents, two Woodcrest Villa staff members and one Mennonite Home staff member have also tested positive for COVID-19.

We have been following the CDC’s recommended protocols and control measures since first learning of the novel coronavirus.  In addition, this past Tuesday, March 31, 2020, a coalition of the Pennsylvania Department of Health (DOH) and leading nursing home and hospital associations conducted an onsite assessment and validated our infection prevention processes and control measures to limit the spread of exposure within our facility.  On a daily basis, our team has been working closely with our Medical Director who is consulting with experts in infectious disease to confirm that we are doing all that we can.  We continue to consult with a public health specialist with the DOH Bureau of Epidemiology. In addition, we will remain in close contact with our local and state health departments, medical experts, and the CDC, to stay up to date on new information to limit and manage the spread of exposure.  Resident safety remains our top priority.

We know that the news of these additional cases may cause concern and expect there will be family members of residents who will have questions and will want to ensure their loved one is safe, and that their needs are being met.  It is our intention to remain as transparent as possible during this unprecedented situation, while also being careful to protect the privacy of our residents, as we are required to do.  Family members of Mennonite Home residents may direct questions to Jennifer Eslinger, Nursing Home Administrator at (717) 391-3620 or Josh Bashore-Steury, Director of Personal Care at (717) 391-3661.  If your phone call is not answered immediately, please leave a message and we will return your call on a timely basis.

We will continue to update you on this website as we have material information that we can share.  You may also call the Mennonite Home Communities Coronavirus Information Line at (717) 984-2900 for updated information.

For additional information regarding COVID-19, please go to: http://www.coronavirus.gov.

 

 

March 31, 2020

We have been notified of two additional positive cases of COVID-19 in our Personal Care facility at Mennonite Home. There are no new cases at Woodcrest Villa.

We will implement any instructions provided by the Pennsylvania Department of Health, in addition to the procedures we are already following as recommended by the CDC to contain any possible spread.

We know this is a disconcerting and frightening time for residents and their families. We are doing everything possible to provide the highest level of care and protection for residents, and we understand how difficult this situation is for residents and their families. Truly, these are unprecedented times.

Our esteem is growing for our staff. We are very proud of our professional, caring team members who are working under very challenging conditions. As you can imagine, our team members have similar concerns about the safety of themselves and their families. Truly they are heroes in all aspects of that term and we appreciate them very much. Please pray for these conscientious team members and their families.

Please be patient with us. We know how important open, transparent communication is; however, we may not be able to return your call as quickly as we may otherwise. Also, we are cognizant of the privacy of our residents and may not be able to share all the information you request.

Numerous measures have been taken at both Mennonite Home and Woodcrest Villa to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. The key measures are:

  1. Cancellation of all non-essential visitation at both campuses. All visitors are screened at the entrance and asked to leave if they do not have an essential reason to be on campus.
  2. Residents are strongly urged to remain in their apartments. We have instituted meal delivery, grocery delivery, mail delivery, news delivery and trash pickup so residents do not need to leave their apartments/villas.
  3. Housekeeping services and transportation to the grocery stores has been cancelled. The Marketplace is maintaining regular hours and is stocking additional items residents may need. Grocery delivery services are facilitate by staff if available from local grocery stores.
  4. All staff are screened at start of shift and end of shift for signs of illness and fever. Staff are wearing masks at all times when they are out of their offices.
  5. We have added daily programming to our in house channel to help residents with social isolation.
  6. We are calling residents on a frequent basis to provide wellness checks, see how they are doing, ask if they need anything, and inquire as to their general welfare.

Check back for updates on this website. You can also call the MHC Coronavirus Information Line at (717) 984-2900 for a recorded message.

For additional information please go to https://www.coronavirus.gov.

 

 

March 30, 2020

Today, we were notified of two additional positive cases of COVID-19 at Mennonite Home. The first is a non-clinical staff member who has been isolating at home for the past 10 days, while the other is a resident in skilled nursing. There are no new cases of COVID-19 at Woodcrest Villa.

We will implement any instructions provided by the Pennsylvania Department of Health, in addition to the procedures we are already following as recommended by the CDC to contain any possible spread.

The measures taken to date are continuing as outlined in previous updates; however, in light of the positive cases we are experiencing, the following additional measures have being taken:

  1. All vehicular traffic into WCV must enter at the Harrisburg Pike entrance. Vehicles will be stopped to verify that occupants have an approved reason to enter the campus. The McGovernville entry and exit will be closed.
  2. The daily meal is being delivered to apartment residents.
  3. Housekeeping services within apartments is cancelled.
  4. Transportation to grocery stores is cancelled; transportation to the Health Campus remains in operation.
  5. The Marketplace will maintain regular hours and is stocking additional items residents may need. Grocery delivery services will be facilitated by staff if available from local grocery stores.

Check back for updates on this website. You can also call the MHC Coronavirus Information Line at (717) 984-2900 for a recorded message.

For additional information please go to https://www.coronavirus.gov.

 

 

March 29, 2020

Today, we were notified of three additional positive cases of COVID-19. All three are at Mennonite Home: two are non-clinical staff members who have not had recent contact with residents and one is a resident in skilled nursing.

We will implement any instructions provided by the Pennsylvania Department of Health, in addition to the procedures we are already following as recommended by the CDC to contain any possible spread.

The measures taken to date are continuing as outlined in previous updates; however, in light of the positive cases we are experiencing, the following additional measures have being taken:

  1. All vehicular traffic into WCV must enter at the Harrisburg Pike entrance. Vehicles will be stopped to verify that occupants have an approved reason to enter the campus. The McGovernville entry and exit will be closed.
  2. The daily meal is being delivered to apartment residents.
  3. Housekeeping services within apartments is cancelled.
  4. Transportation to grocery stores is cancelled; transportation to the Health Campus remains in operation.
  5. The Marketplace will maintain regular hours and is stocking additional items residents may need. Grocery delivery services will be facilitated by staff if available from local grocery stores.

Check back for updates on this website. You can also call the MHC Coronavirus Information Line at (717) 984-2900 for a recorded message.

For additional information please go to https://www.coronavirus.gov.

 

 

March 28, 2020

Today, we were notified of three additional positive cases of COVID-19. All three are at Mennonite Home: one is a resident in skilled nursing, the second is a resident in Personal Care, and the third is a staff member.

We will implement any instructions provided by the Pennsylvania Department of Health, in addition to the procedures we are already following as recommended by the CDC to contain any possible spread.

The measures taken to date are continuing as outlined in previous updates; however, in light of the positive cases we are experiencing, the following additional measures have being taken:

  1. Vehicular traffic into WCV will be stopped near the Harrisburg Pike entrance to verify that occupants have an approved reason to enter the campus. The McGovernville entry and exit will be closed.
  2. The daily meal is being delivered to apartment residents.
  3. Housekeeping services within apartments is cancelled.
  4. Transportation to grocery stores is cancelled; transportation to the Health Campus remains in operation.
  5. The Marketplace will maintain regular hours and is stocking additional items residents may need. Grocery delivery services will be facilitated by staff if available from local grocery stores.

Check back for updates on this website. You can also call the MHC Coronavirus Information Line at (717) 984-2900 for a recorded message.

For additional information please go to https://www.coronavirus.gov.

 

March 27, 2020

Today, we were notified of two additional positive cases of COVID-19: one is a resident in skilled nursing at Mennonite Home, and the second is a Mennonite Home staff member.

We have notified the Pennsylvania Department of Health and will implement any instructions they may have, in addition to the procedures we are already following as recommended by the CDC to contain any possible spread.

The measures taken to date are continuing as outlined in previous updates; however, in light of the positive cases we are experiencing, the following additional measures have being taken:

  1. Vehicular traffic into WCV will be stopped near the Harrisburg Pike entrance to verify that occupants have an approved reason to enter the campus. The McGovernville entry and exit will be closed.
  2. The daily meal will be delivered to apartment residents beginning Friday, March 27, 2020.
  3. Housekeeping services within apartments is cancelled.
  4. Transportation to grocery stores is cancelled; transportation to the Health Campus remains in operation.
  5. The Marketplace will maintain regular hours and is stocking additional items residents may need. Grocery delivery services will be facilitated by staff if available from local grocery stores.

Check back for updates on this website. You can also call the MHC Coronavirus Information Line at (717) 984-2900 for a recorded message.

For additional information please go to https://www.coronavirus.gov.

 

 

March 26, 2020

We received notification today that two residents at Woodcrest Villa (WCV) have been diagnosed with COVID-19. One resident is in the hospital, while the other resident is almost fully recuperated in an apartment at WCV. There are no staff at either campus, and no residents at Mennonite Home, who have been diagnosed with COVID-19.

We have notified the Pennsylvania Department of Health and will implement any instructions they may have, in addition to the procedures we are already following as recommended by the CDC to contain any possible spread.

The measures taken to date are continuing as outlined in previous updates; however, in light of the two positive cases at WCV, the following additional measures have been taken:

  1. Vehicular traffic into WCV will be stopped near the Harrisburg Pike entrance to verify that occupants have an approved reason to enter the campus. The McGovernville entry and exit will be closed.
  2. The daily meal will be delivered to apartment residents beginning Friday, March 27, 2020.
  3. Housekeeping services within apartments is cancelled.
  4. Transportation to grocery stores is cancelled; transportation to the Health Campus remains in operation.
  5. The Marketplace will maintain regular hours and is stocking additional items residents may need. Grocery delivery services will be facilitated by staff if available from local grocery stores.

Check back for updates on this website. You can also call the MHC Coronavirus Information Hotline at (717) 984-2900 for a recorded message.

For additional information please go to https://www.coronavirus.gov.

 

 

March 25, 2020

Mennonite Home Communities (MHC) is actively preparing to prevent cases of COVID-19, the illness caused by the novel virus. Because the people we serve are typically more vulnerable to the virus and the disease it causes, COVID-19, we are taking action.

At this time we have no diagnosed cases of residents or staff being infected with coronavirus.

MHC leadership is receiving regular communication from local and state public health officials, including the Pennsylvania Department of Health, the Keystone Health Care Coalition, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, as well as with officials at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

The following general measures have been taken:

  • We have emergency preparedness and infection prevention and control plans in place. These provide detailed instructions for staff on how we address and manage infectious disease outbreaks.
  • Our staff is trained in infection control practices and follows established protocols based on that training. We have experience managing illness outbreaks and have a heightened awareness of the possible risk to our residents and staff posed by viral illnesses, such as flu, norovirus, and COVID-19.
  • We have strengthened environmental cleaning of high-touch surfaces such as doorknobs, furniture, etc.
  • We are regularly communicating to residents, family members and staff about the importance of washing hands, covering cough/sneezes with elbow or tissue, etc.

In addition, the following specific measures have been taken:

  • Temperature checks and screening questions are being asked of all MHC staff at both the beginning and end of shifts. Staff who are unable to pass the screening are not permitted to work.
  • Visitation at Mennonite Home is restricted which means all non-essential visitation is cancelled. Essential visits will only be permitted when a resident has a significant issue. In such cases, family members are required to contact us in advance to review the issue and obtain approval before coming to the facility. If you wish to discuss this option, please call Brandi Rager, Director of Social Work at (717) 390-7991.
  • All non-care related activities at Mennonite Home and Woodcrest Villa are cancelled including activities, church services, etc.
  • Guidelines from the CDC include limiting all unnecessary contact to prevent possible exposure to COVID-19. To that end, MH will no longer permit families to drop off laundry, food or personal items for residents, with the exception of medications and incontinence supplies, preferably at least a 30 day supply to limit unnecessary contact. Please contact the Unit Assist on your household or Brandi Rager, Director of Social Work (717-390-7991) if you wish to discuss how this applies to you.
  • All non-essential visitation at Woodrest Villa is cancelled. Residents are no longer able to “buzz in” guests at resident entrances.
  • Dining is also being adjusted to promote social distancing.

Check back for updates on this website. You can also call the MHC Coronavirus Information Hotline at (717) 984-2900 for a recorded message.

For additional information please go to https://www.coronavirus.gov