Personal Care and Memory Support are currently conducting outbreak testing due to positive COVID-19 tests. Compassionate care is the only visitation type permitted at this time.
Skilled Nursing is currently out of quarantine, but the county positivity rate currently restricts us to compassionate care and window visitation only.
If you have questions, please contact nursing if you believe your loved one may meet the compassionate care visitation criteria. Thank you for your continued prayers and support.
REMINDER: Visitation Sign Up via the sign up button is NOT currently available. We will update you as soon as this changes. If you have any questions, please call 717-786-7321.
“A Lament in the Time of COVID” by Robert B. Hayward, Jr., President and CEO, and Barbara D. Hayward. You can download a printed copy here: “A Lament in the Time of Covid”
I am sure you have all missed the infamous “COVID Update Memos” as we have not had the need to send many out lately. We give thanks to God for being weeks removed since any resident or team member had a positive COVID test. This has allowed our residents to eat together in a physically distanced setting, get long overdue haircuts, and enjoy some small group activities in the company of their friends. We are thankful for this but continue to work diligently to remain COVID-19 free at Quarryville.
We have received numerous questions about visitation now that residents, team members and a lot of outside family members have had the opportunity to be vaccinated. Vaccination status has not changed the DOH or DHS guidelines when it comes to visitation restrictions. When the county positivity rate (currently 10.7%) drops below 10%, we will be permitted to resume indoor visitation so long as our community remains COVID-19 free. When we do fall below the 10% positivity rate, we will send more detailed communication about the process for scheduling these indoor visits and the guidelines for them.
Supportive Living Vaccinations
Quarryville has now completed two vaccination clinics for Skilled Nursing and Personal Care courtesy of Walgreens Pharmacy. Our third and final clinic will be held on MARCH 3RD, 2021. PLEASE NOTE, NO FIRST DOSES WILL BE GIVEN AT THIS TIME. Due to the uncertainty of being able to provide a second dose in the correct time frame, we do not want to take a risk by giving first doses. The clinic will have slightly different hours due to the lower number of vaccines they have to give. THIS CLINIC WILL RUN FROM 9AM TO 1PM. Everyone who received their first dose here must come to receive their second dose during this time.
Residential Living Vaccinations
We also have what could be potentially good news for residential living residents. We are partnering with a pharmacy who believes they may be able to secure enough Pfizer vaccines to vaccinate those in RL that wish to be vaccinated. While nothing is for sure at this time, we want to be ready and be prepared should this be the case. A significant number of you signed and returned the consent form which was greatly appreciated. We are asking that anyone wishing to receive the vaccine that has not been vaccinated elsewhere call or visit the receptionist at McElwain or Dyrness to get your name put on the list. This will give us a good idea of how many people are left that want the vaccine. Please contact Joe Greer, (717) 786-5211 or Mark Smeltzer, (717) 786-5295 with any questions.
I cannot thank you enough for your kind words, continued support, and kind gestures during this pandemic. This has been a tough time for all involved and will continue to be a tough time as we navigate our way to a new normal. We ask for your continued thoughts and prayers as we work to ensure the safety and well being of our residents and team members.
It is exciting to be able to share with the community that Quarryville has now had two full rounds of COVID-19 testing with all negative results. As of this morning, we will have NO active cases of COVID-19 in our community and are thankful to be on the other side of a couple of outbreaks in our facility. Our team members continue to be tested twice a week in accordance with regulations based on the county positivity rate. The current positivity rate has declined to 11.2% which has dropped every week for the past month. We are looking forward to the positivity rate going below 10% for two straight weeks so we can move to weekly testing for all team members.
Indoor visitation is still prohibited in Personal Care and Skilled Care unless you are a designated compassionate caregiver that has met the criteria given to us by Department of Health and Department of Human Services. Once the positivity rate drops below 10%, we will begin the process of conducting indoor visits with residents as current guidelines and restrictions allow. We are still providing for scheduled window visits between residents and family members. Visits can be scheduled through the Activities Department or any Personal Care team member.
Quarryville is excited to have completed our second COVID-19 vaccine clinic on Tuesday February 9th. The third clinic for those still needing their second dose will be held on March 3. Times for this clinic may change so please be on the lookout. We are continuing to work on securing vaccinations for residential living residents. We are at the mercy of when and where vaccines are allocated by the local and state governments. Numerous residents have been able to receive the vaccination by signing up online or contacting their physician. At this time, we recommend you explore that avenue if you wish to be vaccinated. We will continue to update you as we have additional information.
For residents, family members and team members that have been vaccinated, please keep in mind that we have been specifically instructed by DOH and DHS to keep all of our current policies in place regardless of vaccination status. Masks and eye protection still must be worn AT ALL TIMES on the units. Visitation will still be limited per current guidelines. Compassionate care visit criteria will remain unchanged and testing will still be mandatory based on the same regulations we have followed up until this point.
Thank you for your continued prayers and support as we trust that God will continue to lead us and protect us during this pandemic.
Recent COVID testing revealed 2 additional residents and 3 additional team members who tested positive. QPRC continues to test all team members twice a week in accordance with PA guidelines based on the county positivity rate. We will continue to notify residents and families of positive cases if and when they arise. We have now had two Skilled Care residents pass away after dealing with the effects of COVID-19. Five residents of the most recent outbreak are now officially recovered.
Quarryville Presbyterian Retirement Community will be holding our second vaccine clinic on February 9th in partnership with Walgreens for all residents and team members in both Skilled Care and Personal Care. All individuals who received their initial dose on January 18 will be given their second and final dose. Any residents or team members that have not received their initial dose, will receive their first dose on the 9th. Any resident or team member who declined the first one is able to get the vaccine this time around if they wish.
At this time, we still do not have any word on when or if Quarryville may receive vaccines to vaccinate our RL residents and team members. We encourage you to reach out to your primary care physician or register with one of the clinics that are starting to pop up around the county. If we learn more about being able to offer the vaccine at our community, we will let everyone know immediately.
As this pandemic continues to present new and unique challenges, our hearts and prayers are with our residents, their families and team members who are experiencing the loneliness that isolation and physical distancing created. Our team continues to identify ways in which we can help address the physical, mental, and spiritual toll this has had on everyone associated with our communities.
Recent COVID testing identified four additional positive residents and two positive team members. Neither team member worked during their infectious period so there is minimal exposure. QPRC continues to test all team members twice a week in accordance with PA guidelines. We will continue to notify residents and families of positive cases if they arise.
There will be some restructuring in Skilled Nursing in order to make Garden West a dedicated COVID Unit. It will have a separate team member entrance and exit and keep any positive residents even more isolated from the rest of the facility. Garden West residents who have not tested positive will be moved to one area on the second floor and where we will have special programming, activities, and training for that part of the unit. Families that are directly impacted by the restructuring will be contacted prior to resident moves. We have discussed this in length and believe it will benefit both residents and team members as we continue to deal with the challenges of COVID-19. We are currently working to secure the floor to ensure the safety of all our residents, not just those with a dementia diagnosis.
Quarryville Presbyterian Retirement Community celebrates the completion of our first round of vaccinations for all of our Skilled Nursing and Personal Care residents on Monday the 18th. Those that consented to the vaccine were excited to be a part of such a unique opportunity. We were also able to vaccinate skilled nursing team members that wished to be vaccinated. We are looking forward to the second round of vaccinations on February 9th for those who received their first one this week. We are also excited to be able to include our Personal Care team members in this next round of vaccines.
Please remember that just because you received the vaccine does not mean you do not need to continue using caution and wearing appropriate PPE. The first does not take effect right away and only provides roughly 50% protection. The second dose will again take up to a week or two to fully take effect and that is when individuals will receive the full benefits of the vaccine.
We have not yet been able to identify when or how we will be able to offer the vaccine to our Residential Living residents and team members. The vaccination procedures are constantly changing on the state level and at this point the distribution seems to be heavily influenced by the state. I wish we knew more at this time but we are at the mercy of our regulatory bodies when it comes to any vaccinations. We would encourage you to call your primary care physician to see when they may be offering it. Some physician practices have been allocated the vaccine to be able to distribute to the appropriate groups as identified by Pennsylvania.
Quarryville Presbyterian has continued to test all team members twice a week in compliance with federal and state guidelines. Tests from early this week have been returned and identified one positive Skilled Nursing team member and one positive Skilled Nursing resident. Both individuals are asymptomatic at this time.
A separate communication will follow for Skilled Nursing residents and team members and Personal Care/Memory Support residents who will receive the first COVID vaccination dose on Monday the 18th. Please make sure to read that communication and reach out if you have any questions.
We are excited to share that all team member and resident tests from last Thursday came back negative. We are awaiting the results of Monday’s testing. Quarryville Presbyterian Retirement Community continues to test all team members twice a week until the Lancaster County Positivity Rate falls below 10%. The county positivity rate has decreased in recent weeks. It is currently14.8%.
Visitation in Skilled Nursing and Personal Care is still restricted until the positivity rate drops below 10%. Window visits are available and can be scheduled through the Activities Department. Compassionate care visitation is available for residents that meet certain criteria developed by the Pennsylvania Department of Health and the Department of Health and Human Services.
The first COVID vaccination clinic for skilled nursing residents and team members is still scheduled for January 18th. Please remember to turn in the consent forms regardless of whether you are accepting or declining the vaccine. We do not yet know when Personal Care or Residential Living will be able to receive the vaccine. Lists of those individuals scheduled to receive the vaccine on Monday, January 18th will be given to department heads. The Vaccination Clinic will be held from 9:30 AM to 5:30 PM in the Thompson Meeting Room.
Our team has received many questions regarding the COVID-19 vaccine and the process of administration. Time has not allowed me or my team to respond to each individual, but we have kept note of all of your questions. A recorded video that attempts to answer all of those questions will be released on our website and on Channel 957. We have attached a written version of that FAQ video to this memo for your convenience. I hope this will answer many of your questions and allows for better understanding of what Quarryville does and does not know at this time.
QPRC continued to conduct routine testing on Monday, Jan 4. Results of those tests have revealed that another skilled nursing resident and two additional employees tested positive. Both employees who work outside of skilled nursing had minimal resident contact and both have been out of work due to signs and symptoms.
All of the tests completed in Memory Support came back negative which hopefully signifies a turning point in that unit. Team members working in that unit have worked diligently trying to control the recent outbreak.
A significant number of Memory Support residents that tested positive have recovered. Some have been admitted to our Skilled Nursing Unit to get more intensive rehabilitation which will allow them to return to full strength. It is with a heavy heart though that we inform our community that 5 total residents have now passed as a result of the most recent outbreak. Our prayers are with their families and friends and our team members as well.
We have received many questions from residents and their families about the Covid-19 vaccine and how it will be distributed here at Quarryville. There are still many questions that we do not have the answers to, we hope this Frequently Asked Questions memo will help.
Frequently Asked Questions
Skilled Nursing Residents and Team Members: Walgreens will be conducting on site clinics January 18, February 9, and March 3. They are spaced three weeks apart to ensure compliance with the requirement that there be 21 days between the first and second dose administration.
Personal Care/Memory Support Residents and Team Members: We do not yet have a date for Personal Care or Memory Support. We believe Walgreens will once again be scheduling on-site clinics to conduct these vaccinations similar to the schedule for Skilled Nursing.
Residential Living Residents and Team Members: At this point, we have no information. We believe Quarryville will be responsible for securing and administering the vaccine to Residential Living residents and team members, but we continue to look for updates and more information.
We will provide additional information as it is available.
Covid-19 vaccines are not mandatory for residents or team members. It is important to make an informed decision about getting the Covid-19 vaccine. Residents and team members are strongly encouraged to discuss the Covid vaccine with their physician before making a final decision if they have specific questions or concerns.
Information about the Covid-19 vaccine, including a letter, consent forms, and fact sheet will be available at the following locations:
Skilled Nursing: The QPRC and Walgreens consent forms must be returned to QPRC by Monday, January 11. If you have trouble with this time frame, please contact either Monica Herbein, the Healthcare Coordinator at 717-786-5341 or Mark Smeltzer, the Administrator of Healthcare Services at 717-786-5295 and we will assist you.
Personal Care, Memory Support and Residential Living: Please complete the Quarryville Consent Form and return it to Monica Herbein, the Healthcare Coordinator. Even though we have limited information on when it will be available and what the clinics will look like, completing this form will give us a better understanding of how many doses will be needed. You do not need to complete the Walgreens consent form at this time.
For residents or team members at the community, please put completed Quarryville consent forms in an envelope clearly marked “HEALTHCARE COORDINATOR” and give it to a receptionist. Residential Living can also give completed forms to Joe Greer.
For families outside of the community, please return via mail or you can scan a copy and email it to Monica Herbein at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our understanding at this time is that the vaccine itself is provided by the government at no cost. Walgreens and or QPRC will be able to bill insurance companies for a vaccine administration fee which should be covered by insurance.
It is important to make an informed decision about the Covid-19 vaccine. Residents are encouraged to discuss the Covid-19 vaccine with their physician if they have any medical issues or specific questions about the vaccine itself.
Skilled Nursing: Residents and team members will be administered the Pfizer vaccine. We have asked about the possibility of offering a choice and have learned that that is not possible at this time.
Personal Care/Memory Support, Residential Living: We do not have any indication of which vaccine will be administered to Personal Care, Memory Support, Residential Living and other team members. We also do not have any idea of which vaccine Quarryville will be able to purchase and offer.
You do not have to receive the Covid-19 vaccine, nor do you have to receive it at Quarryville.
We have no way of knowing if, when, or where Covid-19 vaccinations will be available in the future or if other opportunities will be available to receive the Covid-19 vaccine on-campus.
Yes. All current Covid-19 procedures and guidelines will remain in place until further notice. Many procedures and guidelines are required by various state and federal agencies and cannot be changed without their direction.
We will notify you of any changes to our procedures and guidelines.
It is unclear at this time how many people will choose to receive the Covid-19 vaccine and how the infection incidence rates will be impacted. There remain a number of uncertainties regarding the vaccine and the impact it will have. Everyone must continue to be diligent and use caution until we know more.
Residential Living: If you need help with the forms, please contact Joe Greer at 717.786.5211 or email him at: email@example.com
Skilled Nursing and Personal Care/Memory Support can contact Monica Herbein, the Healthcare Coordinator at 717-786-5341 or Mark Smeltzer, the Administrator of Healthcare Services at 717-786-5295.
As previously mentioned, if your question is whether you should get the Covid-19 vaccine or not, please contact your physician.
There are risk factors and side-effects associated with many vaccines and it is important that you make an informed decision about what is best for you.
As mentioned above, a fact sheet about the Pfizer vaccine is available on Community Apps, at the Long, Dyrness, and McElwain reception desks, and on the Quarryville website.
Residents are strongly encouraged to discuss the Covid-19 vaccine with their physician before making a final decision.
If you want to receive the Covid-19 vaccine here at Quarryville, complete and return the Quarryville consent form to the Healthcare Coordinator.
If you have additional questions, please contact
Residential Living: Joe Greer at 717.786.5211 or firstname.lastname@example.org,
Skilled Nursing, Personal Care, Memory Support:
Monica Herbein, the Healthcare Coordinator at 717-786-5341 or email@example.com
Mark Smeltzer, the Administrator of Healthcare Services at 717-786-5295 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
In effort to keep our residents, families, and team members informed and up to date on all our COVID-19 prevention efforts, we felt the need to communicate additional information we received since yesterday’s communication.
Additional tests from memory support residents and team members came back negative. We continue to test residents routinely and test all team member twice a week to ensure we are identifying any additional spread immediately.
There are no new updates from Personal Care. All tests have continued to come back negative and residents continue to enjoy being able to enjoy each other’s company during physically distanced communal dining and limited group activities.
We had one resident in Skilled Nursing test positive. They are showing no signs or symptoms at this time, but we have moved them to our COVID isolation unit and will continue to monitor them closely. One team member tested positive but has not worked or had any resident contact for over two weeks. Appropriate precautions continue to be taken throughout the Skilled Nursing Facility. All Residents continue to be tested weekly at this point with all team members being tested twice a week.
Great Rock Home Care
Two Great Rock Home Care caregivers tested positive as well. One of them has not had any resident exposure. The other caregiver had worked with residents during their infectious period. All residents who had contact with this individual have been notified, will be tested and will be in precautionary quarantine for 14 days to monitor them for any signs and symptoms of COVID.
COVID-19 Vaccination Update
Quarryville Presbyterian Retirement Community will be having its first vaccination day for skilled nursing team members and residents on January 18, 2021. We do not have information about vaccinating residents and team members outside of Skilled Nursing. We will keep you updated as we get new information. If you haven’t already, you should be receiving a small packet with a letter, consent forms, and Pfizer vaccine information. If you are a skilled nursing team member, resident or family member, please ensure both consent forms are returned to us no later than January 11, 2021.
It has been a tough year for everyone. We appreciate your continued prayers and support as we press on into 2021. While many questions remain unanswered and so many things remain uncertain, we can trust in God’s provision and blessings over our residents, team members and our community.
Happy New Year!
Since our update on 12/28/2020, one additional Memory Support resident has tested positive, bringing the total to 14. All other residents on the unit did test negative and will continue to be tested weekly.
We are starting to get results back from Monday’s testing of team members. One team member has tested positive thus far. Fortunately, they have not had any resident contact.
It is with a heavy heart that we inform you that one of our Memory Support residents passed away yesterday. While we do not know the exact cause of death, the resident had tested positive for COVID during this most recent Memory Support outbreak. Our prayers are with the resident’s family as well as the team members who are working diligently to care for all our residents and keep them safe.
Residents and team members in Personal Care have continued to test negative following their most recent outbreak. We have now gone more than two weeks with no new positives. Physically distanced communal dining and group activities have resumed. Due to the Lancaster County positivity rate, only window visitation and compassionate care visitation are permitted. Team members will continue to be tested twice a week and residents will only be tested if they exhibit any signs or symptoms.
The results of testing at the end of last week of Memory Support residents revealed an additional two residents and two aides who tested positive. That brings the total for Memory Support up to 13 residents. Memory Support will continue testing residents regularly to identify all positive residents as soon as possible. We have brought in extra nursing support to help monitor all our Memory Support residents. There will be no visitation allowed in Memory Support except in extreme compassionate care situations.
Skilled Nursing had no new positive cases this past week of testing. We continue to test all residents weekly in addition to team members twice a week.
Skilled Nursing has transitioned to yellow zone throughout and will look to resume physically distanced communal dining and group activities following another week of all negative test results. Window visitation is still permitted at this time and can be scheduled by calling the activities department.
Great Rock Home Care
There have been no new positive tests for Home Care employees. They continue to be tested twice a week as a precaution due to the high positivity rate in Lancaster County.
With New Year celebrations later this week, we want to do everything we can to ensure residents are able to enjoy virtual visits from their families. We have a number of iPads we are able to use for virtual visitation, or if you prefer to schedule a window visit, please call Skilled or Personal Care activities departments to set those up. We do ask that you call ahead to schedule so we can have team members ready and available.
Residents and team members in Personal Care have continued to test negative following their most recent outbreak. Window visitation and compassionate care visitation are permitted. Team Members will continue to be tested twice a week and residents will be tested at a minimum of once a week.
The results of testing at the end of last week in Memory Support residents revealed an additional 5 residents and one nurse who tested positive. That brings the total for Memory Support up to 11 residents. Memory Support will continue testing residents regularly to identify all positive residents as soon as possible. We have brought in extra nursing support to help monitor all our memory support residents. There will be no visitation allowed in Memory Support except in extreme compassionate care situations.
Skilled Nursing had two nurses test positive on 12/18. One of these had been working on the units prior to her positive test. The other nurse had not worked for 2 weeks prior to testing positive.
Skilled Nursing will now transition to yellow zone throughout and begin outbreak testing weekly on all residents. Team Members will continue to be tested twice a week.
Great Rock Home Care
Testing on 12/18 revealed a positive Home Care team member who had driven a few individuals to outside appointments the prior week. These individuals have been notified and are being monitored closely.
With Christmas later this week, we want to do everything we can to ensure residents are able to enjoy virtual visits from their families. We have a number of iPads we are able to use for virtual visitation or if you prefer to schedule a window visit, please call Skilled or Personal Care activities departments to set those up. We do ask that you call ahead to schedule so we can have team members ready and available.
On Tuesday of this week, two residents in Personal Care/Memory Support started exhibiting symptoms consistent with potential COVID-19. All residents on the unit were immediately tested and we began taking increased measures to ensure residents stayed in their rooms and away from one another.
We received the results back from the testing and learned that 6 residents in Personal Care/Memory Support have tested positive. Another round of testing will be done today for all residents that tested negative. Residents that tested positive are isolated. At this time, 3 of the residents are exhibiting mild signs and symptoms while 2 residents remain asymptomatic and one was just sent to the hospital to as a precaution due to more symptoms starting to develop.
The results of Monday’s testing showed that all Memory Support team members tested negative. QPRC conducted testing again today on all team members and will closely monitor those results as they come in.
Team Members have been working tirelessly to keep our residents safe and are confident in their ability to continue to carry out the processes in place to limit this spread as much as possible. Please continue to keep our residents and team members in your prayers as we continue to push through this wearying time to ensure the safety of all.
This past week no residents tested positive for COVID which is a testament to the hard work and diligence of our staff in following the policies and procedures we have in place. There were 4 team members that tested positive, only one of which had direct resident contact in Personal Care (while wearing all appropriate PPE).
Skilled Nursing continues to remain COVID free. Team Members continue to be tested twice a week accordingly to CMS guidelines due to Lancaster county having a 15.3 positivity rate. Only residents that leave the facility will be tested during this time. All team members must continue to wear a medical grade mask and eye protection at all times on the units with additional airborne precaution PPE being worn around any residents who are in isolation.
Personal Care and Memory Support
In Personal Care and Memory Support team members must continue to wear N-95 respirators, eye protection, gowns and gloves when caring for residents. Team members will continue to be tested twice a week with residents being tested once per week. We will continue to follow the procedures we have in place to limit any further spread of COVID-19.
Skilled Nursing, Personal Care, and Memory Support will only be permitted to carry out window visitation at this time. Indoor visitation has been prohibited due to the high positivity rate within our county. Compassionate Care visitors will still be allowed if your loved one meets the criteria given to us by Pennsylvania.
I am sure you have heard that there has been a COVID-19 vaccine approved for use. Walgreens Pharmacy will conduct an on-site clinic for residents and team members. We will be distributing information and release forms to residents, resident representatives and team members in the coming week or two. QPRC has no plans to make the vaccine mandatory but encourages everyone to read factual information about the vaccine and make their own educated decision. We will keep everyone updated on this as we have additional information. While reviewing data, bear in mind the direct contact with our residents and other team members who are caring for our residents. Whether you get the vaccine or not, it will not alter our COVID protocols at this time. PPE, distancing and window visitation will remain in place.
Routine testing completed Monday per CMS guidelines identified two team members with positive COVID-19. Neither of those team members have worked in the facility during their infectious period so there is extremely minimal to no exposure from those two positives. The remainder of Skilled and Personal Care team members tested negative on Monday. On Wednesday, Personal Care and Memory Support continued “outbreak” testing of residents. Two residents did test positive. Those two residents are in close proximity to each other on the same unit. The rest of the residents tested negative.
Skilled Nursing continues to remain COVID free. Team Members continue to be tested twice a week accordingly to CMS guidelines due to Lancaster County having a 14.3 positivity rate. Only residents that leave the facility will be tested during this time. All team members must continue to wear a medical grade mask and eye protection at all times on the units with additional airborne precaution PPE being worn in any individual resident rooms who are in isolation.
Personal Care and Memory Support
Precautions in Personal Care and Memory Support are being increased even further with team members continuing to wear N-95 respirators, eye protection with gowns and gloves. Team members will continue to be tested twice a week with residents being tested a minimum of once per week. We have all of the procedures in place to limit spread already so we will continue to follow those procedures to limit any further spread of COVID-19 as we have done in the past.
Due to further positive tests, there will be no visitation for Personal Care or Memory Support at this time. Once we are confident any spread of COVID-19 has been contained we will resume window visitation. Skilled Nursing will continue permitting window visitation. Neither are permitted to do inside visitation due to the current county positivity rate.
Additional “outbreak” testing was completed again last week prior to Thanksgiving. All Skilled Nursing team members’ and residents’ test results came back negative for the second straight week. Personal Care had three team members test positive.
Skilled Nursing will no longer be in quarantine or performing “outbreak testing.” Team Members must be tested twice a week accordingly to CMS guidelines due to Lancaster County having a 12.6 positivity rate. Only residents that leave the facility will be tested during this time. All team members must continue to wear a medical grade mask and eye protection at all times in the units with additional airborne precaution PPE being worn in any individual resident rooms of those who are in isolation.
Personal Care and Memory Support
Personal Care and Memory support will both remain entirely in a “yellow” quarantine zone. Residents are encouraged to stay in their rooms/apartments and wear a mask any time they need to leave. Team members must wear an N-95 face mask, eye protection, and gown at all times. Due to a combination of positive tests and the Lancaster County positivity rate, team members must be tested twice a week with all residents being tested once a week.
Visitation throughout Personal Care, Memory Support and Skilled Nursing is limited to window visitation and compassionate care visitation only while the Lancaster County positivity rate remains greater than 10%. (It is currently at 12.6%)
Window visits can be scheduled through the Activities Department while families of residents who meet the compassionate care criteria will be notified and contacted by nursing staff.
Please remember that all team members who work in Skilled Nursing, Personal Care, Memory Support or Home Care are required to be tested twice a week. Testing days are Mondays and Thursdays and must be attended whether you are working that day or are off. Failure to comply with these federal testing guidelines will result in disciplinary action.
We do not have specific information on the availability date of the COVID-19 vaccinations and do not know if the government will make it mandatory or not. We do know they are actively preparing for rapid deployment of these vaccines in skilled nursing facilities as soon as they have been approved. We are partnered with Walgreens to hold vaccination clinics at our facility when they do become approved. We will continue to update residents, families and team members as we have more information. Please be on the lookout for additional information as we expect more information to be communicated to us in the coming weeks, if not days.
A chart will be posted at each entrance showing the three stages related to various COVID-19 positivity rates. At 12.6% positivity rate in the county, we are well over the 10% that requires quarantine. Therefore, beginning on 11/25/2020, the QPRC Campus is in quarantine, the red phase. What does this mean?
Because of the increased positivity rate the government agencies require that all team members who have currently been tested weekly, now be tested twice a week. Testing will be done on Mondays and Thursdays. Residents in Skilled Care and Personal Care/Memory Support will continue to be tested weekly.
I understand that these restrictions are burdensome. We all agree that this has been a difficult year and we are all weary. We all want to put this behind us. But we cannot. We will need to see this through. Let’s press on together and do it in such a way that we do not add to the burden of others. Let’s walk through this in a way that glorifies God and encourages our neighbor.
“I think that you will all agree that we are living in most interesting times. I never remember myself a time in which our history was so full, in which day by day brought us new objects of interest, and, let me say also, new objects for anxiety.” Joseph Chamberlain, 1898, a British statesman and father of British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain
Who would have thought over a year ago that we would have been celebrating Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s under the challenge of COVID-19? The last five weeks of each year are often a time filled with family gatherings, friends, and celebrations. This year is different. It has been radically different since March as COVID-19 spread around the world.
We have long ago grown weary of the constant reporting of bad news, the threat of illness, sadness, separations, and lockdowns that seem to have defined this year. We are so grateful to those who continue to provide healthcare for us and those who serve us in so many other ways.
This season of strife, discouragement, and emotional separation is new for many of the younger generation. It is the first time that many of them have experienced this sort of massive change in their daily lives. For those of us who are older, we have experienced these disruptions before. I’m not aware of anyone still living who can remember the 1918 Spanish flu epidemic, but there are still some who have experienced the disruption of the Great Depression followed by World War II, the Korean War, the Cold War, the Vietnam war, and to a lesser extent, the oil crisis, the Gulf war, and the war in Afghanistan.
These were all times of sacrifice. Some sacrifices were made by all, some by just a few, but they were times when many traditions and customs were abruptly disrupted and forever changed. We are again at a time, in this COVID-19 season, when our cherished traditions of gatherings, parties, and celebrations, are being limited, eliminated, or severely shrunk.
God knows that we are facing these “interesting times” and in Paul’s letter to the Philippians, the apostle shares these words of encouragement.
Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. Philippians 4:6-8 ESV
Paul encourages us to pray with thanksgiving and the peace of God will guard our hearts and minds. We are to think on these things:
Whatever is true,
Whatever is honorable,
Whatever is just,
Whatever is pure,
Whatever is lovely,
Whatever is commendable,
Is there any excellence?
Anything worthy of praise?
This has encouraged me and I hope it encourages you. Since we are not able to express our gratefulness in the usual ways, let us be intentional in sharing our thankfulness with one another in the ways we can. Write a note or an email or send a text to family members, to those who serve you, to old friends, to classmates, and former work associates, and share with them your gratitude for something they have done to bless your life – no matter how small an incident and no matter how long ago. You may be an instrument of Christ’s love at just the right time.
In this season, let’s pray the words of Paul and give thanks for the things that are true, honorable, just, pure, commendable, excellent, and worthy of praise.
Over these last few months, we’ve been doing a number of little things to encourage all of us during this challenging time. The creative use of electronics, more on-line TV programs, zoom, food trucks, and small gifts. We will try to continue to do the little things that are different but safe, special and celebratory. Thank you all for your understanding, grace, and patience as we journey through these difficult days together. Let us pray that we may encourage each other to rejoice in the Lord always, again I say, REJOICE!!
Everyone should have seen or heard the communication at the end of last week regarding additional positive tests in Skilled Nursing. Additional resident and employee tests have continued to come back negative since then. We are confident the policies and procedures we have put into place continue to protect residents and team members from a significant spread of COVID-19 and contain the few cases we have had.
Personal Care and Memory Support
In light of an outside contracted worker testing positive with exposure on the Personal Care Unit, Personal Care and Memory Support will remain in quarantine until we have completed 14 days of no new positive tests. Visitation will continue to be in the form of window visits only until we are able to re-open for normal indoor visitation in the Thompson Meeting Room.
In accordance with guidelines from CMS and DOH, Skilled Nursing units continue to remain in quarantine with weekly outbreak testing for team members and residents. We must complete two rounds of weekly testing with all negative results before we can resume visitation and other important services. We are expecting window visitation to resume on Monday and then looking forward to resuming indoor visitation with residents once we have 14 days with no new positives.
To all our Residents
We recognize the toll this is taking on you. To say we are deeply saddened and hurt to see the turmoil you have been through is an understatement. Our team has been put in a lose-lose scenario where bending the rules and regulations to provide a brief moment of emotional relief can have long-term consequences for those same residents that we were trying to help. The administrative team continues to wrestle daily with how to prioritize the safety of our residents while ensuring we meet their emotional needs. We ask for your continued prayers and support as we make decisions with the residents’ best interests at heart.
To our Team Members
All of you have been nothing short of extraordinary since the day this pandemic started. You have always done what we have asked and done so with little to no complaining. You have stepped up and remained flexible as policies and procedures continue to change on what seems like a daily basis. Most importantly, many of you have adopted the role of family to our residents who desperately need it as they have been unable to see their families often, or in some scenarios at all. I am sure I can speak for many families as I have heard from many of them how thankful they are knowing their loved ones are in the hands of team members who care so much.
If you have been following the news, you are aware that cases of COVID are rising worldwide; and alarmingly so in many parts of the US. Likewise, either because of increased testing or increased prevalence, cases in our community are rising as well. With the majority of the results back from this week’s testing, we have one Home Care team member, three Skilled Nursing team members and one Skilled Care resident who have tested positive. Only one team member was symptomatic, and that individual has not been at work for the past week.
Team, you have done well. Thank you for keeping our residents safe. You have given much over the last year and I know you are weary. But, together, we must press on, especially as the virus spreads. While we know that most people who contract the virus will recover and have only mild or no symptoms, we also know that some people decline very quickly and some die. What we don’t know is which individuals will become really, really sick.
As you know, when a team member tests positive, the residents he or she serves have further restrictions placed on them. Our residents have already suffered greatly under these restrictions – much more than we have. For some, there is an emotional weariness beyond words. Even when no one has been ill, there has been a cost. People are not designed to live in isolation, masked and untouched.
Our residents have been isolated for months. Only we can bring COVID into the community. We believe your consistent, proper use of PPE has protected our residents and each other. I want to believe that, for the sake of our residents, you have already curtailed some of your personal activities. However, with numbers increasing, I am strongly recommending that you follow these guidelines:
COVID testing was done on November 4th and 5th. The results are in and I am sorry to report that we had one positive result. The person was asymptomatic but did come in contact with Skilled Care residents. All Skilled Care residents and team members working in Skilled Care will be tested on Wednesday and Thursday this week.
Personal Care had no positive results. All Personal Care residents and team members working in Personal Care will be tested on Wednesday and Thursday this week. Should the results of Wednesday’s and Thursday’s testing be negative, they may be approved to come out of quarantine soon. We will let you know when we know.
Please pray for our residents in Skilled Care. The burden of COVID seems to have fallen most heavily on them. If it comes to mind, consider sending them a card with some encouraging verses and thoughts or maybe a little light-hearted humor to brighten their day.
We have had a lot of inquiries about the holidays. Like everything this year, the holidays will look different than they have in the past. We are working diligently to ensure our residents have an exciting and joy-filled Thanksgiving and Christmas despite COVID. Family members are encouraged to drop off special treats or gifts for loved ones.
Holiday Entertainment for all levels of care
This year, our holiday entertainment will be broadcast on Channel 957 on December 18th from 4:30-5:30. A complimentary holiday meal will be delivered to your room, apartment or cottage prior to the performance. You will be receiving a memo with more information about this special entertainment.
Residential Living (Cottages and Apartments)
Personal Care and Skilled Care
Activities in these areas are dependent on the results of the weekly COVID testing and the Lancaster County positivity rate. Right now, we are in the Quarantine Phase.
|Requires two consecutive weeks of no positive test results to move to Phase Nonquarantine*
|Personal Care||– Virtual visitation only
– No Leaves of Absence
– No communal dining
|– Indoor visitation w barrier
– No Leaves of Absence
– Distanced Communal dining
|Skilled Care||– Virtual visitation only
– No Leaves of Absence
– No communal dining
|– Indoor visitation w barrier
– No Leaves of Absence
– Distanced Communal Dining
*A single positive test requires quarantine.
During virtual visitation, residents must stay inside the building behind a closed door or window and the family must remain outside the building. Residents may always visit with family members via Skype or Face Time.
Leaves of Absence
PC and Skilled residents will not be permitted to leave the facility with family or friends. This is for the safety of all.
Family transport to medically necessary appointments will be permitted when the facility is not under quarantine and the county positivity rate is under 5%. If the facility is under quarantine or the county positivity rate is over 5%, the facility will provide transportation to medically necessary appointments.
On October 28 and 29 all residents, team members and contracted health care providers accessing Skilled Nursing and Personal Care were tested for COVID-19. This was done because of the monthly testing required by the Department of Health. Also, the positivity rate in Lancaster County has risen to over 5%. Because of that, we will need to test weekly until the positivity rate falls below 5% and we have no positive cases for two consecutive weeks.
Results of yesterday’s testing have started coming in. Thus far, two team members and one contracted health care professional have tested positive. Individuals testing positive and those with whom they have had contact are always notified immediately. Positive non-resident individuals will not enter the Skilled Nursing Facility for 14 days. If a resident tests positive, they will be moved to the red zone and will be quarantined there for 14 days.
Because of the contracted health care professional’s positive test results, the entire Skilled Nursing Facility and Personal Care are once again in quarantine. This will impact visitation, dining and activities for our residents – virtual visitation only and no congregate dining or activities.
Any team member in Skilled Nursing and Personal Care must wear full PPE at all times. It is crucial to remember to wear a mask at all times regardless of whether you are on the unit or not and to remain 6 feet apart from others whenever possible. It is impossible to wash or sanitize your hands too often, so please do so often. It makes a difference.
One of the team members who tested positive works in Great Rock Home Care. The team member and those who they have cared for are being notified. Visitation, dining and activities in Residential Living remain unchanged.
Our hearts ache for those who are impacted by these current positive test results. We are all weary of this. While it is easy to let our guard down, as Martin Luther says below, we do not want to be an agent that causes harm to another. Please remain steadfast in your efforts to protect others.
We are reminded again of Martin Luther’s quote shared in the 1600’s in the midst of the Plague:
“I shall ask God mercifully to protect us. Then I shall fumigate, help purify the air, administer medicine and take it. I shall avoid places and persons where my presence is not needed in order not to become contaminated and thus perchance inflict and pollute others and so cause their death as a result of my negligence. If God should wish to take me, he will surely find me and I have done what he has expected of me and so I am not responsible for either my own death or the death of others. If my neighbor needs me, however, I shall not avoid place or person but will go freely as stated above. See this is such a God-fearing faith because it is neither brash nor foolhardy and does not tempt God.”
An update from Mark Smeltzer, Senior Administrator Healthcare Services:
I am excited to announce that all the Covid tests completed last week at QPRC have come back negative. This is a huge testament to the dedication and hard work of each of the QPRC team members who have been diligently following all of the infection control guidelines mandated by the state and federal government.
Personal Care and Memory Support completed their required “routine testing” which means unless a resident or team member is symptomatic, we will not be required to continue testing again for another 4-6 weeks at this point. Personal Care and Memory Support can continue physically distanced communal dining, physically distanced activities, and visitation per the visitation guidelines that have been established.
Skilled Nursing completed the last round of “outbreak testing” that can now subside due to being COVID-19 free for 14 days. Skilled Nursing residents will now be able to eat together while physically distanced, participate in physically distanced activities, and most importantly, resume visitation with families per the visitation guidelines that have been established to ensure safety.
Please keep in mind that QPRC will continue testing any residents or team members that are exhibiting signs or symptoms or COVID-19. If there are any positive test results, they may result in scaling back of visitation and group activities again per guidelines.
Visitation times for Personal Care, Memory Support are already posted on the Sign Up Genius webpage that can be found via the link on Quarryville’s website. Skilled Nursing visitation times will be posted by tomorrow once we are able to coordinate staff to be available to monitor the visits as is required by the Department of Health. Many families have asked about the weather and where visitation will be held once the weather gets cooler. QPRC has an indoor location for visitation inside that will allow a quiet and temperature-controlled atmosphere to visit with your loved ones. Outside visits are still strongly recommended by state and federal governments so we will hold as many outdoor visitations as possible. Please feel free to call the facility or check the sign-up page the day of the visit to see if it will be outdoor or indoor. These visits will still be scheduled via the Sign Up Genius webpage but will be limited to 2 individuals.
More information will also be coming out regarding “compassionate care visits.” We are currently navigating the challenge of competing regulations which is making it difficulty to finalize our policies and procedures that we will need to follow in carrying out these “compassionate care visits.” As soon we receive clarification on what our requirements are surrounding these, team members will be reaching out to schedule and inform families that their loved ones have met the criteria for a compassionate caregiver.
Thank you for your continued support as we work diligently to navigate what is again becoming an increasingly changing regulatory environment that we must continue to change and adapt our policies and procedures to reflect. I pray we can soon be clearer and have procedures in place that are not constantly changing. Thank you for your continued prayers and support as work to provide our residents with extraordinary care.
QPRC completed testing on all skilled residents and team members on Thursday 9/24/2020. We are excited to announce there were no positive results in the skilled nursing area. We will be doing another round of testing this Thursday and hope for all negative tests. A second round of negative tests will allow us to begin the process of reopening visitation in skilled nursing.
We are thankful that team members at QPRC have remained diligent to drastically limit the isolated cases of COVID-19 we have had. On that same token, we hurt with the residents and their families who have had to endure visitation restrictions during the time of multiple isolated positive cases. While the safety of our residents and team members is our biggest concern, the emotional, and spiritual toll this is taking on our residents is extremely heartbreaking to our entire team. We pray that God will continue to bless our community in a way that allows us to provide for visitation in accordance with state and federal guidelines. This will foster the emotional connections our residents need with friends and family.
Please continue to check the website routinely for updated information which may include testing results, changes in policies or procedures, and updates on visitation. Forthcoming is a policy that will allow for compassionate caregivers in certain situations. We are waiting for further clarification on conflicting guidelines from different governing bodies. Until then, we will continue to call families who meet the current criteria for compassionate visits such as at end of life or a significant decline in functioning.
We appreciate your continued support and prayers for our residents and our team members as we all trust in God’s direction and faithfulness during this difficult trial.
An update from Mark Smeltzer, Senior Administrator Healthcare Services:
I was excited to see test results from Skilled Nursing start to come back negative on Friday evening. It made it even more crushing to see one resident out of the 200 total tests come back positive. QPRC has performed contact tracing and we do not know how the virus was introduced to the resident. We are bewildered by an immediate follow-up test of that resident that came back negative. Regardless of the circumstances, the Department of Health has confirmed we must continue to take all the precautions we normally do when a positive test occurs.
It breaks my heart that this means we must continue testing all skilled nursing team members and residents weekly until we have two weeks of all negative tests. It breaks my heart that we must continue postponing skilled nursing visitation with friends and families. We are thankful that the two residents who have tested positive have been isolated cases and there has been no additional spread; however, we are anxiously awaiting the day when we have been 100% COVID-free for 14 days so we can open up visitation again. We are thankful that Personal Care has remained COVID-free for a while and has allowed us the ability to allow modified resident visitation. Our residents and their families need the face to face interaction, and we are committed to providing that again as soon as regulations afford us the ability to do so.
Per CMS and DOH Guidelines, Lancaster County has hit a 5.1% COVID Test Positivity Rate. Anything over 5% requires weekly testing of all team members for skilled nursing and testing of any resident who has had outside contact within the past 14 days. For Personal Care, a positivity rate over 5% requires monthly testing for all team members and any residents who have had outside contact within the past 14 days. We are hopeful this number will drop back below 5% when new rates are released by the Center for Medicare and Medicaid.
You may have seen a flurry of recent guidelines and information in the news about long term care visitation which includes Skilled Nursing and Personal Care. The Department of Health and Human Services (Personal Care), Department of Health (Skilled Nursing) and Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (Skilled Nursing) have all released updated visitation and reopening guidelines within the past week. Our team is diligently working through those guidelines and creating/updating our policies and procedures to reflect them. These new regulations do allow for some more flexibility and opportunities for visitation which we are excited about. Some of those instances are across the board opportunities, while other visitation circumstances continue to only apply to end of life or significant resident decline situations. Once we have updated and created policies to reflect these new guidelines, we will post them on our website and distribute to the appropriate residents and resident representatives.
COVID has been an emotional roller coaster for all, with our residents, their families, and our front-line team members being impacted greatly. I am thankful that even in frustrating times like now, there is still hope for the future as we continue to safely navigate this pandemic and work towards being able to provide for our resident’s physical, emotional and spiritual needs the way God has called us to.
We are thrilled to announce that the weekly testing for Skilled Nursing completed on September 10th has come back all negative. We are hopeful that weekly testing this Thursday will bear the same result and we will be able to start the process of opening up the Skilled Nursing units again.
As we look towards the possibility of opening up the skilled nursing units again, we would like to remind residents and families of some of the key visitation procedures for skilled nursing and personal care:
We understand this is not what anyone wants right now and certainly not why our team members chose to work in this industry. QPRC is committed to keeping all our residents and team members safe and following all the applicable regulatory guidelines in place.
There have been new guidelines and regulations put into place regarding visitation and reopening of Skilled Nursing and we are awaiting similar guidelines to be released for Personal Care. We are reviewing these and updating our policies and procedures to reflect these recent changes in regulations and guidelines. Please continue to check our website for the latest news and updates regarding testing and policy and procedure changes.
Thank you for your continued support and prayers as we work as a team to navigate this unique and challenging time.
QPRC completed another round of weekly testing of our skilled nursing residents and team members on September 3. We are thankful that no residents tested positive but are disappointed to learn one additional team member has tested positive. The new positive team member is asymptomatic and will be kept away from work per CDC and DOH guidelines.
Quarryville Presbyterian is currently reviewing updated guidelines from the Department of Health and updating our internal policies, specifically as it relates to reopening timelines, visitation policies, and PPE policies. We will communicate any updates made to our policies and procedures via the website as they are completed.
Quarryville Presbyterian Retirement Community continues to put the safety of our residents of the utmost importance and continues to err on the side of extreme caution to keep the residents safe and eliminate any additional spread in the community. Please continue to check the website for routine COVID-19 updates.
QPRC completed another round of weekly testing on our skilled nursing residents and team members on August 27. We are thankful that no residents tested positive but are disappointed to learn four additional team members have tested positive. These positive team members are all asymptomatic and will be kept away from work per CDC and DOH guidelines.
All skilled nursing team members continue to wear increased PPE throughout the facility. Visitation will be in virtual form only (Skype, Facetime, etc.) until the facility enters Step 1 of the reopening plan again and can resume window visitation.
Quarryville Presbyterian Retirement Community continues to put the safety of our residents first. We continue to err on the side of extreme caution to keep the residents safe and eliminate any additional spread in the community.
QPRC learned last night that one of our skilled nursing residents has tested positive for COVID-19. That resident is in the hospital. No other residents are exhibiting any signs or symptoms but are being monitored extremely closely. Team members continue using precautions and the entire skilled nursing facility will remain in quarantine with no activities, group dining, or visitation until further notice. There are no changes regarding activities, dining or visitation in Personal Care or Residential Living at this time.
The testing that had been scheduled to be completed today will still occur and will be completed as soon as possible to ensure results are returned in a timely manner and any further actions can be taken promptly.
We are confident in the processes and procedures we have put into place to limit spread as much as possible. Our team members have been diligent in caring for our residents and have followed and will continue to follow the guidance set forth by the Pennsylvania Department of Health (DOH), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to minimize the risk of Coronavirus transmission within our community.
Our prayers are with the resident and our team members as they navigate this change.
In follow-up of a recent employee who tested positive for COVID-19, QPRC completed facility wide testing of Skilled Nursing Residents and Team Members on Thursday August 20. The results of the majority of these tests have come back and identified one additional nurse as testing positive. No other residents or team members have come back positive at this point. Out of an abundance of caution, we are moving to designate all Skilled Nursing beds as “yellow zone” for a minimum of 14 days from August 20. In-person visitation will be limited to residents who are at “end of life” as directed by PA, CMS and the CDC. QPRC encourages and will help facilitate virtual visitation during this time via Facetime, Zoom, Skype, etc.
In accordance with PA guidelines, QPRC will continue to conduct weekly testing on all employees with Skilled Nursing Facility contact weekly until we have two weeks with all negative tests. Please continue to check the website for updates on visitation as we look forward to resuming our reopening plan as soon as we are able.
We are thankful the positive employee remains asymptomatic and is feeling fine. We are also thankful we continue to have no positive resident cases in the Skilled Nursing Facility.
Thank you for your continued prayers and support as we work together to keep our residents and team members safe.
Updated Visitation during Skilled Nursing Quarantine and Step 1 of Reopening Plan
Window Visitation Sign Up
These visitation guidelines will be in effect throughout the Quarantine Phase and Step 1 of the reopening phase. Outdoor visitation will resume once we re-enter step 2 of the reopening plan.
We have just been made aware that the team member that had been suspected of having COVID-19 has tested positive. As a result, the Skilled Nursing Facility will remain in the Quarantine Step for a minimum of 14 more days.
We have already begun the process of testing all residents and team members working in the Skilled Nursing Facility as a precautionary measure.
Personal Care and Memory Support will remain in Step 2 of the reopening process.
An update on window visitation in Skilled Nursing will be made available soon. Some residents and units are still able to carry out those visitations during this time period.
Thank you in advance for your continued support and prayers during this time as we continue to strive to keep all of our residents and team members healthy.
Today we have a team member being tested for COVID. The team member is symptomatic and learned today that other family members have tested positive. The team member did have contact with residents in skilled care two days ago.
Therefore, skilled care is once again in quarantine. This means that there will be no visitation, dining will take place in resident rooms, activities will be on an individual basis only.
If the test results are negative, we can immediately go back to Phase 2. If the results are positive, skilled care will remain in quarantine for 14 days.
We will communicate the results as soon as we know them.
Personal Care remains unchanged in Phase 2.
Gradual Reopening Plan Announced
We are pleased to announce that our Reopening Plan is now available. Each level of care (Residential Living, Personal Care, Memory Support and Skilled Care) will reopen differently.
It is important to remember that an active case of COVID-19 at any level may result in reversing some of the reopening plans. Please carefully read all the documents below:
I am happy to announce that results of the retest of the Personal Care resident have come back negative. We are once again a COVID-free community. Personal Care residents may walk in the halls, sit in the lobby and stroll outside. Personal Care residents may not go into any of the other buildings on campus.
We thank you for your patience as we navigate these ups and downs.
Have a blessed weekend.
It has been and still is our intent to be entirely transparent about COVID in our community.
I recently reported to you that all our testing was completed and that all of the test results were negative. I learned today that two of the testing vials had broken in transit. Those two individuals (one resident and one non-direct caregiver) were retested, and I learned this morning that their tests results were positive. It has been 10 days since they were tested. As a first immediate response, we have once again closed Personal Care. Residents must stay in their rooms and team members will be in full personal protective equipment to provide care. Because so much time has passed, we are awaiting direction from the Department of Human Services as to whether additional testing is required.
I understand that this may seem confusing. It is for us as well. This news may create questions in your mind. It does for us too. The delay in receiving results is truly problematic. That the only two positive results just happen to be the two vials that broke in transit is highly suspicious.
We remain committed to following the government guidelines and our priority is your safety.
As we continue to physically distance, wear masks and wash our hands, I would ask that you pray.
A Lament in the Time of Covid
To you, Oh Lord, we lift up our souls
Oh Lord, our God, we are in pain
We long to see face to face
And yet our faces are covered
We long to touch, to hold, to comfort
And yet we must distance
Our lives are as we never imagined they would be
We cannot embrace our spouses
We cannot rejoice with our children, our grandchildren and our great-grandchildren
We must be strong, when we are so afraid
Our loved ones are taken from us
And You, Oh Lord, seem far away.
We have no confidence in those who rule over us
We do not trust our government
And yet, Oh Lord, You are Sovereign
Come to us now Oh Lord and Savior
Comfort us, let us feel Your presence with us
Let Your love and Your strength flow through us
For we are so weary Oh Lord, we have nothing left to give
May we see Your Face, for You never wear a mask
May we feel Your loving arms around us
For You are never six feet away
Give us hope Oh Lord, for we have none left
All our hope is in You
When the darkness surrounds us
May we remember that we dwell in the shadow of Your wings
Our flesh and our hearts may fail
But you Oh Lord are the strength of our hearts and our portion forever
Come to us Lord Jesus and revive us again.
We will yet praise You Our Lord and our God.
I am happy to announce that all the testing required by the State of Pennsylvania has been completed and all results are negative! To the best of my knowledge, we are a COVID-free community today.
We will gradually be taking measures to reopen. We are still 15 days away from the time when we will be permitted to allow visitation in Skilled Care and Personal Care. We are making plans now for what that will look like and will communicate that to you. I know you are anxious for life to return to what it was. Thank you for your patience.
This week we had our Infection Control survey/inspection by the Department of Health. In their final report, they commended our team members for the manner in which they have handled the COVID crisis and encouraged us to keep up the good work.
Thank you, each of you, for the part you have played in seeing this through.
Praise God!! We have received the final results of our second round of mandatory testing. I am happy to report that everyone that was tested is negative.
We attribute this to God’s divine providence and the endurance of everyone in our community in following guidelines.
Romans 5:2-4 says …we rejoice in hope of the glory of God. Not only that, but we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope.
While this is a milestone, it does not signify the end. This is not the time to throw caution to the wind but rather a time to take well-thought-out measured steps towards reopening. We will keep you informed as decisions are made and steps are taken.
Residential Living residents may continue to visit with up to four visitors outside provided they maintain a 6-foot distance and wear a face mask.
Residents in Personal Care (PC) may now leave their rooms and sit in the lobby or outside, weather permitting. PC Residents may only visit with up to four visitors through the window in the atrium on the first floor for up to ½ hour. PC Residents may NOT visit with visitors outside.
Skilled Care remains closed to visitors, but residents may visit with up to four visitors through the windows in the Thompson lobby or the Long Building atrium for up to ½ hour.
All residents must continue to wear a mask, stay 6 feet apart from any other individual and wash or sanitize their hands frequently.
Thank you for your continued cooperation.
As required by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, all residents and team members in Skilled Care and Personal Care (PC) were tested for COVID-19 even if they had no symptoms. We continue to receive results.
As of today, all results for our Skilled Nursing residents are negative and only two of our Personal Care residents have tested positive (these were previously announced in a memo on June 30th.) All Personal Care residents have been re-tested and there are no new cases.
We will keep you updated as results continue to come in. We remain committed to the highest standards of safety for our residents and team members.
Please continue to pray for our residents and team members in these uncertain times. Thank you all for continuing to wear your mask, physically distance, and wash your hands.
As required by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, all residents and team members in Skilled Care and Personal Care (PC) were tested for COVID-19 even if they had no symptoms. On Wednesday, Thursday and Friday of last week more than 350 tests were completed and the results are now coming in.
As of today, we have received results for 103 tests – 101 are negative; 2 of our Personal Care residents have tested positive. These residents were asymptomatic (had no signs or symptoms of illness). Resident representatives have been notified and the residents have been isolated. Full personal protective equipment will be used in caring for these individuals. For now, Personal Care residents may not leave the 2nd, 3rd or 4th floor of the Long Building. Team members working in PC may only work in PC. This includes maintenance and dining team members.
We will keep you updated as results come in. We remain committed to the highest standards of safety for our residents and team members. We will continue to follow the current guidelines of the DOH and CDC and go beyond if we deem it necessary.
Thank you to all our residents and team members who have diligently followed guidelines during this time. I commend you for your steadfastness even though this has continued for months. We will see this through together.
We rejoice in the next phase of our COVID-19 journey as our governor has given Lancaster County the green light. There are many questions about what life will look like after Friday. Going green does not mean that life will return to the way it was before COVID-19. It will be different — not better, not worse — but something different than how things were before.
It will take some time and multiple memos to communicate the many upcoming changes to you. We will try to communicate in a clear and organized manner. Our team remains available to answer any questions you may have.
On Friday, 6/26/20:
I want to share with you again a quote from Martin Luther regarding the plague of the 1600’s:
“I shall ask God mercifully to protect us. Then I shall fumigate, help purify the air, administer medicine and take it. I shall avoid places and persons where my presence is not needed in order not to become contaminated and thus perchance inflict and pollute others and so cause their death as a result of my negligence. If God should wish to take me, he will surely find me and I have done what he has expected of me and so I am not responsible for either my own death or the death of others. If my neighbor needs me however I shall not avoid place or person but will go freely as stated above. See this is such a God-fearing faith because it is neither brash nor foolhardy and does not tempt God.”
Join with me as, together, we seek to live our lives independently while at the same time protecting those who are most vulnerable.
A sincere thank you to all residents and team members who have stood with us as we have navigated the last couple of months. A world with COVID is new for all of us. While your health and safety remain our top priority, we recognize that the necessary isolation has become wearisome. “We’ll get through this together” has given way to “How long must this go on?”
I would like to give you a clear definitive answer, but I cannot. I can tell you what is, but I cannot tell you what will be.
• We are still in the midst of a pandemic.
• People over the age of 65 and those with underlying health issues are most at risk.
• We cannot allow visitors into any of our buildings.
• Residents living in cottages and apartments only may visit with family members outside.
• Residents in Personal Care and Skilled Care may only visit with family members on opposite sides of one of the windows in atrium.
• Our dining rooms remain closed to congregate dining.
• Masks are required any time you are outside of your cottage or apartment.
• As a retirement community, we do not follow the same guidelines put forth for the general population. So even though churches may be gathering in groups of 250, we cannot.
• We strongly encourage you to remain physically distant from any other people – friends, family and neighbors.
• We strongly encourage you to avoid groups of more than 10 people.
• We strongly encourage you to make only the most necessary visits to stores.
• We strongly encourage you to wear your mask.
• We strongly encourage you to maintain contact with friends, family and neighbors by phone or through a computer using Face Time, Skype or Zoom.
We thank God for his protection during this time and continue to look to Him for guidance.
In a recent directive from the Pennsylvania Secretary of Health, the state has mandated that every nursing home resident and employee be tested for COVID-19 prior to July 24, 2020. We have started implementing this testing. Compliance with all State and Federal mandates relating to COVID-19 and the safety of our residents and team members remain our top priorities.
My last communication reported that we recently had an asymptomatic team member test positive for COVID-19. Individuals (both residents and team members) who came in contact with this team member have been tested. We are happy to report that all tests have come back negative. As of now, anyone who has been tested and remains symptom-free will not need to be tested again.
We continue to marvel at God’s goodness to and protection of our community. We are grateful and trust you are too.
While we have enjoyed a COVID-free environment thus far and restrictions in our state are starting to be lifted, we must remain vigilant and cautious. This virus is an invisible enemy. Just today one of our employees tested positive for COVID-19. The employee is and has been completely without symptoms and is now at home. The team member was following the government approved protocol and was wearing appropriate Personal Protective Equipment while providing care to our residents. Because this employee was providing care in one of our resident areas, all residents who had contact with this individual will be tested. Family members of each exposed resident have been contacted.
With God’s help we will see this through. Thank you for your patience and cooperation.
We are on the verge of a transition from the red phase to the yellow phase in our county. You may be wondering how that might affect our community. Since we have no COVID cases, we are having discussions about how to facilitate some changes in a way that protects both our residents and team members. People are made for relationship and social interaction. We are considering ways we can distance physically while still being able to engage socially. We will communicate those plans in the near future.
Again, I want to thank you for adhering to the restrictions that have been put in place thus far. Please work with us as we attempt to move towards a new (ab)normal.
Even though stay-at-home orders are lifted under the yellow phase, I want all of us to be cautious. There is still little data from other states and counties that have started to reopen. I urge you to continue to be diligent in your handwashing and maintain a minimum 6-foot distance from any other person. Masks are required for entrance into many places and are still required in our community.
I hope you can find comfort in a verse from the hymn, This is my Father’s World:
“O let me ne’er forget. That though the wrong seems oft so strong, God is the ruler yet.”
As our daily memos turn to weekly memos, we look forward to the time when restrictions can ease a bit. As of right now, we remain COVID-19 free. We are grateful to everyone who has practiced social distancing, handwashing, and wearing a mask.
We have received several requests for changes, but we must continue to follow the guidelines set forth by the governing authorities. Today, Lancaster County is still in the red phase per the state. That means stay at home orders are still in place, gatherings of more than 10 are prohibited, restaurants are limited to carry-out only, travel is encouraged to be for life-sustaining purposes only. We encourage you to continue to follow these guidelines as well, even though we are all anxious for things to change.
I know the enormous toll that changed routines have on all of us – from hair care to wandering around a store just to look. Our daily and weekly routines have been suspended and it hurts. As a man under authority, I am commanded to listen and obey our authorities.
Praying that we all look to Jesus.
We rejoice that we continue to be COVID-free throughout our community. Primarily, this is because of God’s good providence and somewhat because of the diligent behavior of our team in following the practices that have been instituted.
Spring has sprung. With a forecasted high today of 84, you will have opportunities to do more. Please be careful and consider the bigger, long-term picture. We remain committed to keeping our residents and team members safe. We will consider the latest recommendations and guidelines but because our residents are most vulnerable, we may not be returning to normal as quickly as the general population.
Please continue to be diligent and conservative in keeping good practices such as distancing, hand washing, and masks which are intended to keep us safe. What we choose to do can profoundly impact those around us.
1 Corinthians 6:12 tells us, “All things are lawful for me,” but not all things are helpful. There may be times when you have the freedom to do something but for the benefit of others you may choose not to do it. The converse is also true. There may be places you go where a mask is not required, but for the benefit of our residents, your neighbors, you choose to wear one.
We are asking you to choose social distancing. Choose to wear a mask. Choose to wash your hands often. Choose to avoid crowds. Choose to consider the needs of others.
Our desire is that our residents and team members remain safe but also that they once again be able to enjoy food, fellowship and family together.
We are thankful! We are thankful that, to date, none of our residents have been diagnosed with COVID-19. We are thankful for a wonderful team of individuals who have adjusted to a new abnormal and continue to care for our residents with excellence. We are thankful for family members for standing with us as we make every effort to keep their loved ones safe. We are thankful that we can rely on God’s goodness even in the worst of times.
None of us knows what life will look like going forward, especially in retirement communities. Please pray for us as we continue to look to the future – considering options and making decisions to keep our community safe and extraordinary.
April 21, 2020
Quarryville Presbyterian Retirement Community remains vigilant in monitoring the ongoing health, welfare, and safety of our residents and team members. We want to make you aware that on Monday, April 20, 2020, we learned that a nursing staff member tested positive for COVID-19. This individual has not worked since April 12 and is currently at home and doing well. While caring for residents, this individual was wearing proper personal protective equipment. Symptoms (fever, body aches, fatigue) were first noted on April 15. Testing was done the following day. This individual will remain at home until their healthcare provider clears them to return to work.
Our prayers are with the team member and their family.
We believe the virus was contracted outside our facility. Even so, we remain diligent in monitoring our residents for signs and symptoms of illness as well as checking their temperature each shift. There are currently no residents showing signs or symptoms of illness.
Our medical director and the Department of Health have been notified. We are, and will continue, to take every step recommended by federal, state and local authorities to prevent the spread of COVID-19. We remain committed to being transparent in keeping you and your families aware of any changes in our community.
April 17, 2020
Quarryville Presbyterian Retirement Community remains vigilant in monitoring the ongoing health, welfare, and safety of our residents and team members. We want to make you aware that at 6:00PM last night, April 16, 2020, we learned that a non-caregiving staff member in a supportive role tested positive for COVID-19. The staff member has been off and at home since April 6 and is doing well. This individual will remain home for the full 14 days at which time their ability to return to work will be assessed. We will look to their healthcare provider for recommendations as to when this individual may return to work. At this time, we consider the overall risk to residents and team members to be low.
Our prayers are with the team member and their family.
We have notified public health officials as required and are following procedures recommended by the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention. We are and will continue to take every step recommended by federal, state and local authorities.
We are committed to being transparent in keeping you and your families aware of any changes regarding COVID-19 in our community.
To everyone doing their very best to maintain a clean and safe environment for our residents and team members, I want to say thank you.
Quarryville continues to do all we can to safeguard the health, well-being, and safety of our residents and team members. We are actively monitoring all our healthcare residents and team members for signs and symptoms of COVID-19 and working with the Pennsylvania Department of Health, the CDC, and the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency and following their guidelines.
All residents living in apartments and cottages are encouraged to self-monitor for signs of fever, persistent cough, shortness of breath, or sore throat. If you have signs of illness, immediately contact your physician and notify the Healthcare Response Attendant by calling 717-786-5207.
Our team members continue to follow the CDC guidelines to reduce the risk of further spread of COVID-19. These include strict handwashing procedures, the utilization of personal protective equipment as needed, and social distancing.
Residents also are strongly encouraged to follow the CDC guidelines which include washing your hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, not touching your face, limiting social interactions, covering a cough or sneeze with your elbow, not your hand, and maintaining a 6-foot distance from any other individual.
THANK YOU to all the residents who are diligently following these guidelines. Your cooperation and commitment is critical to keeping this virus at bay.
April 2, 2020
As of 5 p.m. Thursday, April 2, 2020, Quarryville Presbyterian Retirement Community’s campus will be restricted except for the following:
All entrances and exits to the campus are closed except for the main entrance on 625 Robert Fulton Highway. All residents and team members must enter and exit the campus at this location. The Wellness Center is now closed.
Any items that need to be given to residents can be dropped off at the Delivery Tent between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. at the entrance to campus and they will be delivered to the resident. Please see map HERE. In addition, residents are highly discouraged from leaving campus for any non-life sustaining reason.
We are actively monitoring all our healthcare residents and team members for signs and symptoms of COVID-19 and working with the Pennsylvania Department of Health, the CDC, and the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency and following their guidelines.
All residents living in apartments and cottages are encouraged to self-monitor for signs of fever, persistent cough, shortness of breath, or sore throat. If you have signs of illness, immediately contact your physician and notify the Healthcare Response Attendant by calling 717-786-5207.
Our team members continue to follow the CDC guidelines to reduce the risk of further spread of COVID-19. These include strict handwashing procedures, the utilization of personal protective equipment as needed, and social distancing. We strongly encourage residents to do the same — wash your hands frequently, do not touch your face, limit social interactions, and maintain a 6-foot distance from any other individual.
Healthcare areas, including Skilled Nursing, Personal Care, and Memory Support continue to be closed except for end of life situations as directed by the Pennsylvania Department of Health.
QPRC is committed to the health and safety of our residents and team members. We continue to actively monitor developments concerning the coronavirus, and our leadership team talks daily to review the latest information and recommendations. We continue to make changes and implement new policies to proactively safeguard our community.
The governor issued a “Stay at Home” order for Lancaster County on Friday, March 27th. Details may be found here: Stay at Home Order. Residents are encouraged to shelter in place as much as possible. Please do not leave the community unless it is critical to do so.
Our entire campus is closed to visitors. This means all buildings, residential apartments, cottages, personal care, skilled nursing, and memory support. Residents and team members must enter through the Long, McElwain, or Dyrness lobbies. You cannot enter through any other door. If you have questions or a family member is facing an end-of-life situation, please call 888-786-7331.
Residents and team members entering these buildings are screened daily with a temperature check and written questionnaire. Our team members continue to follow CDC guidelines to reduce the risk of further spread of COVID-19, including strict handwashing procedures, maintaining social distancing, limiting trips outside the community to life-sustaining needs, frequent cleaning of surfaces, and use of personal protective equipment as deemed necessary.
QPRC is actively monitoring our personal care, skilled nursing, and memory support residents for symptoms of illness. Residential living residents are encouraged to self-monitor for signs of illness including fever, cough, sore throat, and shortness of breath. If you experience any of these symptoms, stay in your residence and call your primary physician immediately. Contact the healthcare response attendant at 717-786-5207. Follow your doctor’s recommendations carefully. If you are struggling to breathe, call 911 immediately, then pull your emergency pull cord. If your symptoms gradually worsen, call your primary care physician.
Thank you to all our residents for your continued understanding and for following the safety guidelines. Thank you to our dedicated team members who are serving selflessly and with joy in their hearts. You are making a difference!
Finally, we rest in the knowledge that God is sovereign over all. Selah.
Message for team members from President and CEO Robert Hayward:
Message for residents from President and CEO Robert Hayward:
Thank you to all residents who were able to tune in to President and CEO Robert Hayward’s televised communication this morning. It is a joy to serve you.
The spread of COVID-19 is progressing as expected. QPRC believes we have taken all the measures we can to protect our residents.
Thank you for your continued cooperation and understanding.
Finally, we rest in the knowledge that God is sovereign over all. Selah.
Quarryville Presbyterian Retirement Community is committed to protecting the health and safety of our residents and team members. Thank you for your continued cooperation and understanding during this unprecedented time. We are being faced with daily changes that impact all of us.
Current precautions and changes:
Please continue to follow basic standard precautions to protect yourself and others:
Please pray for our government officials, healthcare workers working tirelessly to keep us all safe, and for all the people working at QPRC and for the health and well-being of our residents.
Finally, we rest in the knowledge that God is sovereign over all. Selah.