February 26, 2021
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.