Saint Mary's Home of Erie, PA

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Last updated on 4/2/2020
Reviewed on 4/6/2020

COVID-19 Response

Saint Mary's Home of Erie's top priority is the health and wellness of our residents and employees. We understand the concerns surrounding COVID-19 and its impact, and we are committed to making sure our residents, their families and our community are aware of our active efforts for prevention and containment.


What We Are Doing

At this time, there are no known cases of COVID-19 at either Saint Mary's East or Saint Mary's at Asbury Ridge. We continue to be in communication with our residents, families, friends and employees to address their concerns and the action we are taking.

Read the most current letter here:

NEW: Additional communications can be viewed at the bottom of this page.

In accordance with the guidelines outlined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), and the PA Department of Health concerning higher-risk populations such as the elderly, we have been diligently enacting precautionary measures within both of our communities to help protect our residents and staff.

Some of these measures include:

  • NEW: Beginning April 6th, staff will be provided with a face mask and will be required to wear the mask at all times when working. This is an additional precautionary measure done to help prevent the unknown spread of the virus and to protect vulnerable residents and caregivers from unknown exposure.
  • NEW: Effective April 2nd, families and friends will not be permitted to visit at resident windows due to security and privacy risks.
  • NEW: We request that families do not drop-off Easter baskets and gifts for loved ones. As addressed below, we are happy to accept items sent through a mail or a shipping service.
  • Effective March 20th, we will not accept in-person deliveries/drop-offs of food, cards, books, magazines, or laundry at this time. This is done in an effort to limit risk of the virus entering our building. We continue to accept florist deliveries and USPS mail, along with UPS and FedEx. We understand your desire to help brighten a loved one's day and we know how a small act of kindness can make a difference.
  • Adult Day Services is closed beginning March 16th until further notice.
  • No Visitations
    • All visitations, effective March 14th, at both Saint Mary's East and Saint Mary's at Asbury Ridge have been suspended until further notice. We will work with families on other ways they can connect with a loved one during this time. Appointments to video chat can be made Monday - Friday.
    • Exceptions will be made for immediate family members of residents receiving hospice/end-of-life care.
  • Resident activities that expose residents to groups of people have been suspended. This includes communal dining and attendance at Mass, which will be televised for residents until further notice.
  • Staff is required to enter through the employee entrance, where they will be screened at the start of each shift. Staff continues to be provided with additional education and resources on Infection Prevention and Control.
  • Medical and cleaning supplies are being monitored and used as efficiently as possible in preparation for potential issues with the supply chain.

As new information becomes available and as the situation evolves, additional action may be taken. We understand how difficult and uncertain of a time this is for residents and family members, but these actions are necessary to protect the seniors in our care and the employees who care for them. We are grateful for the community's understanding, cooperation and trust.


What You Can Do

We urge everyone to follow the recommendations from the CDC and the PA Department of Health, which include regular hand washing, covering your cough or sneeze, frequent cleaning and disinfecting, practicing social distancing and staying home if you are sick.

Stay home and call your medical provider about symptoms that are concerning, such as a cough, fever, sore throat, runny nose and/or shortness of breath.

Be Prepared
It is important to be prepared not just for the novel coronavirus, but for a number of situations. For information on ways you can plan ahead, visit ready.gov

Stay Informed
It is important to stay informed as this is a rapidly evolving situation. For the most accurate and up-to-date information regarding COVID-19, we recommend visiting cdc.gov and health.pa.gov.


COVID-19 Communications


Contact:
Emma Toner
(814) 451-1316
etoner@stmaryshome.org