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.
As part of our commitment to transparency, we are sharing the status of COVID-19 in our facility including positive (active) cases, recovered cases, and deaths. The data reported is cumulative from May of 2020 and will be updated as needed
Visiting Our Facility
Visitors should be aware of the risk of spreading or contracting COVID-19 when visiting our facility, particularly during periods of potential outbreak. While visitors are generally permitted at all times, visitors will be informed via postings of areas of risk when entering the building. Visitors who are feeling sick, have recently been exposed to COVID-19, or who currently have COVID-19, should not visit the building for at least 14 days.
In a continued effort to keep our residents, employees and visitors safe, all individuals in our facility must adhere to the following core principles of infection prevention:
- Screening upon entry
- Wearing of a well-fitting face mask or face covering at all times
- All visitors must wear a face mask regardless of vaccination status
- Observing physical distancing measures
- While there are no limits on how many visitors a resident may receive, physical distancing must be maintained in the resident room. If physical distancing cannot be maintained, visitors may need to stagger their visits.
- Frequent and proper hand hygiene
- Limiting travel through the building and avoiding common areas
- Visitors should only visit in the resident room and should not roam about the building. Use of common areas, cafes, etc. are not available to visitors at this time.
- When weather permits, outdoor visitation is preferred
- Being up-to-date on COVID-19 vaccines and boosters is highly encouraged, but is not required
COVID-19 Vaccines & Boosters
As of February 28th, all employees at Saint Mary’s Home of Erie are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. This policy also extends to those who provide regular services in our building such as vendors, volunteers, physicians, students, etc.
Why Get Vaccinated? Vaccines are an important tool in the fight against COVID-19. The COVID-19 vaccines available have undergone the same level of rigorous testing for safety and efficacy as other vaccines. We encourage anyone visiting to be vaccinated and if eligible, to receive their booster, as this will continue to help safeguard the health of our employees, their families, our residents and visitors, and the community at large.
Learn more about vaccines and boosters:
- CDC: General COVID-19 Guidance and Information
- CDC: Vaccine FAQ’s
- CDC: Booster Eligibility
- PA Depart of Health: COVID-19 Guidance and Information for Pennsylvania
What We’ve Been Doing
In accordance with the guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the 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 to help protect our residents and staff.
In the beginning of 2020, our response included restricting visitation, limiting group activities and implementing a universal mask mandate. Since then, the advancements and availability of COVID-19 testing and the roll out of COVID-19 vaccines has allowed for the phased reopening and lifting of some of those original measures. Ongoing efforts include universal masking, routine and outbreak testing as directed by current guidance, screening individuals upon entry, a team of fully vaccinated staff, proper use of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), monitoring and efficient use of medical and cleaning supplies, availability of hand sanitizer, quarantine measures for residents for whom it is appropriate, communicating with families through regular email updates, and daily monitoring of COVID-19 activity in our region, state and nation.
We understand how difficult and uncertain of a time this is for residents and family members, but these actions continue to be necessary to protect those in our care. We are grateful for the community’s understanding, cooperation and trust.
Regular updates for families and friends have been ongoing since March 20, 2020. To sign up for these email updates regarding Saint Mary’s & COVID-19, please send your email and contact information to: firstname.lastname@example.org