Coronavirus Update

View the information below for BV’s Updates on COVID-19.

May 20, 2020

Congrats to our Dining Team who was featured in FoodService Director for their innovation in engaging Residents during a pandemic! Read the article here.

COVID-19 Case Snapshot

Currently: One skilled nursing memory support team member is currently self-isolating due to a positive COVID-19 test (announced on 5/15).

Previously announced: 13 skilled nursing memory support Residents tested positive for COVID-19 (7 passed away, 6 recovered). 12 Team Members tested positive for COVID-19 (11 have returned to work).


May 15, 2020

COVID-19 Case Update

Today we learned that a Team Member in skilled nursing memory support tested positive for COVID-19. The Team Member is at home and will continue to self-isolate in accordance with CDC and DOH guidelines. Tests are being conducted when signs, symptoms and exposure risks have been identified. At this time, Residents and Team Members who meet current Department of Health and Centers for Disease Control criteria for testing are being tested. Brethren Village remains committed to transparency as we navigate this virus. As positive cases are identified, we will keep the community updated.



May 7, 2020

COVID-19 Case Update

It is with a heavy heart that we inform you that this morning our remaining COVID-19 positive resident in skilled nursing memory support, passed away while also enduring underlying health conditions. We mourn that loss deeply and express again our sympathies to the families who had to struggle with the loss of their loved one, and to the team who care for our residents as they would their own family. You continue to be in our prayers.

Currently, BV has zero COVID-19 positive residents on our campus and all team members who have tested positive have recovered from the virus and returned to work.


May 6, 2020

COVID-19 Case Update

As of May 6, all 11 team members who had tested positive for COVID-19 have recovered from the virus and returned to work.

As we announced yesterday, we currently we have one COVID-19 positive Resident in skilled nursing memory support.

Team Member Absence Guidelines REVISIONS 5_5_2020


May 5, 2020

COVID-19 Case Update

As of May 5, six of our seven COVID-19 positive skilled nursing memory support Residents are considered to be recovered from the virus, as determined by the Department of Health and Centers for Disease Control criteria, and their individual primary care physicians.  Currently we have one COVID-19 positive Resident in skilled nursing memory support. Additionally, of the 11 positive team member cases, 10 team members have returned to work and the other is self-isolating in accordance with CDC and DOH guidelines.


May 4, 2020

COVID-19 Case Update

Two Residents in skilled nursing memory support tested positive for COVID-19, and one of them passed away yesterday. Our first Resident to test positive for COVID-19 recovered from the virus but passed away due to underlying health conditions. We have not heard back from the coroner on how that death will be classified. We express our deepest sympathies to the families of the Residents who have passed away, and to the Team Members who skillfully cared for them.

Brethren Village had a total of 24 positive COVID-19 cases: 11 Team Members, of whom 10 have recovered and returned to work, and the other is self-isolating in accordance with CDC and DOH guidelines; and 13 skilled nursing memory support Residents, of whom 6 passed away and had underlying health conditions.  As positive cases are identified, we will keep you updated.


April 30, 2020

This video illustrates an explanation of COVID-19 growth.


April 29, 2020

As of 4/29, there are still 7 Residents in skilled care memory support with positive tests and all continue to be stable.

Of the 11 Team Members who tested positive, 9 already have, or are in the process of, returning to work due to recovering from COVID-19. The additional 2 continue to self-isolate according to CDC and DOH guidelines.

As cases change, we will keep the community updated.


April 28, 2020

As of 4/28, there are still 7 Residents in skilled care memory support with positive tests and all continue to be stable.

Of the 11 Team Members who tested positive, 7 already have, or are in the process of, returning to work due to recovering from COVID-19. The additional 4 continue to self-isolate according to CDC and DOH guidelines.

As cases change, we will keep the community updated.


April 22, 2020

Covid-19 Case Update

A Team Member who works in skilled nursing memory support tested positive for COVID-19. At this time, Brethren Village has 18 positive COVID-19 cases: 11 Team Members, and 7 skilled nursing memory support Residents. As previously announced, four skilled nursing memory support Residents that tested positive for COVID-19 have passed away. All four had underlying health conditions.

Tests are being conducted when signs, symptoms and exposure risks have been identified. At this time, specific Residents and Team Members who meet current Department of Health and Centers for Disease Control criteria for testing are being tested.

As positive cases are identified, we will keep the community updated.


April 20, 2020

In this video update, John Snader, BV’s President & CEO, provides an in-depth look at the number of COVID-19 cases on campus, the steps BV has taken to mitigate the virus, and why it’s not yet time to lift restrictions.


April 17, 2020

New Resources have been added below and in the External Resource section at the bottom of this page:

Team Member Illness Guidelines REVISED 4_17_2020

Information for People who are at Higher Risk for Severe Illness


April 16, 2020

COVID-19 Case Update

A Team Member who works in skilled nursing memory support and 3 skilled nursing memory support Residents tested positive for COVID-19. At this time, Brethren Village has 17 positive COVID-19 cases: 10 Team Members, and 7 skilled nursing memory support Residents.

As positive cases are identified, we will keep you updated.


April 14, 2020

Covid-19 Case Update

A Team Member who works in skilled nursing tested positive for COVID-19. At this time, Brethren Village has 13 positive COVID-19 cases: 9 Team Members, and 4 skilled nursing memory support Residents.

As positive cases are identified, we will keep the community updated.


April 13, 2020

Covid-19 Case Update

Two Team Members who work in skilled nursing tested positive for COVID-19. Also, a skilled nursing memory support Resident, who was positive for COVID-19, has passed away. Our deepest sympathies go out to the family. At this time, Brethren Village has 12 active, positive COVID-19 cases: 8 Team Members, and 4 skilled nursing memory support Residents. The (now) 4 skilled nursing memory support Residents who passed away were all positive, and are not included in these counts.

Tests are being conducted when signs, symptoms and exposure risks have been identified. At this time, specific Residents and Team Members who meet current Department of Health and Centers for Disease Control criteria for testing are being tested.

As positive cases are identified, we will keep the community updated.

View Revised Team Member Illness Guidelines: Team Member Illness Guidelines REVISED 4_13_2020


April 10, 2020

Covid-19 Case Update

Today we learned that an additional Resident in skilled nursing memory support and a Team Member who worked in skilled nursing memory support both tested positive for COVID-19. At this time, Brethren Village has 11 positive COVID-19 cases: 6 Team Members, and 5 skilled nursing memory support Residents. Tests are being conducted when signs, symptoms and exposure risks have been identified. At this time, specific Residents and Team Members who meet current Department of Health and Centers for Disease Control criteria for testing are being tested. As positive cases are identified, we will keep the community updated.


April 9, 2020

View the updated Team Member Illness guidelines here.


April 8, 2020

Today we learned that two more Residents in skilled nursing memory support tested positive for COVID-19 and two CNAs in skilled nursing also tested positive. Additionally, two Residents in skilled nursing memory support, who have COVID-19 tests pending, passed away. Our deepest sympathies are with the families. Tests are being conducted when signs, symptoms and exposure risks have been identified. At this time, Residents and Team Members who meet current Department of Health and Centers for Disease Control criteria for testing are being tested. Brethren Village remains committed to transparency as we navigate this virus. As positive cases are identified, we will keep the community updated.

We have notified public health officials as required and are following procedures recommended by the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention and the Department of Health. We are taking every step as recommended by authorities and we want to make residents, their families, our dedicated staff, and our community aware of this situation and reassure everyone that we are doing our best to mitigate the situation.


April 7, 2020

View the updated Team Member Illness guidelines in External Resources section below.


April 6, 2020

Covid-19 Case Update

On Monday afternoon, April 6, we learned that an additional Team Member in an administrative role and a CNA both tested positive for COVID-19. The administrative Team Member is in the same department as the previously announced administrative Team Member that tested positive (announced April 1, 2020) and has been home since April 2. The CNA is a caregiver in skilled nursing memory support, where the previously announced Residents have tested positive for COVID-19, and has been home since April 1. Brethren Village remains committed to transparency as we navigate this virus. Symptoms continue to be monitored of both Residents and Team Members to ensure all necessary precautions are taken to safeguard the well-being of our Team Members and Residents.


April 4, 2020

Update as of 5:01 PM

Brethren Village remains committed to transparency as we navigate this virus. The previously announced skilled nursing memory support resident that tested positive for COVID-19 continues to be in stable condition at our facility. There were 3 other residents on the same unit that were tested due to potential exposure. We learned today that two of them tested positive for COVID-19 and one of the two passed away this morning. The deceased resident had underlying health conditions. The third resident’s test was negative. Our heartfelt condolences go out to the family of our deceased resident. Both residents are isolated and symptoms continue to be monitored both of residents and team members to ensure COVID-19 patients receive the best possible care while all necessary precautions are taken to ensure the well-being of our team members and other residents.

We have notified public health officials as required and are following procedures recommended by the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention. We are taking every step as recommended by authorities and we want to make residents, their families, our dedicated staff, and our community aware of this situation and reassure everyone that we are mitigating the situation.


April 4, 2020

View the updated Team Member Illness guidelines in External Resources section below.


April 3, 2020

Update: BV is closing to outside visitors. Residents and Team Members ONLY allowed on campus, beginning at 7 PM on April 5. View details here.

 


April 1, 2020

6:45 PM Update: Positive Resident COVID-19 Case Identified

We learned late this afternoon that a Resident in The Courtyards Memory Support tested positive for COVID-19. The Resident is isolated and symptoms of Residents and Team Members are being monitored. Family Members of Residents in the same wing are being notified. We have also notified public health officials as required, and are following procedures recommended by the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention. We are taking every step as recommended by authorities and we want to reassure everyone that we are mitigating the situation.

We will continue to update you as we learn of new cases at Brethren Village.

11:45 AM:
Brethren Village remains vigilant in the ongoing welfare, safety, and health of our residents and team members. We learned at 10 PM last night, March 31, 2020, that a non-caregiving staff member in an administrative role tested positive for COVID-19. The staff member has been self-quarantined at home since March 25, is doing well and will remain home for the full 14 days at which time their ability to return to work will be assessed as recommended by their healthcare provider. At this time, we consider the overall risk to be low.

We have notified public health officials as required and are following procedures recommended by the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention. We are taking every step as recommended by authorities and we want to make residents, their families, our dedicated staff, and our community aware of this situation and reassure everyone that we are mitigating the situation.

View the video from John Snader, President & CEO, above.


March 30, 2020

The video below summarizes the steps we are taking to reduce the risk of the spread of COVID-19 in our facility, and how we handle Team Members who may exhibit symptoms consistent with COVID-19.



March 27, 2020

Lancaster and York counties have been added to Gov. Tom Wolf’s list of Pennsylvania counties under a stay-at-home order as officials try to slow the spread of COVID-19. View the stay-at-home order details: here.
The order goes into effect at 8 p.m. tonight, and will remain in effect until April 6.

  • Beginning Sunday, March 29 at 7 PM, Brethren Village will enforce a 7 PM daily curfew time throughout campus. Curfew will be lifted at 5 AM.
  • No one will enter campus after 7 PM, with the exception of Team Members who are scheduled to work, other essential, direct caregivers and emergency personnel.
  • There are reports of positive COVID-19 cases at other Lancaster County retirement communities.
  • Employing a curfew will help to limit the traffic on campus, and assist in mitigating the spread of COVID-19.

What do these guidelines mean?

  • Residential Living Residents need to complete all errands and off-campus needs prior to 7 PM.
  • No visitors of any kind will be admitted to campus after 7 PM.
  • If you order food delivery, please plan to have it arrive prior to the curfew.
  • Package, mail and medication deliveries will continue.
  • Visitors to Residential Living are strongly discouraged.

This means that:

  • Begin communicating with your family and friends through telephone calls, Skype, FaceTime or Zoom.
  • If you rely on outside visitors for caregiving, please contact your social worker.
  • Additional restrictions may need to be imposed, and immediate action will be taken as the situation demands.

March 19, 2020

Brethren Village is now employing single entry/exit at the Airport Road and Fairview Drive entrance to campus. Every person entering campus needs to be screened and visitors to Residential Living Residents are discouraged. (Visitation to Supportive Living remains restricted.) Please view our latest video below for details.


March 18, 2020

Today, a positive COVID-19 case was identified at LGH. This marks the first case in Lancaster County. Our efforts are to continue to be proactive in keeping the virus off of Brethren Village’s campus. For the health and safety of our Residents, we are actively developing a plan to limit visitors to all Residents on campus. This will include a staffed, single-entry point to our campus on Airport Road. Please tune in to our YouTube Channel or check back here at noon on March 19 for details.


March 17, 2020

All events, activities and wellness programs that have 10 or more people attending are currently cancelled.

Beginning TODAY, The Bistro and Chives will be available for carry-out only, as our primary concern is virus mitigation.

In an effort to protect our most vulnerable Residents, All Team Members, contractors and agencies will be screened prior to working their shift, beginning TODAY. We are using a single point of entry, and everyone will enter through the Welcome Center and be screened at that time.

As always, I want to assure you that Brethren Village is doing everything in our power to protect Residents and keep COVID-19 out of our campus. I recognize that with the latest restrictions, you may be wondering what you can do. Now is a good time to be a great neighbor. If you’re heading to the grocery store, ask a neighbor if they need anything. Is your hall-mate mobility-challenged? Offer to pick up their take out meal for them. It is times like these that true humanity is on display.

As you’re already aware, news and recommendations regarding COVID-19 are changing rapidly. Please be sure to tune in to our regular communication channels for updates.


March 16, 2020

Our pool and fitness centers are closed to non-Residents until further notice. Thank you for your understanding.


March 13, 2020

Due to increasing cases of COVID-19 surrounding Lancaster County, we are using prudent judgement and restricting visitation to our Supportive Living areas. That means no one will be admitted to visit a Resident in Personal Care, The Courtyards or Short Term Rehab. Additionally, Brethren Village is currently not accepting admissions in our skilled nursing areas from the outside community. Our greatest responsibility is to protect our most vulnerable Residents, we appreciate your understanding.

Brethren Village’s Infection Control RN and leadership team meets daily to monitor information about Coronavirus. The health and safety of our Residents, Team Members, guests, and other members of the Brethren Village community is our highest priority. As of today, there are no reported cases of Coronavirus among Brethren Village Residents or Team Members.

We review guidance from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) on a daily basis. CDC guidance is changing frequently, so please continue to visit this web page for up-to-date information about Brethren Village’s response to Coronavirus.

We ask that all members of the Brethren Village community, including Residents, Team Members, family members, guests / visitors, volunteers, agency staff members, and our contracted service providers take these common-sense precautions:

  • Wash your hands frequently with soap and water, and lather the soap around all fingers, your thumbs, fingernails, and the back of your hands for at least 20 seconds.
  • Cover your hand with a paper towel, whenever possible, to turn off the faucet and when touching door knobs and other surfaces.
  • Cover your nose or mouth with a tissue when you sneeze or cough, and cough into your elbow instead of your hands.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth, as germs from your hands can spread.
  • Consider avoiding large group events and avoid close contact with anyone who appears ill.
  • Please refrain from coming to Brethren Village if you have flu-like symptoms or symptoms of respiratory illness. Signs have been placed at various entrances, asking that visitors experiencing symptoms of illness not enter.

For Brethren Village Team Members, volunteers, agency staff, and our contracted service partners:

  • Consistently and properly wear Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) as appropriate for your job.
  • If you have symptoms of flu or other respiratory illness, please stay home and speak to your health care provider. If you have concerns regarding your health, please contact your health care provider.
  • If you are diagnosed with, or have symptoms of, a communicable or contagious illness, please immediately notify your supervisor or a Human Resources representative (717-581-4239 or 717-581-4269). Information regarding a contagious illness will be shared with the facility’s Infection Control RN, for the purpose of limiting the spread of illness throughout the facility. The least amount of information necessary will be shared, and only with those who have a bona fide reason to know, related to preventing the spread of illness.
  • If you are not experiencing symptoms, we ask that you report to Brethren Village as scheduled, so we continue to provide appropriate care and services to our Residents.

External Resources:

Team Member Absence Guidelines REVISIONS 5_5_2020

Information for People who are at Higher Risk for Severe Illness

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Checklist: Older Persons

CDC Fact Sheet 4.15.20

Coronavirus Information for Travelers

Older adults (those age 60+) are at higher risk for severe illness from COVID-19

View this informative Washington Post article on why social distancing helps mitigate the spread of COVID-19.