October 27, 2020

BV COVID-19 Case Update

A Team Member has tested positive for COVID-19. Per our normal procedure, Brethren Village has promptly notified any Resident or Team Member who we know was in close contact with the Team Member who tested positive.

BV currently has two active COVID-19 cases: 1 Independent Living Resident and 1 Team Member.


Oct. 22, 2020

Skilled Care Visitation Plan Update

This plan replaces the Step plan originally issued by DOH. 

If the facility is experiencing an outbreak (one positive case is considered an outbreak) of COVID-19, or if the Lancaster County COVID-19 positivity rate is greater than 10%, all visitation is limited to “Window” visits only, except in compassionate care situations.

 If the facility has had no new cases of COVID-19 in the past 14 days and the Lancaster County COVID-19 positivity rate is less than 10%, visitation is available as follows:

  1. All visits are scheduled in advance through Activities or Social Services Departments.
  2. Visitation hours are generally 9:30 am to 4:00 pm.
  3. The facility limits the total number of visits that occur in one day.
  4. Visits will generally be limited to 30 minutes (except in compassionate care situations).
  5. Visitors enter facility through Welcome Center, complete screening, and sign in on visitor log.
  6. Visitors are expected to wear a face covering, complete hand hygiene, and maintain physical distance from Residents and others.
  7. Residents in a “Yellow” or “Red” zone may have “Window” visits only (except in compassionate care situations).
  8. Residents in a “Green” zone may have indoor or outdoor visits:
    1. Outdoor visits are available and preferred when weather permits.
    2. Indoor visits are available in Welcome Center or other designated visitation area.
    3. In-room visits are available and prioritized for Residents who are not able to tolerate visits outside of their room.
  9. Procedure for in-room visitation:
  10. Visitor is escorted directly to the Resident’s room.
  11. Residents are limited to no more than 2 visitors at one time.
  12. If the Resident is in a shared room, the privacy curtain will remain closed.
  13. In-room visitors will receive education on infection control procedures.

Compassionate Care:

  1. Compassionate care visits are permitted in limited situations as defined by Department of Health and Centers for Medicare and Medicaid guidance.
  2. The caregiving team identifies compassionate care situations and communicates with the Resident and their representative to arrange for visitation.
  3. Compassionate care visits will occur by appointment, generally between the hours of 10:00am and 2:00pm, Monday through Friday. Exceptions to these scheduled times may occur in end-of-life situations.
  4. During the initial visit, the Caregiver will receive written education on specific safety and infection control measures.
  5. Compassionate care visits will not exceed 2 hours, and will include no more than 2 visitors at one time per Resident.

Oct. 22, 2020

BV COVID-19 Case Update

An Independent Living Resident has tested positive for COVID-19. Per our normal procedure, Brethren Village has promptly notified any Resident or Team Member who we know was in close contact with the Resident who tested positive.


Oct. 20, 2020

BV COVID-19 Case Update

A Team Member has tested positive for COVID-19. Per our normal procedure, Brethren Village has promptly notified any Resident or Team Member who we know was in close contact with the Team Member who tested positive.


October 9, 2020

All BV Entrances/Exits Are Now Open

All entrances/exits to the Brethren Village campus are now open and you may enter and exit at any entry point to the campus. As a reminder, all Team Members, agency staff, visitors and guests still need to be screened at the security hut located at The Welcome Center prior to entering any BV building.


October 2, 2020

Today The Courtyards enters Step 1 of the Reopening Plan:

In Step 1:
Visits are limited to window visits only.
Activities are permitted in groups of 5 or less.
Beauty shop remains closed.

Click here for The Courtyards Reopening Plan, Step 1


October 1, 2020

BV COVID-19 Case Update

A non-clinical Team Member has tested positive for COVID-19. The individual is isolating at home and following all precautions. Those that were determined to be in close contact have been notified.


September 25, 2020

Residential Living goes GREEN and an update on the screening hut.


September 21, 2020

BV COVID-19 Case Update

The Courtyards (skilled nursing) has temporarily halted the re-opening process due to a positive Team Member case.

ALL COURTYARDS

Re-opening is ceased for minimum of 14 days.

No group dining – Residents who require direct supervision for safety may eat in dining area (with social distance).

No group activities.

No indoor or outdoor visitation (may have “Window” visits and compassionate care visits).

No Beauty Shop appointments.


September 7, 2020

BV COVID-19 Case Update

An Independent Living Resident has tested positive for COVID-19. Any Residents or Team Members that had potential for exposure have been notified.


August 31, 2020

BV COVID-19 Case Update

An Independent Living Resident was confirmed asymptomatic positive for COVID-19 while being tested before discharge from the hospital, as per the hospital’s protocol. Any Residents or Team Members that had potential for exposure have been notified.

Brethren Village by the numbers: total of 32 positive COVID-19 cases: 16 Team Members, all of whom have recovered and returned to work; and 17 Residents (14 skilled nursing memory support Residents, of whom 7 passed away and had underlying health conditions, and 3 independent living Residents).


August 21, 2020

Update to Reopening Personal Care: Step 3

Both Terrace Crossing and Village Manor are now in Step 3 of the Department of Human Services and Department of Health’s Plan for the Reopening of Personal Care facilities. Visitation is permitted in the outdoor visitation area or in a neutral zone designated indoor visitation area. Infection Control procedures remain in place. Visitation may include visits from Skilled Care and Independent Living Residents. All visits must be scheduled in advance.

In Step 3, Beauty Shop appointments may resume and will be scheduled.

A reminder of the Infection Control Protocols for Visits:

  1. Each visitor will be screened at the Hut and/or the Welcome Center.
  2. Visitor and Resident must wear a face mask and use alcohol based sanitizer prior to visit.
  3. Visit will remain in the designated area.
  4. Resident and visitors will remain at a 6 foot social distance.
  5. NO PHYSICAL CONTACT BETWEEN RESIDENT AND VISITORS.
  6. Visits will be 30 minutes in length.
  7. Visits will be scheduled in advance during visiting hours.
  8. Limit of 3 visitors per visit.

August 17, 2020

COVID-19 Case Update

A Resident who was admitted to The Courtyards tested asymptomatic positive for COVID-19. This positive COVID-19 case does not affect The Courtyards reopening plan due to the fact that the virus was contracted outside of The Courtyards facility.

Brethren Village by the numbers: total of 32 positive COVID-19 cases: 16 Team Members, all of whom have recovered and returned to work; and 16 Residents (14 skilled nursing memory support Residents, of whom 7 passed away and had underlying health conditions, and 2 independent living Residents).


August 10, 2020

COVID-19 Case Update

A Resident in independent living (Northside Court) has tested positive for COVID-19. This represents our first independent living COVID-19 case. The Resident is isolating and those who had close contact have been notified.

Brethren Village had a total of 31 positive COVID-19 cases: 16 Team Members, all of whom have recovered and returned to work; and 15 Residents (14 skilled nursing memory support residents, of whom 7 passed away and had underlying health conditions, and 1 independent living resident).


August 7, 2020

Update to Reopening Skilled Nursing: Step 3

Both The Courtyards and The Rehabilitation Center at Brethren Village are now in Step 3: Visits are permitted in the outdoor visitation areas or in a designated indoor visitation area, and following infection control procedures. These visits may include visits from Personal Care and Independent Living Residents. All visitors must schedule in advance. In Step 3, beauty shop appointments can resume.

A reminder that infection control protocols for visits will include:

1. Each visitor is screened.
2. Visitor and Resident must wear a face covering and use alcohol based hand sanitizer prior to visit.
3. Visit will remain in the designated area.
4. Resident and visitor will remain at social distance and have no physical contact.
5. Visits will be 30 minutes and scheduled in advance during visiting hours.


August 4, 2020

Updated Team Member Absence Guidelines

Team Member Absence Guidelines REVISED 8_4_2020


August 3, 2020

Reopening Plan for Personal Care at Brethren Village

The Department of Health (DOH) and Department of Human Services (DHS) has provided guidance for reopening personal care facilities in a 3-Step approach. It’s important to note that the three-step reopening process for the skilled nursing and personal care areas DO NOT correlate with the colors assigned to reopening independent living. Also note, that if Lancaster County reverts back to the Red phase, or if there is a new case of COVID-19 in that area of the facility, reopening ceases and all restrictions resume as prior to reopening.

Village Manor and Terrace Crossing will enter the reopening process, into Step 2 on August 5.

Step 2 of reopening allows for outdoor visitation. “Window visits” will continue, but in a new location in Wolfe Auditorium. Outdoor visits will take place on the Terrace Crossing patio beside the Welcome Center. All arrangements for “window” and outdoor visits continue to be made through the Village Manor and Terrace Crossing Therapeutic Recreation department.

Per DOH guidelines, in Step 2 visits to skilled areas from Residents of Personal Care and Independent Living continue to be restricted. “Window” visits will continue in the Wolfe Auditorium.

When the area of the facility enters into Step 3, visits are permitted in the outdoor visitation areas or in a designated indoor visitation area and following infection control procedures. These visits may include visits from Personal Care and independent Living Residents. In Step 3, we may also resume beauty shop appointments.

In any Step of the reopening process, infection control protocols for visits will include:

  1. Each visitor is screened.
  2. Visitor and Resident must wear a face covering and use alcohol based hand sanitizer prior to visit.
  3. Visit will remain in the designated area.
  4. Resident and visitor will remain at social distance and have no physical contact
  5. Visits will be 30 minutes and scheduled in advance during visiting hours.

The DOH or DHS has given no guidance on when close contact visits may resume.

REOPENING PLAN TERRACE CROSSING PERSONAL CARE

REOPENING PLAN VILLAGE MANOR PERSONAL CARE

Universal Testing Update – Personal Care

On Thursday and Friday, July 9 and 10, Brethren Village complied with Secretary Levine’s subsequent order that all Pennsylvania Department of Human Services (DHS) licensed personal care facilities have a mandatory, one-time testing of all Residents and employees. A total of 252 tests were conducted representing 130 Residents and 122 Team Members. All Residents have tested negative for COVID-19 and only one Team Member tested positive. That Team Member was quarantined and off work for the required 14 day period.


July 29, 2020


July 29, 2020

Updated Team Member Absence Guidelines

Team Member Absence Guidelines REVISED 7-29-2020


July 21, 2020

Updated Team Member Absence Guidelines

Team Member Absence Guidelines REVISIONS 7_21_2020


July 16, 2020

Reopening Plan for Skilled Nursing at Brethren Village

The Department of Health (DOH) has provided guidance for reopening skilled nursing facilities in a 3-Step approach. It’s important to note that the three-step reopening process for the skilled nursing and personal care areas DO NOT correlate with the colors assigned to reopening independent living.  Also note, that if Lancaster County reverts back to the Red phase, or if there is a new case of COVID-19 in that area of the facility, reopening ceases and all restrictions resume as prior to reopening.

The Rehabilitation Center will be the first to enter the reopening process, into Step 2 on July 20.  The Courtyards will enter into Step 2 on July 22.  Personal Care areas will be developing their reopening plan and entering into the process within the next couple of weeks.

Step 2 of reopening allows for outdoor visitation.  “Window visits” will continue, but in a new location in Wolfe Auditorium.  “Window visits” for the Rehabilitation Center will continue in their vestibule.  Outdoor visits will take place at one of the patios in the skilled area.  All arrangements for “window” and outdoor visits continue to be made through the Social Services and Therapeutic Recreation department.

Per DOH guidelines, in Step 2, visits to skilled areas from Residents of Personal Care and Independent Living continue to be restricted.  “Window” visits will continue in the Wolfe Auditorium or Rehabilitation Center vestibule.

When the area of the facility enters into Step 3, visits are permitted in the outdoor visitation areas or in a designated indoor visitation area and following infection control procedures.  These visits may include visits from Personal Care and independent Living Residents.  In Step 3, we may also resume beauty shop appointments.

In any Step of the reopening process, infection control protocols for visits will include:

1. Each visitor is screened.

2. Visitor and Resident must wear a face covering and use alcohol based hand sanitizer prior to visit.

3. Visit will remain in the designated area.

4. Resident and visitor will remain at social distance and have no physical contact

5. Visits will be 30 minutes and scheduled in advance during visiting hours.

The DOH has given no guidance on when close contact visits may resume.

BV Reopening Implementation Plan for The Courtyards

BV Reopening Implementation Plan for Short Term Rehab


July 13, 2020

Travel to Hot Spot States

Residential Living Residents: If you travel or have traveled to one of the states listed here, you must self-quarantine for 14 days upon your return. Additionally, Residents are not permitted to have visitors (day visits or overnight stays) from anyone coming from the hot-spot states. If Residents travel to any of those hot-spot states or visit with anyone from those hot-spot states locally (off-campus) they are going to be asked to self-quarantine for 14 days upon arrival back to BV. Please contact Community Life at 717-581-4343 who will provide case management for you and assist you through the quarantine process.

Team Members: Updated guidelines including travel to hot spot states – REVISIONS 7_13_2020 _ Team Member Absence Guidelines.


July 8, 2020

Universal Testing Update

In accordance with the Department of Health order that all Pennsylvania licensed skilled nursing facilities complete a one-time baseline mandatory testing of Residents and Team Members who work in skilled nursing facilities, Brethren Village completed universal testing for skilled nursing on June 29 & 30, 2020.

The results of the baseline testing are as follows:

347 total tested

  • 1 positive asymptomatic Resident on Clover Ridge North. Resident will be transferred to our COVID-designated unit.
  • 1 positive asymptomatic Team Member who is isolating at home.
  • 82 negative Resident tests.
  • 263 negative Team Member tests.

Brethren Village will be completing baseline testing for all Personal Care Residents and Team Members on July 9 & 10, 2020. Those results will be communicated once received.


July 6, 2020

What does the Department of Health public mask order mean? Find out here.

Information for Long-Term Care Facility Visitors


July 3, 2020

BV Green Phase

As things change and are updated related to BV Going Green information will be updated here.

The Village Center Beauty Shop
Will open on Mon. July 6 for Independent living Residents only.

Activities:
Effective Mon. July 6 the group size will increase to 25 persons per activity, up from the current 10 persons. Masks and temp checks are required before participating in an activity.

Bistro Patio Dining:
On Mon. July 6 Dining on the Bistro Patio will open.

Wellness:
Beginning Mon. July 6 the Pool and Fieldcrest Fitness Center are open to Residents ‘By Appointment Only’. To make an appointment please call:
Pool – 717-581-4295
Fitness Center 717-581-4252


June 24, 2020


June 24, 2020

BV COVID-19 Case Update

A Security Team Member has tested positive for COVID-19. Due to when they last worked, there was no exposure to other Team Members or Residents.

Previously announced: 13 skilled nursing memory support Residents tested positive for COVID-19 (7 passed away, 6 recovered). 14 Team Members tested positive for COVID-19 (13 have returned to work).


June 18, 2020


June 17, 2020

Updated Team Member Absence Guidelines

Team Member Absence Guidelines_REVISIONS 6_17_2020



June 12, 2020

COVID-19 Case Update

Currently: A Personal Care Team Member has tested positive for COVID-19. Due to when they last worked and when symptoms began, there was no exposure to other Team Members or Residents.

BV is currently at 41 days with no new positive Resident cases of COVID-19.

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



June 5, 2020

Updated Team Member Absence Guidelines

Team Member Absence Guidelines-REVISED 6_3_2020


June 4, 2020

Brethren Village’s Yellow Phase

View an overview of changes coming Monday, June 8 here, including information about on campus visitation for Residential Living. Detailed information for each department is articulated in the videos.


May 29, 2020

We are finalizing plans for what the “yellow” phase means for Brethren Village and when you can expect visitation, activities and wellness programs to resume. Check back next week for additional video updates!


May 27, 2020

COVID-19 Case Update

Currently: BV currently has no new positive cases of COVID-19 in Residents or Team Members.

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 (All 12 have returned to work).

UPDATED 5/27/20: Team Member Travel & Absence Guidelines


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:

BV Team Member COVID-related Absence Guidelines 10_22_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.