Weekly Letter to Families and Friends from the JHEP, Nov. 11, 2020

We thank you for your continued support through the COVID-19 pandemic. Our main goal remains to provide high-quality care and to keep your loved ones safe.

Our guidance from state and federal governing bodies continues to change rapidly. We are continuing to follow the Centers for Disease Control and Department of Health guidelines with regard to infection control policies and procedures for prevention and mitigation of COVID-19.

We continue to have no positive cases or residents with symptoms in our facility as of today.   We tested all of our residents on the 5th floor this week related to a potential exposure from a positive staff member.   We are happy to report all resident tests were negative.  We are testing the 5th floor resident group again on Monday Nov 23.  If we continue to have negative results, this unit will go back to green status.

We are continuing to test our staff group weekly.   The last round of testing on November 16 and 17 unfortunately did have 2 positive results.    Tracing did not result in the need to isolate any additional resident groups in our building.     We will need to have fourteen full days of negative tests from our resident and staff group before we can open back up for in facility visits.

Our Facility’s Resident Impact (Since March 30, 2020, through November 20, 2020)

0 – Residents currently in our building with a confirmed active case of COVID 19

56 – CONFIRMED: Residents with laboratory positive COVID-19

0 – SUSPECTED: Residents with new suspected COVID-19

34 – Confirmed Staff Total: with a positive COVID -19

  • Please note that test results are reported on our daily call in line at 570-207-6711.

Please Email Lee Rutkowski at lrutkowski@jhep.org or call her 570-344-6177 ext. 1175 to schedule window visits.

FaceTime or Skype visits can be scheduled for residents in all zones.  Sherri Collins, Life Enrichment Director, will make appointments for video chats.  Sherri can be reached at 570-344-6177 ext. 1113 or scollins@jhep.org.

Please visit our webpage – jhep.org for our COVID precautions and information on our visitation policies.

The holiday season is upon us and the coronavirus will have a definite effect. This week, the CDC released its recommendations for holiday celebrations during the pandemic. We will abide by these rules. The complete report is linked to from our website Jhep.org  COVID-19 page, as are other pandemic cautionary documents and links.

Time slots and general type of window/indoor visits for the Thanksgiving holiday will be limited to our weekend availability and based upon our facility COVID outbreak status.

Thank you for entrusting us to care for your loved ones.  If you have any questions we are always available for you.


Mary Rose Applegate, MBA, RD, NHA



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1101 Vine St.
Scranton, PA 18510

Call us:
(570) 344-6177