COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Information

Updated: June 14, 2021

Nursing Care Residents (current) Personal Care Residents (Current) Retirement Living Residents (Current) Residents Residents Employees Employees Employee
Pending COVID-19 Positive Pending COVID-19 Positive Pending COVID-19 Positive COVID-19 Positive (Cumulative Since March 27, 2020) COVID-19 Total Deaths Pending COVID-19 Positive COVID-19 Positive (Cumulative Since March 27, 2020) COVID-19 Total Deaths
0 0 0 0 0 0 53 8 0 0 41 0

Updated February 12, 2021

Allegheny County Health Director Dr. Deborah Bogen recommends that residents stay home and limit visitors to essential workers only. The exceptions to this stay-at-home advisory are for getting medical care, filling prescriptions or buying groceries. Pennsylvania Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine has ordered that masks be worn properly, covering the nose and mouth, whenever residents are in their home or car with someone who is not a member of their immediate household. These same requirements apply to both visitors and staff members who are on the Masonic Village property.

Campus-wide

The safety, protection and well-being of our residents and staff remain our top priority. All persons entering Masonic Village are screened (including temperature checks) upon entrance to our facility. Every staff member in nursing and personal care areas is also screened (including temperature checks) at the end of their shift. All staff members are wearing proper protective equipment in accordance with applicable regulatory guidelines and best practices. We are following PA Department of Health guidelines for routine staff testing.

Residents, staff, contractors, care providers and others are asked to wear masks on campus and practice social distancing as much as possible.

In order to enter the Reopening Process as outlined by the Pennsylvania Department of Health in the June 26, 2020 update of the “Interim Guidance for Nursing Facilities during COVID-19,” each facility must meet pre-requisites including, but not limited to: completion of baseline testing; completion of Infection Control Survey by Department of Health; plans for re-testing, if needed; screening protocols for staff and residents; plans to manage and obtain personal protective equipment (PPE); a plan to ensure adequate staffing; a written plan to allow for communal dining and resumption of activities; a plan to allow visitation and screening of visitors; and a plan to halt all reopening in the event that there is a positive case of COVID-19 and/or the county in which the facility is located is reverted to a “Red Phase” by the Governor.

Below you will find individualized strategies/plans for Masonic Village at Sewickley, as well as contact information should you have any questions regarding Masonic Village’s Reopening Process. During the phased reopening process, we cannot permit any non-staff to provide transportation off campus to any residents.

For information on the Governor’s Reopening, plan please visit: https://www.media.pa.gov/pages/Health-details.aspx?newsid=882 or https://www.health.pa.gov/topics/disease/coronavirus/Pages/Guidance/LTCF-Visitors.aspx

Health Care

For further information regarding the current Interim Guidance for Skilled Nursing Facilities during COVID-19 in Pennsylvania, please visit: https://www.health.pa.gov/topics/disease/coronavirus/Pages/Guidance/SNF-Guidance.aspx

We do not have any positive cases of COVID-19 among residents or staff. In addition to weekly staff and resident COVID-19 testing, we continue to practice diligent infection control procedures to ensure the safety of our residents and staff. We are presently using point-of-care antigen tests to test asymptomatic residents and staff during routine screening as required by PA DOH and CMS. We have a contract with Heritage Valley Health System Laboratory to obtain supplies for testing and for processing of samples in the event that a resident has symptoms indicative of COVID-19.

In the event of positive case(s), we have established a quarantine procedure and are able to isolate residents to a specific area of the facility, according to guidance from Pennsylvania DOH (PA-HAN-509). Also, in the event of positive case(s) or in the event that Allegheny County enters the “Red Phase” according to Governor Wolf, we will plan to close to all visitation, re-implement in-room meal service and discontinue out-of-room activities.

Screening of residents is ongoing and will continue at least daily. Screening includes symptom and temperature monitoring. Screening of staff (direct care, contracted staff) is also ongoing at the beginning of each shift, including symptom and temperature monitoring. Staff are also asked to self-screen during their shift and immediately suspend work should any symptoms occur. Staff symptoms are further monitored by the Director of Nursing/Infection Preventionist. During the steps of reopening, we do not plan to allow volunteers to re-enter the building.

We continue to monitor our supply of personal protective equipment (PPE) and receive cyclical deliveries. We do not currently anticipate a significant shortage of needed items.

Meals and Activities

Residents will be served all meals in their rooms and will be provided recreational opportunities in their rooms. The recreation team will continue to offer video calls and one-to-one visits, as needed.

Visitation

Visitation is limited to end-of-life situations or critical needs only. To schedule visitation, please contact Tracy Leja at 412-741-1400, extension 3220. Each visitor will be required to complete a screening process prior to visitation, which will include temperature monitoring. Masks will be required at all times during visitation.

Personal Care

For information related to Pennsylvania Department of Human Services Office of Long-term Living guidelines for Personal Care, please visit: https://www.dhs.pa.gov/coronavirus/Pages/OLTL-Interim-Guidance-for-PCH-ALR-ICF.aspx

Personal care is in step 1 of reopening.

Baseline testing of all residents and staff was completed July 13 and July 27, 2020. All residents and staff tested negative. At this time, we do not have any cases of COVID-19 among residents or staff. In the event that further testing of residents or staff is required, due to symptoms or asymptomatic screening, we have a contract with Heritage Valley Health System Laboratory to obtain supplies for testing and for processing of samples.

In the event of positive case(s), we have established a quarantine procedure and are able to isolate residents to a specific area of the facility according to guidance from Pennsylvania Department of Health (PA-HAN-509). Also, in the event of positive case(s) or in the event that Allegheny County enters the “Red Phase” according to Governor Wolf, we will plan to close to all visitation and re-implement in-room meal service and discontinue out-of-room activities.

Screening of residents is ongoing and will continue at least daily. Screening includes symptom and temperature monitoring. Screening of staff (direct care, contracted staff) is also ongoing at the beginning of each shift, including symptom and temperature monitoring. Staff are also asked to self-screen during their shift and immediately suspend work should any symptoms occur. Staff symptoms are further monitored by the Director of Nursing/Infection Preventionist. During the steps of reopening, we do not plan to allow volunteers to re-enter the building.

We continue to monitor our supply of personal protective equipment (PPE) and receive cyclical deliveries. We do not currently anticipate a significant shortage of needed items.

Meals and Activities

Residents are served all meals in their dining room and are provided recreational opportunities in their rooms. The recreation team will continue to offer video calls and one-to-one visits, as needed.. Staff will be utilizing PPE, as per facility policy, during meals.

Visitation

Visitation is limited to end-of-life situations or critical needs only. To schedule visitation, please contact Cindy Stefl at 412-741-1400 extension 3600. Each visitor will be required to complete a screening process prior to visitation, which will include temperature monitoring. Masks will be required at all times during visitation.

Any questions related to reopening, contact Cindy Stefl at 412-741-1400 extension 3600.

Retirement Living

Visitors

The county continues to recommend that you limit visits to essential visitors. Visitors must be screened and have their temperature taken in the clubhouse prior to entering resident areas. All visitors are required to wear a mask while on campus. Should you have a visitor from out of state, if they were not tested for COVID-19 prior to coming to Masonic Village, residents are asked to quarantine for 10 days in their dwelling unit. If after 10 days, you have had not experienced symptoms, your quarantine will be complete, but we ask that you continue to take your temperature and monitor for symptoms through day 14. Residents now have a second quarantine option as well. If after five days of quarantining, you have no symptoms, you may get tested for COVID-19, and if you get a negative test result, your quarantine will end as of day seven. COVID-19 testing is the responsibility of the resident, as Masonic Village does not have the facilities or the supplies to do COVID-19 testing for retirement living residents.

Travel

Should you travel out of state for any period of time, Dr. Levine requires that you be tested for COVID upon your return to the state. Masonic Village has a restricted supply of COVID-19 tests, so you would need to work with your physician or with an outside testing facility to get your test.

If you have been away overnight, we ask that when you return to campus, you stop to get your temperature taken at the Clubhouse front desk. For 13 days after that, we ask that you get your temperature taken. The front desk will continue to be staffed daily from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

If you are returning from a hospital stay or if you are returning from an extended stay in another state on the COVID hot list, we continue to ask for a 10-day quarantine upon your return.

Dining

The restaurants are open with pre-arranged seating times for residents. Meal deliveries will be offered once a day.

Services

The Administration and Marketing Office are open. We encourage residents to continue to call or email as an alternative to in-person visits to the office.

All medical providers who operate on campus have been notified that they may resume scheduling routine appointments at the Retirement Living Medical Clinic. The re-opening dates and times will differ for each provider; residents are encouraged to contact their medical provider to schedule an appointment.

The hair salon is open with some modifications to ensure social distancing among customers.

The wellness center is open Monday – Friday, 6 a.m. – 4 p.m., for four participants at a time. Participants must schedule their weekly appointments in advance by calling 412-741-1400 ext. 3931 on Monday morning (8 a.m.).

The pool/spa is open Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Golden Aerobics class is on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 9 a.m., and Water Exercise class is Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 10 a.m.

The General Store is open with limited hours. We ask that only one resident at a time shop in the store.

Transportation has resumed for regularly scheduled shopping trips to malls and grocery stores as well as medical appointments. Seating will be limited to ensure social distancing, so pre-registration for these trips is required. The bus will be sanitized in between trips.

All resident deliveries (pharmacy, UPD, FedEx, Amazon, etc.) are received at the desk at the clubhouse entrance. Calls will be placed to residents when the prescriptions arrive for pickup.

The Art Room is open for classes and other types of usage. The capacity is limited for proper social distancing. Masks must be worn.