COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Information

Updated March 11, 2022

The safety, protection and well-being of our residents and staff remain our top priority. Staff members are wearing proper protective equipment in accordance with applicable regulatory guidelines and best practices. Due to the rise of COVID-19 cases across the state and within our local communities, and at the recommendation from the Pennsylvania Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), masks are required for all employees, regardless of vaccination status, at all times while indoors at Masonic Villages (all campuses), except when in work spaces or offices alone. In addition, all employees will be required to mask when driving with others in Masonic Village vehicles. We also continue to encourage physical distancing in all areas where possible.

Thank you for your continued patience and support through this unprecedented, challenging time.

Star Points and Sturgeon Health Care Center

We continue to follow recommendations from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), Pennsylvania Department of Health (PA DOH) and Pennsylvania Department of Human Services (PA DHS) for COVID-19 testing of staff and residents, visitation, small group activities and dining services. Screening of residents, including symptom and temperature monitoring, is ongoing and will continue at least daily. 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.

In the event of a positive case(s), we have established a quarantine procedure and are able to isolate residents to their room with dedicated caregivers according to guidance from CMS and PA DOH.

For 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 or https://www.health.pa.gov/topics/disease/coronavirus/Pages/Guidance/LTCF-Visitors.aspx

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

Visitation

We continue to try to maintain a delicate balance between resident health and well-being however, please be reminded COVID-19 is still in the community. Based on the Department of Health’s recommendations, contact tracing will still be conducted when a case of COVID-19 is identified; however, generally only affected individuals will be quarantined instead of entire neighborhoods. The updated visitation guidelines are as follows:

  • Refrain from visiting if you are not feeling well, have recently tested positive for COVID-19, or if you meet the criteria for quarantine in accordance with CDC guidance.
  • Visits do not need to be scheduled and may take place in the resident’s room or outdoors. Open visitation is from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Special exceptions will be made when necessary.
  • You must enter and exit through the front door of the Star Points building by the reception desk.
  • All visitors MUST be screened and have their temperature taken when arriving at this facility. If there is an issue with your screening form or temperature, you will be asked to postpone your visit.
  • PPE requirement for a non-quarantined room is a surgical mask that we will provide for you.  You will see staff wearing both a surgical mask and eye protection.
  • If your loved one resides in a room that is quarantined, you may still visit; however, you will be asked to wear additional PPE.
  • Sanitize your hands when entering and exiting the building and as necessary.
  • Visitors are not permitted to attend activities with the residents or sit in the common areas, dining rooms or other resident rooms.
  • You are able to bring packages and food items for your loved one. We do request that you do not consume food items with the resident in an attempt to decrease infection control risks.
  • Residents not up to date with CDC recommended COVID 19 vaccinations will self-quarantine per CMS guidelines.

Failure to follow the above increases the risk to our residents and failure to abide by the steps above could result in the discontinuing of visitation for certain residents.

Thank you for your patience and understanding.

Retirement Living

Visitors

Visitors are screened (including temperature) when entering the campus; they are permitted in the Grill Room (for breakfast and lunch only) and have no restriction in their visitation hours. Visitors are not yet permitted to join the residents in scheduled activities.

Dining

The Grill Room and the main dining room have returned to 100 percent capacity.

Services

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

The wellness center is open for residents Monday – Friday, 6 a.m. – 4 p.m., and the pool/spa is open 8 – 11:30 a.m. A variety of exercise classes is available to residents Monday – Friday in the Assembly Room.

Full transportation services have been restored, and seating on the vehicles is now back at full capacity.

Our primary care physicians and our podiatrist are seeing residents in the medical center, and the blood lab has restored its regular hours. The eye doctor and audiologist have not re-commenced services on campus at this time.

The art room, puzzle room and Assembly Room are all back to full capacity.

The general store is open three days a week, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.

The Hair Salon is seeing residents by appointment on Thursdays and Fridays.

Resident deliveries continue to be dropped off at the front desk of the clubhouse because the exterior doors to all apartment buildings are locked.