There is little doubt that the COVID-19 pandemic has touched the lives of everyone in the Gracedale Community in some way.
Our staff has worked determinedly to provide for the wellbeing of those who choose to call Gracedale home, and Gracedale's residents have inspired us all with their patience and courage. Infection control measures have made it difficult at times to strike a balance between a resident's physical health and their overall wellbeing. Mirroring the greater community at large, social distancing has limited communal dining to room service only, events to individual or virtual activities and social calls to video chats and window visits.
Following very specific guidelines from the Centers for Medicare/Medicaid Services (CMS) and the Pennsylvania Department of Health (DOH), Gracedale intends to take careful, measured steps toward increasing social interactions for residents. Changes in community spread infections on both state and local levels as well as within Gracedale will impact the degree of social interaction allowed at any given time during the pandemic emergency.
Below are the steps to reopening as issued by the PA DOH. Each step must be preceded by 14 days without a community acquired case of COVID-19 in residents or staff. If we do unfortunately experience a positive case, Gracedale will need to revert back to the prerequisite stage of the Pennsylvania Department of Health Reopening Guidance. As Gracedale advances through, or potentially reverts back through these steps, updates will be posted to Gracedale's website and sent out via our mass communication alert system. Please remember this situation is fluid and can change quickly.
In order to meet the prerequisites defined by the Pennsylvania Department of Health
Should Northampton County regress to a "Red" status ordered by the Governor of Pennsylvania or a disaster declaration be declared by local officials, all precautions and restrictions will revert to prerequisite stage of the Pennsylvania Department of Health Reopening Guidance.