Gracedale Nursing Home
In an effort to comply with the newly implemented CMS/CDC requirement of informing residents, responsible parties and families to the number of confirmed positive COVID-19 virus cases within Gracedale, we will be updating this website on a regular basis. The following is a summary of the number of positive cases in Pennsylvania and Gracedale, along with what Gracedale has done in response to COVID-19:
Today is 5/28/2020. The PA Department of Health's website as of 12:10pm today is reporting in 587 long term care facilities (nursing homes, personal care and assisted living) there are 14,440 positive cases with 2,169 healthcare employees in these facilities affected. At Gracedale, we have had a total of 213 confirmed positive residents with 24 cases currently pending results. We have had 49 confirmed positive employees and 3 currently pending results.
Since March Gracedale has put into place mitigation efforts guided by Department of Health (DOH), Center for Disease Control (CDC) and local County government officials. Here are some of the efforts put in place: stopped all visitors coming into Gracedale, temperature checks for all residents, staff and essential vendors (vendors also must answer a signs and symptoms questionnaire), we purchased FDA approved cleaning products, increased the frequency of cleaning around Gracedale especially those high touch areas, placed a moratorium on group activities (we use closed circuit TV for the residents to view church services and other activities available), closed doors between units and hallways, consolidated units to maximize the efficient use of staff, encouraged residents to remain in their rooms, utilized disposable dining products for meals, residents who leave the units were given masks and educated on social distancing, Resident's meal are served in their room unless assistance is needed by staff – then social distancing was implemented, Residents and Staff are educated on infection prevention and control (hand hygiene, mask usage, coughing and sneezing protocols), Universal face masking for staff – the different types and when to use each one, transmission based precautions for any resident with suspected, presumed or positive test, purchase of personal protective equipment in large quantities where ever we can (gowns, face shields, eye protection, gloves, masks (N95, KN95, and surgical) and sanitizer), we treat everyone – staff and resident – as if they are positive for COVID-19, we are consolidating resident units to maximize efficient use of staff.
Gracedale continues to update our policies and procedures, as appropriate, in response to COVID-19. The guidance offered by the CDC and DOH is consistently reviewed and put into action in so that we put into place best practices for our residents and staff. Additionally, we continue constant contact with our local Pennsylvania Department of Health office in Bethlehem. We have also signed on with ECRI. ECRI is another valuable partner that reviews our protocols for infectious control and makes recommendations, if needed.
Please fell free to contact Administration at 610-829-3818