Chapel Pointe's Response to COVID-19
Our culture of person-centered care means that our residents and staff are our top priority. We are doing everything within our power to stop the spread of COVID-19 (Coronavirus).
We make all Coronavirus-related decisions following the guidance and mandates of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Pennsylvania Department of Health (PA DOH), LeadingAge PA, and both local and federal governing authorities.
Chapel Pointe has always prioritized infection control and has an excellent track record of preventing infection. Our staff are all essential employees who are committed to continuing and building upon our already excellent infection control policies and implementing all mandates as quickly as possible.
Chapel Pointe is leading the way in long-term care testing in Cumberland County. We were the first local long-term care community to preventatively test all residents in personal care and skilled care and all staff for COVID-19. Each time we tested, 100% of staff and residents were negative for COVID-19.
In addition, we test new residents and employees – and residents returning to our community - prior to entry into Chapel Pointe. We also have a process in place to diagnose and test residents in Personal Care or the Households if they present any symptoms of illness.
If we encounter positive test results, we will work with and follow the guidance of the PA DOH, the CDC, and CMS. We will report cases to staff, residents, family members, and anyone potentially exposed. However, we value the privacy of our staff and residents, so we will not publicly release information about individual diagnoses.
On March 12, 2020, we banned visitors and all non-essential personnel from entering Chapel Pointe. Since then, we have completed the necessary steps to begin reopening the Households and Personal Care and reintroducing visitors to our community.
Health experts agree that allowing visitors into our building is a high risk since we do not have any control over where they have been and if they have worn masks. We take a cautious approach in our reopening policy to protect Household and Personal Care residents.
Click here to read our Reopening Plan for Personal Care.
Click here to read our Reopening Plan for the Households.
Responding to COVID-19 requires a serious response by our whole society. Thank you to the army of people who sewed hundreds of face masks for us. Thank you to the people, companies, and churches who have donated personal protective equipment and have encouraged our residents and staff with notes, treats, and prayer.
Thank you to those of you who are taking this virus seriously and using social distancing, face masks, and proper hand hygiene in your everyday life. We are also grateful for your prayers for our community!
Your sacrifices and efforts help to slow the spread of COVID-19 and, therefore, enhance Chapel Pointe’s efforts to keep our vulnerable residents healthy.
We asked residents and staff in all levels of care to try to look at our current circumstances in a new light and see the blessings around us. We combined all of our insights into this video that we hope will encourage you today.