May 29, 2020
Baptist Homes Society President & CEO Al Allison issued a memo today to all residents, families, and staff regarding Baptist Homes Society’s continued success in the ongoing battle against the spread of the COVID-19 virus. Since the last update of May 21st, there have been no newly diagnosed cases among staff or residents. Currently, there are no residents or staff members who are symptomatic for COVID-19 on either of our campuses. Baptist Homes Society continues to follow the mandates put in place by Governor Wolf that restrict visitation and support infection control. We are deeply appreciative of the cooperation and support of our care teams, residents, and the community and ask you to remain diligent in your efforts, as we do in ours to contain COVID-19. See the full memo here.
May 21, 2020
Baptist Homes Society President & CEO Al Allison issued a memo to all residents, families, and staff regarding Baptist Homes Society’s continued success in containing and preventing the spread of the COVID-19 virus. Since the last update of May 15th there have been no newly diagnosed cases among staff or residents. Currently, there are no residents or staff members who are symptomatic for COVID-19 on either of our campuses. Baptist Homes Society continues to follow the mandates put in place by Governor Wolf that restrict visitation and support infection control. We understand and embrace our obligations, and are deeply appreciative of the cooperation and support of our care teams, residents, and the community. See the full memo here.
May 15, 2020
Baptist Homes Society President & CEO Al Allison, Jr. issued an update to all residents, families, and staff regarding Baptist Homes Society’s efforts over the last two months to contain and prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus. Since the last update of May 8th, there have been no newly diagnosed cases among staff or residents. Currently, there are no residents or staff members who are symptomatic for COVID-19 on either of our campuses. While Allegheny County has been moved from COVID Condition Red to COVID Condition Yellow, restrictions for visitation in all healthcare areas have not changed. Baptist Homes Society thanks you for your continued understanding, cooperation, and compliance. See the full memo here.
May 8, 2020
Baptist Homes Society President & CEO Al Allison, Jr. issued a memo to all residents, families, and staff regarding Baptist Homes Society’s efforts over the last two months to contain and prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus. There have been no new cases of COVID-19 since the last update on April 30. We understand and embrace our obligations, and are deeply appreciative of the cooperation and support of our care teams, residents, and the community. See the full memo here.
April 30, 2020
Baptist Homes Society President & CEO Al Allison, Jr. issued a memo regarding the COVID-19 pandemic and Baptist Homes Society’s hard work over the last two months to contain and prevent the spread of the virus. Since early March, Baptist Homes Society has planned and taken steps to prevent and contain the spread of the COVID-19 virus in our communities. In accordance with the guidance published by the Centers for Disease Control, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, the PA Department of Health, and the PA Department of Human Services, Baptist Homes Society has worked diligently to limit exposures and bolster infection control procedures. We prepared staff, accumulated resources, and enlisted the cooperation of residents and their families. We remain resolved to provide a safe environment for residents and staff. To date, with a total of about 755 residents being served on our two campuses, three residents have tested positive (about 0.4%) for COVID-19. With a total of approximately 656 staff and contracted staff members, 14 staff have tested positive (about 2.13%) during this same time period. We understand and embrace our obligations, and are deeply appreciative of the cooperation and support of our care teams, residents, and the community. Click Here to read the COVID-19 Memo
April 21, 2020
As was previously reported, due to the receipt of positive test results for two Providence Point staff members, Providence Point began COVID testing for all staff who may have been in contact with those individuals. Results received today indicated that one additional staff member is positive for COVID-19. As of noon today, we have tested approximately 180 residents and staff at Providence Point and received negative results for 131; and are awaiting results for 46 others. Providence Point continues to care for two residents who had previously tested positive for COVID-19 in our Skilled Nursing care pod. These two residents are currently doing well.
April 17, 2020
Providence Point was informed this morning that a person residing in our Health Care Residence has tested positive for the COVID-19 virus. This resident has been isolated since admission and has not had close contact with other residents during their stay. The resident has been transferred to Providence Point’s COVID-19 care area for the purposes of isolation and ongoing care.
Fortunately, no staff who may have had contact with that resident are currently exhibiting signs or symptoms of a COVID-19 infection. However, in order to provide our residents and staff with a measure of assurance, we are testing all residents and staff in that resident care area for the presence of COVID-19.
April 15, 2020
Memo to staff and residents from Bob Kocent, Executive Director
BHS President and CEO Al Allison and I have provided multiple Coronavirus Updates since March 3, and over that six-week period, the crisis has evolved considerably and in ways which we, or even some experts, could not have predicted. Our goal is to help ensure the health and safety of all residents and employees. We continue to monitor the information available from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the PA Department of Health, and the Allegheny County Health Department (ACHD); and we have reported all positive cases to the required regulatory bodies, and are taking direction from them and our Medical Director.
Due to ongoing concerns I want to provide some additional information and answer some common questions Resident Council and other residents have asked.
First, I want to tell you that the two residents in our Healthcare that were confirmed positive for COVID-19 are isolated in private rooms in a special pod dedicated for their treatment and are being cared for by dedicated staff who are only working in that pod following appropriate infection control procedures. Other staff are not permitted in that area. The five staff members who have tested positive are self-isolating at home under the care of their respective PCPs and reportedly resting comfortably. The last days worked for those staff members were between March 22 and April 8. Our prayers for a healthy recovery continue for the residents, employees and their families.
Why are we allowing new residents to move in to Providence Point?
We have had several new IL residents move to Providence Point recently and have a number of residents with plans to move to PP in the near future. Most of these residents have had plans for many months as part of the Hamilton Tower project. Residents have paid in full and have sold their homes or are involved in property closings. Providence Point is now their home. With that said, we have to take all necessary precautions with the movers as well as the new residents who move in. All movers must be screened with temperatures taken and wear masks or cloth face coverings; and are limited to a specific entry door and elevator. Elevators and other high touch areas, e.g., hand rails, door handles, are being cleaned regularly. Residents will be informed by telephone message the day before a new move-in should one want to avoid the elevator or movers. New residents must adhere to the stay at home orders and leave only for essential trips.
Why doesn’t Providence Point restrict all visitors?
Our healthcare and personal care residences are not permitting any visitors except for end of life situations or for approved health care support personnel. In IL, I want to clarify that no casual visitors, family or friends, are permitted. We are discouraging all visitors, but please realize that some IL residents rely on home care personnel and family members who serve as caregivers for essential services to assist in their living/care. If they must come in to help, they must wear a mask or cloth face covering. As reported previously, all employees, visitors, and contractor/vendors are screened at the door for temperature and other signs and symptoms. Those with signs and symptoms are not permitted to enter. If visitors or contractors/vendors refuse screening or wearing masks or cloth facial coverings, they will not be permitted to enter. We have sent employees with symptoms home and have refused vendors who do notcomply.
We are accepting grocery, prescription and package delivery at the main entrance. Residents will be contacted by the Concierge should a package arrive for you, and arrangements can be made for pick-up or delivery to your apartment.
Why doesn’t Providence Point provide masks for all residents or make them available for a charge?
We do not have a stockpile of N95 or even surgical masks to provide to all of our residents. That is why we have encouraged home-made face coverings as well. As you probably know, there is a shortage of personal protective equipment (PPE) nationally.
Why doesn’t Providence Point test all residents and staff for COVID-19?
We are not able to test all residents or employees, even in certain living or care areas, as we do not have the approval and swabs/kits for testing. As noted previously, we are reporting and reviewing all cases with the ACHD, the PA DOH and our medical director. At this point residents can contact their respective PCP or go to a testing site if they feel a test is warranted. Generally, signs and symptoms have to be present for testing. We have explored testing for some of our employee groups at this time. Hopefully testing will be more broadly available in the near future.
What is the procedure for employees testing positive for COVID-19?
Staff members who have tested positive are self-isolating for 14 days at home. Those residents with whom a positive employee has had close contact, defined as contact within six feet for over 10 minutes, have been notified and are required to self-isolate for 14 days from the last known contact with a positive tested employee. The Clinic is monitoring those residents in IL residences for temperature and signs and symptoms.
Why can’t Providence Point publicly report who has tested positive for COVID-19?
Under the HIPAA privacy rules we have to respect the confidentiality of any identifying information for all residents and employees.
Are IL residents permitted outside of their residences?
We are requiring that all residents follow the Governor’s “stay at home order” and remain in their residences except for essential trips to the grocery store, the pharmacy, or to go outside for a walk. While travelling inside in the hallways or common areas to go to the Madison Café, the mailroom, etc., you must wear a mask or face covering. You will not be served for take-out in the Madison Café without a mask or face covering. Masks or face coverings are not necessary when walking outside, but you should remember to always social distance, keep six feet apart, wherever you are, inside or out. Residents who are self-quarantined due to contact with a known positive-tested employee are not permitted to walk inside the Community hallways or commons areas while on quarantine.
These continue to be some general precautionary steps you can take to avoid COVID-19:
• Follow the Governor’s “stay at home” order and only go out for essential trips.
• Stay home if you are sick, and contact the Clinic or your PCP if you develop symptoms.
• If you must go out, wear a mask or cloth face covering.
• Don’t visit friends or family unless there is an urgent need.
• Practice “social distancing” at all times. Avoid contact and keep at least six feet between you and anyone else.
• Wash your hands often and thoroughly with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If you don’t have access to soap and water, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60 percent alcohol.
• Cover your cough or sneeze with an unused tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash. If you don’t have a tissue, use your upper sleeve or elbow—not your hands.
• Clean and disinfect commonly used objects and surfaces you come into contact with throughout your day, such as computer keyboards, cell phones, doorknobs, faucets and bathroom fixtures with household cleaning sprays or wipes.
• Avoid sharing personal items, such as pens, utensils, water bottles and drinking glasses.
• Be sure that your hands are clean before eating or touching your eyes, mouth or nose, after using the bathroom and while working in the kitchen.
Al and I will continue to update you as this ever-changing situation evolves. Please communicate this information to your family as we are receiving many calls about our response to COVID-19. I hope that you are managing well with the challenges and the disruptions that have come with the COVID-19 pandemic, and I appreciate what you have had to endure during this unprecedented time. Please do not hesitate to contact me at extension 3507 or email@example.com with any questions.
April 14, 2020
As part of our Baptist Homes Society family, we want you to be aware of a recent development on the status of the COVID-19 virus at Providence Point. Today, we were notified that three additional Providence Point staff members have tested positive for the COVID-19 virus. One has not worked since April 5, one has not worked since April 7, and one has not worked since April 8.
We have notified the PA Department of Health and the Allegheny County Health Department and are following their recommendations for next steps and appropriate follow-up.
Baptist Homes Society is resolved to continue to provide a safe environment for our residents and staff.
April 10, 2020
Today we were notified that two people residing in Providence Point’s skilled nursing residence have tested positive for COVID-19. The Pennsylvania Department of Health and the Allegheny County Health Department were informed, and we continue to follow their recommendations and guidance in our efforts to contain the spread of COVID-19 in our community. We understand and embrace our obligations in this challenging time and are deeply appreciative for the cooperation and support of our care teams, residents, and the community.
April 9, 2020
In this time of pandemic, Baptist Homes Society remains committed to the fulfilment of our mission. For more than 110 years, Baptist Homes Society has been in the forefront of providing quality senior living and care to older adults of Southwestern Pennsylvania. For months, we have planned and taken steps to prepare for the impact of the COVID-19 crisis on our communities. In accordance with guidance published by the Centers for Disease Control, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, the Pennsylvania Department of Health and the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services, we have worked to limit exposures and bolster our infection control procedures to address the specific risks presented by COVID-19. We have prepared staff, accumulated resources and enlisted the cooperation of residents and their families as we face this unprecedented challenge together.
Despite these efforts, on April 8, 2020, Providence Point administrators were notified that two staff members had tested positive for the COVID-19 virus. We have notified the County Health Department and the Allegheny County Health Department of this development. We are following their directives and recommendations on our next steps. In addition, we have implemented pre-planned measures to contain the COVID-19 virus.
Baptist Homes Society is resolved to continue to provide a safe environment and quality and compassionate care to our residents. We understand and embrace our obligations in this challenging time and are deeply appreciative for the cooperation and support of our care teams, residents and the community.
You may also call our COVID-19 Update for updates: 412.857.2080