COVID-19 Updates

The Lutheran Home at Kane understands you may have many concerns and questions regarding COVID-19 and your loved ones.  The safety of our residents and staff is our number one priority.  We will do our very best to continue to keep you informed.  Please check back often for updates.

10/12/2021 - Additional Employee Tests Positive - Visits Continue

One additional employee has tested positive for COVID-19.  Residents and staff will continue to be tested weekly for the next two weeks or until results are 100% negative for two consecutive weeks.  All residents or staff showing signs or symptoms will be tested immediately.


Visits with vaccinated residents can continue to take place in the resident’s room. Visitors must enter the front main entrance, complete the screening questionnaire, take their temperature and perform hand hygiene with hand sanitizer provided. This must be done each and every visit.  If you have a fever or any signs of COVID-19, please stay home.  Masks must be worn at ALL times during the visit and the curtain in the resident's room must be pulled for the entire visit.

Please remember, all visits with unvaccinated residents must be scheduled in advance by calling

814-688-0659.


If you have any questions regarding the status of visiting your loved one, please feel free to call our Activities Department at 814-688-0659.

10/07/2021 - Visits Permitted for All Residents

As of this October 7th, one additional Lutheran Home employee has tested positive for COVID-19. The positive result has been reported to the Department of Health and as always, we will continue to follow CDC guidelines.


All residents were tested yesterday, Wednesday, October 6th, and all residents are negative. Residents and staff will continue to be tested weekly for the next two weeks or until results are 100% negative for two consecutive weeks. Any residents or staff showing signs or symptoms will be tested immediately.  Due to the negative testing results, all residents are now able to have visits. 


Visits with vaccinated residents may now take place in the resident’s room. Visitors must enter the front main entrance, complete the screening questionnaire, take their temperature and perform hand hygiene with hand sanitizer provided. This must be done each and every visit.  If you have a fever or any signs of COVID-19, please stay home.  Masks must be worn at ALL times during the visit and the curtain in the resident's room must be pulled for the entire visit.


Please remember, all visits with unvaccinated residents must be scheduled in advance by calling

814-688-0659.


If you have any questions regarding the status of visiting your loved one, please call our Activities Department at 814-688-0659.

10/05/2021 - Two Additional Employees Test Positive

Two additional employees have tested positive for COVID-19.  Residents and staff will continue to be tested weekly for the next two weeks or until results are 100% negative for two consecutive weeks.  Any resident or staff showing signs or symptoms will be tested immediately.  The positive results have been reported to the Department of Health and as always, we will continue to follow CDC guidelines.

 

Contact tracing of these employees has been reviewed and at this time we will be pausing visits for the
300 Wing residents only.  All other residents may have visits.

 

Please remember, visits with unvaccinated residents must continue to be scheduled in advance by calling 814-688-0659.

 

If you do not know if your resident is located on the 300 Wing, please call the Activities Department at
814-688-0659.

 

We appreciate your continued support.

10/01/2021 - Employee Tests Positive

On Thursday, September 30th, one employee tested positive for COVID-19.  Due to this positive result, all residents and all staff will be tested weekly for the next two weeks or until results are 100% negative for two consecutive weeks. The positive result has been reported to the Department of Health and as always, we will continue to follow CDC guidelines.

 

All residents were tested first thing this morning and all residents are negative.

 

Contract tracing was completed this morning.  At this time, we are open with minimal visitation.

If you have any questions regarding visiting a loved one, please feel free to contact the Activities Department at 814-688-0659.

Residential Care Center (RCC) residents have had no exposure to the positive employee.  Therefore, visitation will resume for RCC residents beginning Saturday, October 2nd, 2021.  Visits will once again be held outside for RCC residents.  In the event of inclement weather, indoor visits must be scheduled 24 hours in advance by calling 814-837-8770.

Please check back for further updates.

09/29/2021 - Negative COVID-19 Results Continue

We have continued to monitor flu symptoms throughout the facility and have had no new cases.  In addition, all COVID-19 results this week have continued to be negative.

 

We are happy to announce, effective immediately, visits can resume for all residents on both the 200 Wing and 300 Wing.  As long as no further flu symptoms arise, residents on the 400 Wing, the Horizon Unit, and RCC will be able to resume visits on Monday, October 4th.  If you do not know if your resident is able to have visits, please call the Activities Department at 814-688-0659.

 

Please remember, all visitors are required to follow the check in procedure identified in the lobby.  Masks will be required at all times during visits whether taking place indoors or outdoors.  All visits will be limited to two visitors at a time.

 

Outdoor visits will be available for vaccinated residents. In the case of inclement weather, indoor accommodations will be made.  Visitors can report to the resident’s room to pick up their loved one and must stop at the nurse’s station to sign out the resident.

 

All visits with unvaccinated residents must continue to take place indoors in a designated area. To schedule a visit with an unvaccinated resident, please call 814-688-0659. 

 

If you have any questions, please feel free to call the Activities Department at 814-688-0659.

09/21/2021 - LHK Remains COVID Free as Flu Season Arrives Early

As the McKean County Positivity Rate continues to increase, weekly COVID testing at LHK has continued to produce negative results.  However, due to the increase of flu and flu like symptoms currently being seen at our facility, we are required by the Department of Health to immediately put precautions into place.  These precautions include halting all visits at this time.  

 

We understand the disappointment of this change and we are committed to working to have this restriction lifted as soon as possible.  We will update you immediately of any changes.

 

Thank you for your cooperation.

09/14/2021 - Negative Testing Allows Visitation Changes

We are very happy to announce results from our resident and staff COVID-19 testing has been 100% negative for two consecutive weeks. The McKean County Positivity rate has increased once again and is up to 15% so we will continue testing our staff each week in order to protect our facility as much as possible.

 

However, due to the negative results of our residents and staff, we are once again going back to the following visitation policy:

 

Vaccinated Residents

  • Visits for vaccinated residents no longer need to be scheduled.

  • Enter the front main entrance. Complete the screening questionnaire, take your temperature and perform hand hygiene with hand sanitizer provided. This must be done each and every visit. If you have a fever or any signs of COVID-19, please stay home.

  • You must wear a mask over your mouth and nose the entire visit.

  • Visits can occur between the hours of 9 a.m. – 7 p.m. Please avoid visiting during meal times. If you would like to assist your loved one with their meal, you can request their tray be sent outside to the gazebo.

  • Please continue to limit the number of visitors to 2 in case of inclement weather.

  • All visitors must stop at the nurse’s station to sign out the resident for the visit and then sign them back in when the resident returns to their room.

  • Visitors should go directly to the resident's room and take them outside for the visit.  No visits can occur in the resident room as we have some unvaccinated residents.  Please do not stop in the hallways or other resident rooms to socialize.  We must maintain social distancing with our other residents.


Unvaccinated Residents

  • If your loved one is not vaccinated, you must schedule a visit by calling the Activities Department at 814-688-0659 at least 24 hours in advance.

  • Enter the front main entrance. Complete the screening questionnaire, take your temperature and perform hand hygiene with hand sanitizer provided. This must be done each and every visit.

  • When you arrive for your visit, please call 814-688-0659 from the main lobby and we will bring your loved one to the designated visitation area for your scheduled visit.

  • Visitors must remain 6 feet from the resident at all times and wear a mask the entire visit. ​

 

If you have any questions about visiting, please feel free to call our Activities Department at 814-688-0659. 

 

09/09/2021 - Residents Test 100% Negative for Two Weeks

We are happy to report our residents have completed their second week of testing since the last employee positive result and all residents have tested negative again this week.  All employees tested so far this week have also had negative results.  

We will keep you updated as we complete all employee testing and monitor the McKean County Positivity Rate for the week.

Thank you.

08/31/2021 - New Visitation Policy Beginning September 1st

As all residents have continued to test negative this past week, we are implementing a new visitation policy which will begin this Wednesday, September 1st.  Outdoor visits will be available for vaccinated residents.  In the case of inclement weather, indoor accommodations will be made.  All visits with unvaccinated residents must continue to take place indoors in a designated area.

  

  • All visits must be scheduled a minimum of 24 hours in advance.

  • Visits will be scheduled out one week at a time.

  • To schedule a visit, please call 814-688-0659.  This phone will be monitored every day from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm.  Voicemails can be left outside of these hours and the Activities staff will return calls the following day.  

  • All visitors are required to follow the check in procedure identified in the lobby.

  • Masks will be required at all times during visits whether taking place indoors or outdoors.

  • All visits will be limited to 2 visitors at a time.

  • All visits will be limited to 30 minutes in order to sanitize and accommodate other resident visits.

 

Thank you for your cooperation!

08/24/2021 - Second Vaccinated Employee Tests Positive

An employee has tested positive during this week’s COVID-19 testing. Both employees who have recently tested positive are fully vaccinated.  All residents and staff will continue to be tested for the next two weeks or until results are 100% negative for two consecutive weeks. The positive result has been reported to the Department of Health and as always, we will continue to follow CDC guidelines.

 

Due to this week’s positive result and the McKean County Positivity Rate currently being above 10%, visits will continue to be on hold for Lutheran Home residents.  Those wishing to visit an RCC resident should call 814-837-8770 ahead of time to check the status of visits.

08/20/2021 - Residents and Staff Test Negative

Due to an LHK employee testing positive for COVID-19 last week, all residents and all staff are continuing to be tested weekly.  This weekly testing will continue through next week as well.  All results for our residents and additional staff this week have been negative.

The McKean County Positivity Rate continues to increase and is currently at 11.3%.  We will continue to monitor this as well as the CDC guidelines.

At this time, all visits must remained paused. 

 

We will continue to keep you updated.

08/12/2021 - Employee Tests Positive for COVID-19

As of today, Thursday, August 12th, one employee has tested positive for COVID-19.  Due to this positive result, all residents and all staff will be tested weekly for the next two weeks or until results are 100% negative for two consecutive weeks. The positive result has been reported to the Department of Health and as always, we will continue to follow CDC guidelines.

 

All visits must be paused at this time.  

 

We appreciate your support during this difficult time and we will continue to keep you updated.

08/06/2021 - County Positivity Rate Decreases to 2.1%

The McKean County Positivity rate has dropped back down to 2.1%.  However, the state positivity rate is currently at 5.4%.  We continue to expect fluctuations due to recent trends.  At this time, we will continue to test weekly.  As always, any symptomatic residents or staff will be tested as necessary.

07/30/2021 - McKean County Positivity Rate Increases Again

The Lutheran Home at Kane has continued to remain COVID-19 free again this week.  However, the McKean County positivity rate has increased to above 11%. Due to this, COVID testing will be completed twice a week for unvaccinated staff.  Anyone showing any signs or symptoms will be tested immediately.

Thank you for your continued support!  

07/22/2021 - County Positivity Rate Increases to 6.6%

The McKean County Positivity Rate increased to 6.6% last week. The only change required at this time is for COVID-19 testing to be completed weekly instead of monthly until further notice. 

 

With the new visitation policy in place, it has been wonderful seeing visitors in the building again this past week!  We have missed you all!
 

As always, if you have any questions, please feel free to call 814-837-6706.

07/15/2021 - Visitation Policy Changes

We continue to have zero COVID cases in our facility and we are working very diligently to remain COVID free. More than 85% of our residents and 75% of our employees are vaccinated. The county positivity rate remains below 5%. We are gradually working towards a full reopening. Below are changes to our visitation policy.


Visits for Vaccinated Residents:
Visits for vaccinated residents no longer need to be scheduled. We ask you to follow these steps:
1. Enter the front main entrance. Complete the screening questionnaire, take your temperature and perform hand hygiene with hand sanitizer. This must be done each and every visit. If you have a fever or any signs of COVID-19, please stay home. Please do not risk bringing it into our facility.


2. You must wear a mask over your mouth and nose the entire time you are in the building.


3. Go directly to the resident’s room and take them outside for the visit. No visits can occur in the resident room as we have some unvaccinated residents. Please do not stop in the hallways or other resident rooms to socialize. We must maintain social distancing with our other residents.


4. Visits can occur between the hours of 9 a.m. – 7 p.m. Please avoid visiting during meal times (Lunch 11:30 - 1:00 p.m. and Dinner 5:00 - 6:15 p.m.). If you would like to assist your loved one with their meal, you can request their tray be sent outside to the gazebo.


5. Please continue to limit the number of visitors to 2 in case of inclement weather.


6. Vaccinated residents are permitted to attend social functions and events in the community. You will need to make transportation arrangements as LHK cannot provide transportation. Please schedule all planned outings with the Activities Department at least 3 days in advance. Residents are permitted up to a 4 hour leave from the facility.


Visits for Unvaccinated Residents:
If your loved one is not vaccinated, you must call to schedule a visit. Regulations continue to be strict for unvaccinated residents including social distancing and masking. Visitors must remain 6 feet from the resident at all times and wear a mask the entire visit. Visits for unvaccinated residents will continue to be held indoors and monitored. Please call the Activities Department at 814-975-1251 to schedule your visit. Please call at least 24-hours prior to the date/time you would like to visit. When you arrive for your visit, please call the nurse’s station from the main lobby and we will bring your loved one to the designated visitation area for your scheduled visit.

Visits for Residents at RCC
For all residents living at Residential Care Center, call 814-837-8770 for all visitation arrangements.

07/09/2021 - McKean County Positivity Rate Remains Below 5%

The McKean County COVID-19 Positivity Rate continues to remain below 5% again this week and we are happy to report we have now transitioned into monthly testing.

Our administrative staff continues to closely monitor all CDC guidelines for changes and will continue to keep you updated. 

07/01/2021 - LHK Begins Monthly Testing

All COVID testing completed this week has once again returned all negative results.  As the McKean County Positivity Rate has remained below 5%, LHK will now move to monthly COVID testing. 

 

Residents and their families and friends have been enjoying visits outdoors with the beautiful weather this week. It has been wonderful seeing everyone again!

06/25/2021 - Visitation Guidelines Continue

Weekly COVID testing has continued this week with negative results for everyone tested.  The McKean County Positivity Rate has continued to decrease and remains below 5%.  

 

Please remember, if you are coming to the facility to visit one of our residents, you must call at least one hour in advance to be sure your loved one will be available for your visit.  In addition, visitors are limited to two visitors at a time and masks must be worn at all times. 

To schedule a visit with a Lutheran Home resident, please call our Activities Department at 814-975-1251. To schedule a visit with a RCC resident, please call RCC directly at 814-837-8770. 

06/18/2021 - LHK Remains COVID Free

We are happy to announce all COVID testing completed this week has once again returned negative results.  Our residents are continuing to enjoy activities with their fellow residents as well as visits with their loved ones.  As weather permits, outdoor visits are encouraged for vaccinated residents.  However, indoor visits are made to accommodate visits when the weather does not cooperate.  If you are planning to visit, please be sure to call the facility at least one hour in advance to be sure your loved one will be available for your visit.

If you have any questions, please feel free to call 814-837-6706.

06/11/2021 - County Positivity Rate Drops to 5.4%

The McKean County Positivity Rate has dropped to 5.4% this week.  Our number one concern is for the safety and welfare of our residents and staff and we remain diligent in following all CDC guidelines.  We have been blessed again this week with negative results for all COVID-19 testing.  Our staff are continuing to go above and beyond to keep your loved ones safe. 

If you have any questions, please feel free to call 814-837-6706 for more information.

06/03/2021 - McKean County Positivity Rate Falls Below 10%

The McKean County Positivity Rate is currently at 8.7%.  This still remains high compared to the state average of 3.8%.  As the county falls below 10%, employees will be required to test two more weeks at two times a week.  If all results remain negative, employees will be tested once a week until the county rate falls below 5%.  All employees tested so far this week have been negative.  

Scheduled visits with loved ones are continuing.  To schedule a visit with a Lutheran Home resident, please call our Activities Department at 814-975-1251. To schedule a visit with a RCC resident, please call RCC directly at 814-837-8770. 

05/27/2021 - LHK Remains COVID Free

Although the McKean County Positivity Rate has remained above 11%, we have been blessed to have all negative testing results again this week.  Staff will continue to be tested twice per week until the county rate goes below 10%.

Residents and staff are enjoying some extra Nursing Home Week activities such as a balloon launch, and parking lot parties which were previously rescheduled!

Scheduled visits with loved ones are continuing.  To schedule a visit with a Lutheran Home resident, please call our Activities Department at 814-975-1251. To schedule a visit with a RCC resident, please call RCC directly at 814-837-8770. 

05/21/2021 - Negative Results Continue

Employees continue to be tested twice a week due to the McKean County Positivity Rate remaining above 10%.  All testing completed this week has once again returned negative results.

Small group activities and communal dining has resumed and the beautiful weather here in Kane, PA this week has allowed many of our residents the opportunity to spend time outside enjoying the sunshine. 

Scheduled visits with loved ones resumed this week as well.  We continue to encourage outdoor visits for
all vaccinated residents.  However, all visits are limited to two visitors and everyone must wear a mask at all times.  To schedule a visit with a Lutheran Home resident, please call our Activities Department at
814-975-1251. To schedule a visit with a RCC resident, please call RCC directly at 814-837-8770. 

05/13/2021 - Visitations to Begin Again

All residents were tested this morning, Thursday, May 13th, and we are happy to announce all results are negative again this week!  The McKean County positivity rate last week went up to over 16% so our employees will continue to be tested twice a week at this time.  All employees tested so far this week are also negative.

 

As long as all residents and all staff remain negative, beginning next Monday, we will be able to begin small group activities and communal dining again. 

 

In addition, beginning Monday, residents will once again be able to enjoy scheduled visits with their loved ones.  We will be encouraging outdoor visits in the gazebo for all vaccinated residents.  To schedule a visit for a Lutheran Home resident, please call our Activities Department at 814-975-1251.  If you wish to schedule a visit with an RCC resident, please call RCC directly at 814-837-8770.

 

Thank you for your continued support!

05/06/2021 - Negative Results for All Residents and Staff 

All residents completed their weekly COVID testing this morning and all results are negative.  Employees continue to be tested twice a week and as of today, all employee results are also negative.  Residents will be tested again next week or until all results are negative for two consecutive weeks. Employees will continue to be tested twice a week until the McKean County positivity rate goes below 10%.

 

Although indoor visits remain on hold at this time, we continue to encourage you to have window visits with your loved ones.

 

Thank you for your continued support.

04/30/2021 - Employee Tests Positive

As of today, Friday, April 30th, one employee has tested positive.  Due to this positive employee result, all residents have been tested today and all resident results are negative. Residents will continue to be tested for the next two weeks or until all results are negative for two consecutive weeks. The positive result has been reported to the Department of Health and we are continuing to follow CDC guidelines.

 

All resident activities and communal dining have been put on hold.  Beauticians will also be unable to enter the building at this time.  Indoor visits have been put on hold but we encourage window visits with your loved ones.

 

As always, thank you for your support.  We will continue to keep you updated.

04/29/2021 - County Positivity Rate Remains Above 10%

The McKean County Positivity Rate has decreased but still remains above 10%. Our staff will continue to be tested twice a week.  All testing completed so far this week has been negative.  Our administrative staff continues to monitor all CDC guidelines as they continue to change. 

Our residents are continuing to enjoy indoor visits with their loved ones.  We are all anxiously awaiting nicer weather here at LHK so our residents can once again enjoy some time outdoors.

04/22/2021 - McKean County Positivity Rate Increases to 12.1%

As of the end of last week, the McKean County Positivity Rate has once again increased and is now at 12.1%.  Due to this, staff are now required to test twice a week.  All staff tested so far this week have had negative results.

 

We are continuing to be very diligent in following all CDC guidelines in order to keep our residents safe.  In addition, St. Marys Pharmacy continues to come to our facility once a month to provide vaccinations to those residents and employees wanting to be vaccinated.

04/15/2021 - Weekly COVID Testing of Staff Continues

The McKean County Positivity Rate remains above 9% so all employees will continue to be tested weekly.  If the county positivity rate increases to above 10%, all staff will be required to test twice a week.

Our residents continue to enjoy visits with their loved ones!  Please call 814-975-1251 to schedule a visit.  However, if your loved one resides at the Residential Care Center, you can now schedule an indoor visit directly through the RCC side by calling 814-837-8770. Please be mindful of your scheduled time as we are trying to accommodate all residents’ visits and need time to properly clean between visits. 

04/08/2021 - McKean County Positivity Rate Continues to Increase

The McKean County Positivity Rate has continued to increase. As of the end of last week, the positivity rate was up to nearly 10%.  We are continuing to closely monitor the county positivity rate as well as all CDC guidelines as they continue to change.

At this time, all employees are continuing to test weekly.  However, if the county positivity rate goes above 10%, all staff will be required to test twice a week.

In addition to residents continuing to enjoy scheduled indoor visits with their loved ones, our residents are also enjoying spending time outside with staff as weather permits.  Residents and staff can be seen walking along the outside of the building or just sitting enjoying the sunshine.  We are looking forward to the outdoor activities we have planned in the upcoming months!

03/31/2021 - Weekly Testing Continues

As the McKean County Positivity Rate rose to 6.4% this week, our employees continue to be required to test on a weekly basis.  Those employees who have been tested so far this week have all tested negative.  

Family and friends of our residents continue to enjoy in person visits.  To accommodate as many visits with loved ones as possible, a second visiting station has been opened at the Residential Care Center.  Please call our Activities Department at 814-975-1251 to schedule a visit.

From all of us here at The Lutheran Home at Kane, we would like to wish everyone a very Happy Easter!

03/23/2021 - County Positivity Rate Over 5%

The McKean County Positivity Rate went back up over 5% this week.  Due to this, all employees must now be tested weekly again.  All employees tested so far this week have tested negative.  

Residents are enjoying visits from their loved ones!  Please call our Activities Department at 814-975-1251 to schedule a visit.

03/18/2021 - COVID Free

The Lutheran Home at Kane has continued to remain COVID-19 free this week.  As the McKean County positivity rate remains below 5%, we will continue to test residents and staff once per month.  However, anyone showing any signs or symptoms will be tested immediately.

Residents are enjoying visits from their loved ones using our inside Chatter Box!  Please call our Activities Department at 814-975-1251 to schedule a visit.

We were also happy to welcome back our beauticians into the building this past week! 

As always, thank you for your support!  We will continue to keep you updated.

03/09/2021 - Now Scheduling Indoor Visits

We are happy to announce with the McKean County positivity rate falling below 5%, moving forward we will need to test our residents and staff only once per month.  However, we will continue to test if someone shows signs or symptoms.

 

We are also now allowing indoor visits in our inside Chatter Box! Please call our Activities Department at 814-975-1251 to schedule a visit. 

 

Our beauticians are also coming back into the facility this week!

95% of our residents and 70% of our employees have now received both doses of the vaccine. 

It has been a long challenging year.  Thank you for your patience and support.  We greatly appreciate your confidence in The Lutheran Home at Kane. 

03/04/2021 - Negative COVID-19 Results

COVID-19 testing for this week has been completed on all residents and all results are negative.  We only have a couple of staff who have not yet completed this week’s testing but all those tested so far have also tested negative. 

 

We continue to closely monitor the positivity rate for McKean County and will update everyone soon on the status of visitations.

02/24/2021 - Residents and Staff Test Negative

Our weekly COVID-19 testing has been completed as of this morning, Wednesday, February 24th, and results for all residents and all staff are negative again this week.  

 

The McKean County positivity rate increased a little this week and is currently over 8% so we will continue to test residents and staff weekly.  In conjunction with guidelines, we will continue to monitor the county rate as this rate and our testing results will determine when we will be able to allow visitors. 

02/18/2021 - Negative Results Reported

As of this morning, Thursday, February 18th, results for all residents and all staff tested so far this week are negative.  The positivity rate of McKean County is below 10% so we will continue to test everyone once per week.

 

Residents are enjoying being able to participate in communal dining and group activities again.  We will continue to keep you updated each week.

02/11/2021 - 100% Negative for Two Consecutive Weeks

Due to the positivity rate of McKean County dropping to 10%, testing of residents and staff is only required once per week. The Lutheran Home at Kane has completed COVID-19 testing for this week and all residents and all staff have tested negative. 

We have now had two consecutive weeks of 100% negative results so effective immediately, residents are once again able to participate in communal dining and group activities with social distancing precautions in place.

02/05/2021 - Negative COVID-19 Results 

The Lutheran Home at Kane has completed COVID-19 testing for this week and as of Friday, February 5th, results for all residents are negative.  All employees tested so far are also negative but we still have a few we are waiting to complete. 

01/28/2021 - All Residents and All Staff Test Negative

The Lutheran Home at Kane has completed the required weekly COVID-19 testing and results for all residents and all staff are negative.  

 

The positivity rate for McKean County has dropped so residents and staff will now both tested weekly for at least the next week or until we receive 100% negative results for two consecutive weeks.  

Our staff continue to work very hard to keep your loved ones safe and we will continue to update you frequently.  Thank you!

01/22/2021 - Weekly Testing Results in One Positive Employee

As of today, Friday, January 22nd, one additional employee has tested positive during this week’s testing. The positive results have been reported to the Department of Health and we are continuing to follow CDC guidelines. All resident results from this week’s testing are negative but we are still waiting on a few employee results.

 

Residents will continue to be tested once per week.  The positivity rate of McKean County is still high so employees will continue to be tested twice a week. 

01/15/2021 - Two Employees Test Positive

Two additional employees have tested positive during this week’s testing. The positive results have been reported to the Department of Health and we are continuing to follow CDC guidelines. All resident results from this week’s testing are negative but we are still waiting on a few employee results.

 

Residents will continue to be tested once per week.  The positivity rate of McKean County remains high so employees will continue to be tested twice a week. 

 

We will continue to keep you updated. Thank you.

01/07/2021 - One Employee Tests Positive

This week's COVID-19 testing has resulted in one additional employee testing positive.  The positive result has been reported to the Department of Health and we are continuing to follow CDC guidelines. All resident results from this week’s testing have been received and are negative but we are still waiting on five employee results.

 

Residents will continue to be tested once per week.  However, due to the positivity rate of McKean County being so high, employees are now being tested twice a week. 

 

We are excited to announce that as of today, two wings have now been able to reopen as residents have recovered.  

 

We can’t thank everyone enough for their support through this difficult time!

12/30/2020 - One Resident and Four Staff Test Positive

This week's testing has revealed one additional resident and four additional employees who have tested positive for COVID-19. The positive resident has been moved to a Red Zone and their responsible party has been notified. The positive results have been reported to the Department of Health and we are continuing to follow CDC guidelines.

 

All resident results from this week’s testing have been received but we are still waiting on some employee results. We will continue to keep you updated.

12/23/2020 - Weekly Testing Reveals Several Additional Positive Results

As of Wednesday, December 23rd, eleven additional residents and three additional employees have tested positive for COVID-19. The positive residents have been moved to a Red Zone and their responsible parties have been notified. The positive results have been reported to the Department of Health and we are continuing to follow CDC guidelines.

 

All resident results from this week’s testing have been received but we are still waiting on some employee results. We will continue to keep you updated.

12/16/2020 - Additional Positives Reported from Weekly Testing

Results from this week's COVID-19 testing have revealed fourteen additional positive residents and three additional positive staff.  The positive residents have been moved to a Red Zone and their responsible parties have been notified. The positive results have been reported to the Department of Health and we are continuing to follow CDC guidelines.

All resident results from this week's testing have been received but we are waiting on the results for several employees.

12/14/2020 - Five Additional Residents and Three Additional Staff Positive

As of Monday, December 14th, five additional residents and three additional employees have tested positive for COVID-19. The positive residents have been moved to a Red Zone and their responsible parties have been notified. The positive results have been reported to the Department of Health and we are continuing to follow CDC guidelines.

Weekly testing of residents and staff began this morning.  We will keep you updated as we receive the results from the lab.

12/11/2020 - Four Additional Residents and One Additional Staff Positive

As of Friday, December 11th, four additional residents and one additional employee have tested positive for COVID-19. The positive residents have been moved to a Red Zone and their responsible parties have been notified. The positive results have been reported to the Department of Health and we are continuing to follow CDC guidelines.

 

The next round of testing of all residents and all staff is scheduled for Monday, December 14th.

12/09/2020 - Multiple Residents and Staff Test Positive

As of Wednesday, December 9th, fourteen additional residents and five additional employees have tested positive for COVID-19. The positive residents have been moved to a Red Zone and their responsible parties have been notified. The positive results have been reported to the Department of Health and we are continuing to follow CDC guidelines.

 

At this time, all resident results except for one and several employee results have not yet been received from the lab.

12/07/2020 - Three Employees Test Positive

Due to three additional nursing employees showing symptoms of COVID-19, rapid tests were performed on these three employees and all three have tested positive for COVID-19.  These positive results have been reported to the Department of Health and we are continuing to follow CDC guidelines.

 

Our weekly testing of all residents and staff began this morning and we will keep you updated as we receive results from the lab.

12/04/2020 - Five Residents Test Positive

As of Friday, December 4th, five additional residents have tested positive for COVID-19.  The positive residents have been moved to a Red Zone and their responsible parties have been notified. The positive results have been reported to the Department of Health and we are continuing to follow CDC guidelines.

 

All resident results from this week's testing have been received from the lab.  At this time, we are only waiting on four employee results.

12/03/2020 - One Resident and Three Employees Test Positive

As of Thursday, December 3rd, one additional resident and three additional employees have tested positive for COVID-19.  The positive resident has been moved to a Red Zone and their responsible party has been notified. The positive results have been reported to the Department of Health and we are continuing to follow CDC guidelines.

 

At this time, we have received approximately 50% of the results back from the lab from this week’s testing.  As further results are received, we will continue to keep you updated.

 

Our next round of testing of all residents and staff is scheduled for Monday, December 7th.

12/01/2020 - Two Residents Test Positive

Two additional residents have tested positive for COVID-19.  These residents were running a low grade fever so a rapid test was performed and their results were positive.  Rapid tests will be performed on any resident showing signs or symptoms of COVID.  Responsible parties for these residents testing positive have already been notified and the residents have been moved to a Red Zone. The positive results have been reported to the Department of Health and we are continuing to follow CDC guidelines. We are working very hard to prevent it from spreading in the building.

 

Testing of all residents and staff was completed Monday and Tuesday of this week and we will provide an update when the results are received from the lab.

11/27/2020 - Seven Residents and Two Employees Test Positive

The Lutheran Home at Kane has received results back from the November 20th round of COVID testing and seven residents and two nursing employees have tested positive.  Responsible parties for those residents testing positive have already been notified and the residents are in a Red Zone.  The positive results have been reported to the Department of Health and we are continuing to follow CDC guidelines.  

 

Residents and staff will continue to be tested weekly until we receive 100% negative results for two consecutive weeks.  Our next round of testing is scheduled for next Monday, November 30th.

11/23/2020 - Employee Tests Positive

As of November 23rd, 2020, The Lutheran Home has finally received all test results from last week’s testing and one nursing employee has tested positive.  The positive employee’s test result has been reported to the Department of Health.  The positive employee is not working at this time, but was in the facility performing nursing duties on their last day of work which was Friday, November 20th, 2020.  We are continuing to follow CDC guidelines and we are taking every precaution to ensure the virus does not spread in the building. 

 

At this time, we must discontinue communal dining and group activities. We are continuing to ensure staff are wearing the proper protective equipment, and we continue to limit the amount of caregivers who enter the wings.  Window visits will continue to be the only means of visitation but windows must be kept closed at all times.

 

Testing of all residents and all staff began immediately.  Residents and staff will be tested weekly until we receive 100% negative results for two consecutive weeks.

11/18/2020 - McKean County Positivity Rate Rises over 5%

As of November 18th, 2020, The Lutheran Home has had no additional confirmed cases of COVID-19, and no individuals are exhibiting new respiratory symptoms.  We continue to follow CDC and Department of Health guidelines. Therefore, due of the positivity rate of McKean County recently going above 5%, we are now required to test all employees on a weekly basis. This will continue until the McKean County positivity rate falls back below 5%.  Employee testing began on Tuesday, November 17th and we will be updating you soon with the results.

 

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact The Lutheran Home at Kane by calling 814-837-6706.

11/11/2020 - Residents & Staff Test Negative for 2 Consecutive Weeks

The lab the Lutheran Home utilizes for its COVID-19 testing has been inundated with an abundance of COVID testing so it is taking a bit longer for results to come back.  However, we are happy to report as of late last night, we have finally received all results from last week’s COVID testing and all residents and all employees have tested negative for the second week in a row!  We continue to follow CDC and Department of Health guidelines. Moving forward, testing will take place every 4 weeks for employees only unless circumstances change requiring residents and employees to both be tested. The next round of testing for employees has been scheduled for Tuesday, December 8th.

 

Effective immediately, residents will be able to once again participate in communal dining and group activities with social distancing precautions in place. We will keep you updated on the status of indoor visits.

 

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact The Lutheran Home at Kane by calling 814-837-6706.

11/02/2020 - Testing Results Received - 100% Negative

Results from last week’s COVID-19 testing have been received from the lab and we are pleased to announce results are negative for all residents and all staff!  

 

Residents and staff will be tested weekly for at least the next week or until 100% negative results are received for two consecutive weeks.

 

Window visits remain the only means of visitation at this time and it is extremely important for windows to remain closed during these visits.

 

Our staff continue to work very hard to keep your loved ones safe and we will continue to update you frequently.

10/25/2020 - One Resident Tests Positive

The Lutheran Home at Kane received notification on Sunday, October 25th, 2020 of a resident testing positive in the latest round of testing.  This resident is showing mild symptoms.  We continue to follow CDC guidelines and are taking every precaution to ensure the virus does not spread in the building. The resident has been moved to the Red Zone area where they will be quarantined for 14 days.  This resident’s results have been reported to the Pennsylvania Department of Health.

 

At this time, window visits remain the only means of visitation but windows must be kept closed at all times.

 

Residents and staff will continue to be tested weekly for at least the next two weeks or until we receive 100% negative results for two consecutive weeks.   

 

Our number one concern is for the safety and welfare of our residents and staff.  We appreciate your support during this very challenging time and we will continue to update you frequently.  Thank you.

10/22/2020 - Positive Employee Reported

The Lutheran Home at Kane was notified Thursday, October 22nd of an employee who has tested positive for COVID-19.  The positive employee’s test result has been reported to the Department of Health. 

 

The positive employee is not working at this time but was in the facility performing administrative duties on their last day of work which was Wednesday, October 21st, 2020.  We are continuing to follow CDC guidelines and we are taking every precaution to ensure the virus does not spread in the building. 

 

At this time, we must discontinue communal dining and group activities. The COVID-19 prevention guidelines for The Lutheran Home at Kane residents remain very strict including social isolation. We are continuing to ensure staff are wearing the proper protective equipment and limiting the amount of caregivers who enter the wings.   

 

Indoor visits must be paused at this time so window visits will be the only means of visitation but windows must be kept closed at all times.

 

Testing of all residents and staff began this morning.  Residents and staff will be tested weekly until we receive 100% negative results for two consecutive weeks. 

10/19/2020 - No New Cases Reported

As of October 19th, 2020, The Lutheran Home has had no additional confirmed cases of COVID-19, and no individuals are exhibiting new respiratory symptoms. We continue to follow CDC and Department of Health guidelines and testing will take place every four weeks for employees unless circumstances change requiring residents and employees to both be tested. The next round of employee testing is scheduled for Wednesday, November 4th.

Our residents are enjoying socially distanced visits with their families and friends. 
Please call the Activities Department at least 24 hours prior to the date and time you would like to visit at 814-975-1251 to schedule your visit!  We can't wait to see you!

10/12/2020 - No New Cases Reported

As of October 12th, 2020, The Lutheran Home has had no additional confirmed cases of COVID-19, and no individuals are exhibiting new respiratory symptoms. We continue to follow CDC and Department of Health guidelines and testing will take place every four weeks for employees unless circumstances change requiring residents and employees to both be tested.

Residents are enjoying communal dining and group activities with social distancing precautions in place.

Our employees continue to work very hard to keep our residents safe and we look forward to seeing you all soon!

10/05/2020 - Testing Results Received - 100% Negative for 2 Weeks

The Lutheran Home at Kane has received all results from last week’s COVID testing and all employees and residents have tested negative for the second week in a row!  We will continue to follow CDC and Department of Health guidelines. Moving forward, testing will take place every four weeks for employees unless circumstances change requiring residents and employees to both be tested.

 

We are happy to announce we are now allowing indoor visits with social distancing and masking requirements.  These visits will be limited to two visitors at a time. Visitors must wear a mask the entire visit.  Visits will be limited to 30 minutes to allow enough time for all residents to spend time with their families.  Please call the Activities Department at least 24 hours prior to the date and time you would like to visit at 814-975-1251 to schedule your visit. 

 

In addition to the visits, effective immediately, residents will be able to once again participate in communal dining and group activities with social distancing precautions in place.

 

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact The Lutheran Home at Kane by calling 814-837-6706.

09/28/2020 - Testing Results Received - 100% Negative

Results from last week’s COVID-19 testing have been received from the lab and we are pleased to announce results are negative for all residents and all staff!  

 

Residents and staff will be tested weekly for at least the next week or until 100% negative results are received for two consecutive weeks.

 

Window visits remain the only means of visitation at this time and it is extremely important for windows to remain closed during these visits.

 

Our staff continue to work very hard to keep your loved ones safe and we are grateful for their continued commitment to our battle of keeping COVID-19 out of our building! 

09/19/2020 - Positive Employee & First Positive Resident 

On Saturday, September 19, 2020, The Lutheran Home at Kane was notified of an employee and a resident testing COVID-19 positive in their latest round of weekly testing.  This is the first resident to test positive at The Lutheran Home since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.  Positive results for both the employee and the resident have been reported to the Pennsylvania Department of Health.

 

The Lutheran Home immediately implemented its COVID-19 Emergency Preparedness Plan moving the positive resident to the “Red Zone”.  The Red Zone is a designated area for any positive or potentially positive COVID-19 resident.  The resident is currently exhibiting no signs or symptoms.  The positive employee is a nursing employee and will be off work for fourteen days to quarantine.  This employee is also exhibiting no signs or symptoms.

 

The Lutheran Home will continue to follow CDC guidelines and take every precaution to ensure the virus does not spread in the building.  Window visits remain the only means of visitation but windows must be kept closed at all times.  Residents and staff will be tested weekly for at least the next two weeks or until 100% negative results are received for two consecutive weeks.   

 

Staff at The Lutheran Home have successfully kept COVID-19 out of the facility for over seven months and are dedicated to continue working to keep the residents safe.

09/14/2020 - Round 2 Testing Results in 1 Positive Employee 

Due to the positive employee case reported September 2, 2020, two weekly rounds of COVID testing were required.  Round 1 resulted in 100% negative resident and employee results.  However, the second round of testing completed on September 9th and 10th resulted in one administrative employee testing positive.  

 

The positive employee is not working at this time, but was in the facility performing administrative duties on their last day of work which was Friday, September 11, 2020.  We are continuing to follow CDC guidelines and we are taking every precaution to ensure the virus does not spread in the building.

 

Window visits remain the only means of visitation but windows must be kept closed at all times.

Lutheran Home at Kane residents and staff will be tested weekly for at least the next two weeks or until we receive 100% negative results for two consecutive weeks.

Our number one concern is for the safety and welfare of our residents and staff.  Our staff continue to go above and beyond to keep your loved ones safe.  

09/08/2020 - Testing Results of Round 1 Testing - 100% Negative

Due to the positive employee case reported September 2, 2020, testing on all residents and staff was completed by end the week and sent to the lab for processing.

 

All results have now been received and we are happy to report results are negative for all residents and all staff.  A second round of testing is required for all residents and staff this week and will take place this Wednesday and Thursday (September 9th and 10th).

 

Our staff is committed to keeping our residents safe!  We will remain vigilant with keeping COVID-19 out of our building!

09/03/2020 - Lutheran Home Reports First Employee Positive

The Lutheran Home at Kane is making the community aware of its first employee positive case of COVID-19 (coronavirus). Administration was informed the morning of Wednesday, September 2nd of an employee who has tested positive for the virus and actions plans were put into place immediately. The test results have been reported to the Department of Health.
 

The positive employee is not working at this time but was in the facility performing nursing duties on their last day of work which was August 25th, 2020. “We continue to follow CDC guidelines and we are taking every precaution to ensure the virus does not spread in the building”, said Charlotte Floravit, Nursing Home Administrator.
 

The COVID-19 prevention guidelines for The Lutheran Home at Kane residents remain very strict. Group activities and communal dining have once again been postponed. Those who enter the wings continue to be limited to essential staff wearing the additional proper personal protective equipment including N95 masks, face shields, gloves and gowns. We continue to follow transmission based precautions with laundry services and housekeeping. High touch areas are cleaned frequently including surfaces such as doorknobs, switches, remotes, tables, sinks, and toilets. We have enhanced infection control precautions in place. All residents and staff are screened twice daily for signs, symptoms and temperature. Residents and staff will be tested weekly moving forward. The first round of testing began the afternoon of Wednesday, September 2nd and will be completed by the end of the week.
 

With a positive case of the virus, the Lutheran Home goes back to stage one which includes no visitation. At this time we cannot allow outdoor or Speak Easy visits. Window visits will be the only means of visitation but windows are required to be closed at all times and visitors MUST wear a mask.
 

“Our number one priority is for the safety and welfare of our residents and staff. Our staff is going above and beyond to keep your loved ones safe. Employees have been diligent for the past 6 months in keeping the virus out of our building and will do everything they can to ensure the virus does not spread through the home. We appreciate your support during this very challenging time”, stated Floravit.

08/27/2020 - Outdoor Visits Now Available!

The Lutheran Home is happy to announce we are now allowing outdoor visits! An area has been designated outside the old main entrance for these visits to take place.  The number of visitors is limited to two and a mask MUST be worn for the entire visit. Visitors will be seated six feet from the resident to maintain social distancing. Please call the Activities Department at 814-975-1251 to schedule an outdoor visit. We ask you call twenty-four hours prior to the date and time you would like to visit. All visitors must comply to our rules of masks and no contact with the resident. We look forward to seeing everyone!

08/12/2020 - Limited Communal Dining for Residents

The Lutheran Home is proud to announce that for the first time in months, residents are now able to enjoy breakfast, lunch or dinner in the dining room! Dining will be limited to one wing per meal and all social distancing guidelines will be followed at all times. 

07/02/2020 - Universal Testing Results

Universal COVID-19 testing was completed on all residents and all employees on June 30th and July 1st resulting in 100% negative for COVID-19. The Lutheran Home will continue to be diligent with screening, following guidelines and maintaining a safe environment for our residents and employees.

05/19/2020 - Speak Easy Visits Now Available

The Lutheran Home is proud to announce we are now offering visits with our new "Speak Easy"! The Speak Easy was built for family and friends to visit with their loved ones here at The Lutheran Home. The Speak Easy was built with plexiglass which makes it much easier to hear and see each other while keeping everyone safe during this challenging time.  The Speak Easy was made possible by the monetary donation for materials from Kane VFW Post 1132 as well as volunteer builders Jeff and Austin Swanson and the LHK Maintenance crew for their time designing and building the Speak Easy.  To make an appointment to see your loved one using the Speak Easy, please call the Activities Department Monday through Friday between the hours of 8:00 am and 4:00 pm at 814-975-1252!!

05/07/2020 - No Changes for LHK as PA enters Yellow Phase

Per Governor Wolf, the state of Pennsylvania will soon be entering the “Yellow Phase” of opening businesses back up due to COVID-19. Unfortunately, this does not pertain to nursing homes. The Lutheran Home at Kane will continue to remain closed to all visitors. We will continue to follow the protocols and safeguards we have in place to maintain the safety and welfare of our residents and staff. Thank you for your cooperation and we hope to see you all soon!!

03/11/2020 - Visitors Restricted due to COVID-19

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, The Lutheran Home will be restricting all visitors until further notice.  Our number one priority is to protect our residents and staff. We feel at this time it is important to limit those coming in or out of our building to essential staff only.  We have put into place several protocols and safeguards to maintain the safety and welfare of our residents and staff.  We appreciate your continued support during this difficult time.