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David Swartley COVID Update #1

TO: Residents, Staff and Children’s Corner Parents
FROM: David Swartley, President/CEO
DATE: March 2, 2020
RE: Coronavirus (COVID-19)

I am writing to give an update regarding the widely publicized Coronavirus.

It is essential to know that we are in regular contact with medical authorities regarding the Coronavirus. Our Medical Director, Dr. Howse, is keeping us informed of any updates from Penn Medicine/Lancaster General Hospital. Also, we rely on resources such as the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the Pennsylvania Department of Health (DOH) regarding updates and guidance.

At this point, there are no known cases in Lancaster County (or Pennsylvania). While that may change in the coming weeks, commonsense procedures are the best way to fight the spread of all viruses. As a reminder, DOH has shared the following tips to help prevent the spread of respiratory illnesses.

• Cover coughs or sneezes with your elbow. Do NOT use your hands!
• Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available.
• Clean surfaces frequently, including countertops, light switches, cell phones, remotes, and other often touched items.
• If you are sick, stay home until you are feeling better.

In many ways, the best prevention includes practices that Moravian Manor Communities have implemented as standard protocols. Our well-trained nursing and housekeeping teams know how to clean and minimize the risk of spreading viruses.

We believe we are well prepared to keep viruses from spreading and ask that you participate in our efforts by following the commonsense guidelines stated above.

I also encourage you to check the following websites for updates on the Coronavirus regularly.

Pennsylvania Department of Health: www.health.pa.gov

Center for Disease Control: www.cdc.gov

The home pages of both sites have links to Coronavirus updates. Our team keeps the health and welfare of our residents at the forefront at all times.

If you have further questions, please email Dr. Lynn Swisher, NHA, Vice President of Health Services, lynns@moravianmanor.org or Donna Gerofsky, RN, ICP, donnag@moravianmanor.org

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