The Jewish Association on Aging is planning a three-step reopening process to incrementally lift the COVID-19 restrictions which have been in place since March.
The plan will be implemented in accordance with requirements issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Pennsylvania Department of Health and the Department of Human Services, according to a Sept. 8 written statement from the JAA.
The goal is to resume the entry of visitors and volunteers and to reinstate communal dining, activities and outings for residents.
JAA enacted Step 1 on Sept. 8, allowing the resumption of communal dining and social activities among five or fewer residents with safety protocols in place, including proper social distancing, handwashing and mask wearing, according to the JAA’s statement.
Steps 2 and 3 will allow the inclusion of larger numbers of residents for communal dining and activities, with a maximum of 10 in Step 2, and more than 10 in Step 3.
Outdoor visits between residents and a limited number of visitors will be permitted in Step 2; in Step 3, indoor visits will be permitted in designated neutral areas. Visitation is limited to residents who have not been exposed to COVID-19 and who have not had a positive test result for the virus in the past 14 days. All visitors will be screened prior to the start of the visit.
The JAA will move to Step 2 if there is no new onset of COVID-19 cases for 14 consecutive days from the commencement of Step 1. Step 3 will begin if there is no new onset 14 days from the start of Step 2.
The reopening plan is applicable to AHAVA Memory Care Center, Charles Morris Nursing & Rehabilitation Center, Weinberg Terrace and Weinberg Village.
“If at any time, there is an onset of COVID-19 cases, all steps of the plan are voided and a return to original restrictions will take place,” according to the statement. More information can be found at jaapgh.org. PJC
— Toby Tabachnick