Update: March 27, 2020

Today, Governor Wolf announced a stay-at-home order for Lancaster County going into effect at 8PM tonight. . We will continue to take every precaution we can.

We have a campus wide no visitation policy that includes Residential Living, Personal Care and Healthcare. In rare situations, such as end-of-life, a visit may be approved by the administration with full screening of the visitor. All deliveries are to the main entrance.

Please keep in mind these health tips from the CDC:

  • Wash your hands
  • Do not touch your face
  • Practice social distancing
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily
  • More information available here.

For information on what a stay-at-home order means, please go here.

We appreciate your understanding as we work to keep all residents and staff safe in these unprecedented times.

Update: March 18, 2020

We want to make our friends, family and residents aware of the additional precautions that we have taken. While we have no incidents of COVID-19 on campus, there are now cases being reported in Lancaster County. 

  1. Dining: All Personal Care and Healthcare Residents are receiving tray service in their rooms. Residential Living will be able to order take out from the Lexington Dining.  Please call ahead.
  2. Healthcare and Personal Care Residents are receiving health screenings each staffing shift.
  3. Staff and contractors will be undergoing health screenings including a temperature check when they come in the building.
  4. We will be continuing a no visitation policy in Personal Care and Healthcare. In rare situations, such as end-of-life, a visit may be approved with full screening of the visitor.
  5. Communal Group Activities are cancelled.

Please keep in mind these health tips from the CDC:

  • Wash your hands
  • Do not touch your face
  • Practice social distancing
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily

More information available here.

This is a fluid situation and we appreciate your understanding as we work to keep all residents and staff safe in these unprecedented times.

Update: March 13, 2020

While we have no incidents of the coronavirus (COVID -19) at United Zion, we are taking additional precautions to limit the spread. We know these changes will cause disruption, but ask you understanding and support.

The Personal Care and Health Care areas of United Zion are closed to visitors including volunteers and Residential Living residents. In rare situations such as end of life events, a visit may be approved.  In this situation, visitors will be screened before entering the building. We understand that connecting with loved ones is incredibly important. Please consider other ways of reaching your loved ones including telephone, email and text.

Visitors may visit Residential Living residents within their homes.  Please avoid visiting in common areas such as the dining room and lobby. Please do not visit if:

  • You have signs or symptoms or a respiratory infection such as fever, cough, shortness of breath, or sore throat.
  • Have had contact with someone with a confirmed diagnosis of COVID-19 or is under investigation for COVID-19 or someone ill with respiratory illness.
  • Traveled internationally within the last 14 days to countries with sustained community transmission
  • Or residing in a community where community-based spread of COVID-19 is occurring.

We apologize for the inconvenience that this may cause, but due to the extreme contagious nature of this virus and the devastating effect it is having on older adults, we believe it is necessary to put these limits in place.

Memo: March 11, 2020

To Residents and Family Members:

We know that you may be concerned about the spread of the 2019 coronavirus and how it may impact us here at United Zion Retirement Community. Ensuring residents are cared for in a safe and healthy environment is our greatest concern. 

At this time, we don’t have any cases in our community. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have recommended a variety of steps that we are implementing to help reduce the potential for the virus to enter our building. However, we need your help in battling COVID-19. Below are some examples of how you can help protect residents, as well as prevent the spread throughout the community.

For family members and friends, we ask that you don’t visit United Zion if you have any symptoms of respiratory illness. Those symptoms include: cough, fever, sore throat, runny nose, and/or shortness of breath. We understand that connecting with loved ones is incredibly important, and there are a variety of other ways you might consider connecting with them. These may include telephone, email, text, or through Skype or Facebook. Let us know how we can help facilitate communication.

United Zion is following the recommendations of the CDC on prevention steps, including following strict handwashing procedures, and in many circumstances, wearing gowns and gloves when interacting with residents who are sick. We also are following CDC recommendations as they are updated. In addition, our community is in close contact with the local and state health department and are following their guidance. We are posting signs on our entryway doors to notify visitors of the symptoms of COVID-19 with a request that visitors not enter the building if they are experiencing these symptoms.

We will notify you if any residents or staff are diagnosed with COVID-19. Should you have any questions, please feel free to contact us at: United Zion Retirement Community, 722 Furnace Hills Pike, Lititz, PA 17543

For additional information, please visit the CDC’s coronavirus disease information page.

Thank you for your continued support and for being a valuable member of our community.

With gratitude,

Sue Verdegem, CEO

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