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COVID-19 and Long Term Care

Summit Village Skilled Nursing Family Update –
May 13, 2021 Update – Samaritan Health received notice that one staff member at Samaritan Summit Village Skilled Nursing Facility has tested positive for COVID-19. This staff member had very little resident interaction. With the new state guidance for visitation in place, we will need to suspend family visitation ONLY on the 3rd Floor of Skilled Nursing for 14 days and we will test all residents for safety reasons. We can arrange virtual and window visits for these impacted families. Visitation for all other floors and Assisted Living is not impacted at this point.

Samaritan Keep Home Family Update –
May 3, 2021 Update – Samaritan Health received notice that one staff member at the Keep Home has tested positive for COVID-19. With the new state guidance for visitation in place, we will need to suspend family visitation ONLY on the 2nd Floor for 14 days and we will test all residents for safety reasons. We can arrange virtual and window visits for these impacted families. All other visitation on the other floors is not impacted at this point.

NEW: Please click here to read our Visitor Reopening Letter (3/26/2021)

Samaritan Health places the health and safety of our residents and staff above all else and will continue diligent efforts to prevent the spread of this virus in our facilities, following all New York State Department of Health directives for testing and contact tracing. If there are ever any health concerns for your family member, Samaritan staff will call you personally. If you have any questions, please contact us directly at the numbers listed below each facility.

Samaritan Keep Home:

Contacts: Barbara Morrow, Vice President of Long Term Care, at 315-782-7002, or Donna MacPherson, Assistant Director of Nursing/Infection Control Practitioner, at 315-785-4429.

Total Residents Positive

7

Residents Recovered

7

New Staff Member Cases

1

Last Positive Case Recorded

04/19/21

Samaritan Summit Village — Assisted Living:

Contacts: Barbara Morrow, Vice President of Long Term Care, at 315-782-7002, or Jeanne Sexton, Assistant Administrator of Assisted Living, at 315-786-4877.

Total Residents Positive

19

Residents Recovered

19

New Staff Member Cases

Last Positive Case Recorded

12/29/20

Samaritan Summit Village — Skilled Nursing Facility:

Contacts: Barbara Morrow, Vice President of Long Term Care, at 315-782-7002, or Mike Smith, Assistant Director of Nursing/Infection Control Practitioner, at 315-782-6800.

  • First resident death at SSV Skilled Nursing facility, December 28, 2020
  • Second resident death reported at SSV Skilled Nursing facility on January 2, 2021
  • Two more residents have died at SSV Skilled Nursing facility as of January 17, 2021; this brings the total to four deaths
  • One more resident has died from SSV Skilled Nursing facility as of January 24, 2021; the resident had been hospitalized for a length of time.
  • A sixth resident death at SSV Skilled Nursing facility was reported on April 15, 2021
  • A seventh resident death was reported of a SSV Skilled Nursing was reported on April 16, 2021

Total Resident
Positive Cases

46

Residents Recovered

39

New Staff Member Cases

1

Last Positive Case Recorded

05/13/21

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COVID-19 and Long Term Care

Samaritan understands that long term care residents and their families have heightened concerns about COVID-19, and we are here to alleviate those concerns as much as possible. Our two long term care facilities, Samaritan Keep Home and Samaritan Summit Village, are committed to the safety of residents and staff and have been following all recommendations from the New York State Department of Health since the outbreak of COVID-19.

Scroll down to see recent updates and read about safety measures we have taken at our facilities.

  • General Safety Measures Close
    • Universal masking and eyewear protocols are in place. Staff at all Samaritan facilities are wearing medical-grade face masks and goggles or face shields to prevent the spread of COVID-19, and have been doing so for several weeks. Residents are also provided a medical-grade mask if they leave the facility for a medical appointment.
    • Social distancing is being practiced at all Samaritan facilities, and activities for residents have only been held on floors in limited size.
    • Upgraded cleaning procedures are being used, and long term care facilities received regular deep sanitizing. Watch the video below to learn more about cleaning and disinfection at Samaritan.

  • Screening and Testing Close

    Anyone who enters a Samaritan facility is screened for symptoms of COVID-19 and has his/her temperature checked. Long term care residents also receive temperature checks every eight hours as an added precaution.

    Any individual who shows symptoms of COVID-19 receives an expedited test and remains isolated while awaiting results. All staff at long term care facilities are tested weekly for COVID-19 to ensure no asymptomatic cases arise.

View or Download our Long Term Care Pandemic Response Plan

Family Notification Archive

  • April 27, 2021 Update: Visitation for Summit Village Skilled Nursing facility is fully open and welcoming indoor visitation at this time. All floors are off precautions and are able to have indoor visitation on the units. We will continue to be screening all visitors at the door, they will be required to sign in and out and visits are limited to two visitors per resident for an hour long visit. Visitation hours every day from 10am-4pm.
  • April 15, 2021 Update: One additional Summit Village Skilled Nursing resident on the 4th floor has tested positive for COVID-19. Visitation will remain on pause for two more weeks for the 4th floor, but we are able to offer virtual or video visits for these residents. Please contact Sandra Baril to arrange these visits at 315-782-7010. We are also deeply saddened to report that one of the COVID-19 positive residents at SSV has passed away. This resident had several underlying health conditions. We continue to remain on paused full visitation for the entire facility and all residents continue to be tested to prevent further spread.
  • April 10, 2021 Update: Five Summit Village Skilled Nursing residents on the 1st floor have tested positive for COVID-19. We can report that of the seven new residents cases reported in the past two days, five residents are prior COVID-positive residents. We must pause full family visitation for two weeks as we test all residents repeatedly and continue our twice weekly testing for staff. With the new state guidance we can offer outdoor visits for Skilled Nursing 3rd floor residents only. Residents on the 1st, 2nd and 4th floor we are able to offer virtual or video visits. Please contact Sandra Baril to arrange these visits at 315-782-7010. Thank you for your patience and if you have questions please contact Sarah Trovato, Administrator at 315-782-7504. 
  • April 9, 2021 Update: Two Summit Village Skilled Nursing residents on the 4th floor have tested positive for COVID-19 and because of this, and the positive  staff case on April 2, 2021, we must pause full family visitation for two weeks as we test all residents repeatedly and continue our twice weekly testing for staff. With the new state guidance we can offer outdoor visits for Skilled Nursing on 1st and 3rd floor residents. Residents on the 2nd and 4th floor we are able to offer virtual or video visits.
  • December 17, 2020: Six Samaritan Summit Village Skilled Nursing Staff Members Test Positive for COVID-19 — On Thursday, December 17, Samaritan Health received notice that six staff members of Samaritan Summit Village Skilled Nursing facility tested positive for COVID-19. Read more
  • December 17, 2020: Two Samaritan Keep Home Staff Members Test Positive for COVID-19 — On Thursday, December 17, Samaritan Health received notice two staff members at Samaritan Keep Home tested positive for COVID-19. Both will now be quarantined and will not be able to return to work until they test negative. Read more
  • December 17, 2020: Two Samaritan Summit Village Assisted Living Residents & One Staff Member Test Positive for COVID-19 — Late on Wednesday, December 16, Samaritan Health received notice that two additional residents at Samaritan Summit Village Assisted Living facility tested positive for COVID-19, along with one staff member. Read more
  • December 16, 2020: Samaritan Summit Village Skilled Nursing Resident Tests Positive for COVID-19 — Late on Tuesday, December 15, Samaritan Health received notice that an additional resident at Samaritan Summit Village Skilled Nursing facility tested positive for COVID-19. The resident is currently asymptomatic and was tested as a…Read more
  • December 16, 2020: Three Samaritan Summit Village Assisted Living Residents Test Positive for COVID-19 — On Wednesday, December 16, Samaritan Health received notice that three residents at Samaritan Summit Village Assisted Living facility have tested positive for COVID-19. These three residents were rapid tested because they…Read more
  • December 16, 2020: Two Samaritan Summit Village Staff Members Test Positive for COVID-19 — On Tuesday, December 15, Samaritan Health received notice that two staff members at Samaritan Summit Village Assisted Living facility tested positive for COVID-19. One staff member has not been in the facility for nearly three weeks and…Read more
  • December 15, 2020: Samaritan Summit Village Skilled Nursing Resident Tests Positive for COVID-19 — On Tuesday, December 15, Samaritan Health received notice one resident at Samaritan Summit Village Skilled Nursing facility tested positive for COVID-19. This is the second COVID-19 positive resident case at Samaritan Summit Village Skil…Read more
  • December 15, 2020: Samaritan Summit Village Staff Member Tests Positive for COVID-19 — On Monday, December 14, Samaritan Health received notice one staff member at Samaritan Summit Village Assisted Living facility tested positive for COVID-19. The staff member was not feeling well, was tested immediately and…Read more
  • December 13, 2020: Samaritan Summit Village Skilled Nursing Resident Tests Positive for COVID-19 — On Sunday, December 13, Samaritan Health received notice one resident at Samaritan Summit Village Skilled Nursing facility tested positive for COVID-19. This is the first positive resident case at Samaritan Summit Village Skilled Nursing…Read more
  • December 13, 2020: Samaritan Summit Village Assisted Living Resident Tests Positive for COVID-19 — On Sunday, December 13, Samaritan Health received notice one resident at Samaritan Summit Village Assisted Living facility has tested positive for COVID-19. This extends the pause on limited indoor visitation for another 14 days. Read more
  • December 11, 2020: Samaritan Health Announces Plan for Long Term Care Vaccination — Samaritan’s Long Term Care facilities have been working in collaboration with Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) and Centers for Disease Control (CDC) to deploy a vaccination program for the new COVID-19 vaccine. Read more

COVID-19 Resource Line

If you have questions or concerns about Coronavirus (COVID-19) or think you have symptoms, please call Samaritan’s COVID-19 Resource Line at 315-755-3100. Medical professionals are standing by Monday-Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.