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Recent Updates

Samaritan Keep Home Families
October 13, 2021 Update
— Samaritan Health has received notice that one additional staff member at Samaritan Keep Home has tested positive for COVID-19. This additional positive result forces us to continue pausing family visitation per state Department of Health guidelines. All staff and residents will continue to be tested and the earliest visitation could open is October 27th. We will send communication out once we can resume visitation. Thank you for your patience.

Samaritan Keep Home Families
October 6, 2021 Update — Samaritan has completed staff and resident COVID-19 testing at the Keep Home, and one additional staff member has tested positive. No residents were found to be positive. However, the additional staff positive does force us to continue to pause family visitation per the NYS Department of Health guidelines. All staff and residents will continue to be tested and the earliest visitation could open is October 19th. We will send communication out once we can resume visitation. Thank you for your patience.

Samaritan Summit Village Families
October 4, 2021 Update – All COVID-19 testing came back negative today, which means family visitation for both Assisted Living and Skilled Nursing residents can resume tomorrow, October 5. New rules for visitation, issued September 10, 2021, must be followed. Please click here to review those rules.

Samaritan Keep Home Families
October 4, 2021 Update – Samaritan Health has received notice that a staff member at Samaritan Keep Home has tested positive for COVID-19. We must pause family visitation immediately for at least the next two days as we test all residents and staff and complete contact tracing. We will notify families after this point if visitation will resume or continue to be paused. Thank you for your patience.

Samaritan Summit Village Families
October 3, 2021 Update – Skilled Nursing and Assisted Living family visitation is still paused due to the COVID-positive staff case on 9/20/21. If all testing remains negative, as it has been, we expect to open family visitation on Tuesday, October 5 at 9:00 a.m. The restrictions around visitation with specific hours and the number of visitors per resident will be back in place at this time. We will send out another notification to confirm when visitation resumes. Thank you for your patience.

Samaritan Keep Home Families
September 30, 2021 Update – We are pleased to reopen family visitation today after being on pause for a few weeks due to positive staff cases. However, as our region’s COVID-19 positivity rate continues to be high, we must limit family visitation to minimize the exposure risk to residents and staff. Please click here to read more.

Samaritan Keep Home Families
September 25, 2021 Update – We are delayed in reporting that Samaritan Health has received notice that additional staff members at Samaritan Keep Home tested positive for COVID-19 on September 14 & 15. This is why family visitation has remained paused and must be for 14 days without any additional positive results. Residents have been tested and all are negative at this time. Once visitation can resume safely, which we expect to be Thursday, September 30, we will send out a notification and will highlight the changes to family visitation at this time. Thank you for your patience.

Samaritan Summit Village Assisted Living Residents & Families
A letter to our Assisted Living Residents and Families providing more details on the 14-day pause on visitation, which began September 20, 2021. Please click here to read more.

Samaritan Summit Village Families
September 20, 2021 Update – Samaritan Health received notice earlier today that three (3) staff members at Samaritan Summit Village Skilled Nursing tested positive for COVID-19. All residents and staff in both Skilled Nursing and Assisted Living were tested, and no additional positive cases were identified. As per NYS guidelines, we must pause visitation for the entire facility for 14 days. Fence and indoor window visitation are available as alternatives; please contact Sandi Baril for Skilled Nursing visits and Dani McLean for Assisted Living visits.

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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.

Click here to view Samaritan Keep Home’s COVID-19 Visitation Plan

Total Residents Positive

7

Residents Recovered

7

New Staff Member Cases

1

Last Positive Case Recorded

10/13/21

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.

Click here to view Samaritan Summit Village Assisted Living’s COVID-19 Visitation Plan

Total Residents Positive

19

Residents Recovered

19

New Staff Member Cases

1

Last Positive Case Recorded

05/17/21

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.

Click here to view Samaritan Summit Village Skilled Nursing’s COVID-19 Visitation Plan

Total Resident
Positive Cases

46

Residents Recovered

39

New Staff Member Cases

3

Last Positive Case Recorded

09/20/21

  • First resident death at SSV Skilled Nursing Facility — December 28, 2020
  • Second resident death at SSV Skilled Nursing Facility — January 2, 2021
  • Third and fourth resident deaths at SSV Skilled Nursing Facility — January 17, 2021
  • Fifth resident death at SSV Skilled Nursing Facility — January 24, 2021
  • Sixth resident death at SSV Skilled Nursing Facility — April 15, 2021
  • Seventh resident death at SSV Skilled Nursing Facility — April 16, 2021
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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 read about some of the 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

  • September 10, 2021 Update – Samaritan Health has received notice that an additional staff member at Samaritan Keep Home has tested positive for COVID-19. Since this is the second staff positive in two days, we must pause visitation for 14 days. Additionally, as our region’s COVID-19 positivity rates continue rising, we are making changes to family visitation hours. Please click here to read a letter with updates.
  • September 10, 2021 Update – As our region’s COVID-19 positivity rates continue rising, we will soon be making changes to family visitation hours. Please click here to read a letter with more details.
  • September 8, 2021 Update – Samaritan Health received notice that one staff member at Samaritan Keep Home has tested positive for COVID-19. We will need to temporarily pause family visitation while we conduct COVID-19 testing on all residents and in-house staff. We plan to send another message to all families about the status of visitation once testing is complete.
  • September 2, 2021 Update – Samaritan Health received notice that one staff member at Summit Village Skilled Nursing has tested positive for COVID-19. All resident and staff COVID-19 testing is completed and all results are negative. Normal family visitation will resume Friday, September 3.
  • August 31, 2021 Update – Samaritan Health received notice that one staff member at Summit Village Skilled Nursing tested positive for COVID-19. It was determined this staff member presented no immediate resident exposure risk. All Skilled Nursing residents were tested and all were negative, so the state has allowed us to keep family visitation open at this time.
  • August 25, 2021 Update – Samaritan Health received notice that one staff member at Summit Village Skilled Nursing tested positive for COVID-19 during routine staff testing. It was determined this staff member presented no resident or staff exposure risk. All Skilled Nursing residents were tested and all were negative, so the state has allowed us to keep family visitation open at this time.
  • August 18, 2021 Update – Samaritan Health received notice that one staff member at Summit Village Skilled Nursing tested positive during routine staff testing. All Skilled Nursing residents were tested and all were negative, so the state has allowed us to resume family visitation today. We did pause visitation for a few hours yesterday while testing was being completed.
  • June 8, 2021 Update – We are pleased to report that normal indoor family visitation will resume today, June 8, 2021 at 10:00 a.m. Visiting hours will continue to be each day from 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. with all safety protocols in place.
  • June 4, 2021 Update – We are pleased to report that normal indoor family visitation will resume tomorrow, June 5, 2021 at 10:00 a.m. Visiting hours will continue to be each day from 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. with all safety protocols in place. We did have a positive staff case today, however there was no resident interaction, all residents were tested and all were negative, so the state has allowed us to resume family visitation as planned.
  • May 24, 2021 Update – Samaritan Health received notice that one staff member at the Keep Home has tested positive for COVID-19. The NYS Department of Health has provided us guidance that we will need to suspend family visitation immediately for the ENTIRE facility at this point. We will test all residents to be safe and we can arrange virtual and window visits for families.
  • May 21, 2021 Update – Samaritan Health received notice that one staff member at our Summit Village Skilled Nursing facility has tested positive for COVID-19. We will need to suspend family visitation immediately for 2nd and 3rd floor residents at this point. We can arrange outdoor visits for these impacted families. Please contact the activities department at 315-782-7010 to schedule outdoor visits.  1st and 4th floors and Assisted Living resident indoor visitation is not impacted.  We will continue to test all residents to be safe.
  • May 21, 2021 Update – We received further guidance from NYS and now family visitation is only suspended on the 3rd and 7th floors.  All other floors, including the 8th floor, are open for family visitation.  We have completed additional COVID-19 testing of staff and residents, identifying no additional positive cases at this point. Thank you for your patience.
  • May 20, 2021 Update – Samaritan Health received notice that one staff member at the Keep Home has tested positive for COVID-19. We will need to suspend family visitation immediately for the ENTIRE facility at this point. We are awaiting further direction from the state about family visitation because this positive staff member worked on multiple floors.  We will test all residents to be safe and we can arrange virtual and window visits for families.
  • May 13, 2021 Update – Samaritan Health received notice that one new staff member tested positive for COVID-19 on Thursday, May 13. This staff member was brand new and had no resident interaction. This positive case does not impact family visitation.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • March 26, 2021 Update: Please click here to read our Visitor Reopening Letter — It is with great joy that we announce full visitation has resumed at Samaritan’s Nursing Homes and Assisted Living facility! We received the official notification from the Department of Health (DOH) this morning.
  • 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.