Family Visitation and COVID-19 Updates

Information updated as of June 24, 2021 - 8:30 a.m.

During the Coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic, we are providing updated information from our affiliate organizations St. Luke Health Services, Bishop’s Commons and St. Francis Commons regarding the steps we are taking to keep our residents, staff and visitors safe, while facilitating visits that adhere to government guidelines.

St. Luke Family of Caring - Visitation Status and Guidelines

St. Luke Health Services

Scheduled in-person inside visits are currently taking place*. Visits must be scheduled in advance by calling St. Luke at 315-342-3166. We cannot accommodate walk-in visits at this time. Please review the St. Luke Health Services Visitation Safety Plan before scheduling a visit. 

Bishop’s Commons

In-person visits are currently taking place. Visitors are encouraged to contact us prior to a visit by calling Bishop’s Commons at (315) 349-0799. All current government guidelines for safe visits will be followed

St. Francis Commons

Scheduled in-person inside visits are currently taking place. Visits must be scheduled in advance by contacting St. Francis Commons at (315) 326-0870. We cannot accommodate walk-in visits at this time. Please review the St. Francis Commons Visitation Safety Plan before scheduling a visit.

New York State Department of Health guidelines state when a new case of COVID-19 among residents or staff is identified, nursing homes must temporarily suspend all visitation.

What Visitors Should Know

  • All visitors will be screened for symptoms of COVID-19 which includes a temperature check and attestation that you are in good health and are not experiencing signs or symptoms of COVID-19 at the start of a visit.
  • Visitors to St. Luke Health Services, Bishop's Commons or St. Francis Commons are not required to present a COVID-19 test result or proof of vaccination status to visit at this time.
  • St. Luke visitors will be required to wear a surgical face mask at all times during the visit.
  • Visitors must practice social distancing - keeping 6 feet apart from others at all times.
  • Visitors must practice frequent hand hygiene, either by washing or the use of a hand sanitizer. We make hand-sanitizer readily available for all visitors.
  • As per a Department of Health directive: COVID-19 positive residents, residents with COVID-19 signs or symptoms, and residents in a 14-day quarantine or observation period are not eligible for visits.
  • Visitors who fail to comply with our visitation policies will be asked to leave the St. Luke campus.

COVID-19 Vaccination Program

The COVID-19 vaccine is offered and made available to all residents and employees on our healthcare campus. Any resident or employee wishing to receive the vaccine can do so on-site at each facility. We encourage everyone to get vaccinated - protect yourself, protect your family and protect each other.  

Information related to COVID-19 Vaccines:

CDC - Importance of COVID-19 Vaccination for Residents of Long-term Care Facilities

CDC - COVID-19 Vaccines

CDC - Benefits of Getting a COVID-19 Vaccine

Pfizer-BioNtech COVID-19 Vaccine

Janssen (Johnson and Johnson) Biotech, Inc. COVID‑19 Vaccine

Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine

New York State Department of Health - COVID-19 Vaccine 


Precautions in effect across our healthcare campus.  We are following guidelines from Federal and State authorities. We are taking every step as recommended during this pandemic. Our continuing active measures across all of our affiliate organizations include; 

  • Everyone (employees and visitors) are required to complete a health screening process prior to entering a residence.
  • Staff use all required precautionary measures and personal protective equipment (PPE) when entering a resident room and throughout each building.
  • When leaving their rooms, residents are encouraged to wear a facemask if medically able and to perform hand hygiene, limit their movement in the facility, and use social distancing (at least 6 feet away from others).
  • Residents are routinely monitored by our Care team for signs and symptoms of a respiratory illness.
  • Depending on the setting, we conduct weekly or bi-weekly COVID-19 diagnostic testing of all staff who are not yet fully vaccinated, as per government directives.
  • Following the CDC and NYSDOH guidelines, our staff will implement appropriate isolation procedures and use all protective measures for any resident if they were to develop a new onset of respiratory symptoms.
  • Extensive cleaning and hygiene measures are in place at all of our facilities.

Weekly Status Update

June 2021

Weekly Status Update for our Healthcare Campus (June 18)

St. Luke Health Services - No residents or staff tested positive for the COVID-19 virus this past week.

Bishop’s Commons - No residents or staff tested positive for the COVID-19 virus this past week.

St. Francis Commons - No residents or staff tested positive for the COVID-19 virus this past week.

Cumulative Impact of This Pandemic - There are no changes to the cumulative impact of the pandemic to report on our healthcare campus.

 

Weekly Status Update for our Healthcare Campus (June 11)

St. Luke Health Services - No residents or staff tested positive for the COVID-19 virus this past week.

Bishop’s Commons - No residents or staff tested positive for the COVID-19 virus this past week.

St. Francis Commons - No residents or staff tested positive for the COVID-19 virus this past week.

Cumulative Impact of This Pandemic - There are no changes to the cumulative impact of the pandemic to report on our healthcare campus.

 

Weekly Status Update for our Healthcare Campus (June 4)

St. Luke Health Services - No residents or staff tested positive for the COVID-19 virus this past week.

Bishop’s Commons - No residents or staff tested positive for the COVID-19 virus this past week.

St. Francis Commons - No residents or staff tested positive for the COVID-19 virus this past week.

Cumulative Impact of This Pandemic - There are no changes to the cumulative impact of the pandemic to report on our healthcare campus.

May 2021

Weekly Status Update for our Healthcare Campus (May 28)

St. Luke Health Services
No residents or staff tested positive for the COVID-19 virus this past week.

Bishop’s Commons
No residents or staff tested positive for the COVID-19 virus this past week.

St. Francis Commons
Diagnostic testing this past week found no residents and one employee testing positive for the virus. All residents are being closely monitored by our Medical team and all staff are being monitored by our Employee Health/Infection Control team.

Cumulative Impact of This Pandemic
In the last fourteen months since our response to this pandemic began, the cumulative number of those who have tested positive for COVID-19 on our healthcare campus totals four residents and nineteen staff at Bishop’s Commons; no residents and nineteen staff at St. Francis Commons; one hundred-eight residents, and eighty-one staff at St. Luke. Our community has lost one Bishop's Commons resident and twenty-five St. Luke residents, who passed during this pandemic due to complications associated with the COVID-19 virus.

Weekly Status Update for our Healthcare Campus (May 21)

 St. Luke Health Services

Diagnostic testing this past week found no residents and one employee testing positive for the virus. All residents are being closely monitored by our Medical team and all staff are being monitored by our Employee Health/Infection Control team.

Bishop’s Commons

No residents or staff tested positive for the COVID-19 virus this past week. 

St. Francis Commons

No residents or staff tested positive for the COVID-19 virus this past week. 

Cumulative Impact of This Pandemic

In the last fourteen months since our response to this pandemic began, the cumulative number of those who have tested positive for COVID-19 on our healthcare campus totals four residents and nineteen staff at Bishop’s Commons; no residents and eighteen staff at St. Francis Commons; one hundred-eight residents, and eighty-one staff at St. Luke. Our community has lost one Bishop's Commons resident and twenty-five St. Luke residents, who passed during this pandemic due to complications associated with the COVID-19 virus.

Weekly Status Update for our Healthcare Campus (May 14)

 St. Luke Health Services

Diagnostic testing this past week found no residents and one employee testing positive for the virus. All residents are being closely monitored by our Medical team and all staff are being monitored by our Employee Health/Infection Control team.

Bishop’s Commons

No residents or staff tested positive for the COVID-19 virus this past week. 

St. Francis Commons

No residents or staff tested positive for the COVID-19 virus this past week. 

Cumulative Impact of This Pandemic

In the last fourteen months since our response to this pandemic began, the cumulative number of those who have tested positive for COVID-19 on our healthcare campus totals four residents and nineteen staff at Bishop’s Commons; no residents and eighteen staff at St. Francis Commons; one hundred-eight residents, and eighty staff at St. Luke. Our community has lost one Bishop's Commons resident and twenty-five St. Luke residents, who passed during this pandemic due to complications associated with the COVID-19 virus.

Weekly Status Update for our Healthcare Campus (May 7)

St. Luke Health Services

Ongoing diagnostic testing this past week found no residents and one new employees testing positive for the virus. All residents are being closely monitored by our Medical team.

Bishop’s Commons

Based on ongoing diagnostic testing, there were no residents or staff testing positive at Bishop’s Commons this past week. 

St. Francis Commons

Based on ongoing diagnostic testing, this week no residents or staff tested positive for the COVID-19 virus. 

Cumulative Impact of This Pandemic

Since our response to this pandemic began, the cumulative number of those who have tested positive for COVID-19 on our healthcare campus over the past thirteen months totals four residents and nineteen staff at Bishop’s Commons; no residents and eighteen staff at St. Francis Commons; one hundred-eight residents, and seventy-nie staff at St. Luke. Our community has lost one Bishop's Commons resident and twenty-five St. Luke residents, who have passed during this pandemic due to complications associated with the COVID-19 virus. 

April 2021

Weekly Status Update for our Healthcare Campus (April 30)

St. Luke Health Services

Ongoing diagnostic testing this past week found one resident and no new employees testing positive for the virus. All residents are being closely monitored by our Medical team.

Bishop’s Commons

Based on ongoing diagnostic testing, there were no residents or staff testing positive at Bishop’s Commons this past week. 

St. Francis Commons

Based on ongoing diagnostic testing, this week no residents or staff tested positive for the COVID-19 virus. 

Cumulative Impact of This Pandemic

Since our response to this pandemic began, the cumulative number of those who have tested positive for COVID-19 on our healthcare campus over the past thirteen months totals four residents and nineteen staff at Bishop’s Commons; no residents and eighteen staff at St. Francis Commons; one hundred-eight residents, and seventy-eight staff at St. Luke. Our community has lost one Bishop's Commons resident and twenty-five St. Luke residents, who have passed during this pandemic due to complications associated with the COVID-19 virus. 

Weekly Status Update for our Healthcare Campus (April 23)

St. Luke Health Services

Ongoing diagnostic testing this past week found one resident and one new employee testing positive for the virus. All residents are being closely monitored by our Medical team and staff are being monitored by our Employee Health/Infection Control team.

Bishop’s Commons

Based on ongoing diagnostic testing, there were no residents or staff testing positive at Bishop’s Commons this past week. All residents are being closely monitored by our Medical team and all staff are being monitored by our Employee Health/Infection Control team.

St. Francis Commons

This week no residents or staff tested positive for the COVID-19 virus. All staff are being monitored by our Employee Health/Infection Control team and all residents are being closely monitored by our Medical team.

Cumulative Impact of This Pandemic

Since our response to this pandemic began, the cumulative number of those who have tested positive for COVID-19 on our healthcare campus over the past thirteen months totals four residents and nineteen staff at Bishop’s Commons; no residents and eighteen staff at St. Francis Commons; one hundred-seven residents, and seventy-eight staff at St. Luke. Our community has lost one Bishop's Commons resident and twenty-five St. Luke residents, who have passed during this pandemic due to complications associated with the COVID-19 virus. 

Weekly Status Update for our Healthcare Campus (April 16)

St. Luke Health Services

Ongoing diagnostic testing this past week found no residents and one new employee testing positive for the virus. All residents are being closely monitored by our Medical team and staff are being monitored by our Employee Health/Infection Control team.

Bishop’s Commons

Based on ongoing diagnostic testing, there were no residents or staff testing positive at Bishop’s Commons this past week. All residents are being closely monitored by our Medical team and all staff are being monitored by our Employee Health/Infection Control team.

St. Francis Commons

This week no residents or staff tested positive for the COVID-19 virus. All staff are being monitored by our Employee Health/Infection Control team and all residents are being closely monitored by our Medical team.

Cumulative Impact of This Pandemic

Since our response to this pandemic began, the cumulative number of those who have tested positive for COVID-19 on our healthcare campus over the past thirteen months totals four residents and nineteen staff at Bishop’s Commons; no residents and eighteen staff at St. Francis Commons; one hundred-six residents, and seventy-seven staff at St. Luke. Our community has lost one Bishop's Commons resident and twenty-five St. Luke residents, who have passed during this pandemic due to complications associated with the COVID-19 virus. 

Weekly Status Update for our Healthcare Campus (April 9)

St. Luke Health Services

Ongoing diagnostic testing this past week found two residents and one new employee testing positive for the virus. All residents are being closely monitored by our Medical team and staff are being monitored by our Employee Health/Infection Control team.

Bishop’s Commons

Based on ongoing diagnostic testing, there were no residents or staff testing positive at Bishop’s Commons this past week. All residents are being closely monitored by our Medical team and all staff are being monitored by our Employee Health/Infection Control team.

St. Francis Commons

This week no residents and one new staff tested positive for the COVID-19 virus. All staff are being monitored by our Employee Health/Infection Control team and all residents are being closely monitored by our Medical team.

Cumulative Impact of This Pandemic

Since our response to this pandemic began, the cumulative number of those who have tested positive for COVID-19 on our healthcare campus over the past thirteen months totals four residents and nineteen staff at Bishop’s Commons; no residents and eighteen staff at St. Francis Commons; one hundred-six residents, and seventy-six staff at St. Luke. Our community has lost one Bishop's Commons resident and twenty-five St. Luke residents, who have passed during this pandemic due to complications associated with the COVID-19 virus. 

Weekly Status Update for our Healthcare Campus (April 2)

St. Luke Health Services

Ongoing diagnostic testing this past week found no residents and one new contracted employee testing positive for the virus. All residents are being closely monitored by our Medical team and staff are being monitored by our Employee Health/Infection Control team.

Bishop’s Commons

Based on ongoing diagnostic testing, there were no residents or staff testing positive at Bishop’s Commons this past week. All residents are being closely monitored by our Medical team and all staff are being monitored by our Employee Health/Infection Control team.

St. Francis Commons

This week no residents or staff tested positive for the COVID-19 virus. All staff are being monitored by our Employee Health/Infection Control team and all residents are being closely monitored by our Medical team.

Cumulative Impact of This Pandemic

Since our response to this pandemic began, the cumulative number of those who have tested positive for COVID-19 on our healthcare campus over the past year totals four residents and nineteen staff at Bishop’s Commons; no residents and nineteen staff at St. Francis Commons; one hundred and four residents, and seventy-five staff at St. Luke. Our community has lost one Bishop's Commons resident and twenty-five St. Luke residents, who have passed during this pandemic due to complications associated with the COVID-19 virus. 

March 2021

Weekly Status Update for our Healthcare Campus (March 26)

St. Luke Health Services

Ongoing diagnostic testing this past week found no residents and one new employee testing positive for the virus. All residents are being closely monitored by our Medical team and staff are being monitored by our Employee Health/Infection Control team.

Bishop’s Commons

Based on ongoing diagnostic testing, there were no residents or staff testing positive at Bishop’s Commons this past week. All residents are being closely monitored by our Medical team and all staff are being monitored by our Employee Health/Infection Control team.

St. Francis Commons

This week no residents or staff tested positive for the COVID-19 virus. All staff are being monitored by our Employee Health/Infection Control team and all residents are being closely monitored by our Medical team.

Cumulative Impact of This Pandemic

Since our response to this pandemic began, the cumulative number of those who have tested positive for COVID-19 on our healthcare campus over the past year totals four residents and nineteen staff at Bishop’s Commons; no residents and eighteen staff at St. Francis Commons; one hundred and four residents, and seventy-four staff at St. Luke. Our community has lost one Bishop's Commons resident and twenty-five St. Luke residents, who have passed during this pandemic due to complications associated with the COVID-19 virus. 

 

Weekly Status Update for our Healthcare Campus (March 19)

St. Luke Health Services

Ongoing diagnostic testing this past week found no residents or employees testing positive for the virus. All residents are being closely monitored by our Medical team and staff are being monitored by our Employee Health/Infection Control team.

Bishop’s Commons

Based on ongoing diagnostic testing, there were no residents or staff testing positive at Bishop’s Commons this past week. All residents are being closely monitored by our Medical team and all staff are being monitored by our Employee Health/Infection Control team.

St. Francis Commons

This week no residents or staff tested positive for the COVID-19 virus. All staff are being monitored by our Employee Health/Infection Control team and all residents are being closely monitored by our Medical team.

Cumulative Impact of This Pandemic

Since our response to this pandemic began, the cumulative number of those who have tested positive for COVID-19 on our healthcare campus over the past year totals four residents and nineteen staff at Bishop’s Commons; no residents and eighteen staff at St. Francis Commons; one hundred and four residents, and seventy-three staff at St. Luke. Our community has lost one Bishop's Commons resident and twenty-five St. Luke residents, who have passed during this pandemic due to complications associated with the COVID-19 virus. 

 

Weekly Status Update for our Healthcare Campus (March 12)

St. Luke Health Services

Ongoing diagnostic testing this past week found no residents or employees testing positive for the virus. All residents are being closely monitored by our Medical team and staff are being monitored by our Employee Health/Infection Control team.

Bishop’s Commons

Based on ongoing diagnostic testing, there were no residents or staff testing positive at Bishop’s Commons this past week. All residents are being closely monitored by our Medical team and all staff are being monitored by our Employee Health/Infection Control team.

St. Francis Commons

This week no residents or staff tested positive for the COVID-19 virus. All staff are being monitored by our Employee Health/Infection Control team and all residents are being closely monitored by our Medical team.

Cumulative Impact of This Pandemic

Since our response to this pandemic began, the cumulative number of those who have tested positive for COVID-19 on our healthcare campus over the past year totals four residents and nineteen staff at Bishop’s Commons; no residents and eighteen staff at St. Francis Commons; one hundred and four residents, and seventy-three staff at St. Luke. Our community has lost one Bishop's Commons resident and twenty-five St. Luke residents, who have passed during this pandemic due to complications associated with the COVID-19 virus. 

 

Weekly Status Update for our Healthcare Campus (March 5)

St. Luke Health Services

Ongoing diagnostic testing this past week found no new residents and one new employee testing positive for the virus. All residents are being closely monitored by our Medical team. All staff are being monitored by our Employee Health/Infection Control team. We completed our vaccination program for residents and staff on February 9.

Bishop’s Commons

Based on ongoing diagnostic testing, there were no new residents and one new staff testing positive at Bishop’s Commons this past week. All residents are being closely monitored by our Medical team. All staff are being monitored by our Employee Health/Infection Control team. The last clinic in our vaccination program for residents and staff was held March 1.

St. Francis Commons

This week no residents and one new staff tested positive at St. Francis Commons. All staff are being monitored by our Employee Health/Infection Control team. All residents are being closely monitored by our Medical team. The next clinic in our vaccination program for residents and staff is scheduled for today, Friday, March 5.

Cumulative Impact of This Pandemic

Since our response to this pandemic began a year ago, the cumulative number of those who have tested positive for COVID-19 on our healthcare campus totals four residents and nineteen staff at Bishop’s Commons; no residents and eighteen staff at St. Francis Commons; one hundred and four residents, and seventy-three staff at St. Luke. Our community has lost one Bishop's Commons resident and twenty-five St. Luke residents who have passed during this pandemic due to complications associated with the COVID-19 virus. 

February 2021

Weekly Status Update for our Healthcare Campus (February 26)

St. Luke Health Services

Ongoing diagnostic testing this past week found no new residents or new employees testing positive for the virus. All residents are being closely monitored by our Medical team. All staff are being monitored by our Employee Health/Infection Control team. The last vaccination clinic at St. Luke that was a part of the federal Pharmacy Partnership for Long Term Care program for residents and staff was completed on February 9.

Bishop’s Commons

Based on ongoing diagnostic testing, there were no new residents or new staff testing positive at Bishop’s Commons this past week. All residents are being closely monitored by our Medical team. All staff are being monitored by our Employee Health/Infection Control team. The next clinic in our vaccination program for residents and staff was held this held on Monday, March 1.

St. Francis Commons

This week no residents or new staff tested positive at St. Francis Commons. All staff are being monitored by our Employee Health/Infection Control team. All residents are being closely monitored by our Medical team. The next clinic in our vaccination program for residents and staff is scheduled for Friday, March 5.

Cumulative Impact of This Pandemic

Since our response to this pandemic began a year ago, the cumulative number of those who have tested positive for COVID-19 on our healthcare campus totals four residents and eighteen staff at Bishop’s Commons; no residents and seventeen staff at St. Francis Commons; one hundred and four residents, and seventy-two staff at St. Luke. Our community has lost one Bishop's Commons resident and twenty-five St. Luke residents who have passed during this pandemic due to complications associated with the COVID-19 virus. 

 Weekly Status Update for our Healthcare Campus (February 19)

 St. Luke Health Services

Continuing diagnostic testing found no new residents and seven new employees testing positive for the virus this past week. All residents are being closely monitored by our Medical team. All staff are being monitored by our Employee Health/Infection Control team. This week we resumed scheduled outside window visits for families and residents. The last vaccination clinic at St. Luke that was a part of the federal Pharmacy Partnership for Long Term Care program for residents and staff was completed on February 9.

Bishop’s Commons

Based on ongoing diagnostic testing, there were no new residents and three new staff testing positive at Bishop’s Commons. All residents are being closely monitored by our Medical team.  All staff are being monitored by our Employee Health/Infection Control team. The next clinic in our vaccination program for residents and staff was held this held on Monday, March 1.

St. Francis Commons

This week no residents and two new staff tested positive at St. Francis Commons. All staff are being monitored by our Employee Health/Infection Control team. All residents are being closely monitored by our Medical team. The next clinic in our vaccination program for residents and staff is scheduled for Friday, March 5.

Cumulative Impact of This Pandemic

Since our response to this pandemic began nearly a year ago, the cumulative number of those who have tested positive for COVID-19 on our healthcare campus totals four residents and eighteen staff at Bishop’s Commons; no residents and seventeen staff at St. Francis Commons; one hundred and four residents, and seventy-two staff at St. Luke. Our community has lost one Bishop's Commons resident and twenty-five St. Luke residents who have passed during this pandemic due to complications associated with the COVID-19 virus. 

 Weekly Status Update for our Healthcare Campus (February 12)

St. Luke Health Services

Continuing diagnostic testing found no new residents or new employees testing positive for the virus this past week. All residents are being closely monitored by our Medical team. All staff are being monitored by our Employee Health/Infection Control team. This week saw our remaining resident’s transition off our COVID care unit as their illness was resolved and subsequently tested negative for the virus. The third clinic in our vaccination program for residents and staff took place this past Tuesday, February 9th.

Bishop’s Commons

Based on ongoing diagnostic testing, there were no new residents or staff testing positive at Bishop’s Commons. All residents are being closely monitored by our Medical team.  All staff are being monitored by our Employee Health/Infection Control team. The second clinic in our vaccination program for residents and staff was held this held on Monday, February 8.

St. Francis Commons

This week no residents or new staff tested positive at St. Francis Commons. All staff are being monitored by our Employee Health/Infection Control team. All residents are being closely monitored by our Medical team. The next clinic in our vaccination program for residents and staff is being held today, Friday, February 12.

Cumulative Impact of This Pandemic

Since our response to this pandemic began nearly a year ago, the cumulative number of those who have tested positive for COVID-19 on our healthcare campus totals four residents and fifteen staff at Bishop’s Commons; no residents and fifteen staff at St. Francis Commons; one hundred and four residents, and sixty-five staff at St. Luke. Our community has lost one Bishop's Commons resident and twenty-five St. Luke residents who have passed during this pandemic due to complications associated with the COVID-19 virus. 

Weekly Status Update for our Healthcare Campus (February 5)

St. Luke Health Services

As a result of our continuing diagnostic testing there were no new employees and one new resident who tested positive for the virus this past week. As of today seven St. Luke residents who had tested positive previously are now being cared for on our designated COVID isolation unit with all necessary precautions in place. All residents are being closely monitored by our Medical team. All staff are being monitored by our Employee Health/Infection Control team. This last week we learned that we lost two residents who had passed while in the hospital, who had previously tested positive for the virus. Our deepest sympathies and condolences are with their families. Since Monday we have seen an additional sixteen residents who had their illness resolved, test negative for the virus and transition off our COVID care unit. The third clinic in our vaccination program for residents and staff will be held this coming Tuesday, February 9th.

Bishop’s Commons

Based on ongoing diagnostic testing, there were no new residents or staff testing positive at Bishop’s Commons. All residents are being closely monitored by our Medical team.  All staff are being monitored by our Employee Health/Infection Control team. The next clinic in our vaccination program for residents and staff will be held on Monday, February 8.

St. Francis Commons

This week no residents and one new staff tested positive at St. Francis Commons. All staff are being monitored by our Employee Health/Infection Control team. All residents are being closely monitored by our Medical team. The next clinic in our vaccination program for residents and staff is scheduled for this coming Friday, February 12.

Cumulative Impact of This Pandemic

Since our response to this pandemic began nearly a year ago, the cumulative number of those who have tested positive for COVID-19 on our healthcare campus totals four residents and fifteen staff at Bishop’s Commons; no residents and fifteen staff at St. Francis Commons; one hundred and four residents, and sixty-five staff at St. Luke. Our community has lost one Bishop's Commons resident and twenty-five St. Luke residents who have passed during this pandemic due to complications associated with the COVID-19 virus. 

January 2021

Weekly Status Update for our Healthcare Campus (January 29)

St. Luke Health Services

Based on continuing diagnostic testing, there were two new staff and four new residents at St. Luke Health Services who tested positive for the virus this past week. St. Luke residents testing positive are being cared for on our designated COVID isolation unit with all necessary precautions in place. All residents are being closely monitored by our Medical team. All staff testing positive are required to quarantine at home. In the last seven days we lost two residents due to complications associated with the COVID-19 virus. Our deepest sympathies and condolences are with their families. This week we have seen an additional six residents who had their illness resolved, test negative for the virus and transition off a COVID care unit. The third clinic in our vaccination program will be held on February 9th.

Bishop’s Commons

Based on ongoing diagnostic testing, there were two new staff and no residents testing positive at Bishop’s Commons. All staff testing positive are required to quarantine at home. Employees who may have had direct contact with staff members testing positive are being monitored by our Employee Health/Infection Control team. All residents are being closely monitored by our Medical team. The next clinic in our vaccination program for residents and staff will be held on February 8.

St. Francis Commons

This week three new staff and no residents tested positive at St. Francis Commons. All staff testing positive are required to quarantine at home. Employees who may have had direct contact with staff members testing positive are being monitored by our Employee Health/Infection Control team. All residents are being closely monitored by our Medical team. A round of diagnostic testing of all residents found no residents testing positive. The next clinic in our vaccination program for residents and staff is scheduled for February 12.

Cumulative Impact of This Pandemic

Since our response to this pandemic began nearly a year ago, the cumulative number of those who have tested positive for COVID-19 on our healthcare campus totals four residents and fifteen staff at Bishop’s Commons; no residents and fourteen staff at St. Francis Commons; one hundred and three residents and sixty-five staff at St. Luke. Our community has lost one Bishop's Commons resident and twenty-three St. Luke residents who have passed during this pandemic due to complications associated with the COVID-19 virus. 

 Weekly Status Update for our Healthcare Campus (January 22)

  St. Luke Health Services

Based on continuing diagnostic testing, there were two new staff and eleven new residents at St. Luke Health Services who tested positive for the virus this past week. St. Luke residents testing positive are being cared for on a designated COVID unit with all necessary precautions in place. All residents are being closely monitored by our Medical team. All staff testing positive are required to quarantine at home. This week we have seen ten more residents who had this illness resolved and who transitioned off a COVID care unit. This has been a very difficult week as we lost eight residents due to complications associated with the COVID-19 virus. Our deepest sympathies and condolences are with their families. The second clinic in our COIVD-19 vaccination program for residents and staff took place this past Tuesday. The third clinic in this round of our vaccination program will be held on February 9th.

 Bishop’s Commons

Based on ongoing diagnostic testing, there was two new staff and no residents testing positive at Bishop’s Commons. All staff testing positive are required to quarantine at home. Employees who may have had direct contact with staff members testing positive are being monitored by our Employee Health/Infection Control team. All residents are being closely monitored by our Medical team. We held the first round of our COVID-19 vaccination clinic for residents and staff this past Monday. The next clinic will be held on February 8.

 St. Francis Commons

This week two new staff and no residents tested positive at St. Francis Commons. All staff testing positive are required to quarantine at home. Employees who may have had direct contact with staff members testing positive are being monitored by our Employee Health/Infection Control team. All residents are being closely monitored by our Medical team.  The first round of our COVID-19 vaccination program on-site for our residents and staff took place today. The next clinic is scheduled for February 12.

Cumulative Impact of This Pandemic

Since our response to this pandemic began almost a year ago, the cumulative number of those who have tested positive for COVID-19 on our healthcare campus these last ten months totals four residents and thirteen staff at Bishop’s Commons; no residents and eleven staff at St. Francis Commons; ninety-nine residents and sixty-three staff at St. Luke. Our community has lost one Bishop's Commons resident and seen twenty-one St. Luke residents pass during this pandemic due to complications associated with the COVID-19 virus.  

 

Weekly Status Update for our Healthcare Campus (January 15)

St. Luke Health Services

Based on our continuing diagnostic testing, there were thirteen new staff and twenty-one new residents at St. Luke Health Services who tested positive for the virus this past week. St. Luke residents testing positive are being cared for on a designated COVID unit with all necessary precautions in place. All residents are being closely monitored by our Medical team. All staff testing positive are required to quarantine at home. This week we have seen twenty-two residents who, as they complete their recovery from this illness, transitioned off a COVID care unit. This was a very difficult week for everyone at St. Luke, sadly, we lost five residents due to complications associated with the COVID-19 virus. Our deepest sympathies, thoughts and prayers are with these families. The second clinic in our COIVD-19 vaccination program for residents and staff will be held this coming Tuesday, January 19.

Bishop’s Commons

Based on ongoing diagnostic testing, there was two new staff and no residents testing positive at Bishop’s Commons. All staff testing positive are required to quarantine at home. Employees who may have had direct contact with staff members testing positive are being monitored by our Employee Health/Infection Control team. We will be holding the first round of our COVID-19 vaccination program on-site for residents and staff this Monday, January 18.

St. Francis Commons

This week no new staff or residents tested positive at St. Francis Commons. With our vaccination clinic partner Walgreens, the first round of our COVID-19 vaccination program on-site for residents and staff will take place on Friday, January 22.

Cumulative Impact of This Pandemic

Since our response to this pandemic began last February, the cumulative number of those who have tested positive for COVID-19 on our healthcare campus these last ten months totals four residents and eleven staff at Bishop’s Commons; no residents and nine staff at St. Francis Commons; eighty-eight residents and sixty-one staff at St. Luke. We have lost one Bishop's Commons resident and thirteen St. Luke residents have passed during this pandemic due to complications associated with the COVID-19 virus. 

Weekly Status Update for our Healthcare Campus (January 8)

St. Luke Health Services

Based on our continuing diagnostic testing, there were seven new staff and twenty-nine new residents at St. Luke Health Services who tested positive for the virus this past week. St. Luke residents testing positive are being cared for on a designated COVID unit with all necessary precautions in place. All residents are being closely monitored by our Medical team. It is with much sadness that we report we have lost one St. Luke resident this past week due to complications associated with the COIVD-19 virus. We ask that you please join us as we extend our deepest sympathies and sincerest condolences; our thoughts and prayers are with them at this difficult time. All staff testing positive are required to quarantine at home. We are scheduled to conduct the second round in our COIVD-19 vaccination program clinic for residents and staff on Tuesday, January 19.

Bishop’s Commons

Based on ongoing diagnostic testing, there was one new staff and no residents testing positive at Bishop’s Commons. All staff testing positive are required to quarantine at home. Employees who may have had direct contact with staff members testing positive are being monitored by our Employee Health/Infection Control team. With our vaccination clinic partner Walgreens, we are scheduled to conduct the first round of our COVID-19 vaccination program on-site for residents and staff on Monday, January 18.

St. Francis Commons

Based on ongoing diagnostic testing, there was one new staff and no residents testing positive at St. Francis Commons. All staff testing positive are required to quarantine at home. Employees who may have had direct contact with staff members testing positive are being monitored by our Employee Health/Infection Control team. With our vaccination clinic partner Walgreens, we are scheduled to conduct the first round of our COVID-19 vaccination program on-site for residents and staff on Friday, January 22.

Cumulative Impact of This Pandemic

Since our response to this pandemic began last February, the cumulative number of those who have tested positive for COVID-19 on our healthcare campus totals 4 residents and 9 staff at Bishop’s Commons; 0 residents and 9 staff at St. Francis Commons; 67 residents and 48 staff at St. Luke. We have lost 1 Bishop's Commons resident and 8 St. Luke residents have passed due to complications associated with the COVID-19 virus. 

Weekly Status Update for our Healthcare Campus (January 2)

Based on continuing diagnostic testing across our healthcare campus, five staff and four residents at St. Luke Health Services tested positive for the virus this past week. St. Luke residents testing positive are being care for on a designated COVID unit with all necessary precautions in place. A dedicated team is providing care to residents on the COVID isolation unit. All staff testing positive are required to quarantine at home. Employees who may have had direct contact with staff members testing positive are being monitored by our Employee Health/Infection Control team. It is with much sadness that we report we have lost four St. Luke residents this past week due to complications associated with the COIVD-19 virus. We ask that you please join us as we extend our deepest sympathies and sincerest condolences; our thoughts and prayers are with them at this difficult time. All residents at St. Luke are being closely monitored by our Medical team. Based on ongoing diagnostic testing, there was one new staff and no residents testing positive at St. Francis Commons. No residents or staff tested positive this week at  Bishop’s Commons.

Since our response to this pandemic began last February, the cumulative number of those who have tested positive for COVID-19 on our healthcare campus totals 4 residents and 8 staff at Bishop’s Commons; 0 residents and 7 staff at St. Francis Commons and 38 residents and 41 staff at St. Luke. We have lost 1 Bishop's Commons resident and 7 St. Luke residents have passed due to complications associated with the COVID-19 virus.  

COVID-19 Vaccination Program – Working with our pharmacy partner HealthDirect Pharmacy Services, St. Luke Health Services began distribution of the COVID-19 Vaccination Program this Tuesday. The vaccine is being made available to all St. Luke residents and staff. We are awaiting additional information related to a vaccination program that will be made available at Bishop’s Commons and St. Francis Commons.

December 2020

Weekly Status Update for our Healthcare Campus (December 26)

Based on continuing diagnostic testing across our healthcare campus, five staff and thirteen residents at St. Luke Health Services tested positive for the virus this past week. St. Luke residents testing positive are being care for on a designated COVID unit with all necessary precautions in place. A dedicated team is providing care to residents on the COVID isolation unit. All staff testing positive are required to quarantine at home. Employees who may have had direct contact with staff members testing positive are being monitored by our Employee Health/Infection Control team. It is with much sadness that we report we have lost three St. Luke residents this past week due to complications associated with the COIVD-19 virus. We ask that you please join us as we extend our deepest sympathies and sincerest condolences; our thoughts and prayers are with them at this difficult time. 

All residents at St. Luke are being closely monitored by our Medical team. Based on ongoing diagnostic testing, there have been no new staff or residents testing positive at St. Francis Commons or Bishop’s Commons reported. Since our response to this pandemic began in February, we have lost one Bishop's Commons resident due to complications associated with the COVID-19 virus. The cumulative number of those who have tested positive for COVID-19 on our healthcare campus totals 4 residents and 8 staff at Bishop’s Commons; 0 residents and 6 staff at St. Francis Commons and 34 residents and 36 staff at St. Luke. 

COVID-19 Vaccination Program – Working with our pharmacy partner HealthDirect Pharmacy Services, St. Luke Health Services will begin distribution of the COVID-19 Vaccination Program on Tuesday, December 29. The vaccine will be made available to all St. Luke residents and staff. We are awaiting additional information related to a vaccination program that will be made available at Bishop’s Commons and St. Francis Commons.

Weekly Status Update for our Healthcare Campus (December 18)

Based on continuing diagnostic testing across our healthcare campus, eleven staff and fifteen residents at St. Luke Health Services tested positive for the virus this past week. St. Luke residents testing positive are being care for on a designated COVID unit with all necessary precautions in place. A dedicated team is providing care to residents on the COVID unit. All staff testing positive are required to quarantine at home. Employees who may have had direct contact with staff members testing positive are being monitored by our Employee Health/Infection Control team. All residents at St. Luke are being closely monitored by our Medical team. Based on ongoing diagnostic testing, there have been no new staff or residents testing positive at St. Francis Commons or Bishop’s Commons reported. Since our response to this pandemic began in February, we have lost one Bishop's Commons resident due to complications associated with the COVID-19 virus. The cumulative number of those who have tested positive for COVID-19 on our healthcare campus totals 4 residents and 8 staff at Bishop’s Commons; 6 staff at St. Francis Commons and 21 residents and 31 staff at St. Luke. COVID-19 Vaccination Program – Working with our pharmacy partner HealthDirect Pharmacy Services, St. Luke Health Services is preparing for a COVID-19 Vaccination Program to begin in the near future. The vaccine will be made available to all St. Luke residents and staff. We are awaiting additional information related to a vaccination program that will be made available at Bishop’s Commons and St. Francis Commons.

Weekly Status Update for our Healthcare Campus (December 11)

Based on continuing diagnostic testing across our healthcare campus, four residents and six staff members at St. Luke Health Services tested positive for the virus this week. St. Luke residents testing positive are being care for on a designated COVID unit with all necessary precautions in place. A dedicated team is providing care to residents on the COVID unit. All staff testing positive are required to quarantine at home. Employees who may have had direct contact with staff members testing positive are being monitored by our Employee Health/Infection Control team. All residents at St. Luke are being closely monitored by our Medical team. All residents at St. Luke will receive another round of diagnostic tests again on Monday.

Based on ongoing diagnostic testing, there have been no new staff or residents testing positive at St. Francis Commons or Bishop’s Commons. Since our response to this pandemic began in February, sadly, we have lost one Bishop's Commons resident due to complications associated with the COVID-19 virus. The cumulative number of those who have tested positive for COVID-19 on our healthcare campus totals 6 residents and 21 staff at St. Luke; 4 residents and 8 staff at Bishop’s Commons; and 6 staff at St. Francis Commons.

COVID-19 Vaccination Program - We are receiving information regarding the COVID-19 vaccination program from the government and from our pharmacy partners, and will be in turn share this information with our residents, families and staff to enable them to make informed decisions regarding the COVID-19 vaccination.

Weekly Status Update for our Healthcare Campus (December 4)

Based on continuing diagnostic testing across our healthcare campus, one resident and three staff members at St. Luke Health Services tested positive for the virus this week. Employees who may have had direct contact with these staff members are being monitored by our Employee Health/Infection Control team. All residents at St. Luke are being closely monitored by our Medical team. Out an abundance of caution, this morning (Friday 12/4) we completed a round of tests on all residents who live on the units impacted by the positive test results at St. Luke. All residents tested returned a negative result. All residents at St. Luke will receive another round of diagnostic tests again on Monday. Based on ongoing diagnostic testing, there have been no new staff or residents testing positive at St. Francis Commons or Bishop’s Commons. Since our response to this pandemic began in February, sadly, we have lost 1 Bishop's Commons resident due to complications associated with the COVID-19 virus. The cumulative number of those who have tested positive for COVID-19 on our healthcare campus totals 2 residents and 15 staff at St. Luke; 4 residents and 8 staff at Bishop’s Commons; and 6 staff at St. Francis Commons. COVID-19 Vaccinations - We are awaiting details regarding a COVID-19 vaccination program from the government and will be updating our residents, families and staff when available.

November 2020

Weekly Status Update for our Healthcare Campus (November 28)

Based on continuing diagnostic testing this past week, we have learned that three new staff members at Bishop’s Commons, three staff members at St. Luke Health Services and three staff at St. Francis Commons have tested positive for the virus. No new residents have tested positive for COVID-19.  All staff testing positive are now quarantining at home. Residents at our three facilities are being closely monitored by our medical staff. Based on a Federal directive all St. Luke residents will be tested on Monday, November 30. Staff who may have had contact with these employees are being monitored by our Employee Health/Infection Control Team. Since this pandemic began we have lost one Bishop's Commons resident due to complications associated with the COVID-19 virus. The cumulative number of those who have tested positive for COVID-19 on our healthcare campus since this our response to this pandemic began in February is as follows: 1 resident and 12 staff at St. Luke; 4 residents and 8 staff at Bishop’s Commons; and 6 staff at St. Francis Commons. 

Weekly Status Update for our Healthcare Campus (November 20)

Based on mandatory testing continuing across our healthcare campus, today we learned that one employee at St. Luke Health Services and one employee at St. Francis Commons have tested positive for COVID-19. No new residents or other staff on our healthcare campus have tested positive. The St. Luke and St. Francis Commons employees who was asymptomatic are quarantining at home. All residents are being closely monitored by our medical staff and as per a federal directive, all nursing home residents at St. Luke residents will be tested on Monday. Staff who may have had contact with these employees are being monitored by our Employee Health/Infection Control Team. Since this pandemic began we have lost one Bishop's Commons resident due to complications associated with the COVID-19 virus. The cumulative number of those who have tested positive for COVID-19 on our healthcare campus since this pandemic began remains at 1 resident and 9 staff at St. Luke; 4 residents and 4 staff at Bishop’s Commons; and 3 staff at St. Francis Commons. 

Weekly Status Update for our Healthcare Campus (November 13)

Based on mandatory testing that continues across our healthcare campus, there have been no new employees or residents testing positive for COVID-19 on our healthcare campus this week. Since this pandemic began have lost one Bishop's Commons resident due to complications associated with the COVID-19 virus. The cumulative number of those who have tested positive for COVID-19 on our healthcare campus since this pandemic began remains at 1 resident and 8 staff at St. Luke; 4 residents and 4 staff at Bishop’s Commons; and 2 staff at St. Francis Commons. 

Weekly Status Update for our Healthcare Campus (November 6)

Based on mandatory testing that continues across our healthcare campus, there have been no new employees or residents testing positive for COVID-19 on our healthcare campus this week. Since this pandemic began we have lost one Bishop's Commons resident due to complications associated with the COVID-19 virus. The cumulative number of those who have tested positive for COVID-19 on our healthcare campus since this pandemic began remains at 1 resident and 8 staff at St. Luke; 4 residents and 4 staff at Bishop’s Commons; and 2 staff at St. Francis Commons. 

St. Luke Health Services Employees Test Positive for COVID-19  (November 1)

Based on mandatory testing that continues across our healthcare campus, there have been three new employees at St. Luke Health Services testing positive for COVID-19. All three employees are now quarantining at home. Residents and other employees who may have had direct contact with these individuals are being monitored by our Employee Health/Infection Control teams. No additional residents or other staff have tested positive on our healthcare campus. Based on a Federal directive all St. Luke residents will be re-tested tomorrow, November 2. As a result of the positive tests reported in our St. Luke employees, the scheduled, limited in-person inside visits at St. Luke Health Services are again paused and will not begin until at least 14 days from the last resident or staff testing positive for COVID-19. St. Luke Health Services will continue with scheduled “window visits” for families and residents. All other scheduled visits on our healthcare campus will continue as planned. Sadly, we have lost one Bishop's Commons resident due to complications associated with the COVID-19 virus. The cumulative number of those who have tested positive for COVID-19 on our healthcare campus since this pandemic began includes 1 resident and 8 staff at St. Luke; 4 residents and 4 staff at Bishop’s Commons; and 2 staff at St. Francis Commons. 

October 2020

Weekly Status Update for our Healthcare Campus (October 30)

Based on mandatory testing that continues across our healthcare campus, there have been no new employees or residents testing positive for COVID-19 on our healthcare campus this week. A reminder - scheduled, in-person inside visits are planned to begin this coming week on our healthcare campus. Please contact the facility to make arrangements. The cumulative number of those who have tested positive for COVID-19 on our healthcare campus since this pandemic began includes 1 resident and 5 staff at St. Luke; 4 residents and 4 staff at Bishop’s Commons; and 2 staff at St. Francis Commons. Sadly, we have lost one Bishop's Commons resident due to complications associated with the COVID-19 virus.

Weekly Status Update for our Healthcare Campus (October 23)

Based on mandatory testing that continues across our healthcare campus, there have been no new employees testing positive for COVID-19 on our healthcare campus this week. It is with much sadness that we report we have lost on e Bishop's Commons resident this past week, who passed away at a hospital, due to complications associated with the COIVD-19 virus. We ask that you please join us as we extend our deepest sympathies and sincerest condolences; our thoughts and prayers are with them at this difficult time. Based on the results of precautionary testing for all St. Luke and Bishop’s Commons residents there have been no new residents testing positive. Another round of precautionary resident testing will conclude today at St. Luke.

Window Visits Resume Today at Bishop's Commons (October 19)

We will resume scheduled family window visits today at Bishop's Commons. To make arrangements please call Bishop's Commons at 315-349-0799.

Weekly Status Update for our Healthcare Campus (October 16)

Based on mandatory testing that continues across our healthcare campus, there has been one new employee at Bishop’s Commons and two new employees at St. Luke Health Services testing positive for COVID-19 reported this week. All three employees had limited contact with residents in their respective facilities and are quarantining at home. Residents and other employees who may have direct contact with these individuals are being monitored by our Employee Health/Infection Control teams. No additional residents have tested positive on our healthcare campus. Based on a Federal directive all St. Luke residents will be retested beginning today. Scheduled, Limited In-Person Indoor Visits at St. Luke Now Paused. As a result of the positive test results in the St. Luke staff members, in-person family visits initially scheduled to start next week at St. Luke will not begin at this time. St. Luke will continue with scheduled “window visits” for families and residents.

St. Luke Health Services To Resume Limited Visits on Wednesday, October 21

Beginning Wednesday, October 21 we will resume scheduled in-person family visits at St. Luke Health Services. To schedule an outside window visit or limited in-person indoor visit, please contact our Social Services Department at 315-342-3166. The revised guidelines for participating in a scheduled visit at St. Luke are available here. The New York State Department of Health now requires all in-person visitors to nursing homes to provide documentation that you have tested negative for COVID-19 within the last 7 days prior to your visit. To locate a COVID-19 testing site near you, please use this testing site locator. In the event a positive test result is discovered at St. Luke, visitation will be paused based on the New York State Department of Health guidelines.

Weekly Status Update for our Healthcare Campus (October 9)

With the exception noted yesterday, based on diagnostic testing of all staff on our healthcare campus we can report that no additional staff tested positive for the COVID-19 virus, and likewise, no additional residents have tested positive. To date, a cumulative number of those who have tested positive for COVID-19 on our healthcare campus includes 1 resident and 5 staff at St. Luke Health Services; 4 residents and 4 staff at Bishop’s Commons; and 2 staff at St. Francis Commons.

Employee Tests Positive for COVID-19 on our Healthcare Campus (October 8)

We were informed today that one additional staff member at Bishop’s Commons tested positive for the virus. The employee testing positive has not worked at Bishop’s Commons since early last week and is quarantining at home. Results of the diagnostic test we administered to all of our residents last week have all been returned and there are no additional positive tests reported. All infection control practices remain in place and we continue to work with our State and local Health Departments. 

Additional Positive COVID-19 Test Reported on our Healthcare Campus (October 4)

Since our update Friday afternoon, we have learned that one more resident at Bishop’s Commons had tested positive for the virus, which now brings the total testing positive to four residents. We have now received all of our resident test results from last week. Two of the Bishop’s Commons residents testing positive remain hospitalized and two are now being cared for in a pre-established, dedicated isolation area within our residence. We will continue with all our infection control practices that have been in place including a protective quarantine of our residents in their apartment homes. We are working closely with our State and local Health Departments and are following their recommendations. 

Weekly Status Update for our Healthcare Campus (October 2)

With the exceptions noted yesterday, diagnostic testing of all staff on our healthcare campus and our resident testing at St. Luke and Bishop's Commons this past week, we can report that no additional staff tested positive for the COVID-19 virus, and likewise, no additional residents have tested positive. To date, a cumulative number of those who have tested positive for COVID-19 on our healthcare campus includes 1 resident and 5 staff at St. Luke Health Services; 3 residents and 3 staff at Bishop’s Commons; and 2 staff at St. Francis Commons.

Additional Positive COVID-19 Tests Reported on our Healthcare Campus (October 1)

Based on our mandatory testing continuing across our healthcare campus we learned that a staff member at St. Luke Health Services, one staff member and two additional residents at Bishop’s Commons (for a total of three) have tested positive for COVID-19. Both the St. Luke and Bishop’s Commons staff members, and the Bishop’s Commons residents were asymptomatic. Both staff are now in isolation at their homes and will not return to work for at least fourteen days, if the illness is resolved. We are now putting protective isolation measures in place for any residents who we believe to have had contact with the St. Luke employee, and these residents are being closely monitored by our medical staff. As per a federal directive, all St. Luke residents will be tested for the virus this afternoon. As a precautionary measure in response to a positive test result in a Bishop’s Commons resident earlier in the week, all Bishop’s Commons residents were tested. We are working closely with our State and local Departments of Health throughout this pandemic and are following their recommendations. To date, a cumulative number of those who have tested positive for COVID-19 on our healthcare campus includes 1 resident and 5 staff at St. Luke Health Services; 3 residents and 3 staff at Bishop’s Commons; and 2 staff at St. Francis Commons.

September 2020

Positive COVID-19 Test Reported In A Bishop's Commons Resident (September 29)

Based on a diagnostic test we learned that one resident at Bishop’s Commons has tested positive for COVID-19. The Bishop’s Commons resident who was asymptomatic, is currently being treated at a hospital. Currently, there are no other residents or staff on our healthcare campus who have tested positive for the virus. We have put protective isolation measures in place for those residents at Bishop’s Commons who we believe to have had contact with this resident, and these residents are being closely monitored by our medical staff. All residents and staff at Bishop’s Commons are being tested for the virus. We have provided the community with an update which includes information on mitigating actions implemented to prevent or reduce the risk of transmission. As a result of this positive test in the Bishop's Commons resident, New York State Department of Health regulations require that in-person family visitation at Bishop's Commons be suspended until further notice.

Weekly Status Update for our Healthcare Campus (September 25)

Based on mandatory diagnostic testing of all staff on our healthcare campus this past week, we can report that no staff tested positive for the COVID-19 virus, and likewise, no residents tested positive. St. Francis Commons has update their outside in-person Safety Visitation Plan. We encourage families to review this updated plan before scheduling outside visits.

St. Luke Health Services To Resume Outside Window Visits on Monday, September 28

Beginning Monday, September 28 we will resume our scheduled window visits at St. Luke Health Services. To schedule a window visit, please contact our Social Services Department at 315-342-3166. To review the guidelines for participating in a scheduled window visit at St. Luke, please review our guidelines here.

Bishop's Commons Resumes Limited Outside Visitation (September 22)

Bishop's Commons will resume scheduled, outside in-person visits today, September 22. All outside visits MUST be scheduled in advance - there will be no exceptions. All visitors will be required to adhere to a Revised Safety Plan that reflects New York State Department of Health directives to help ensure the safety of all residents, staff and visitors.  

Status Update for our Healthcare Campus (September 18)

Mandatory diagnostic testing of all staff continued this past week and there were no positive test results reported. Likewise, precautionary testing of all residents at both St. Francis Commons and St. Luke Health Services last week found no positive test results in any of our residents. Since this pandemic began impacting us in March, a total of 4 St. Luke Health Services,  2 St. Francis Common’s and 2 Bishop’s Commons employees, all of whom were asymptomatic, had tested positive, has had one St. Luke resident, who subsequently tested negative. For St. Luke Health Services families, we are updating our guidelines for visitation to reflect the Department of Health’s most recent directives, and will be sharing these with you in the coming week.

Status Update for our Healthcare Campus (September 11)

Based on the most recently available results for mandatory weekly diagnostic testing of staff on our healthcare campus, we have learned that two staff members, one at St. Francis Commons and one at St. Luke Health Services have tested positive for COVID-19. Currently, there are no residents or other staff on our healthcare campus who tested positive for the virus. Both staff members were asymptomatic and are now in isolation at their homes. The source of the infection has not been confirmed at this time, but is believed to have originated in the community. We are working closely with our State and local Health Departments and continue to follow their guidelines and recommendations. As a result of these positive tests in our St. Francis employee, New York State Department of Health regulations require that outside family visitation at St. Francis Commons again be suspended until further notice. 

St. Francis Commons Resumes Limited Outdoor Visits

St. Francis Commons will resume in-person outside visits today (9/10), in accordance with their Outside Visitation Safety Plan. All outside visits MUST be scheduled in advance - there will be no exceptions. The protocols detailed in the Safety Plan reflect New York State Department of Health directives and will be enforced to ensure the safety of all residents, staff and visitors at St. Francis. Outside visits can continue as long as there are no new confirmed staff or resident cases of COVID-19 in the last fourteen (14) days. 

Status Update for our Healthcare Campus (September 3)

New Federal directives from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) now require that all nursing homes/long-term care facilities across the country test all residents for the COVID-19 virus whenever there is any reported positive test result in a staff member or resident. A copy of this directive (Ref: QSO-20-38-NH) can be found here. Accordingly, to comply with this new government directive and based on the two St. Luke staff who tested positive earlier this week, we began a round of testing for all our St. Luke Health Services residents today. As of this date there are no residents on our healthcare campus displaying symptoms of the virus. Mandatory weekly diagnostic testing for all employees’ at all three facilities will continue.

Status Update for our Healthcare Campus (September 2)

Testing results recently made available to us found a contracted agency service worker who had minimum contact with residents at Bishop’s Commons returned a positive test result for the COVID-19 virus. Currently, there are no residents on our healthcare campus who have tested positive for the virus. Out of an abundance of caution, the very few Bishop’s Commons residents who may have had contact with this individual are now receiving protective isolation measures, and are being closely monitored by our medical staff. Employees at Bishop’s Commons who may have had contact with this individual are being monitored by our Employee Health/Infection Control team. In response, we continue to work closely with our State and local Departments of Health and are following their recommendations.  

Status Update for our Healthcare Campus (September 1)

Based on the most recently available results for mandatory weekly diagnostic testing of staff on our healthcare campus, we have learned that two staff members at St. Luke Health Services have tested positive for COVID-19. Currently, there are no residents or other staff on our healthcare campus who tested positive for the virus. Both staff members were asymptomatic and are now in isolation at their homes. The source of the infection has not been confirmed at this time, but is believed to have originated in the community. We are working closely with our State and local Health Departments and continue to follow their guidelines and recommendations. As a result of these positive tests in our St. Luke employees, New York State Department of Health regulations require that outside family visitation at St. Luke Health Services be suspended until further notice.  

August 2020

Weekly Status Update for our Healthcare Campus (August 28)

Based on mandatory diagnostic testing of all staff on our healthcare campus this past week, we can report that no staff tested positive for the COVID-19 virus, and likewise, no residents tested positive. 

Weekly Status Update for our Healthcare Campus (August 21)

Based on mandatory diagnostic testing this week of all staff on our healthcare campus, we have learned that one staff member at Bishop's Commons has tested positive for COVID-19. Currently, there are no residents or other staff on our healthcare campus who have tested positive for the virus. We are working closely with our State and local Health Departments and continue to follow their guidelines and recommendations. As a result of this positive test in the Bishop's Commons employee, New York State Department of Health regulations require that in-person family visitation at Bishop's Commons be suspended until further notice. The limited, scheduled outdoor family visits now underway at St. Luke Health Services will continue. 

Weekly Status Update for our Healthcare Campus (August 14)

Based on mandatory diagnostic testing of all staff on our healthcare campus this past week, we can report that no staff tested positive for the COVID-19 virus, and likewise, no residents tested positive. 

Weekly Status Update for our Healthcare Campus (August 7)

 Based on the weekly mandatory diagnostic testing of all staff underway across our healthcare campus, we have learned that one staff member at St. Francis Commons has tested positive for COVID-19. Currently, there are no residents or other staff on our healthcare campus who have tested positive for the virus. We are working closely with our State and local Health Departments and continue to follow their guidelines and recommendations. We have provided the community with an update which includes information on mitigating actions implemented to prevent or reduce the risk of transmission. As a result of this positive test in the St. Francis Commons employee, New York State Department of Health regulations require that in-person family visitation at St. Francis Commons be suspended until further notice. The limited, scheduled outdoor family visits now underway at St. Luke Health Services and Bishop’s Commons will continue. 

July 2020

Weekly Status Update for our Healthcare Campus (July 31)

Based on mandatory diagnostic testing of all staff on our healthcare campus this past week, we can report that no staff tested positive for the COVID-19 virus, and likewise, no residents tested positive. 

Weekly Status Update for our Healthcare Campus (July 24)

Based on mandatory diagnostic testing of all staff on our healthcare campus this past week, we can report that no staff tested positive for the COVID-19 virus, and likewise, no residents tested positive. 

Bishop's Commons Limited Visitation Outside Safety Plan

Bishop's Commons has developed an Outside Visitation Safety Plan that is required for the resumption of in-person visits beginning on July 21 at the Bishop's Commons residence. All outside visits MUST be scheduled in advance - there will be no exceptions. The protocols detailed in the Safety Plan reflect New York State Department of Health directives and will be enforced to ensure the safety of all residents, staff and visitors.   

Weekly Status Update for our Healthcare Campus (July 17)

Based on mandatory diagnostic testing of all staff on our healthcare campus this past week, we can report that no staff tested positive for the COVID-19 virus, and likewise, no residents tested positive. 

St. Francis Commons Limited Visitation Outside Safety Plan

St. Francis Commons has developed an Outside Visitation Safety Plan that is required for the resumption of in-person visits beginning on July 21 at the St. Francis Commons residence. All outside visits MUST be scheduled in advance - there will be no exceptions. The protocols detailed in the Safety Plan reflect New York State Department of Health directives and will be enforced to ensure the safety of all residents, staff and visitors at St. Francis.    

St. Luke Health Services Limited Visitation Outside Safety Plan

St. Luke Health Services has developed an Outside Visitation Safety Plan that is required for the resumption of in-person visits beginning on July 15 at the St. Luke facility. All outside visits MUST be scheduled in advance - there will be no exceptions. The protocols detailed in the Safety Plan reflect New York State Department of Health directives and will be enforced to ensure the safety of all residents, staff and visitors at St. Luke.    

NYS State Department of Health Announces Limited Visitation Can Resume at Nursing Homes/Long Term Care Facilities Beginning July 15

This afternoon, Friday July 10, DOH announced limited visitation may resume as early as July 15 as long as each provider meets criteria outlined by the Department of Health. Our affiliates are now working to complete the necessary preparations. We will be communicating with residents, families and staff in the coming days to appraise them of the strict DOH requirements and expectations related to the resumption of visits that will include a limitation on the number of visitors at one time at each residence, specific health attestations and precautionary measures all visitors will be required to follow, and other logistics. Your patience is appreciated as we work to ensure all DOH requirements are in place before the resumption of visits.   

Weekly Status Update for our Healthcare Campus (July 10)

Based on mandatory diagnostic testing of all staff on our healthcare campus this past week, we can report that no staff tested positive for the COVID-19 virus, and likewise, no residents tested positive. 

Weekly Status Update for our Healthcare Campus (July 3)

Based on mandatory diagnostic testing of all staff on our healthcare campus this past week we can report that no staff tested positive for the COVID-19 virus, and likewise, no residents tested positive. 

June 2020

Weekly Status Update for our Healthcare Campus (June 26)

Based on mandatory diagnostic testing of all staff on our healthcare campus this past week we can report that no staff tested positive for the COVID-19 virus. Likewise, no resident on our healthcare campus tested positive.

Weekly Status Update for our Healthcare Campus (June 19)

As a result of mandatory diagnostic testing of staff on our healthcare campus this past week, we can report that none of our three-hundred and sixty staff tested positive for the virus. Likewise, there were no positive test results for any of our residents on our healthcare campus.

Weekly Status Update for our Healthcare Campus (June 12)

As a result of mandatory diagnostic testing of all staff on our healthcare campus this past week, we can report that there were no staff who tested positive for the virus. Likewise, there were no positive test results in any of our residents across our healthcare campus.

Weekly Status Update for our Healthcare Campus (June 5) 

Mandatory bi-weekly diagnostic testing of all of our staff continues across our healthcare campus with no additional positive test results among our residents or staff. 

May 2020

Additional Confirmed Case of COVID-19 On Our Healthcare Campus (May 30)

Based on the mandatory bi-weekly diagnostic testing of all staff now underway across our healthcare campus, we have learned that one additional staff member at St. Luke Health Services has tested positive for COVID-19. Adding to the first positive test by a St. Luke staff member that we reported on May 11, this brings the total number of staff testing positive thus far to two. 

Diagnostic Testing Of Residents On Our Healthcare Campus (May 25)

We believe that the best way to continue to protect our residents and staff on our healthcare campus during this pandemic is through testing. The New York State Department of Health has been performing diagnostic tests for residents and on Friday, May 22 we welcomed them onto our healthcare campus where they performed tests for all of our residents at each facility. Based on these test results, one resident at St. Luke Health Services who was asymptomatic tested positive for the virus. No other residents at our three facilities returned a positive test result. The St. Luke resident who tested positive was sent to the hospital for treatment where they remain. A subsequent test of this resident was negative. Out an abundance of caution, a limited number of St. Luke residents suspected of having had contact with that individual were placed on appropriate isolation procedures with all necessary protective measures, and we closely monitor the health of each resident for any signs of a respiratory illness.

Diagnostic Testing Of Staff On Our Healthcare Campus (May 13)

Pursuant to an Executive Order that all nursing home and adult care facility personnel in the State are required to undergo diagnostic testing for the COVID-19 virus, staff at St. Luke Health Services, St. Francis Commons and Bishop’s Commons began testing staff on Wednesday May 13

First Confirmed Case of COVID-19 On Our Healthcare Campus Reported (May 11)

The first confirmed case of COVID-19 has been reported on our healthcare campus. An employee at St. Luke Health Services has tested positive for the virus. We have shared this information with residents, families and our community. Details are available here.

 

April 2020

March 2020

No Visitors Allowed In Our Residences

On March 13, New York State suspended all non-medically necessary visits to nursing homes and adult care facilities until further notice. In response, St. Luke Health Services, Bishop’s Commons and St. Francis Commons began enforcing a NO VISITOR POLICY across our healthcare campus. No visitors can enter any of our three facilities unless medically necessary, and those individuals that must enter, including our staff, must complete a health screening. We will make limited exceptions only for those residents who are actively at end of life, provided family members complete our screening process.

Adult Day Health Care Programs Closed 

The New York State Department of Health ordered all Adult Day Health Care Program Services to suspend their operations statewide. Accordingly, St. Luke's Adult Day Health Care Program has closed until further notice. We continue to offer supportive services to our ADHC registrants in their home-setting as we are able.

Keeping Residents and Families Connected

We are helping families stay in contact with residents using telephone, or via remote access/video chats using Skype or Face Time. We thank all of our families who have used this form of communication to stay in touch. To make arrangements for a telephone or video chat, please contact us and ask to speak with the Activities Department at the respective facility. To protect our residents and staff, each residence is facilitating safe "window visits" between residents and families. To make arrangements, please contact the respective residence. We also have a team in place to answer any questions families may have when contacting us by phone.

Active Measures to Protect Residents and Staff

Our dedicated and caring staff are working together to ensure the health and safety of our residents. We are in regular contact with, and are following guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC); the New York State and Oswego County Health Departments, and other local support agencies. Out of an abundance of caution, we have implemented many safety measures in a heightened effort to keep our residents and staff safe, which include:

  • We carefully monitor the health and well-being of our residents daily.
  • We are enforcing social distancing practices in all settings.
  • Staff are using personal protective measures including the wearing of protective masks when near a resident or other staff member.
  • All staff complete daily health screenings at the beginning of their shifts. 
  • We use enhanced and thorough disinfection processes at all facilities.
  • We continue with staff education that reinforces our strict infection control practices.

Thank you for joining us in placing the care and safety of our residents first and foremost as we move forward together during this challenging time.