COVID-19 Updates (Coronavirus Disease)

November 7, 2023

October 3, 2023

To All Residents, POAs and Responsible Parties,

There have been many questions regarding our mask mandate that took effect yesterday.

This is home to our residents and our job is to care for them and provide for them while keeping them as safe as we can as their caregivers. And no matter what job an individual has at SARC, we are all caregivers in some way. Outside of SARC, the world continues with some wearing masks all the time and others never wearing a mask. This is an individual choice. The general population (including all of us) are going about their routines, which means they are in contact with many different people throughout their daily lives. Because of the rise in cases and out of caution for the respiratory season that is upon us, we must make sure we are doing everything we can to keep everyone safe while here.

We are listening to concerns regarding masking everywhere in our main building and we are reevaluating our masking mandate. Effective tomorrow, Wednesday, October 4 – visitors must wear a mask when in any clinical area including both skilled units, both personal care units and therapy. Visitors may choose to remove their mask in the room while visiting but in any common area on the units or when with a resident off the unit, they must wear a mask.
And as always, we have KN95 masks available.

This may change at any time depending on CDC and DOH guidelines.

Also, if you have cold symptoms, have been exposed in the last 10 days or have had COVID in the last 10 days, we prefer you not to visit. If you do visit, please wear a mask at all times while in the main building for the duration of symptoms even with a negative respiratory test or for a full 10 days from exposure or having COVID.
If you have any questions, please reach out to a team member.

Thank you,
Members of the SARC COVID and Senior Management Teams

September 25, 2023


Dear Resident, POAs and Resident Representatives,

Since the end of the pandemic in May of this year, we have not experienced a significant respiratory outbreak. We have been very fortunate. As we head into the fall and winter months, our team has made the difficult decision to return to wearing surgical masks for staff and visitors starting on Monday, October 2, 2023. We will continue with this guidance until April 1, 2024.

We know this will not be a favorable decision for everyone, but it is in the best interest of our residents. This is their home, and it is our job to keep them safe. We leave St. Anne’s at the end of our shift and go about our daily routines. This means we are interacting with many individuals on any given day. Respiratory illnesses (such as COVID, flu and RSV) are rising quickly in Lancaster County and across Pennsylvania. Because we do not wear masks outside of St. Anne’s, we have the potential of bringing multiple respiratory illnesses to our residents. Anything we can do to reduce the risk of infection for our residents, we must do.

Visitors visiting skilled or personal care units will need to put a mask on when entering the main building. They will need to wear this mask while they are in any common area. They may remove their mask while visiting the resident’s room if the resident is agreeable. If they take the resident off the unit, the visitor and resident should wear a mask except when eating. We do encourage social distancing when eating.

Visitors visiting our apartment residents in the main building will also need to wear a mask upon entering the main building while in common areas except when eating. We do encourage social distancing when eating. While in a resident’s home, visitors may remove their mask if the resident is agreeable.

Vendors will need to mask on entering any of our buildings on campus.

For residents residing at or for visitors visiting 100 Merlini or 200 Merlini, we encourage the wearing of masks when in any common area and social distancing while eating.

If you have any questions, please reach out to me.
Thank you,

Mary Turnbaugh, President
St. Anne’s Retirement Community