In the midst of this unprecedented healthcare crisis we are thrilled to be able to share some great news with you. The Great Place to Work Institute has certified SpiriTrust Lutheran® as a Great Place to Work (GPTW) for the third consecutive year! We have created a video to thank our team for honoring us as a GPTW.

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Although we were not able to publicly recognize this year’s Cornerstone Award honorees, Jeff and Cindy Lobach, in our usual celebratory manner, we did videotape a small ceremony to recognize them. Bob Rundle, our president/CEO, and Larry Young, chair – SpiriTrust Lutheran Board of Directors, acknowledged the incredible community contributions of this special couple and presented the award to Jeff.

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COVID-19 Information

Reopening Phases & Stages

As states reopen, we must remain vigilant

Although the outside world is now “green”, the world within our community must remain vigilant against COVID-19. The health and safety of our residents always has been and will remain our number one priority. As we start to slowly lift restrictions and reopen some of our venues, we will continue the protocols we have in place to protect residents’ health and well-being, as well as that of our home care and hospice clients – many of whom are older adults – and our LIFE participants who are aged 55+. Vigilance still remains the key to stopping the spread of this virus and winning the war against COVID-19.

We have not made any changes in our work from home practices for any team members, regardless of where they work or in what county or state they reside. Our community centers and dining venues remain closed. Visitation has been resumed for cottage and apartment residents with restrictions.

Our skilled care centers and personal care and assisted living residences still remain under restrictions by state and federal agencies; thereby, necessitating the continuation of our visitation restrictions. Only essential team members will be allowed in care areas and all team members will continue to be screened. In addition, all team members, vendors, contractors and visitors must wear a face mask when on any of our premises.

We know that family members are missing their loved ones, so we are allowing window visits for family members of skilled care, personal care and assisted living residents at all six life plan communities during set times by appointment only and with strict adherence to guidelines established to further protect the safety and health of our residents.

Updated 7/8/20

Pennsylvania Reopening Phases

Gov. Wolf is using a three-phase approach to reopen Pennsylvania following the coronavirus shutdown. Below is a summary of what each phase includes. All counties in Pennsylvania are now in the Green Phase. For further information, visit the Governor’s website.

Red Phase

Red Phase

Work & Congregate Settings

  • Life sustaining businesses only
  • Schools (for in-person instruction) and child care facilities closed
  • Restaurants limited to takeout and delivery
  • Indoor recreation, gyms, spas and entertainment facilities closed
  • Congregate care and prison restrictions in place

Social Restrictions

  • Stay at home order in place
  • Gatherings of more than 10 people prohibited

Yellow Phase

Yellow Phase

Work & Congregate Settings

  • Business with in-person operations must follow safety guidance
  • Working remotely continue where feasible
  • Schools remain closed but child care may open
  • Restaurants limited to takeout and delivery. Beginning June 5, restaurants and retail food service businesses permitted to add dine-in service in outdoor seating areas.
  • Indoor recreation, gyms, spas and entertainment facilities closed
  • Congregate care and prison restrictions remain in place

Social Restrictions

  • Stay at home order lifted, mitigation efforts remain in place
  • Gatherings of more than 25 people prohibited

Green Phase

Green Phase

Work & Congregate Settings

  • Telework must continue where feasible
  • Businesses operating at 50% occupancy in yellow phase may increase to 75%, except where noted for bars and restaurants
  • Masks are required in businesses
  • Schools can open, subject to CDC and state guidance (remain closed for the rest of the 2019-2020 school year)
  • Self-certified restaurants may open at 50% capacity for indoor dining
  • Hair salons and barber shops open at 50% occupancy and by appointment only
  • Indoor recreation open at 50% occupancy with appointments strongly encouraged
  • Entertainment such as casinos, theaters and shopping malls open at 50% occupancy
  • Prison and hospital visitation determined by individual facilities

Social Restrictions

  • Face masks are required in all public spaces
  • Indoor gatherings of more than 25 people prohibited
  • Outdoor gatherings of more than 250 people are prohibited

Maryland Reopening Stages

Gov. Hogan is using a three-stage approach to reopen Maryland following the coronavirus shutdown. The three stages will be multi-phased within each stage. Below is a summary of what the stages include or may include. All of Maryland is now in Stage 2. For further information, visit the Governor’s website.

Stage 1: Low Risk

Stage 1: Low Risk

The decisions on what “low risk” activities can resume were not announced in whole as one package, but rather as a phased rollout over a period of time using the White House’s recommended gating protocols. Jurisdictions were empowered to make decisions regarding the timing of re-openings in this stage.

  • Employers should continue to encourage telework for employees when possible
  • Gatherings larger than 10 people are prohibited
  • Outdoor dining at restaurants and social clubs is permitted along with takeout and delivery
  • Retail stores may open with a maximum 50% capacity
  • Churches and houses of worship may hold religious services (outside services are strongly encouraged; inside services may be permitted at 50% capacity or less)
  • Manufacturing may resume operations
  • Personal services such as barber shops and hair salons may open at a maximum 50% capacity and by appointment only
  • Pet groomers and animal adoption shelters may open
  • Outdoor youth sports and outdoor activities at youth day camps may resume; outdoor pools open with limited capacity;
  • Outdoor sports courts that provide non-contact activities open; Golf courses, outdoor shooting ranges, boating, camping, horseback riding, parks and drive-in theaters open
  • Practicing physical distancing and wearing masks in indoor public areas should continue

Stage 2: Medium Risk

Stage 2: Medium Risk

During this stage a large number of businesses and activities may reopen. Any businesses that reopen during this period will need to comply with strict physical distancing and appropriate masking requirements. Gov. Hogan will again allow some county health officers and local governments to determine, if it is appropriate to resume specified activities within their jurisdictions. Within this stage there will be sub-phases with capacity restrictions.

Examples of changes that could be implemented in this stage include:

  • Raising the cap on social gatherings, including indoor religious gatherings
  • Permitting indoor gyms to open
  • Opening childcare centers
  • Returning to normal transit schedules
  • Allowing indoor dining in restaurants and bars with restrictions
  • Allowing elective and outpatient procedures at hospitals

Stage 3: High Risk

Stage 3: High Risk

Moving to this stage will require either a widely available and FDA-approved vaccine or safe and effective therapeutics that can rescue patients with significant disease or prevent serious illness in those most at risk to reach a full return to normal conditions. The high risk stage will also have sub-phases with capacity restrictions/gating.

Examples of changes that could be implemented in this stage include:

  • Allowing larger social gatherings and higher capacity in bars and restaurants
  • Lessened restrictions on visits to nursing homes and hospitals
  • Opening entertainment venues
  • Allowing larger religious gatherings