(Source: The Gardens at Stevens)
(Source: The Gardens at Stevens)

For those with interest in congregate care facilities in the county, here is an overview of conditions there in December and during the past year.

Personal care homes

Throughout the pandemic, 27 personal care home – facilities for elderly and disabled residents – have reported no COVID-19 deaths, according to the state Department of Human Services. They are:

  • Acadia Acquisitions
  • Calvary Fellowship Homes
  • Country View Manor
  • Elizabeth Manor Senior Living
  • Elizabethtown Healthcare and Rehab Center
  • Elizabethtown Personal Care
  • Emerald Rehab and Healthcare Center
  • Garden Spot Village
  • Hershey Mill Home
  • Juniper Personal Care
  • Keystone Villa at Ephrata
  • Legend Personal Care and Memory Care of Lancaster
  • Legend Personal Care and Memory Care of Lititz
  • Magnolia Manor
  • Masonic Village at Elizabethtown
  • Meadow Ridge at Willow Valley
  • Moravian Manor
  • Our Home of Hope
  • Providence Place of Lancaster
  • Red Rose Manor
  • The Glen at Willow Valley
  • The Groves
  • The Long Community at Highland
  • The Vineyard Personal Care Home
  • United Zion Retirement Community
  • Willow View Home

Twenty-one personal care homes have reported one to four deaths during the pandemic. The Human Services department does not report the exact number when deaths at a home are fewer than five.

Those homes are:

  • Brereton Manor
  • Brethren Village Terrace Crossing
  • Brethren Village Manor
  • Cocalico Christian Home
  • Elderwood Senior Living at Lancaster
  • Ephrata Manor
  • Evergreen Estates Retirement
  • Fairmount Homes Farm Crest
  • Fairmount Homes Wheat Ridge
  • Faith Friendship Villa of Mountville
  • Faithful Living Community
  • Homestead Village
  • Landis Homes Retirement Community
  • Mennonite Home
  • Moravian Manor
  • Pleasant View Communities
  • St. Anne's Retirement Community
  • St. John's Herr Estate
  • Sunny Crest Home
  • The Muhlenberg Lodge
  • Zerbe Sisters Nursing Center

Nine homes have reported five or more deaths. They are:

  • Lincoln Christian Home (13)
  • Paramount Senior Living (9)
  • Country Meadows of Lancaster ( 8 )
  • Oak Leaf Manor North (7)
  • The Gardens at Stevens (7)
  • Magnolias of Lancaster (6)
  • Welsh Mountain Home (6)
  • Oak Leaf Manor Personal Care (5)
  • Quarryville Presbyterian Retirement Community (5)

In December, 15 residents of personal care homes tested positive for COVID, the same as in November but down from 24 in October. Thirty-eight staff tested positive for COVID, compared with 21 in November and 27 in October.

Nursing homes

Fifty county nursing home residents tested positive for COVID between Dec. 1 and 19, the most recent date for which data are available from the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), These cases represent a four-fold increase over the 12 resident COVID cases reported in homes in all of November.

Ten of the 133 county residents who died in December lived in nursing homes. Three deaths occurred at Promedica Nursing and Rehabilitation (Manorcare Lancaster) and one each at Ephrata Manor, Fairmount Homes, Mennonite Home and Pleasant View, CMS reported. The locations of three others have not yet been reported.

Nursing home staff cases also increased in December. As of the most recent report, 99 staff tested positive for COVID. Those cases occurred at 24 of the county’s 32 nursing homes.

Over the past 21 months of the pandemic, the mortality rate at nursing homes has varied from zero to 52%, based on deaths per occupied beds, according to CMS reports.

From lowest to highest, they are:

  • Rehabilitation Center at Brethren Village LLC (Zero)
  • Garden Spot Village (3%)
  • Neffsville Nursing and Rehabilitation (Lancashire Hall) (4%)
  • St Anne's Retirement Community (4%)
  • Susquehanna Health and Wellness Center (5%)
  • Masonic Village at Elizabethtown (5%)
  • Quarryville Presbyterian Retirement Community (6%)
  • Emerald Rehab and Healthcare Center (6%)
  • Zerbe Sisters Nursing Center (8%)
  • Newport Meadows Health and Rehabilitation Center (8%)
  • Promedica Skilled Nursing and Rehab (Manorcare Lancaster) (9%)
  • Lancaster Nursing and Rehabilitation Center (Conestoga View) (9%)
  • The Glen At Willow Valley (10%)
  • Moravian Manor (10%)
  • Landis Homes (10%)
  • Calvary Fellowship Homes Inc. (11%)
  • Maple Farms (12%)
  • Lakeside at Willow Valley (12%)
  • Brethren Village (13%)
  • Rose City Nursing and Rehab (14%)
  • Elizabethtown Nursing and Rehabilitation (19%)
  • Mennonite Home (21%)
  • Kadima Rehabilitation & Nursing at Lititz (22%)
  • Hamilton Arms Center (23%)
  • Fairmount Homes (26%)
  • Pleasant View Communities (26%)
  • Mt. Hope Nazarene Retirement Community (30%)
  • Homestead Village, Inc. (31%)
  • United Zion Retirement Community (35%)
  • Ephrata Manor (43%), Luther Acres Manor (47%)
  • The Gardens at Stevens (52%)

This summary has been compiled from records of the Lancaster County Coroner’s Office, the PA Health Department, the PA Human Services Department, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services and the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services by researcher Erica Runkles, sociologist Dr. Mary Glazier, data programmer Penn Glazier, and journalist Ernest Schreiber.