Updated on June 1,2020 at 4:11PM

How has Menno Haven been directly affected?

Menno Haven has employed a COVID-19 testing strategy of testing new admissions as well as symptomatic residents and team members. This is an addition to our stringent screening protocols.

As information and scientific research has become more readily available over time, and as testing capacity has increased, the CDC and the Pennsylvania Dept. of Health has provided new recommendations to nursing homes to begin “universal testing”.

While Menno Haven’s Skilled Nursing facilities remained known COVID-free prior to this testing, we gladly welcomed the ability to perform testing on a large scale. We began testing 20% of team members and residents weekly.

As a result of this round of testing, we learned the following results:

  • The Menno Haven Rehabilitation Center test results for both guests and team members were all negative.
  • The Brookview Health Care Center test results for both residents and team members were all negative.
  • The Chambers Pointe Health Care Center residents’ test results were all negative, however, 4 team members tested positive. None of these individuals are showing any symptoms.

For more details, see our full statement HERE

Visitor Restrictions

Our top priority is the health and well being of our Residents and Team Members.

We are  prohibiting all visitors, volunteers, and un-necessary vendors within our Personal Care (Manor & Village Square & Memory Homes) and Health Care Centers (Brookview & Chambers Pointe & Rehabilitation Center.)

Both Menno Haven communities (Brookview on Scotland Avenue and Chambers Pointe on Philadelphia Avenue) are closed to all visitors  (including children 12 and under) except for essential services only. All traffic must access campus thru the main entrances.

We are strictly following guidance by the CDC, CMS, and other regulating authorities.

Information For Residents

Avoid unnecessary outings: Please utilize delivery services when available for things like groceries and medications. Let Menno Haven do your grocery shopping for you. Call Janel at 717.709.4553 (M-F)

If you have been tested for COVID-19: Please let us know by emailing covid19questions@mennohaven.org or by contacting Tracey Ecelberger or Melissa Rabon *Residents of Menno Haven Only

Beware of COVID-19 Scams: Read this link for more information from the State Police. Click here to read more

Menno Haven’s Response to Franklin County’s Yellow Phase

Menno Haven is aware that Governor Tom Wolf  has indicated that Franklin County will enter the Yellow Phase of reopening on May 29th, 2020.

As Menno Haven serves the most vulnerable population to COVID-19, our reopening plan will be more conservative than the public at large. We will not be making any immediate changes to our current operations in response to the transition to Yellow Phase on Friday, May 29th, 2020.

Menno Haven would like to remind our residents and families that now is NOT the time to let your guard down. While recent infections in Franklin County have been declining, they remain higher than many of our neighboring counties.

Here is a link from our friends at Wellspan Health where they have created a useful dashboard view of local data. Wellspan Health Information Dashboard

State of Pennsylvania Response

Pennsylvania Stay At Home Order


Franklin County is under a Stay At Home order from Governor Tom Wolf until Friday, May 29, 2020.

Menno Haven’s expectation is that is all residents will follow the Stay-at-home guidelines in order to protect themselves and our community at large.

See details about the Stay at Home order here.

When to Wear a Mask: 

On April 3, Governor Wolf recommended that all Pennsylvanians wear a mask if they must leave their homes.

Members of the general public don’t need a surgical mask – we need those for our health care workers and first responders. Instead, they are encouraged to wear homemade fabric or cloth masks.

Homemade masks limit the spread of infectious droplets in the air by containing coughs and sneezes.
When a homemade mask can’t be acquired a scarf or bandanna can be utilized. By implementing community use of these homemade fabric or cloth masks, everyone will have a higher degree of
protection from this virus.

Those who are staying home and have no close contacts who are infected with COIVID-19 don’t
need a mask most of the time. However, wearing a non-medical or homemade mask may be helpful
in certain situations or for certain populations.

  • Shopping at essential businesses, like grocery stores or pharmacies.
  • While visiting your health care provider.
  • Traveling on public transportation.
  • Interacting with customers/clients at essential businesses.
  • When feeling sick, coughing, or sneezing.

Because homemade masks protect everyone else from the droplets created by the wearer, it is
important that as many people as possible wear these masks when leaving their homes.

This helps prevent those who may be infectious but are only mildly symptomatic or not symptomatic from spreading the virus to others in the community.

Everyone should remember the phrase: “My mask protects you, your mask protects me.” By increasing the overall number of people who are containing their coughs, sneezes, and other droplets, it will help us control the overall spread of the virus.

Phased Reopening:

Pennsylvania plans to proceed with returning to work cautiously. Broad reopenings or reopenings that are not structured around ongoing social distancing, universal masking, or other public health guidance would likely result in a spike of cases and new stay-at-home and closure orders.

Throughout this process, PA will have guidance in place to support best public health practices. This guidance will reinforce and build on existing worker and building safety orders. It will also be able to adapt to the changing nature of the pandemic, as well as lessons learned from communities that return to work strategically.

Pennsylvania will utilize a three-phase matrix to determine when counties and/or regions are ready to begin easing some restrictions on work, congregate settings, and social interactions. See the full plan for reopening Pennsylvania.

How is Menno Haven preparing?

Menno Haven has continued to closely monitor the ongoing Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation. While there is no indication that the Menno Haven community is directly affected, we have taken pro-active steps to protect our residents.

We have created this website to provide up-to-date information to our residents, families, and the public.

This page will updated as needed to provide pertinent information.

  • Our team is diligently monitoring updates put forth by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and state and local health departments and promptly enacting their recommended guidelines.
  • We are enacting contingency plans as to how we will care for our residents, implement visitor restrictions, and provide essential services as the situation unfolds.
  • We are providing residents and families’ information via this website, which will be updated regularly, so they can stay informed.

The following services are closed or cancelled until further notice:

  • Treasure Chest Thrift Store
  • The Pointe & Country Store
  • Auxiliary Gift Shops in the Health Care Centers
  • Chapel Service
  • Events scheduled in the Personal Care or Health Care Buildings
  • Community Nurse Clinics
  • All Events and Gatherings on Campus
  • ElderDay
  • All services in the Life Center other than The Grille
  • Shuttle Service
  • All Volunteer Services
  • Rec Rooms and Woodshops
  • Out patient Services for Independent Living Residents
  • All Restaurants & Cafe’s (take out or delivery only)
  • (Includes Blue Willow Cafe, About Thyme Bistro, Life Center Grille, Chestnut Landing, Cypress Cafe)

The following services are modified until further notice:

  • F&M Trust at Village Square Closed, Chambers Pointe Branch Remains Open
  • Transportation services (limited to health care appointments only)

What are the symptoms of COVID-19?

The symptoms of COVID-19 are similar to other respiratory illnesses, such as the common cold and flu. The most common of these symptoms include:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath
  • Loss of Taste and Smell
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • Sore throat
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea

How can I protect myself and others?

The best prevention for COVID-19, the flu and colds, is to practice proper handwashing and respiratory etiquette. Help stop the spread of viruses by:

  • Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds and avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when coughing or sneezing.
  • Follow masking guidelines
  • Clean surfaces frequently, including countertops, light switches, cell phones and other frequently touched items.
  • If you are sick, stay home and avoid contact with others.

Visiting The Doctor

If you are experiencing flu-like symptoms and you have recently visited a location where Coronavirus cases exist, then please call your provider before making an office visit.

If you have been tested for COVID-19, please let us know by emailing covid19questions@mennohaven.org or by contacting Tracey Ecelberger or Melissa Rabon *Residents of Menno Haven Only

Additional Resources

CDC Prevent Getting Sick

CDC Situation Summary

World Health Organization

Wellspan Health

For questions related to Menno Haven’s COVID-19 response, including limitations on visitors, please email Covid19questions@mennohaven.org