HARRISBURG, Pa. – Pennsylvania health officials on Tuesday revealed information that shows the impact COVID-19 has had on long-term care facilities across the commonwealth, including those in Berks County.
ManorCare in Spring Township has been hit the hardest, with 44 coronavirus deaths, more than twice the toll of any other nursing home in Berks County.
The county’s nursing homes account for more than half of Berks’ overall death toll, which stood at 254 on Tuesday, according to the coroner.
“Long-term care facility residents are among the most vulnerable Pennsylvanians,” said Dr. Rachel Levine, the state’s health secretary, “and we want their families to have the latest information on what is going on in the facilities in which their loved ones reside.”
The state is detailing the number of resident cases, the number of employee cases, and the number of deaths that have occurred at each facility.
State officials said they redacted the information for facilities with fewer than five in any of the data points.
Location Resident casesEmployee cases Deaths Berks Heim 52 8 13 Berkshire Center 74 5 21 Fairlane Gardens 21 8 0 Highlands at Wyomissing 21 6 6 Kutztown Manor 39 * 15 Laurel Center 13 0 * Lutheran Home at Topton 31 9 6 ManorCare – Laureldale * 0 0 ManorCare – Sinking Spring 157 22 44 ManorCare – West Reading 131 18 14 Mifflin Center 46 * * Phoebe Berks 19 6 4 Spruce Manor 49 12 13 Transitional Sub-Acute Unit * 0 * Wyomissing Health & Rehab * 0 0 Berkshire Commons * 0 0 Columbia Cottage * 0 0 Country Meadows 38 * 10 Down on the Farm 4 * 0 Keystone Villa * 0 * Laurel Center 5 * 0 Maidencreek Place * 0 * Rittenhouse Village * 0 0 The Hawthorne Home 35 * *
“COVID-19 is a particularly challenging situation for these settings as they care for residents with serious medical conditions,” Levine said. “We will continue to work to ensure the safety and wellbeing of residents through education, resources and testing.”
The Wolf administration released guidance last week that requires a resident who is being discharged from a hospital to a nursing home, personal care home, or assisted living facility to be tested for COVID-19 if that resident was not hospitalized due to the virus.
Overall, Berks County has had 3,735 positive cases of the coronavirus, state health officials announced Tuesday. More than 9,000 tests have been returned with negative results.
The county has 254 confirmed COVID-19 deaths. Twenty-two additional deaths are listed as probable and one is pending test results.
Any Berks resident with questions about the coronavirus can contact the county’s help center by calling 610-320-6150 or by emailing COVID@CountyofBerks.com.
Staff will be on hand to answer phones and respond to emails seven days a week, from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m.
Anyone experiencing a medical emergency should call 911; social service questions or needs should be addressed by calling 211.