Harrisburg, PA - The Pennsylvania Department of Human Services (DHS) on Saturday assisted with the emergency removal of all residents at Sunbury Sunshine Corners following building safety concerns regarding flooding in a non-residential basement. Sunbury Sunshine Corners is a licensed personal care home that was serving 21 residents prior to relocation.
As of 1 a.m. on February 14, 18 residents were successfully relocated to facilities that the Regional Congregate Care Action Team (RCAT) identified and prepared for COVID-19 response and safe cohorting. Three residents are currently hospitalized; the hospitalizations preceded the flooding being identified and are unrelated. They will be relocated as necessary when discharged. Prior to the relocation, Sunbury Sunshine Corners was receiving staffing support through the RCAT due to COVID-19 cases among staff. At this time, there are 12 confirmed cases among residents.
All residents will be cohorted and quarantined in line with COVID-19 mitigation guidance. Residents will remain at alternative care sites at least for the duration of recommended COVID-19 incubation and exposure guidelines. Sunbury Sunshine Corners will not be permitted to return residents to the site until the flooding and code concerns are corrected and the space is thoroughly cleaned and sanitized.
DHS, the Department of Health (DOH), the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency (PEMA), and health system partners will continue to monitor residents and the situation closely through the RCAT. If Sunbury Sunshine Corners administration fails to make a habitable space that meets code and regulatory requirements, DHS will work with residents to ensure they are able to transition to a new facility.
The RCAT is Pennsylvania’s support network for long-term care facilities facing outbreaks of COVID-19 among staff and residents. DHS, DOH, and PEMA work in conjunction with health systems across Pennsylvania to provide rapid response support, testing and staffing assistance, and technical assistance to skilled nursing facilities, assisted living facilities, personal care homes, and other congregate and long-term care settings, which vary in levels of medical care and whether they have clinical support and expertise on staff. The Wolf Administration is committed to helping all long-term care facilities as they navigate the public health crisis and work to protect residents of these facilities, many of whom serve older and medically-fragile people who are more at risk if exposed to COVID-19.
For more information on facilities licensed by DHS and guidance related to COVID-19, visit www.dhs.pa.gov.
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