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​PA Veterans Homes-Specific
COVID-19 Updates

The PA Department of Military and Veterans Affairs’ highest priority has been, and remains, the health and safety of the nearly 1,300 residents we serve and the dedicated staff who serve them. Please review the information below to learn how our six Veterans Homes continue to serve Pennsylvania veterans during COVID-19.

(Updated Nov. 30, 2020)

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Status Report

As of Nov. 30, 2020, throughout our system of six veterans homes: 235 staff have tested positive for COVID-19 cumulative; and 315 residents have tested positive for COVID-19 cumulative. The number of COVID-19 related resident deaths at DMVA's six Veterans Homes is 76*. (*This number includes 14 residents who were suspected positive, but not confirmed through testing.)

The PA Dept. of Health has released data on the number of COVID-19 cases and deaths at long-term care facilities in Pennsylvania at the bottom of this page. The data provides the number of cases, number of employee cases, and the number of deaths that have occurred at each facility.

Other General Veterans Home Information

Admissions 

Applications for residency are still being accepted at each home, but in order to safeguard against COVID-19, at this time individuals will only be added to a WAITLIST until a time when the homes begin to allow new residents (see the “Reopening Plans” section below on this webpage) and there is a bed available that meets the specific needs of each applicant. For more information, including how to apply to a veterans home, please visit the Pennsylvania Veterans Homes website.

Contact Us

    • Toll free – 1-800-547-2838
    • Email – RA-MVVA-HOMES@PA.gov
    • Mail – Bureau of Veterans Homes, Bldg. 0-47, Fort Indiantown Gap, Annville, PA 17003-5002

Donations

DMVA is grateful for all the well wishes we are receiving for not only the residents at our six veterans homes, but for the staff who care for them. Many are asking how they can volunteer or what to donate to help. Here are some details:
 
    • Personal Protective Equipment Donations: DMVA’s six veterans homes are accepting donations of personal protective equipment such as: medical/surgical masks, washable homemade masks, face shields, goggles, washable surgical gowns, hand sanitizer and vinyl gloves. You can donate these items by contacting each Home directly to coordinate a drop-off:
      • Delaware Valley Veterans' Home (Philadelphia County), 215-856-2846
      • Gino J. Merli Veterans' Center (Lackawanna County), 570-961-4380
      • Hollidaysburg Veterans' Home (Blair County), 814-696-5371
      • Pennsylvania Soldiers' and Sailors' Home (Erie County), 814-878-4961
      • Southeastern Veterans’ Center (Chester County), 610-948-2418
      • Southwestern Veterans' Center (Allegheny County), 412-665-6790

    • Monetary Donations: We often receive questions from the community about how they can support our residents. As we safeguard the health of our residents due to COVID-19, we are placing extra emphasis on helping them to maintain a healthy lifestyle through fun and interactive activities. These activities are often funded through each home’s Resident Welfare Fund. Donate to a Veterans Home

Employment

 
The Department of Military and Veterans Affairs is hiring nurses, offering competitive pay, benefits and opportunities to grow. As a Commonwealth employee, you will embark on a rewarding career and make a difference in the lives of veterans! Apply today!

Reopening Plans
The Bureau of Veterans Homes (BVH) plans to proceed with reopening the Pennsylvania Veterans Homes (PVH) with extreme caution. Please click on the links below for details.

Report A Concern
We take the concerns of our residents, their families and staff very seriously. If you ever feel that you are not being treated appropriately, we want to hear from you. We have compiled this list of resources to help you have a voice, so please don’t hesitate to speak up!

Service of Process during the COVID-19 Emergency

Designated POC: Deputy Chief Counsel Leonard Cowitch:
Phone: 717-861-8503
Email Resource Account: RA-MVDMVA-CCO@pa.gov

Visitation

The health and safety of the residents and staff at our veterans homes is our No. 1 priority. To safeguard against COVID-19, we have instituted a restriction on visitors. Family members and other loved ones are still welcome to communicate with residents through electronic or digital means. Additionally, a residents’ Representative or Power of Attorney is encouraged to contact the clinical treatment teams at each home should they have any questions or concerns. Visit the Pennsylvania Veterans Homes website for contact information for each Home.

Volunteers

We genuinely thank you for your interest, but the use of volunteers at our veterans homes has been suspended during COVID-19.

Other DMVA COVID-19 Updates

For details visit the DMVA-Specific COVID-19 Updates web page.