Statement on the COVID-19 Pandemic
We are not aware of any cases of COVID-19 among the members of our congregation, and our agregees, associates, and staff. However, in light of the rapidly evolving health risks associated with COVID-19 and in accordance with recommendations from the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and city and state guidelines, the Sisters of St. Joseph of Northwestern Pennsylvania have implemented the following measures:
- General public access to our Community Living Center is suspended until further notice. Guests and visitors are prohibited.
- All meetings and events at the Community Living Center are canceled/postponed until further notice.
- Only staff members whose positions are essential to operations will be on the premises; other staff members are working remotely from their homes.
Thank you for your understanding and cooperation in helping us minimize the risk of the coronavirus in our community. These restrictions are continually being evaluated and are subject to change. The health of everyone is the priority. We will continue to monitor the situation and take appropriate steps should things change.
Let’s pray together for health and healing, patience and understanding, and above all, kindness to the dear neighbor.
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The mission of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Northwestern Pennsylvania,
its agregees and associates, is to unite all people with one another and with God
by responding to the ever-changing needs of the world and
serving the neighbor without distinction.