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April 21, 2023

COVID-19 Update

Dear Residents, Family Members and Team Members,

I have great news!!  Our COVID Outbreaks, (both LTC and Assisted Living) have officially been ended by the Burlington County Board of Health.  Burlington County is at a moderate transmission rate for COVID-19. This means the following for our Community:

Screening in at Kiosks

  • Staff and Visitors are still required to screen in at the kiosks when entering the community. Residents are no longer required to screen in.

For Non-clinical areas

Masks are NOT required unless:

  • You have signs and symptoms of COVID, a confirmed COVID infection or other respiratory infection – you must wear a mask.
  • You had close contact (patients/residents and visitors) or higher risk exposure with someone with a COVID infection. Then you must wear a mask for 10 days after the exposure.
  • You meet any of the criteria listed below under Clinical Areas.

Those with compromised immune systems should still consider wearing a mask when around others.  Those that feel more comfortable wearing a mask around others can continue to do so.

For Clinical Areas

  • All new admissions to Rehab, Skilled Nursing or Assisted living must wear a mask for 10 days upon admission when others are in their room.
  • All residents in Rehab, Skilled Nursing or Assisted living that leave the community for 24 hours or greater must wear a mask for 10 days upon return.
  • All team members/contractors who care for or provide services to any new admissions or those that left the community for 24 hours or greater must wear a mask. This is required for 10 days.
  • Visitors for all new admissions to Rehab, Skilled Nursing or Assisted living must wear a mask for visitation during the new admission 10-day period.
  • Anyone, (Residents, Staff, Visitors) with signs and symptoms of COVID or confirmed COVID infection or other respiratory infection must wear a mask.
  • Anyone that had close contact (patients/residents and visitors) or higher risk exposure with someone with SARSCoV-2 infection, must wear a mask for 10 days after their exposure

Those with compromised immune systems should still consider wearing a mask when around others. Those that feel more comfortable wearing a mask around others can continue to do so.

Eye protection

  • Only required by staff/visitors when caring for or interacting with a confirmed or suspected COVID-19 case.

As a reminder, if COVID transmission levels increase again in the county, we will need re-instate our mask policy.

If you have any questions regarding this information, please feel free to contact me at the number listed below.

With warm regards,

Cindy Shemansky,
LNHA Assistant Executive Director
(609) 239-3924

Updated September 22, 2023

Families, guardians, and the public may call (609) 239-3989 to leave an urgent message or address an issue or complaint. This line will be available 24/7.


The Masonic Village at Burlington – Skilled Nursing and Rehab is pleased to announce that we have achieved CMS 5-Star Rating Status!

COVID Updates

We currently have six active Assisted Living COVID-19 cases.  We have accepted 6 residents form the hospital with COVID  or they have tested positive for COVID upon admission, three have recovered.

We currently have 1 Assisted Living team member and 1 Skilled Nursing team member that are COVID positive and isolating at home. 

We ask everyone to please continue to monitor yourselves for signs and symptoms of COVID-19. All visitors to Skilled Nursing, Assisted Living, and Rehab need to be wearing masks.

All team members that work in skilled nursing, rehab and Assisted Living need to wear masks.  Team members and visitors need to screen in at the kiosks.

The Department of Health is still requesting that nursing communities encourage residents, team members, and families to get the new COVID vaccine to help prevent serious illness, hospitalizations, and deaths.

The CDC has issued new guidance recommending an additional COVID-19  vaccine.  Masonic Village will be reaching out to residents and POAs for consent for administration.

COVID-19 Guidelines

Family members that are feeling ill, have traveled or have been exposed should be tested for COVID-19 prior to visiting loved ones.

Café 902 is open to in-person dining. The Café 902 is also providing takeout meals. Orders can be placed by calling 609-239-3994.  

Revision to CMS Nursing Home Visitation – The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, (CMS), has revised QSO-20-39-NH – which addresses Nursing Home Visitation – COVID-19 on 5/8/2023. CMS indicates while the PHE expired 5/11/2023, CMS still expects facilities to adhere to infection prevention and control recommendations in accordance with national standards.

Although CMS has lifted some visitation restrictions, the NJ Department of Health, (NJDOH), in Executive Directive, NO. 21-0121 still requires us to screen visitors, obtain consents, and ensure that physical distancing can be maintained during peak times of visitation. Visits must occur in the resident’s room or designated visiting area in the community


CMS acknowledges that there are still risks associated with visitation and COVID-19. However, the risks are reduced by adhering to the core principles of COVID-19 infection prevention. (See Core Principles). Visitors, residents, or their representative will be made aware of the potential risk of visiting and necessary precautions related to COVID-19 in order to visit the resident. If a visitor, resident, or their representative is aware of the risks associated with visitation, and the visit occurs in a manner that does not place other residents at risk (e.g., in the resident’s room), the resident will be allowed to receive visitors as he/she chooses. There is no limit as to the number of visitors a resident can have at one time, however visits must still be conducted in a manner that adheres to the core principles of COVID-19 infection prevention and does not increase risk to other residents. Visitors must be able to safely distance from each other in a resident’s room.

CMS strongly encourages all visitors to become vaccinated.  Visits are required to occur in the resident’s room, or in MVB’s designated visitation area in the Chapel or outside. Visitors must take the most direct route to a resident’s room. Visitors should not be in common areas.  If you are not vaccinated, please inform the person assisting you with screening as the resident or POA has the right to determine if they want you to visit.

Pets VisitsIf you would like to have your pet visit inside the community, please contact our Activities Department at (609) 239-3913 so they can review requirements with you.

CMS indicates that visitation can be conducted through different means based on a facility’s structure and residents’ needs, such as in resident rooms, dedicated visitation spaces, and outdoors. Core principles and best practices reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission and should be adhered to at all times. 

Core Principles

  • Visitors who have a positive viral test for COVID-19, symptoms of COVID-19, or currently meet the criteria for quarantine, should defer non-urgent visits.
  • Frequent Hand hygiene (use of alcohol-based hand rub is preferred).
  • Face covering or mask in accordance with CDC guidance.
  • Posting of visuals alerts at the entrance and in strategic places that include information about current recommendations, including cleaning and disinfection.
  • Appropriate use of Personal Protective staff
  • Cohorting ill residents
  • Resident and Staff testing conducted following nationally accepted standards.

CMS indicates that visitors that are unable to adhere to these core principles of COVID-19 infection prevention should not be permitted to visit or should be asked to leave.

Can a visitor share a meal with or assist the resident they are visiting with eating?

Visitors may assist a resident with eating or share a meal in the resident’s room as long as the resident (or representative) and the visitor are aware of the risks of potentially contracting COVID-19 and adhere to the core principles of infection prevention. They may assist a resident with eating in the bistro as long as they are at a separate table and 6 feet away from others.

Visitation for those on Quarantine

While not recommended, residents who are on transmission-based precautions (TBP) or quarantine can still receive visitors. In these cases, visits should occur in the resident’s room and the resident should wear a well-fitting facemask (if tolerated).  Visitors will be required to wear personal protective equipment provided by our team. Before visiting a resident on quarantine, visitors should be made aware of the potential risk of visiting and precautions necessary to visit the resident. Visitors should adhere to the core principles of infection prevention.

Indoor Visitation during an Outbreak Investigation

An outbreak investigation is initiated when a new onset of COVID-19 occurs among residents or staff. While it is safer for visitors not to enter the facility during an outbreak investigation, visitors will still be allowed in the facility.

Visitors will be made aware of the potential risk of visiting during an outbreak investigation and adhere to the core principles of infection prevention. If residents or their representative would like to have a visit during an outbreak investigation, they should wear face coverings or masks during visits, regardless of vaccination status, and visits should ideally occur in the resident’s room.

Suggested Visitation Hours/Entrance

Masonic Village is suggesting that visits be made during the following hours, 10:00 AM to 7:30 PM, to allow us to ensure we are meeting the screening, consents and education requirements.  All visitors are to enter through the main entrance.

Rehab Visitation

While visitation is now allowed at all times, we are requesting that visitors for Rehab contact the neighborhood after 8:00 AM at (609) 239-3979 to determine time frames for visiting that will not conflict with the individual’s physical, occupational and speech therapy sessions.

Communal Activities, Dining and Resident Outings

While adhering to the core principles of COVID-19 infection prevention, communal activities and dining may occur. 

Masonic Village will permit residents to leave the facility as they choose. Should a resident choose to leave, Masonic Village will remind the resident and any individual accompanying the resident to follow all recommended infection prevention practices.

Upon the resident’s return, Masonic Village will take the following actions:

  • Screen residents upon return for signs or symptoms of COVID-19.
  • If the resident or family member reports possible close contact to an individual with COVID-19 while outside of the nursing home, we will test the resident for COVID-19, regardless of vaccination status.
  • If the resident develops signs or symptoms of COVID-19 after the outing, we will test the resident for COVID-19 and place the resident on Transmission-Based Precautions, regardless of vaccination status.
  • Masonic Village will test residents if they leave the nursing home frequently or for a prolonged length of time, such as over 24 hours.
  • Monitor residents for signs and symptoms of COVID-19 daily.
  • Residents who leave the facility for 24 hours or longer will be managed as a new admission or readmission, as recommended by the CDC’s “Interim Infection Prevention and Control recommendations to Prevent SARS-CoV-2 Spread in Nursing Homes.”

Outdoor Visitation is available daily, weather permitting. Pets are permitted for outdoor visits but must be on a leash. Visitors are responsible for any pet clean-up required.

Independent Living

Front Entrance

All deliveries should be directed to the Main Entrance.

The Wellness Center and Independent Salon has reopened for IL Residents. IL Residents can participate at in-person Chapel services.

Dining Services

Café 902/Cornerstone Restaurant

In-person dining in Café 902 has resumed.

Skilled Nursing and Assisted Living

Residents entering our community from a hospital stay or returning from an outside doctor’s appointment are tested as required according to CDC guidelines.


We continue to provide in room engagement, based on a resident’s individualized need, for our residents who prefer to stay in their rooms. In room engagement can include: games, crossword puzzles, seek and find, adult coloring/painting, magazines, reading books, jigsaw puzzles, computer/tablet/smart phone surfing the web, reading mail, conversation with Team Member, Music Therapy, Happy Hour and Snack Chats and utilizing the Computerized IN2L (It’s Never 2 Late) Activity software programs, 1:1 visits.

We are encouraging residents to come out and join the Neighborhood groups.

September  Events

Monday, September 4th — Happy Labor Day!!

Special Entertainment with Nick Canzanese strolling on the Neighborhood Bistros

11:30-11:45 am – Cedar Gardens Bistro

11:55 am to 12:15pm Lilac Lane Bistro

12:25pm to 12:40 pm Cindy Springs Bistro

12:45 pm to 1:00 pm Cedar Cove Bistro

Wednesday, September 6th – Prayer Services/Sing Along with Father John Shimchick on Neighborhoods

10:00 am – Cedar Gardens

10:45 am – Cindy Springs

1:30 pm – Lilac Lane/New Hope Neighborhoods

2:15 pm – Cedar Cove

Room Visitations are also planned throughout the day.

Week of September 4th –  Ice Cream Cart will be on the Neighborhoods:

            Tuesday, September 5th -1st Floor Cedar Cove Neighborhood

            Thursday, September 7th – 3rd Floor Keystone Center Neighborhoods

            Friday, September 8th -2nd Floor Cedar Gardens Neighborhood

Sunday, September 10th – Happy Grandparents Day!

Special Lunch will be served for this special Day

Wednesday, September 13th-

Afternoon with Special Treat – Soft Warm Pretzels with beverages

Special Entertainment – with Strolling Music with Gloria Turk

On Friday, September 15th -Cedar Gardens Neighborhood at 1:30 pm to 3:00 pm AND

Thursday, September 21st  on Cindy Springs Neighborhood at 10:15 am to 11:15 am

Saturday, September 23rd – First Day of Autumn

Monday, September 25th – Special Evening Entertainment on Lilac Lane Bistro at 5:00 pm to 6:00 pm – returning is Arlyn Wolters for some enjoyable dinner music.

Week of September 25th –  Ice Cream Cart will be on the Neighborhoods:

            Tuesday, September 26th – 2nd Floor Cedar Gardens Neighborhood

            Wednesday, September 27th – 3rd Floor Keystone Center Neighborhoods

            Thursday, September 28th – 1st Floor Cedar Cove Neighborhood

Please see the Neighborhood Calendar for ALL additional Activities for the month.                          Any questions reach out to the Life Enrichment Activity Coordinator.

MVB Resident Care Staffing Report

MVB is required to post our skilled nursing staffing each shift where it can be viewed by the public. As visitation is now open, the resident care staffing reports are now posted outside the Nursing Administration Office located on the 3rd floor. If you have any questions, please contact Cindy Shemansky at (609) 239-3924.

Questions and Concerns

Please feel free to contact Cindy Shemansky, Assistant Executive Director, with any questions or concerns at (609) 239-3924. Again, we thank you for your continued patience and support as we continue to navigate through COVID challenges.

Masonic Village at Burlington 9/22/23
COVID IL Event (E-2023-27082)
COVID  SNF Event ( 2023-27272)
COVID AL event (2023-27364


LTC Skilled NursingAssisted LivingIndependent LivingCumulative Residents
COVID +COVID RecoveredPUIDeathsCOVID +COVID RecoveredPUIDeathsCOVID +COVID RecoveredPUIDeathsCOVID +COVID RecoveredPUIDeaths

COVID + Patients admitted from Hospital for Rehab: 6
Number of COVID+ Hospital Patients Recovered: 3

PUI = Persons Under Investigation – includes admissions from hospitals, those returning from ER visits or doctor appointments.

Team Members

Skilled NursingAssisted LivingIndependent LivingHospice
COVID +COVID RecoveredPUIDeathsCOVID +COVID RecoveredPUIDeathsCOVID +COVID RecoveredPUIDeathsCOVID +COVID RecoveredPUIDeaths
Cumulative Team MembersCOVID +:4COVID Recovered: 2Deaths: 0

Data for prior outbreaks may be found here.

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