Dear St. Paul Hermitage Families and Friends,
Last night I shared with you that we would be doing testing for residents on A hall and direct care staff who worked in the health care center on Saturday. Due to the number of tests that we were requesting, they were not able to get them to our facility until tomorrow. They will be here at 9:00 tomorrow morning. We are testing A hall residents and Health Center Direct Care staff that worked on Saturday. I am grateful to Eli Lilly and Company who is working with ISDH to provide testing kits in a greater quantity to help us quickly identify possible exposures. We will be testing from 9:30 am- 1:00 pm. Eli Lilly will process them at an accelerated rate. We will receive results over the weekend.
Our current COVID 19 status is that we have had no COVID 19 positive residents. The test result that we were waiting on came back negative. We give thanks to God for this great news. We have had five COVID positive employees. Three have are recovered and have returned to work. We have had no COVID 19 related hospitalizations or deaths for both employees and residents.
I realized that in yesterday’s e-mail there was some confusion regarding which hallway I was talking about. When entering the Health Care Center, A Hall is to the right and B Hall is to the left. Yesterday, I personally called the Health Care Representative of each resident who would be tested prior to sending out the group email. Please know this will always be the way that this type of information is shared.
Today was a rainy day, but it cleared up in the afternoon. Many of our residents were able to get outside for some patio time in the afternoon. We also had a birthday today in our community. We had a unique window visit to our celebrant on the third floor. Friends and family visited this third-floor resident’s window with a cherry picker. It brought all our residents’ great joy to see visitors in a cherry picker. Our staff enjoyed it too. Thank you for the many creative ways that you continue to reach out to your loved ones during this pandemic. It certainly adds joy to our day.
Let us continue to pray for one another and the world. Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns.
Sr. Heather Jean