May 3, 2021

Dear St. Paul Hermitage Families,

CMS has initiated more updates to their COVID 19 guidance.  IDH will be sending out their guidance in response to CMS this week.  I am working on updating our policies.  Once we have IDH guidance and approval we will implement the items below:


  • Vaccinated residents will be able to sit together at meals and activities without social distancing.  We expect to be able to implement this updated guidance on May 10, 2021.

  • Vaccinated Staff members will no longer need to have routine COVID 19 testing.  They will only be tested if they are symptomatic, have a known exposure or if we are in outbreak testing.  This will be the last week that all our employees are tested.  We will implement this change on May 13, 2021.  Staff that are not vaccinated will continue to be tested on a routine basis.

  • Visitors who are not fully vaccinated will be tested once a week if under 10% and twice per week if we are above 10%.  This change will begin on May 10, 2021.

  • We are still waiting on the final guidance for the Essential Family Caregiver program. The bill still has not been passed into law.    We have forms available at the sign in desk for POA’s to fill out.  They will need to select who will be the designated “Essential Caregiver.”  This individual will be able to visit with the resident in their room during a federally declared health emergency. Each resident or POA can select one person from each family to be an “Essential Caregiver.”  That caregiver would be allowed to visit even during times of visitation restrictions.  We would like to have a designation as soon as possible.  Residential Residents will fill out the Essential Caregiver form.


Please let me know if you have any questions regarding any of the above information.  I can be reached at or 317-786-2261 ex. 224.



Our current COVID 19 status is that we have 9 recovered residents.  We have 20 recovered employees.  We have had no COVID 19 related hospitalizations.  We have had two resident deaths.  Marion county’s positivity rate is currently 5.1%.



Visitation has been going well.  I want to add some reminders to this letter.


  • All visitors must sign in at the front door.  You need to sign in and be screened even if you are visiting outside.  We are required to screen everyone who is on St. Paul Hermitage property.

  • Residents can only have two visitors at a time.  We are required by CMS and IDH to keep the number of visitors to a number that allows us to maintain the core principles of infection control: social distancing, hand hygiene and PPE.  Two visitors per resident allows us to still be able to practice good infection control.

  • While many of our residents enjoy visits with your four-legged friends, not all our residents are comfortable around dogs.  We are asking that if you are visiting with a dog to visit out on our patio or in the recreation room.  This will leave the lobby an animal free visitation area.

  • We are currently not able to accommodate family and friends at Mass.  Our chapel is too small.  

  • We are not able to include family and friends at meals because of space limitations.



Thank you for all you are doing to help us continue to keep everyone safe during this pandemic.  Blessings on your week ahead.





Sr. Heather Jean