April 5, 2021

Dear St. Paul Hermitage Families,


This week IDH updated some of the guidance and we have updated our policies.  A lot of it is based on positivity rate.  I want to share some of the updates below.  We will post the positivity rate at our front door each day.


  • Staff PPE: Our staff will wear surgical masks throughout their shift when the positivity rate is below 5%.  Staff will wear an N95 mask and goggles or a shield when the positivity is above 5%.


  • Visitor PPE:  Visitors may wear a well-fitting cloth mask when the positivity rate is below 5%.  Surgical masks will be available at the check in if you prefer to wear a surgical mask when it is below 5%. If the positivity rate is between 5%-10% visitors will wear a surgical mask provided by the facility.  If the positivity rate is above 10% visitors will wear an N95 mask and face shield provided by the facility.


  • Management Onsite:  If the positivity rate is below 5%, we will not have management onsite 24 hours a day.  If the positivity rate is between 5%-10%, management will be onsite 3 nights per week.  If the positivity rate is above 10% management will be onsite 7 days a week.  Even though I will be staying at the monastery now that the positivity rate is lower, I am still at the monastery on the property and can get to St. Paul Hermitage quickly if needed.  I look forward to more time with my community this year.  



There is a good chance that the positivity rate may fluctuate some in the coming weeks due to March Madness, Easter and Spring Break.  It is still important that we continue to do our part to reduce the positivity rate by social distancing, practicing good hand hygiene, mask wearing and getting vaccinated.


Please let me know if you have any questions regarding any of the above information.  I can be reached at administrator@stpaulhermitage.org 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 4.1%.


Happy Easter!  May you know the joy and peace of the Risen Lord.




Sr. Heather Jean


501 North 17th Street

Beech Grove, Indiana  46107


T: 317-78 6-2261

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