December 22, 2020

Dear St. Paul Hermitage Families,

 

Today was Christmas hat day.  We had many residents and staff participate.  It was fun to see the variety of hats and antlers.  Our Director of Therapy won the cheer award today with her dancing tree hat that played Rocking Around the Christmas Tree.  Tomorrow we are having boxed lunches from Subway.  Our staff will get to pick a stocking filled with treats and a gift card.  Thanks to all of you who have helped support our Spirit week.  We are having a great week leading up to Christmas. Tomorrow is green and red day.   

 

Today most of our residents were able to come off quarantine.  We are grateful that we have almost all green rooms in time for the holidays.  We are looking forward to having visitation daily throughout the holidays. 

 

Our winter outdoor visitation schedule will remain the same during Christmas week.  Health Center residents who are not on quarantine can have visitors Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday.  Our Residential residents will have visitation on Wednesday, Friday, and Sunday. Winter visitation will take place in the garage.  Space is limited to five residents with two guests per time slot.  It will be cold.  Please dress like you are attending a bonfire.  We will provide lap blankets for the residents.  If you would like a blanket, please bring one with you.  Parking for winter visitation can be accessed from Southern Avenue.  It is in the back-parking lot.  Please arrive 15 minutes early to have a COVID test completed prior to your visit.  Please see below for visitation times:

 

1:00 pm- 2:00 pm

2:30 pm- 3:30 pm

4:30 pm- 5:30 pm

6:30 pm- 7:30 pm

 

Our current COVID 19 status is that we have 8 recovered residents. We have one presumed positive waiting on a confirmatory PCR test.  We have 17 recovered employees.  We have one active employee who is quarantining at home.    We have had no COVID 19 related hospitalizations.  We have had two resident deaths.  We have 76 staff tests and 56 resident tests pending.  Marion county’s positivity rate is currently 13.6.

 

We will not have daily letters from Friday December 25 until Tuesday December 29.  I will send out a quick update if something urgent needs to be communicated during that time.  I am taking a few days away from St. Paul Hermitage to be with my community.  Sam Ndungu, ADON and Susan Harden, DON will be on call while I am away.

 

Blessings and peace to each of you as we enter the final days of Advent.

 

Blessings,

Sr. Heather Jean

December 21, 2020

Dear St. Paul Hermitage Families,

 

Today was Christmas pajama day.  We had many residents and staff participate.  It really did add cheer to our environment.  Our residents also enjoyed watching It’s a Wonderful Life.  I am grateful for these ways that we can celebrate even during this pandemic.  Tomorrow is Christmas hat day.  Thank you for helping your loved one get ready for Holiday Spirit week. 

 

Late last evening we received our one pending staff test back.  It was positive.  This person has been off and quarantining since their positive rapid test on Friday.  We tested all the staff members from the same department with rapid tests.  They all came back negative.  We tested all our staff today with PCR tests.  We have 76 staff tests pending.  We will test all our residents tomorrow.  B-Hall in the Health Care center will be getting off quarantine tomorrow and is able to receive visitors.  

 

Our winter outdoor visitation schedule will remain the same during Christmas week.  Health Center residents who are not on quarantine can have visitors Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday.  Our Residential residents will have visitation on Wednesday, Friday, and Sunday. Winter visitation will take place in the garage.  Space is limited to five residents with two guests per time slot.  It will be cold.  Please dress like you are attending a bonfire.  We will provide lap blankets for the residents.  If you would like a blanket, please bring one with you.  Parking for winter visitation can be accessed from Southern Avenue.  It is in the back-parking lot.  Please arrive 15 minutes early to have a COVID test completed prior to your visit.  Please see below for visitation times:

 

1:00 pm- 2:00 pm

2:30 pm- 3:30 pm

4:30 pm- 5:30 pm

6:30 pm- 7:30 pm

 

Our current COVID 19 status is that we have 8 recovered residents. We have one presumed positive waiting on a confirmatory PCR test.  We have 16 recovered employees.  We have two active employees who are quarantining at home.    We have had no COVID 19 related hospitalizations.  We have had two resident deaths.  We have 1 staff test pending.  Marion county’s positivity rate is currently 13.8.

 

I am attaching the EUA information on the Moderna vaccine to this letter.  It was approved this weekend. 

We received the consents for our vaccination clinic.  Susan and I will be reaching out to each family after

the New Year to find out if you consent and if you have any questions.  We will also meet with the residents

in residential to answer questions and gain consent.  We do not have a clinic date yet.  I will let you know

as soon as it is scheduled.

 

 

Blessings,

Sr. Heather Jean

December 20, 2020

Dear St. Paul Hermitage Families,

 

Today we received all our resident tests back from Thursday and one of our pending staff tests.  They were all negative.  This includes our presumed positive resident and one of the presumed positive staff members.  They are no longer considered a positive since they both had two PCR tests that did not confirm the rapid positive. We had a resident who was not feeling well today.  We tested them with a rapid test.  It came back positive.  We also completed a PCR test.  That individual was moved to a private room in the yellow zone until we have a confirmatory PCR test. 

 

Our winter outdoor visitation schedule will remain the same during Christmas week.  Health Center residents who are not on quarantine can have visitors Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday.  Our Residential residents will have visitation on Wednesday, Friday, and Sunday. Winter visitation will take place in the garage.  Space is limited to five residents with two guests per time slot.  It will be cold.  Please dress like you are attending a bonfire.  We will provide lap blankets for the residents.  If you would like a blanket, please bring one with you.  Parking for winter visitation can be accessed from Southern Avenue.  It is in the back-parking lot.  Please arrive 15 minutes early to have a COVID test completed prior to your visit.  Please see below for visitation times:

 

1:00 pm- 2:00 pm

2:30 pm- 3:30 pm

4:30 pm- 5:30 pm

6:30 pm- 7:30 pm

 

We will not have daily letters from Friday December 25 until Tuesday December 29.  I will send out a quick update if something urgent needs to be communicated during that time.  I am taking a few days away from St. Paul Hermitage to be with my community.  Sam Ndungu, ADON and Susan Harden, DON will be on call while I am away.

 

Our current COVID 19 status is that we have 8 recovered residents. We have one presumed positive waiting on a confirmatory PCR test.  We have 16 recovered employees.  We have one active employee who is quarantining at home.  We have one presumed positive waiting on their first PCR test.  We have had no COVID 19 related hospitalizations.  We have had two resident deaths.  We have 1 staff test pending.  Marion county’s positivity rate is currently 13.8.

 

Know of my prayers for you as we enter this Christmas week.  

 

Blessings,

Sr. Heather Jean

December 19, 2020

Dear St. Paul Hermitage Families,

 

Today was a quiet Saturday.  Many of our residents enjoyed virtual and window visits.  It is nice to be able to connect in a variety of ways.  We will continue to offer virtual chats daily from 1 pm- 5:00 pm.  Please contact 317-786-2261 ex. 0 to schedule a time.   This is a great way for our residents in quarantine to still have regular contact with you.  We will be able to offer virtual visits on Christmas Eve, but not on Christmas Day due to support staff being off.

 

Our winter outdoor visitation schedule will remain the same during Christmas week.  Health Center residents who are not on quarantine can have visitors Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday.  Our Residential residents will have visitation on Wednesday, Friday, and Sunday. Winter visitation will take place in the garage.  Space is limited to five residents with two guests per time slot.  It will be cold.  Please dress like you are attending a bonfire.  We will provide lap blankets for the residents.  If you would like a blanket, please bring one with you.  Parking for winter visitation can be accessed from Southern Avenue.  It is in the back-parking lot.  Please arrive 15 minutes early to have a COVID test completed prior to your visit.  Please see below for visitation times:

 

1:00 pm- 2:00 pm

2:30 pm- 3:30 pm

4:30 pm- 5:30 pm

6:30 pm- 7:30 pm

 

 

We will not have daily letters from Friday December 25 until Tuesday December 29.  I will send out a quick update if something urgent needs to be communicated during that time.  I am taking a few days away from St. Paul Hermitage to be with my community.  Sam Ndungu, ADON and Susan Harden, DON will be on call while I am away.

 

 

We received 11 of our Residential residents’ tests back.  They were all negative.  We are grateful for that good news.

 

Our current COVID 19 status is that we have 8 recovered residents. We have one presumed positive waiting on a second PCR test.  We have 16 recovered employees.  We have one active employee who is quarantining at home.  We have one presumed positive waiting on a second PCR test.  We have one presumed positive waiting on their first PCR test.  We have had no COVID 19 related hospitalizations.  We have had two resident deaths.  We have 45 resident tests pending and 2 staff tests pending.  Marion county’s positivity rate is currently 13.5.%.

 

 

Blessings to each of you.  May this last week of Advent be filled with hope, peace, joy and love.

 

 

Blessings,

Sr. Heather Jean

December 18, 2020

Dear St. Paul Hermitage Families,

 

Today we tested all our staff. We did not receive our PCR tests until late this evening.  Our staff were tested using rapid tests.  We had 70 negative tests and 1 positive test.  The positive staff member was working and was immediately sent home to quarantine.  They had a PCR test done and are a presumed positive until their PCR test comes back.  They are an indirect caregiver.  We do not need to quarantine any residents currently because they spend less then 15 minutes with each resident a day.

 

We have altered our testing days for next two week because of the holidays.  Since Christmas and New Year are on a Friday, we will be testing staff Monday and Wednesday.  Residents will be tested on Tuesday.  

 

We will not have daily letters from Friday December 25 until Tuesday December 29.  I will send out a quick update if something urgent needs to be communicated during that time.  I am taking a few days away from St. Paul Hermitage to be with my community.  Sam Ndungu, ADON and Susan Harden, DON will be on call while I am away.

 

Our current COVID 19 status is that we have 8 recovered residents. We have one presumed positive waiting on a second PCR test.  We have 16 recovered employees.  We have one active employee who is quarantining at home.  We have one presumed positive waiting on a second PCR test.  We have one presumed positive waiting on their first PCR test.  We have had no COVID 19 related hospitalizations.  We have had two resident deaths.  We have 56 resident tests pending and 2 staff tests pending.  Marion county’s positivity rate is currently 13.6%.

 

We have had several clothing items dropped off for our Holiday Spirit week.  Thank you for helping your loved one be able to participate. See below for a reminder of our Spirit dress for each day.  

 

Monday December 21- Christmas Pajama Day

Tuesday December 22- Santa Hat Day (Hats, antlers, elf ears, etc.)

Wednesday December 23- Christmas Color Day (Wear Red or Green)

Thursday December 24- Christmas Sweater Day     

 

Blessings to you as we enter the weekend and the final week of Advent.

 

Peace,

Sr. Heather Jean

December 17, 2020

Dear St. Paul Hermitage Families,

 

Today we tested all our residents.  We will continue to test them every Thursday until the county positivity rate is below 10% for two or weeks.  We have 56 resident tests pending.  Hopefully, we will receive these tests back this weekend.  We will have staff testing tomorrow. 

 

We received our pending staff PCR test back.  It was negative.  We are grateful for this good news.  They will have another PCR test tomorrow.  If it comes back negative, we will be able to take some of our health center residents off isolation precautions.  We will keep you updated on who is in the yellow isolation area.  Only our residents that are currently in green zones can have visitation.  We only have a handful of Health Center residents who can have visitation at this time.  We will continue to update you regarding visitation with your loved one.

 

Our current COVID 19 status is that we have 8 recovered residents. We have one presumed positive waiting on a second PCR test.  We have 16 recovered employees.  We have one active employee who is quarantining at home.  We have one presumed positive waiting on a second PCR test.  We have had no COVID 19 related hospitalizations.  We have had two resident deaths.  Marion county’s positivity rate is currently 13.6%.

 

The week of Christmas we will be having a facility wide holiday spirit week.   We will have different themed days.  You can help us by making sure your loved one has something to wear each day.

 

Monday December 21- Christmas Pajama Day

Tuesday December 22- Santa Hat Day (Hats, antlers, elf ears, etc.)

Wednesday December 23- Christmas Color Day (Wear Red or Green)

Thursday December 24- Christmas Sweater Day     

 

Know of my gratitude and prayers for each of you.  It is a blessing to serve as administrator of St. Paul Hermitage.

 

 

Peace,

Sr. Heather Jean

December  16,  2020

Dear St. Paul Hermitage Families,

 

Today Babcock Electric finished the garage for winter visitation.  This week we have visitation on Thursday and Saturday on Health Care.  Residential Residents will have visitation on Friday and Saturday. Visitation will take place in the garage.  Space is limited to five residents with two guests per time slot.  It will be cold.  Please dress like you are attending a bonfire.  We will provide lap blankets for the residents.  If you would like a blanket, please bring one with you.  Parking for winter visitation can be accessed from Southern Avenue.  It is in the back-parking lot.  Please arrive 15 minutes early to have a COVID test completed prior to your visit.  Please see below for visitation times:

 

1:00 pm- 2:00 pm 

2:30 pm- 3:30 pm 

4:30 pm- 5:30 pm 

6:30 pm- 7:30 pm 

 

We will need to adjust hours for Holiday Visitation.  I will let you know more about that this weekend.

 

Today we received the PCR test for our presumed positive resident.  It came back negative.  We will do one more PCR test, but we do believe the rapid test was a false positive.

 

Our current COVID 19 status is that we have 8 recovered residents. We have one presumed positive.  We have 16 recovered employees.  We have one active employee who is quarantining at home.  We have one presumed positive waiting on a confirmatory PCR test.  We have had no COVID 19 related hospitalizations.  We have had two resident deaths.  Marion county’s positivity rate is currently 13.9%.

The week of Christmas we will be having a facility wide holiday spirit week.   We will have different themed days.  You can help us by making sure your loved one has something to wear each day.

Monday December 21- Christmas Pajama Day

Tuesday December 22- Santa Hat Day (Hats, antlers, elf ears, etc.)

Wednesday December 23- Christmas Color Day (Wear Red or Green)

Thursday December 24- Christmas Sweater Day     

Know of my prayers for you each day.         

 

Peace,

Sr. Heather Jean

December 15, 2020

Dear St. Paul Hermitage Families,

 

Today we tested our staff using rapid tests.  We had one staff test positive. This individual worked today.  They were tested at the end of their shift and began feeling ill on their way home.  The individual who tested positive is a member of our leadership team.  Prior to today they last worked Saturday.  They do work with Health Center residents.  We are waiting to speak with IDH regarding quarantine measures.  

 

Winter visitation will take place this week on Thursday and Saturday for Health Center Residents.  Residential visitation will take place on Friday and Sunday.  Visitation will take place in the garage.  Space is limited to five residents with two guests per time slot.  It will be cold.  Please dress like you are attending a bonfire.  We will provide lap blankets for the residents.  If you would like a blanket, please bring one with you.  Parking for winter visitation can be accessed from Southern Avenue.  It is in the back-parking lot.  Please arrive 15 minutes early to have a COVID test completed prior to your visit.  Please see below for visitation times:

 

1:00 pm- 2:00 pm

2:30 pm- 3:30 pm

4:30 pm- 5:30 pm

6:30 pm- 7:30 pm

Our current COVID 19 status is that we have 8 recovered residents. We have one presumed positive with a pending confirmatory PCR test.  We have 15 recovered employees.  We have two active employees who are quarantined at home.  We have one presumed positive waiting on a confirmatory PCR test.  We have had no COVID 19 related hospitalizations.  We have had two resident deaths.  Marion county’s positivity rate is currently 13.7%.

I know that it is disappointing news that we have a another presumed positive staff member. We do everything we can internally to stop the spread of COVID 19.  The county positivity rate remains high.  Until we reach a point in the general population were people wear masks, social distance, stay at home when sick and receive the vaccination when available, our population remains vulnerable.  Dr. Hurley said that most nursing facilities are seeing an increase in staff cases and are having residents in and out of quarantine.  He said one of the keys to moving through this stage of the pandemic is to get vaccinated and to encourage your loved ones to get vaccinated.  Know of my prayers.

 

Peace,

Sr. Heather Jean

 

 

 

December 14, 2020

Dear St. Paul Hermitage Families,

 

Today Babcock Electric worked on installing a second heater, pulling more electric to the garage, and adding additional lighting.  This project is going to take longer than expected.  They will not be done with the electrical work until Wednesday afternoon.  We will not be able to have residential visitation on Wednesday this week.  We will have it on Friday and Sunday.  I am sorry for the delay, but once this project is done it will make the garage more comfortable on colder winter days.

 

 

Today we rapid tested our Health Center residents using rapid tests.  All the tests came back negative except one.  We did a confirmatory PCR test that should be back in 24-48 hours.  This resident will remain in the yellow zone until their case is confirmed per IDH guidance.  They are in a private room.  Many of our residents on A Hall will be coming off isolation precautions tomorrow.  They will be able to return to eating in the dining room, participating in activities and outdoor visitation.  They will have visitation on Thursday and Saturday this week.  You can sign up for visitation by calling the main desk.  

 

 

Winter visitation will take place in the garage.  Space is limited to five residents with two guests per time slot.  It will be cold.  Please dress like you are attending a bonfire.  We will provide lap blankets for the residents.  If you would like a blanket, please bring one with you.  Parking for winter visitation can be accessed from Southern Avenue.  It is in the back-parking lot.  Please arrive 15 minutes early to have a COVID test completed prior to your visit.  Please see below for visitation times:

 

1:00 pm- 2:00 pm

2:30 pm- 3:30 pm

4:30 pm- 5:30 pm

6:30 pm- 7:30 pm

 

 

Our current COVID 19 status is that we have 8 recovered residents. We have one pending confirmatory PCR test.  We have 15 recovered employees.  We have two active employees who are quarantined at home.  We have had no COVID 19 related hospitalizations.  We have had two resident deaths.  Marion county’s positivity rate is currently 13.7%.

 

 

I know that it is disappointing news that we have a resident that may have COVID 19.  We do everything we can to keep our residents safe.  The county positivity rate remains high.  Until we reach a point in the general population were people wear masks, social distance, stay at home when sick and receive the vaccination when available, our population remains vulnerable.  Know of my prayers.

 

Peace,

Sr. Heather Jean

December 13, 2020

Dear St. Paul Hermitage Families,

 

Today we enter the third week of Advent.  We lit our rose-colored candle today at Mass.  This candle represents joy.  It seems fitting that all our residents’ tests from Thursday came back negative.  This is very joyful news.  Let us continue to pray for good health.  We will have resident testing facility wide on Thursday.  We will test Healthcare residents Monday and Thursday.  If the resident tests on A Hall come back negative again tomorrow, they will be able to come out of quarantine on Tuesday.

 

Visitation days will return to normal next week for residential.  Those days are Wednesday, Friday and Sunday.  You can sign up for visitation by calling the main desk.  Winter visitation will take place in the garage.  Space is limited to five residents with two guests per time slot.  It will be cold.  Please dress like you are attending a bonfire.  We will provide lap blankets for the residents.  If you would like a blanket, please bring one with you.  Parking for winter visitation can be accessed from Southern Avenue.  It is in the back-parking lot.  Please arrive 15 minutes early to have a COVID test completed prior to your visit.  Please see below for visitation times:

 

1:00 pm- 2:00 pm

2:30 pm- 3:30 pm

4:30 pm- 5:30 pm

6:30 pm- 7:30 pm

Our current COVID 19 status is that we have 8 recovered residents.  We have 15 recovered employees.  We have two active employees who are quarantined at home.  We have had no COVID 19 related hospitalizations.  We have had two resident deaths.  Marion county’s positivity rate is currently 13.7%.

We are still accepting lights, gift cards or cash donation towards our Spirit week activities.   You can drop them off in person or send them through the mail.  I will send out pictures next week of our decorated doors.  It is beginning to look a lot like Christmas around the halls of St. Paul Hermitage.

 

Blessings on your week ahead.  May you find joy each day this week as we continue to journey towards receiving Christ in the manger this Christmas.

 

Peace,

Sr. Heather Jean

December 12, 2020

Dear St. Paul Hermitage Families,

 

This has been a very difficult year with the COVID-19 pandemic, but I am pleased to share some good news. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has found a COVID-19 vaccine to be safe and effective. Our facility will be able to give the vaccine to residents in the coming year. This is very encouraging news.  

 

We encourage as many residents as possible to get this vaccine. The elderly have a much higher risk for getting very sick, being hospitalized, or dying from COVID-19. The vaccine has been shown to provide a great deal of protection against serious illness due to COVID-19. The more residents that get vaccinated, the better we can protect our community against potential outbreaks and save lives.  I will continue to share information regarding the Moderna vaccine, which we will be using at our vaccination clinics.  The Moderna vaccine is set to be approved by the FDA soon.

 

Our current COVID 19 status is that we have 8 recovered residents.  We have 15 recovered employees.  We have two active employees who are quarantined at home.  We have had no COVID 19 related hospitalizations.  We have had two resident deaths.  We have 78 staff tests and 56 resident tests pending.  Marion county’s positivity rate is currently 14.2%.

 

Tomorrow is the birthday of the National Guard.  National Guard Soldiers serve both community and country. Their versatility enables them to respond to domestic emergencies, overseas combat missions, counter-drug efforts, reconstruction missions and more. We are grateful for the members of the Guard whom have been deployed to St Paul Hermitage to help out during the pandemic.  

 

Blessings to each of you as we enter the third week of advent. 

 

Peace,

Sr. Heather Jean

December 11, 2020

Dear St. Paul Hermitage Families,

 

Today we tested our staff.  We have 78 staff tests pending and 56 resident tests.  We should receive these tests back this weekend.  I will keep you posted on the results.

Winter visitation is up and running.  Residential residents have enjoyed visitation this week.  Health Care is quarantined at this time.  They can participate in virtual visitation.  We will have our second garage heater installed on Monday.  We also will add extra lighting.  We are grateful for Babcock Electrical for completing this work.

Visitation days will return to normal next week for residential.  Those days are Wednesday, Friday and Sunday.  You can sign up for visitation by calling the main desk.  Winter visitation will take place in the garage.  Space is limited to five residents with two guests per time slot.  It will be cold.  Please dress like you are attending a bonfire.  We will provide lap blankets for the residents.  If you would like a blanket, please bring one with you.  Parking for winter visitation can be accessed from Southern Avenue.  It is in the back-parking lot.  Please arrive 15 minutes early to have a COVID test completed prior to your visit.  Please see below for visitation times:

 

1:00 pm- 2:00 pm

2:30 pm- 3:30 pm

4:30 pm- 5:30 pm

6:30 pm- 7:30 pm

 

Our current COVID 19 status is that we have 8 recovered residents.  We have 15 recovered employees.  We have two active employees who are quarantined at home.  We have had no COVID 19 related hospitalizations.  We have had two resident deaths.  Marion county’s positivity rate is currently 14.4%.

Thank you so much to everyone who donated lights for our Health Center Residents and to our staff Christmas party.  We are still accepting donations if you would like to drop off lights, gift cards or make a cash donation towards our Spirit week activities.  I will send out pictures next week of our decorated doors.  It is beginning to look a lot like Christmas around the halls of St. Paul Hermitage.

 

Blessings on your weekend.  Know of my prayers for you.

 

Peace,

Sr. Heather Jean

December 10, 2020

Dear St. Paul Hermitage Families,

 

Today IDH sent frequently asked questions to share with our families.  IDH is expecting that Residential 

and Nursing facilities will receive vaccines in the first quarter of 2020.  CVS will facilitate our vaccine

clinics.  When they are ready, they will send us consents prior to the clinic.  Please let me know if you

have any questions.

 

1.        How is a vaccine developed and tested?

§  Approval of a vaccine for use in people involves multiple phases with different goals for assessing effectiveness and safety in different populations. There are a total of 4 phases and the vaccine must meet very intense safety criteria before completing each phase. Once a vaccine is approved for use after phase 3, it has been tested in tens of thousands of people and if no significant harmful side effects are noted, it is considered safe for use. Phase 4 involves continued monitoring and gathering of safety data. This type of clinical trial has been used for decades to approve medications and vaccines.

 

2.       What are the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) requirements for the safety and efficacy of a COVID-19 vaccine?

§  FDA requires 50% efficacy of a COVID-19 vaccine (the COVID-19 vaccines from Pfizer and Moderna are showing 94-95% efficacy in preventing COVID-19 disease during this trial phase). Many other companies are working on a vaccine and we expect that others will be approved by the FDA.

§  FDA requires 8 weeks of safety data on the COVID-19 vaccine.

 

3.       How will we know it is safe?

§  Safety is the most important requirement for the vaccine and is assessed in trials by independent experts.

§  Most adverse side effects occur within 6 weeks of vaccine administration, and the FDA has required 8 weeks of safety monitoring so it can track any side effects.

§  FDA advises a minimum of 3,000 participants to assess safety. The current phase 3 trials have 30,000 to 50,000 participants. This really demonstrates how safety is a top priority for the FDA and the medical community.

 

4.      Who else will be evaluating this vaccine to ensure it is safe and effective?

§  There are 2 advisory committees: (1) The Vaccine and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee (VRBPAC) that advises the FDA; (2) The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) that advises the CDC.

§  These advisory boards are independent. Their job is to monitor vaccines to ensure safety regardless of money, politics, etc.

§  The people on these committees are experts from academic institutions and they are vetted to avoid a conflict of interest. Experts who may have a conflict of interest are not put on these committees.

§  The committees will evaluate the vaccine data for safety and efficacy, and also help to determine how it will be distributed.

 

5.       What are the types of potential vaccines that may be approved?

§  Messenger RNA (mRNA) vaccines are a new type of vaccine undergoing clinical trials (see question #6 below for more information on this). There are also other types vaccines being studied that are similar to vaccines we have used for other diseases. None of these can give you COVID- 19! The goal is to give your body the tools it needs to fight COVID-19 effectively and/or prevent you from getting it at all.

§  Also, none of the proposed vaccines contain live or killed viral particles, even though some other effective vaccines for other diseases have (see question #6 below for more information on how these new vaccines work).

§  Most of the vaccines that are currently being tested will require 2 doses to be effective, given about 3-4 weeks apart.

§  This is to make sure your body has enough antibodies to fight COVID-19. Getting 2 doses within 3-4 weeks has been shown to be safe and there are other vaccines we have been using for years that require multiple doses without causing harm.

 

6.      How does an mRNA vaccine work?

§  According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) website, mRNA vaccines contain material from the SARS-CoV-2 virus that causes COVID-19. This material gives our cells instructions for how to make a harmless protein that is unique to the virus. This protein cannot build a virus or cause infection. After our cells make copies of the protein, they destroy the genetic material from the vaccine. Our bodies recognize that the protein should not be there and build antibodies that will remember how to fight the virus that causes COVID-19 if we are infected in the future.

§  While mRNA technology is new in vaccine development, this technology is being successfully used in cancer treatments.

§  For more information, visit the CDC website: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019- ncov/vaccines/about-vaccines/how-they-work.html

 

7.       What is an Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) and if the vaccine is approved for an EUA, what does that mean?

§  An EUA is based on the need to use a vaccine quickly to save lives during an urgent health crisis.

§  You may be anxious about the speed with which a vaccine has been approved. While the EUA is a shorter process, no steps are skipped in the safety evaluation process.

§  This approval can still take weeks and the FDA will re-evaluate the numbers and data to ensure that the calculations are correct.

§  The FDA will assess if the vaccine's known and potential benefits outweigh the known and potential risks.

§  Both advisory boards (VRBPAC and ACIP) will also review all the data and information.

 

8.      How long will the vaccine protect us?

§  It is likely that we will not know the answer to that question when a vaccine is released. That will take more research.

 

§  This vaccine may be like the annual flu vaccine, where we may need to have vaccine shots for COVID-19 on a regular basis. More research is needed to know this and it also depends on whether and how much the virus changes over the coming months to years.

 

9.      When will we be protected after we get the vaccine?

§  Even when people receive the vaccine they will not be immediately protected and will need to continue wearing masks, social distancing and practicing frequent hand hygiene.

§  Some vaccines will require 2 shots, with a few weeks between each shot, and protection will usually occur about 2 weeks after the second shot.

§  While no vaccine is 100% effective, some of the vaccines proposed are anticipated to be more than 90% effective. This will greatly reduce your risk of getting sick with COVID-19 and spreading COVID-19 to your loved ones.

 

10.   After I have had the second dose of the vaccine and it is 2 weeks after my second shot, do I still have to wear a mask?

§  Yes. Even though you have received your vaccine, most of the people around you have not. We know the vaccine prevents disease in the vaccinated person, but it still may be possible to transmit the disease to others, until the vaccine is in widespread use.

§  Wearing a mask, social distancing, and practicing hand hygiene protects those who have not been vaccinated, especially our residents in long-term care.

 

11.     What if I had COVID-19 or I took a test that showed I have antibodies? Should I get the vaccine?

§  Yes, even if you have had COVID-19, it is safe to get the vaccine and this can add additional protection without causing any harm.

§  If you have had a test that shows you have COVID-19 antibodies, you should still get the vaccine. It is safe and can increase your protection from future COVID-19 infections.

 

12.    What are some of the possible side effects of the COVID-19 vaccine? Will the vaccine make me sick?

§  The vaccines currently being tested in clinical trials can cause short-term discomfort (such as headache, muscle pains, fatigue, chills, fever, and pain at injection site) in a percentage of the people who receive them. This is the effect of your body developing immunity. Clinical trial participants reported that the discomfort went away after a day, sometimes sooner. When you receive the second dose of the vaccine, the discomfort can be more pronounced. This is a normal reaction, so be prepared.

§  If you experience discomfort after the first dose of the vaccine, it is very important that you still receive the second dose a few weeks later for the vaccine to be effective.

§  This does not mean that the vaccine has given you COVID-19. Rather, this means that the

vaccine is causing your body’s immune system to react and create antibodies to fight off the virus.

In other words, if you feel some discomfort, then the vaccine is doing its job!

§  In some cases, a person may already be infected with COVID-19 when they get the vaccine but are asymptomatic or pre-symptomatic. If they later have symptoms of COVID-19 or test positive for it, it does not mean they got COVID-19 from the vaccine.

 

13.    We should expect that vaccine recommendations will change as additional vaccines are approved.

§  At first, we may have one vaccine, then hopefully two or three. As different vaccines become available, some may be found to be better for different populations and different circumstances.

§  Just like our knowledge about the virus itself changes over time, so will the recommendations about vaccines.

 

14.    What can I be doing now while we wait for a vaccine to be approved and distributed?

§  It is important to know about the process of how a vaccine is approved so you can ask questions.

§  Listen to the VRBPAC and ACIP committees’ discussions as they are all public. Check the websites for updates:

-       VRBPAC meetings: https://www.fda.gov/advisory-committees/vaccines-and-related- biological-products-advisory-committee/2020-meeting-materials-vaccines-and-related- biological-products-advisory-committee

-       Here’s a link to the recorded meeting from October 22, 2020:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1XTiL9rUpkg

-       ACIP meetings: https://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/acip/meetings/index.html

§  Ask your medical director or provider about the vaccine and have them share information and answer questions. You can talk to them about how they are planning to make their decision to get the COVID-19 vaccine.

§  It will be important to get your information from reliable sources, such as the CDC (www.cdc.gov), the Immunization Action Coalition (https://www.immunize.org), your facility’s medical director, and other providers so you can get accurate information. Social media is full of misinformation and opinions based on that misinformation, so be careful to look to reputable sources (such as those affiliated with academic institutions or non-profit professional organizations like AMDA) for information.

§  Look for specific data on potential COVID-19 vaccines and listen to/read the scientists’

evaluations of the data.

 

15.    Is the flu vaccine also safe and effective?

§  Yes! The flu vaccine is a good example of how vaccines can help prevent disease and be safe.

§  It is more important this year than ever to get your flu shot so you can decrease your risk of getting the flu (you can get both the flu and COVID-19 at the same time), and reduce the spread of flu to others. This will also decrease the burden on healthcare staff who are caring for those with COVID-19.

 

16.    Who will be able to get the vaccine in a nursing home?

§  CDC is recommending that nursing home residents and staff be among the first to get the vaccine. Long-term care staff will often be able to get vaccinated before the residents to decrease the risk of exposing the residents to COVID-19. Long-term care staff will include anyone who works in a nursing home, such as those who work in environmental services, not just those who perform direct patient care. This also includes staff who visit the nursing home, including doctors, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, medical directors, lab technicians and consultants.

 

Our current COVID 19 status is that we have 8 recovered residents.  We have 15 recovered employees.  We have two active employees who are quarantined at home.  We have had no COVID 19 related hospitalizations.  We have had two resident deaths.  Marion county’s positivity rate is currently 14.7%.

 

Blessings to you this evening.

 

Peace,

Sr. Heather Jean

December 9, 2020

Dear St. Paul Hermitage Families,

 

Today we tested our Health Center residents with rapid tests.  They all came back negative.  We are grateful for this good news.  We will do extended tests on all residents tomorrow. 

We are still working on the heat in the garage.  We have one heater up and running.  A second one will be installed next week.  We also need to add extra lighting.  Babcock Electric will be here on Monday to complete this work.

 

 I have been concerned about not having visitation.  Since it is warmer Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, I asked for emergency approval from IDH to begin before the work is complete.  We can begin outdoor visitation for residential residents beginning tomorrow.  We will have residential visitation Thursday, Friday, and Saturday this week.  You can sign up for visitation by calling the main desk.  Winter visitation will take place in the garage.  Space is limited to five residents with two guests per time slot.  It will be cold.  Please dress like you are attending a bonfire.  We will provide lap blankets for the residents.  If you would like a blanket, please bring one with you.  Parking for winter visitation can be accessed from Southern Avenue.  It is in the back-parking lot.  Please arrive 15 minutes early.  Please see below for visitation times:

 

Thursday, Friday and Saturday

 

1:00 pm- 2:00 pm

2:30 pm- 3:30 pm

4:30 pm- 5:30 pm

6:30 pm- 7:30 pm

 

Next week we will go back to our original schedule of Wednesday, Friday and Sunday.

Our current COVID 19 status is that we have 8 recovered residents.  We have 15 recovered employees.  We have two active employees who are quarantined at home.  We have had no COVID 19 related hospitalizations.  We have had two resident deaths.  Marion county’s positivity rate is currently 14.6%.

 

If you have questions regarding COVID policies, procedures, or infection control questions, please contact me at administrator@stpaulhermitage.org or 317-213-8430.  If you have any questions regarding direct care or medications, please contact Susan Harden, DON at director.nursing@stpaulhermitage.org or 317-809-0894.  If you have any questions or concerns about missing items, roommate concerns, housekeeping, laundry or food related concerns please contact our Director of Social Services, Dena Elbracht at social.services@stpaulhermitage.org or 317-786-2261 ex.222.  

Know of my prayers and love.  We look forward to beginning residential visitation tomorrow.

 

Blessings,

Sr. Heather Jean

 

December 8, 2020

Dear St. Paul Hermitage Families,

 

Today we tested our staff.  We used rapid tests.  This is because of a delay in receiving test kits.  We had one staff member test positive.  All our other staff tests were negative.  The staff positive was a direct caregiver who works in our Health Care Center.  They last worked yesterday.  The whole Health Center is now on quarantine.  We did a confirmatory PCR test.  Tomorrow we will do rapid tests on all Health Care residents.  

 

We continue to decorate for Christmas.  If anyone has extra Christmas lights, we are collecting them to decorate the windows inside residents’ rooms in Health Care.  Christmas lights help add joy to the season.  We want to do something special in their rooms since they are quarantined so close to Christmas.  If you do have extra lights, please drop them off with the National Guard at the door.  Thank you for helping spread Christmas cheer in this way.

 

Our current COVID 19 status is that we have 8 recovered residents.  We have 15 recovered employees.  We have two active employees who are quarantined at home.  We have had no COVID 19 related hospitalizations.  We have had two resident deaths.  Marion county’s positivity rate is currently 14.6%.

 

If you have questions regarding COVID policies, procedures, or infection control questions, please contact me at administrator@stpaulhermitage.org or 317-213-8430.  If you have any questions regarding direct care or medications, please contact Susan Harden, DON at director.nursing@stpaulhermitage.org or 317-809-0894.  If you have any questions or concerns about missing items, roommate concerns, housekeeping, laundry or food related concerns please contact our Director of Social Services, Dena Elbracht at social.services@stpaulhermitage.org or 317-786-2261 ex.222. 

 

I know it’s hard to hear the news of an employee testing positive.  Let us continue to pray for the FDA as they review and approve COVID 19 vaccines. 

 

Blessings,

Sr. Heather Jean

December 7, 2020

Dear St. Paul Hermitage Families,

 

Today we tested our residents who are quarantined in the yellow zone.  We used rapid tests.  They were all negative.  Tomorrow we are testing our staff.  We will be using rapid tests.  This is because of a delay in receiving test kits.  We will do the extended tests on Thursday and Friday on residents and staff.  

Our residents enjoyed watching Miracle on 34th Street.  We had a great turn out in both viewing locations.  Everyone enjoyed watching a Christmas classic and eating some popcorn.  Our Christmas decorations are beginning to go up throughout the facility.  All next week we will be having a door decorating contest.  We are encouraging our residents to participate and help deck the halls by decorating their doors.  Our staff will assist our residents as needed to decorate their doors.

Our current COVID 19 status is that we have 8 recovered residents.  We have 15 recovered employees.  We have one active employee who is quarantined at home.  We have had no COVID 19 related hospitalizations.  We have had two resident deaths.  Marion county’s positivity rate is currently 14.5%.

If you have questions regarding COVID policies, procedures, or infection control questions, please contact me at administrator@stpaulhermitage.org or 317-213-8430.  If you have any questions regarding direct care or medications, please contact Susan Harden, DON at director.nursing@stpaulhermitage.org or 317-809-0894.  If you have any questions or concerns about missing items, roommate concerns, housekeeping, laundry or food related concerns please contact our Director of Social Services, Dena Elbracht at social.services@stpaulhermitage.org or 317-786-2261 ex.222.  

 

May you be surrounded by peace this evening.  Know of my prayers for each of you.

 

Blessings,

Sr. Heather Jean

December 6, 2020

Dear St. Paul Hermitage Families,

 

Today we received all of our residential resident and staff tests back.  They were all negative.  We are grateful for continued good health in our community.  We will continue to test staff on Tuesday and Friday.  We will test our residents on Thursday.  Our residents who are quarantined will be tested on Monday and Thursday.  This will continue if our county positivity rate remains high.  

 

Our current COVID 19 status is that we have 8 recovered residents.  We have 15 recovered employees.  We have one active employee who is quarantined at home.  We have had no COVID 19 related hospitalizations.  We have had two resident deaths.  Marion county’s positivity rate is currently 14.1%.

If you have questions regarding COVID policies, procedures, or infection control questions, please contact me at administrator@stpaulhermitage.org or 317-213-8430.  If you have any questions regarding direct care or medications, please contact Susan Harden, DON at director.nursing@stpaulhermitage.org or 317-809-0894.  If you have any questions or concerns about missing items, roommate concerns, housekeeping, laundry or food related concerns please contact our Director of Social Services, Dena Elbracht at social.services@stpaulhermitage.org or 317-786-2261 ex.222.  

 

Today we celebrate the Feast of St. Nicholas.  St. Nicholas is known for his generosity and love for others particular in service to the poor.  May we seek to find ways this week to give generously of ourselves in love to others.  Blessings on your week ahead. 

 

Peace,

Sr. Heather Jean

December 5, 2020

Dear St. Paul Hermitage Residents and Family Members,

 

In the last couple weeks, our Infection Prevention Team has participated in training and education around the new vaccine.  Each week IDH will be sharing information regarding the vaccine and its distribution.  Below you will find this week’s information.

 

By now you have probably learned that COVID-19 vaccines will soon be approved and ready for distribution to the public. We have long awaited this exciting news, and expect that our health care staff and residents will be among the first to receive these vaccines.

 

We understand that some of you may be concerned about the safety of these new vaccines, as they have been developed and tested far more quickly than those in the past. We want to assure you that the speed with which these vaccines were developed is not due to skipping important safety steps, but rather the result of focused, collaborative work performed by experts across the globe. Vaccines approved for use by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration have undergone the same level of rigorous testing for safety and efficacy as other vaccines and have been tested in tens of thousands of people, including older adults. Two independent advisory committees of experts from academic institutions also monitor vaccines to ensure their safety.

 

Most of the COVID-19 vaccines require two separate doses given about three or four weeks apart, depending on the vaccine. Participants of clinical trials have reported experiencing short-term side effects after being vaccinated, with more pronounced discomfort after the second dose. These possible side effects include headache, muscle pains, fatigue, chills, fever and pain at the injection site. Sometimes there is misunderstanding about the cause of these reactions, as you may have heard someone say a vaccine has “made them sick” or given them the disease that the vaccine was intended to prevent. We want to be clear that this is not the case. The COVID-19 vaccine cannot you give you a COVID-19 infection of disease. The vaccine works by helping the body create antibodies to fight off the virus. Feeling discomfort after getting the vaccine means that the vaccine is doing its job and your body is making antibodies.

 

We, along with thousands of other long term care facilities, are participating in a program with the Centers for Disease Control to help us most efficiently distribute these vaccines to our residents free of charge once they are available. We will keep you informed of this process as we move forward. Our staff will also have the opportunity to get vaccinated through this program, if they have not been vaccinated previously.

 

I encourage you to reach out to us if you have any questions about the COVID-19 vaccine, its possible side effects, and what to expect after you or a loved one receives it. As we have been saying over the course of this difficult year, we are all in this together. Please know that the safety and wellbeing of our staff and residents have been and remain our top priority. We are confident that the worldwide, unprecedented scientific achievement of these COVID-19 vaccines will eventually enable to us enjoy life with our loved ones again. We look forward to doing our part in this effort by getting the COVID-19 vaccine, and hope you will join us.

 

Our current COVID 19 status is that we have 8 recovered residents.  We have 15 recovered employees.  We have one active employee who is quarantined at home.  We have had no COVID 19 related hospitalizations.  We have had two resident deaths.  Marion county’s positivity rate is currently 13.4%.

 

Blessings,

Sr. Heather Jean 

December 4, 2020

Dear St. Paul Hermitage Families,

 

Today we tested our staff.  We have 56 resident and 79 staff tests pending. I will let you know when they come in.

 

We continue to work on our winterized outdoor visitation area.  We are in the process of getting more electricity out to our garage.  Babcock Electric will be doing additional work early next week.  We need additional electricity to run a second heater and to add additional lighting.  We hope to have the work completed as soon as possible.  I will keep you updated.  Without the second heater, it is not warm enough to be out there very long.  We are trying to make it a comfortable place to visit during this spike in COVID cases.

 

Our current COVID 19 status is that we have 8 recovered residents.  We have 15 recovered employees.  We have one active employee who is quarantined at home.  We have had no COVID 19 related hospitalizations.  We have had two resident deaths.  Marion county’s positivity rate is currently 12.7%.

If you have questions regarding COVID policies, procedures, or infection control questions, please contact me at administrator@stpaulhermitage.org or 317-213-8430.  If you have any questions regarding direct care or medications, please contact Susan Harden, DON at director.nursing@stpaulhermitage.org or 317-809-0894.  If you have any questions or concerns about missing items, roommate concerns, housekeeping, laundry or food related concerns please contact our Director of Social Services, Dena Elbracht at social.services@stpaulhermitage.org or 317-786-2261 ex.222.  

Blessings on your weekend.

 

Peace,

Sr. Heather Jean

December. 3, 2020

Dear St. Paul Hermitage Families,

 

Today we tested all our residents.  We will continue to test them every Thursday until the county positivity rate is below 10% for two or weeks.  We have 56 resident tests pending.  Hopefully, we will receive these tests back this weekend.  We will have staff testing tomorrow. 

 

The week of Christmas we will be having a facility wide holiday spirit week.   We will have different themed days.  You can help us by making sure your loved one has something to wear each day.

 

Monday December 21- Christmas Pajama Day

Tuesday December 22- Santa Hat Day (Hats, antlers, elf ears, etc.)

Wednesday December 23- Christmas Color Day (Wear Red or Green)

Thursday December 24- Christmas Sweater Day              

 

I have been asked about gifts or donations for our staff Christmas party.  We will not be able to have a formal Christmas party this year.  I want to do a couple of treat days during our Christmas Spirit week.  On Christmas Eve we will have a socially distanced doughnuts with Santa and Mrs. Clause for our staff and residents.  On Tuesday, December 22 I am planning on getting our staff boxed lunches from Subway.  If you would like to a monetary donate to our spirit week instead of our annual Christmas party, you are welcome to support our staff in this way.  You can also purchase gift cards and we will use them as prizes throughout our spirit week.  Thank you for always inquiring about ways to support and celebrate our staff.  They have done a wonderful job throughout this pandemic.

 

Know of my gratitude and prayers for each of you.  It is a blessing to serve as administrator of St. Paul Hermitage.

 

Peace,

Sr. Heather Jean

December 2,  2020

Dear St. Paul Hermitage Families,

 

Our staff is beginning to decorate for Christmas.  We also have been in the process of planning some different activities for this holiday season.  In the next few e-mails, I will share some highlights.  We will be having Matinee Mondays.  We will be showing these movies in our Health Care Dining Room, Residential Party Room and on Channel 41 for residents who are in quarantine. Matinees will begin at 2:00 pm.  We will be showing the following movies and serving popcorn and drinks.  

 

·       Monday December 7- Miracle on 34th Street

·       Monday December 14- Holiday Inn

·       Monday December 21- It’s a Wonderful Life

·       Monday December 28- White Christmas

Our current COVID 19 status is that we have 8 recovered residents.  We have 15 recovered employees.  We have one active employee who is quarantined at home.  We have had no COVID 19 related hospitalizations.  We have had two resident deaths.  Marion county’s positivity rate is currently 11.8%.

 

As this pandemic enters into a time when there is both flu and COVID in the community, our Infection Prevention Team is spending many hours a day in meetings,  continuing education, testing staff and residents, policy writing and preparing for possible vaccinations in the coming months.  With this in mind, we need to divide up questions and concerns.  If you have questions regarding COVID policies, procedures, or infection control questions, please contact me at administrator@stpaulhermitage.org or 317-213-8430.  If you have any questions regarding direct care or medications, please contact Susan Harden, DON at director.nursing@stpaulhermitage.org or 317-809-0894.  If you have any questions or concerns in any other area please contact our Director of Social Services, Dena Elbracht at social.services@stpaulhermitage.org or 317-786-2261 ex.222.  We want to address any questions or concerns you may have in a timely manner and dividing the questions/concerns will help us to be able to respond in a timelier manner.  Thank you for your help with this matter.

 

 

Blessings and peace to you this evening.  Let us continue to remember in prayer all those who are currently ill with COVID 19 throughout our world.  

 

Peace,

Sr. Heather Jean

December 1, 2020

Dear St. Paul Hermitage Families,

 

Today we tested our staff.  We did the rapid tests because our test kits from the lab did not arrive in time.  We tested 76 staff members.  75 tests came back negative.  1 test came back positive.  That employee was experiencing symptoms.  They woke up ill this morning.  They last worked yesterday on the Health Care unit.  All residents that the employee cared for have been placed in quarantine for 14 days.  Their families have been notified.  Our common areas and dining rooms will remain open for residents who are not in quarantine.  I know this is not the news that any of us wanted to hear.  The positivity rate in our county remains high, which affects our ability to keep COVID 19 completely out of our building.  Our staff continue to wear N-95 masks and shields or goggles throughout their shift.  I am grateful for all they do each day to do their part to keep our residents safe.

 

Our current COVID 19 status is that we have 8 recovered residents.  We have 15 recovered employees.  We have one active employee who is quarantined at home.  We have had no COVID 19 related hospitalizations.  We have had two resident deaths.  Marion county’s positivity rate is currently 11.8%.

 

As this pandemic enters into a time when there is both flu and COVID in the community, our Infection Prevention Team is spending many hours a day in meetings,  continuing education, testing staff and residents, policy writing and preparing for possible vaccinations in the coming months.  With this in mind, we need to divide up questions and concerns.  If you have questions regarding COVID policies, procedures, or infection control questions, please contact me at administrator@stpaulhermitage.org or 317-213-8430.  If you have any questions regarding direct care or medications, please contact Susan Harden, DON at director.nursing@stpaulhermitage.org or 317-809-0894.  If you have any questions or concerns in any other area please contact our Director of Social Services, Dena Elbracht at social.services@stpaulhermitage.org or 317-786-2261 ex.222.  We want to address any questions or concerns you may have in a timely manner and dividing the questions/concerns will help us to be able to respond in a timelier manner.  Thank you for your help with this matter.

 

Know of my continued prayers for you.  I know this journey feels long at this time, but we will get through it together.

 

 

Peace,

Sr. Heather Jean

December 30, 2020

Dear St. Paul Hermitage Families,

 

Today we received our staff PCR tests back.  They were all negative.  We are grateful for this good news.  We also rapid tested staff today.  All our tests were negative.  We will test our Health Care residents again on Saturday.  

 

I received our date for our first COVID vaccination clinic.  We have partnered with CVS.  Our first vaccination clinic will be on January 8, 2021.  That is a week from Friday.  We are grateful to receive an early vaccination date.  We have passed out the information on the Moderna vaccine to our residents who are able to consent on their own.  It is the same information that I have shared with you.  I will be in contact with the POA of residents who are unable to make the decision on their own. Please let me know if you have any questions.  We are blessed to have a vaccination clinic date set. 

 

Our current COVID 19 status is that we have 8 recovered residents.  We have one active resident case.  We have one presumed positive.  We have 17 recovered.  We have one active employee who is quarantining at home.    We have had no COVID 19 related hospitalizations.  We have had two resident deaths.  We have 56 resident tests pending.  Marion county’s positivity rate is currently 13.4.

 

Yesterday, we had another Infection Control Survey.  We were once again deficiency free.  We are grateful for another good survey.  I did ask about having leadership onsite seven days a week.  Since the monastery is so close, I will be able to spend my days off at the monastery.  I will only stay the night in the building Sunday through Thursday.  Friday and Saturday, I will stay at the monastery.  Starting January 1, 2020, I will only write updates Sunday through Thursday unless we a new case that needs to be reported. 

 

Blessings and joy to you as we end the year 2020 and enter a new year.  May 2021 be filled with many blessings and an end to this pandemic.    

 

With Love,

Sr. Heather Jean

December 29, 2020

Dear St. Paul Hermitage Families,

 

Our residents enjoyed virtual chats, window, and outdoor visits today.  We are grateful for the many ways we can connect this holiday season.  Thank you for continuing to help your loved ones celebrate.  We look forward to you joining us for visitation over New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day weekend.  We have visitation daily outside in the garage.  You can sign up for visitation by calling the front desk.  

 

 

Our current COVID 19 status is that we have 8 recovered residents. We have one active resident.  We have one presumed positive.  We have 17 recovered employees.  We have one active employee who is quarantining at home.    We have had no COVID 19 related hospitalizations.  We have had two resident deaths.  We have 76 staff tests and 56 resident tests pending.  Marion county’s positivity rate is currently 12.1.

 

 

We will test our staff with rapid tests tomorrow.  Starting next week we will have staff testing on Monday and Thursday.  Resident testing will be on Tuesday.  This will continue while the positivity rate in Marion county is above 10%.

 

Blessings on your evening and know of my prayers for each of you.

 

With Love,

Sr. Heather Jean

December 25, 2020

Dear St. Paul Hermitage Families,

 

On Christmas Eve we received our remaining staff tests back and all resident tests back.  We did have one test come back positive.  The test was from a Health Care resident.  We immediately moved this resident to the COVID Unit.  The resident with the presumptive positive was moved to the COVID unit after consulting with IDH and Dr. Hurley because they are roommates. That is why we were advised to move both.   We will rapid test all Health Care residents tomorrow.  I will update you with the results.  Please continue to pray for all who are ill with COVID 19.   

 

 

Our current COVID 19 status is that we have 8 recovered residents. We have one active COVID resident and one presumed positive.  We have 17 recovered employees.  We have one active employee who is quarantining at home.    We have had no COVID 19 related hospitalizations.  We have had two resident deaths.  We have 11 staff tests and 56 resident tests pending.  Marion county’s positivity rate is currently 13.2.

 

 

I know this is disappointing news to receive on Christmas Day.  Know that we continue to do everything that we can to keep our residents safe.  The past two months have been particularly hard with the high community positivity rate.  That is why it is so important in the coming year to get vaccinated if you can.  

 

 

As we continue to celebrate the Christmas season, may we find joy in the midst the disappointment and light in the midst of darkness.  May the Christ Child illuminate the way for us as we continue to journey together through this pandemic.

 

With Love,

Sr. Heather Jean

December 23, 2020

Dear St. Paul Hermitage Families,

 

Today we tested our staff members.  We completed 76 rapid tests.  All of them were negative.  We are grateful for this good news!  We also received 65 of our PCR tests back from Monday.  They were all negative. 

 

Our residents have been enjoying visitation with their family members.  What a wonderful Christmas gift that most of our residents can visit outside at this time.  We also continue to offer virtual chat daily.  We will not have virtual chats on Christmas.  It is going to be very cold Christmas day.  If you are visiting your loved one, please dress accordingly.  Our winter outdoor visitation schedule will remain the same during Christmas week.  Health Center residents who are not on quarantine can have visitors Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday.  Our Residential residents will have visitation on Wednesday, Friday, and Sunday. Winter visitation will take place in the garage.  Space is limited to five residents with two guests per time slot. We will provide lap blankets for the residents.  If you would like a blanket, please bring one with you.  Parking for winter visitation can be accessed from Southern Avenue.  It is in the back-parking lot.  Please arrive 15 minutes early to have a COVID test completed prior to your visit.  Please see below for visitation times:

 

1:00 pm- 2:00 pm

2:30 pm- 3:30 pm

4:30 pm- 5:30 pm

6:30 pm- 7:30 pm

Our current COVID 19 status is that we have 8 recovered residents. We have one presumed positive waiting on a confirmatory PCR test.  We have 17 recovered employees.  We have one active employee who is quarantining at home.    We have had no COVID 19 related hospitalizations.  We have had two resident deaths.  We have 11 staff tests and 56 resident tests pending.  Marion county’s positivity rate is currently 13.5.

We will not have daily letters from Friday December 25 until Tuesday December 29.  I will send out a quick update if something urgent needs to be communicated during that time.  I am taking a few days away from St. Paul Hermitage to be with my community.  Sam Ndungu, ADON and Susan Harden, DON will be on call while I am away.

Blessings to you as you continue to prepare to celebrate the gift of Christmas.  May we continue to celebrate the gift of the Christ child during this pandemic.  My favorite Christmas hymn is O Holy Night.  This year I understand the chorus in a whole new way.  The world is weary and tired from the pandemic and yet there is still hope.  May our weary and tired souls rejoice in the gift of God’s love and goodness this Christmas.

 

A thrill of hope, the weary world rejoices

For yonder breaks a new and glorious morn'

Fall on your knees, oh, hear the Angels' voices

Oh, night divine, oh, night when Christ was born

Oh, night divine, oh, night, oh night divine

 

With Love,

Sr. Heather Jean

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