February 9, 2021

Dear St. Paul Hermitage Families,

 

Now that the positivity rate is lower and our second vaccination clinic is done, we are now receiving many questions about changes to current COVID 19 protocols.  Susan Harden, DON and I attend weekly meetings with IDH.  I will let you know when regulatory changes occur (excursions, visitation, quarantine), what the changes are and when they will be implemented.  We can not make any changes on our own.  It comes from federal, state and county regulators.  

 

Tonight, I received an e-mail from IDH regarding a change to doctor’s appointments.  Residents are now able to go to a doctor’s appointments without needing to quarantine if they go straight there and back.  They will also need to wear an N95 mask.  If a resident chooses to do something along the way, IDH is requiring 14 days of quarantine.  This is for office visits only.  If your loved one’s appointment is at the hospital or if the go to the ER, they will be placed in quarantine for 14 days.  I know that we desire many more changes, but this is the first step.  Please let me know if you have any questions.

 

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 6.2%.

 

Tomorrow is the feast of St. Scholastica, twin sister of St. Benedict.   As a youth, Scholastica consecrated her life to God, and in her later life founded and governed a monastery of nuns.  The Benedictine values of prayer, work, study, community, reverence, and hospitality are hallmarks of the life of St. Scholastica. She is indeed a role model to all of us who are part of the Benedictine Charism.  The sisters of Our Lady of Grace Monastery, who own and work here at the Hermitage, invite you to pray and celebrate with them and Benedictines throughout the world!

 

Blessings,

Sr. Heather Jean

February 7, 2021

Dear St. Paul Hermitage Families,

 

On Friday we had our vaccination clinic.  Everything went very well.  We once again had 100% resident participation and 71% of our staff participated.  Many of us have felt our antibodies working this weekend with fatigue, muscle aches, nausea, and some fevers.  Everyone is feeling better today.  We are grateful to have the antibodies to help protect us from getting COVID 19.  We will have one final clinic on Friday, March 5.  Vaccinations will be available through our pharmacy for new admissions and new employees beginning in March. 

 

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 6.6%.

 

 

Tomorrow we will resume our normal indoor visitation schedule on Monday February 8, 2020. 

As I mentioned on Thursday, visitors will need to wear an N95 mask and face shield during indoor visits.  We will provide you with these items.  We will also provide you with education on how to clean your shield as it is reusable.  This is a preventative measure that IDH is asking us to implement to help keep COVID out of our facility.  We will also provide information to you as to what to do if you feel ill while you are visiting.  If you know you are ill before your visit please cancel.

 

Yesterday was National Frozen Yogurt Day.  H.P Hood developed the first frozen yogurt in 1970 in the United States. It was created as a soft serve treat called Frogurt. Not long afterward, Humphreys and Dannon released their own versions of frozen yogurt. Its popularity grew in the 80s, mostly due to frozen yogurts “health food” status.  Our residential residents enjoyed a big bowl of frozen yogurt delivered by our activity department.  We are grateful for the many creative ways our activity directors help us to celebrate in the midst of this pandemic.

 

Blessings on your week ahead.

 

 

 

Peace,

Sr. Heather Jean

February 4, 2021

Dear St. Paul Hermitage Families,

 

Tomorrow is our vaccination clinic.  We are very excited to receive our second shots tomorrow. The vaccination clinics continue to give us hope that we are one step closer to ending this time of pandemic in our world.  

 

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 7.3%.

 

 

Tomorrow we will have visitation in the garage.  We will not have any visitation this weekend due to the probability of side effects after the second vaccination.  Dr. Hurley recommended that we allow our residents to rest over the weekend.  Since many may feel fatigued and achy after their vaccination.  We will resume our normal indoor visitation schedule on Monday February 8, 2020. 

 

Today on our call with IDH we learned that we are now required to not only test our visitors, but we will need to have you wear an N95 mask and face shield during your indoor visits.  This again is a preventative measure that IDH is asking us to implement to help keep COVID out of our facility.  We will also provide information to you as to what to do if you feel ill while you are visiting.  I thank you in advance for continuing to remain patient in this time of everchanging guidance from IDH and CMS.

 

Blessings to you this evening and know of prayers for each of you.  

 

 

 

 

Peace,

Sr. Heather Jean

February 3, 2021

Dear St. Paul Hermitage Families,

 

As you know on Monday, we had six of our rapid tests come back positive.  Late last evening we received word that they are all false positives.  Today we received all resident tests back and they are all negative.  We are grateful for this good news as we look forward to our second vaccination clinic.

 

 

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 7.4%.

 

 

Tomorrow and Friday we will have visitation in the garage.  We will not have any visitation this weekend due to the probability of side effects after the second vaccination.  Dr. Hurley recommended that we allow our residents to rest over the weekend.  Since many may feel fatigued and achy after their vaccination.  We will resume our normal indoor visitation schedule on Monday February 8, 2020.

 

 

Tomorrow is National Homemade Soup Day.  Many soups also offer medicinal properties. What was once considered a wives’ tale, chicken soup now has the backing of the scientific community. Yes, chicken soup helps relieve the symptoms of the common cold. How? Well, scientists believe that a bowl of the soup may reduce inflammation of the lungs. It is thought that chicken soup slows down the activity of white blood cells that can cause inflammation.  Enjoy a warm bowl of soup today.

 

 

Peace,

Sr. Heather Jean

February 2, 2021

Dear St. Paul Hermitage Families,

 

Today we tested our residents.  We used the PCR test.  This will be our last week to test our residents since the positivity rate has remained below 10%.  While the positivity rate is below 10% , we only need to do exposure testing if an exposure occurs.  Let us continue to pray for the health of our community and for all who have COVID 19.

Our current COVID 19 status is that we have 9 recovered residents.  We have 20 recovered employees.  We have six presumed positives that are awaiting confirmatory PCR tests. We have had no COVID 19 related hospitalizations.  We have had two resident deaths.  We have six pending PCR tests.  Marion county’s positivity rate is currently 7.6%.

Visitation this week will need to be altered some do to our vaccination clinic.  We will have indoor visitation Monday through Wednesday.  We will have visitation in the garage on Thursday and Friday.  We will not have any visitation this weekend due to the probability of side effects after the second vaccination.  Dr. Hurley recommended that we allow our residents to rest over the weekend.  Since many may feel fatigued and achy after their vaccination.  We will resume our normal indoor visitation schedule on Monday February 8, 2020.

 

Tomorrow is National Women Physicians Day This day marks the birthday of Dr. Elizabeth Blackwell, who in 1849 was the first woman to receive a medical degree in the United States. Dr. Blackwell initiated the movement that helped women gain entry and equality in the field of medicine.  We are grateful for the many woman who continue to make an impact in the medical field during this pandemic.

 

Peace,

Sr. Heather Jean

February 1, 2021

 

Dear St. Paul Hermitage Families,

 

Today we tested our staff.  We administered 70 rapid tests.  Sixty-four tests came back negative and six came back positive.  None of our positives were symptomatic.  They all were in the same 1-hour period of testing.  We believe that these are probably false positives.  We have completed PCR tests on the six of them.  I have been in contact with Dr. Hurley and IDH.  Our staff will remain at home isolating until their PCR tests come back.  We will not isolate any residents at this time.   We were told that many facilities are dealing with false positives with the rapid tests.  Let us continue to pray for the health of our community and for all who have COVID 19.

 

 

Our current COVID 19 status is that we have 9 recovered residents.  We have 20 recovered employees.  We have six presumed positives that are awaiting confirmatory PCR tests. We have had no COVID 19 related hospitalizations.  We have had two resident deaths.  We have six pending PCR tests.  Marion county’s positivity rate is currently 7.9%.

 

 

Visitation this week will need to be altered some do to our vaccination clinic.  We will have indoor visitation Monday through Wednesday.  We will have visitation in the garage on Thursday and Friday.  We will not have any visitation this weekend due to the probability of side effects after the second vaccination.  Dr. Hurley recommended that we allow our residents to rest over the weekend.  Since many may feel fatigued and achy after their vaccination.  We will resume our normal indoor visitation schedule on Monday February 8, 2020.

 

 

Tomorrow is Groundhog Day!  Tomorrow the groundhog awakens from his nap and goes outside to see if he can see his shadow. It is believed by many that if the groundhog sees his shadow that there will then be six more weeks of winter.  Let us hope that the groundhog does not see his shadow 😊.  

 

Peace,

Sr. Heather Jean