Dear St. Paul Hermitage Families,
Today was a day filled with many window visits, Video Chats and deliveries. It was a joy to see so many of you here today. It is good to be connected even with our visitation restrictions. The staff wanted me to express our gratitude for the treats and notes that we have received. It means a lot to us to have your prayers and support.
Today, the Indiana Health Commissioner requested that all long-term care facilities and residential care facilities require all Health Care workers to wear masks. We will begin to do this tomorrow. I will in-service our staff at the beginning of each shift tomorrow. We will continue to follow this directive until we are advised otherwise. I wanted to alert you to this new request. I do want anyone worried that our residents are sick if they see us in masks. It is a preventative measure. During the Indian State Department of Health webinar today, they informed us that the FDA approved the use of reusable cloth masks. There is some concern over the nation-wide shortage of disposable masks. They are recommending the use of reusable cloth masks for day to day use and saving the disposable masks for use when caring for someone with a respiratory illness. The reusable masks would be laundered at the end of each shift. They told us that there are patterns online to make reusable masks. My Benedictine Sisters began this evening to make masks for our staff. I am grateful for the way they immediately responded to this need. Our Sisters ran out of elastic this evening. If anyone has any quarter size or smaller elastic that they can donate, please let me know.
Blessing to each of you as we enter this fourth week of lent.
Peace and Good Health,
Sr. Heather Jean Foltz, OSB