Dear St. Paul Hermitage Families and Friends,
Yesterday Governor Holcomb announced his plan for beginning to open back up our state. I have had many questions regarding visitation restrictions at St. Paul Hermitage. Residential and Long-Term Care Facilities are not opening back up for visitation until the final phase of the current plan. We were notified that we will be under visitation restrictions until at least July. I know that this is difficult news to hear. It is hard for me too. I have been connecting with my community through window visits, phone calls, virtual chats and letter writing instead of living among them. Although these are great ways to stay connected during this pandemic, it is not the same as hugging, sharing a meal or a cup of coffee with those that we love most. I know what it feels like to really miss those you love. We will get through this and in the end, we will celebrate the gift of being able to be gathered as community again. My commitment to you is that we will continue to help find ways for you to connect with your loved ones. I applied for a grant through ISDH for funding to get a few more iPads and some amazon echoes to help us virtually connect with you. We are also working on setting up an area on residential for residents who live on the second and third floor to window visit with loved ones.
Our current COVID 19 status is that we have had no COVID 19 positive residents. We have had five COVID positive employees. Three have are recovered and have returned to work. We have had no COVID 19 related hospitalizations or deaths for both employees and residents. We are still waiting for this week’s tests to be processed.
Our residents participated in exercise, rosary, window visits and video chats. The Health Care residents enjoyed playing hallway Pokeno and colored spring pictures. Many of our residents also participated in patio time.
Please know of my continued prayers and love. Let me know if you have any questions or concerns.
Sr. Heather Jean