Dear St. Paul Hermitage Families,
Today we received some wonderful news. None of our residents on A Hall tested positive for COVID 19. We did have three direct caregivers test positive. All other staff who were tested came back negative. We are grateful to God for the negative tests. Let us continue to pray for our ill staff members at this time. I am in dialogue with Dr. Hurley about what steps need to be taken in regard to precautions and additional testing.
Our current COVID 19 status is that we have had no COVID 19 positive residents. We have had eight 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 currently have five Health Care employees out ill, four from COVID 19. We are addressing this staffing concern in several ways. Many of us have been trained to be Personal Care Attendants. Administrative staff have been working either Sunday - Thursday or Tuesday - Saturday. In addition, for the next two weeks we are splitting our team with half of nursing administration working days and half working evenings. I will be working evenings this week. I will try to get my update out before I start assisting in the Health Center. I also will need to do my resident updates through letters instead of on our television station. I will begin this tomorrow. We are actively recruiting additional team members through leading age, zip recruiter and ISDH’s volunteer network.
One of our activity staff members will be out for the next two weeks. We will only have activity staff on the Health Care Center from 10 am- 4 pm daily. If you would like to set up a video chat in the Health Center please e-mail me at by 9 pm the night before. We will use this procedure until May 18.
Our residents participated in exercise, rosary, window visits and video chats. The enjoyed watching the spring rain and birds out the windows today.
Please know of my continued prayers and love. Let me know if you have any questions or concerns.
Sr. Heather Jean