Dear St. Paul Hermitage Families and Friends,
Today was another beautiful spring day. Our residents enjoyed time outdoors and many of them had window visitors. It is always good to see you as participate in window visits and virtual chats.
Our current COVID 19 status is that we have had no COVID 19 positive residents. We have had eight COVID positive employees. All our staff 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 one test pending.
I have had a few questions about what our facility is going to do regarding routine COVID 19 testing. It has been on the news that CMS is asking facilities to do routine testing of facility staff and residents. Currently, ISDH is working on coming out with guidelines to meet this federal mandate. Since testing is very costly and resources are limited, ISDH is figuring out how to handle the new regulations. I have set up a few virtual meetings for next week with lab companies that we can partner with to begin to do routine testing. We are hoping to`q1 do the first set of routine testing in the next two weeks. I will let you know in the coming days what St. Paul Hermitage’s plan will be.
Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns. Know that I hold each of you in my daily prayers.
In Christ’s Peace,
Sr. Heather Jean