November 29, 2020

  

Dear St. Paul Hermitage Families,

 

We are still waiting on our resident tests from Friday to come back. Hopefully, they will come back by in the morning.  With the holiday this week, I am sure the lab has many tests to process.  Once our results are back, we will open back up our common areas.  Once we are cleared from outbreak mode, we will only tests residents once a week.  This will take place on Thursdays.  We will continue weekly testing of residents until the county positivity rate is below 10% for two weeks.                                                                             

 

I also wanted to remind you that ISDH is implementing a two-week quarantine for any resident who leaves the building for any reason.  Please make sure any appointments that you are making for your loved ones are essential.  We do not want to quarantine people on an ongoing basis.  It is hard on the residents to be in their rooms for extended periods of time.  

 

Our current COVID 19 status is that we have 8 recovered residents.  We have 15 recovered employees.  We have had no COVID 19 related hospitalizations.  We have had two resident deaths.  We have 18 staff tests pending.  Marion county’s positivity rate is currently 11%.

 

 If you have any questions or concerns, do not hesitate to reach out to me.  You can reach me at 317-213-8430 or administrator@stpaulhermitage.org.

 

Tomorrow our heaters will be installed in the garage.  We will continue to get it ready for the life safety inspection.  We look forward to opening our winterized space soon.  Blessings on the week ahead. 

 

Peace,

Sr. Heather Jean

November 28, 2020

Dear St. Paul Hermitage Families,

 

I need your help with something.  For the past couple of weeks, we been having problems with items being delivered without anyone notifying staff.  This has resulted in items being taken from our front porch and food being spoiled or cold.  I am asking that food be delivered during the hours of 8:00 am- 7:00 pm.  If you are delivering the items, please ring the doorbell and make sure that our receptionist receives the items.  If you are using a delivery service, please ask them to ring the doorbell.  This is important as we are spending money to replace these items and it is adding up.  Thank you for your attention to this matter.

 

Our current COVID 19 status is that we have 8 recovered residents.  We have 15 recovered employees.  We have had no COVID 19 related hospitalizations.  We have had two resident deaths.  We have 18 staff tests pending.  Marion county’s positivity rate is currently 11%.

 

 

 If you have any questions or concerns, do not hesitate to reach out to me.  You can reach me at 317-213-8430 or administrator@stpaulhermitage.org.

 

 

Christians throughout the world begin the 4-week season of Advent tomorrow.  Today we began to prepare the chapel for advent.  We prepared the advent wreath and look forward to lighting the first candle once we are out of quarantine.  Advent is a time to focus on waiting and preparing for the birth of Jesus in our hearts and in our world.  During this time of Advent, we wait and prepare our hearts to receive the light of Christ at Christmas.  As we enter into this time of advent waiting, let us continue to pray for one another as we seek to cultivate within the gifts of hope, love joy and peace that God gives us at Christmas.  Maranatha, Come Lord Jesus!

 

Peace,

Sr. Heather Jean

November 27, 2020

Dear St. Paul Hermitage Families,

 

Today we received the remaining 18 staff tests back.  They were all negative.  We completed rapid tests on all our staff today.  They also came back negative.   We are grateful for the continued good health of our staff.  We completed extended PCR testing on all our residents today.  Once we have those tests back and they are negative, we will open our dining rooms, activity areas and beauty shop.  Please pray for continued good results.  I know our residents are ready to be out of quarantine.

 

On Monday we will have the heaters installed in the garage for outdoor winter visitation.  We are getting the space ready and hope that it will be a nice space for you to visit your loved ones while the county positivity rate remains high.  The Life Safety Officer will be coming next week.  I will let you know once it is approved.  We look forward to you visiting once again.  

 

Our current COVID 19 status is that we have 8 recovered residents.  We have 15 recovered employees.  We have had no COVID 19 related hospitalizations.  We have had two resident deaths.  We have 18 staff tests pending.  Marion county’s positivity rate is currently 11.2 %.

 

 If you have any questions or concerns, do not hesitate to reach out to me.  You can reach me at 317-213-8430 or administrator@stpaulhermitage.org.

 

Blessings on your weekend.  May it be filled with rest, renewal, and joy.

 

Peace,

Sr. Heather Jean

November 26, 2020

Dear St. Paul Hermitage Families,

 

Happy Thanksgiving!  Today as I reflect on our many blessings, I give thanks for each of you.  This has been a hard year for everyone.  Your resilience, grace and gratitude continue to bless my life.  We grieve that you are not here to celebrate with us, but we are grateful for the many ways that each of have reached out to your loved ones today.  May your Thanksgiving be blessed.

 

Today we received 58 of our 75 staff tests back.  They were all negative.  What wonderful news to receive on Thanksgiving!  We will test all our residents and staff tomorrow.

 

Our current COVID 19 status is that we have 1 active resident and 7 recovered residents.  We have had 15 COVID positive employees.  All have recovered.  We have had no COVID 19 related hospitalizations.  We have had two resident deaths.  We have 18 staff tests pending.  Marion county’s positivity rate is currently 11.5 %.

 

 If you have any questions or concerns, do not hesitate to reach out to me.  You can reach me at 317-213-8430 or administrator@stpaulhermitage.org.

 

This year has placed unprecedented challenges upon the healthcare community. We are thankful for the strength and perseverance of healthcare workers everywhere, whose unwavering dedication has brought care and hope into the lives of many.   I am continually grateful to our staff at St. Paul Hermitage.  Their dedication, love and care is a blessing to all. Wishing you a healthy and happy Thanksgiving.

 

 

Peace,

Sr. Heather Jean

November 25, 2020

Dear St. Paul Hermitage Families,

 

Today we received all our resident test results.  They were all negative.  What a wonderful Thanksgiving blessing!  We will complete our final outbreak testing on Friday.  If all the tests come back negative, we will be able to reopen our dining rooms, common areas and beauty shop.  

We have the garage cleaned out.  Our heaters will be installed on Monday.  We hope to have the life safety division of IDH out mid-week.  Once we have their approval, we will be able to open for winter outdoor visitation.  We will not be able to have indoor visitation until our positivity rate is below 10%.  Let us continue to do our part to lower our county positivity rate by staying at home when we can, social distancing and wearing masks.  

Our current COVID 19 status is that we have 1 active resident and 7 recovered residents.  We have had 15 COVID positive employees.  All have recovered.  We have had no COVID 19 related hospitalizations.  We have had two resident deaths.  We have 75 staff tests pending.  Marion county’s positivity rate is currently 12 %.

If you have any questions or concerns, do not hesitate to reach out to me.  You can reach me at 317-213-8430 or administrator@stpaulhermitage.org.

Tomorrow will be a very different Thanksgiving for all of us.  I am grieving the fact that we will not be able to have visitors or our normal family celebrations.  My prayer is that we will continue to be a resilient community that finds way to make the Holidays special during a pandemic.  Continue to window visit, drop off goodies, and know that a time will come when we can gather again.  I want to close with a quote by Cardinal Blase Cupich.  “During these hard times, Thanksgiving will hold a greater importance for us this year. When we count our blessings tomorrow, let us also pray for our loved ones we may not be able to hug, for those who are ill and for the many souls struggling with financial & emotional challenges.”  Blessings on your Thanksgiving.

 

 

Peace,

Sr. Heather Jean

November 24, 2020

Dear St. Paul Hermitage Families,

 

Today was another day filled with testing.  Since the positivity rate is still over 10% in Marion County, we are testing four days of the week.  It requires many hands and lots of data entry to the CDC and IDH.  I am grateful for our leadership team who works tirelessly to make sure testing runs smoothly and that everyone gets tested.  We are blessed by our dedicated staff, who see our care of our residents not just as a job but as calling.  

 

Joan, Susan and I participated in our second week of Project Echo.  We received more education on the state’s recommendations to create zones.  We have had a red zone or COVID Unit since March.  We are grateful that we have only had to use it minimally over the last eight months.  They are now requiring that facilities have a yellow zone that is set aside for isolating residents with known exposures or for those who have left the building on excursions.  This would then create a green zone of residents who are able to be in the dining room, have activities and visitation.  Having three dedicated zones helps to reduce building wide isolation, which was the practice at the beginning of this pandemic.  We have created zones as recommended.  We continue to tweak this practice as we learn more.

 

Our current COVID 19 status is that we have 1 active resident and 7 recovered residents.  We have had 15 COVID positive employees. Fourteen of our employees have recovered and one is out on quarantine.  We have had no COVID 19 related hospitalizations.  We have had two resident deaths.  We have 48 resident tests and 75 staff tests pending.  Marion county’s positivity rate is currently 12.3 %.

 If you have any questions or concerns, do not hesitate to reach out to me.  You can reach me at 317-213-8430 or administrator@stpaulhermitage.org.

 

Today we remember in a special way the 103 Hoosiers who lost their lives in the past twenty-four hours to COVID 19.  May we continue to pray for an end to this pandemic and for the distribution of a vaccine that helps to reduce the number of COVID 19 cases.  

 

Blessings,

Sr. Heather Jean

November 23, 2020

Dear St. Paul Hermitage Families,

 

Today we tested our residential residents.  We did adjust our resident testing schedule this week.  We will be testing on Friday instead of Wednesday.  In outbreak testing, they recommend testing every 3-5 days.  Testing Wednesday is to soon.  Tomorrow we will test our staff.   

 

 

Our current COVID 19 status is that we have 1 active resident and 7 recovered residents.  We have had 15 COVID positive employees. Fourteen of our employees have recovered and one is out on quarantine.  We have had no COVID 19 related hospitalizations.  We have had two resident deaths.  We have 48 resident tests pending.  Marion county’s positivity rate is currently 12.6 %.

 

 

 If you have any questions or concerns, do not hesitate to reach out to me.  You can reach me at 317-213-8430 or administrator@stpaulhermitage.org.

 

 

 

We will continue to offer virtual chats daily from 1 pm- 5:00 pm.  Please contact 317-786-2261 ex. 0 to schedule a time.  We will have different staff members assigned to help with virtual chats. Due to support staff being off we will not be able to offer virtual chats on Thanksgiving.

 

 

Let us continue to pray for one another and for an end to this pandemic.

 

 

Peace,

Sr. Heather Jean

November 24, 2020

Dear St. Paul Hermitage Families,

 

Today was another day filled with testing.  Since the positivity rate is still over 10% in Marion County, we are testing four days of the week.  It requires many hands and lots of data entry to the CDC and IDH.  I am grateful for our leadership team who works tirelessly to make sure testing runs smoothly and that everyone gets tested.  We are blessed by our dedicated staff, who see our care of our residents not just as a job but as calling.  

 

 

Joan, Susan and I participated in our second week of Project Echo.  We received more education on the state’s recommendations to create zones.  We have had a red zone or COVID Unit since March.  We are grateful that we have only had to use it minimally over the last eight months.  They are now requiring that facilities have a yellow zone that is set aside for isolating residents with known exposures or for those who have left the building on excursions.  This would then create a green zone of residents who are able to be in the dining room, have activities and visitation.  Having three dedicated zones helps to reduce building wide isolation, which was the practice at the beginning of this pandemic.  We have created zones as recommended.  We continue to tweak this practice as we learn more.

 

 

Our current COVID 19 status is that we have 1 active resident and 7 recovered residents.  We have had 15 COVID positive employees. Fourteen of our employees have recovered and one is out on quarantine.  We have had no COVID 19 related hospitalizations.  We have had two resident deaths.  We have 48 resident tests and 75 staff tests pending.  Marion county’s positivity rate is currently 12.3 %.

 

 

 If you have any questions or concerns, do not hesitate to reach out to me.  You can reach me at 317-213-8430 or administrator@stpaulhermitage.org.

 

 

Today we remember in a special way the 103 Hoosiers who lost their lives in the past twenty-four hours to COVID 19.  May we continue to pray for an end to this pandemic and for the distribution of a vaccine that helps to reduce the number of COVID 19 cases.  

 

Blessings,

Sr. Heather Jean

November 22, 2020

Dear St. Paul Hermitage Families,

 

Today was a quiet Sunday.  Many of our residents enjoyed virtual and window visits.  It is nice to be able to connect in a variety of ways even during this time of quarantine.  We will continue to offer virtual chats daily from 1 pm- 5:00 pm.  Please contact 317-786-2261 ex. 0 to schedule a time.  We will have different staff members assigned to help with virtual chats. Due to support staff being off we will not be able to offer virtual chats on Thanksgiving.

 

 

Our current COVID 19 status is that we have 1 active resident and 7 recovered residents.  We have had 15 COVID positive employees. Fourteen of our employees have recovered and one is out on quarantine.  We have had no COVID 19 related hospitalizations.  We have had two resident deaths.  Marion county’s positivity rate is currently 13.1 %.

 

 

 If you have any questions or concerns, do not hesitate to reach out to me.  You can reach me at 317-213-8430 or administrator@stpaulhermitage.org.

 

 

 

Tomorrow we will test our residents.  We will test them on Wednesday this week instead of Thursday because of Thanksgiving.  May God bless your week ahead and may we continue to cultivate hearts of gratitude during this pandemic.

 

Peace,

Sr. Heather Jean

November 21, 2020

Dear St. Paul Hermitage Families,

 

All our resident tests came back negative.  We are grateful for the continued good news.  We will test our residents on Monday and Wednesday next week.  Our staff testing days will remain the same.  Once we get through testing next week, we should be able to determine when we will be able to open the dining rooms and activity spaces.  As soon as we have Life Safety approval, we will be able to open again for outdoor visitation.  

 

Our current COVID 19 status is that we have 1 active resident and 7 recovered residents.  We have had 15 COVID positive employees. Fourteen of our employees have recovered and one is out on quarantine.  We have had no COVID 19 related hospitalizations.  We have had two resident deaths.  Marion county’s positivity rate is currently 13.5 %.

 

 

 If you have any questions or concerns, do not hesitate to reach out to me.  You can reach me at 317-213-8430 or administrator@stpaulhermitage.org.

 

 

We will be offering virtual chats daily from 1 pm- 5:00 pm.  Please contact 317-786-2261 ex. 0 to schedule a time.  We will have different staff members assigned to help with virtual chats.

 

 

As we look to the coming week, we know that Thanksgiving will be different for all of us.  It is hard to imagine our dining room and lobby without our families.  We grieve this loss this year.  Know you will be missed.  Yet my heart is still filled with gratitude for so many things.  As we enter the holiday season during this pandemic, may we continue to find ways to stay safe and connect with those we love.

 

Peace,

Sr. Heather Jean

November 20, 2020

 

Dear St. Paul Hermitage Families,

 

Today we tested our staff through rapid testing.  All our tests came back negative.  We are grateful for the continued good health of our staff.  We have 51 resident tests pending.  I will let you know as soon as the results are in.

 

Our current COVID 19 status is that we have 1 active resident and 7 recovered residents.  We have had 15 COVID positive employees. Fourteen of our employees have recovered and one is out on quarantine.  We have had no COVID 19 related hospitalizations.  We have had two resident deaths.  Marion county’s positivity rate is currently 13.7 %.

 

If you have any questions or concerns, do not hesitate to reach out to me.  You can reach me at 317-213-8430 or administrator@stpaulhermitage.org.

 

We will be offering virtual chats daily from 1 pm- 5:00 pm.  Please contact 317-786-2261 ex. 0 to schedule a time.  We will have different staff members assigned to help with virtual chats.

 

As we continue to move through this time of quarantine, know of my prayers for each of you.  It is very hard on all of us when we must have visitation restrictions.  Know that we look forward to being reunited.  We continue to prepare our garage space for outdoor winter visitation.  Blessings on your weekend.

 

Peace,

Sr. Heather Jean

November 19, 2020

Dear St. Paul Hermitage Families,

 

Today we received our remaining staff tests back.  They were all negative.  We are grateful for the continued good health of our staff.  Joan Lutgring, our Infection Preventionist, tested all our residents today.  We will test our employees tomorrow using our rapid tests.   With the positivity rate so high Joan is now testing residents or staff most days of the week.  She does a great job.

 

Joan, Susan, and I are participating in a 16-week program through Indiana University called Project Echo.  It is a project that connects long-term care workers, hospital doctors and policy advocates in small groups to talk about strategies and best practices for managing this current pandemic.  It was great to be able to bounce ideas off each other and to share our experience of working through the pandemic.  It is a wonderful to be a part of this collaboration.

 

 Our current COVID 19 status is that we have 1 active resident and 7 recovered residents.  We have had 15 COVID positive employees. Fourteen of our employees have recovered and one is out on quarantine.  We have had no COVID 19 related hospitalizations.  We have had two resident deaths.  We have 51 resident staff tests pending.  Marion county’s positivity rate is currently 13.8 %.

 

 

If you have any questions or concerns, do not hesitate to reach out to me.  You can reach me at 317-213-8430 or administrator@stpaulhermitage.org.

 

 

We will be offering virtual chats daily from 1 pm- 5:00 pm.  Please contact 317-786-2261 ex. 0 to schedule a time.  We will have different staff members assigned to help with virtual chats.

 

 

Blessings on your evening.

 

Peace,

 

Sr. Heather Jean

November 18, 2020

Dear St. Paul Hermitage Families,

 

Today we received our resident tests back.  They were all negative.  We have 32 of our staff tests back.  They are negative as well.  I am grateful for this good news.  We have 44 staff tests remaining.  We will be testing our residents again tomorrow and our staff on Friday.  Let us continue to pray for all who are ill at this time with COVID 19 and for an end to this pandemic.  

 

Our current COVID 19 status is that we have 1 active resident and 7 recovered residents.  We have had 15 COVID positive employees. Fourteen of our employees have recovered and one is out on quarantine.  We have had no COVID 19 related hospitalizations.  We have had two resident deaths.  Marion county’s positivity rate is currently 13.5 %.

 

If you have any questions or concerns, do not hesitate to reach out to me.  You can reach me at 317-213-8430 or administrator@stpaulhermitage.org.

 

We will be offering virtual chats daily from 1 pm- 5:00 pm.  Please contact 317-786-2261 ex. 0 to schedule a time.  We will have different staff members assigned to help with virtual chats.

 

Our staff continues to make progress on transforming our garage into an outdoor visitation area for the winter months.  They are in the process of cleaning everything out of the garage.  We will send you more details once we are able to get things set up.  We are unsure how many families will be able to visit at a time.  We will have some changes to our policy coming out soon.  Once we go 14 days without a new case of COVID 19, we look forward to opening back up for visitation. 

 

Peace,

Sr. Heather Jean

November 17, 2020

Dear St. Paul Hermitage Families,

 

 

We have tested all the employees and all the residents in both residential and health care.  It seems like we spend a lot of time testing but it is all done to keep the residents and employees safe.  I will let you know when we receive the results from the lab.  

 

 

Our current COVID 19 status is that we have 1 active resident and 7 recovered residents.  We have had 15 COVID positive employees. Fourteen of our employees have recovered and one is out on quarantine.  We have had no COVID 19 related hospitalizations.  We have had two resident deaths.  Marion county’s positivity rate is currently 13.3 %. 

 

 

If you have any questions or concerns, do not hesitate to reach out to me.  You can reach me at 317-213-8430 or administrator@stpaulhermitage.org.

 

 

We will be offering virtual chats daily from 1 pm- 5:00 pm.  Please contact 317-786-2261 ex. 0 to schedule a time.  We will have different staff members assigned to help with virtual chats.

 

 

It is hard to believe that we are half-way through the month of November.  With days being shorter, nights longer and bare branches on the trees, it is clear that we are moving closer to winter.  Let us thank God for the days we will have a little sun as it sure lifts up our hearts.  Enjoy this poem by Elizabeth Coatsworth.  

 

“November comes and November goes,

With the last red berries and the first white snows.

With night coming early and dawn coming late,

And ice in the bucket and frost by the gate.

The fires burn and the kettles sing,

And earth sinks to rest until next spring.”

 

United by prayer, let us trust in the God who accompanies us on this journey.  We are blessed that we are not alone.

 

Blessings,

Sr. Heather Jean

November 16, 2020

Dear St. Paul Hermitage Families,

 

Indiana Department of Health has given approval to use our garage for outdoor visitation during the winter months.  Our staff was busy today cleaning out the garage so that we can get it set up for visitation.  We hope to have this project down by the end of our quarantine.  We will need to have the site approved by IDH.  I am grateful for the many extra ways that our leadership team has pitched in during this pandemic to make projects like this come to completion.  It takes many hands to get the IDH recommendations up and running.  Our staff has done a beautiful job of working together to get these tasks completed.

 

 

Our current COVID 19 status is that we have 1 active resident and 7 recovered residents.  We have had 15 COVID positive employees. Fourteen of our employees have recovered and one is out on quarantine.  We have had no COVID 19 related hospitalizations.  We have had two resident deaths.  Marion county’s positivity rate is currently 12.7 %.

 

 

 If you have any questions or concerns, do not hesitate to reach out to me.  You can reach me at 317-213-8430 or administrator@stpaulhermitage.org.

 

 

We will be offering virtual chats daily from 1 pm- 5:00 pm.  Please contact 317-786-2261 ex. 0 to schedule a time.  We will have different staff members assigned to help with virtual chats.

 

 

Today is the Feast of St. Gertrude.  St. Gertrude the Great was a Benedictine nun and theologian.  Today I remembered my sisters as we celebrated the Feast of St. Gertrude.  In our community it is also the day that we draw our Advent Angel’s name.  During Advent we draw a name of a sister who we pray for throughout the season. Each Sunday of Advent we leave messages or treats for her.  This year will be different, but I am looking forward to finding out who my angel is going to be and finding creative ways to help her enter into the season of advent.  You have all helped me realize the importance of creativity and flexibility.  I am looking forward to participating in this tradition.  

 

 

Peace,

Sr. Heather Jean

November 15, 2020

Dear St. Paul Hermitage Families,

 

I have had some questions as to how I think COVID 19 has gotten into our community.  I believe that there are a variety of factors.  The first is the growing number of cases in Marion County.  Our county’s positivity rate is 12%.  Our staff are very careful and are good about wearing the recommended PPE, but they live outside of St. Paul Hermitage.  They shop for groceries, have kids in school and help take care of aging parents.  They are careful, but they are at the same risk of being exposed to COVID as anyone else is who is balancing work and personal life during this pandemic.  This is why CMS and IDH recommend a greater frequency of testing when the positivity rates are higher.  Our staff also wear surgical masks or N95 masks depending on the level of care they are providing and the zone they are working in.  They also wear goggles or shields, gloves and gowns when providing care.   We wear the appropriate PPE based on the zone a resident lives in.  All staff wear a mask and goggles or shield throughout their entire shift.

 

Another thing that has changed in recent months is that IDH opened excursions up for residents in early September.   Residents could go out for doctor’s appointments and other appointments as approved by administration without needing to quarantine upon return.  IDH are now changing their regulations on excursions.  This is taken from the new IDH excursion recommendations: “Due to widespread community outbreaks of COVID-19, the State Department of Health strongly recommends against residents leaving facilities for excursions, funeral, and weddings. Individuals who leave the facility for these types of visits should be placed in quarantine for 14 days when returning.”  At this time residents who leave St. Paul Hermitage for any reason will need to quarantine for fourteen days upon their return. 

 

Our current COVID 19 status is that we have 1 active resident and 7 recovered residents.  We have had 15 COVID positive employees. Fourteen of our employees have recovered and one is out on quarantine.  We have had no COVID 19 related hospitalizations.  We have had two resident deaths.  Marion county’s positivity rate is currently 12 %.

 

 

If you have any questions or concerns, do not hesitate to reach out to me.  You can reach me at 317-213-8430 or administrator@stpaulhermitage.org.

 

We have decided to change the process for sign up for virtual chats.  We would like you to call the main desk.  That way you can sign up at your convenience.  We will be offering virtual chats daily from 1 pm- 5:00 pm.  Please contact 317-786-2261 ex. 0 to schedule a time.  We will have different staff members assigned to help with virtual chats.

 

 

May God bless the week ahead.  Know you are in my thoughts and prayers.

 

 

Peace,

Sr. Heather Jean

November 14, 2020

Dear St. Paul Hermitage Family Members,

 

Today we received all of our resident tests back from our testing completed on 11/12/2020.  

 

We had one residential resident test positive for COVID 19.  All other tests came back negative.  We immediately moved the resident who tested positive to our COVID unit.  We will continue to follow our outbreak testing guidelines.  We will test all residents (Residential and Health Care) on Monday and Thursday.  We will test staff on Tuesday and Friday.  We also had to return all our residential residents to quarantine.  Since we were dining in the main dining room, it is safest to quarantine all Residential Residents until we go 14 days without a new positive case.  This is the recommendation of IDH and the CDC. 

 

 

I have had questions regarding how we handle staff members who are ill.  I wanted to outline our practice below.

 

As of today 11/14/2020, one staff member working in our Activity Department has tested positive and is quarantined at home. We are currently following the “Criteria for Return to Work for Health Care Personnel with Confirmed or Suspected COVID-19” guidance issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). We have contacted all people who have come into contact with this employee.  We are testing residents, family members and staff who had close contact with this employee.  We also have two receptionists who woke up sick with COVID like symptoms today.  We tested them yesterday and they were negative.   They will remain at home until they are tested Monday and their tests come back negative.

 

As the number of overall cases in our country and Indiana increase exponentially, we expect there will be additional cases at our community because this disease especially impacts people who live in communal settings.

 

Please know that we have followed, and will continue to do so, all guidance set forth for privacy, patient care, employee safety, and efforts to stop the spread of COVID-19 as provided by the Indiana Department of Health (IDH) and the federal Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS).

 

Prior to each shift, staff have their temperature taken, and answer a series of questions to ensure they are not exhibiting any known COVID-19 symptoms. Any employee who develops symptoms during a shift is immediately sent home.  Any staff member who has COVID 19 symptoms is tested with a rapid and extended COVID 19 tests.  Staff members remain off work until their test comes back.  If they are positive, they quarantine at home for at least 10 days.  They are required to have a return to work note from their physician.  If their test comes back negative, they must be symptom free for 72 hours and have a return to work note from their physician.

 

We have increased the daily volume of cleaning done in common, medical, and residential areas. All protective and medical equipment are thoroughly cleaned and disinfected.  They National Guard has been assisting in wiping down high touch areas. 

 

At this time, we will need to stop visitation for our entire St. Paul Hermitage Community. In consultation with IDH, we have decided that this is a necessary step for our community, because the Residential side is quarantine and half of Health care is in quarantine.  This is certainly frustrating when wanting to see loved ones, but we want to do everything in our power to keep our residents healthy. We continue to encourage family members to communicate regularly through FaceTime or Skype calls, phone calls, and emails. For more information on scheduling virtual visitation, please contact a member of our activities departments at 317-786-2261 ex. 226 for residents in health care, and 317-786-2261 ex. 242 for residential residents.

 

Our current COVID 19 status is that we have 1 active resident and 7 recovered residents.  We have had 15 COVID positive employees. Fourteen of our employees have recovered and one is out on quarantine.  We have had no COVID 19 related hospitalizations.  We have had two resident deaths.  Marion county’s positivity rate is currently 11.5.

 

If you have any questions or concerns, do not hesitate to reach out to me.  You can reach me at 317-213-8430 or administrator@stpaulhermitage.org.

 

Let us continue to pray for all those who are ill at this time with COVID 19 and let us continue to do our part to prevent the spread of COVID 19.  Please do all that you can to stay healthy as the positivity rate increases in our county. 

 

Blessings,

Sr. Heather Jean

November 13, 2020

Dear St. Paul Hermitage Families,

 

Today we tested all our staff with our rapid tests.  All the tests came back negative.  We will continue to test our staff twice a week on Tuesday and Friday until our county stays under 10% for two weeks.  We will use the extended tests on Tuesday and the rapid ones on Friday. 

 

 Visitation is now outside only due to our county’s positivity rate.  It is currently cooler outside and many of our residents did not want to stay outside very long.  We will continue to offer outdoor visitation if the weather is above 45 degrees.  I am posting the times below as a reminder.   We are working on another option for outdoor visitation.  It will take us two to three weeks to get it ready.

 

Health Care Indoor Family Visitation will take place Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday.

Afternoon Hours:

1:15 pm-2:15 pm

2:30 pm- 3:30 pm

4:30 pm- 5:30 pm

6:15 pm- 7:15 pm

 

Residential Indoor Family Visitation will take place Wednesday, Friday, and Sunday.

 

Afternoon Hours:

1:00 pm- 2:00 pm

2:30 pm- 3:30 pm

4:30 pm- 5:30 pm

6:30 pm- 7:30 pm

 

Our current COVID 19 status is that we have 7 recovered residents.  We have had 15 COVID positive employees. Fourteen of our employees have recovered and one is out on quarantine.  We have had no COVID 19 related hospitalizations.  We have had two resident deaths.  We have 4 staff and 57 resident tests pending.  Marion county’s positivity rate is currently 10.9.

 

 If you have any questions or concerns, do not hesitate to reach out to me.  You can reach me at 317-213-8430 or administrator@stpaulhermitage.org.

 

 Blessings on your weekend.  Know of my prayers for each of you.

 

Blessings,

Sr. Heather Jean               

November 11, 2020

Dear St. Paul Hermitage Families,

 

Today our county positivity rate increased to 10.3.  We are not able to have indoor visitation except at end of life.  We have come up with a plan that was approved for winter outdoor visitation.   It will take us a couple of weeks to get it set up and prepared for inspection.  I will let you know more details soon.  Until then we will continue to use our patio area.  Today our residential families visited outside.  They enjoyed their time together even with the cooler temperatures.

 

Our current COVID 19 status is that we have seven recovered residents.  We have had thirteen COVID positive employees and fourteen total COVID 19 cases. We have one presumed positive staff member.  All our employees have recovered.  We have had no COVID 19 related hospitalizations.  We have had two resident deaths.  We have 85 staff tests pending.  Marion county’s positivity rate is currently 10.3.

 

If you have any questions or concerns, do not hesitate to reach out to me.  You can reach me at 317-213-8430 or administrator@stpaulhermitage.org.

 

Tomorrow we will test all our residents.  We will continue to do building wide resident testing on Thursday until the positivity rate is below 10% for two weeks.  Let us continue to pray for an end to this pandemic. Please do all you can to stop the spread of COVID.  Know of my prayers for you as we continue to journey through this pandemic together.

 

Blessings,

 

Sr. Heather Jean               

November 10, 2020

Dear St. Paul Hermitage Families,

 

Today was our staff testing day.  We tested 85 employees.  We did not do the rapid tests today.  We did the extended test.  As our county positivity rate continues to increase, we will need to begin testing twice a week.  When we move to twice a week, we will do the PCR test on Tuesday and the rapid tests on Friday.  We believe that our county will likely reach 10% tomorrow.  Therefore, we used the extended test today.

 

With the county positivity rate on the rise, we will also need to test all residents weekly when it is above 10%.  We will test our residents on Thursday of this week.  We will use the extended PCR test as it is more accurate than the rapid tests.  

 

Today Janet and Paul began looking at tents and heaters that are available through our business partners.  They are getting quotes and product information.  We will then send the information to the Life Safety Division of IDH.  Once the products are approved, we will begin getting the appropriate permits and have Life Safety out to approve our structure.   In the meantime, if the positivity rate is over 10 %, we have been instructed that if it is above 45 degrees, we need to have visitation outside. Tomorrow it will be in the mid-50’s.  If the rate at noon is over 10%, we will move visitation outdoors.  Please plan accordingly and dress warm.

 

Today we had a staff member who woke up ill.  We tested them using the rapid test.  Their test cam back positive.  They are now a presumed positive until their extended test comes back.  They last worked yesterday.  They helped with outdoor visitation.  Although we do not feel our families who visited are at risk, since everyone was wearing masks, we will have rapid testing available Thursday during our visitation times.  Please e-mail infection.preventionist@stpaulhermitage.org if you would like to be tested on Thursday.

 

Our current COVID 19 status is that we have seven recovered residents.  We have one presumed positive case.  We have had thirteen COVID positive employees and fourteen total COVID 19 cases. We have one presumed positive staff member.  All our employees have recovered.  We have had no COVID 19 related hospitalizations.  We have had two resident deaths.  Marion county’s positivity rate is currently 9.9.

 

If you have any questions or concerns, do not hesitate to reach out to me.  You can reach me at 317-213-8430 or administrator@stpaulhermitage.org.

 

November helps me to keep gratitude at the forefront of my mind.  Even during this pandemic, there is so much to be grateful for.  One the things I am grateful for is each of you.  You are an important part of our community.  I am grateful for the ways that you have embraced the changes in visitation with patience, grace, and creativity.  May God’s many blessings continue to guide us during this season of thankfulness. 

  

Blessings,

 

Sr. Heather Jean               

November 9, 2020

Dear St. Paul Hermitage Families,

 

Today we received the Indiana Department of Health’s recommendations for the holidays.  I am getting it out to you early so that your family can plan.  It is not recommended that residents in long-term care facilities or residential living communities attend holiday gatherings this year.  We have been advised that anyone who does leave for the holidays will need to quarantine for 14 days after their return to St. Paul Hermitage.  I am attaching the guidance so that you can read what the State is instructing us to do.  I will create our formal policy and submit it to IDH.  Once they approve our policy, I will send it to you.

 

We are working on plans for winterizing our outdoor space.  It is recommended that we have space prepared should our positivity rate continue to remain high.  We are working with the Indiana Guard to facilitate some additional visitation times in the days prior to and after the holidays.  We want to be able to help families to be able to connect with their loved ones in a safe way.

 

Our current COVID 19 status is that we have seven recovered residents.  We have one presumed positive case.  We have had thirteen COVID positive employees and fourteen total COVID 19 cases. All our employees have recovered.  We have had no COVID 19 related hospitalizations.  We have had two resident deaths.  Marion counties positivity rate is currently 9.7.

 

If you have any questions or concerns, do not hesitate to reach out to me.  You can reach me at 317-213-8430 or administrator@stpaulhermitage.org.

 

I am sure it is disappointing to not be able to have your loved one in your home over the holidays, but we will do all that we can to make it a time of celebration and meaningful connection with your loved ones.  Let us continue to pray for an end to the pandemic.

 

Blessings,

 

Sr. Heather Jean               

November 8, 2020

Dear St. Paul Hermitage Families,

 

We have received our remaining Health Care resident tests back.  They were all negative!  We are grateful for this good news.  We will begin visitation once again tomorrow.  We also begin communal dinning.   We will have outdoor visitation through Tuesday.  It is still the preferred method of visitation if the weather cooperates.   Just a couple of reminders.  We will have visitation seven days a week.  Please sign up in advance.  This is very important as it allows as to be prepared for your arrival.  We do need to test everyone who comes to indoor visitation.  Please arrive 15 minutes earlier than your assigned time. Please sign up by noon the day before you would like to visit.  Thank you for helping us to keep things organized.

      

Our current COVID 19 status is that we have seven recovered residents.  We have one presumed positive case.  We have had thirteen COVID positive employees and fourteen total COVID 19 cases. All our employees have recovered.  We have had no COVID 19 related hospitalizations.  We have had two resident deaths.  Marion counties positivity rate is currently 9.3.

 

If you have any questions or concerns, do not hesitate to reach out to me.  You can reach me at 317-213-8430 or administrator@stpaulhermitage.org.

 

Know of my gratitude for each you and thank you for entrusting us with the care of your loved one.

 

 

Blessings,

 

Sr. Heather Jean               

November 7, 2020

Dear St. Paul Hermitage Families, 

 

Late yesterday evening we received all the Residential Resident tests back.  They were all negative.  We are grateful for this good news.  We are still waiting on our Health Care tests.  I am hoping that they will come in later this evening.  If they all come back negative, we will start communal dining and visitation on Monday.  Please see below for visitation days and hours.  In our visitation policy we are now allowing any adult friend or family member to be able to join us for visitation.  However, we can only allow two visitors at a time per current regulations.

       

Visitation Hours

 

Health Care Indoor Family Visitation will take place Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday.

Afternoon Hours:

1:15 pm-2:15 pm

2:30 pm- 3:30 pm

4:30 pm- 5:30 pm

6:15 pm- 7:15 pm

 

Residential Indoor Family Visitation will take place Wednesday, Friday, and Sunday.

 

Afternoon Hours:

1:00 pm- 2:00 pm

2:30 pm- 3:30 pm

4:30 pm- 5:30 pm

6:30 pm- 7:30 pm

 

 

 

Our current COVID 19 status is that we have seven recovered residents.  We have one presumed positive case.  We have had thirteen COVID positive employees and fourteen total COVID 19 cases. All our employees have recovered.  We have had no COVID 19 related hospitalizations.  We have had two resident deaths.  We have 30 resident tests pending.

 

Tomorrow, we look forward to enjoying this beautiful Fall weekend with our Residential visitors.  Our visitation will take place outside with our outdoor check in process.  We will not need to test anyone prior to their visit.  Let us continue to pray for all those who are ill this time with COVID 19 in our country and our world.  Blessings on your Sunday.  Know of my prayers for you.  I will return to St. Paul Hermitage tomorrow evening.  If you need anything, please contact Sam Ndungu at 317-213-0107.  He will keep me updated.

 

Peace,

Sr. Heather Jean                

November 6, 2020

Dear St. Paul Hermitage Families, 

 

Today our Residential Residents enjoyed time outside on the patio and visiting with family.  We are still waiting on our final COVID tests.  Once we receive them, we will open our communal dining and visitation for Health Care. Health Care families can begin signing up for visitation on Sunday for Monday.  We look forward to having visitation every day.  Please see our schedule below.  We will use the visitation hours below for outdoor and indoor visitation.  Sunday, Monday and Tuesday we will have outdoor visitation.

 

Visitation Hours

 

Health Care Indoor Family Visitation will take place Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday.

Afternoon Hours:

1:15 pm-2:15 pm

2:30 pm- 3:30 pm

4:30 pm- 5:30 pm

6:15 pm- 7:15 pm

 

Residential Indoor Family Visitation will take place Wednesday, Friday, and Sunday.

 

Afternoon Hours:

1:00 pm- 2:00 pm

2:30 pm- 3:30 pm

4:30 pm- 5:30 pm

6:30 pm- 7:30 pm

 

 

 

Our current COVID 19 status is that we have seven recovered residents.  We have one presumed positive case.  We have had thirteen COVID positive employees and fourteen total COVID 19 cases. All our employees have recovered.  We have had no COVID 19 related hospitalizations.  We have had two resident deaths.  We have 53 resident tests pending.

 

This weekend I am at the monastery for our November Chapter meeting.  This is a very important meeting as we are beginning the process of electing a new Prioress.  Our Election Chapter is in March.  We are setting our direction statements for the next six years this weekend.  Please hold our community in prayer.  If you need anything this weekend, please contact our On-Call Manager, Sam Ndungu.  He can be reached at 317- 213-0107.

 

Blessings on your weekend.  I hope you can enjoy the beautiful Fall weather.

 

Peace,

Sr. Heather Jean                

November 5, 2020

Dear St. Paul Hermitage Families, 

 

Today we tested all the Health Care and Residential residents.  This will be the last of our outbreak testing.  In consultation with Dr. Hurley, our Medical Director, Joan Lutgring, Infection Preventionist, Susan Harden, DON and IDH, we have determined that our residents are recovered and ready to move back to our Health Care Center.  They are all ten days past their diagnosis and over 72 hours symptom free.  We will move them back mid-day tomorrow.  Once our testing from today is back, we will reopen our dinning room and visitation for our Health Care families.  

 

Health Care families can begin signing up for visitation on Sunday for Monday.  We look forward to having visitation every day.  Please see a reminder of our schedule below.  Just as a reminder if our county positivity rate increases to 10% or above, we will not be able to hold indoor visitation per IDH.  Our current positivity rate is 9.5.  Please sign up for early in the week to visit in case the rate continues to increase.  We are continuing to work on plans to winterize our outdoor area in case we have positivity rates greater than 10%.

 

Visitation Hours

 

Health Care Indoor Family Visitation will take place Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday.

Afternoon Hours:

1:15 pm-2:15 pm

2:30 pm- 3:30 pm

4:30 pm- 5:30 pm

6:15 pm- 7:15 pm

 

Residential Indoor Family Visitation will take place Wednesday, Friday, and Sunday.

 

Afternoon Hours:

1:00 pm- 2:00 pm

2:30 pm- 3:30 pm

4:30 pm- 5:30 pm

6:30 pm- 7:30 pm

 

 

Our current COVID 19 status is that we have three active COVID positive residents and four residents have recovered.  We have one presumed positive case.  We have had thirteen COVID positive employees and fourteen total COVID 19 cases. All our employees have recovered.  We have had no COVID 19 related hospitalizations.  We have had two resident deaths. 

 

If you have any questions or concerns, you can reach me at 317-213-8430 or administrator@stpaulhermitage.org.

 

Know of my prayers for you.  May God’s blessings be upon you as we close out this week.

 

Blessings,

Sr. Heather Jean                

November 4, 2020

Dear St. Paul Hermitage Families, 

 

Today we received all of our Health Care resident’s tests back.  They are all negative.   We have received 81 of the staff tests back.  They were also negative.   I am grateful that we have now gone one week without a new positive case. Tomorrow we will test both our Health Care and Residential residents. I am grateful for our Infection Preventionist, Joan Lutgring, who faithfully tests our residents and staff each week.  She is a gift to our community.  Let us continue to pray for an end to COVID 19 in our community, nation, and world.

 

Our current COVID 19 status is that we have three active COVID positive residents and four residents have recovered.  We have one presumed positive case.  We have had thirteen COVID positive employees and fourteen total COVID 19 cases. All our employees have recovered.  We have had no COVID 19 related hospitalizations.  We have had two resident deaths.  We have 9 staff tests pending.  

 

If you have any questions or concerns, you can reach me at 317-213-8430 or administrator@stpaulhermitage.org.

 

Today was a beautiful day.  Our residents enjoyed time outside.  We are grateful for the joy that being out in creation provides.  It is wonderful to have a few warm days before the cold weather settles in.

 

Blessings,

Sr. Heather Jean                

November 3, 2020

Dear St. Paul Hermitage Families, 

 As you know, Tuesday is the day we test all our staff.  We started early and tested throughout the day.  I am very thankful for our staff as being tested every week is not fun.  I appreciate their good attitude about it.  Today we tested 90 staff.

 

Our current COVID 19 status is that we have three active COVID positive residents and four residents have recovered.  We have one presumed positive case.  We have had thirteen COVID positive employees and fourteen total COVID 19 cases. All our employees have recovered.  We have had no COVID 19 related hospitalizations.  We have had two resident deaths.  We have 33 resident and 90    staff tests pending.

 

The weather this week is going to be beautiful.  The sun and blue sky have a way of lifting one’s spirit.  Because it will be in the upper 60’s for the days of residential visitation, we will have outdoor visitation instead of indoor visitation while it is light. Please see below for the schedule for this week.  

 

Residential Resident Visitation –Wednesday, Friday, and Sunday

1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. – Outdoors

2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. – Outdoors

4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. – Outdoors

6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. – Indoors

 

If your visit is outside, you do not need to be tested so you don’t have to come 15 minutes early.  Just a reminder that if you are outside, you will need to bring a chair with you.  If your visit is indoors, please arrive 15 minutes early to be tested.  We look forward to having you with us. 

If you have any questions or concerns, you can reach me at 317-213-8430 or administrator@stpaulhermitage.org.

 

Today we offer special prayers for wisdom, integrity, and justice as our country marks Election Day. We pray for the candidates and for the voters who will decide the future direction for our nation.

 

Blessings,

Sr. Heather Jean                

November 2, 2020

Dear St. Paul Hermitage Families, 

 

Today our National Guard soldiers joined our team.  We have five Guard members working from 5:30 am- 8:00 pm.  They are helping screen staff members to make sure they are fit for duty.  They are helping to organize, take inventory and stock personnel protective equipment.   They are cleaning our high touch surface areas.  They will be assisting with family visitation.  We are grateful to have them join our team.  Their work helps free us to continue to focus on care related needs.  

 

Today we also celebrated Mass for the first time since March.  It was a blessing to be able to gather at the Eucharistic table once again.  We will have Mass Sunday- Friday at 10 am.  We will not have Mass on Saturdays.  

 

Our current COVID 19 status is that we have three active COVID positive residents and four residents have recovered.  We have one presumed positive case.  We have had thirteen COVID positive employees and fourteen total COVID 19 cases. All our employees have recovered.  We have had no COVID 19 related hospitalizations.  We have had two resident deaths.  We have 33 resident tests pending.

 

Today we tested all the Health Care residents today.  Tomorrow we will be testing our staff.  We will be using the PCR extended test this week.  We will be doing the extended tests until we go 14 days without a positive case.  The extended tests are more accurate.  We want to make sure that we do not have an asymptomatic employee.  Our tests should be back later this week.

 

 If you have any questions or concerns, you can reach me at 317-213-8430 or administrator@stpaulhermitage.org.

 

Know of my prayers for each of you.  May God bless the week ahead.

 

Blessings,

Sr. Heather Jean                

November 1, 2020

Dear St. Paul Hermitage Families, 

 

We received all the remaining resident and staff tests back.  All of them are negative.  We are grateful for this good news.  We will test our Health Care residents on Monday and Thursday this week.  Our residential residents will be tested on Thursday.  This pattern will continue until we go 14 days without a positive result.

 

Because all our Residential tests came back positive, we can begin having Mass.  Mass will be celebrated at 10:00 am.  We are excited to be able to join together to celebrate the Eucharist again.  

 

Our current COVID 19 status is that we have three active COVID positive residents and four residents have recovered.  We have one presumed positive case.  We have had thirteen COVID positive employees and fourteen total COVID 19 cases. All our employees have recovered.  We have had no COVID 19 related hospitalizations.  We have had two resident deaths.  

 

Today we began indoor visitation for our Residential Residents.  It went well.  As with anything new, we continue to learn from experience.  We will move the screening right inside the North Parking lot door.  Then we will come out once your result is in.  It was hard to test outside.  Thank you for being flexible with our process.

 

Tomorrow the Church celebrates All Souls Day, a day of prayer and remembrance for the souls of those who have died.  In a special way this year we remember those who have lost their lives from COVID 19.  Let us pray for all who grieve the loss of their loved ones and for an end to this pandemic.

 

 If you have any questions or concerns, you can reach me at 317-213-8430 or administrator@stpaulhermitage.org.

 

Blessings,

Sr. Heather Jean                

November 30, 2020

Dear St. Paul Hermitage Families,

 

Today we received all our resident tests back.  They were all negative.  Praise be to God!  We have reopened our common areas.  When I came upstairs this evening, there were already residents out working on puzzles and socializing.  It brought me great joy to see our community gathered again.  We will open our dining rooms tomorrow at breakfast. 

Today Babcock Electric came out to install heaters in our garage.  Unfortunately, we ran into a problem.  The heater kept tripping a breaker.  We found out that we will need to run more electricity to the garage.  We are working on getting price estimates for that work.  This has caused a delay in our process.  We are moving forward as quickly as we can.  Babcock Electric is always great to work with and they are good about completing work in a timely manner.  We look forward to working with them to resolve this issue. I will keep you updated on our progress.  In the meantime, please take advantage of virtual and window visits.  You can call the front desk to sign up for a time for a virtual visit with your loved one.   

 

Our current COVID 19 status is that we have 8 recovered residents.  We have 15 recovered employees.  We have had no COVID 19 related hospitalizations.  We have had two resident deaths.  Marion county’s positivity rate is currently 11.6%.

 

If you have any questions, do not hesitate to reach out to me.  You can reach me at 317-213-8430 or administrator@stpaulhermitage.org.  

Blessings and prayers as we continue to journey through this first week of Advent.

 

Peace,

Sr. Heather Jean

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