An essential health care worker at Manor of the Plains tested positive for COVID-19. The employee is in isolation and quarantined at home.
“Our top priority is the safety of our residents and staff members,” said Jeanne Gerstenkorn, PMMA’s infection preventionist and vice president for health and wellness, “We were notified by the Ford County Health Department on Thursday that a staff member has tested positive for COVID-19. This person last worked on April 26.”
The employee passed the employee screening for their shift April 26, and was not scheduled to work again until May 9. On May 6, the employee was tested for COVID-19 and the positive test result was received May 7. We notified the Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) epidemiology hotline immediately after becoming aware of the positive test. KDHE did not consider the staff member to be infectious during the last shift worked 11 days ago and recommended no further action be taken. The employee is recuperating at home and must be COVID-19-free before returning to work. At this time, no residents have tested positive for COVID-19.
We will continue to follow KDHE and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines to monitor residents in health care and other staff members for any signs or symptoms of respiratory illness and signs of COVID-19. In the meantime, the Ford County Health Department and Kansas Department of Health and Environment have advised Manor of the Plains to monitor residents and staff for signs or symptoms of respiratory illness and signs of COVID-19.
Families have been called to alert them to the potential exposure, and all state and county mandatory required reporting agencies have been notified. The community will follow any additional guidance from the Ford County Health Department, KDHE and the CDC.
Staff members are following CDC guidelines and best practices as these are continually updated. The community regularly reinforces with all staff that an employee should not report to work if he or she is experiencing symptoms of a respiratory illness or are not feeling well.
The employee is recuperating at home and must be COVID-19-free before returning to work.
For more information about Manor of the Plains’s response, go to PMMA’s (Presbyterian Manors of Mid-America’s) website.