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Manor of the Plains’ COVID-19 outbreak closed

The Ford County Health Department has officially closed the COVID-19 outbreak at Manor of the Plains after all residents and employees tested negative in tests conducted June 30.

The community tested 147 residents and employees June 30, and learned Monday, July 6, that all tested negative for COVID-19.

“Our Manor of the Plains team has worked very to keep our residents healthy and safe,” said John Van Hook, Manor of the Plains executive director. “I can’t tell you how proud I am of their hard work and dedication to our mission of providing quality senior services guided by Christian values.”

The community’s medical director, Dr. Jeremy Presley, worked closely with the Ford County Health Department to guide the campus’ response.

The community will continue with the preventive measures already in place for combatting COVID-19. These measures include wearing personal protective equipment as recommended by the CDC, employee screening as they arrive for work.

“We encourage all staff members to follow CDC guidelines and best practices as these are continually updated,” Van Hook said.  “We educate all staff to stay at home if they are experiencing symptoms of a respiratory illness or not feeling well.”

Employees will continue to monitor residents for signs and symptoms of respiratory illness and other COVID-19 symptoms during each shift.

The health care center and assisted living at Manor of the Plains both recently successfully completed focused infection control surveys with zero deficiencies. The focused infection control surveys hone in on the community’s adherence to Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and CMS guidance for infection control practices to prevent disease. It also examines the facility’s policies and emergency preparedness related to a pandemic or outbreak.

Manor of the Plains implemented a strict no visitor policy at the community and discontinued group activities and communal dining for the entire campus per guidelines released by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and the CDC on March 13. Now that the outbreak is officially closed, the community will begin looking forward to re-opening to visitors in a phased process.

For more information about Manor of the Plains’ response, go to PMMA’s (Presbyterian Manors of Mid-America’s) website,

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