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Manor of the Plains reports good news about COVID-19 testing

Manor of the Plains received more good news with the results of a campus-wide retest for COVID-19.

The community tested 65 residents and 86 employees, and learned today that all tested negative for COVID-19. Of the employees who previously tested positive, only two are awaiting a second negative test to be cleared to return to work. Those tests will be completed this week. Upon their return to work, Manor of the Plains will follow Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommendations related to work practices and restrictions.

“Our team has worked very hard throughout the COVID-19 pandemic to keep our residents health and safe,” said John Van Hook, Manor of the Plains executive director. “I am so proud of this team’s hard work every day, and particularly over the past three months.”

The community’s medical director, Dr. Jeremy Presley, is working closely with the Ford County Health Department. Dr. Presley and the health department recommend another round of campus-wide testing next week to ensure the campus is COVID-19 negative.

The community will continue with the preventive measures we have 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.  We educate all staff to stay at home if they are experiencing symptoms of a respiratory illness or not feeling well.

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

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. The community will follow any additional guidance from the Ford County Health Department and the CDC.

For more information about Manor of the Plains’ response, go to PMMA’s (Presbyterian Manors of Mid-America’s) website, presbyterianmanors.org/media-room.

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