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Manor of the Plains announces negative COVID-19 test results

Manor of the Plains has good news following mass testing at the community September 30. The community tested 139 residents and employees, and all tests were negative.

At this time, the Ford County Health Department only recommends testing residents if there is an additional employee positive discovered through our ongoing surveillance testing or a resident displays signs or symptoms consistent with COVID-19. We will continue surveillance testing twice next week as Ford County’s positivity rate remains above 10 percent.

The community will continue to be considered a COVID-19 cluster until 28 days have passed since the community’s last positive case.

“We are excited to have all negative tests,” said John Van Hook, Manor of the Plains executive director. “We know only too well that with this pandemic, it’s often one step forward and two steps backward. We will continue to work diligently to keep our residents and employees safe and healthy.  We so appreciate the patience of our residents and their families during this difficult time.”

The community will continue with the preventive measures 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 and monitoring residents for signs and symptoms of COVID-19. 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.

Residents will continue to be monitored for signs and symptoms of respiratory illness and other COVID-19 symptoms during each shift.

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

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