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Manor of the Plains employees test positive for COVID-19 in latest round of surveillance testing

Manor of the Plains continues to prioritize resident and employee safety during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

This morning, we learned that a direct-care employee tested positive as part of our surveillance testing, which took place on Wednesday, October 28. This afternoon, we learned that a non-direct care employee also tested positive. All other tests were negative.

The direct-care employee last worked Friday, October 30. The non-direct care employee last worked on October 11. Both passed screening and wore personal protective equipment (PPE) while working.

Contact tracing revealed the direct-care employee may have been exposed to the virus outside of our community at another job. The non-direct care employee did not have any direct exposure to residents or other employees since the individual has not been at work since October 11.

We have notified the Ford County Health Department and will continue with ongoing weekly surveillance testing. Our next scheduled testing date is Monday, November 2.

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has mandated surveillance testing of our staff. Surveillance testing requires all employees, agency employees, volunteers, hospice, lab and therapy providers at our campus to be tested on a frequency determined by our county’s COVID-19 testing positivity rate. Based on our county positivity rate for COVID-19 tests, our campus is testing staff twice a week.

This brings our cumulative 7-day total to five.

We follow CDC and KDHE guidelines in determining when an employee may return to work.  Under the current CDC and KDHE guidelines, the employee may return to work when at least 72 hours have passed since resolution of the employee’s fever without the use of fever-reducing medications and the employee’s symptoms  have improved and at least 10 days have passed since symptoms first appeared. Upon the employee’s return to work, we will follow CDC recommendations related to work practices and restrictions.

Asymptomatic employees must quarantine for 14 days.

Employees are encouraged to follow CDC guidelines and best practices as these are continually updated. The community regularly reinforces with all employees that an employee should not report to work if he or she is experiencing symptoms of a respiratory illness or is not feeling well.

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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