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Manor of the Plains reports one COVID-19 positive employee

Ongoing COVID-19 testing at Manor of the Plains identified one new case of the virus in testing last week.

The employee is not involved in providing direct resident care. The case was identified with a rapid point-of-care test. The employee last worked Sunday, November 29, when he or she passed pre-shift screening and wore personal protective equipment as required.

No additional cases were detected among residents and employees in testing Monday, November 30, or Wednesday, December 2.

We have notified the Ford County Health Department and will continue with ongoing twice weekly surveillance testing and weekly resident testing. Our next scheduled testing date is Monday, December 7.

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 at least 10 days.

Employees and residents 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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