Arkansas City Presbyterian Manor reports 2 additional cases of COVID-19
Two additional cases of COVID-19 have been identified at Arkansas City Presbyterian Manor through mass testing in memory care and employee surveillance testing conducted earlier this week.
The community tested 118 employees and residents on Tuesday, September 29. Of those tested, 116 were negative. One resident of memory care and one essential health care worker who last worked September 30 in memory care tested positive for COVID-19. The employee passed pre-shift screening and was at work when the results came in. The employee was immediately notified and sent home to quarantine.
“Our focus remains on prioritizing resident and employee health and safety,” said Jeanne Gerstenkorn, PMMA’s vice president for health and wellness and chief infection preventionist. “We continue to monitor and reinforce our infection prevention protocols throughout the entire community.”
Due to the number of cases in memory care and that both employees and residents have tested positive, Presbyterian Manor continues to be considered to have a COVID-19 cluster in memory care. A cluster is defined as two or more non-household cases of COVID-19 associated with a location during a specific period of time. These new cases bring our 7-day total to 5 residents and 3 employees.
The Cowley County Health Department has been notified. Another round of testing will be conducted for memory care residents next week. Employee surveillance testing will continue as required by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).
CMS mandated surveillance testing of staff, including all employees, agency employees, volunteers, hospice, lab and therapy providers 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 once a week.
The resident who tested positive is in isolation. We will follow CDC and KDHE guidelines for when the resident may come out of isolation. Under the current guidelines, symptomatic residents may come out of isolation when at least 72 hours have passed since resolution of the resident’s fever without the use of fever-reducing medications and the resident’s symptoms have improved and at least 10 days have passed since symptoms first appeared. If asymptomatic, the resident will remain in isolation for 14 days.
The employee who tested positive will remain in isolation until cleared to work by the health department. We follow Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) guidelines for when an employee may return to work. Under the current guidelines, symptomatic employees 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. Asymptomatic positive employees will quarantine for 14 days. Upon the employee’s return to work, we will follow CDC recommendations related to work practices and restrictions.
All team members are encouraged to follow CDC guidelines and best practices as these are continually updated. The community regularly reinforces with all staff that an individual should not report to work if he or she is experiencing symptoms of a respiratory illness or not feeling well.
For more information about Arkansas City Presbyterian Manor’s response, go to PMMA’s (Presbyterian Manors of Mid-America’s) website, presbyterianmanors.org/media-room.