8/21 Good news following additional testing for COVID-19
Farmington Presbyterian Manor has sounded the all clear following a second wave of mass testing for COVID-19 at the community. Testing took place following positive tests of an essential healthcare worker and a contract healthcare worker announced on August 24. 113 residents and 137 staff members have tested negative for the virus. Testing took place over two days, August 25 and 26.
“We’re very pleased with this news and will continue to keep the safety and wellbeing of our residents and employees top of mind,” said Jeanne Gerstenkorn, PMMA’s infection preventionist and vice president for health and wellness.
The San Francois County Health Department is recommending further testing at the community, which will take place September 1 and 2, 2020. Results of that round of testing will be announced when available.
The health care workers who tested positive for the virus earlier in the month will remain in isolation until cleared to return to work by the Health Department. Per CDC guidelines, team members may return to work once they have been symptom free for 24 hours without the aid of a fever reducer and demonstrate improvement in respiratory symptoms, and at least 10 days have passed since symptoms first appeared. Upon their return to work, we will follow CDC recommendations related to work practices and restrictions.
Presbyterian Manor 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.
All employees are encouraged to follow CDC guidelines and best practices as these are continually updated. The community regularly reinforces with all staff that an employee should not report to work if he or she is experiencing symptoms of a respiratory illness or not feeling well.
For more information about Farmington Presbyterian Manor’s response, go to PMMA’s (Presbyterian Manors of Mid-America’s) website, presbyterianmanors.org/media-room.