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Farmington Presbyterian Manor employees test positive for COVID-19

Five employees at Farmington Presbyterian Manor have tested positive for COVID-19 this week.

“Resident and employee safety continues to be our highest priority,” said Jane Hull, executive director. “Unfortunately, the number of COVID-19 cases is increasing in our area, and we encourage everyone to do their part to stop the spread of this virus.”

Four non-direct resident care employees tested positive between August 8 and 12. One essential health care worker tested positive for the virus on August 13. The employees last worked between August 6 and 10. All five employees passed pre-shift screening and wore personal protective equipment as required.

We have notified the St. Francois County Health Department. At this time, visitation and communal dining and activities are paused. All staff and residents were tested for COVID-19 on August 13. The final results of those tests are still pending.

We will follow CDC guidelines for when the employees may return to work. Under the current guidelines, symptomatic employees may return to work when at least 24 hours have passed since resolution of 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 at least 10 days. Upon their return to work, we will follow CDC recommendations related to work practices and restrictions.

All employees are encouraged to follow CDC guidelines and best practices as these are continually updated. We have been screening individuals as they enter the community building for a shift and before individuals have any direct contact with residents.  We educate all staff to stay at home if they are 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.

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