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Presbyterian Manor reports new positive cases of COVID-19

Daily cases of COVID-19 continue to climb in St. Francois County and Farmington Presbyterian Manor received new testing results from mass testing occurring on Monday, October 19, which included positive results for two non-direct care employees and a direct care employee.

All residents tested negative as a result of Monday’s testing.

A third employee, who provides direct resident care, tested positive with a rapid point-of-care test on Wednesday. Aside from the three positives, all other employees tested negative.

Contact tracing confirmed no additional exposure to the positive employees.

The St. Francois County Health Department has been notified and recommends continuing with the current testing strategy. Residents and employees will be tested again on Monday, October 26.

CMS requires surveillance testing of all employees, agency employees, volunteers, hospice, lab and therapy providers at our campus on a frequency determined by our county’s COVID-19 testing positivity rate. Based on our county positivity rate of between 5 and 10 percent for COVID-19 tests, our campus has been testing employees once a week.

The employees will recuperate at home. We follow CDC guidelines in determining when an employee may return to work.  Under the current guidelines, employees may return to work when at least 24 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.

Farmington Presbyterian Manor continues to screen all employees as they enter the community building for a shift and before they have any direct contact with residents.  In addition, staff members are wearing masks per CDC recommendations.

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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