Presbyterian Manor reports employees, resident positive for COVID-19
Farmington Presbyterian Manor announces that two essential health care workers, one non-direct care employee and one health care resident have tested positive for the virus.
We tested all employees and residents on Monday, November 9, and tested employees again on Wednesday, November 11, as part of our outbreak and surveillance testing. All other results are negative.
One essential health care employee last worked Wednesday, November 11. The other essential health care employee was last at work on Friday, November 6. The non-direct care employee last worked Wednesday, November 11. All screened in and wore personal protective equipment while working.
The St. Francois Health Department has been notified and we will continue with mass testing. The next scheduled testing date is Monday, November 16.
Surveillance testing requires all employees, agency caregivers, volunteers, hospice, lab and therapy providers at our campus to be tested 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 has been testing employees twice a week.
The COVID positive resident will recover in isolation and be cared for by designated staff. We will follow CDC guidelines for when the residents may come out of isolation. Under the current guidelines, symptomatic residents may leave isolation when at least 24 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. Asymptomatic positive residents will quarantine for 14 days. Designated staff members are following doctor’s orders for treatment protocols and following CDC infection prevention protocols.
We will follow CDC guidelines for when an employee may return to work. Under the current guidelines, symptomatic employees or contractors 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 or contractors will quarantine for 14 days. Upon their return to work, we will follow CDC recommendations related to work practices and restrictions.
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.