Parsons Presbyterian gives COVID-19 update
One employee and one resident tested positive for COVID-19 this week at Parsons Presbyterian Manor, and two residents who previously tested positive died.
“We are heartbroken,” said Maegen Pegues, executive director. “We grieve for every resident we lose. The families of these residents are in our prayers as they grieve during this difficult time.”
Parsons Presbyterian Manor is testing residents and staff twice a week. No new cases of COVID-19 were detected with testing Monday, December 14. However, one health care resident and one non-direct resident care employee tested positive in Thursday’s testing.
The employee, who last worked December 17, passed pre-shift screening and wore personal protective equipment as required.
The new positive resident has been moved to the designated COVID-19 isolation area to be cared for designated staff following Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines for infection prevention and control and physician’s orders.
We have notified the Labette County Health Department and will continue with mass testing December 21. Our total new cases for this week is two – one employee and one resident.
We will follow CDC and KDHE guidelines for when the resident may come out of isolation. Under the current guidelines, symptomatic residents may leave 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. Asymptomatic positive residents will quarantine for 10 days.
We will follow CDC and KDHE guidelines for when the 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 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 10 days. Upon their return to work, we will follow CDC recommendations related to work practices and restrictions.
We will continue to monitor residents for signs and symptoms of respiratory illness and COVID-19 on every shift.
We encourage all staff members and residents to follow CDC guidelines and best practices as these are continually updated. We have been screening employees as they enter the community building for a shift and before employees 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 Parsons Presbyterian Manor’s response, go to PMMA’s (Presbyterian Manors of Mid-America’s) website, presbyterianmanors.org/media-room.