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Presbyterian Manor employee tests COVID-19 positive

A Parsons Presbyterian Manor non-direct care resident staff member tested positive this week for COVID-19. The employee is in isolation and quarantined at home.

“Our top priority is the safety of our residents and staff members,” said Jeanne Gerstenkorn, PMMA’s infection preventionist and vice president for health and wellness, “We were notified by the Crawford County Health Department on Monday that a staff member has tested positive for COVID-19. This person is not involved in direct patient care and has not been symptomatic.”

The community acted swiftly to ensure the safety of residents and other staff members. All residents have been placed in isolation for the next 14 days and are being checked at each shift change for signs of COVID-19 symptoms or fever. Residents were already being checked daily for fever and symptoms of COVID-19.

Families have been called to alert them to the potential exposure. The Labette County Health Department also has been notified, and the community will follow any additional directions from the local health department.

All staff members are following CDC guidelines and best practices as these are continually updated, including reminding all staff not to come to work if they are experiencing symptoms of a respiratory illness or not feeling well.

The employee did not report feeling ill and has not had a fever. The employee has been wearing a mask while performing their duties in accordance with the CDC guidelines. Staff who had contact with the infected staff member have been placed on 14-day self-isolation and are monitored for symptoms.

For more information about Parsons Presbyterian Manor’s response, contact Meagen Pegeus, executive director, at 620-421-1450, or

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