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Clay Center Presbyterian Manor employee tests positive for COVID-19

An essential health care worker has tested positive for COVID-19 at Clay Center Presbyterian Manor.

The employee tested negative for COVID-19 on Thursday, July 22, at their local health department. The employee last worked Sunday, July 25, passed pre-shift screening and wore personal protective equipment as required.

Through contact tracing 6 residents and two staff members were identified as possible close contacts. Residents in the health care center have been placed in isolation as a precaution and visitation has been suspended at the campus.

Due to the COVID-19 positivity rate in Clay County, surveillance tests are conducted weekly at Clay Center Presbyterian Manor. The next round of testing will be Monday, August 2.

The employee will remain in isolation until cleared to work by the Health Department. We follow CDC and KDHE guidelines for when an employee or contractor may return to work. Under the current guidelines, symptomatic employees and contractors may return to work when at least 72 hours have passed since resolution of their fever without the use of fever-reducing medications and their symptoms have improved and at least 10 days have passed since symptoms first appeared. Upon the employee or contractor’s return to work, we will follow CDC recommendations related to work practices and restrictions.  

All employees and residents are encouraged to follow CDC guidelines and best practices as these are continually updated. We continue 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.

Every person who receives the vaccine will strengthen the protection for all residents, staff and the community at-large. PMMA strongly encourages our families, employees and residents to carefully consider obtaining a vaccine for themselves as well as their loved ones.

For more information about Clay Center Presbyterian Manor’s response, go to PMMA’s (Presbyterian Manors of Mid-America’s) website, presbyterianmanors.org/media-room.

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