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Clay Center Presbyterian Manor Gets Good News In Covid-19 Testing

Clay Center Presbyterian Manor received some good news this week after testing the entire campus for COVID-19.

The senior living community tested 114 residents and employees on Wednesday, June 10, after a resident who had recently been in the hospital tested positive for the virus. All residents and employees tested on Wednesday were negative for COVID-19.

“The health and safety of our residents and employees are a top priority for Clay Center Presbyterian Manor,” said Morgan Burton, executive director. Burton took over as executive director from Christian Gilbert this week.

Residents and employees at the community are not showing signs or symptoms of respiratory illness or COVID-19, including the resident who tested positive earlier in the week.

The resident remains in isolation and continues to be cared for by the COVID-19 Rapid Response Team.  Those serving as members of the designated COVID-19 response team are caring only for the COVID positive resident. Team members are following Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and PMMA infection control and prevention protocols.

The resident will be re-tested and must be COVID-19 negative before coming out of isolation.  Per CDC guidelines, the resident must have negative results from an FDA Emergency Use Authorized COVID-19 molecular assay for detection of SARS-CoV-2 RNA from at least 2 consecutive respiratory specimens collected at least 24 hours apart (total of two negative specimens).

Clay Center Presbyterian Manor implemented a strict no visitor policy at the community and discontinued group activities and communal dining for the entire campus per guidelines released by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and the CDC on March 13.

All residents, including independent living residents, have been strongly encouraged to follow the CDC/CMS guidelines, statewide and local stay-at-home orders, and Kansas’ reopening plans.  We continue to strongly advise our independent living residents to adhere to the no visitor “rule,” and limit the number of medically non-essential appointments, events and gatherings attended off campus.  Upon returning to the community, residents are asked a series of CDC recommended questions about recent travel, ¬health status, and exposure risks and receive temperature checks.

We encourage all employees 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 employees to stay at home if they are experiencing symptoms of a respiratory illness or not feeling well.

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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