Clay Center Presbyterian Manor Resident Tests Positive For Covid-19
A resident at Clay Center Presbyterian Manor has tested positive for the novel Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19).
The resident returned from the hospital on Friday, June 5, and was placed in isolation for 14 days per our re-entry protocol. On Monday, June 8, we were notified the resident may have been exposed to COVID-19 while at the hospital and a COVID test was conducted. The results came back positive on June 9, 2020.
“Keeping our residents and employees healthy is a top priority for Clay Center Presbyterian Manor,” said Christian Gilbert, executive director.
The resident remains in isolation and will 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.