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Clay Center Presbyterian Manor gets good news in COVID-19 testing

Clay Center Presbyterian Manor received good news last week after testing residents and employees who had direct contact with an essential health care worker who tested positive for COVID-19. All residents and employees who were tested are negative for COVID-19. With testing completed, the campus be able to resume group dining and activities and schedule outdoor visits for residents and their families.

“We are so happy to be able to begin to give the residents more of a sense of normalcy in every day life,” said Morgan Burton, executive director. “However, with the COVID-19 positivity rate in Clay County increasing, we are at the highest risk level for visitation. That means that although we can begin scheduling visits again, we will be restricted to outdoor visits until Clay County’s case rate comes down. We plan to offer outdoor visits as long as the weather holds.”

Visits must be scheduled in advance. Each resident may only have 2 visitors at a time, one visit per day. Visitors will be subject to screening and precautions, including temperature checks, a questionnaire about COVID-19 risks and exposure, a review of symptoms and wearing a provided mask at all times. Visitors are strongly encouraged to practice physical distancing with residents, staying six feet apart at all times.

Clay Center Presbyterian Manor will continue to screen employees at the beginning of each shift at the entry point to the community building 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. We encourage all employees to follow CDC guidelines and best practices as these are continually updated.  

We continue to monitor CDC/CMS, state, and county guidance as we work on a plan for reopening our community in the near future, and will update accordingly.

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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