Presbyterian Manor employee tests positive for COVID-19
An employee at Salina Presbyterian Manor has tested positive for COVID-19 this week.
An essential health care worker who last worked Sunday, November 14, has tested positive for COVID-19. The employee passed pre-shift screening and wore personal protective equipment as required. During their shift, the employee began to experience signs or symptoms consistent with the virus and a rapid point-of-care test was administered as a precaution and the result was positive.
The Saline County Health Department has been notified and we will follow their guidance. In light of new visitation guidance from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid released last week, visitation was resumed in the health care center this week.
Employee surveillance testing will continue in compliance with Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) requirements for testing based on county COVID-19 transmission rates.
We will follow CDC and KDHE guidelines for when the employee may return to work. Under the current guidelines, symptomatic individuals may return to work when at least 72 hours have passed since resolution of fever without the use of fever-reducing medications and their symptoms have improved and at least 10 days have passed since symptoms first appeared. Asymptomatic positive employees or contractors will quarantine for at least 10 days. Upon their return to work, we will follow CDC recommendations related to work practices and restrictions.
We encourage all staff members and residents 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 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 continues to strongly encourage our families, employees and residents to carefully consider obtaining a vaccine for themselves as well as their loved ones.
For more information about Salina Presbyterian Manor’s response, go to PMMA’s (Presbyterian Manors of Mid-America’s) website, presbyterianmanors.org/media-room.