Salina reports employee tests positive for COVID-19
One Salina Presbyterian Manor employee has tested positive for COVID-19 this week.
The non-direct resident care employee has not worked since October 6. The employee notified a supervisor of a possible exposure to COVID-19 on October 8, developed symptoms and sought testing over the weekend. Results were received on Wednesday, October 13.
The Saline County Health Department has been notified and we will follow their guidance. Visitation is suspended in the health care center as a precaution. Visitation continues in other areas of the campus.
Employee surveillance testing will continue twice a week in compliance with Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) requirements for testing based on county positivity 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.