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Salina Presbyterian Manor shares COVID-19 update 1/14/22

Salina Presbyterian Manor has identified 19 additional cases of COVID-19 at the campus this week, as infection rates in Saline County remain high. In addition, one resident who previously tested positive for the virus has died.

“The Salina Presbyterian Manor team is saddened by the death of this resident,” said Christian Gilbert, executive director. “I would invite you to join our team in keeping this resident’s family in your thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.”

Two health care residents tested positive for COVID-19 after exhibiting signs or symptoms of the virus. The residents are being cared for in isolation by designated employees who are following the PMMA Emergent Infectious Disease (EID) Policy and KDHE and CDC best practices for infection control and prevention and physician’s orders.

Two independent living residents also reported testing positive for COVID-19. The residents will remain in self-isolation in their residences until they meet the Saline County Health Department’s requirements for ending isolation.

Seven essential health care employees, four non-direct resident care employees, two student essential health care workers and two contract employees have tested positive for COVID-19. The employees worked various dates between Friday, January 7 and Thursday, January 13. All passed pre-shift screening and wore personal protective equipment as required.

The Saline County Health Department has been notified, and the community will follow their guidance. There have been 44 cases detected at the community since December 30 -- 25 employees, 13 residents, 2 students and 4 contract care providers.

Visitation continues with infection control precautions and social distancing requirements per new Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) requirements. Employee surveillance testing will continue in compliance with CMS requirements for testing based on county COVID-19 transmission rates.

The community will follow the PMMA® EID policy and KDHE and CDC guidelines in determining when employees or contractors may return to work and any work restrictions.  

Salina Presbyterian Manor encourages 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.

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