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Salina Presbyterian Manor shares COVID-19 update 1/7/22

Salina Presbyterian Manor has identified 24 new cases of COVID-19 at the campus since December 30, as infection rates in Saline County remain high.

Throughout the week, 14 employees, 8 residents and 2 contract care providers have tested positive for the virus. The 14 employees and 2 contractors last worked between December 30 and January 6, passing pre-shift screenings and wearing personal protective equipment as required. One independent living resident and seven health care residents have also tested positive.

The Saline County Health Department has been notified and we will follow their guidance. 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 independent living resident will self-isolate in their residence until meeting the requirements ot end isolation. The health care residents will be cared for in isolation by designated team members following the PMMA (Presbyterian Manors of Mid-America®) Emergent Infectious Disease (EID) policy and KDHE and CDC infection control and prevention protocols and physician’s orders. The community will use the EID policy to determine when residents may end isolation.

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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