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Emporia Presbyterian Manor employee tests positive for COVID-19

An essential health care worker at Emporia Presbyterian Manor has tested positive for COVID-19.

The employee last worked on December 30, screening in prior to their shift and wearing personal protective equipment (PPE) while working.

We tested 80 employees and 17 health care residents on Monday, January 11. All other tests are negative.

We have notified the Flint Hills Community Health Department and will continue with weekly surveillance testing.

We will follow CDC and KDHE guidelines for when an employee may return to work. Under the current guidelines, symptomatic employees may return to work when at least 72 hours have passed since resolution of fever without the use of fever-reducing medications and the employee’s symptoms have improved and at least 10 days have passed since symptoms first appeared. Asymptomatic positive employees will quarantine for at least 10 days. Upon their return to work, we will follow CDC recommendations related to work practices and restrictions.

“We remain committed to the safety of our residents and employees at this time,” said Susan Siepelmeier, executive director.

All employees are encouraged to follow CDC guidelines and best practices as these are continually updated. The community regularly reinforces with all staff that an employee should not report to work if he or she is experiencing symptoms of a respiratory illness or not feeling well.

For more information about Emporia Presbyterian Manor’s response, go to PMMA’s (Presbyterian Manors of Mid-America’s) website, presbyterianmanors.org/media-room.

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