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Emporia Presbyterian Manor employee has tested positive for COVID-19

An essential health care employee at Emporia Presbyterian Manor has tested positive for COVID-19. The employee last worked on March 7, screening in prior to their shift and wearing personal protective equipment (PPE) while working.

“We continue to prioritize the health and safety of our residents and employees,” said Susan Siepelmeier, executive director.

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

We will follow CDC and KDHE guidelines for when the 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.

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.

The COVID-19 vaccine should play an instrumental role in eventually resuming our normal operations. We anticipate CMS will loosen restrictions on visitation once vaccination coverage is at a high enough level to protect residents and staff. Every person who receives the vaccine will strengthen the protection for all residents, staff and the community at-large. PMMA strongly encourages our families, employees and residents to carefully consider getting a COVID-19 vaccination for themselves, as well as their loved ones.

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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