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Emporia Presbyterian Manor employees test positive for COVID-19

An essential health care worker and a non-direct care employee at Emporia Presbyterian Manor have tested positive for COVID-19.

The employees last worked on January 18 and 19, screening in prior to their shifts and wearing personal protective equipment (PPE) while working.

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 employees 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 dedicated to the safety of our residents and employees amid the ongoing pandemic,” 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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