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Rolla Presbyterian Manor loses resident, announces additional positive COVID-19 cases

A Rolla Presbyterian Manor resident who previously tested positive for COVID-19 has passed away.

“We join with the family in mourning during this difficult period,” said Ann Caudill, executive director.

While we strive for transparency in what we do, please know that we are bound by federal guidelines under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), which protects the privacy rights of our residents even into death. Our medical director follows all established federal laws in notifying families of any change in the medical condition of their loved ones.

At this time, Rolla Presbyterian Manor continues its focus on ensuring the well-being of our residents and employees. We will continue to monitor residents for signs and symptoms of COVID-19 on each shift, and care for those residents who are positive in the COVID-19 isolation area.

Additionally, the community announces results from its latest round of mass testing.

A non-direct care employee tested positive as part of our ongoing surveillance testing. The employee last worked on November 24, screening in before their shift and wearing personal protective equipment while at work. This was the only positive result from this round of testing.

We have notified the Phelps County Health Department and will continue with weekly testing.

We will follow CDC guidelines for when an employee may return to work. Under the current guidelines, symptomatic employees may return to work when at least 24 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. We have been screening individuals as they enter the community building for a shift and before individuals 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.

For more information about Rolla Presbyterian Manor’s response, go to PMMA’s (Presbyterian Manors of Mid-America’s) website,

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