Rolla Presbyterian Manor loses residents, employee tests positive for COVID-19
Rolla Presbyterian Manor has lost four residents who previously tested positive for COVID-19, and two residents and two employees tested positive for the virus.
“This is a difficult time and we join our thoughts and prayers to those of the residents’ families,” said Ann Caudill, executive director.
The residents had been cared for in designated COVID-19 area and were cared for by designated staff who followed Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) infection prevention protocols and physician’s orders.
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, two assisted living memory care residents and two essential health care workers are positive for the virus in our latest testing. The first employee last worked November 23. The second employee last worked on November 18. Both employees passed pre-shift screening and wore personal protective equipment while at work.
The COVID positive residents will recover in isolation and be cared for by designated staff according to physician’s orders and CDC protocols. We will follow CDC guidelines for when residents may come out of isolation. Under the current guidelines, symptomatic residents may leave isolation when at least 24 hours have passed since resolution of the resident’s fever without the use of fever-reducing medications and the resident’s symptoms have improved and at least 10 days have passed since symptoms first appeared. Asymptomatic positive residents will quarantine for 14 days.
We have notified the Phelps County Health Department and per their guidance, we will continue with bi-weekly testing.
We will follow CDC guidelines for when an employee may return to work. Under the current guidelines, symptomatic employees or contractors 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 or contractors will quarantine for 14 days. Upon their return to work, we will follow CDC recommendations related to work practices and restrictions.
All employees, residents, and visitors 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 community educates all residents and their families regarding preventive measures to slow the spread to COVID-19 including social distancing, practicing good hand hygiene, wearing an appropriate face covering, and sheltering in place within the community to the greatest extent possible.
For more information about Rolla Presbyterian Manor’s response, go to PMMA’s (Presbyterian Manors of Mid-America’s) website, presbyterianmanors.org/media-room.