Rolla Presbyterian Manor reports COVID-19 test results
A memory care resident at Rolla Presbyterian Manor has tested positive for COVID-19 in campus-wide testing at the community this week. This brings the campus’ total COVID-19 cases for the week to 1 employee and 1 resident.
“Keeping our residents and staff healthy continues to be a top priority for Rolla Presbyterian Manor,” said Jeanne Gerstenkorn, PMMA’s infection preventionist and vice president for health and wellness.
The campus tested 122 residents and employees on September 2 and received the test results September 3. Through contact tracing, two contract therapists and the resident’s spouse, who is an assisted living resident. The contract therapists will self-quarantine and the resident’s spouse is in isolation pending COVID-19 testing scheduled for September 8.
The Phelps County Health Department has been notified and has affirmed the campus’ prevention measures and testing strategy. The community will continue to monitor residents for signs and symptoms of respiratory illness and COVID-19 on every shift.
Due to the number of positive tests involved, our community is now considered a COVID-19 cluster. A cluster is two or more non-household cases of COVID-19 associated with a location during a specific time period.
The resident is being cared for per doctor’s orders in isolation per CDC and PMMA protocols by the COVID-19 Rapid Response Team. The campus will follow CDC guidelines for when the resident 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.
The COVID-positive employee is in quarantine and will not be allowed to work until they meet 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 the employee’s 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 14 days. Upon the employee’s return to work, we will follow CDC recommendations related to work practices and restrictions.
Rolla Presbyterian Manor’s reopening plans remain on hold while dealing with the COVID-19 situation at the campus.
All employees and residents are encouraged to follow CDC guidelines and best practices as these are continually updated. Employees continue to be screened as they enter the community building for a shift and before employees have any direct contact with residents. All employees are educated 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, presbyterianmanors.org/media-room.