2 new cases of COVID-19 at Newton Presbyterian Manor
Two new cases of COVID-19 were detected at Newton Presbyterian Manor this week.
One non-direct resident care employee tested positive for COVID-19 Wednesday, January 26, and an essential health care worker tested positive Thursday, January 27. The employees last worked Tuesday, January 25, and Wednesday, January 26, passing pre-shift screening and wearing personal protective equipment as required.
The Harvey County Health Department has been notified, and the campus will follow their guidance. Employees will be tested again next week in compliance with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) mandated testing requirement. This brings the total cases since January 4 at our campus to 19 – 14 employees, two residents and three contract health care workers.
Newton Presbyterian Manor will follow PMMA’s Emergent Infectious Disease (EID) Policy and CDC and KDHE guidelines for when the employees and contractor may return to work. Upon their return to work, we will follow CDC recommendations related to work practices and restrictions.
PMMA strongly encourages our families, employees and residents to carefully consider getting a COVID-19 vaccination for themselves, as well as their loved ones. Every person who receives the vaccine will strengthen the protection for all residents, staff and the community at-large.
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 Newton Presbyterian Manor’s response, go to PMMA’s (Presbyterian Manors of Mid-America’s) website, presbyterianmanors.org/media-room.