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Newton Presbyterian Manor employee tests positive for COVID-19

Newton Presbyterian Manor announces that a non-direct resident care employee has tested positive for COVID-19.

“Resident and employee safety remains our highest priority in the face of the virus,” said Marc Kessinger, Newton Presbyterian Manor executive director.

The employee last worked on Thursday, September 3, and passed screening at that time.  The employee wore personal protective equipment (PPE). Contact tracing has determined that the employee did not have direct contact with any residents or employees during their shift.

The employee who tested positive for the virus is recovering at home and will remain in isolation until cleared to return to work by the Health Department. Per CDC guidelines, team members may return to work once they have been symptom free for 72 hours without the aid of a fever reducer and demonstrate improvement in respiratory symptoms, and at least 10 days have passed since symptoms first appeared.  Upon their return to work, we will follow CDC recommendations related to work practices and restrictions.

Presbyterian Manor implemented a strict no visitor policy at the community per guidelines released by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and the CDC on March 13.

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.

As part of ongoing efforts to maintain the safety of our residents and employees, we will begin all staff testing on Tuesday, September 8, as another precaution against COVID-19.

For more information about Newton Presbyterian Manor’s response, go to PMMA’s (Presbyterian Manors of Mid-America’s) website, presbyterianmanors.org/media-room.

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