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Aberdeen Village employee tests COVID-19 positive

An Aberdeen Village non-direct resident care employee tested positive this week for COVID-19. The employee is in isolation and quarantined at home.

“Our top priority is the safety of our residents and staff members,” said Jeanne Gerstenkorn, PMMA’s infection preventionist and vice president for health and wellness.

The employee last worked July 8 and passed the employee screening. The employee called in sick on Thursday, July 9 and was tested for COVID-19 on July 10. The employee contacted the community with their positive results on July 12.

The community acted swiftly to conduct contact tracing and determine who had direct contact with the employee during their last shifts. Direct contact is defined by the CDC as being within 6 feet of a person for 10 minutes or longer while the person is showing symptoms of COVID-19. Six employees were identified.

The Johnson County Health Department was notified of the positive test. The health department recommends placing the six employees who had direct contact with the positive employee in quarantine and testing them for COVID-19. The employees were tested Tuesday, July 14, and results are expected later this week.

Families, residents and employees have been notified the positive employee. The CDC has been notified of the positive test per CMS regulation. The community will follow any additional guidance from the Johnson County Health Department and the CDC.

Aberdeen Village implemented a strict no visitor policy at the community and discontinued group activities and communal dining for the entire campus 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. We have been screening employees as they enter the community building for a shift and before employees 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 Aberdeen Village’s response, go to PMMA’s (Presbyterian Manors of Mid-America’s) website, presbyterianmanors.org/media-room.

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