Aberdeen Village reports COVID-positive employee
Aberdeen Village has learned another non-direct resident care employee has tested positive for COVID-19. The employee, who last worked August 15, reported a possible exposure after returning from an out-of-state trip.
“The safety of our residents and employees continues to be at the forefront as we work to fight against the COVID-19 virus,” said Jeanne Gerstenkorn, PMMA’s infection preventionist and vice president for health and wellness. “The employee did exactly what we want employees to do. The employee notified us of the potential exposure and asked to delay returning to work while they were tested.”
The Johnson County Health Department and Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) Epidemiology Hotline have been notified, along with all other required federal and state agencies. The Johnson County Health Department does not recommend additional testing at this time because the employee has not worked since August 15 and their exposure can be traced to their out of state trip.
Families, residents and employees have been notified regarding the positive employee. We will continue to monitor residents for signs and symptoms of COVID-19 on each shift and to pre-screen employees before they have contact with residents at the community.
We follow CDC and KDHE guidelines for when an employee may return to work. Under the current guidelines, symptomatic employees may return to work when at least 72 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.
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 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.