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Aberdeen Village resident, employees test positive for COVID-19

Two employees and a resident of Aberdeen Village have tested positive for COVID-19.

An assisted living resident tested positive for the virus following testing on December 2.

An essential health care worker tested positive for the virus following testing on Monday, November 30. The employee last worked on Tuesday, December 1, screening in before their shift and wearing personal protective equipment (PPE) while working.

A non-direct care employee also tested positive for the virus. The employee last worked on November 27, screening in before their shift and wearing personal protective equipment (PPE) while working. The test took place off campus and was not part of our ongoing surveillance testing. The employee notified us upon learning of the positive result.

We have notified the Johnson County Health Department and will follow their guidance. We will continue with mass testing this week. Our testing frequency is determined by the county positivity rate. At this time, we are testing employees twice a week.

The COVID positive resident will recover in isolation and be cared for by designated staff. We will follow CDC and KDHE guidelines for when the resident may come out of isolation. Under the current guidelines, symptomatic residents may leave isolation when at least 72 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 at least 10 days. Designated staff members are following doctor’s orders for treatment protocols and following CDC infection prevention protocols.

We follow CDC and KDHE guidelines in determining when the employees may return to work. Under the current guidelines, the employee 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. If asymptomatic, the employee must quarantine for at least 10 days before returning to work. Upon the employee’s return to work, we will follow CDC recommendations related to work practices and restrictions.

All employees are encouraged to follow CDC guidelines and best practices as these are continually updated. We have been screening individuals as they enter the community building for a shift and before individuals 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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