Aberdeen Village resident tests positive for COVID-19
A Memory Care resident of Aberdeen Village has tested positive for COVID-19.
The resident was tested along with 143 other residents on Monday, October 12. All other tests were negative. Additionally, 131 staff members were tested on Tuesday, October 13 as part of our ongoing surveillance testing. No staff members tested positive for the virus.
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) mandated surveillance testing of our employees, volunteers and contractors beginning September 2, 2020. Based on our county positivity rate for COVID-19 tests, our campus is testing employees once a week.
The Johnson County Health Department and Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) Epidemiology Hotline have been notified and recommend testing residents once per week over a period of two weeks, beginning on October 19. We will follow their recommendations.
The resident will recover in isolation and is asymptomatic at this time.
“We continue to prioritize resident and employee safety during this time,” said Jeanne Gerstenkorn, PMMA’s infection preventionist and vice president for health and wellness.
The COVID positive resident will remain 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 14 days. Designated staff members are following doctor’s orders for treatment protocols and following CDC infection prevention protocols.
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.