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Aberdeen Village residents, employees test positive for COVID-19 in latest round of testing

Aberdeen Village has released an update on testing for COVID-19 at the community.

Three non-direct care employees and two direct care employees tested positive following this week’s mass testing, which took place on Tuesday, November 10. Two of the employees had already been off due to suspected COVID-19 exposure. The others will self-quarantine. All wore personal protective equipment during their last shift.

Results from resident testing revealed two assisted living residents and two health care resident have tested positive in mass testing conducted Monday, November 9, due to the COVID-19 outbreaks in those neighborhoods. The residents are being moved to the COVID-19 isolation area to be cared for by designated staff.

All of the positive residents will be cared for by designated staff and isolated. Direct care staff are wearing personal protective equipment (PPE), such as N95 masks and eye protection.

We will follow CDC and KDHE guidelines for when the residents 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.

We follow CDC and KDHE guidelines in determining when an employee 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 14 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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