Aberdeen Village employee tests positive for COVID-19
A non-direct care employee of Aberdeen Village has tested positive for COVID-19.
The employee was tested along with 129 other employees on Tuesday, October 20. All other tests were negative.
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 health care residents once per week over a period of two weeks, beginning on October 26. We will follow their recommendations and continue to test employees weekly.
The employee 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.
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.