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Aberdeen Village residents, employees test positive for COVID-19

Seven residents of Aberdeen Village and three employees of the community have tested positive for COVID-19.

On Monday, November 2, we tested all assisted living and health care residents and employees on our campus. Seven residents have tested positive. One is a health care resident. The other six residents are assisted living. Additionally, three non-direct resident care employees are positive for the virus.

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 have notified the Johnson County Health Department and will follow their guidance. All residents will be tested again on Monday, November 9. All staff will be retested on Tuesday, November 10. Employee surveillance testing will also continue as required by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. Our testing frequency is determined by the county positivity rate. At this time, we are testing employees once a week.

Additionally, an epidemiologist from the county joined us on campus today, November 5, to observe and provide recommendations for how we proceed.

The COVID positive residents will recover in isolation and be cared for by designated staff. 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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