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Contract employee at Lawrence Presbyterian Manor tests positive for COVID

A contract health provider at Lawrence Presbyterian Manor has tested positive for COVID-19.

“We continue to prioritize the safety of our residents and employees,” said Christie Patrick, executive director.

The contractor last worked on December 31, passing pre-shift screening and wearing personal protective equipment (PPE) as required. The contractor was administered a rapid point-of-care test as part of our weekly surveillance testing, which was positive.

We have notified the Douglas County Health Department. We will continue surveillance testing next week.

We will follow CDC and KDHE guidelines for when an employee or contractor may return to work. Under the current guidelines, symptomatic employees or contractors may return to work when at least 72 hours have passed since resolution of 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. Asymptomatic positive employees will quarantine for at least 10 days. Upon their 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. The community regularly reinforces with all staff that an employee should not report to work if he or she is experiencing symptoms of a respiratory illness or not feeling well.

For more information about Lawrence Presbyterian Manor’s response, go to PMMA’s (Presbyterian Manors of Mid-America’s) website,

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