Lawrence PMMA worker tests positive for COVID-19
An essential health care worker at Lawrence Presbyterian Manor tested positive for COVID-19 August 12.
“Resident and employee safety continues to be our highest concern,” said Christie Patrick, executive director. “We encourage everyone in the Douglas County area to consider receiving the vaccine and to follow the guidance of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to prevent the spread of this virus.”
The employee last worked on August 10, screening in before their shift and wearing personal protective equipment (PPE) while at work.
We have notified the Douglas County Health Department and will follow their guidance for testing and quarantine. We will test all healthcare residents and staff on Friday, August 13, and again on Tuesday, August 17. Additionally, visitation in healthcare is suspended at this time. Communal dining and group activities are also suspended.
We will follow CDC and KDHE guidelines for when an employee or contractor may return to work. Under the current guidelines, symptomatic individuals may return to work when at least 72 hours have passed since resolution of fever without the use of fever-reducing medications and the individual’s symptoms have improved and at least 10 days have passed since symptoms first appeared. Asymptomatic positive employees and contractors will quarantine for at least 10 days. Upon their return to work, we will follow CDC recommendations related to work practices and restrictions.
Every person who receives the vaccine will strengthen the protection for all residents, staff and the community at-large. PMMA continues to strongly encourage our families, employees and residents to carefully consider getting a COVID-19 vaccination for themselves, as well as their loved ones.
Families are encouraged to schedule window and virtual visits with their loved ones. Please contact our life enrichment or social services team to schedule your next window or virtual visit.
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, presbyterianmanors.org/media-room.