TPM employees, residents test positive for COVID-19 1/22
Two health care residents, a non-direct care employee and a direct care contract employee at Topeka Presbyterian Manor have tested positive for COVID-19. The employees last worked on January 19 and 26, screening in prior to their shifts and wearing personal protective equipment (PPE) while at work.
We have notified the Shawnee County Health Department and will follow all testing and visitation guidance. Visitation continues with infection control precautions and social distancing requirements per new Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) requirements. Per health department guidance, we have increased social distancing in the dining room and during activities. Residents are currently required to wear masks during activities.
The residents will isolate until they meet the PMMA Emergent Infectious Disease (EID) policy, CDC and KDHE guidelines for ending isolation.
We will also follow the PMMA Emergent Infectious Disease (EID) policy, CDC and KDHE guidelines for when the employee and contract employee may return to work. Upon their return to work, we will follow CDC recommendations related to work practices and restrictions.
PMMA strongly encourages our families, employees and residents to carefully consider getting a COVID-19 vaccination for themselves, as well as their loved ones. Every person who receives the vaccine will strengthen the protection for all residents, staff and the community at-large.
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 Topeka Presbyterian Manor’s response, go to PMMA’s (Presbyterian Manors of Mid-America’s) website, presbyterianmanors.org/media-room.