Topeka contract employee, health care employee positive for COVID-19
A contract health care employee and a direct resident care employee at Topeka Presbyterian Manor have tested positive for COVID-19. The employees last worked on Sunday, August 15, and Tuesday, August 17, 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, communal dining and activities are suspended at this time.
We will follow CDC and KDHE guidelines for when the employees may return to work. Under the current guidelines, symptomatic employees 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 and KDHE 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.