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Topeka contract health care employee tests positive for COVID-19

A contract health care employee at Topeka Presbyterian Manor has tested positive for COVID-19 via rapid point-of-care (POC) testing. The employee last worked on June 16, screening in prior to their shift and wearing personal protective equipment (PPE) while at work. The contract employee will be given a PCR test as a follow-up.

We have notified the Shawnee County Health Department and will follow their guidance.

We will follow CDC and KDHE guidelines for when the contract employee 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 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,

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