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Topeka employee, contractor test positive for COVID-19

A non-direct care employee at Topeka Presbyterian Manor has tested positive for COVID-19. The employee last worked on November 16, screening in prior to their shift and wearing personal protective equipment (PPE) while at work.

In addition, the campus was notified November 18 that a contract care worker who was last in the health care center on November 16 has also tested positive for the virus. The contractor passed entry pre-screening and wore personal protective equipment as required.

The Shawnee County Health Department has been notified, and the community will follow all testing guidance.

We will follow CDC and KDHE guidelines for when the employee and 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 individual’s symptoms have improved and at least 10 days have passed since symptoms first appeared. Asymptomatic positive employees or contractors will quarantine for at least 10 days. Upon their return to work, CDC and KDHE recommendations related to work practices and restrictions will be followed.

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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