FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 26, 2020
Additional Coronavirus Protection Measures Announced
Magnolia Manor Corporate Office, Americus, GA, March 26, 2020 -Magnolia Manor Senior Living continues to strengthen its emergency preparedness efforts to address the coronavirus pandemic. All policies and directives from the CDC and CMS have been implemented, and staff monitors communication from these bodies multiple times daily for updates. All campuses remain closed to visitors, and all resident communal dining and group activities have been discontinued. Both staff and residents are screened and monitored daily for coronavirus symptoms. Residents and staff practice social distancing as the new reality. Meanwhile, staff travel has also been discontinued, and employees are assigned to only one building in order to limit potential exposure. Deliveries are dropped at designated points outside each building and taken inside by staff.
Chief Operating Officer Hill Fort said, “We have a great team and a solid plan.”
He announced today additional measures that staff will take to protect residents, “We have a supply of personal protective equipment and anticipate additional deliveries by Monday. Gloves, masks and impervious gowns are in short supply nationally, but Magnolia Manor has secured them through one of our suppliers. Face shields are in even shorter supply, but we did manage to find some.”
Magnolia Manor is also preparing for a worst-case scenario. If a resident is suspected of having contracted COVID-19, or tests positive, the organization has created isolation rooms on each campus. These would also be used if local medical centers are unable to accept additional patients. Each room will have negative pressure capability to keep any airborne virus from escaping into the rest of the building. Staff assigned to these patients would be separate from those serving the general population.
Fort also explained that, should there be a confirmed case, personnel would shelter in place with no one coming or going. Additional volunteers would be recruited from among the staff to work and remain onsite for an extended period. There would be enough employees to rotate so everyone could enjoy rest and meal breaks. Magnolia Manor utilized a similar plan during hurricane evacuations to ensure residents received the care needed.
President and CEO Mark R. Todd reported today that food supplies are still flowing as usual, despite retail shortages. He also indicated that resident medications are arriving on time from their supplier.
“We are also communicating with our peers in other senior living communities and sharing ideas. That way, we can all benefit from important things that might otherwise be overlooked by some,” said Todd.
As a faith-based, nonprofit organization, Magnolia Manor thanks everyone for their encouragement, patience and financial contributions during this unprecedented situation.
You are invited to check the Manor website at www.magnoliamanor.com, their Facebook page and Instagram regularly for updates.
Headquartered in Americus, Georgia, Magnolia Manor is a faith-based, tax-exempt, not-for-profit organization affiliated by covenant with the South Georgia Conference of the United Methodist Church. Magnolia Manor was established in 1959 and serves more than 1,500 senior adults daily throughout South Georgia. Services at our nine locations are open to all persons, regardless of denominational affiliation. We provide various levels of care, including Independent Living, Catered Care, Personal Care, Assisted Living, Skilled Nursing, Rehabilitative Therapy and specialized Memory Care.