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Contact: Steve Vinson, Senior VP for Communications, Emeritas
Telephone: 229.931.5925
Cell: 662.891.3236
Email: svinson@magnoliamanor.com
Website: www.magnoliamanor.com

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 19, 2020

Magnolia Manor COVID-19 update

Magnolia Manor Home Office, Americus, GA, August 19, 2020Magnolia Manor President and CEO Mark R. Todd reported that only the Americus Nursing Center and Midway campuses have new resident cases this week.

“We are disappointed that the Nursing Center’s ten-week streak of no new cases has been broken, but that is the nature of this virus: just when you think you have it beaten, another new case appears. We are now seeing that a person can test positive again, weeks after recovering and receiving multiple negative tests. So, we must all continue to be vigilant and continue to use precautions to protect each other.”

“The Governor has extended the shelter in place order through September 10. Although we are concerned about the toll this is taking on our residents, until the number of infections in the communities improves, this is the best course of action. We continue to experience the direct correlation between the number of infections in our facilities and in the communities in which they are located. We need fewer than 100 cases per 100,000 in order to start reopening after the Governor’s Executive Order is lifted. Unfortunately, none of the counties in which we have facilities show numbers that good.”

Through regular testing of its staff, Magnolia Manor reported a total of six new employee COVID cases this week. They were at the Americus Nursing Center, St. Simons Nursing Center, Columbus West and Midway campuses.

The Americus Nursing Center reports one new COVID-positive resident who is receiving care in-house. Currently, no residents are hospitalized with the virus. Thirty-four residents have recovered. Sadly, eight have passed away during this pandemic. Three employees tested positive in the past seven days.

The Americus Retirement Center and the Mattie Marshall Memory Care program in Americus continue to report no new resident or employee cases.

The Columbus East campus reported no new resident or employee cases this week. Thirty-three residents have recovered, and eight have passed away from the virus.

At Columbus West, there have been six resident cases since the pandemic began. Two are receiving care in-house, two have recovered and two have passed away. One employee tested positive in the past seven days.

At the Columbus Assisted Living program, there have been no new cases reported this week among either residents or employees.

Magnolia Manor’s Marion County campus continues to report no new resident or employee cases. Sixteen residents have recovered, and there are no known positive cases receiving care in-house or in the hospital. Since the outbreak hit the facility, Magnolia Manor reports the campus has experienced three deaths.

Magnolia Manor South in Moultrie once again reports no new campus resident or employee cases. Seven residents previously tested positive. All were asymptomatic, and all have recovered.

Magnolia Manor on the Coast in Richmond Hill also continues to report no new resident or employee cases. Previously, one resident and two employees tested positive.

The St. Simons Nursing Center identified no new resident cases this week. Twenty residents are currently receiving care in-house, and seven are hospitalized. One resident has recovered. Unfortunately, thirteen have now passed away because of COVID-19. This week, one new employee case was identified through testing.

The St. Simons Assisted Living program reports no new positive resident cases this week, and no new employee infections. One resident is receiving care in-house, and two are hospitalized.

Magnolia Manor of St. Marys continues to report no new resident or employee cases this week.

The Midway campus in Liberty County reports two new resident cases. Forty-four are receiving care in-house, and seven are hospitalized. Ten have recovered, but three passed away. One new employee case was identified through testing.

Magnolia Manor’s Macon campus has again reported no new resident or employee cases.

The organization has regularly reported that any staff with symptoms are placed on leave and must be cleared before returning to work. Residents testing positive receive care on campus with separation from other residents to help control the spread. Strict infection control protocols are utilized across the organization, including the use of PPE.

Magnolia Manor continues to follow all guidelines recommended by the CDC, CMS and the Georgia Department of Public Health.

As a 501(c)(3) faith-based nonprofit, Magnolia Manor welcomes donations, which are tax deductible as allowed by law.

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 employs almost 1,000 staff who serve about 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.

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