Contact: Ty Kinslow, Senior VP for Communications
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 11, 2021
Magnolia Manor COVID-19 update
Magnolia Manor Home Office, Americus, GA, August 11, 2021 –Magnolia Manor President and CEO Mark R. Todd reports that “From March 10, 2020 until June 3, 2021 Magnolia Manor provided weekly press releases concerning the coronavirus pandemic in our communities. In our June 3, 2021 press release we changed our reporting from weekly to an “as needed” basis to report any new major issues.”
“I’m sorry to report “as needed” has arrived. Once again we are sharing with you critical information concerning the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. It is important for Magnolia Manor to communicate information for transparency to our residents, family members and communities.”
The Department of Public Health reports that COVID community infection rates have sharply increased since the July 4th holiday. Current positivity rates from the Department of Public Health for this week are 18.2% rate for Bibb County, 19.1% for Bryan County, 22.3% for Camden County, 27.6% for Colquitt County, 19.0% for Glynn County, 27.3% for Liberty County, 18.1% for Marion County, 21.9% for Muscogee County and 12.0% for Sumter County. These rates are significantly over the 10% thresholds we have been using to develop our response procedures.
“The increase in community positivity rates over the last several weeks dictate that we must make changes to some of the services we had previously reinstated. Since June 3, 2021 we have been open for limited indoor visitation. Regretfully, we must temporarily suspend all indoor visitation until the community positivity rates drop below 10% again. This is not a decision we wanted to make but we must take the steps necessary to insure that all protections are in place for Magnolia Manor residents and staff. Electronic, Outdoor and window visits will still be in place.”
Within the last week, one employee has tested positive at the Retirement Center in Americus, two at our Moultrie location, three at the Nursing Center in Americus, one at the nursing center at Marion County, two at St. Simons Island Nursing Center, three at Magnolia Manor of Columbus East and one employee at our nursing center in Midway. Employees who test positive are required to remain out of work and in quarantine. This strains an already difficult staffing situation.
Unfortunately, several facilities also have residents who have recently tested positive. Four residents at the Americus Retirement Center have tested positive. In St. Simons, 2 residents have tested positive, with one hospitalized and one resident tested positive at the Columbus East Nursing Center, all within the last week.
We continue to follow the directives from multiple agencies including the Department of Public Health (DPH), Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), all federal agencies including weekly COVID testing in most of our facilities.
In January 2021, vaccines against COVID-19 became available to the public, beginning with the most vulnerable in our population, healthcare workers and caregivers. Since the beginning of vaccine availability, Magnolia Manor has encouraged staff, residents, family members and community members to get vaccinated. The vaccines have proven to be the very best way to protect ourselves, our loved ones and the residents we serve against the devastating effects of the virus. Currently, Magnolia Manor has 47% of the staff overall at least partially vaccinated and all residents at 75% - 100% depending on the facility, except Columbus East and West at 64% and 68% respectively. We have a major incentive program underway to encourage vaccinations for our staff.
The statistics of the hospitalizations and deaths since March among vaccinated people vs unvaccinated people is staggering. Since March 2021, 98% of the critically ill and hospitalized patients who have tested positive for COVID have been unvaccinated and 99.4% of the people who died directly related to COVID have been unvaccinated. These statistics confirm the importance of being vaccinated. The vaccine is a way to prepare your body to fight the virus if it enters your body, just like the flu shot, just like the Chicken-Pox vaccination for children. It helps your body identify the virus and tells your immune system to get boosted and prepare to fight.
“As much as we’d like for the virus to just go away and for life to return to “normal”, unfortunately this has not been the case, so we must continue to be vigilant in our efforts to protect ourselves and our residents. The COVID virus will continue to mutate and infect people. The most recent DELTA variant is more easily transmittable, highly contagious and is the variant we are seeing in this current spike within all of our local communities. Magnolia Manor strongly encourages everyone to be vaccinated.”
The leadership and staff at Magnolia Manor continue to make all efforts possible to meet residents’ expectations to the best of our ability and to insure that all protections continue throughout all Magnolia Manor facilities. We also continue to follow all guidelines for safety and security through infection control procedures including the use of face masks, hand washing, testing while continuing the use of PPE as needed. Resident admissions are open for all facilities within our safety guidelines. We are actively promoting vaccine clinics for our staff and residents. We also continue to need more staff, jobs are available.
“The best protection we all can offer is for our residents, staff, family members and community members to be vaccinated. Recently, Magnolia Manor implemented a reward and incentive program to encourage all staff members to become vaccinated and increase our vaccination rates. We want visitors and residents to also be vaccinated. We know everyone is anxious to spend unlimited time with their loved ones and we want all services to return as soon as possible. Please consider vaccination.”
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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