Contact: Ty Kinslow, Senior VP for Communications
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 16, 2020
Magnolia Manor COVID-19 update
Magnolia Manor Home Office, Americus, GA, December 16, 2020 –
Magnolia Manor President and CEO Mark R. Todd reported that most campuses continue to report no active COVID-19 cases among residents. However, two residents at the Columbus West campus, one at the St. Simons Nursing Center, and one at the Americus Retirement Center tested positive in the past fourteen days. The only resident to be hospitalized with COVID is from the Americus Retirement Center.
Todd said, “Once again, these cases reflect the ongoing spread in the community. They show how important it is for all of us to take precautions to stop this virus.”
“As Christmas approaches, we are working really hard to have the holiday season be as normal as possible for our residents. Right now, our plan is to continue offering visitation, even if it is virtual. We urge resident family members to follow our guidelines to keep everyone safe. Contact the Magnolia Manor facility where your loved one lives for more information on what type of socially distanced or virtual visitation through technology is available.” We will also work with public health officials to determine how and when to adjust our policies for visitations and social activities so we can keep you updated.
Todd further reported that in the past two weeks, one employee at Magnolia Manor’s Americus Nursing Center campus, two at the Americus Retirement Center and one at its Americus Mattie Marshall Memory Care facility tested positive.
“Of course, the big news is the nationwide rollout of the vaccine. When we met with Governor Kemp a couple of weeks ago, it was reassuring to hear that nursing homes and assisted living would be at the top of the list for the vaccine. We are getting ready now to be able to administer it to our residents and staff. We need for everyone to complete a signed consent form before vaccination. If we can get everyone to take the vaccine, we have a real chance to stop this virus.”
“This won’t happen instantly, so we continue to work hard every single day to protect the people we serve—and our employees. We will continue to use the PPE and other precautions to try and keep everyone safe until this virus goes away.”
Todd explained that the vaccine is not a live virus, so it will not give anyone COVID. Instead, it trains the body to watch for the virus and to respond if it is detected.
“The vaccine has been shown to be 93.8% effective in people over the age of 55, and 100 percent effective over the age of 75. Fourteen days after Dose 1, you are 70 percent protected. Fourteen days after Dose 2, overall, people are 94.6% protected. Those are VERY good odds. I’m going to take the vaccine, and I hope everyone will.”
Magnolia Manor has regularly reported that any employees with symptoms or who tests positive is placed on leave and must be cleared before returning to work. If only one employee or resident tests positive on a campus, outbreak testing protocols are implemented.
Magnolia Manor follows 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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