Contact: Ty Kinslow, Senior VP for Communications
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 2, 2020
Magnolia Manor COVID-19 update
Magnolia Manor Home Office, Americus, GA, December 2, 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 tested positive in the past fourteen days. Retesting has shown one of the residents to be negative, but further tests are in process to determine if the initial results were false positives.
Magnolia Manor continues outdoor visitation at most facilities in accordance with Department of Public Health guidelines.
Todd said, “We know the holidays are difficult when residents and their families are separated because of the virus. Our staff see this every day and have implemented a variety of ways to help families stay in touch while social distancing. We ask everyone to be patient and understanding as we work together to facilitate virtual or in-person visits.”
“We also ask family members to follow our guidelines in order to keep everyone safe. Contact the Magnolia Manor facility where your loved one lives for more information on those guidelines and to schedule limited outdoor visitation or one of the other approved ways to connect through the use of technology.”
“As I indicated in our last press release, if the nationwide spike continues, we may have to change our visitation policy, but we will let everyone know if that happens.”
Todd further reported that in the past two weeks, three staff members at Magnolia Manor’s Columbus East campus and one at its St. Simons Assisted Living facility had tested positive.
“Thankfully, no other campus reported any positives among employees or residents.”
“As I said last week, these positive test results reflect increases in the communities where we serve, but our staff is doing an incredible job of keeping the community spread from affecting our campuses like it did several months ago.”
Strict infection control procedures continue to be utilized across the organization, even if no cases of COVID-19 are reported.
“Our employees are amazing. They cheerfully serve our residents while putting their lives on the line. They leave their own families to serve other people’s loved ones, and they wear PPE the whole time they are at work. Their sacrifices are both humbling and inspiring, but they are getting physically and emotionally tired. Please pray for them.”
Along with representatives from several other organizations serving seniors, Todd recently met with Governor Kemp to discuss challenges in long term care homes throughout the pandemic. During that meeting Governor Kemp said he expected deployment of a vaccine would start reaching “priority populations” in Georgia in the next few weeks and nursing homes would be among those high on the list for help.
Yesterday afternoon, the CDC Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) voted to include long term care residents at the highest level of priority for the first distributions of a COVID-19 vaccine. This includes skilled nursing center residents, assisted living residents and residents in other residential settings. Long term care residents are now included with health care workers in Tier 1A
Magnolia Manor has regularly reported that any employee 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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