Contact: Ty Kinslow, Senior VP for Communications
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 30, 2020
Magnolia Manor COVID-19 update
Magnolia Manor Home Office, Americus, GA, December 30, 2020 – Magnolia Manor President and CEO Mark R. Todd reported that COVID vaccinations began yesterday at the Columbus East campus. Additional vaccine clinics have already been scheduled at the Americus Nursing Center, Marion County and Midway campuses.
Todd said, “Other locations will be scheduled as soon as the vaccine is available to us in those communities.”
“We are excited about providing this service to our residents. It has been an incredibly difficult year for our nation and our state. As you know, residents and employees of long-term care communities have been hit particularly hard. This vaccine will provide much-needed relief.”
Two vaccines have been granted emergency use status and arrive at a time when new coronavirus cases continue to rise in communities across the country and in the communities Magnolia Manor serves.
While most campuses continue to report no active COVID-19 cases among residents, four campuses have residents who tested positive in the past two weeks. The Americus Nursing Center and Columbus East program each had two residents who tested positive, and the Americus Retirement Center and the Mattie Marshall Memory Care Center each had one. No residents are hospitalized with COVID at this time.
Todd further reported that in the past two weeks, some campuses reflect their community increases by employees who have now tested positive. Two employees tested positive at Magnolia Manor’s Americus Nursing Center campus, as did one at the Americus Retirement Center and one at the Mattie Marshall Memory Care facility, also in Americus. Two staff members at the Marion County campus also tested positive. Three at the Columbus East, two at the Columbus West and one at the Columbus Assisted Living facilities also tested positive. One employee at the St. Simons Assisted Living campus tested positive. All other campuses reported no new cases among staff.
“We know some families couldn’t resist gathering during the holidays, so we urge everyone to use a mask, social distance and use other precautions to try and keep everyone safe until we all get vaccinated. That will help protect our employees and our residents. We are all tired, but now is not the time to let our guards down, especially since the vaccine is right around the corner!”
“Last week, I 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. I hope everyone will join me in getting vaccinated.”
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 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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