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Contact: Ty Kinslow, Senior VP for Communications
Telephone: 229.931.5925
Email: tkinslow@magnoliamanor.com
Website: www.magnoliamanor.com

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 10, 2021

Magnolia Manor COVID-19 update

Magnolia Manor Home Office, Americus, GA, February 10, 2021Magnolia Manor President and CEO Mark R. Todd reports that COVID community infection rates continue to be a challenge with increases in Bryan, Glynn and Marion Counties. Bibb, Colquitt, Liberty, Muscogee and Sumter Counties have decreased slightly, but have also remained above the 10% threshold needed to decrease any of the testing or other infection control measures. Camden County reports no changes in their infection community rates, but Magnolia Manor also continues to see positive test results for both residents and employees.

“Magnolia Manor is again experiencing some positive test results which continues to be indicative of what is happening across our communities at the local, state and national levels. We have also experienced an unusually high false positive rate at some facilities, but that has not caused us to let our guard down. When we get a positive test, we immediately work to verify it which sometimes shows the first test to be a false-positive”

While most of our campuses report no active COVID-19 cases in the past two weeks, the Americus Nursing Center had no residents and 2 employees test positive. The Marion County campus has 1 employee who tested positive while Richmond Hill in Bryan County also reported 1 employee tested positive. Midway reported 2 employees who tested positive. Our Moultrie facility reported 1 resident and 1 employee tested positive, but after further testing, the resident was determined to be a false-positive. Unfortunately, our Columbus campus continues to be challenged with Columbus East reporting 3 residents who tested positive. Columbus West last reported 60 positive residents which was later determined to be 25 with false positive results; however this week’s report shows 16 residents and 7 employees tested positive.

“This continues to be discouraging to everyone involved, but doesn’t lessen our resolve to protect our residents and staff. We are constantly testing everyone and we continue to follow all of the regulations from the CDC, Department of Public Health and federal guidelines.”

We continue to encourage everyone to be vaccinated. Vaccine clinics have been provided at all of our communities with first doses given in Moultrie, St. Marys and Columbus Assisted Living. First and Second doses have been given at all of our other communities with over 90% participation from our residents and over 40% participation from our employees. Magnolia Manor continues with limiting personal visitation, wearing masks at all times, handwashing and wearing other PPE. It is still important that everyone continues to show patience and understanding. Everyone can help by getting the vaccine when it becomes available, wearing a mask when in public, washing your hands regularly and by encouraging others to do the same.

We are looking for ways to increase visitation opportunities, but we are limited by state executive order at this time. Scheduled outside visits, skype visits and window visitations with enhanced hearing and speaking headsets continue to be available. We would also like to get back to communal dining and socially distanced group activities, but cannot until community infection rates drop and vaccines become more widely available. We must follow all of the regulatory guidelines given to us by the CDC, DPH, CMS and the Governor’s Office which restricts activities at this time.

 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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