Contact: Ty Kinslow, Senior VP for Communications
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 24, 2021
Magnolia Manor COVID-19 update
Magnolia Manor Home Office, Americus, GA, February 24, 2021 –Magnolia Manor President and CEO Mark R. Todd reports that COVID community infection rates are slowly beginning to decline in all of the counties within the Magnolia Manor footprint. Bibb, Camden, Glynn, Liberty, Marion and Sumter Counties have decreased their infection rates below the 10% threshold mandating extra testing and other infection control measures. Bryan and Colquitt counties continue to report infection rates above 10%. The hope is to be below 5% soon.
“Magnolia Manor is seeing a lot of change over the last couple of weeks in our positive test results. The communities are beginning to accept the challenge of getting people vaccinated and it is helping to drive community infection rates down. We will not let our guard down and will continue to promote the safety and security the vaccine offers for our residents and employees.”
While most of our campuses report no active COVID-19 cases in the past two weeks, the Americus Nursing Center had no residents and 1 employee test positive. The Marion County campus had 1 employee who tested positive while our Columbus West building reported 3 residents and 2 employees tested positive.
“We continue to be guardedly optimistic that infection rates will keep declining but it doesn’t lesson 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 CMS guidelines.”
We want to encourage everyone to be vaccinated. Magnolia Manor continues at 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. As vaccinations become more widespread, there is a lot of discussion about when our visitation requirements will change to allow for personal contact between our residents and their families. We can assure you that everyone at Magnolia Manor wants that to happen as quickly as possible also and plans are being created to make this happen when allowed.
We are looking for ways to increase visitation opportunities, but we continue to be limited by state executive order and CMS guidelines at this time. Scheduled outside visits, skype visits and window visitations with enhanced hearing and speaking headsets continue to be available. We are also making plans to get back to communal dining and socially distanced group activities, but cannot until community infection rates drop and vaccines become more widely available. As much as we want to get things back to “normal”, 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.
It is important that everyone shows patience and understanding while these issues are being discussed at all levels and decisions are being made for appropriate guidance to be given on how to proceed forward. Magnolia Manor understands the difficulty that limited visitation has caused for our residents, their families and also for our employees who are tasked with following the regulations and providing a safe and secure environment for everyone in their care.
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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