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Contact: Steve Vinson, Senior VP for Communications
Telephone: 229.931.5925
Cell: 662.891.3236
Email: svinson@magnoliamanor.com
Website: www.magnoliamanor.com

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 1, 2020

Magnolia Manor COVID-19 update

Magnolia Manor Home Office, Americus, GA, July 1, 2020 –President and CEO Mark R. Todd reported that for the fourth consecutive week, there have been no new resident COVID-19 cases at the Americus Nursing Center.

Todd stated, “We now have only one resident in our special COVID-19 unit at the Nursing Center, and that person has already received one negative test result. We are retesting them, and if they again test negative, they will be moved back to their regular room. Currently, thirty-three residents have recovered, and no Nursing Center residents are hospitalized.”

Since the pandemic began, forty-two Americus Nursing Center residents have contracted the virus. Twenty-eight employees also tested positive and recovered.

“Since testing has become more available, we are regularly testing both residents and staff here and across the organization. The key is identifying cases that are asymptomatic or pre-symptomatic before they are able to spread the virus.”

Hill Fort, Chief Operating Officer, added, “We are cautiously optimistic that the Nursing Center has beaten COVID-19, but it has taken more than three months. Eight residents lost their lives in the process. As new cases in the community continue to rise, we hope everyone will do whatever it takes to keep from becoming infected. You can see how dangerous it is to those we serve.”

Fort indicated that although Magnolia Manor is preparing to reopen some programs, it is still too soon to set a date. That decision will be made after considering a number of factors, and will be made on a case-by-case basis.

“As I said last week, I hope we can ease restrictions for at least some of our programs soon after the Governor’s order is lifted, but that decision will be made at a later date.”

Todd added, “If we continue to make progress in Americus, we also plan to restart the Nursing Center renovations by the first of September.”

Testing has identified two new cases at Columbus East in the past week, bringing the total number of cases to forty since the virus first appeared on campus. Thirty-two residents are receiving care in-house, and only one is hospitalized. Seven residents have died, and eleven employees have tested positive. One resident has recovered so far.

Two weeks ago, Magnolia Manor on the Coast in Richmond Hill identified its first resident to test positive. That resident is receiving care in isolation on campus. So far, no new resident cases have appeared, and all employee tests continue to be negative.

All residents at the Columbus West campus were tested with no positives reported. Only three employees have tested positive.

The St. Simons Nursing Center has no known positive resident cases, but three employees have tested positive.

Magnolia Manor’s Marion County campus has reported nineteen resident cases since the outbreak began, with fifteen residents receiving care in-house and one in the hospital. Two have recovered, and one has passed away. Thirteen employees have tested positive for the virus.

Testing this week indicated two new campuses have residents that tested positive. One resident at the Retirement Center in Americus, as well as eleven Independent Living and seven Assisted Living residents at Magnolia Manor South in Moultrie have tested positive. All are being retested since none have symptoms, nor are there any campus employees known to have the disease currently.

The organization recently mandated testing of all 1,000 employees, including the home office administrative and support staff in Americus.

Magnolia Manor has regularly reported that any staff with symptoms are placed on leave and must be cleared before returning to work. Residents testing positive receive care in a special campus quarantine unit to help control the spread. Strict infection control protocols are utilized across the organization, including the use of PPE.

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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