Contact: Steve Vinson, Senior VP for Communications
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 10, 2020
Magnolia Manor COVID-19 update
Magnolia Manor Home Office, Americus, GA, June 10, 2020 –President and CEO Mark R. Todd reported that again there has been only one new resident COVID-19 case at the Americus Nursing Center during the past week.
Currently, the Nursing Center has twenty-eight in-house positive cases. Two residents are in the hospital. Nine residents who previously tested positive have received two consecutive negative test results and will now return to their regular rooms.
“This is a huge victory. One of these residents battled the virus for almost two months and has now received an all-clear. These are all fighters who need to be celebrated. We hope this is just the beginning of many indications that the virus is contained in this facility,” said Todd. “Time and more testing will tell us for sure. This virus is stealthy, so we will continue to proceed with the utmost caution.”
Columbus East has twenty-nine residents receiving care in-house, and four are hospitalized.
Meanwhile, the previously reported positive resident cases at the Columbus West campus continued to be asymptomatic, so they were retested and found to be negative for the virus.
Magnolia Manor’s Marion County campus has reported a total of fifteen resident cases since the outbreak began, with thirteen residents receiving care in-house and one in the hospital. One has passed away.
Other than those reported here, there are no additional known resident cases.
Todd commented, “Because testing continues to be the key to stopping this virus, yesterday we announced that all employees across our organization, including administrative and clerical staff, will be tested.”
Most recently, 140 residents and sixty-nine staff at Magnolia Manor of St. Simons were tested. So far, all results are negative. All residents and employees at several other campuses have already been tested, some more than once.
“We will continue until all 1,000 employees have tested negative for COVID-19. That’s the only way we will beat this thing. Meanwhile, we will continue to practice social distancing, wearing our masks and washing and sanitizing our hands frequently. That’s the responsible thing to do.”
Todd also expressed empathy for residents and their family who have endured three months of social separation from each other.
“I know everyone misses being able to visit in person with their loved ones, but as long as the virus is active, we must continue to prohibit visitors who might introduce new infections. As I said last week, the people most vulnerable to COVID-19 are our residents—older adults in their 80s and 90s. So, we are doing as much as we are able to protect them. Any decision to reopen will be made on a program-by-program basis for each campus.” Todd continued.
Even with expanded testing, this week there have been no new employee cases reported among the more than 1,000 staff working in the two dozen Magnolia Manor programs across nine campuses.
Magnolia Manor has regularly reported that any staff with symptoms are placed on leave until receiving a confirmed negative test report, or they pass a quarantine period. Employees testing positive must also be cleared before returning to work. Residents testing positive are placed in a special campus quarantine unit to help control the spread. Strict infection control protocol is instituted, including the use of full 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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