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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

June 17, 2020

Magnolia Manor COVID-19 update

Magnolia Manor Home Office, Americus, GA, June 17, 2020Magnolia Manor Home Office, Americus, GA, June 17, 2020 –President and CEO Mark R. Todd reported that again there have been no new resident COVID-19 cases at the Americus Nursing Center during the past week. Two Nursing Center employees tested positive this week.

Todd stated, “What’s more, for the first time, we now have more residents who have recovered than we have still sick! We have only six in-house and none in the hospital, but we have twenty-eight who have recovered! At a time when numerous states, including our own, are seeing a spike in new cases, our numbers are declining at the Americus Nursing Center where the first virus cases appeared in our organization. Now, if we can keep our residents—and our employees—well, we might just beat this thing!”

Hill Fort, Chief Operating Officer, added, “We were really hurt in the beginning because so many residents were pre- or asymptomatic, and we are still seeing many who remain symptom-free.”

“The number one predictor of a nursing home outbreak is not the quality of care provided by the organization. After all, we’ve received numerous national quality awards. It’s also not the CMS 5-star rating of the facility. It’s whether you happen to be located in a community where there are lots of cases. For us, it’s being near Albany, a nationally recognized hotspot.”

Todd continued, “One report using CMS data through May 31 showed that nationwide, the total number of confirmed cases in long term care facilities is 91.2 per 1,000 residents, with a mortality rate of 30.2 per 1,000. That means an organization our size should be seeing about 137 cases with 45 deaths. Instead, as of today we have had a total of only 100 cases and fifteen deaths. Each illness and loss is one too many, but this shows that our containment efforts are effective, even though we are in a hotspot.”


Columbus East has twenty-nine positive residents in-house, and three are hospitalized. There have been six deaths in this community, and ten employees have tested positive.

One new positive resident case has appeared at Magnolia Manor on the Coast based on contact with a family member. This illustrates perfectly why the organization has been so cautious about reopening its campuses.

All residents at the Columbus West campus were tested with no positives reported. Two employees are off work after testing 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. Two new employee cases were reported this week.

Other than those reported here, there are no new known resident or employee cases.

Todd said the organization has mandated testing of all 1,000 employees, including the home office administrative and support staff in Americus. Most recently, the staff at St. Marys, St. Simons and the home office were tested. The result was only one new positive at the St. Simons Nursing Center and one at St. Marys. He expects to complete the process soon.

 “As I said last week, we will continue until all residents and all employees have tested negative. That’s the only way to win this battle. As we have done from the beginning, we will continue to practice social distancing, wear our masks, and wash and sanitize our hands frequently. That’s the responsible thing to do. The results of this testing will determine in part how quickly we begin to return to normal—whatever that is. One thing is certain:  our nursing centers will be the last to open back up because those residents are especially vulnerable.”

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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