Contact: Steve Vinson, Senior VP for Communications
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 24, 2020
Magnolia Manor COVID-19 update
Magnolia Manor Home Office, Americus, GA, June 24, 2020 –
President and CEO Mark R. Todd reported that for the third consecutive week, there have been no new resident COVID-19 cases at the Americus Nursing Center. In addition, there have been no new resident cases at any Magnolia Manor campus that previously reported cases.
Todd stated, “What’s more, we now have only two residents in our special COVID-19 unit at the Nursing Center, and no residents are hospitalized! And even better, thirty-two residents have recovered. We have grieved over every illness and death, so this is fantastic news.”
Since the pandemic began, forty-two Americus Nursing Center residents have contracted the virus, and eight have died. Twenty-eight employees also tested positive.
Hill Fort, Chief Operating Officer, added, “We think we see a light at the end of what has been a long, dark tunnel. Our frontline staff have done a remarkable job. They genuinely love our residents, and day after day have put their lives on the line for them.”
In anticipation of continued progress, Magnolia Manor staff have been developing a plan to reopen facilities at the appropriate time. Fort said that the organization is closely monitoring each program on all nine campuses, but they are not yet ready to relax restrictions.
“After all, we are still under a lockdown order by our Governor until sometime after July 12,” he said. When they do relax restrictions, the decision will be made on a campus-by-campus, program-by-program and case-by-case basis.
“For the past several years we have made quality care a priority at Magnolia Manor. We don’t make decisions like this quickly unless we can be certain they are in the best interest of our residents. However, I hope we can ease restrictions for at least some of our programs soon after the Governor’s order is lifted.”
Currently, 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. Regular testing of all residents and staff is in process.
All residents and staff have been tested at Magnolia Manor on the Coast in Richmond Hill. The only resident to test positive was reported last week. All employee tests have been negative, with one result pending.
All residents at the Columbus West campus were tested with no positives reported. Only two employees have tested positive, and just nine have yet to be tested.
Magnolia Manor’s Marion County campus has reported nineteen resident cases since the outbreak began, with fourteen residents receiving care in-house and two in the hospital. Two have recovered, and one has passed away. Eleven employees have tested positive for the virus, so staff testing is ongoing. All residents have been tested with no new cases reported.
Last week, Magnolia Manor reported that the organization had mandated testing of all 1,000 employees, including the home office administrative and support staff in Americus. Todd expects the first round of testing will be completed shortly, then additional tests will be scheduled until there is a clear sign the pandemic is no longer a threat.
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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