Contact: Ty Kinslow, Senior VP for Communications
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 10, 2021
Magnolia Manor COVID-19 update
Magnolia Manor Home Office, Americus, GA, March 10, 2021 – Magnolia Manor President and CEO Mark R. Todd reports that COVID community infection rates are continuing to decline in all of the counties within the Magnolia Manor footprint. According to the Department of Public Health numbers, county positivity rates appear to be continuing to trend in the right direction. Bibb, Camden, Glynn, Liberty, Marion, Muscogee and Sumter Counties are below 10% infection rates. Bryan and Colquitt Counties remain above 10% positive infection rates with slight upticks this period. Sumter County is currently the only county in Magnolia Manor’s facility footprint below a 5% positivity rate.
“The great news this reporting period is that all facilities are off outbreak testing with only Marion County continuing twice weekly employee testing. The even better news is there are no active COVID cases in any of our facilities.”
While most of our campuses report no active COVID-19 cases in the past two weeks and the community infection rates are stable or falling, we continue to follow all guidelines and directives from the Governor’s Office, the Department of Public Health (DPH) and the federal government for regulations at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). “As much as we want to get back to open visitation, we have to follow the rules given to us by Executive Order from the Governor’s Office, DPH and CMS. We continue to be guardedly optimistic that infection rates will keep declining and these things will be happening sooner rather than later. We are seeing progress in all of the communities we serve, but everyone must continue to do their part.”
We want to continue to encourage everyone to be vaccinated. Magnolia Manor has completed its first and second rounds of vaccination for residents and employees. We now await approval for our institutional pharmacy to be cleared to receive vaccines in order to make additional doses available to those who were not vaccinated in the initial rounds. Those that qualify for vaccines in their communities are highly encouraged to get it done through their local sources.
Magnolia Manor is aware of recommendations released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on Monday, March 8, 2021 on activities that people who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 can safely resume. This most recent update does not apply to skilled nursing facilities (SNIFs) or assisted living facilities (AL). To read the specific details regarding the CDC’s most recent update, please follow the below listed link. You must also click on the link ‘recommendations’ in the first sentence of the CDC press release dated Monday, March 8, 2021.
One other recommended change is that fully vaccinated people who are exposed to a positive COVID person and are asymptomatic do not have to quarantine or be tested but should be monitored for symptoms. All of which speaks to the importance of being vaccinated to protect yourself and protect others.
CMS has not issued any updated guidance on visitation so Magnolia Manor continues to ask for patience and understanding from everyone. It is a daily challenge and difficult for all of our residents, their families and our dedicated employees to continue to wait for these decisions to be made. Magnolia Manor understands these anxieties but wants to assure everyone that we are working hard on a daily basis to provide a safe and secure environment to the residents entrusted to our care and to the employees who are dedicated to providing that 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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