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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

May 20, 2020

Magnolia Manor COVID-19 update

Magnolia Manor Home Office, Americus, GA, May 20, 2020 – President and CEO Mark R. Todd reported that the number of new COVID-19 cases at the Americus Nursing Center has slowed since last week. In the past seven days there have been four new cases, as opposed to ten the prior week, which followed the testing of all residents in the building.

Currently, there are twenty-two in-house positive cases. Six more residents are recovering in the hospital.

“We are happy to report that another infected resident has now received two consecutive negative tests,” said Todd.

Chief Operating Officer Hill Fort said, “Our staff needed this victory. They have all worked so hard, and this recovery is the kind of encouragement everyone needed.”

Results are pending for eight residents, with four reporting symptoms. The remaining four are retests of residents who have improved in the isolation unit.

“Thankfully, there have been no deaths since our last report,” said Fort.

Since the outbreak began, the Nursing Center has seen nineteen employees diagnosed with the virus. The vast majority have already recovered and returned to work.

Last week all residents and staff at Magnolia Manor of Marion County in Buena Vista were tested. Test results showed there are now three confirmed cases among residents who are receiving care on campus in isolation. Four residents with symptoms are also receiving care—three in-house awaiting test results and one hospitalized. Five staff have also tested positive, but remain asymptomatic. They remain off duty until they are able to test negative.

There are no residents known to have COVID-19 at any other campus. Of the two dozen programs operated on nine Magnolia Manor campuses, only the Americus Nursing and Retirement Centers, Columbus Nursing Center, St. Simons Island Nursing Center and the Marion Country campus have staff who tested positive for the virus.

“As always, employees reporting symptoms remain off duty until receiving a confirmed negative test report,” Todd confirmed.

Magnolia Manor continues to follow all guidelines recommended by the CDC, CMS and the Georgia Department of Public Health.



 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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