Contact: Ty Kinslow, Senior VP for Communications
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 4, 2020
Magnolia Manor COVID-19 update
Magnolia Manor Home Office, Americus, GA, November 4, 2020 – Magnolia Manor President and CEO Mark R. Todd reported that for the ninth consecutive week, no campus reported any active COVID-19 cases among residents.
“Once again, this is great news considering that the number of cases is rising in the general population across our state, including in the counties we serve. We continue to do what we can to keep our residents and employees safe.”
“In the past two weeks one staff member at our Columbus East campus and two employees at our Macon Independent Living program tested positive. Since we have more than 1,000 employees at nine campuses across South Georgia, we are thankful for such a low number, but even one is more than we want.”
The organization has regularly reported that any employee with symptoms or who tests positive is placed on leave and must be cleared before returning to work. If only one employee tests positive on a campus, outbreak testing protocols are implemented. Meanwhile, strict infection control procedures continue to be utilized across the organization, even if no cases of COVID-19 are reported.
Magnolia Manor is continuing outdoor visitation at most facilities in accordance with Department of Public Health guidelines. Governor Brian Kemp has extended his Executive Orders with shelter-in-place guidelines for another 30 days through December 9, 2020 which could be extended again. With these restrictions, Magnolia Manor is developing guidelines to allow for residents to go home for the holidays. Those residents who chose to leave will be tested upon return and immediately quarantined for ten days. A second test will be performed to insure two negative tests before the resident is allowed to leave quarantine.
“We urge family members to follow our guidelines in order to keep everyone safe. Contact the Magnolia Manor facility where your loved one lives for more information on those guidelines and to schedule limited outdoor and holiday visitation.”
Additionally, all staff will be required to follow a weekly testing schedule starting with the week before Thanksgiving until the second week of January. “2020 has been a long, hard year. We know everyone wants to celebrate by gathering with family and friends during the holidays, but we must stay focused on protecting the safety and well-being of our residents. This includes increased routine testing of staff during the holidays.”
Magnolia Manor follows 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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