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Contact: Ty Kinslow, Senior VP for Communications
Telephone: 229.931.5925
Email: tkinslow@magnoliamanor.com
Website: www.magnoliamanor.com

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 16, 2020

Magnolia Manor COVID-19 update

Magnolia Manor Home Office, Americus, GA, September 16, 2020Magnolia Manor President and CEO Mark R. Todd reported that for the for the second consecutive week, no campus reported any active COVID-19 cases among residents.

“As I said last week, this is the goal we’ve been pursuing since the pandemic began for us on March 9, 2020. And although we are breathing a little easier right now, we have not let our guard down. We know the virus is still present in the community, and that is why the governor extended his shelter in place order. We continue to do what we can to protect our residents by following that order, even though we know families are anxious to visit their loved ones who live at the Manor.”

“This week, only two campuses—the Americus and St. Simons Nursing Centers—had employees test positive for the virus. Three of those four staff were asymptomatic, so we would not have known they were infected without testing. We hope there will be no more new employee positives so we can get back to routine testing. One day soon, I hope, we will be ready to welcome guests, but, per Governor Kemp’s most recent Executive Order, we know it won’t be in the next four weeks.”

“Our Marion County, St. Simons and Midway campuses continue to test employees twice weekly and will until the number of cases in the county’s general population remains below ten percent for two weeks, then they will move to weekly testing.”

The Americus Nursing Center reports no COVID-positive residents in-house or in the hospital. Thirty-six residents have recovered. Sadly, eight have passed away during this pandemic since the first positive case appeared on March 22. Three employees tested positive during the past week.

The Americus Retirement Center and the Mattie Marshall Memory Care program in Americus once again report no new resident or employee cases. One Retirement Center resident was previously reported as having recovered.

The Columbus East campus also reported no resident or employee cases. Thirty-three residents have recovered, and eight have passed away from the virus since the campus reported its first positive case on May 27.

At Columbus West, there have been six resident cases since the pandemic began. Four recovered and two have passed away since the first positive case was recognized on July 7.

The Columbus Assisted Living program reports that there have been no new cases this week among either residents or employees.

Magnolia Manor’s Marion County campus also reports no new resident or employee cases, and there are no residents receiving care in-house or in the hospital. Magnolia Manor previously reported the campus had experienced three deaths, while sixteen residents recovered since the first positive case on May 5.

Magnolia Manor South in Moultrie reports no known campus resident or employee cases. Seven residents previously tested positive. All were asymptomatic, and all have recovered.

Magnolia Manor on the Coast in Richmond Hill also continues to report no new resident or employee cases. The one resident who previously tested positive has recovered. 

The St. Simons Nursing Center reported that no residents are receiving care either in-house or in the hospital.  Twenty-four residents have now recovered. Unfortunately, fourteen have passed away because of COVID-19 since the first positive case was reported on July 26. As stated earlier, one new employee case was identified through testing.

The St. Simons Assisted Living program reports no resident cases this week receiving care in-house, or in the hospital. Three residents have recovered; and sadly, one has passed away since our first positive case on August 26.

Magnolia Manor of St. Marys continues to report no new resident or employee cases.

Sixty-two Midway campus residents in Liberty County have recovered. Sadly, ten have passed away since our first positive case on July 6. No new employee positives were identified this week.

Magnolia Manor’s Macon campus has again reported no new resident or employee cases.

The organization 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 on campus with separation from other residents 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.