Contact: Ty Kinslow, Senior VP for Communications
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 9, 2020
Magnolia Manor COVID-19 update
Magnolia Manor Home Office, Americus, GA, September 9, 2020 –On Monday, August 31, 2020, Governor Brian Kemp extended his Public State of Emergency order which includes all shelter in place restrictions until October 10, 2020. Magnolia Manor President and CEO Mark R. Todd reported that for the first time in months, no campus reported active COVID-19 cases among residents.
“This is the goal we’ve been pursuing since the pandemic began for us, March 9, 2020. As you can imagine, we are celebrating--cautiously! Furthermore, only two campuses—the Americus and St. Simons Nursing Centers—had employees test positive for the virus in the past seven days, and all five of those staff were asymptomatic. Testing has been essential in identifying each of these cases.”
“We will continue to test residents and staff twice weekly as required at our Marion County, St. Simons and Midway campuses until the number of cases in the county’s general population remains below ten percent for two weeks, then they will join our other campuses in weekly testing. Remember that the single most accurate predictor of COVID-19 among residents of senior living communities is the number of cases in the general population. Knowing this, we are using regular testing with rapid results to control this virus. Of course, it goes without saying that the use of PPE and other safety precautions are also essential.”
Sumter and Liberty counties reported declines in the number of cases among the general population while Marion, Muscogee and Glynn counties showed increases during the past seven days. Currently, in the communities we serve, Marion and Glynn counties have more than a ten percent positive rate for COVID-19.
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 our first positive case on March 22. One new employee has 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 our 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 our first positive case 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, but sixteen residents recovered since our 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 our first positive case on July 26. As stated earlier, four new employee cases were 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, and no residents are receiving care in-house or in the hospital. Sadly, ten have passed away since our first positive case on July 6. There have also been no new employee positives 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.
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