FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 22, 2020
Magnolia Manor to Report Daily
Magnolia Manor Home Office, Americus, GA, April 22, 2020 – Magnolia Manor President and CEO Mark R. Todd announced that starting today, the organization would report COVID-19 daily changes on its website. Todd said the report would appear by 5 PM weekdays at www.MagnoliaManor.com in a special section for COVID-19 information. Weekly press releases will also continue by 5 PM each Wednesday and contain summary data as well as other pertinent information.
“This is in accordance with new state and federal guidelines, but it is also one more way our organization chooses to be transparent. In addition, whenever there is a new confirmed case in a building that does not already have an active case, we will notify the responsible party for each of our residents, as well as our employees.”
“As has been our practice since the pandemic began, symptomatic residents continue to be isolated from the rest of our population, and employees remain off duty until receiving a confirmed negative test report. What makes this virus so difficult to control is that it is highly contagious long before any symptoms appear. That’s why we are grateful the National Guard is back in Americus for a second round of infection control.”
Unfortunately, three Americus Nursing Center residents have now succumbed to the illness at the hospital since the end of February. Currently, eight residents who tested positive are being cared for in-house on an isolation unit. Two others are hospitalized. The increase of in-house residents over last week’s report is because two residents that were hospitalized have been discharged to return to Magnolia Manor. Thankfully there are no confirmed new cases among residents. Test results for four Nursing Center residents are pending: Two have possible symptoms, one is being retested to determine if they can be removed from isolation, and the other is to confirm they are negative for COVID-19.
All previously reported pending tests were negative, and no new residents have tested positive at The Americus Retirement Center, but four staff have.
One staff at Magnolia Manor of Columbus has tested positive as previously reported.
Magnolia Manor of Marion County reported that no residents have tested positive, but one staff person has.
All other campuses across South Georgia currently have no known confirmed or pending cases.
Todd stated, “Resident safety continues to be our top priority, and I want to assure you that we are working diligently to stop the spread of COVID-19 in our facility. Weeks ago, we proactively began prohibiting visitors from entering our buildings, and our staff began practicing strict social distancing. Staff and residents are screened daily for signs of infection, and employees are required to utilize sanitation techniques and PPE as recommended by health authorities. We are in almost daily contact with local, state and national officials, and we continue to follow their guidance.”
He went on to say, “In an effort to minimize potential risk for those we serve and everyone who works at Magnolia Manor, we will continue to take precautions, even though the community begins to reopen.”
He concluded by saying, “We stopped accepting new admissions several weeks ago out of an abundance of caution. We will begin welcoming new residents at some of our locations on a case-by-case basis if they have a confirmed negative test for COVID-19.”
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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 serves more than 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.