Fort Scott Presbyterian Village employees test positive for COVID-19
Two essential health care employees and a non-direct care employee at Fort Scott Presbyterian Village have tested positive for COVID-19. The employees last worked on January 16, 20 and 21, screening in prior to their shifts and wearing personal protective equipment (PPE) while working.
We have notified the Bourbon County Health Department and will follow their guidance. Visitation continues with infection control precautions and social distancing requirements per new Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) requirements. All residents and staff were tested today. After today we will go to testing all residents and staff twice weekly until such time as we have two consecutive all negative testing dates. All communal dining and activities are temporarily on hold at this time in order to take the most precaution to try to reduce the spread of the virus.
We will follow the PMMA Emergent Infectious Disease (EID) policy, CDC and KDHE guidelines for when the employees may return to work. Upon their return to work, we will follow CDC recommendations related to work practices and restrictions.
We encourage all staff members and residents to follow CDC guidelines and best practices as these are continually updated. We have been screening employees as they enter the community building for a shift and before employees have any direct contact with residents. We educate all staff to stay at home if they are experiencing symptoms of a respiratory illness or not feeling well.
Every person who receives the vaccine will strengthen the protection for all residents, staff and the community at-large. PMMA continues to strongly encourage our families, employees and residents to carefully consider obtaining a vaccine for themselves as well as their loved ones.
For more information about Fort Scott Presbyterian Village’s response, go to PMMA’s (Presbyterian Manors of Mid-America’s) website, presbyterianmanors.org/media-room.