With the Coronavirus pandemic affecting so many individuals in our surrounding community, it also continues to impact the residents and staff of Park Manor. During our routine COVID testing this week we determined a newly admitted resident and a consultant were COVID positive. All other residents and staff tested negative for COVID.
Park Manor requires a resident to have a negative COVID test, when appropriate, prior to admission to Park Manor. In addition, all new residents are required to quarantine for fourteen days upon admission. The Price County Public Health Department believes the resident who tested positive arrived at Park Manor with the virus despite the initial negative test. An individual can have the virus for up to 72 hours before it shows up on a test. This is why Park Manor is so diligent in twice per week testing of residents and staff during the community outbreak and why a fourteen-day quarantine of all new admissions is so important. The positive resident was hospitalized, so it was not necessary for us to open our COVID positive quarantine unit. This unit has been specially set up to treat any of our existing residents should they become COVID positive but not require hospitalization.
As a result of the positive tests this week, we immediately completed COVID testing on all residents who lived in the same unit as the affected resident and staff who had contact with the resident from the time of admission. We are happy to say all of the tests were negative. As a precautionary measure, we have initiated a 14-day quarantine of all residents who live in the unit. Unfortunately, the unit is Rivers Edge, our short-term rehab section to which all residents are admitted. For this reason, we will also be unable to admit any residents to Park Manor for at least 14 days.
On a positive note, two of our four second floor units have completed their 14 day quarantine as there were no residents or further staff who were COVID positive in that area. A resident quarantine is just like any quarantine for any member of the community. The dates of quarantine vary depending on when the potential exposure incurred. The quarantine period runs 14 days from the last day the positive resident or staff was in the unit and could have transferred the infection to others. During the precautionary quarantine, residents remain in their room for all activities and meals. Residents will have advanced respiratory screening done to monitor for any COVID symptoms. Staff wear full personal protective equipment (PPE), including a gown, gloves, face mask and eye shield, with all resident contact. The staff who tested positive will also be in quarantine for at least ten days from the onset of their symptoms or positive test.
Park Manor has been in a declared COVID outbreak since October 2, 2020. We will continue with our COVID-19 infection control processes to minimize the risk of any further spread of COVID-19 to our residents and staff. These include daily health screening of all staff, enhanced cleaning, use of PPE by all staff and residents, extra resident symptom screening, increased hand washing/sanitizing, social distancing of residents during activities and limited visiting. Our twice per week COVID testing will continue for at least 14 to 28 days until Park Manor has 14 days with no positive tests and Price County’s positive percentage drops below 10%. Currently the county positive test rate is at 11.6%.
Please feel free to contact Park Manor administration should you have any questions.