In a news release from Manor of the Plains in Dodge City, two health care workers and one resident tested positive for COVID-19.

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Two healthcare workers and one resident at Manor of the Plains in Dodge City have tested positive for COVID-19, the assisted living facility announced in a news release.

The additional cases were announced Saturday after a second healthcare worker tested positive for the virus. According to Manor of the Plains, the employee worked the evening shift and had last worked on May 16.

“Our top priority continues to be the safety of our residents and staff members,” said Jeanne Gerstenkorn, PMMA’s infection preventionist and vice president for health and wellness. “We will follow the recommendations of the Ford County Health Department and KDHE.”

When going into work, the employee passed the COVID-19 screening and wore personal protective equipment throughout the shift.

On May 17, due to a personal contact with an individual not affiliated with Manor of the Plains who showed signs and symptoms of the virus, the employee tested for COVID-19 and the results were received May 20.

Manor of the Plains notified the Kansas Department of Health and Environment of the results and the employee is recuperating at home and must be COVID-19-free prior to returning to work.

On Friday, testing began of the 30 residents the employee made contact with during the last shift worked as well as the 42 employees the employee made contact with between May 14 and May 16.

On Saturday, the results for the rounds of testing of employees and residents resulted in the two additional cases.

Twenty-nine residents and 43 employees tested negative for the virus.

“Keeping our residents and staff healthy continues to be a top priority for Manor of the Plains,” said John Van Hook, executive director.

Upon notifying KDHE of the new cases, KDHE determined them to be a cluster, which is defined as two or more non-household COVID-19 cases identified within a certain time frame and place, Manor of the Plains said.

The resident was moved to an isolation area to be treated by the COVID-19 rapid response team and currently is not showing signs of respiratory illness or symptoms.

Utilizing standard PPE including masks, gloves and utilization of hand sanitizer and hand hygiene, employees will continue to work and any additional employee who desires testing will be referred to the National Guard where they may be tested.

"We will continue to monitor residents for signs and symptoms of COVID-19 during every shift," said Manor of the Plains Communications Director Lisa Diehl in a news release. "We will continue to follow KDHE, Ford County Health Department, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines to monitor residents in health care and other employees for any signs or symptoms of respiratory illness and signs of COVID-19.

"Families have been called to alert them to the potential exposure, and all state and county mandatory required reporting agencies have been notified. The community will follow any additional guidance from the Ford County Health Department, KDHE and the CDC."

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