Results have been released from Manor of the Plains in Dodge City after it was reported that the Ford County Health Department labeled the COVID-19 cases in the facility as a cluster.

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Results have been released from Manor of the Plains in Dodge City after it was reported that the Ford County Health Department labeled the COVID-19 cases in the facility as a cluster.


Of the 36 additional employees tested for the virus, one additional employee tested positive.


Previously, two health care workers and one resident tested positive for COVID-19 leading to the classification of the cluster, which is defined as two or more non-household COVID-19 cases identified in a certain timeframe and place.


“Our residents’ health and safety is our top priority,” said John Van Hook, Manor of the Plains executive director. “Your Manor of the Plains team continues to be 100% committed to caring for your loved ones and keeping them safe, especially in regard to COVID-19.”


According to Manor of the Plains, the Ford County Health Department has recommended that all residents and employees be tested again. Independent living, assisted living and health care residents will be tested along with all employees on Wednesday, June 3, and any employees out on quarantine will be asked to obtain a rapid test at the National Guard Armory.


"The COVID-positive resident remains in the COVID-19 isolation area to be cared for by the COVID-19 Rapid Response Team," said Manor of the Plains. "At this time, the resident is not showing any signs or symptoms of respiratory illness.


"The resident will be re-tested and must be COVID-19 negative before returning to their regular residence."


The resident must have negative results from an Federal Drug Administration Emergency Use Authorized COVID-19 molecular assay, for detection of SARS-CoV-2 RNA from at least two consecutive respiratory specimens collected at least 24 hours apart per Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines.


For an employee to return back to work at Manor of the Plains, they too must have negative results from an FDA Emergency Use Authorized COVID-19 molecular assay for detection of SARS-CoV-2 RNA from at least two consecutive respiratory specimens collected at least 24 hours apart.


At this time, the employees who tested positive are not showing any symptoms.


For more information about Manor of the Plains COVID-19 response, visit www.presbyterianmanors.org/Media-room.


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