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Methodist Manor COVID-19 Update ; Nursing Staff Members Tested Positive

May 22, 2020 5:00pm

Nick Landgraf, CEO at Methodist Manor Retirement Community in Storm Lake, says they are working continuously to protect residents and tenants at the independent living apartments, assisted living apartments, and skilled nursing facility during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Landgraf says they have made a number of updates to day-to-day operations and procedures over the past two months, with constant revisions to guidance coming from the CDC, Department of Public Health, and more.

On April 29th, Methodist Manor had a conversation with local officials about the need for aggressive testing in the community after seeing the first confirmed case of COVID-19 in Buena Vista County. On May 1st, local officials were involved in multiple calls and formally made a request to the state for additional testing on behalf of Methodist Manor, as well as for a few other entities in the county.

The Governor's Office gave notice that Methodist Manor would be authorized to test, and would have tests sent for all tenants, residents, and employees. Swab and serology testing was conducted on almost 350 people on May 14th and 15th.

Landgraf says after all results were received, Methodist Manor was able to confirm that all residents and tenants at each of their three facilities tested negative for COVID-19. A total of six nursing facility staff were confirmed to be positive for COVID-19. All Lake Pointe Villa and Otsego Place staff tested negative.

Due to the facility’s health screening procedures, some staff members had already been off of the schedule due to self-reporting symptoms prior to testing, or reporting that someone in their household had tested positive for COVID. Three employees continued to be asymptomatic after results were received. Consistent with IDPH guidelines, the staff members are in self isolation at home, and will not return to work until they have completed the recommended isolation in accordance with public health guidance.

The common denominator regarding these positive cases is verifying that someone else in their household had tested positive, or tested positive this week as a result of all of the testing being conducted in Storm Lake.

Landgraf says policies and procedures in place are to prevent spread within each facility, and in reviewing current protocol after this positive result, Methodist Manor is confident these measures will continue to prevent spread within each building.

After reporting positive results to the state, DIA conducted an infection control survey and verified all policies and procedures that Methodist Manor has implemented meet the requirements of the regulatory agencies that governs long-term care facilities.