Presbyterian Manors of Mid-America said a resident who previously tested positive for COVID-19 died at Rolla Presbyterian Manor on Friday.

“The entire Rolla Presbyterian Manor family is mourning today,” Executive Director Ann Caudill said Friday.  “It is always difficult to lose one of our beloved residents, and our hearts are broken.”

According to Rolla Presbyterian Manor, the resident was being cared for by designated employees in a special isolation area for COVID-19 positive residents cared for per Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines for transmission-based infection prevention protocols and physician’s orders.  

In a news release Friday, Rolla Presbyterian Manor said the campus continues to conduct routine surveillance testing of employees and weekly outbreak testing for residents in health care and assisted living. 

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Service requires surveillance testing of all employees, agency employees, volunteers, hospice, lab and therapy providers at the Rolla campus to be tested for COVID-19 on a frequency determined by Phelps County’s COVID-19 testing positivity rate, according to Rolla Presbyterian Manor.

Rolla Presbyterian Manor said the next round of tests would be conducted Monday, Nov. 16, while the campus continues to work with the Phelps County Health Department and the Missouri Department of Senior Services to stop the outbreak. 

Due to the outbreak, Rolla Presbyterian Manor said the community had a focused infection control survey this week by representatives of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, where surveyors found no deficiencies in the senior living community’s infection control practices. 

Rolla Presbyterian Manor said it’s regularly reinforced with all staff that an employee should not report to work if they are experiencing symptoms of a respiratory illness or not feeling well and educates residents and their families regarding preventive measures to slow the spread of COVID-19.

For more information about Rolla Presbyterian Manor’s response, residents can visit Presbyterian Manors of Mid-America’s website, www.presbyterianmanors.org/covid-19-faqs.