New coronavirus cluster identified at Manor Nursing Home

A third nursing home in the Wichita area has been identified as a coronavirus cluster, according to public health officials, and another nursing home resident has died from COVID-19.

The Manor Nursing Home in Park West has had seven residents tested positive for COVID-19, one of whom died in a hospital, the Sedgwick County Department of Health said in a press release. Two staff members also tested positive.

All residents have been tested. Twelve came back negative and results are pending for three. The staff will be tested free of charge by the health service.

Sedgwick County Commission Chairman Pete Meitzner was asked about the cluster during the county’s afternoon press conference, two and a half hours before the county sent out a press release.

“Right away, when these things are looked at, (the county asks), is there an immediate danger to the public if the public is exposed. And the good news is that there is no public danger at this facility, ”Meitzner said.

Park West Manor Nursing Home is the third coronavirus cluster at a long-term care facility in Sedgwick County. There were also outbreaks in three local businesses and three religious institutions.

“The health and safety of our residents and staff is our top priority,” said Chris Mahen, an executive at the nursing home. “Sadly, one of our residents has passed away from COVID-19 and we are heartbroken and all mourning their loss. Our team continues to monitor CDC, CMS, State and County Health Department guidelines in applying best practices to mitigate the spread of disease at our facility. We welcome the collaborative resources of county and state health departments. “

The mansion has been closed to visitors since March 13. Mahen said the nursing home “followed strict protocols for entry only for essential workers.

“We are working with The Manor to monitor and protect residents and staff from the spread of COVID-19,” County Health Director Adrienne Byrne said. “Seniors are particularly vulnerable to COVID-19, we want to work with providers to help ensure their health and safety. This is unprecedented territory for everyone and we appreciate the commitment of Mr. Mahen and his team to resident care.

Contribute: Chance Swaim of The Eagle.

This story was originally published May 4, 2020 5:03 pm.

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