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Aberdeen Heights reports COVID-19 test results

All residents and employees tested June 29 for COVID-19 at Aberdeen Heights were negative for the virus, the senior living community learned this week. Residents of The Glen at Aberdeen Heights, which includes assisted living, memory care and long-term care, and all campus employees were tested.

“As it has always been, our top priority remains the safety of our residents and staff members,” said Rick Cumberland, health care administrator.

The community has been working closely with the St. Louis County Health Department and Dr. Alka Kapoor, the community’s medical director, to address the outbreak. Per the Centers for Disease Control and the health department, one case is considered an outbreak. To close the outbreak, the campus conducted another round of employee and The Glen resident tests July 7. Results are expected later in the week.

As Aberdeen Heights has been doing since March, the community will continue to monitor residents for signs and symptoms of COVID-19 during every shift. At this time, no residents are showing signs or symptoms of COVID-19.

The employees who previously tested positive will remain in isolation until cleared to return to work by the St. Louis County Health Department. Per CDC guidelines, team members may return to work once they have negative results from an FDA Emergency Use Authorized COVID-19 molecular assay for detection of SARS-CoV-2 RNA from at least 2 consecutive respiratory specimens collected at least 24 hours apart (total of two negative specimens).  Upon their return to work, the community will follow CDC recommendations related to work practices and restrictions.

Aberdeen Heights continues to screen all employees as they enter the community building for a shift and before they have any direct contact with residents.  In addition, employees are wearing masks per CDC recommendations.

For more information about Aberdeen Heights’ response, go to PMMA’s (Presbyterian Manors of Mid-America’s) website, presbyterianmanors.org/media-room.

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