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Redbud Plaza Assisted Living employees test positive for COVID-19

Two associates at Redbud Plaza Assisted Living in Onaga have tested positive for COVID-19.

According to Lura Flentie, director of long-term care services at Community HealthCare System, or CHCS, residents and family members have been informed, per Kansas Department of Health and Environment and Pottawatomie County Public Health guidelines.

“CHCS and our associates have done all we can to mitigate the risks of spreading COVID-19, and the associate was wearing a KN5 mask while at work and following other infection control best practices,” Flentie said.  

CEO Todd Willert said that because of the positive case, all Redbud residents and staff will be tested according to state and local guidelines. “We are working with KDHE to test residents and staff who came into contact with the positive associates within a certain period of time, and we appreciate everyone’s cooperation as we work to manage through difficult circumstances that are the result of community spread of COVID-19,” Willert said.

Redbud Plaza is closed to visitors effective immediately. Residents will be asked not to leave the facility until weekly testing shows that all residents and staff test negative twice in a 14-day period according to guidelines for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, or CMS.

“We appreciate the understanding of our residents and their family members, plus the excellent care and vigilance of our staff,” Flentie said.

CHCS has a universal mask policy and continues to screen all patients and visitors to all facilities. Associates are screened daily before reporting to work according to guidelines from the Kansas Department of Health and Environment. Those who do not pass the screening questions are asked not to report to work, and procedures are in place to monitor employees who become ill or who test positive for COVID-19.

Anyone with a fever, cough, shortness of breath, diarrhea, loss of sense of smell and taste, and/or headache, or who suspects exposure to COVID-19, should contact a medical provider or one of our clinics for the best way to proceed with care. 


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