A direct patient care employee at Heart & Soul Hospice of Farmington has tested positive for COVID-19. Heart & Soul Hospice is a program of PMMA (Presbyterian Manors of Mid-America®).

The employee last saw patients on Wednesday, February 9, passing pre-shift screening and wearing personal protective equipment as required. The employee tested negative on Monday, February 7, before the positive test on February 10.

We have contacted the St. Francois County Health Department to report the positive case. We will follow any guidance we receive from the health department.

All employees are encouraged to follow CDC guidelines and best practices as these are continually updated. Because hospice employees visit patients where they live, they wear masks and gloves with each patient. The hospice regularly reinforces with all employees that an employee should not report to work if he or she is experiencing symptoms of a respiratory illness or not feeling well.

Heart & Soul Hospice will follow the PMMA® Emergent Infectious Disease (EID) Policy, Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidance for when the employee may return to work and any restrictions that must be followed.

For more information about Heart & Soul Hospice of Farmington’s response, go to PMMA’s (Presbyterian Manors of Mid-America’s) website, presbyterianmanors.org/media-room.