ARKANSAS CITY, Kan. – Two additional Arkansas City Presbyterian Manor residents who previously tested positive for COVID-19 have died.

“Our residents are part of our family,” said Sarah Griggs, executive director. “Every passing is difficult. We’re brokenhearted for these residents and their families.”

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 Services (CMS) requires surveillance testing of all employees, agency employees, volunteers, hospice, lab and therapy providers at our campus to be tested for COVID-19 on a frequency determined by our county’s COVID-19 testing positivity rate. A round of testing was completed Tuesday, November 10, and the test results are still pending.

Arkansas City Presbyterian Manor will continue to work with the Cowley County Health Department and the Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) to stop the outbreak.

All employees, residents, and visitors are encouraged to follow CDC guidelines and best practices as these are continually updated. The community regularly reinforces with all staff that an employee should not report to work if he or she is experiencing symptoms of a respiratory illness or not feeling well.  The community educates all residents and their families regarding preventive measures to slow the spread to COVID-19 including social distancing, practicing good hand hygiene, wearing an appropriate face covering, and sheltering in place within the community to the greatest extent possible.

For more information about Arkansas City Presbyterian Manor’s response, go to PMMA’s (Presbyterian Manors of Mid-America’s) website,