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Kansas Neurological Institute Staff Test Positive for COVID-19

 

For Immediate Release

April 17, 2020

For more information, contact:
Cara Sloan-Ramos
785-296-0807

TOPEKA – Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services (KDADS) Secretary Laura Howard announced today that two male staff members at the Kansas Neurological Institute (KNI) have tested positive for COVID-19. These are the first positive cases at KNI in either residents or staff.

One of the staff members has not been on the hospital campus since March 19, the other since April 10. To protect their identity, no further information will be released.

“In our state hospitals, we have a unique responsibility to care for some of our state’s most vulnerable citizens,” Secretary Howard said. “I’m encouraged knowing the dedicated staff at KNI take that unique responsibility very seriously every day and will implement all measures available to protect residents.”

Staff at KNI and families or guardians of residents living in the home, as well as those living in other homes within the building where the staff members worked, have been notified. As added precaution, hospital leadership, using an on-staff custodial team, has conducted a deep clean of the affected home in compliance with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidance related to chemical cleaning agents specific to COVID-19 and has further contracted with a professional cleaning service to ensure a focus on infection control.

Staff in all areas of the hospital have access to masks when social distancing is difficult. As part of its existing Continuity of Operations Plan, the hospital began taking staff and resident temperatures twice daily on March 24.

KNI, opened in 1960, is an intermediate care facility for adults with intellectual disabilities operated by KDADS.

For current information on COVID-19 in Kansas, and to sign up for updates, go to the KDHE COVID-19 Resource Center at kdhe.ks.gov/coronavirus.