AUGUST 4, 2020 ANNOUNCEMENTS

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UPDATES AS OF AUGUST 4, 2020

As of today, all results from campus-wide testing results from the past week were negative. The staff member from Eden who tested positive last week continues to be recovering at home.

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Our team is available to speak with you and offer support. For health care updates, please call the nursing team at (920) 232-5259. For support, our spiritual services and social services teams are available and can be reached at (920) 232-5242 or (920) 235-4653.​

We have received test kits to test residents at Bethel Home, Eden Meadows and Elijah’s Place. There are also kits available for the Miravida Living team. We are testing all staff this week. On a national call with leaders regarding COVID-19 developments, a speaker was discussing testing and indicated “when you look for the virus you find it.” We need to be prepared there may be more cases identified as a result of the testing.​

While there is excitement in the air about abandoning restrictions, Miravida Living is staying the course. We are asking all of our residents, loved ones and staff to continue following the Safer-at Home guidelines.

On May 14, 2020 – the Wisconsin Supreme Court overturned the Safer-at-Home order based on procedural and authority issues. The court did not and does not have a position on whether continuing Safer-at-Home is needed to keep citizens safe and save lives. The court’s decision does not change the health conditions in our communities or halt the spread of this potent virus.

Wisconsin media outlets are reporting a decline in the percentage of positive tests. This morning, a reporter indicated the declining percentage may be related to the increased number of tests. Data tells us if we are doing more tests on the general public compared to only symptomatic people, the percentage of positive results is diluted.

Yes! We simply ask that you please be sure to honor the intent of the Safer at Home requirements, visitor restrictions and social distancing while visiting with your loved one through their window. Their window should remain closed.​

Based on guidance from the Health Department, we are accepting mail and deliveries. They are accepted at the front door of our buildings. From there, staff will deliver items to residents.​

We are graciously accepting homemade masks. They can be dropped off at the entrance of Bethel Home (a table is provided for drop-offs). Thank you for continuing to support our efforts through your generosity, prayers, and love.

Coronavirus is a respiratory virus originating from China. Individuals infected with the Coronavirus often suffer from the following symptoms:

  • Mild to severe respiratory illness
  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Possibly, death


Current guidance indicates individual symptoms may appear anywhere from 2-14 days after exposure. The virus is considered highly contagious, it is spread from person-to-person through coughing, sneezing or nasal secretions, very similar to influenza.

Just as we have advised our residents living across the campus, we strongly encourage you to monitor your symptoms.  If you have symptoms of a respiratory infection, such as fever, cough, shortness of breath or sore throat, seek medical attention. Please call your physician or emergency room ahead of time for direction on how to proceed. Self-isolate as required.  We also strongly encourage consistently using best infection control practices including hand washing with warm water and soap for 20 seconds, covering your sneezes and immediately discarding tissues, covering your cough, etc.

Please visit this page frequently for up-to-date information.

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August 4, 2020

Residents, loved ones and team,

Governor Evers issued an emergency order related to preventing the spread of COVID-19 by requiring face coverings. 

Effective August 1, every individual, age five and older, in Wisconsin shall wear a face covering if both of the following apply: a. The individual is indoors or in an enclosed space, other than at a private residence; and; b. Another person or persons who are not members of individual’s household or living unit are present in the same room or enclosed space. Face coverings are strongly recommended in all other settings, including outdoors when it is not possible to maintain physical distancing.  The entire Emergency Order is located at https://evers.wi.gov/Documents/COVID19/EmO01-FaceCoverings.pdf

For us, it means residents living at Carmel Residence and the Simeannas must wear masks while in the hallways or visiting other residents.  When outside, face coverings and social distancing are strongly recommended.  Residents living at Bethel Home, Eden Meadows, Gabriel’s Villa and Elijah’s Place already wear masks when they enter the hallways.  Employees are required to wear masks at all times. 

Wearing a mask is a small sacrifice to keep yourself and those around you safer.  Scientific research has shown the probability of transmission during exposure between a person infected with COVID-19 to an uninfected person is 17.4% if face coverings are not worn and 3.1% if face coverings are worn.  Masks are available at our front desks.  Simeanna residents can contact Sue Hammerseng, at 232-5230 and request a mask.  Similarly, Carmel residents can contact Julie Arps, at 232-5231.  Employees can request masks through Human Resources, at 232-5216.

Since the last update, one staff member working at Eden Meadows tested positive.  Last week, we tested all residents at Eden Meadows.  This week, we will be testing the Eden Meadows team.  There is a severe shortage of tests.  Testing has been instrumental in identifying the virus and limiting its impact so, we are vigorously advocating for a national strategy for testing, testing supplies, and funding. 

Over the past week, there has been an average of 901 new cases across the State of Wisconsin per day, an increase of 4% from the average two weeks earlier.  In Winnebago County, there are 1,063 cases, Fond du Lac 560 cases and Outagamie 1,113 cases.  Activity levels in all 3 counties are assessed as high.  Our vigilance is as important now as it has ever been. 

We pray you and yours are healthy and stay safe.

Dear Lord, 

We invite you into our hearts — hearts that have so much on them right now. Amidst our fear, disappointment, confusion, uncertainty, grief, anger, frustration and more – we invite you in. 

May we act with humility to not just preserve our own safety and health, but to look beyond ourselves and think of how our actions will affect others.

May we be alert to the ways we may help those around us, and give us the grace to step forward without hesitation to be men and women for and with others.

Help us hear your voice in these troubled times, may we listen and draw ever closer to you.

Amen.

`inspired by Megan Sheehan

Theresa M. Bertram

Chief Executive Officer

PREVIOUS MESSAGES TO THE MIRAVIDA COMMUNITY

Initial Announcement of COVID-19 to Miravida Living Community.

July 28, 2020

Residents, loved ones and team,

What a week!

Spirits are up and the mood is a little brighter around the Miravida campus. Residents and their loved ones finally have the opportunity to visit. Smiles, tears and I miss you and love you often start the long-awaited visits. Over one hundred tent visits have been scheduled in our first week. As a reminder, reservations are required and can be made here.

In response to the pandemic, CMS required all nursing homes to have a Focused Infection Control Survey, a rigorous inspection to determine compliance with all infection control practices. Bethel Home and Eden Meadows have been recently inspected and were found to be in full compliance. Special thanks to our team for their efforts. From training to providing excellent care under the most challenging circumstances, you have contributed your best – congratulations!

We are grateful to report that as of today, there are no known cases of the virus on the Miravida Living campus.

Please keep in mind COVID-19 remains very contagious and most people are still at risk of getting sick from the virus. To give local communities the tools they need to respond to COVID-19, the Department of Health Services has begun assessing the COVID-19 activity levels as high, medium, or low. In Winnebago County, there are 960 cases, Fond du Lac 499 cases and Outagamie 975 cases. Activity levels in all 3 counties are assessed as high. Reminders from DHS on how to stay safe are provided on the back of this letter.

We pray you and yours are healthy and stay safe.

Dear Heavenly Father, We pray for strength during these unprecedented times and look to you for direction. Please continue to guide us through the challenges of this pandemic and offer ways to move forward. We thank you for your grace and abiding love. Amen

Theresa M. Bertram

Chief Executive Officer

July 21, 2020

Residents, loved ones and team,

The spread of COVID is accelerating and no matter our determination to move past it, the life and death threat of this virus is real and present in our lives. In Winnebago County, there are 864 cases, Fond du Lac 441 cases and Outagamie 814 cases.

We are grateful to report that as of today, there are no known cases of the virus on the Miravida Living campus.

While the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid and the State of Wisconsin Department of Health continue to maintain their stance on not allowing visitors, both entities have provided requirements for outdoor visits.

With this guidance, we are pleased to announce tent visits. The “Onsite Tent Visit Guidelines” are on the back of this letter. Reservations are required and can be made on our website: www.miravidaliving.com/schedule-a-resident-visit/. A preview into what a visit will be like is posted on our Facebook page. We are excited to offer this opportunity and like many of you, look forward to our residents and loved ones visiting with one another.

We would like to remind you of the opportunity to message a resident. Messages, stories, photos, jokes, etc. can be sent to www.miravidaliving.com/message-a-resident/. Over 2,000 messages, photos of families, children and pets, and stories have been shared. The messages always bring smiles and lift spirits.

Just for a moment, let’s look past the pandemic and its consequences and anticipate the joy of reconnection – the smiles and possibly even tears, that come with a closer connection with one another. What a blessing in the midst of so many challenges.

We pray you and yours are healthy and stay safe.

Dear Heavenly Father, We pray for your peace. We ask that you lift up our hearts and cast away our fears. We seek your grace and invite these blessings in your Holy Name.
Amen.

Theresa M. Bertram

Chief Executive Officer

July 14, 2020

Residents, loved ones and team,

Just as I was considering moving the frequency of this letter to biweekly, I received four notes last week acknowledging the importance of these letters. Families living out of state are particularly keen to receive a letter, hear about what is happening at Miravida and learn the latest COVID numbers in our greater community. Thank you for your feedback and the gratitude you expressed.

As of today, there are no known cases of the virus on the Miravida Living campus.

After five long months, we are all wondering …

  • When will we be able to visit our loved ones?
  • When will services in our church resume?
  • When will it be safe to go about our normal routines?
  • When will we comfortably go out for dinner or see a movie with our friends?
  • When will our children return to school or will they be homeschooled?

We simply do not know the when. We crave the familiar. We yearn for the love and support we receive and give by visiting with loved ones, worshiping and praying together, sharing a meal and seeing a movie. We know our children, teens and young adults want to return to school and continue learning, growing and preparing for their future.

In reality, the spread of COVID is accelerating and no matter our determination to move past it, the life and death threat of this virus is real and present in our life. In Winnebago County, there are 770 cases, Fond du Lac 399 cases and Outagamie 665 cases.

Regardless of the number of cases, the unanswered questions and the outlook for the future, we pray you and yours are healthy, safe and stay safe.

Loving God,

We hold in tenderness and prayer our collective struggles.

We ache for ourselves and our neighbors, standing before an uncertain future.

Help us practice safe measures and reveal to us new and creative ways to come together in spirit and unity. We know your desire is for our wholeness and well-being.

May your grace and love blanket us and transform our anxiety into love.

Amen

Blessings,

Theresa M. Bertram

Chief Executive Officer

JULY 7, 2020

Residents, loved ones and team,

Blessings continue … our beloved residents have recovered and all of our wonderful staff have returned to work.

We believe COVID will be with us for a while so, we are finding new ways to create living with wonder – serious competition continues with distanced bingo, happy hour beverages and snacks are delivered room by room and chaplains are visiting and praying with our residents.

All test results received from last week were negative. Like always, there are a few test results pending. As of today, there are no known cases of the virus on the Miravida Living campus.

The COVID virus continues spreading rapidly throughout Winnebago, Fond du Lac and Outagamie counties. As one of our team members who tested positive for COVID reported “I went to work, picked up groceries and went home.” She was vigilant about practicing safe behaviors, did not expect to contract the virus and did not experience symptoms. Employees testing positive rarely have severe symptoms and are unaware they are shedding the virus and inadvertently exposing our residents and team. Testing helps us quickly identify employees who have COVID and make sure they safely quarantine at home. Another round of testing of residents and staff began yesterday.

While many in the broader community are not wearing masks or maintaining social distance, it is more important than ever to remain vigilant and take necessary precautions. The World Health Organization reports 80% of infections are mild or asymptomatic, 15% are severe infections, requiring oxygen and 5% are critical infections, requiring ventilation. Symptoms vary based on age and health at the time of contracting the virus.

This week, I want to focus on the Winnebago County Health Department. Many health departments across the country are heavily criticized for their stance on public safety. Some executives have received death threats. We work with the Winnebago Health Department team seven days a week at all hours of the day. The team provides daily counsel on saving lives and strategies to eliminate the further spread of the virus. In addition to guidance, the department has provided Personal Protective Equipment like gowns and masks when needed. We trust the Winnebago County Health Department and are grateful for their guidance and support.

Regardless of the number of cases, the frequency of testing and the outlook in the near-term and long-term, we pray you and your loved ones are healthy, safe and stay safe.

Heavenly Father, We come to you trusting that you are our refuge and our strength, our very present help in trouble. We pray for people who are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, their loved ones and staff who surround them in care. We pray for the team at the Winnebago Health Department and all other agencies shepherding our communities through this pandemic. Continue to guide their efforts to keep our communities healthy and safe. We are eternally grateful for your support and love. Amen.

Blessings,

Theresa M. Bertram

Chief Executive Officer

June 30, 2020

Residents, loved ones and team,

Blessings abound … our beloved residents have recovered and nearly all of our wonderful staff have returned to work.

Most of the results for tests administered this past week have been received. All resident test results have been negative. Two employees working at Elijah’s Place have tested positive. They are asymptomatic and recovering at home. This week, we will conduct another round of testing at Bethel Home, Eden Meadows, Gabriel’s Villa and Elijah’s Place. As of today, there are no known cases of the virus on the Miravida Living campus.

We are working on a July 4th activity and continue strategizing ways to offer outdoor visits including building gazebos with marine-grade plastic walls and developing a reservation system for visits. Stay tuned for more details.

We are conducting tours for seniors interested in moving to Carmel Residence and the Simeannas and continuing admissions at Eden Meadows. We will begin offering tours at Gabriel’s Villa soon. In compliance with public health requirements, we are not accepting admissions at Bethel Home and Elijah’s Place at this time.

Faith and hope abound. Yes, even on our hardest days, faith and optimism were present. Indeed, it was what made those days bearable.

Heavenly Father, we pray for an end to the coronavirus pandemic, healing for the sick, strength for those who care for them, and help for us all to persevere in faith, hope and love. Amen.

Blessings,

Theresa M. Bertram

Chief Executive Officer

June 23, 2020

Dear residents, loved ones and team,

Weekly testing continues. Nearly all of the test results for Bethel Home, Eden Meadows, Gabriel’s Villa and Elijah’s Place have been received. All results for residents have been negative. Three employees have tested positive … one each at Bethel Home, Gabriel’s Villa and Elijah’s Place. Another round of testing begins today.

At Bethel Home, residents continue to recover. There are 2 residents currently being treated for COVID. There are no known cases of COVID at Eden Meadows, Gabriel’s Villa, Elijah’s Place, Carmel Residence and the Simeannas. Many, many prayers have been answered.

God has blessed us with a team of caregivers who don hot and uncomfortable personal protective equipment including gowns, masks, shields or protective eye wear, care for our beloved residents while being face-to-face with this vile virus, provide love and support to the residents and one another and at the end of their shift, doff all the protective equipment and go home weary from the demands and stresses of the day. Facing these challenges day after day takes courage and commitment. Their actions are filled with love. They are true heroes. Let’s honor them by saying thanks … let’s uphold them by being vigilant about taking all preventive measures.

As of June 22, Winnebago County has 608 confirmed cases of COVID, Fond du Lac has 295 cases and Outagamie has 402 cases. With the rising cases, please be mindful of prevention.

God of the present moment, God who in Jesus stills the storm and soothes the frantic heart; bring hope and courage to all who wait or work in uncertainty. Bring them courage to endure what cannot be avoided, for your will is health and wholeness; you are God, and we need you. -Adapted from New Zealand Prayer Book

Take good care and stay safe.

Theresa M. Bertram

Chief Executive Officer

June 16, 2020

Dear residents, loved ones and team,

Testing, testing, testing … it takes three days to test all residents and staff at Bethel Home and Eden Meadows and then, another rolling three days to receive results. We will continue weekly testing as it is the earliest intervention possible to prevent the spread of COVID.

While not all test results have been received, there are no known cases of COVID at Eden Meadows, Gabriel’s Villa, Elijah’s Place, Carmel Residence and the Simeannas.

At Bethel Home, 14 residents have recovered, 5 residents continue in recovery and 6 beloved residents have passed away. Of the 19 employees who tested positive, 14 have recovered and 5 are in recovery. Our employee who was hospitalized with COVID will be returning to work soon.

I was recently asked what are our plans for reopening and recognized we are busy preventing the spread of COVID and have communicated very little about our plans.

  • With active COVID at Bethel Home, we are not permitted to admit new residents.
  • We are currently admitting people to Eden Meadows Rehabilitation Suites. Whenever possible, new residents are required to have negative test results. They will be in isolation for 14 days.
  • We are developing strategies for new residents moving into Gabriel’s Villa.
  • We have been accepting admissions at Elijah’s Place. New residents are required to have negative test results and are in isolation for 14 days.
  • We are working on allowing move-ins to the Simeannas and hope to begin doing so by July 1. There will be procedures in place to require precautions for the new residents and their movers.
  • We are working on offering virtual tours of Carmel Residence. Precautions at move-in would also be required.

Currently, there is no timeline for reopening to visitors and the general public. When we are able to do so, we are preparing to offer one-to-one outdoor visits for residents and their loved ones.

As of June 15, Winnebago County has 532 confirmed cases of COVID, Fond du Lac has 269 cases and Outagamie has 343 cases. With the rising cases, please be mindful of prevention. Reminders are printed on the back of this letter.

O loving God, transform uncertainty and fear into love and care. Give us courage, grace, and wisdom. We pray for the sick and those who are caring for them. In your mercy, help us to hold on to what is right, true, and beautiful. Amen.

Take good care and stay safe.

Theresa M. Bertram

Chief Executive Officer

June 9, 2020

Dear residents, loved ones and team,

Testing is part of the solution going forward. This week, we are testing all residents and team members at Bethel Home and Eden Meadows for the third time. Round one was intended to establish a baseline. The lab was unprepared for such a huge volume of tests resulting in some tests being lost or destroyed due to delays. We are considering week two as our baseline. With a few exceptions, week two test results have been received.

At Bethel Home, a cumulative total of 25 residents and 16 staff members have tested positive at Bethel Home. Over the past couple of weeks, 6 of our beloved residents have passed. One resident is receiving palliative care and another is on hospice. There is also good news, 9 residents and 11 staff members have recovered. Our hospitalized employee is recovering at home.

At Eden Meadows, 1 staff member tested positive two weeks ago and has recovered. Results of resident testing are negative. There are no known cases of COVID at Eden.

Our commitment to testing expands across campus as residents and staff at Elijah’s Place were tested last week. Results have not been received. We have secured test kits to test the residents and staff at Gabriel’s Villa this week.

With Bethel Home, Eden Meadows, Gabriel’s Villa, and Elijah’s Place offering tests and results coming in from the second and third rounds of testing, it is becoming increasingly difficult to provide meaningful updates. We commit to providing ongoing, transparent communications. We will update the website and social media when there are significant changes and continue with our weekly letters.

We continue to follow the guidance provided by the Center for Disease Control, the Department of Health Services and the Winnebago Health Department. We know you continue to follow guidance which requires significant sacrifices to maintain the safety of one another. As we stay the course regarding visitation and communal activities, we know, together, our contributions will help fight this disease.

In closing, please be aware of the escalating community-spread as businesses reopen and people begin to leave their homes. On June 8, there were 397 confirmed cases in Winnebago, 239 cases in Fond du Lac, and 277 cases in Outagamie. The health department has indicated they received the highest number of positive results in one day yesterday. These numbers create fear and more unanswered questions as we anxiously await test results. What we do know is that God continues to be present and we will continue to creatively adapt as necessary to provide our best physical, emotional and spiritual care for our residents. Take care, continue safe practices, and stay well.

Merciful God, hear our prayer for all who suffer from the coronavirus. We pray your healing presence and grace be known to them. We grieve for the residents who have passed and their loved ones. Protect and guide those who selflessly provide care. We are grateful for the healing of some and thankful for their recovery. Amen.

Theresa M. Bertram

Chief Executive Officer

Dear residents, loved ones and team,

In mid-March, we activated our Emergency Preparedness Plan and focused on training and extensively preparing for COVID-19. Eleven weeks later we are once again face-to-face with the virus. It has been particularly infectious in Serenity Garden, our memory care unit at Bethel Home. There are contributing factors to the rapid spread of the virus. Research indicates people living with dementia are genetically two-times more susceptible to the virus. It is also challenging for residents living with dementia to understand and comply with isolation measures. In addition to Serenity Garden, there are 2 residents with COVID-19 on Sunshine Terrace (Bethel Home 2-West).

Since the introduction of COVID-19 at Bethel Home, a total of 17 residents and 10 staff have tested positive. Five residents have passed away. One staff member is currently hospitalized. Four residents have recovered. Several staff members have recovered and are beginning to return to work.

At Eden Meadows, we received one positive result related to testing an asymptomatic minimal-part-time staff member. The employee is in isolation at home. Today, there are no known cases of the virus at Eden.

Thirteen days ago, we tested all residents and staff at Bethel Home and Eden Meadows. The tests were submitted to a central lab unprepared to process tests received from all the nursing homes in Wisconsin. Some tests were lost. The remaining tests are too old to run and will be destroyed. Today, we are starting a new round of testing. The lab has assured us the results will be received in 48 to 72 hours. Instead of waiting for the tests to be received/reported from the health department, we have set up an account that allows us to immediately view test results and take required actions.

We continue to follow the guidance provided by the Center for Disease Control, the Department of Health Services and the Winnebago Health Department. We are required to stay the course regarding visitation and communal activities.

Finally, it is important to know the confirmed cases of COVID are rising in Winnebago (244), Fond du Lac (213) and Outagamie (227). As businesses reopen and individuals return to work and their routines, people are broadening their contact circles which increases the chance of exposure for everyone in that circle. It is more important than ever to remain vigilant.

Please take good care of yourself, continue all safe practices and stay well.

Heavenly Father,
We mourn the passing of our residents – their names are etched on our hearts. We ask that your grace be known to their loved ones. We pray for your comfort for all who suffer. We ask that you lift the spirits of those selflessly providing care and support. We are grateful for the recovery of our residents and staff. Amen.

Theresa M. Bertram

Chief Executive Officer

Dear residents, loved ones and team,

Universal testing of all residents and staff was conducted last week at Bethel Home and Eden Meadows. Test results have been trickling in. All of the results received today were negative. There is more good news. The first resident contracting the virus has recovered. Similarly, the first staff member contracting the virus has recovered. Cumulative results are presented below:

Bethel Home:

  • 91 residents have been tested – 11 positive and 57 negative results
  • 165 staff have been tested – 5 positive and 102 negative results

All positive cases continue to be in Serenity Garden, our memory care unit within Bethel Home. We are monitoring the residents and providing care, emotional and spiritual support. Sadly, one of the residents receiving palliative care passed away yesterday morning. Two residents continue receiving their care through hospice. One resident is receiving palliative care.

Eden Meadows:

  • 28 residents have been tested – 1 negative result received
  • 57 employees have been tested – 22 negative results

We continue to follow the guidance provided by the Center for Disease Control, the Department of Health Services and the Winnebago County Health Department. We are required to stay the course regarding visitation and communal activities. We invite you to refer to our website regularly for the most up-to-date information.

There are a number of people waiting to move into Simeanna Apartments. The health department has provided guidelines on how to safely make this happen. We are implementing the guidance and expect to allow people to move in over the next couple of weeks. 

In closing, please be aware of the probable community-spread as businesses reopen and people begin to leave their homes. Take care, continue safe practices and stay well.

Heavenly Father, as we continue to care for those with this virus, we pray your grace be known to them and all who suffer. We ask that you lift the spirits of those selflessly providing care and support. We are grateful for having arrived at the threshold of healing for some and thankful for their recovery. Amen.

Theresa M. Bertram

Chief Executive Officer

Dear residents, loved ones and team,

Today, quite a few test results were received.  All of the results received today were negative.

Bethel Home:

  • 91 residents have been tested – 11 positive and 55 negative results
  • 165 staff have been tested – 5 positive and 79 negative results


All positive cases continue to be in Serenity Garden, our memory care unit within Bethel Home.  We are monitoring the residents and providing care, emotional and spiritual support.  Two residents continue receiving their care through hospice.  There is one resident receiving palliative care.  Sadly, one of the residents receiving palliative care passed away this morning.

Eden Meadows:

  • 28 residents have been tested – 1 negative result received
  • 57 employees have been tested – 20 negative results


Let us close with a prayer.  Heavenly Father, we thank you for listening unfailingly to our prayers.  You have been our anchor in the midst of these unprecedented challenges.  You have provided for us and given us hope to get through every day.  May your healing presence be known to those with the virus.  Bring comfort and peace to the loved ones of our resident who passed away.  Thank you for your abiding grace and mercy.  Amen.

Theresa M. Bertram

Chief Executive Officer

Dear residents, loved ones and team,

Today, more test results trickled in. We received 3 positive results for staff that worked in Serenity Garden. The 3 staff members have been off from work since the onset of symptoms. Our total results as of today are noted below.

Bethel Home:

  • 91 residents have been tested – 11 positive and 36 negative results
  • 165 staff have been tested – 5 positive and 15 negative results

All positive cases continue to be in Serenity Garden, our memory care unit within Bethel Home. We are monitoring the residents and providing care, emotional and spiritual support. Two residents continue receiving their care through hospice. There are two residents receiving palliative care.

Eden Meadows:

  • 28 residents have been tested – 1 negative result received
  • 57 employees have been tested – 19 negative results

In the quiet of this morning, I read a homily for this Sunday morning.

OUR FINEST HOUR

This Can Be Our Finest Hour – But We Need All of You

by Gretchen Schmelzer

For the vast majority of people nationwide and worldwide, this virus is not about you. This is one of those times in life, in history, when your actions are about something bigger. They are about someone else. They are about something greater, a greater good that you may not ever witness. A person you will save who you will never meet.

This isn’t like other illnesses and we don’t get to act like it is. It’s more contagious, it’s more fatal and most importantly, even if it can be managed. It can’t be managed at a massive scale — anywhere. We need this thing to move slowly enough for our collective national and worldwide medical systems to help the very ill.  For that to happen we have very important work to do. ALL OF US.

So, what is our work? Yes, you need to wash your hands and stay home if you are sick. But the biggest work you can do is expand your heart and your mind to see yourself and see your family as part of a much bigger community that can have a massive impact on the lives of other people. There have been times you have looked on and wondered how you could help. And now we ALL have that chance.

You can help by canceling anything that requires a group gathering. You can help by not using the medical system unless it is urgent. You can help by staying home if you are sick. You can help by cooking or shopping or doing errands for a friend who needs to stay home. You can help by asking yourself, “What can I and my family do to help?  What can we offer?” You can help by seeing yourself as part of something bigger than yourself.

When the Apollo 13 oxygen tank failed and the lunar module was in danger of not returning to earth, Gene Kranz, the lead flight director overheard people saying that this could be the worst disaster NASA had ever experienced—to which he is rumored to have responded, “With all due respect, I believe this is going to be our finest hour.”

Imagine if we could make our response to this crisis our finest hour. Imagine if a year or two from now we looked back on this and told the stories of how we came together as a team in our community, in our state, in our nation and across the world. Your contribution to the finest hour may seem small — but every small act of ‘not doing’ what you were going to do, and ‘doing’ an act of kindness or support will add up exponentially. These acts can and will save lives. The Apollo 13 crew made it their finest hour by letting go of the word “I” and embracing the word “we.” And that’s the task required of us. It can only be our finest hour if we work together. You are all on the team. And we need all of you to shine in whatever way you can.

Let us pray – Heavenly Father, we pray for an awareness of our role on the team and ask for your guiding light.  We ask for your comforting presence for those suffering from the virus.  We ask you to give strength to our caregivers.  When we gather in your name, we know you hear and answer our prayers.  Thank you for your abiding grace.  Amen. 

Theresa M. Bertram

Chief Executive Officer

May 23, 2020

Dear residents, loved ones and team,

Throughout the morning, we received a handful of test results. All results were negative. An update follows:

Bethel Home:

  • 91 residents have been tested – 11 positive and 33 negative results
  • 165 staff have been tested – 2 positive and 7 negative results


All positive cases continue to be in Serenity Garden, our memory care unit within Bethel Home. We are monitoring the residents and providing care, emotional and spiritual support. Two residents continue receiving their care through hospice. There are two residents receiving palliative care.

Eden Meadows:

  • 28 residents have been tested – 1 negative result received
  • 57 employees have been tested – 19 negative results


Mindful of the challenges and fears we are all experiencing, let us pray …

Merciful God, hear our fervent prayer for all those who are infected and provide the comfort of your healing presence. May their caregivers be shielded from the virus. Protect and guide those who strive to find a cure, that their work may conquer the disease and restore communities to wholeness and health. Help us to rise above fear. We ask all this in the name of your Son, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit, now and forever. Amen.

Theresa M. Bertram

Chief Executive Officer

Residents, loved ones and team,

We are face-to-face with the virus and doing everything we know to do to respond.  In partnership with the Winnebago Health Department, we have tested almost all of our residents and employees at Bethel Home and Eden Meadows.  The first round of testing took more capacity and time than expected.  With all nursing homes statewide testing their residents and employees, the lab is inundated.  As a result, test results will be delayed. 
What we know today …

Bethel Home:

  • 91 residents have been tested – 11 positive and 24 negative results
  • 165 staff have been tested – 2 positive and 6 negative results

All positive cases are in Serenity Garden, our memory care unit within Bethel Home.  We are monitoring the residents and providing care, emotional and spiritual support.  Two residents continue receiving their care through hospice.  There are two residents receiving palliative care.

Eden Meadows:

  • 28 residents have been tested – 0 results received
  • 57 employees have been tested – 9 negative results

We participated in a call with Department of Health Services yesterday and learned testing of residents and staff in skilled nursing centers is their current priority.  Testing of residents and staff in assisted living is being deferred until a later date. 

Over the weekend, we will provide brief updates on our website and through social media daily. 

In closing, thank you for your understanding and please continue your prayers and messages of support.

Loving God, we come to you full of anxiety about what may happen in the coming days and weeks. Shower us with peace and make us into steady pillars for those around us. In this time of uncertainty and epidemic, remind us we are not alone.

Even as we are asked to keep our distance from others, help us to find ways to reach out to those who need our support. Loving God, give them your peace, and through our hands ensure they have what they need. 

Sustain, strengthen and protect all caregivers. Bless them as they offer compassionate care and show selfless courage in the face of risk.  

Help us let go of our fears and live in joy, peace, and hope. Amen

Theresa M. Bertram

Chief Executive Officer

Residents, loved ones and team,

We appreciate your prayers and messages of support. 

Keeping in mind the information is constantly changing, this is the most recent update:

Test results for the earliest tests came in at 10:00 last night.  There are 10 positive results for residents living in Serenity Garden.  Four residents have symptoms and 6 residents are asymptomatic.  

In addition to the 1 health care worker and 1 employee who tested positive, there are 6 employees reporting symptoms.  Employees have been tested; results have not been received. 

We are working around the clock with the Winnebago County Health Department.  Their guidance is a valuable resource.  As soon as they receive test results regardless of the time of day, they report them.  Later today, Bethel Home will be receiving a supply of Personal Protective Equipment from the department to help keep our residents and team safe. 

Dave Merkley, Administrator, Lizzy Kaiser, RN and Infection Control Specialist and Krissy Reierson, Director of Nursing are working closely with the Serenity Garden team, helping them to move beyond their fears and working with them to provide needed care.  There are banners, yard signs and t-shirts indicating we are Miravida STRONG.  In every conversation, I am aware of the courage, strength and determination of our team.  

We are enormously blessed by you and your understanding and support.  

Please continue your prayers.

Theresa M. Bertram

Chief Executive Officer

Our residents, loved ones and team,
 
We are responding to a widespread outbreak at Bethel Home. Our response is informed by the Winnebago County Health Department, Wisconsin Department of Health Services and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. There are 13 residents being carefully watched for symptoms. A health care worker and a staff member have tested positive. There are 5 workers who are symptomatic. As planned, we have begun testing residents and the staff caring for them.
 

Mindful of how concerning this news is for all of you, please be assured we are doing everything we know to do to care for our residents. We are also taking every measure to provide for the safety of our team. As we seek and implement guidance from experts, it is important to keep in mind, COVID-19 is virulent beyond anything health care professionals and infection control specialists have ever experienced. This is why it is a global pandemic.

Through tracing, we believe the virus was introduced to Bethel Home by a health care worker who had a family member test positive. This points to the perils ahead with the reopening of our communities. Every day, when I check the COVID-19 County data as published on the Wisconsin Department of Health Services website, the number of confirmed cases grows with 124 cases in Winnebago, 142 cases in Fond du Lac and 142 cases in Outagamie as of today.
 
It is quite possible there will be more residents and team members diagnosed with the virus. This is difficult news. Our team is available to speak with you and offer support. For health care updates, please call the nursing team at (920) 232-5259. For support, our spiritual services and social services teams are available and can be reached at (920) 232-5242 or (920) 235-4653.
 
We update our website daily. If you do not have access to the website, please consider calling us.
 
In closing, let us pray … Dear Heavenly Father, it is hard for us to understand this moment. We are distressed and worried. We ask for your help. Bring your healing spirit to the residents and team at Bethel Home. Guide us and give us the confidence to provide needed care. Ease our fears, comfort us and be with our residents, their loved ones and our team. Father, we would ask that you let your protection be our comfort and strength throughout this day and the days ahead. Amen

Theresa M. Bertram

Chief Executive Officer

Residents, loved ones and staff,
 
Test results for the resident living at Bethel Home have been received and the results are positive.  Please pray for our resident and health care worker as well as the team providing needed care.  For ongoing reports, please monitor the website which is updated daily.
 
Last week, we began working on testing for all residents and staff.  We have received test kits to test residents at Bethel Home, Eden Meadows and Elijah’s Place.  There are also kits available for the Miravida Living team.  We will be testing residents and all staff next week.  On a national call with leaders regarding COVID-19 developments, a speaker was discussing testing and indicated “when you look for the virus you find it.”  We need to be prepared there may be more cases identified as result of the testing.
 
As we stand STRONG in responding to this pernicious virus, you have lifted us up by your actions, generosity and prayers.  Right now, we ask for your prayers.

Theresa M. Bertram

Chief Executive Officer

Our residents, loved ones and team,

An interim update …

We learned today, a health care professional working at Bethel Home tested positive for COVID-19. Efforts to contain the virus are underway including testing a resident with respiratory symptoms. Please watch the Miravida Living website for updates regarding the test results. Plans are being developed to test all residents and staff living and working at Bethel Home, Eden Meadows, Gabriel’s Villa and Elijah’s Place.

Yesterday, the Wisconsin Supreme Court overturned the Safer-at-Home order based on procedural and authority issues. The court did not and does not have a position on whether continuing Safer-at-Home is needed to keep citizens safe and save lives. The court’s decision does not change the health conditions in our communities or halt the spread of this potent virus.

Wisconsin media outlets are reporting a decline in the percentage of positive tests. This morning, a reporter indicated the declining percentage may be related to the increased number of tests. Data tells us if we are doing more tests on the general public compared to only symptomatic people, the percentage of positive results is diluted.

According to the Wisconsin Department of Health Services, limiting physical contact between people is the best strategy to slow the spread of COVID-19, and it is saving lives.

  • There are no medical treatments or vaccines that can slow the spread of COVID-19.
  • The only strategy we have to slow the spread is to limit physical contact between people.
  • Changing this strategy now without implementing the strategies in the Badger Bounce Back plan will result in a surge of cases.

The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) requires all nursing homes to:

  • Restrict visitors.
  • Cancel all group activities and communal dining.
  • Enforce social distancing among residents.
  • Ensure all residents wear a cloth face covering whenever they leave their room or are around others, including whenever they leave the facility for essential medical appointments.
  • Ensure all health care providers wear a facemask while in the facility.

While there is excitement in the air about abandoning restrictions, Miravida Living is staying the course. We are asking all of our residents, loved ones and staff to continue following the Safer-at Home guidelines.

We are aware you have already made many sacrifices and grateful for your cooperation as we move forward in our efforts to keep one another safe.

Lord, when embraced by your love let us rest in you a moment longer, when surrounded by the bounty you have provided may we also notice the comfort and reassurance the abundance provides. In those moments we feel the loss of connection or support or the pain of heartache let us welcome these feelings as well. Let us take notice of their cause and open ourselves to what that awareness calls up from us. This day and all that you have filled it with are gifts from you. Let us be present to them and truly know your love, feel your forgiveness and live our hope that is in you. Amen.

Theresa M. Bertram

Chief Executive Officer

Our residents, loved ones and team,

Before writing this letter, I reviewed the last outbreak information on the Wisconsin Department of Health Services website and a notice from the Oshkosh Chamber of Commerce. The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Winnebago County nears 100, in Outagamie County there are 112 cases and in Fond du Lac County there are 93. With the Badger Bounce Back the clamor to reopen businesses is growing louder.

Today, there are no confirmed or suspected cases of COVID-19 across the Miravida Living campus. As we look forward, the tension between preventing the spread of COVID-19 and reopening businesses will present challenges. As businesses reopen, we expect a rise in the spread of the virus.

In the next week or two, following the direction of the Wisconsin Department of Health Services, we expect to begin testing our residents at Bethel Home, Eden Meadows, Gabriel’s Villa and Elijah’s Place. We will also test the staff that work there. What I have learned on my daily calls with national colleagues is that if you look for the virus, you will find it. There are asymptomatic individuals who are seemingly not affected by the disease shedding contagions.

Combining the already rising number of cases, the demands to reopen businesses and the introduction of testing creates a perfect storm. We must continue our vigilance:

Wear a mask, avoid close contact with others and practice physical distancing

  • Stay at home as much as possible.
  • Cancel events and avoid groups, gatherings and nonessential appointments.
  • Avoid gatherings of 10 or more people.
  • Stay at least 6 feet away from other people.
  • Stay home when you are sick, except to get medical care.

Practice good hand hygiene

  • Wash your hands regularly for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
  • Avoid touching your face, eyes, and mouth when in public.

In closing, I invite you to pray.

Help us Lord. Help us deal with what we are being asked to do without so that all might emerge from this time healthy, wiser, and stronger. Inspire creativity among us so that we might develop new ways to create those experiences and activities that bring satisfaction and happiness to our lives. Lead us Lord through this pandemic to a place and time and life that is marked by peace, health, hope, and a vibrant joy in living. Lord, be our strength for today and our hope for tomorrow, we ask in your Holy Name. Amen.

Theresa Bertram

Chief Executive Officer

Dear residents, loved ones and team,

We are cautiously watching the number of cases in Winnebago gradually climb. At this time, there are no known or suspected cases of COVID-19 on our campus. Together, we must continue our vigilance to be prepared and respond as required.

Thinking back, it has been nearly two months since we paused our physical embrace of one another. We have sacrificed the joy of a hug for the health of all of us. As I write this letter, I am acutely aware of missing you – your hugs, smiles, laughter and even, your concerns.

I wonder what our new way of greeting will be – hugs, handshakes and a quick kiss – will be out of the question in the foreseeable future.

I wonder what else has changed. Have we come to view our world differently? Have we changed our thoughts about what is important in our lives?

I wonder too about our emotional journey. Have we moved past fear and anxiety? Have we adopted our growing spiritual awareness and development in this short time as a roadmap for the future?

With so many changes in a brief period of time, there are many unanswered questions.

What we know for sure. God’s presence has been known to us every step of the way. The capacity for our residents, loved ones and team to adapt has been stretched and tested but, we have succeeded. We are social and crave connection. Creativity in how we connect has been remarkable – phone calls, video chats, window visits, social distancing while worshiping outside in the cold, weekly letters, etc. Our awareness of the needs of others has prompted us to take action whether it is making that phone call, sewing homemade masks, holding our community in prayer, giving generously and expressing our caring in so many ways.

Heavenly Father, we pray for those who readily lend a hand when the load is too much to carry. We pray and thank you for those who keep us humble. We pray for those who help us laugh. And, Lord we pray for those whose love sustains and nourishes us. We thank you for these very special people in our lives, and ask that you bless them with an abundance of your grace and love. Amen.

Praying for you, our community and beyond,

Theresa Bertram

Chief Executive Officer

To our Miravida Living Community – residents, loved ones and staff,

Chaplain David Rumbold opens our daily Emergency Preparedness meetings with a prayer. This morning, he shared this prayer …

O God, you have brought us to this day, through the fear and stressors that demanded all our Attention and energy. We have adjusted and allowed our routines to change. We have found strengths where we did not recognize them and you have blessed us in ways we don’t fully appreciate yet. The thing that is hard today is to maintain this stance of readiness. To keep vigilant watch. To remain dedicated to the processes we have so painstakingly put into place. Help us not to let our concern around this virus fall into the white noise that fills in the background while we settle into newly found zones of comfort. Staying alert after the time for getting ready has passed is very hard to do. Help us Lord, and shine your light on the horizon so that we do not lose hope that there will be a day when we can truly relax our guard. Amen.

Today, there are no cases or suspected cases on the Miravida Living campus. Our actions and continued Vigilance have kept us safe. The confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Winnebago County continue to slowly climb. At the same time, there is considerable discussion about re-opening businesses and life gradually returning to normal. In states like Georgia and Florida where businesses are reopening, there are crowds at restaurants and beaches featured on every news channel. As Wisconsin makes plans to reopen, we are hoping there is considerable restraint by individuals in our community. When more is known about the Governor’s proposed changes to Safer-at-Home, we will let you know our plans for reopening.

In the meantime, we continue to monitor and implement the most up-to-date recommendations by our trusted partners; Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and the Winnebago County Health Department. We invite you to refer to our website regularly for the most up-to-date information.

Together, we are maintaining readiness and awaiting the Lord’s light on the horizon.

With heartfelt appreciation,

Theresa M. Bertram

Chief Executive Officer

To our Miravida Living Community – residents, loved ones and staff,

Jesus taught us about waiting and watching, being prepared and remaining vigilant … we are learning how hard any one of those things is to do let alone all of them at once.

I am writing today to provide an update and ask you to continue your vigilance. Residents have been following the Safer-at-Home guidance, practicing social distancing, taking precautions and looking out for one another for weeks. Loved ones are finding creative ways to stay in touch. Our team has been doing everything within their power to provide compassionate care while keeping our residents and themselves safe.

Although confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Winnebago County continue to gradually climb, there are no cases or suspected cases on the Miravida Living campus. The threat is real and pervasive, so we must continue to be vigilant with our actions and rely on one another to be compliant with all requirements.

The Miravida Living Emergency Preparedness team continues its daily meetings to monitor and implement the most up-to-date recommendations by our trusted partners; Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and the Winnebago County Health Department. We invite you to refer to our website regularly for the most up-to-date information.

Together, we are waiting, watching, preparing and remaining vigilant.

With heartfelt appreciation,

Theresa M. Bertram

Chief Executive Officer

To our Miravida Living Community – residents, loved ones and staff,

I am writing today to provide an update and let you know how much I appreciate all of you. I am aware of your generosity and concern for one another. As a community, we are making a best effort to abide by the Safer at Home requirements. While apart, we are holding one another close in our thoughts and prayers.

In follow-up to our COVID-19 diagnosis, we received test results for all 12 members of the Eden Meadows team. They were negative. Along the way, we have tested a handful of residents. All of these test results were negative as well. Please know this is the report as of today and may change quickly. We must continue to be vigilant with our actions and rely on one another to be compliant with all requirements.

Last week, the Board of Aging and Long-Term Care recommended restricting window visits between residents and loved ones. As we were preparing this letter, the restrictions were rescinded. Please be sure to honor the intent of the Safer at Home requirements, visitor restrictions and social distancing while visiting with your loved one through their window.  Their window should remain closed.

As you are already aware, the CDC recommends our residents stay in their rooms and apartments. For loved ones, the isolation makes it even more important you stay in touch. Please send notes and cards, message-a-resident on our website and if possible, call and visit over the phone. We also hope you consider scheduling a video chat through our video-chat-with-a-resident page on the website. There is a link on the home page to access the schedule along with instructions for a successful visit.

Please be assured Miravida Living Emergency Preparedness team continues its daily meetings to monitor and implement the most up-to-date recommendations by our trusted partners; Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and the Winnebago County Health Department. We invite you to refer to our website regularly for the most up-to-date information.

The physical and emotional safety and care of our residents and staff has always been, and remains our top priority. We are inspired by our team who are heroes – coming to work and contributing their best efforts in the face of constant changes and challenges. Standing tall – our team is Miravida STRONG. We remain honored you have trusted us to care for your loved one and will continue to keep you informed.

With heartfelt appreciation,

Theresa Bertram

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To our Miravida Living Community – residents, loved ones and staff,  

A week ago, I informed you about the case of COVID-19 at Eden Meadows.  The resident was transferred back to the hospital to receive the comprehensive care required to treat the virus.  Sadly, he passed away.  Proceeding with an abundance of caution, we have tested some of the residents in the Rehabilitation Suite.  Test results are not expected for a couple more days. 

Eleven members of the Eden Meadows team have been tested.  While we are waiting for all test results, eight of the tests have been read and all are negative.    

We continue to work with the county health department and are following procedures recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  We are taking every step as recommended by authorities to contain the spread. 

The CDC recommends our residents stay in their rooms and apartments.  The CDC further recommends residents cover their nose and mouth when staff enters the room.  These requirements have been implemented.  For loved ones, the isolation makes it even more important you stay in touch.  Please send notes and cards, message-a-resident on our website and if possible, call and visit over the phone.  We are very close to launching video messaging.  We continue to develop the scheduling strategy and staff support for the video appointments.

Please be assured Miravida Living Emergency Preparedness team continues its daily meetings to monitor and implement the most up-to-date recommendations by our trusted partners; Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and the Winnebago County Health Department.  We invite you to refer to our website regularly for the most up-to-date information. 

The physical and emotional safety and care of our residents and staff have always been and remain our top priority.  We are inspired by our team who are deep reservoirs of compassion and professionalism.  They are standing tall in these difficult circumstances.  We remain honored you have trusted us to care for your loved one and will continue to keep you informed.  

Sincerely,

Theresa M. Bertram

Chief Executive Officer

To our Miravida Living Community – residents, loved ones and staff,

I am writing today to inform you a case of COVID-19 has been diagnosed in a resident at Eden Meadows. The resident has been transferred back to the hospital to receive the comprehensive care required to treat the virus. Some of the members of the Eden Meadows team are symptomatic and are currently in self-quarantine. We are making arrangements for them to be tested.

We have notified public health officials and are following procedures recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. We are taking every step as recommended by authorities to contain the spread. We want to make residents, their families, our dedicated staff, and our community aware of this situation and reassure everyone that we are actively monitoring the status of our residents and team.

We understand this information arrives at time of many questions, concern and fear. I am writing to assure you our leadership team is meeting daily to monitor and implement the most up-to-date recommendations by our trusted partners; Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and the Winnebago County Health Department. Since the diagnosis of our resident, we have executed all additional measures available to protect the residents and staff from being infected.

The physical and emotional safety and care of our residents has always been, and remains to be, our priority. As families and visitors remain prohibited to enter our campus, we encourage you to remain in regular communication with our residents through phone calls, video chats and emails. We have also established a link on our webpage for you to send messages and pictures to your loved ones at Message A Resident. We will print and deliver your messages to them.

We remain honored that you have trusted us to care for your loved one and will continue to keep you informed. Please refer to our website regularly for the most up-to-date information.

Sincerely,

Theresa M. Bertram

Chief Executive Officer

Dear residents, loved ones and team,

Following guidance from CDC/CMS, additional actions are underway to keep our residents and staff healthy.

  • Families, visitors and volunteers are not permitted to enter our buildings.
  • Everyone entering Bethel Home, Eden Meadows, Gabriel’s Villa and Elijah’s Place is required to be screened and have their temperature taken.
  • We have implemented active screening of residents and staff for fever and respiratory symptoms.
  • Meals will be served to residents in their rooms.
  • Worship and all other group activities have been canceled.
  • Managers-of-the-Day have been scheduled on Saturdays and Sundays at Bethel Home, Eden Meadows, Gabriel’s Villa and Elijah’s Place.

While these actions are in the best interest of our residents and staff, canceling activities, dining alone and focusing on their health status will undoubtedly cause anxiousness.  Please use the messaging link to send notes and photos to your loved ones and friends.  It will help them keep their spirits up during this difficult time.

Miravida leaders are continuously monitoring information and implementing direction provided by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and Winnebago County Health Department.

Please be assured we are making a best effort to keep our residents, staff and community healthy.

For more information on the Coronavirus and the additional measures Miravida Living is taking to keep residents and team members safe, visit our additional resource pages.

Sincerely,

Theresa M. Bertram

Chief Executive Officer

PREVIOUS MESSAGES TO RESIDENTS

Initial Announcement of COVID-19 to Miravida Living Community.

Dear Residents,

The purpose of today’s letter is to focus on you and your wellbeing.

While there are no confirmed Coronavirus cases on the Miravida Living campus, I thought you might want to know the actions taken at communities where there are cases. On Sunday, I was on a phone call yesterday with a colleague in California who has a confirmed case in his independent living apartments. The resident traveled, returned home and shortly thereafter, was diagnosed with the virus. The steps the community has taken include:

  • Limiting all visitors
  • Requiring screening of residents when returning to the property. No one with a temperature of 100.0 degrees or higher is permitted to enter the building.
  • All residents are required to stay-at-home and self-monitor for 14-days.

Both the Department of Housing and Urban Development and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have been slow to offer guidance for independent living apartment owners. Yesterday, CDC promulgated the following guidelines:

  • Limit all visitors.
  • Follow guidance provided by the local health department.
  • In the event of a confirmed case, require all residents to stay-at-home and self-monitor for 14-days.

Steps you can take to protect yourself and others:

  • Clean your hands often.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing, or having been in a common area.
  • To the extent possible, avoid touching high-touch surfaces – elevator buttons, door handles, handrails, handshaking with people, etc. Use a tissue or your sleeve to cover your hand or finger if you must touch something.
  • Wash your hands after touching surfaces in common areas.
  • Avoid touching your face, nose, and eyes.

Additionally, you can avoid close contact:

  • Stay in your homes or outdoors away from groups of people, as much as possible.
  • Limit visitors to persons essential to maintaining their health, well-being, and safety. Social interaction is important; however, in-person social interactions are associated with increased risk of infection.

Learn and practice alternative ways to interact, including replacing in-person group interactions with video or telephone calls.

We are working on some strategies for you to stay connected without visiting in person including a buddy-system and thinking through activities like a virtual book club. More details to follow.

Meanwhile, we know you are making every effort to keep you and your neighbors safe. We appreciate your efforts. As always, if you have any questions, you can call the Housing team.

Take good care of yourself and others.

Sincerely,

Theresa M. Bertram

Chief Executive Officer

Dear Residents,

We are concerned about you and your neighbors. With COVID-19, the most at risk population are older adults and people who have serious chronic illnesses such as heart disease, diabetes and lung disease. Even if you are a healthy person, your actions could jeopardize your neighbor or our entire campus.

Because this virus is new, the exact transmission of the virus is unclear. We do know the virus is thought to spread mainly from person to person, between people who are in close contact with another and through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes. Transmission is possible before people show symptoms. It is also possible a person can get COVID-19 by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose or possibly, their eyes.

  • We strongly encourage you to monitor your symptoms. Keep in mind, symptoms can take 2 to 14 days to appear. If you have symptoms of a respiratory infection, such as fever, cough, shortness of breath or sore throat, seek medical attention. Please call your physician or emergency room ahead of time for direction on how to proceed. Self-isolate as required.
  • We strongly encourage consistently using best infection control practices including handwashing with warm water and soap for 20 seconds, covering your sneezes and coughs with your elbow and immediately discarding tissues, etc.
  • We strongly discourage having visitors enter our buildings.
  • We strongly discourage any gatherings of people.
  • We have taken the step of assigning one maintenance man to each building. This will end the crisscrossing between buildings. We have also decided to limit maintenance responses to urgent requests only. Meaning, we will respond to needed repairs like water leaks, your refrigerator or stove not working but, not minor requests like light bulb replacement.

There is a message regarding our responses to the Coronavirus on the landing page of the Miravida Living webpage (miravidaliving.com) that will be updated when there is new information to share.

Thank you for your understanding and full cooperation.

Sincerely,

Theresa M. Bertram

Chief Executive Officer

Dear Residents,

We are aware this is a time of questions with very few answers. I am writing today to let you know what we are doing to keep you and our staff safe. We are meeting daily and will review our strategies on an ongoing basis.

  • We strongly encourage you to monitor your symptoms. If you have symptoms of a respiratory infection, such as fever, cough, shortness of breath or sore throat, seek medical attention. Please call your physician or emergency room ahead of time for direction on how to proceed. Self-isolate as required.
  • We strongly encourage consistently using best infection control practices including handwashing with warm water and soap for 20 seconds, covering your sneezes and immediately discarding tissues, covering your cough, etc.
  • We strongly discourage having visitors enter our buildings.
  • We strongly discourage any gatherings of people.
  • All activities and events are canceled.
  • In order to be aware of who is coming into our buildings, we are locking many of the doors that are routinely open including the door between Carmel’s solarium and Bethel Home.
  • At Carmel, we have suspended serving meals in the dining room.
  • Across campus, we have suspended bus transportation.
  • Across campus, we have suspended outpatient therapy services.

There is a message regarding our responses to the Coronavirus on the landing page of the Miravida Living webpage (miravidaliving.com) that will be updated when there is new information to share.

Our efforts are informed by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and the Winnebago County Health Department. In an environment of so many unknowns, we are making a best effort to keep our residents and staff safe.

Thank you for your understanding.

Sincerely,

Theresa M. Bertram

Chief Executive Officer

PREVIOUS MESSAGES TO FAMILIES

Initial Announcement of COVID-19 to Miravida Living Community.

Dear Loved Ones,

I am writing today to give you an update, remind you of communication opportunities and ask for your help. 

We continue implementing guidance from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), and the Winnebago County Health Department.  There are no known cases of COVID-19 at Miravida Living.  Our staff are working together to make sure your loved one is well cared for and supported emotionally and spiritually throughout the day. 

Even with our best efforts, some residents are lonely and miss you very much.  If you are sending messages, that’s great.  If you haven’t, please send one today.  We print your messages and pictures and deliver them to our residents.  You should see their smiles when they receive a note or a picture from a loved one.  We have distributed pictures of great grandchildren, families and family pets.  Consider visiting the message-a-resident page and send a note, joke or picture.

We are working on a way for you to communicate with your loved one using video technology to connect to a tablet furnished to our residents.  Watch for more information on how to do this and a schedule to sign-up for a visit on our website.

One family sent several vases of flowers to the Bethel Home team with a huge thank you note.  A number of people have used the encourage-the-staff link which is also on the website to thank our team for their work.  We are working on ways to recognize the team.  One of our vendors is providing a box lunch for every employee on all shifts on Friday.  Please let me know if you any ideas or sources for little extras for the team and especially, any sources for Easter items for residents, our team and their children.  I will make the calls and our drivers will pick up the items.  Please call the front desk, 235-3454 or send me an email at tbertram@miravidaliving.com.

We are working on securing needed personal protective equipment.  Board members and I have been asking dentists, hair and nail salon owners, and tattoo parlors to consider donating gloves and masks.  We have received 4 cases of gloves and 2 boxes of masks.  Let me know if you have recommendations as to who I might call or if you are inclined to do so, make the call and we will make arrangements to pick up the items.  All donations are tax deductible.

On this note, we have begun to make masks.  We have several residents cutting materials and staff sewing them.  The masks will be washed and set aside to be used as a last resort should we run out of approved masks.  If you are interested in participating in the process or funding materials, please contact Chaplain David Rumbold, at drumbold@miravidaliving.com or 232-5242.

We know this is a difficult time for you.  Without a doubt, your loved ones miss you.  We miss you too.  We miss your friendly smiles, the visits at the front desks and your appreciation for our work.  While the near term will be filled with challenges, beyond that, we are hopeful for better days ahead.

Take good care.

Warmly,

Theresa M. Bertram

Chief Executive Officer

Dear Loved Ones,

We are aware this is a time of questions with very few answers. I am writing today to let you know what we are doing to keep our residents and staff safe. We are meeting daily and will review our strategies on an ongoing basis.

  • At this time, families, visitors and volunteers are no longer permitted to enter our buildings.
  • All activities and events which include entertainers or people from outside our community are canceled.
  • Volunteers are such an important part of life at Miravida Living. That said, volunteers are required to comply with our no visitor policy.
  • In order to be aware of who is coming into our buildings, we are locking many of the doors that are routinely open including the door between Carmel’s solarium and Bethel Home.
  • Across campus, we have suspended outpatient therapy services.
  • Across campus, we have suspended bus transportation.

Opportunities for ongoing communications between you and your loved ones is our priority.

We encourage you to call, use video chats and message them. We have established a link on our webpage for you to send messages and pictures to your loved ones at Message A Resident. We will print and deliver your messages to them.

There is a message regarding our responses to the Coronavirus on the landing page of the Miravida Living webpage that will be updated when there is new information to share. At Bethel Home, Eden Meadows, Gabriel’s Villa and Elijah’s Place, a Manager-of-the-Day will be onsite on the weekends to answer the phone and address your questions.

Our efforts are informed by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and the Winnebago County Health Department. In an environment of so many unknowns, we are making a best effort to keep our residents and staff safe.

Thank you for your understanding.

Sincerely,

Theresa M. Bertram

Chief Executive Officer

Dear Loved Ones,

We are aware this is a time of questions with very few answers. I am writing today to let you know what we are doing to keep our residents and staff safe. We are meeting daily and will review our strategies on an ongoing basis.

  • At this time, families, visitors and volunteers are no longer permitted to enter our buildings.
  • All activities and events which include entertainers or people from outside our community are canceled.
  • Volunteers are such an important part of life at Miravida Living. That said, volunteers are required to comply with our no visitor policy.
  • In order to be aware of who is coming into our buildings, we are locking many of the doors that are routinely open including the door between Carmel’s solarium and Bethel Home.
  • Across campus, we have suspended outpatient therapy services.
  • Across campus, we have suspended bus transportation.

Opportunities for ongoing communications between you and your loved ones is our priority.

We encourage you to call, use video chats and message them. We have established a link on our webpage for you to send messages and pictures to your loved ones at Message A Resident. We will print and deliver your messages to them.

There is a message regarding our responses to the Coronavirus on the landing page of the Miravida Living webpage that will be updated when there is new information to share. At Bethel Home, Eden Meadows, Gabriel’s Villa and Elijah’s Place, a Manager-of-the-Day will be onsite on the weekends to answer the phone and address your questions.

Our efforts are informed by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and the Winnebago County Health Department. In an environment of so many unknowns, we are making a best effort to keep our residents and staff safe.

Thank you for your understanding.

Sincerely,

Theresa M. Bertram

Chief Executive Officer

PREVIOUS MESSAGES TO EMPLOYEES

Initial Announcement of COVID-19 to Miravida Living Community.

To our team,

We are cautiously watching the number of cases in Winnebago gradually climb. At this time, there are no known or suspected cases of COVID-19 on our campus. Together, we must continue our vigilance to be prepared and respond as required.

Thinking back, it has been nearly two months since we paused our physical embrace of one another. We have sacrificed the joy of a hug for the health of all of us. As I write this letter, I am acutely aware of missing you – your hugs, smiles, laughter and even, your concerns.

I wonder what our new way of greeting will be – hugs, handshakes and a quick kiss – will be out of the question in the foreseeable future.

I wonder what else has changed. Have we come to view our world differently? Have we changed our thoughts about what is important in our lives?

I wonder too about our emotional journey. Have we moved past fear and anxiety? Have we adopted our growing spiritual awareness and development in this short time as a roadmap for the future?

With so many changes in a brief period of time, there are many unanswered questions.

What we know for sure. God’s presence has been known to us every step of the way. The capacity for our residents, loved ones and team to adapt has been stretched and tested but, we have succeeded. We are social and crave connection. Creativity in how we connect has been remarkable – phone calls, video chats, window visits, social distancing while worshiping outside in the cold, weekly letters, etc. Our awareness of the needs of others has prompted us to take action whether it is making that phone call, sewing homemade masks, holding our community in prayer, giving generously and expressing our caring in so many ways.

Heavenly Father, we pray for those who readily lend a hand when the load is too much to carry. We pray and thank you for those who keep us humble. We pray for those who help us laugh. And, Lord we pray for those whose love sustains and nourishes us. We thank you for these very special people in our lives, and ask that you bless them with an abundance of your grace and love. Amen.

Praying for you, our community and beyond,

Theresa Bertram

Chief Executive Officer

Team,

We are aware this is a time of many questions with very few answers. I am writing today to let you know what we are doing to keep you and our residents safe. Leaders from across the campus are meeting daily and reviewing our strategies on an ongoing basis.

  • We encourage you to monitor your health closely. All employees are required to be screened, take their temperature and log-in before reporting to work. If you have any respiratory symptoms or a fever, you must be symptom free for 24 hours before returning to work.
  • We discourage any unnecessary travel as it may create a high risk for our residents. If anyone travels outside their normal routine, they will be asked to self-quarantine for 14 days.
  • The very few family members with residents actively dying will be asked to follow the CMS requirement of screening, taking their temperature, signing in, wearing a mask while here and only going to the resident’s room.
  • We are further limiting visitors including staff from hospice agencies.
  • Nurse practitioners and related providers will be asked to see residents only when absolutely required. Orders will be done in the space at the front of our buildings.
  • Staff from Accurate Imaging will continue to have access to perform needed labs. The staff will be subject to screening and issued a mask.

Mandatory training for later this week has been canceled. We are looking into virtual training or other ways to remind you of the best practices of infection control.

In the next couple of days, we will be adding a link on the Miravida Living website to provide information and updates. Please check the website daily. Some of you may have concerns that are solely yours, please contact Kari Hawkinson to begin a conversation on how we might work together to resolve them.

I am witnessing your commitment to our residents and one another. While proud of you every day, today, I am inspired by you. The journey ahead is likely to be months and I know we will weather the challenges together. Take care of your health so, you can take care of the residents counting on us to be at our best.

With heartfelt appreciation,

Theresa Bertram

Chief Executive Officer

STAY IN TOUCH

As this difficult season is upon us, we are encouraging you to be innovative in staying in touch. Contact us to set-up a video call, reach out with some extra phone calls… or consider messaging your loved one through our website – don’t forget you can upload a photo too! We will be doing mail-calls daily and would love to delivery your message!

RESOURCES

Below are a few of the resources we are monitoring as we gather information and prepare. Please consider using these as trustworthy resources and join us in learning more.

COVID-19 TEST RESULT STATEMENTS

Statements released during times of active outbreak at Miravida Living.

Initial Announcement of COVID-19 to Miravida Living Community.

As of today, all results from campus-wide testing were negative with the exception of a staff member at Eden Meadows who tested positive and is recovering at home.​​

We are grateful to report that as of today, there are no known cases of the virus on the Miravida Living campus.

All test results received from last week were negative. Like always, there are a few test results pending. As of today, there are no known cases of the virus on the Miravida Living campus.

As we approach the holiday weekend, please remain vigilant.  For many, there will be outside activities (which is recommended) with lots of friends (keep in mind the fewer the better and definitely less than 10).  Remember to wear a mask and have hand sanitizer readily available.  Most important of all, have a great time celebrating our independence and the privilege of living in the United States.  In order for the communications team to enjoy the long weekend, we will not be posting an update again until Monday.  Until then, take care and stay safe. 

Most of the results for tests administered this past week have been received. All resident test results have been negative. Two employees working at Elijah’s Place have tested positive. They are asymptomatic and recovering at home. This week, we will conduct another round of testing at Bethel Home, Eden Meadows, Gabriel’s Villa and Elijah’s Place. As of today, there are no known cases of the virus on the Miravida Living campus.

We appreciate your abiding interest in life and work at Miravida Living.  We especially appreciate your support and prayers.  We are finding there is less and less to report.  So, we will update our website Monday through Friday (except holidays) regarding any changes related to COVID-19.  The website address is miravidaliving.com.  Social media will be updated as we have significant updates and stories to share.  Finally, as cases of COVID-19 continue to surge in Winnebago County and surrounding areas, we urge you to be vigilant and take every precaution.  Take care and stay safe.

Weekly testing continues. Nearly all of the test results for Bethel Home, Eden Meadows, Gabriel’s Villa and Elijah’s Place have been received. All results for residents have been negative. Three employees have tested positive … one each at Bethel Home, Gabriel’s Villa and Elijah’s Place. Another round of testing begins today.

At Bethel Home, residents continue to recover. There are 2 residents currently being treated for COVID. There are no known cases of COVID at Eden Meadows, Gabriel’s Villa, Elijah’s Place, Carmel Residence and the Simeannas. Many, many prayers have been answered.

Weekly testing continues. Nearly all of the test results for Bethel Home, Eden Meadows, Gabriel’s Villa and Elijah’s Place have been received. All results for residents have been negative. Three employees have tested positive … one each at Bethel Home, Gabriel’s Villa and Elijah’s Place. Another round of testing begins today.

At Bethel Home, residents continue to recover. There are 2 residents currently being treated for COVID. There are no known cases of COVID at Eden Meadows, Gabriel’s Villa, Elijah’s Place, Carmel Residence and the Simeannas. Many, many prayers have been answered.

Cases in Winnebago County continue to rise.  There is a total of 569 confirmed cases in Winnebago County, 277 in Fond du Lac and 366 in Outagamie.  At Miravida Living, test results received this morning are negative with the exception of one Bethel Home staff member who tested positive.

As a reminder, we will not be updating the website or social media over the weekend.  We will however notify any affected residents, loved ones and staff of any positive results as soon as received.

Heavenly Father, Heal our world, heal our bodies, strengthen our hearts and our minds, and in the midst of turmoil, give us hope and peace. Amen 

Additional test results have been received across campus. All results were negative with the exception of a staff member at Gabriel’s Villa who tested positive and is recovering at home.

  • Fourth round test results for Bethel Home residents have been received. All results were negative.
  • Most of the test results for Eden Meadows residents have been received. All results were negative.
  • Tests results for Gabriel’s Villa residents and team have been received. All results were negative.
  • There are no new cases of COVID across the Miravida Living campus to report this afternoon.

While not all test results have been received, there are no known cases of COVID at Eden Meadows, Gabriel’s Villa, Elijah’s Place, Carmel Residence and the Simeannas.

At Bethel Home, 14 residents have recovered, 5 residents continue in recovery and 6 beloved residents have passed away. Of the 19 employees who tested positive, 14 have recovered and 5 are in recovery. Our employee who was hospitalized with COVID will be returning to work soon.

Since reopening our community, there are more opportunities for contact with others resulting in a significant increase in the spread of the virus.   The most recent information from DHS indicates the total number of confirmed cases in Winnebago County is 473, Fond du Lac is 251 and Outagamie is 306. 
 
Today, we learned two additional Bethel Home staff members have tested positive.  One staff member is symptomatic and the other is asymptomic.  Both are isolated at home.  
 
There are no known cases at Eden Meadows.
 
Most of the test results have been received at Gabriel’s Villa.  So far, all results received are negative.
 
Test results for the residents and team at Elijah’s Place have been received.  All resident results were negative.  One staff member tested positive.  The staff member is asymptomatic and isolated at home.
 
We know you are counting on us for clear, transparent communications.  Going forward, we will send a weekly letter and provide website and social media updates Monday through Friday.  Should positive test results be received over the weekend, we will speak directly with the affected resident, loved ones and staff.  Results will be included in the Monday updates. 
 

As we go into the weekend, please be vigilant about social distancing, wearing a mask, staying away from groups of people, practicing hand hygiene, etc.  Take good care of yourself and stay safe.  

 
Lord, we pray your healing presence is known to those with this virus, your grace is known to their loved ones, your hand guides the work of our caregivers and your mercy is felt by all.  We praise you for the many blessings you have bestowed upon us.

Yesterday, we learned there were no additional residents who tested positive for COVID-19. Today, we learned one additional Bethel Home staff member had a positive result since last week’s testing. We expect to test weekly unless a resident or team member becomes symptomatic, then we will test those individuals as needed.

  • In total, there are 25 residents and 17 staff members that have tested positive at Bethel Home.
    • Of the above total; 9 residents recovered, 10 staff members recovered, 6 residents passed
  • In total, there are 0 residents and 1 staff member that has tested positive at Eden Meadows.
    • Of the above total; 1 staff member recovered

Updates as of June 8, 2020:

We continue with the second round of testing for all residents and staff working at Bethel Home and Eden Meadows.

Cumulative results are as follows:
• In total, there are 26 residents and 11 staff members that have tested positive at Bethel Home.
• In total, there are 0 residents and 1 staff member that has tested positive at Eden Meadows.
 
Heavenly Father, we pray for your comfort for all who suffer. We ask that you lift the spirits of those selflessly providing care and support. We are grateful for the recovery of our residents and staff. Amen.

Updates as of June 5, 2020:

We continue with the second round of testing for all residents and staff working at Bethel Home and Eden Meadows.

Cumulative results are as follows:
• In total, there are 26 residents and 11 staff members that have tested positive at Bethel Home.
• In total, there are 0 residents and 1 staff member that has tested positive at Eden Meadows.
 
Heavenly Father, we pray for your comfort for all who suffer. We ask that you lift the spirits of those selflessly providing care and support. We are grateful for the recovery of our residents and staff. Amen.

Updates as of June 4, 2020:

We continue with the second round of testing for all residents and staff working at Bethel Home and Eden Meadows.

Cumulative results are as follows:
• In total, there are 24 residents and 11 staff members that have tested positive at Bethel Home.
• In total, there are 0 residents and 1 staff member that has tested positive at Eden Meadows.

Several residents and staff members have recovered. Our employee at the hospital is expected to be going home soon.
We called the Winnebago Health Department to secure needed tests for Gabriel’s Villa.  The department recommended we contact Exact Sciences lab which we are working on today.
 
Heavenly Father, we pray for your comfort for all who suffer. We ask that you lift the spirits of those selflessly providing care and support. We are grateful for the recovery of our residents and staff. Amen.
Updates as of June 3, 2020:
 
We are in the midst of a second round of testing for all residents and staff working at Bethel Home and Eden Meadows.  
 
Cumulative results are as follows:  
  • In total, there are 23 residents and 11 staff members that have tested positive at Bethel Home.
  • In total, there are 0 residents and 1 staff member that has tested positive at Eden Meadows.  

Several residents and staff members have recovered.  Our employee at the hospital is doing much better.  
 
There have been several inquiries about testing for our residents and employees at Gabriel’s Villa.  Priority has been given to offering testing at nursing homes.  We are calling the Winnebago Health Department to see whether we can secure needed tests and move forward with testing at Gabriel’s Villa.


Heavenly Father, we mourn the passing of our residents – their names are etched on our hearts. We ask that your grace be known to their loved ones. We pray for your comfort for all who suffer. We ask that you lift the spirits of those selflessly providing care and support. We are grateful for the recovery of our residents and staff. Amen.

Updates as of June 2, 2020:

  • In total, there are 17 residents and 10 staff members that have tested positive at Bethel Home.
  • In total, there are 0 residents and 1 staff member that has tested positive at Eden Meadows.  


Gracious God, 
Your light rises in our darkness and assures us that you are present with us and that your powerful closeness to us transforms our fear into hope.

Updates as of June 1, 2020:

  • In total, there are 15 residents and 10 staff members that have tested positive at Bethel Home.
  • In total, there are 0 residents and 1 staff member that has tested positive at Eden Meadows.  


Gracious God, 
Your light rises in our darkness and assures us that you are present with us and that your powerful closeness to us transforms our fear into hope.

No new test results were received today – May 31. Our totals remain the same as yesterday and are as follows:

  • In total, there are 13 residents and 9 staff members that have tested positive at Bethel Home.
  • In total, there are 0 residents and 1 staff member that has tested positive at Eden Meadows.  


Gracious God, 
Your light rises in our darkness and assures us that you are present with us and that your powerful closeness to us transforms our fear into hope.

Test result for one Bethel Home staff member was received earlier today.  The result was negative.

  • In total, there are 13 residents and 9 staff members that have tested positive at Bethel Home.
  • In total, there are 0 residents and 1 staff member that has tested positive at Eden Meadows.  


Gracious God, 
Your light rises in our darkness and assures us that you are present with us and that your powerful closeness to us transforms our fear into hope.

In the early reporting of the numbers of residents and employees tested and test results, we were able to provide accurate information as to the number of tests administered and actual results received.  Because we are retesting some employees and residents this week and we plan to retest all residents and employees at Bethel Home and Eden Meadows next week, the number of tests administered will no longer be reported.  Beginning today, we will report a cumulative summary of test results.

This is what we know as of May 29:

  • In total, there are 13 residents and 9 staff members that have tested positive at Bethel Home.
  • In total, there are 0 residents and 1 staff member that has tested positive at Eden Meadows.  (The staff member was identified through testing, is asymptomatic and under quarantine at home.)

The health department has been working with Dr. Tom Haupt to review our COVID cases. Per his guidance, we are retesting some residents and staff using a combined influenza panel and COVID test. 

Gracious God, Your light rises in our darkness and assures us that you are present with us and that your powerful closeness to us transforms our fear into hope.

Bethel Home: 

  • 91 residents have been tested – 13 positive and 74 negative results
  • 165 staff have been tested – 6 positive and 128 negative results


Eden Meadows:

  • 28 residents have been tested – 1 negative result received 
  • 57 employees have been tested – 22 negative results

Beginning with this update, our daily communications will provide a snapshot of the test results received from the Health Department. In our weekly letter to all residents, loved ones and team, we will provide a comprehensive, transparent update. Please continue to follow our website and social media posts for the most current information. We appreciate hearing from you and take comfort in knowing you are praying for our residents and staff. Your support and prayers matter.

No new test results were received today. Update as of May 27 follows:

Bethel Home: (All positive cases are in Serenity Garden, our memory care unit within Bethel Home.)

  • 91 residents have been tested – 11 positive and 57 negative results
  • 165 staff have been tested – 5 positive and 102 negative results

Eden Meadows:

  • 28 residents have been tested – 1 negative result received
  • 57 employees have been tested – 22 negative results


Gracious God, Your light rises in our darkness and assures us that you are present with us and that your powerful closeness to us transforms our fear into hope.

Universal testing of all residents and staff was conducted last week at Bethel Home and Eden Meadows. Test results have been trickling in. All of the results received today were negative. There is more good news. The first resident contracting the virus has recovered. Similarly, the first staff member contracting the virus has recovered. Cumulative results are presented below:  

Bethel Home: (All positive cases are in Serenity Garden, our memory care unit within Bethel Home.)

  • 91 residents have been tested – 11 positive and 57 negative results
  • 165 staff have been tested – 5 positive and 102 negative results


Eden Meadows:

  • 28 residents have been tested – 1 negative result received
  • 57 employees have been tested – 22 negative results

May 25, 2020 UPDATE – Today, quite a few test results were received.  All of the results received today were negative.

Bethel Home: (All positive cases are in Serenity Garden, our memory care unit within Bethel Home.)

  • 91 residents have been tested – 11 positive and 55 negative results
  • 165 staff have been tested – 5 positive and 79 negative results


Eden Meadows:

  • 28 residents have been tested – 1 negative result received
  • 57 employees have been tested – 20 negative results

Today, more test results trickled in. We received 3 positive results for staff that worked in Serenity Garden. The 3 staff members have been off from work since the onset of symptoms. Our total results as of today are noted below.

Bethel Home: (All positive cases are in Serenity Garden, our memory care unit within Bethel Home.)

  • 91 residents have been tested – 11 positive and 36 negative results
  • 165 staff have been tested – 5 positive and 15 negative results


Eden Meadows:

  • 28 residents have been tested – 1 negative result received
  • 57 employees have been tested – 19 negative results

Throughout the morning, we received a handful of test results. All results were negative. An update follows:

Bethel Home:

  • 91 residents have been tested – 11 positive and 33 negative results
  • 165 staff have been tested – 2 positive and 7 negative results


All positive cases continue to be in Serenity Garden, our memory care unit within Bethel Home. We are monitoring the residents and providing care, emotional and spiritual support. Two residents continue receiving their care through hospice. There are two residents receiving palliative care.

Eden Meadows:

  • 28 residents have been tested – 1 negative result received
  • 57 employees have been tested – 19 negative results

In partnership with the Winnebago Health Department, we have tested almost all of our residents and employees at Bethel Home and Eden Meadows. Below are the results we know as of today…

Bethel Home: (All positive cases are in Serenity Garden, our memory care unit within Bethel Home.)

  • 91 residents have been tested – 11 positive and 24 negative results
  • 165 staff have been tested – 2 positive and 6 negative results


Eden Meadows:

  • 28 residents have been tested – 0 results received
  • 57 employees have been tested – 9 negative results

Test results for the earliest tests came in at 10:00 last night. There are 10 positive results for residents living in Serenity Garden. Four residents have symptoms and 6 residents are asymptomatic. In addition to the 1 health care worker and 1 employee who tested positive, there are 6 employees reporting symptoms. Employees have been tested; results have not been received. We are working around the clock with the Winnebago County Health Department. Their guidance is a valuable resource. As soon as they receive test results regardless of the time of day, they report them. 

Test results for the resident living at Bethel Home have been received and the results are positive.  Please pray for our resident and health care worker as well as the team providing needed care. 

We learned today, a health care professional working at Bethel Home tested positive for COVID-19. Efforts to contain the virus are underway including testing a resident with respiratory symptoms. Please continue to visit our website and resource page for updates regarding the test results. Plans are being developed to test all residents and staff living and working at Bethel Home, Eden Meadows, Gabriel’s Villa and Elijah’s Place.

At this time, there are no known or suspected cases of COVID-19 on our campus. Together, we must continue our vigilance to be prepared and respond as required. In the next week or two, following the direction of the Wisconsin Department of Health Services, we expect to begin testing our residents at Bethel Home, Eden Meadows, Gabriel’s Villa and Elijah’s Place. We will also test the staff that work there.

As of April 14, 2020 we received test results for all 12 members of the Eden Meadows team. They were negative. Along the way, we have tested a handful of residents. All of these test results are negative as well. Please know this is the report as of today and may change quickly. We must continue to be vigilant with our actions and rely on one another to be compliant with all requirements.​

Last week, a case of COVID-19 was diagnosed at Eden Meadows. The resident was immediately transferred back to the hospital to receive the comprehensive care required to treat the virus. Sadly, he has since passed away.

Proceeding with caution, twelve members of the Eden Meadows team have been tested. Nine of those tests have been read and are negative. We are awaiting results on the remaining three. In addition, some patients whose rooms are in the Eden Rehabilitation wing have been tested. Test results are not expected for a couple more days.

We continue to work with the county health department and are following procedures recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention including asking residents to remain in their rooms and apartments and cover their nose and mouth whenever staff enters.

The Miravida Living Emergency Preparedness team continues its daily meetings to monitor and implement the most up to-date recommendations by our trusted partners; Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and the Winnebago County Health Department. We invite you to refer to our website regularly for the most up-to-date information.

A case of COVID-19, the illness resulting from the novel coronavirus, has been diagnosed in a resident at Eden Meadows. The
resident has been transferred back to the hospital to receive the comprehensive care required to treat the virus. Some of the
members of the Eden Meadows team are symptomatic and are currently in self-quarantine. We are making arrangements for them to be tested.

We have notified public health officials and are following procedures recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and
Prevention. We are taking every step as recommended by authorities to contain the spread. We want to make residents, their
families, our dedicated staff, and our community aware of this situation and reassure everyone that we are actively monitoring
the status of our residents and team.

We are quickly sharing information about this outbreak to help stop the spread of the disease, and prevent and reduce illness
and even death. Miravida Living has witnessed the efforts made by the community to be ‘safer at home’ and given this development, recommend further vigilance.

Miravida Living has been serving the community of Oshkosh, Wisconsin since 1963, employs 375 people while caring for a
community of over 700 residents. Miravida Living offers apartments, assisted living, skilled nursing and rehabilitative care, and
dementia care to the elder community. For more information, visit www.miravidaliving.com.