CORONAVIRUS

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COVID-19 ANNOUNCEMENTS

  • SEPTEMBER 20, 2021 COVID UPDATE

    Yesterday, we learned one resident tested positive at Bethel Home. The resident is currently being cared for in our COVID unit. Enhanced personal protective equipment has been implemented throughout Bethel and we will be testing all residents and staff today. As required, in-person visits are suspended at Bethel Home (only). Safe space visits, video visits, and window visits are available. Please schedule a visit through our website or by calling (920) 235-3454.

  • OUR MOST RECENT LETTER | read on

    Staying in touch on a regular basis with our Miravida community is a priority (click on the headline to link to letter). Please enjoy our most recent message and feel free to browse our past messages throughout this journey.​

  • COVID-19 VACCINE INFORMATION

    We know there are many questions surrounding the COVID-19 Vaccine. We have collected the most common questions we've been asked and put them into a "Frequently Asked Questions" section on this page. Please take a look and learn more about what this vaccine has to offer and why Miravida Living is in support of it.

OUR TEAM IS AVAILABLE TO TALK

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OUR MOST RECENT COMMUNICATION

August 3, 2021

Dear residents, loved ones, and team,

In a recent conversation with the Winnebago Public Health Department, we learned there is a significant increase in cases in long-term care. Nearly all diagnosed cases are currently the Delta variant which is “more aggressive and much more transmissible than previously circulating strains,” according to Dr. Rochelle P. Walensky, Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Over the weekend, we were notified an unvaccinated health care employee at Bethel Home tested positive for COVID. In response, all appropriate protocols have been initiated including reminders regarding proper handwashing, monitoring residents and staff for signs and symptoms, and ensuring all personal protective equipment including eye protection is worn properly.

Visitation, group dining, and activities are temporarily suspended pending the completion and results of universal testing at Bethel Home. Volunteers are not permitted to enter Bethel Home. We ask you to consider volunteering across campus or canceling and signing up for future dates. Please continue to watch our website and social media platforms for updates.

We have stopped short of mandating vaccines while many companies, universities and governmental agencies have done so. We are asking those who are unvaccinated to consider the jeopardy you face and create for others and get vaccinated. The single most important step you can take to protect yourself, those we serve, and the greater community is to get vaccinated. It is a matter of life and death for you and others. Please get vaccinated.

Fully vaccinated people can have breakthrough infections which are generally milder and do not require hospitalization. They can also be a carrier for COVID and spread the infection to others. As a result, the Center for Disease Control is recommending fully vaccinated people wear a mask in public indoor settings in areas of substantial or high transmission. Fully vaccinated people who have a known exposure to someone with suspected or confirmed COVID-19 should be tested 3-5 days after exposure.

Heavenly Father, we struggle with the challenges presented by COVID – people suffering with severe symptoms and some, dying – persons isolated and facing despair – staff called on to once again draw on their courage to come to work and face the vile virus. We ask you to hold those with COVID close and provide comfort. Be present to people who are isolated and lonely. We ask you to be with us as we care for those we serve. Strengthen and support our team. Protect our community. We are grateful your grace is ever-present and call on you to be with us every step of the way. Amen.

Follow all recommended precautions, protect yourself and others, and take care,

Theresa M. Bertram
Chief Executive Officer

July 22, 2021

Dear residents, loved ones and team,

Across campus, rickshaws are on the road, salons are open, outdoor worship has resumed, and residents are safely reconnecting with friends and meeting their new neighbors. Yet, the threat of COVID continues. The Delta variant is more virulent, cases are rising across the nation, and individuals who are not vaccinated are at great risk. If you are vaccinated, encourage others. If you are not vaccinated, please consider the life-threatening risk you face, the jeopardy you present to others, and get vaccinated.

Our pharmacy offers Pfizer vaccinations. To schedule a vaccination, please call our pharmacy at 966-1345 or send an email to Kerri Schueler, Director of the Pharmacy, at kschueler@miravidaliving.com. While an appointment is preferred, we will accommodate walk-ins. The pharmacy is open from 9 to 5, Monday through Friday, and is located in the basement of Bethel Home at 225 North Eagle Street.

For patients and residents unable to come to the pharmacy, arrangements will be made for the pharmacist to come to you. We are also able to vaccinate spouses or family. There will be no charge for the vaccination however, an insurance card will be required.

With COVID cases rising, all health care employers have received direction from Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) to provide safe working environments for employees working where COVID may be present. In compliance with OSHA requirements, we will install plexi-glass barriers in reception areas and place 6-feet decals on the floor. We will also review policies and procedures related to COVID, provide additional training, and take mandated actions required under OSHA’s Emergency Temporary Standards.

In closing, COVID cases in Winnebago County are only moderately increasing so, let’s take every precaution to halt its progress.

Dear Lord, we lift to you our concern for people who are more likely than others to become severely ill from COVID — the unvaccinated, older persons, and people with chronic health conditions. Protect them from harm and be their comfort in this time of uncertainty. Amen.

Be aware of the risks, protect others by your actions, and take good care of yourself.

Theresa M. Bertram
Chief Executive Officer

June 8, 2021

Dear residents, loved ones and team,

Over the last fifteen months, our focus has been on providing excellent care, a great place to live, and purposeful work while trying to keep everyone safe. Stress has been high – the stakes, a matter of life and death.

Today, we are focused on vaccinations. Most residents and many staff are vaccinated. Ongoing research on vaccination effectiveness clearly evidences being vaccinated is much safer than the ongoing exposure to COVID. In fact, a spring 2021 study by the Veteran’s Administration found nearly 20 times the rate of COVID-19 infection in unvaccinated healthcare staff, plus signs that transmission clusters were linked to those workers.

As a community, we are not sufficiently vaccinated to prevent an outbreak or address the possible consequences of COVID including hospitalizations and death. If you are not already vaccinated or abandoned your second dose, we urge you to consider getting vaccinated. You will be better protected from severe symptoms, hospitalization or death and your selfless act will protect others.

Our pharmacy is prepared to offer vaccinations to Miravida Living patients, residents, spouses, and families. We are focused on offering Pfizer because it is available in units of six doses reducing waste. If you prefer Moderna or the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, we will work with you to obtain them. With all vaccinations, there are benefits and risks. For full documentation by the CDC on the Pfizer vaccine, click here.

To schedule a vaccination, please call our pharmacy at (920) 966-1345 or send an email to Kerri Schueler, Director of the Pharmacy, at kschueler@miravidaliving.com. While an appointment is preferred, she will also accommodate walk-ins. The pharmacy is open from 9 to 5, Monday through Friday. It is located in the basement of Bethel Home at 225 North Eagle Street.

For patients and residents unable to come to the pharmacy, arrangements will be made for the pharmacist to come to you. We are also able to vaccinate spouses or family. An insurance card is required at the time of vaccination.

Consideration will be given to offering a vaccination clinic at the Simeannas and Carmel. Please contact Sue Hammerseng or Jason Meyer to express your interest.

Finally, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services permits vaccinated residents and vaccinated staff to be together without socially distancing or wearing a mask. To take this next step, everyone must be vaccinated. We strongly urge residents and team members who are not vaccinated to do so.

Heavenly Father, we give thanks for the modern-day miracles of science. We have vaccines that protect us from the most serious consequences of COVID. Grant us your spirit of love and self-discipline so we may come together and work to control and eliminate the virus. Continue to strengthen our hearts and minds. Hold us in your gentle embrace. Amen.

Sending you a warm embrace and wishing you good health,

Theresa M. Bertram
Chief Executive Officer

May 4, 2021

Dear residents, loved ones and team,

It has been a few weeks so, there is lots of news to share.

There are a few noteworthy changes in leadership. Dave Merkley, Administrator at Bethel Home, has returned to work for his former employer. We wish him well as he begins the next chapter of his career.

Kelly Fitzpatrick has been promoted from Eden Meadows to Bethel Home to become its new administrator. Kelly has been a leader on the Miravida Living team since 2012, serving as administrator at Gabriel’s Villa, then, as administrator at Eden and now at Bethel Home. We are blessed by her presence, steady leadership, and genuine care for residents, loved ones and our team. Welcome, Kelly!

As we search for a licensed administrator for Eden Meadows, I will serve as the interim administrator allowing me to provide leadership as we continue our search, which began in March, and work with the team throughout the recruitment and onboarding process. This morning, I met with the Eden team and learned more about their dedication to our residents, their loved ones, and one another. We are certainly blessed by their caring approach and unwavering commitment to excellence.

We are one step closer to being able to offer vaccinations through our in-house pharmacy. Watch the website for news on when appointments for vaccinations will be available. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services now permits vaccinated residents and vaccinated staff to be together without socially distancing or wearing a mask. In order for us to take this next step, we need everyone to be vaccinated. We strongly encourage residents and team members who are not vaccinated to do so. You will be safer, our residents and other team members will be safer, and our time together would reflect the heart of Miravida Living – embracing friendships and togetherness without social distancing or masks.

We are preparing to launch this year’s Cycling Without Age season. Wheel & Sprocket has agreed to be our partner for providing safety checks and maintaining our rickshaws. The safety checks are scheduled for later this week. Once the weather is consistently warmer, our seven rickshaws will be out and about. Make sure to share a wave with our residents and volunteer pilots when you see them.

Finally, Sunday is Mother’s Day. It is a special day for the mothers that live with us. In years past, we offered buffets and reservations for lunch. We are unable to do so this year. We know you understand and will make the day special for your loved ones in your own unique way.

Heavenly Father, thank you for our increased awareness of the importance of community and the ability to be with one another. We are filled with anticipation and excitement as we move away from the isolation we experienced last year. We are grateful for the possibilities and opportunities ahead. We pray for your presence in all that we think and do. Amen.

For all the wonderful women in our lives who love with a mother’s heart, we wish you a wonderful Mother’s Day. We remember too all the women who cared for us, have passed away, and remain in our hearts.

Theresa M. Bertram
Chief Executive Officer

April 13, 2021

Residents, loved ones and team,

The transitions continue …

We are excited to welcome visitors without appointments seven-days-a-week, at any time during our designated visiting hours:

• Bethel Home – 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.
• Eden Meadows – 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
• Gabriel’s Villa – 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.
• Elijah’s Place – 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.

We no longer offer testing but require visitors to follow infection control practices. Therefore, if you are experiencing any symptoms, signs of infection or your temperature is 100.4 degrees, please do not visit. All visitors are required to complete the trace log. When visiting, please remember to wear a mask, stay 6 feet away from others, go directly to and from your loved one’s room, and wash your hands frequently with soap and water.

While visits are still limited to 2 visitors, children over two years old are able to visit provided they can comply with the core principles of infection prevention including wearing a mask. For ease in compliance, we recommend families consider taking advantage of one of our other visiting options. We continue to offer video, safe space, and window visits, all of which can be scheduled on our website.

This exciting news needs to be tempered by the rising positivity rate which is now 4.2%. If you have not already done so, we strongly urge you to get vaccinated when eligible to do so. You will be safer and so, will those around you.

Heavenly Father, show us who is thirsty. Give us the strength to lift up the cup of your love and do all we do in remembrance of you and the way you were when you walked this earth. Amen.

There are no known cases of COVID-19 across the Miravida Living campus. On April 11, there were 897 new cases which is a 33 percent increase from the average two weeks ago. In Winnebago County, there have been 20,698 cases, Fond du Lac 13,355 cases and Outagamie 22,965 cases. The community positivity rate is 4.2%.

Wishing you a Blessed Holy Week and Easter,

Theresa M. Bertram
Chief Executive Officer

An archive of our past Coronavirus related messages and communications shared with our Miravida Living community are below on the calendar. Select a date to view the delivered communication message.

MIRAVIDA COMMUNICATIONS

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VACCINATION DAY AT MIRAVIDA

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

COVID-19 VACCINE QUESTIONS

The COVID 19 vaccine is not a live virus, meaning it cannot give you COVID 19. The goal is to teach our immune systems how to recognize and fight the virus that causes COVID-19. Sometimes this process can cause symptoms, such as fever. These symptoms are normal and are a sign that the body is building immunity.

Our Skilled Nursing Facilities (SNFs) are scheduled to receive the first dose of the vaccine on January 4th with the support of our vaccination partner, Walgreens.

The COVID 19 vaccine is a mRNA vaccine (Messenger RNA vaccine). It does not affect or interact with our DNA in any way. It never enters the nucleus of the cell, which is where our DNA (genetic material) is kept. The cell breaks down and gets rid of the mRNA soon after it is finished using the information to fight the virus.

Sometimes this process can cause symptoms, such as fever. These symptoms are normal and are a sign that the body is building immunity.

Miravida Living staff and residents will be getting the Moderna vaccine.

You can receive the vaccine 2 weeks after having a positive COVID test.

Yes. The effectiveness of the vaccine is 95%. To maintain safety of the entire Miravida Living community, testing will continue.

Yes, until we have further guidance from CDC

No, not right away. We need to fully understand the effectiveness of the vaccinations and their impact on our community before being able to change the way we offer dining services and activities.

Click HERE to access an informational document that provides more details about the vaccine. This document was provided to us by Walgreens (our vaccination partner) and developed by Moderna.

  • https://www.modernatx.com/covid19vaccine-eua/recipients/
  • https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/vaccine-benefits/facts.html
  • https://www.leadingage.org/regulation/vaccines-interview-dr-joshua-sharfstein
  • https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/different-vaccines/mrna.html
  • https://www.fda.gov/media/144638/download

GENERAL QUESTIONS

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.​

We have been approved for in-person visits in our Safe Space areas (areas designated for visiting with plastic barriers to keep residents and staff safe). To schedule a visit, click HERE.

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.​ If your loved one needs assistance for the visit, click here to schedule a time so we can ensure our team is available to assist.

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.