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COVID-19 ANNOUNCEMENTS

  • Update September 15, 2020

    Last week, we reported 4 Bethel Home residents tested positive. It has been 10 days since the positive test results. Gratefully, the residents have not had any symptoms and will be coming out of isolation in 4 days. A total of 3 Bethel Home employees tested positive. Two have returned to work and another has recovered and will be returning to work. One Elijah’s Place employee tested positive last week. The employee is doing well and will be returning to work shortly.

  • OUR MOST RECENT LETTER | read on

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

  • COMMUNITY COVID TESTING | learn more

    A new regional COVID-19 testing site is at Sunnyview Expo Center located at 500 E County Road Y, Oshkosh, Wis. Testing is free and will be conducted by the Wisconsin Army National Guard.​

OUR TEAM IS AVAILABLE TO TALK

Our team is available to speak with you and offer support.

FREQUENTLY ASKED 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.​

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.

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.

OUR MOST RECENT COMMUNICATION

September 15, 2020

Residents, loved ones and team,

On September 13, there were 1,621 new cases of COVID reported in the State of Wisconsin. Over the past week, there has been an average of 1,188 new cases of COVID-19 per day or a 63% increase in cases over the past two weeks. In Winnebago County, there are 2,019 cases, Fond du Lac 1,467 cases and Outagamie 2,791 cases. Activity levels in all 3 counties continue to be assessed as high.

Last week, we reported 4 Bethel Home residents tested positive. It has been 10 days since the positive test results. Gratefully, the residents have not had any symptoms and will be coming out of isolation in 4 days. A total of 3 Bethel Home employees tested positive. Two have returned to work and another has recovered and will be returning to work. One Elijah’s Place employee tested positive last week. The employee is doing well and will be returning to work shortly.

The positive test results set the stage for a series of required actions on a timeline of immediate, 10, 14 and 28 days by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) and the Winnebago County Health Department. The requirements include testing staff and depending upon results, testing residents. The frequency of testing relates to whether there are positive results and the actual percentage of community positivity rates. Positive test results also intensify infection control practices including isolating residents with COVID and possibly, moving them to an isolation area. The presence of COVID also determines what Personal Protective Equipment is required.

Everyone’s goal is to keep COVID out of our community. Unfortunately, given the high rate of COVID in our surrounding communities, team members are exposed as they go about their routines of daily living like grocery shopping. Every time a staff member tests positive, the immediate, 10, 14 and 28-day actions are triggered and we are required to end all tent visits, rickshaw rides, visits by the staff’s pets, etc. At Eden Meadows, we recently made it to day 27, had a positive test result and reset the count to 28 days. This stringent approach is hard for everyone – residents, loved ones and staff. We are sorry for the disappointments and grief you are experiencing. We have been thinking about establishing a family support group and wonder if you are interested. Please let Chaplain David Rumbold know of your interest at drumbold@miravidaliving.com or call him at (920) 232-5242.

In the weeks to come, you can expect our weekly letters to continue. With the environment changing so rapidly, we will also provide interim updates as needed on our digital platforms. Throughout the week, we suggest you check the Miravida Living website or Facebook page to learn the latest news.

We pray you and yours are healthy and stay safe.

Dear Heavenly Father,
When despair numbs our souls, give us hope. When we stumble and fall, lift us up. When doubts assail us, give us faith. When nothing seems sure, give us trust. When ideals fade, give us vision. When we lose our way, be our guide! That we may find serenity in Your presence, and purpose in doing Your will. Amen. `John D. Rayner

Theresa M. Bertram

Chief Executive Officer

September 8, 2020 

Residents, loved ones and team,

The growth of COVID-19 cases in our communities confirms the relentless nature of this virus. Over the past week, there has been an average of 893 new cases of COVID-19 per day across the State of Wisconsin or a 26% increase in cases over the prior period. In Winnebago County, there are 1,730 cases, Fond du Lac 1,292 cases and Outagamie 2,344 cases. Activity levels in all 3 counties continue to be assessed as high.

Since the last update, we have received test results for residents living and staff working at Bethel Home and Eden Meadows. Four residents and 2 employees at Bethel Home and 1 employee at Eden Meadows have tested positive. We believe these positive test results reflect the rapid spread of the virus in the greater community. For your safety, please be vigilant and practice all infection mitigating measures. We ask you to join us in prayer.

Lord, we pray for those who tested positive that they remain asymptomatic and if not, that the course of the virus be mild. Give their immune systems strength, keep their spirits strong and Lord, please speed their recovery along. We ask you to keep all of our residents and staff safe.

We want to also pray for ourselves today, as we enter again into the intensity of caring for the sick and enduring the stressors of working and living in the presence of this insufferable virus. We know we are stronger and have learned many things about supporting each other and dealing with this virus before, but it is very wearing and knowing more means it takes greater courage to accept the difficult assignments. Keep us vigilant in watching out for each other, offering relief and assistance to ease the tensions. Help us, Lord, to remember to laugh and to love and to let kindness be the focus of our words and actions. And lastly, we would ask you to stand mightily in our midst so that we are not overwhelmed by the assault of this virus.

Be with all of us in the midst of this time of difficulty so we can draw our strength and hope from you. Amen. `Chaplain David Rumbold

In the weeks to come, you can expect our weekly letters to continue. With the environment changing so rapidly, we will also provide interim updates as needed on our digital platforms. Throughout the week, we suggest you check the Miravida Living website or Facebook page to learn the latest news.

We pray you and yours are healthy and stay safe.

Theresa M. Bertram

Chief Executive Officer

September 3, 2020 

Dear residents, loved ones and team, 

We are writing today to provide an interim update.   

An individual was admitted to Bethel Home from the hospital.  As required by CMS and the health department, the individual was placed in isolation for 14-days.  Within hours, the individual had a change of condition and was discharged back to the hospital where they tested positive for COVID-19.    

At the same time, there were two residents with possible signs and symptoms of the virus.  Both were tested and the results were negative.  No other staff or residents have had symptoms.  We are in the process of testing all staff. 

Please be assured the Bethel Home team continues to rigorously follow all infection control guidance.  

On another note, we are receiving requests about when tent visits will be available at Bethel Home.  Our decision for when to restart tent visits will be made once we have received results from this round of staff and resident testing.  Please monitor the website calendar for scheduling tent visits. 

As we go into Labor Day weekend, we want to recognize our team of heroes who selflessly contribute their best effort day-in and day-out, seven days a week, twenty-four hours a day.  We are grateful for your commitment to our residents and one another and appreciate all that you do. 

Lord, we simply pray about the vulnerability we feel when we are face to face with this virus.  Help us to move forward confident in your grace – secure in knowing You are our source of strength and peace.  Amen. 

Theresa M. Bertram

Chief Executive Officer

September 1, 2020

Residents, loved ones and team,

Families and friends of residents – you are missed.
There is no replacing you.
You are imprinted on their heart.
Your history is unmatched.
Your connection is built on memories.
Your love is unrivaled by any other.
Your visits are missed.

We want to graciously thank you for sharing your loved one with us.
It is our honor to care for them.
And although we can’t possibly replace you, we love them too.

We love visiting with them three times a day with a delicious meal prepared to their liking. We love playing bingo and helping them plant flowers. We love bantering with them over a game of rummy or cribbage. We love praying alongside them and listening to stories about you.

And we love that you have chosen to share them with us.

Of the many challenges we are experiencing, one of the greatest is the “no visitation” policy. Days, weeks and now, months have passed since the last hug was shared between our residents and loved ones. The policy, mandated by the Wisconsin Department of Health Services, is intended to keep our residents and staff safe.

With each passing day we hear more and more about how our residents miss their loved ones. We also hear from exasperated family members who have said to us, “enough is enough.” We see your heartbreak and rising frustration. It may be helpful to take action. If inclined to do so, you might write a letter or send an email to the Department of Health Human Services and state legislators recommending how you would like to see the current mandate changed. The address and email addresses are provided on page 2 of the linked PDF.

Finally, over the past week, there has been an average of 729 new cases across the State of Wisconsin per day. In Winnebago County, there are 1,512 cases, Fond du Lac 1,093 cases and Outagamie 1,845 cases. Activity levels in all 3 counties continue to be assessed as high. Since the last update, we have received test results for residents and staff living and working at Bethel Home and Eden Meadows. All results have been negative.

We pray you and yours are healthy and stay safe.

Lord God, loving Creator, you fashioned us from clay and breathed life into us. We are made and loved by you. Your spirit fills us with hope and lights the path to fullness of life. Grant us the strength and courage to move forward during these difficult times. We ask this in your name. Amen.

Theresa M. Bertram

Chief Executive Officer

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