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COVID-19 ANNOUNCEMENTS

  • 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.​

  • MARCH 2, 2021 UPDATE

    This week, there were no positive test results. Over the past week in Wisconsin, there has been an average of 734 new cases of COVID-19 per day. In Winnebago County, there are 19,738 cases, Fond du Lac 13,046 cases and Outagamie 21,610 cases. The community positivity rate is 3%.

  • VISITS | WINDOW & IN-PERSON

    We are now offering visits in three ways: window, safe space, and in-room. Based on the community positivity rate and the status of cases at Miravida, the availability of these visits may vary. You can schedule your visit on our "Schedule A Resident Visit" page. We look forward to seeing you soon!

  • 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.

VACCINATION DAY AT MIRAVIDA

OUR TEAM IS AVAILABLE TO TALK

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

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.

OUR MOST RECENT COMMUNICATION

March 2, 2021

Residents, loved ones and team,

We are writing today with exciting news. By next week, we will be moving from our Safe Space visits to in-person visits at Bethel Home, Eden Meadows, Gabriel’s Villa and Elijah’s Place. As you might guess, there are lots of conditions directed by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and the State Department of Health Services. The community positivity rate must continue to be below 10% and we cannot be in an active outbreak. Core principles are provided on the back of this letter.

Preparing for In-Room visits:

  • A maximum of 2 visitors per visit. Must be 16 years old or older.
  • Children continue to be able to visit by scheduling a Safe Space visit. Pets are not permitted.
  • Food is not permitted.
  • A reservation is required and can be made online at https://www.miravidaliving.com/schedule-a-resident-visit/ or by calling the building where your loved one lives.
  • Proof of a recent COVID test (within 24 hours) or taking a rapid anti-gen test before entering the facility. Anti-gen test results take about 15-minutes.
  • Have no symptoms.
  • Complete the trace log.
  • Complete COVID-19 training (first visit).
  • Complete covenant agreement. This required agreement is included as part of the scheduling process.
  • Wear a mask. Socially distance. Disinfect as needed.
  • Staff will accompany you directly to and from your loved one’s room with the exception of Elijah’s Place where visits will be in the sunroom. While you may be interested in visiting residents or staff you miss, this is not the time to do so.

We want to begin the visits by offering 1-hour time blocks. For loved ones traveling a long distance, we will try to accommodate a longer visit. Please contact the Life Enrichment Coordinator where your loved one resides.

For residents of Carmel and the Simeannas, we will seek guidance from the health department regarding reopening the common spaces once vaccinations are complete and 14-days have elapsed to provide for full protection.

Heavenly Father, we call on you to pour out your spirit upon us. Fill us with your love, cause us to be worthy ambassadors of your kingdom, faithful in prayer, speaking truth and loving those who are in need. Amen

This week, there were no positive test results. Over the past week in Wisconsin, there has been an average of 734 new cases of COVID-19 per day. In Winnebago County, there are 19,738 cases, Fond du Lac 13,046 cases and Outagamie 21,610 cases. The community positivity rate is 3%.

Sending you a warm embrace and wishing you good health,

Theresa M. Bertram

Chief Executive Officer

February 16, 2021

Residents, loved ones and team,

For nearly a year, I have started writing a letter to you on Sunday evening or Monday morning. The letter is built around clear information on COVID, its presence in our community, and our response. In order to make certain the statistics are current, I wait for their release on Monday. Staff review the letter for correctness and completeness. It is finalized, proofread, and printed. A team of Bethel Home residents cheerfully fold and stuff the letters. The letters are stamped, sealed, and sent.

In response, we have received letters, notes, voice mail, thoughtful cards, and even, Christmas cards. Occasionally, a letter or note was critical of our work. Overwhelmingly, the messages supported our strategies and expressed gratitude for all that we are doing. Some notes came at our low points and lifted our spirits. All of your communications are appreciated.

As the virus eases and vaccinations are underway, there is less and less to write about. With this letter, we plan to move away from a weekly letter to an occasional communication. The latest information is always available on our website and Facebook posts. Specific information about future vaccination clinics will be provided as a door drop to our residents.

While the road ahead is unknown, we know you will be there every step of the way. Many, many prayers have been offered and answered. We are blessed by our community of residents and loved ones who genuinely care about one another. Our team has stepped up and provided excellent care under stressful, extraordinary circumstances. We have learned who we are when we are at our best in the worst of days. The journey has been hard, there have been lives lost, and lives forever changed. Yet, by the grace of God, we are transformed, strengthened, and prepared for today and tomorrow.

Heavenly Father,

With the pandemic waning but still at our door steps, we ask for your continued vigilance over us.
We are comforted by your presence.

As light emerges, we are beginning a new day, a new time of hope and joy.
We are on our knees grateful for being richly blessed by you while in the throes of our response to the pandemic.

Thank you for blessing us and enabling us to move forward.

Amen

This week, there were no positive test results. Over the past week in Wisconsin, there has been an average of 919 new cases of COVID-19 per day. In Winnebago County, there are 19,427 cases, Fond du Lac 12,818 cases and Outagamie 21,158 cases. The community positivity rate is 5.5%.

Sending you a warm embrace and wishing you good health,

Theresa M. Bertram
Chief Executive Officer

February 9, 2021

Residents, loved ones and team,

Not even the pandemic, nor snow, could keep Punxsutawney Phil from getting his job done. Phil saw his shadow meaning there will be 6 more weeks of winter. And, this year, at least in Oshkosh, Phil is right. As I write this letter, there are mounds of snow everywhere and the temperature is hovering around 2 degrees.

This past week, many of our Bethel Home and Eden Meadows residents and staff received their second dose of the Moderna vaccine. Gabriel’s Villa residents received their first dose. Their second clinic is scheduled on February 23. Similarly, Elijah’s Place received their first dose. Their second clinic is scheduled for February 17. The first clinics for residents of our apartments are scheduled on February 10 as follows:

Carmel Residence 10 – 11:30
Simeanna I 10 – 11:30
Simeanna II 11:30 – 1
Simeanna III 1 – 3

With vaccinations complete or underway, we are beginning to receive questions about in-person visits. Guidance from CDC has not changed and is provided below:

Because information is currently lacking on vaccine effectiveness in the general population; the resultant reduction in disease, severity, or transmission; or the duration of protection, residents and healthcare personnel should continue to follow all current infection prevention and control recommendations to protect themselves and others from SARS-CoV-2 infection, regardless of their vaccination status. www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/hcp/post-vaccine-considerations-residents.html

At this time, we are offering safe space visits at Bethel Home, Eden Meadows, Gabriel’s Villa and Elijah’s Place. We encourage you to arrange a visit with your loved one at www.miravidaliving.com/schedule-a-resident-visit. While residents and families of the Greenhouses can already visit at the Bistro, we are also building safe spaces at the Greenhouses and hope to have them complete by the end of this week.

Heavenly Father, hear our prayers for a world grappling with this relentless virus, and our gratitude for the light beginning to emerge. As vaccines are becoming available and as people begin to be inoculated, we give thanks for all whose tireless labors have brought us to this day: technicians, scientists, medical personnel, biotech companies and agencies that have worked together to find a solution that will begin to restore our communities to wholeness and health.

This week, there were no positive test results. Over the past week in Wisconsin, there has been an average of 1,235 new cases of COVID-19 per day. In Winnebago County, there are 19,255 cases, Fond du Lac 12,675 cases and Outagamie 20,892 cases. The community positivity rate is 5.5%.

Sending you a warm embrace and wishing you good health,

Theresa M. Bertram
Chief Executive Officer

February 2, 2021

Residents, loved ones and team,

Along with most of the world, our community is feeling the fatigue of restrictions and resulting isolation. This past week, we received a petition from some of the residents living at the Simeanna Apartments asking to reopen common spaces. We understand that after nearly a year of restrictions, people want to reconnect. We all want normalcy and we want it now.

A year later, COVID continues to be virulent, harmful, and can be deadly. There has been a cluster of cases related to the common areas at the Simeannas. Several residents have been hospitalized and two died. Our team has also experienced COVID. Two employees were hospitalized with grave prospects. By the grace of God, both are improving and face a long road to recovery. Other employees have lasting “long hauler” effects like shortness of breath, racing heartbeats, severe fatigue, etc.

Finally, the national death toll for COVID surpassed 441,000 cases today as epidemiologists project the more infectious form of COVID will be commonplace by March. To prevent the senseless loss of life, the common areas will remain closed.

Shifting gears with some very good news, the vaccination clinic on February 10, at the Simeannas, has been expanded to include residents of Carmel. Further details on the clinic will be provided in a door drop.

Dear Heavenly Father, in the midst of our uncertain environment, we do not have all of the answers or a roadmap to guide us. We seek your guidance every step of the way. May we experience your guiding hand and see your presence in all that we do. Amen.

This week, there were no positive test results. Over the past week in Wisconsin, there has been an average of 1,538 new cases of COVID-19 per day. In Winnebago County, there are 19,048 cases, Fond du Lac 12,484 cases and Outagamie 20,522 cases. The community positivity rate is 7%.

Sending you a warm embrace and wishing you good health,

Theresa M. Bertram
Chief Executive Officer

January 26, 2021

Residents, loved ones and team,

Change continually confronts us. And yet, here we are. It is good to remind ourselves just how far we have come—and how resilient we can be.

Whether it is … staff donning/doffing PPE day-in and day-out and going about caring for our residents … our residents making the best of difficult circumstances … families recording stories, visiting over Zoom or through plastic walls … we have all faced the challenges of COVID, made continuous changes to our routines, and moved forward with hope. We encourage you to take a minute to reflect on your remarkable resilience.

And as challenging as change can be, sometimes it brings promise for tomorrow. We learned yesterday there will be a vaccination clinic held for residents of the Simeannas on February 10, at 10 a.m. We are working with Walgreens to see if the clinic can be expanded to include residents of Carmel. In the meantime, our recommendation for Carmel residents is that you contact your primary care provider.

In the Shadow of God’s Wings by Susan Gregg-Schroeder

Come along with me
as a sojourner in faith.

Bring along
a sense of expectancy
a vision of high hopes
a glimpse of future possibility
a vivid imagination.

For God’s creation is not done.

We are called to pioneer forth
toward a future yet unnamed.
as we venture forward,
we leave behind our desires for
a no-risk life
worldly accumulations
certainty of answers.

Let us travel light
in the spirit of faith and expectation
toward the God of our hopes and dreams.

Let us be a witness
to God’s future breaking in.

Come along with me
as a sojourner in faith
secure in the knowledge
that we never travel alone!

Dear Heavenly Father, we know it is by your grace we have been resilient and faced the challenges of this pandemic. Help us accept your creation is not done and look forward with positive expectations of the future. Amen.

This week, there were no positive test results. Over the past week in Wisconsin, there has been an average of 1,887 new cases of COVID-19 per day. In Winnebago County, there are 18,745 cases, Fond du Lac 12,288 cases and Outagamie 20,028 cases. The community positivity rate is 8.1%. With the positivity rate below 10% for two weeks, we are able to reduce the frequency of employee testing to once per week. Please check the website for information on the testing schedule.

My best wishes to you and yours,

Theresa M. Bertram
Chief Executive Officer

January 19, 2021

Residents, loved ones and team,

Getting a vaccination is important. Last week, I listened to experts on the vaccine and its effectiveness. In order to end the pandemic, we must all do our part to eliminate the spread of COVID. In addition to masks and social distancing, we need to be vaccinated when the vaccine is available. As part of the early priority group according to Wisconsin’s distribution sequence, vaccination clinics were held for residents and staff at Bethel Home and Eden Meadows in early January. This week, a clinic is scheduled at Elijah’s Place and next week, at Gabriel’s Villa. Walgreens, our pharmacy partner, has and will be administering the Moderna vaccine which requires two doses. The second dose will be scheduled about 28 days after the first.

Residents at Carmel and the Simeannas are asked to advocate for the vaccines being distributed to individuals living in senior housing apartments. Please contact DHSSDMAC@dhs.wisconsin.gov to support this effort. While currently not included in the top tiers for vaccinations, we are hopeful priority attention will be given to protect you from this deadly virus.

The inaugural committee for President-elect Joe Biden will host a national memorial to remember those lost to COVID today (January 19) at 4:30 (CST). The memorial will include a lighting ceremony at the Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool and the ringing of church bells. Coinciding with the national memorial, our Spiritual Services team will be conducting and live streaming a memorial service for our community. The service will be live and available after on our YouTube channel. Please join us as we pause to remember and pray.

With the Eden Meadows Safe Space opening this past weekend, safe spaces are now complete at all locations. Visits can be scheduled online at www.miravidaliving.com/schedule-a-resident-visit. Several families have had the opportunity to reconnect. We received a note yesterday, “Just wanted to tell you all how much we loved our first visit with mom and finally see your very wonderful staff that mom has been telling us about. We felt very safe for mom and us. Great job. Thanks again.”

Offering vaccinations, remembering those who passed, and connecting residents and their loved ones – this is the Miravida Living community at its best.

Heavenly Father, source of the greatest good for all of us. Guide us in the right direction towards a better future for all. Help grant us steadfast love to look after each other. Show us ways that will touch hearts and change minds for a better tomorrow for all humanity. Amen.

This week, 1 employee at Bethel Home tested positive for COVID. Over the past week in Wisconsin, there has been an average of 2,558 new cases of COVID-19 per day. In Winnebago County, there are 18,336 cases, Fond du Lac 12,061 cases and Outagamie 19,521 cases. The community positivity rate is 7.8%. With the positivity rate below 10% for two weeks, we are able to reduce the frequency of employee testing to once per week. Please check the website for information on the testing schedule.

My best wishes to you and yours,

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.

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