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COVID-19 ANNOUNCEMENTS

  • 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 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.​

  • January 12, 2021 UPDATE

    This week, 1 employee at Bethel Home and 1 resident at Simeanna II tested positive. Over the past week in Wisconsin, there has been an average of 3,431 new cases of COVID-19 per day. In Winnebago County, there are 17,833 cases, Fond du Lac 11,811 cases and Outagamie 18,793 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.

  • VISITS | WINDOW & IN-PERSON

    We have been approved to offer indoor, in-person visits using a designated "Safe Space." Schedule your visit on the "schedule a resident visit" page. Also, across campus, you will find modified tents that are winter-ready for window visits. The modified tent offers a windbreak and the outside heater can be turned on and off from the inside. The area is also outfitted with an echo dot - which is set up so that the inside person can call the outside person and then use the echo dot as a speakerphone. The volume is improved and your loved one won't need to hold anything. Enjoy!

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

January 12, 2021

Residents, loved ones and team,

If 2020 tripped the circuit breakers, 2021 is the big reset.

It is likely by the time you receive this letter, your resolutions, big and small, have been set aside. While absolute resolutions rarely work, setting intentions often does.

To inform our reset, let’s focus on what we already know about our community at its best.

  • Our team is at its best when they figure out ways to delight our residents.
  • Our residents are at their best as they support one another and are truly interested in the well-being of others.
  • Our community is at its best when all of us take needed precautions like wearing a mask, social distancing, avoiding large groups, washing our hands. Wearing a mask in a small way is about you but really, it is about others.


While it starts with you, it is not about you. To move forward, we are accountable to one another for who we are and how we act. Like,

  • Checking on our neighbors with a daily call.
  • Working on Christmas Day when not scheduled to do so, to help coordinate Safe Space indoor visits.
  • Making a referral for a neighbor when they need additional support.
  • Preparing and delivering baked goods for residents and the team.
  • Donating funds for iPads, lunches for employees, purchasing gifts for the Adopt-A-Family program, and so many other thoughtful ways of saying you are appreciated.


There are literally hundreds of stories of sacrifice, contribution and creative solutions over the past ten months. We celebrate you, your generosity and role in making Miravida Living a great place to live and work.

Heavenly Father, your favor has no end. It lasts for our entire lifetime. We ask that we walk in your blessing and goodness and your face shines upon us. Establish the work of our hands and bring to fulfillment all that you have given us to do in these days. We pray you would make our way purposeful and our footsteps firm out of your goodness and love. Give us a heart of wisdom to hear your voice, and make us strong by your grace. Amen.
(inspired by Crosswalk)

My best wishes to you and yours for blessings in the Big Reset.

This week, 1 employee at Bethel Home and 1 resident at Simeanna II tested positive. Over the past week in Wisconsin, there has been an average of 3,431 new cases of COVID-19 per day. In Winnebago County, there are 17,833 cases, Fond du Lac 11,811 cases and Outagamie 18,793 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.

Theresa M. Bertram

Chief Executive Officer

January 5, 2021

Residents, loved ones and team,

The pandemic brought many changes. Dramatic, unprecedented changes. Throughout 2020, we worked hard to see the blue sky through a tiny opening in the clouds. Knowing we cannot go back to the way things were before the pandemic, we will go forward with courage and create a brighter future. In 2021, we will affirm the best of who we are as we look for ways that support achieving our full potential and widen our glimpse of the blue sky.

Yesterday, Walgreens offered on-site vaccination clinics at our skilled nursing facilities, Bethel Home and Eden Meadows. 
I was among the residents and employees who received the first of two Moderna vaccinations administered at Eden Meadows. Overall, the atmosphere was positive. Yet, there was a small presence of uncertainty from a handful of individuals. But as questions were asked and answers were provided, the skepticism fell away. Most residents and employees received the vaccine and the blue sky broadened just a little more.

We invite you to visit with your loved one by scheduling a video chat, an outdoor tent or safe space visit. Safe spaces are complete with the exception of Eden Meadows which we hope will be finished this week. https://www.miravidaliving.com/schedule-a-resident-visit/

A Reflection for Receiving the Coronavirus Vaccine

As we move from darkness to light
May we take this vaccine as a sign of what is to come
A world reopened and renewed
Embracing family and friends
Gathering together in joy
May we also be mindful of what has been
The lives lost
The sorrow felt
And may the past and present intertwine
Giving us hope for the future.
~ Rabbi Rebecca Kamil – December 18, 2020

This week, 4 residents (1-W) at Bethel Home tested positive. One employee at Eden Meadows tested positive. One employee at Gabriel’s Villa tested positive. Over the past week in Wisconsin, there has been an average of 2,524 new cases of COVID-19 per day. In Winnebago County, there are 17,217 cases, Fond du Lac 11,301 cases and Outagamie 17,793 cases. The community positivity rate is 6.8%. Note: Declining positivity rate may be partially due to reduced testing and reporting during the holidays.

My best wishes to you and yours for blessings in the New Year,

Theresa M. Bertram
Chief Executive Officer

December 29, 2020

Residents, loved ones and team,

I said to the man who stood at the gate of the 2021, “Give me a light, that I may tread safely into the unknown!”

And he replied: “Go out into the darkness and put your hand into the hand of God. That shall be to you better than a light and safer than a way that is known.”

So, I went forth, and finding the hand of God, trod gladly into the night. He led me toward the hills and the breaking of the day in the heavenly East. `adapted from “The Gate of the Year”

A couple of months ago, I received a note quoting Tennyson, in his Morte d’Arthur, “More things are wrought by prayer than this world dreams of.” While there are so many moments in our lives and careers when we put our trust in God, we will remember 2020 as calling on the full depth and breadth of our faith. We relied entirely on prayer and put our hand in His hand.

As we look to 2021, we will continue our faith in prayer and take continued action to implement steps that ensure the health and safety of our residents and team. Walgreens has scheduled clinics to administer the Moderna COVID vaccine to our residents and teams at Bethel Home and Eden Meadows between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. on Monday, January 4. Preparations continue. If you are a personal representative and have not already done so, please review the vaccine informed consent forms, sign and return. Information and frequently asked questions about the vaccine and our process can be found on the website.

Our approved Safe Space in-person visits are actively bridging connections between residents and loved ones. Ongoing updates on the status of in-person visits and the opportunity to schedule a visit are found on the Miravida Living website at https://www.miravidaliving.com/schedule-a-resident-visit/.

  • Bethel Home – Now open! Schedule online.
  • Gabriel’s Villa – Now open! Schedule by calling (920) 651-8600 (online scheduling available soon).
  • Eden Meadows – Safe Space area is being constructed, watch for updates.
  • Elijah’s Place – Now open! Schedule online.


Lord, there are a few things this year has taught us – we need each other, we can do better, and there is goodness everywhere if you open your eyes to it. As hard as this year has been, we can name many blessings, even miracles, that have kept us alive, restored hope, and helped us grieve our many losses. Thank you for being a beacon through the day and a light through the night. Thank you for strengthening us when we wavered, lifting us when we faltered, sending gracious and generous people into our lives when we felt overwhelmed, and for healing our hearts and spirits when we were hurting. As we bring this year to a close and attend to the needs today will hold, free us to dream of a new beginning that will take what we know and have lived to shape our lives in a way that reflects your love and our hope for a better more just and mutual world. May our elders know dignity, and find purpose in their living. May our children know a time of peace, and may our colleagues and friends know justice and find opportunities to flourish. May we all find ways to celebrate our lives and find real joy in each other. Thank you Lord for making it so. Amen. `Chaplain David Rumbold

This week, 1 resident (Serenity Garden) and 4 employees at Bethel Home tested positive. One health care worker at Eden Meadows tested positive. There was 1 new case of COVID at Simeanna II. Over the past week in Wisconsin, there has been an average of 2,265 new cases of COVID-19 per day. In Winnebago County, there are 16,810 cases, Fond du Lac 10,901 cases and Outagamie 17,197 cases. The community positivity rate is 7.9%. Note: Declining positivity rate may be partially due to reduced testing and reporting during the holidays.

May you stay safe and healthy as we prepare for 2021,

Theresa M. Bertram
Chief Executive Officer

December 22, 2020

Residents, loved ones and team,

Angels appear to the shepherds and proclaim,

“I bring you good news of a great joy which shall be for all the people; for today, in the city of David there has been born for you a Savior, who is Christ the Lord” Luke 2:10 and 11

Joseph and Mary traveled from Nazareth, south along the flatlands of the Jordan River, then over the hills surrounding Jerusalem and into Bethlehem. Mary was heavy with child. It was cold and the trip was grueling. As they traveled, our preparations for the arrival of the Christ child continue. The fourth advent candle represents peace and is called the Angel’s Candle. The angels announced Jesus came to bring peace – to bring people close to God and to each other again.

The parallels of the pandemic are striking – the grueling journey, preparing for the vaccination, anticipating a safer world, and longing for closeness and being able to hug and hold one another again.

Vaccine shipments have begun to arrive in Wisconsin at designated regional hubs. The State of Wisconsin Department of Health Services is prioritizing hospitals and clinics as initial vaccination sites so as to reach front-line healthcare workers, as recommended both by the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices and the State Disaster Medical Advisory Committee.

Together, we are anxiously anticipating the vaccinations. We learned today vaccination clinics may be scheduled at Bethel Home and Eden Meadows as early as January 4. Our preparations continue. Walgreens, selected to be our partner for administering vaccinations, has called and provided recommendations for readiness. We sent the Vaccine Administration Record – Informed Consent for Vaccination in Long Term Care Facility forms to personal representatives last week and asked the forms be reviewed, signed and returned in the included postage paid envelope. The remaining consent forms will be completed at the time of vaccination.

This morning, we received notification our proposal for safe indoor visitation has been approved by the State of Wisconsin Life Safety Engineer, the Department of Health Services Division of Quality Assurance and the Oshkosh Fire Department. A prototype was built at Bethel Home and with a few minor changes will be complete. Now that the prototype and materials are approved, we will begin building our safe spaces at Eden Meadows, Gabriel’s Villa and Elijah’s Place. We plan to work quickly to make safe indoor visits possible. Watch our website for further details.

In closing, we invite you to join us in preparation for the arrival of the Christ child. A complete list of our live-streamed worship and event schedule can be found on our website at www.miravidaliving.com/miravida-family-calendar.

May you experience the blessings of Christmas,

O holy Child of Bethlehem, descend to us, we pray;
cast out our sin, and enter in: be born in us today.
We hear the Christmas angels the great glad tidings tell;
O come to us, abide with us, our Lord, Emmanuel. Amen.

Theresa M. Bertram
Chief Executive Officer

December 15, 2020

Residents, loved ones and team,

Our preparations for the arrival of the Christ child continue. As we light the third advent candle, we are asked to be filled with a contagious joy that is a light to all those around us.

Approval of the vaccines is headline news. On Monday, a nurse in New York received the first public vaccination. It is exciting to know we are making progress in managing and possibly, eliminating this pernicious virus.

What will change? And, when will it change? There is grim news when we look at the projections. More than 500,000 Americans are expected to die of the virus by the end of March. At the same time, vaccines are expected to save 25,000 lives. Importantly, broader mask usage in this period could save 56,000 more lives. ”Vaccines are amazingly promising — much more so than I thought possible,” Dr. Frieden, Infection Disease Specialist. “But they won’t be here for a while, so we need to double down on protection protocols.”

The State of Wisconsin Department of Health Services plans to prioritize COVID-19 vaccinations (Phase 1A) for hospital workers and (Phase 1B) for residents of long-term care and assisted living facilities, essential workers and those aged 65 years or older. We have partnered with Walgreen’s to administer the vaccines and in the next week or so, will be sending Informed Consent for Vaccination in Long Term Care Facility forms to residents of Bethel Home, Eden Meadows, Gabriel’s Villa and Elijah’s Place and responsible parties. There is more information about the COVID-19 vaccination on the back of this letter.

You may remember the “double-dipping” in the last letter. We are going to triple-dip today. First, we have learned most of the recent positive cases on campus are a result of Thanksgiving gatherings. Please carefully consider ways to connect virtually over the upcoming holidays and avoid family gatherings. Next, we continue to learn about individuals who have postponed needed health care and now have critical issues. Please seek needed medical care. Finally, please continue practicing all precautions – wearing a mask, washing your hands, and keeping safe distances from people especially groups of people.

Dear Heavenly Father,
The scriptures remind us who you are, the ways you love us and ignite in us a sense of joy that overflows from our hearts! Let this holy joy be contagious and spill over onto the lives of those around us. May your peace that surpasses all understanding be upon us…especially as we are ending a year that has been difficult and uncertain. Encourage our hearts with the knowledge that with you we can live in your perfect peace. We thank you for the joy and peace you give! Amen.

We pray you and yours are healthy and stay safe.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention – Benefits of Getting a COVID-19 Vaccine
https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/vaccine-benefits.html

COVID-19 vaccination will help keep you from getting COVID-19

  • COVID-19 vaccines are being carefully evaluated in clinical trials and will be authorized or approved only if they make it substantially less likely you’ll get COVID-19.
  • Based on what we know about vaccines for other diseases, experts believe that getting a COVID-19 vaccine may help keep you from getting seriously ill even if you do get COVID-19. · Getting vaccinated yourself may also protect people around you, particularly people at increased risk for severe illness from COVID-19.
  • Experts continue to conduct more studies about the effect of COVID-19 vaccination on severity of illness from COVID-19, as well as its ability to keep people from spreading the virus that causes COVID-19.
  • COVID-19 vaccination will be a safer way to help build protection
  • COVID-19 can have serious, life-threatening complications, and there is no way to know how COVID-19 will affect you. And if you get sick, you could spread the disease to friends, family, and others around you.
  • Clinical trials of COVID-19 vaccines must first show they are safe and effective before any vaccine can be authorized or approved for use. The known and potential benefits of a COVID-19 vaccine must outweigh the known and potential risks of the vaccine for use under what is known as an Emergency Use Authorization (EUA). Watch a video on what an EUA is.
  • Getting COVID-19 may offer some natural protection, known as immunity. But experts don’t know how long this protection lasts, and the risk of severe illness and death from COVID-19 far outweighs any benefits of natural immunity. COVID-19 vaccination will help protect you by creating an antibody response without having to experience sickness.
  • Both natural immunity and immunity produced by a vaccine are important aspects of COVID-19 that experts are trying to learn more about, and CDC will keep the public informed as new evidence becomes available.

COVID-19 vaccination will be an important tool to help stop the pandemic

  • Wearing masks and social distancing help reduce your chance of being exposed to the virus or spreading it to others, but these measures are not enough. Vaccines will work with your immune system so it will be ready to fight the virus if you are exposed.
  • The combination of getting vaccinated and following CDC’s recommendations to protect yourself and others will offer the best protection from COVID-19.
  • Stopping a pandemic requires using all the tools we have available. As experts learn more about how COVID-19 vaccination may help reduce spread of the disease in communities, CDC will continue to update the recommendations to protect communities using the latest science.

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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