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  • COVID UPDATE | June 30, 2022

    On June 28, we learned a team member at Bethel Home tested positive for COVID, impacting the 1 West wing of the building. At this time, residents and staff who had close contact with the positive individual are being tested. 1-West residents not up-to-date with recommended vaccines are in quarantine protocol. We will continue to take all necessary measures during the quarantine period to ensure the safety of our residents and team.

  • COVID UPDATE | June 15, 2022

    On June 15, 2022, we learned an employee at Bethel Home tested positive for COVID. All necessary steps to keep our residents, team, and community safe have been implemented. Residents and staff have been tested and we will continue to follow all required protocols. If you are not vaccinated, please get vaccinated now. Your action protects you and our community.


    Regardless of our outbreak status, visitors continue to be welcomed on campus provided they follow all protocol to help ensure everyone’s safety. This includes answering all questions on the trace log, wearing a medical mask (available at front doors), staying at least 6 feet away from others, going directly to the resident’s room, and washing hands frequently.


    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.​


    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.


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January 17, 2022

Dear residents, loved ones, and team,

Happy New Year and Welcome to 2022!

The Omicron strain of COVID is highly contagious and seems to be everywhere. As we receive test results for our residents and team, we are learning it is here too. Across campus, 4 residents and 20 staff have tested positive for COVID since the first of the year. Fortunately, nearly all Bethel, Eden, Gabriel’s Villa and Elijah’s Place residents are vaccinated. We continue to offer vaccination and booster clinics for residents living independently at Carmel and the Simeannas, however, we are unclear about their individual vaccination and booster status. All Miravida staff are vaccinated and have received their boosters when required.

Vaccinations continue to be our best defense against COVID. Getting vaccinated and staying up to date with booster shots greatly reduce the chance of severe illness, hospitalization, and death. We know this to be the case at Miravida. Our residents with COVID are being cared for individually as they isolate in their room during their infectious period. To date, all have been asymptomatic or experiencing mild symptoms, and with one exception, have not required hospitalization.

Recently, there have been a number of questions about the status and requirements of visits. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has approved continuing visits even when in an outbreak status. After the isolation of the past, know that we fully support and encourage your visits – they matter to your loved ones and you.

To be safe, everyone’s vigilance is required. We ask you not to visit if you have possibly been exposed to someone with the virus or recently attended an event with lots of people. Before making plans to visit, carefully weigh your risk for becoming infected with COVID and proceed accordingly. To help ensure everyone’s safety, please answer all questions on the trace log, wear a medical mask (available at front doors), stay at least 6 feet away from others, go directly to the resident’s room, and wash your hands frequently.

In addition to in-person visits, there are several ways to stay connected with your loved ones. We continue to offer video visits and distribute messages and photos. Visit our website at to take advantage of these options.

The final note is to our team. Even though the media coverage has subsided and we hear the word “hero” used less often, we know you are heroes investing your best efforts to make sure Miravida is a great place to live fully. Every day, you bring your heart to care and hands to serve our residents. You make a difference and we are grateful beyond measure.

Heavenly Father, we draw our strength from you. Please be close to us in this time of uncertainty and comfort, sustain, and guide us. We lift up our thanks for you and our experience of your abiding grace. Amen

Sending you a warm embrace,

Theresa M. Bertram
Chief Executive Officer

December 7, 2021

Dear residents, loved ones, and team,

The white lights are twinkling across campus, the anticipation of Christmas is in the air, and there is exciting news about visits. Just in time for the holidays, people of all ages are welcome to visit, and visits are no longer limited to two guests.

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid recently provided guidance on offering visits to an unlimited number of family members and friends even when our facilities are in an outbreak status. The following actions are required:

  • Visitors who have tested positive for COVID, have symptoms of COVID, or currently meet the criteria for quarantine, should not enter the facility.
  • All visitors including children must be entered into the trace log.
  • Visitors two-years-old and older must wear a well-fitted mask.
  • Visitors are asked to maintain social distancing of six feet.
  • If possible, when a large group of visitors is coming, please let us know and we will try to find a space to safely accommodate everyone. While we will work with you on having a large group of visitors, the public health department does not recommend large groups due to the high level of COVID transmission in Winnebago County and surrounding areas.


On Thursday, December 23, we are hosting appetizers and cocktails at Bethel Home, Eden Meadows, Gabriel’s Villa, and Elijah’s Place. Residents may invite two guests to join them for this holiday celebration. More information on the event and how to handle reservations will be provided later.

Over the holidays, some residents go to visit their family and friends in the community. Please be vigilant with transmission precautions including wearing a mask, regular handwashing using soap and water for at least 20 seconds or a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol, social distancing, cover coughs and sneezes, etc. Be sure to let us know when you are taking a resident out and if you have any concerns about possible exposure to COVID.

We hope you share our goals -let’s visit, let’s be safe, let’s enjoy one another’s company, and let’s celebrate the birth of Jesus.


Theresa M. Bertram
Chief Executive Officer

Complete CMS visitation guidance found at

November 24, 2021

Dear residents, loved ones, and team,

This week, we set aside a day to be thankful. For many, our day will be filled with families and friends, an abundance of food, and storytelling – for some, maybe, play. While the traditions of Thanksgiving vary from family to family, neighbor to neighbor, and region to region, they all center on an awareness of the goodness in life and an expression of gratitude.

Gratitude tunes us into the abundance around us …

Because the threat of the pandemic remains high, the availability of boosters for adults and vaccinations for children has accelerated. We are thankful for the increased awareness of ways to lessen COVID’s impact, the vaccines, boosters, and the researchers and clinicians who continue to work on reducing possibly, eradicating the virus.

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has ended visiting restrictions when there is an outbreak. We are thankful for the opportunities to be together.

Residents are out and about enjoying time with one another, dining rooms are open, and Pokeno and bingo are back. We are thankful for the renewal of our relationships and the chances to refresh our spirits.

Worship is offered in the Chapel of Faith & Life at Bethel Home (access/screening through the main entrance), our beloved pets are back, performers are providing live entertainment for residents, and the salons are open for haircuts and pampering. We are thankful for the return of many cherished aspects of campus life.

Our team has met every challenge with a blend of grace and determination. They have worked countless extra shifts, blurred the lines of the job responsibilities to do whatever needs to be done, and made certain our residents receive excellent care. We are thankful for their abiding love for our residents and support for one another.

Heavenly Father, we humbly thank you for all you have given us. We are grateful for every good and perfect gift that comes from you. May we have hearts full of thanksgiving every day of our lives. We pray in your name. Amen.

Wishing you a happy Thanksgiving this week and every day …

Theresa M. Bertram
Chief Executive Officer

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 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

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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.

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.

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

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.