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In these announcements, we will include both important staff information and fun upcoming events planned for our team.  We invite you to participate and know that when you allow yourself to enjoy these team moments, your joy becomes contagious and we all benefit... residents as well as those around you. Please check back frequently for the most up-to-date information from across campus. 

All staff at Eden and Bethel over 18 are encouraged to receive their vaccine with us as this is a unique opportunity and we do not know when this will be offered again. This is a two-step vaccine with the second dose coming at the beginning of February. 

Any staff at Eden and Bethel who did not get their first dose on January 4th, they can come to the Feb 1st clinic. All other staff will have their clinics in the near future at their appropriate buildings. 

VACCINE Questions & Answers | We have a dedicated section on this page for you to learn more about the vaccine and for answers to common questions - read more.

Our next round of universal testing in our nursing homes (Bethel Home and Eden Meadows) are noted below. This testing is per the recommendations of the State of Wisconsin Department of Health Services and Winnebago County Health Department. Your commitment to the testing is appreciated as we continue to work together in creating a safe environment for our residents and employees. If the positivity rate below 10% for two weeks, we are able to reduce the frequency of employee testing to once per week. Otherwise, BOTH TESTS EACH WEEK ARE REQUIRED.

  • BETHEL HOME | Dining Room (across from the Gift Shop)
  • Mondays 6-9am and 12-3pm

  • EDEN MEADOWS | Rehab Conference Room
  • Tuesdays from 10am-2:30pm

Every other week, we will be broadcasting NEWS FROM HOME for all residents (your spectacular hosts; Chaplain David and Chaplain Nancy have agreed to this special Christmas edition). We would LOVE for you to take a moment and send a short video from your phone or computer for us to share (link is below), we'll take (almost) anything!

  • Sing a song
  • Share a shoutout to a helpful team member 
  • Have your kids play some music on their instruments (or kitchen kettles)
  • Video some outdoor beauty
  • Show us your latest and greatest pet trick
  • Dance to your favorite song
  • Tell a joke
  • ...give our residents a smile by sharing yours!

Lights, Camera... RECORD!

It's time for our beloved pets to return to the Miravida campus and warm our resident's hearts as part of the Noah's Landing Program. According to the CDC, at this time, there is no evidence that animals play a significant role in spreading the virus that causes COVID-19... so, with three shakes of a dog's tail, we are prepared for the return of Miravida’s Noah'S Landing program. Please be sure to follow all proper hand hygiene protocols after interacting with any animal. With excitement and a woof, we can't wait to see our four-legged friends on campus soon!

Be sure to bring your vaccination records and provide them to the front desk before or on the day of your visit.

There are tasty things in store for our team! The upcoming menu of appreciation lunches is below. Miravida provides these lunches in gratefulness for your work, dedication and commitment to our residents. Thank you for bringing your best each day.

Friday, January 15  |  Stuffed Peppers, muffin roll, crisp 

Friday, January 22  |  Pulled pork, mac and cheese, sweet corn bread

Friday, January 29 |  Chili, garlic cheese biscuit, brownie

Friday, February 5  |  Superbowl Tailgate, Brat, beans, potato salad, rice krispy treat

Friday, February 12  |  Buffalo Chicken Wrap, chips, cookie

Friday, February 19  |  Veg Lasagna, breadstick, brownie

Friday, February 26  |  Corn Chowder, cornbread, cookie

*menu could change - we will do our best to provide the most updated menu here.



January 12, 2021  // 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.



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 by visiting our Coronavirus Resource page.​





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.

If a Miravida Living staff member experiences mild COVID-like symptoms following administration of the vaccine, they will be allowed to work after taking a rapid COVID test which will be performed at work.

Miravida Living 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


Although there is conversation from the CDC around moving quarantine time to 10 days, we have not received guidance from CMS (our trusted partner who determines things like this for Skilled Nursing Facilities) to adjust. We will stay up-to-date on the information and keep you appraised should anything change.

Universal testing will continue per the recommendations of the State of Wisconsin Department of Health Services and Winnebago County Health Department. Please watch your building for signage with test times and locations.​

The frequency of our testing for our skilled nursing facilities is dictated by the county positivity rate which this week is at 17.3%, or indicated as very high. Until we receive guidance that the positivity rate threshold has changed, we will be testing our team members twice a week. To offset the increased capacity of our team to test with such frequency, we will be moving immediately to a “no news is good news” notification system. You will only hear from us if your test result is positive. Fortunately, we are notified immediately of all positive results and commit to contacting you immediately by phone. You can expect this notification process to continue until further notice. Thank you for understanding and for your cooperation. 

Bethel Home Admissions Announcement | In consultation with the Miravida Living Board, we will begin accepting patients including those diagnosed with COVID-19 after they have ended their course of treatment with the hospital and are in need of physical therapy to be able to return home. Many factors were considered… read the full announcement from October 30, 2020 found on the communications calendar HERE.

Let’s begin with defining close contact, CLOSE CONTACT (according to the CDC) means contact with an individual less than 6 feet from you for more than 15 minutes at a time.

  • Person with COVID-19 who is symptomatic: infectious period would start 2 days before their symptom onset and ends when they meet criteria for discontinuing home isolation; can be laboratory-confirmed or a clinically compatible illness. ​If you had close contact with this person the two days before their symptom onset or any other time during their infectious period you need to quarantine for 14 days. 
  • Person who has tested positive for COVID-19 (laboratory-confirmed) but has not had any symptoms:
    quarantine would start 2 days before the date of specimen collection and ends when they meet criteria for discontinuing home isolation. ​If you had close contact with this person the two days before they tested positive or any other time during their infectious period you need to quarantine for 14 days. 

Please note in health care we are wearing full PPE, meaning if your close contact is at work wearing full PPE it would not count as a close contact.

Note: This is irrespective of whether the person with COVID-19 or the contact was wearing a mask or whether the contact was wearing respiratory personal protective equipment (PPE)

Are you able to have complete* separation from the sick person in your home?

  • NO: Released from quarantine 14 days after the sick person is well
  • YES: Released from quarantine 14 days after our last contact with the sick person

*Complete separation means no contact, no time together in the same room, no sharing of any spaces, such as using the same bathroom.

Anyone who has tested positive will resume universal testing with everyone else after 90 days since their positive test result. 

Below is the symptom-based strategy for determining when a Miravida Living employee can return to work.

Employee with mild to moderate illness who are not severely immunocompromised:

  • At least 10 days have passed since symptoms first appeared and
  • At least 24 hours have passed since the last fever without the use of fever-reducing medications and
  • Symptoms (e.g., cough, shortness of breath) have improved

Note: Employees who are not severely immunocompromised and were asymptomatic throughout their infection may return to work when at least 10 days have passed since the date of their first positive viral diagnostic test. If employee has moderate to critical illness or who are severely immunocompromised return time may vary.




The Miravida Living Working With Wonder team encourages you to continue to be mindful of your own health. Please feel free to reference the ideas that were on your bingo card back in April. Working With Wonder is a team dedicated to providing employees with opportunities to get engaged in the Miravida Living culture through activities, challenges, and special treats every month at each building. Please contact Emily Schwartz at 920-232-5278 or eschwatrz@miravidaliving.com if you are interested in joining the committee. Continue to check Miravida Moments and flyers in your buildings for each month’s activity. We are excited to work with you, and for you! 


Miravida Living Team, here you can find both internal and community resources to help you navigate through this time. Sending you heartfelt thanks for the care and services you are providing for our residents and the support you are giving to one another.


This free community closet contains different items that might be useful to you in your time of need. It's open and available 24/7 and is located in the Bethel Home Basement across from the employee lounge.


Every one of our employees are crucial members of the Miravida Living Team. While you are providing the best care and attention to our residents, it is important that you are taking care of yourselves. Please see the below resources that you can use for emotional support and strength. Your Mental Health is a priority- please, reach out - you're worth it. A list of available resources can be downloaded below.


I am witnessing your commitment to our residents and one another. While proud of you every day, today, I am inspired by you. The journey ahead is likely to be months and I know we will weather the challenges together. Take care of your health so, you can take care of the residents counting on us to be at our best. 💜 Theresa Bertram, CEO

If you have questions or concerns? Don't hesitate to reach out.

Kari Hawkinson, VP Human Resources

Miravida Living

(920) 232-5216