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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.
Be ready to share a smile and some Miravida joy as we welcome visitors back on campus. Here's what you need to know:
The time has come when we've received guidance that allows residents to leave with loved ones for periods of time. Here is the direction provided to family and friends when this happens... you'll want to be familiar with this process:
Residents leaving campus can be picked up at the front door of their building. Family and friends are instructed to wait for a Miravida Team Member who will assist their loved one to the doors to meet them, this will minimize traffic and the possibility of increased exposure to COVID throughout our buildings. If possible, family and friends are encouraged to contact their loved ones and their care team a few days in advance so we can plan accordingly.
All facilities will keep a log of where residents are going and with whom if they are leaving campus. This is necessary so we have a detailed trace log. Thanks for your cooperation as we support our residents and their loved ones.
Testing now moved to MONTHLY!
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. As the positivity rate decreases, we are able to reduce the frequency of employee testing.
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.
The Miravida Living team has been amazing in its response to the many challenges of the pandemic and continues to be vigilant as COVID affects our work and personal lives. Your strength, resilience and poise are awe-inspiring.
To support you and appreciate your efforts, we began providing lunches. Early on, we worked with restaurants to reduce their prices and raised funds to have lunches catered on Fridays. As circumstances changed, restaurants were less able to participate and there were fewer donors. To continue serving lunches, Scott Schuld, Director of Food & Beverage, Brent Frees, and the entire dining service team prepared and packaged lunches. Special thanks to them for their efforts and delicious lunches.
Circumstances have changed again. With the dining rooms opening and dining options being restored and expanded, there is not the capacity to continue providing Friday lunches. So, we are ending regularly scheduled lunches on April 9 and plan to surprise you from time-to-time by providing lunch.
Although as the lunches end, our gratitude remains. The care for our residents you demonstrate each day is something others can learn from and look up to. Thank you for making Miravida STRONG.
Friday, April 9 | Crab Salad Croissant, Assorted Chips, and a Cookie.
APRIL 13, 2021 // There are no known cases of COVID-19 across the Miravida Living campus. On April 11, there were 897 new cases which is a 33 percent increase from the average two weeks ago. In Winnebago County, there have been 20,698 cases, Fond du Lac 13,355 cases and Outagamie 22,965 cases. The community positivity rate is 4.2%.READ MORE
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.
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.
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?
*Complete separation means no contact, no time together in the same room, no sharing of any spaces, such as using the same bathroom.
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:
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.
Miravida Moments is an internal monthly newsletter, published by our magnificent Human Resources team. This publication captures a few, of the many, extraordinary moments inspired by our team. Enjoy!
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. 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.
Kari Hawkinson, VP Human Resources