Community Update for 10/17/2022

Update to residents on 10/18/2022

Annual Influenza Clinics This Week

If you are not able to make these two seasonal influenza vaccination dates, please contact the Health and Wellness Clinic at 440-775-9819 to schedule an appointment.

If you have already received your seasonal flu vaccine, please bring record of that to the Health and Wellness Clinic so that we can update your health record and ensure our tracking of seasonal vaccines is up to date.  

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), FAQs on the 2022-2023 Flu Season: Season Influenza Vaccinations of Kendal staff began yesterday, Monday, October 17. 

Registration for our COVID Booster Clinics Now Open

We are pleased to announce our partnership with CVS Pharmacy, Oberlin, in bringing COVID Booster Clinics to Kendal at Oberlin. We appreciate your patience and apologize for the delay.

The COVID Booster Clinics for Independent Living residents will be held Tuesday, November 1 through Friday, November 4, from 9am to 2pm each day. Staff COVID Booster Vaccine Clinics will be held the following week. The Pfizer BioNTech Bivalent COVID Booster will be provided. Please register using the links below.

We are glad that many have already received their COVID Booster in the local community. If you have already received your COVID Booster, be sure to bring your updated COVID Booster Vaccination Record to the Health and Wellness Clinic so that we can ensure your health record is up to date.

Some have inquired how soon one should get the COVID Bivalent Booster after testing positive for COVID.  Georgia Newman, MD, has shared that people that have had COVID recently will have a natural immunity; therefore, she considers waiting 2 months after you have tested positive for COVID to be a good timeline for getting the Bivalent Booster. More info is available from the CDC:

Registration is easy. Prior to registration, be sure to have your Medicare or Insurance Card information and the date of your last COVID Vaccine Booster. To register, scan the QR Code below with your smart phone, or click the link on the date you prefer. Follow the prompts. The COVID Booster Clinics will be taking place in the Heiser Lounge, so please be sure to wear short sleeves when you come for your Booster Vaccine.

If you do not have a computer or smartphone and/or need assistance registering, please contact the Health and Wellness Clinic at 440-775-9819 or email Laurie Dupee at

TUESDAY, NOV 1   Click here to register for Tuesday    WEDNESDAY, NOV 2   Click here to register for Wednesday        
  THURSDAY, NOV 3   Click here to register for Thursday      FRIDAY, NOV 4   Click here to register for Friday  
Registration links

CARF Re-Accreditation Visit

Our interview schedule is shaping up for November 7 through 9, when our Surveyors will be on site. One date that is OPEN TO EVERYONE is the Exit Report on Wednesday, Nov. 9, estimated to be at 2 pm in the Auditorium. This time is shared with the understanding if the survey team is delayed as they wrap up their work (it happens), the meeting will also get delayed. Maybe we can have a pianist be ready to offer some calming music while we wait? Do join us if you can to hear the Survey Team’s findings.

Insurance Workshop #4 – Traditional Medicare with Medigap Insurance

Next week on Wednesday, Oct 26 at 10 AM. (Not this week.) More info coming out next week.

Afternoon Exchange

Next week on Wednesday, Oct 26 at 4 PM.

Fitness Center Update – changes coming in November


The monitor system is set up and ready and will begin October 30th! Please pick up a new schedule to find the new Sign-Up Genius link and the monitor schedule. New schedules can be found on the Fitness/Relaxation room door. Info will also be sent out on Wednesday 10/19. There are a lot of choices, so please read carefully. A note of awareness: you must check the whiteboard posted across from the pool door for the latest information. If a monitor slot is empty, that means there is NO coverage then.


We will be introducing new classes with Claire such as Pumped Up Strength, Morning Stretch, and Water Walking!  Pumped Up Strength is a full-body choreographed strength class working on balance and strength to the beat of the music. Morning Stretch is a 30-minute feel-good full-body stretch and relaxation to begin your morning. Water Walking is for any fitness level and will be using various equipment such as noodles or weights depending on the day. Pick up a class schedule along with a Pool Room schedule so that you know all the news of the Fitness Center! The new class schedule will start October 31.

Equipment Room

Beginning October 31, Claire will be in the equipment room Monday afternoons (3:00-4:30pm) and Thursday mornings (7:30-9:30am) for staff and resident fitness assessments, and general personal program advice.  Small group workouts in the equipment room will be available if there is interest.

If you have questions, please contact the Fitness Center at 440-775-9851.

Beware of the latest phishing email scam

A phishing email scam is floating within our email system: it appears to be from Mary Behm, but it is not. You can spot a scam by looking at the email address of the alleged familiar sender. In this case, Mary Behm’s name was used, but the email address was — which is not her email address.

We already know about this instance, but if you see something like this, make a note of the email address and content – and report it to Toni Merleno. DO NOT forward the email to others or take any action it urges you to do; just delete it.

Low spot in Lawn at Heiser

There have been some questions about the low, bare spot in the lawn near the new “Sit and Chat” area on Heiser circle. Our grounds staff are working with the contractor to have this area addressed properly.

Return of the Planned Power Outage

FirstEnergy has announced they will be performing a city-wide power outage on Sunday, October 30 from midnight until 6 AM on Monday. Oberlin Municipal Light & Power will take advantage of this city-wide outage to perform the main meter work that needs to be done at Kendal. 

Other Announcements

Lorain County Voter Guide

The printed Lorain County Voter Guide is now available to view or print. Click here to view. Extensive voting and candidate information also available on Vote411.  Paper copies of the Lorain County Voter Guide are also available at Kendal. Look for copies in the Kendal Library and across from the open mailboxes under community announcements.

Many ask what district am I in at Kendal? The answer is:

  • US House of Representatives – District 5
  • Ohio State Senate – District 13
  • Ohio State House – District 54
  • State Board of Education – District 2
  • Court of Appeals – District 9
  • Oberlin City – Precinct 2

Plan to Vote: Early at Lorain County Board of Elections, Absentee (applications in Library), In Person at Kendal. More information and early voting hours can be found at Lorain County Board of Elections website:

Questions? Contact Ann Francis or Mary Van Nortwick

Benefit Concert To Support Oberlin Weekday Community Meals

[Editor’s note: we don’t usually publish fundraising info for other organizations – because we would quickly be overwhelmed with them – but we know that Oberlin’s Hot Meals program is of great interest to many Kendal residents.]

A benefit concert to raise money for Oberlin Weekday Community Meals will be held at First Church in Oberlin at 7:00 p.m., Wednesday, October 26. Performers including soloists from the Oberlin College & Conservatory, the choirs of Oberlin High School, First Church, and Christ Episcopal Church, as well as students from the Oberlin Community Music School, will present a diverse program ranging from opera and chamber music to gospel and pop, with works by Mozart, Mendelssohn, The Beatles, and more. The concert is free and open to the public; donations will be accepted at the door, and gift baskets will be raffled off at a reception following the performance. Since 1983, Oberlin Weekday Community Meals (also known as “Hot Meals”) has operated out of the Parish Hall of Christ Episcopal Church in Oberlin. For more information, please call the office at Christ Episcopal Church, (440) 775-2501.

COVID News/ Statistics

Governor Mike DeWine’s regular COVID Press Conferences:

NYT article on covid after-effects

(shared by Sharon Furrow): There seems to be a lot of covid around at Kendal these days. It’s important to take it seriously. Nearly Half of Covid Patients Haven’t Fully Recovered Months Later, Study Finds

How and why people lie about COVID

(shared by Don Parker): Here’s a fascinating report from Medscape on a study done to determine how often and why people lie about COVID.  Some you would expect, while others are surprising. Read the article.

New COVID Variant Gaining Traction in US:

Flu Season Is Starting Early and May Be Severe, Experts Warn

COVID STATISTICS as of 10/18/2022  
VACCINATIONS# VaccinatedPopulation% of Pop
Kendal at Oberlin vaccinations 
Residents Vaccinated340340100.0%
Staff Vaccinated (some have Medical or Religious Exemption)22122498.7%
Total Residents + Staff vaccinated56156499.5%
Lorain County (Vaccinations Started)211,60768.3%
Ohio (Vaccinations Started)7,487,55764.0%
KENDAL AT OBERLIN – COVID CASES (Cumulative)10/18/2022Increase 
Independent Living Resident Cases421 
Stephens Care Center – Residential Care142 
Stephens Care Center – Skilled Nursing40 
   Residents Subtotal60 
SCC Staff and Volunteer Cases981 
Other Staff Cases702 
   Staff Subtotal168 
Total Residents + Staff228 
Current # in Isolation, COVID Positive5 
Total # of COVID, Beyond Isolation225 
LORAIN COUNTY – COVID CASES (Cumulative)10/16/2022Increase 
Total in Zip Code 440742,52213 
Total Lorain County81,736340 
Current CDC Lorain County Positivity Rate8.5%HIGH
Total Lorain County948 
Age Range Breakdown:  20-29: 5.  30-39: 7.  40-49: 23.  50-59: 73.  60-69: 189.  70-79: 267.  80+: 384
Note: Cumulative = since start of pandemic. Increase = since last week.

Contact Information

If you have any questions or concerns,  please contact Stacy Terrell, Chief Health Services Officer, at 440-775-9811