Community Update for week of 11/7/2022

Update to Residents on 11/8/2022

Masks required even to walk through SCC

Please help us remain in compliance with our COVID 19 guidelines for the licensed area of the Stephens Care Center (SCC). At this time, all staff and visitors in the SCC are to be masked.  This includes everyone who does not live in the SCC is required to wear a mask when in any public space in the SCC. This includes walking through the hallways.  Masks are available at each entrance. Although we are all weary of it, the COVID rate remains high in Lorain County. Our vigilance continues.

Coffee Hour, Nov. 9

Please join us for Coffee Hour tomorrow, Wednesday, 9:30 AM in the Fox & Fell. Come in person to enjoy the coffee and social gathering. Otherwise join via Zoom or on KOTV. Zoom Meeting Meeting ID: 826 5711 3724

CARF “Exit Conference”

Tomorrow, Wednesday, Nov. 9 at 2 PM in the Auditorium (and via Zoom and KOTV.) In-person participation is encouraged. To join via Zoom: Meeting ID: 868 9926 0043.

Important: KORA’s Annual Meeting

Thursday, November 10, 2022, at 4:00 pm — in the Auditorium and via Zoom. The Zoom meeting link is Residents can review the minutes from the previous Annual Meeting (Nov 2021) in the library and on the shelf by the KORA bulletin board. A quorum is needed to conduct official business, including the approval of the 2023 Council, officers, and budget. Therefore, there will be no KOTV broadcast of this important meeting. Good news: come early to Heiser for refreshments starting at 3:30!  – Anne Palmer, KORA Secretary

Reminder: Veteran’s Day event on Friday, Nov. 11

Oberlin Schools will pay tribute to veterans at the new Elementary School at 10:00 am. Our Kendal Vets are contributing photos for a slide show and mementos from their service days. Bus transportation from Kendal will be at 9:30 am giving you time to look over the displays. 

Year-End Tax Planning webinar

Vance DeBouter, CPA will be Friday, November 11 at 3:00 PM via Zoom. The Zoom link is Sponsored by Kendal at Oberlin Philanthropy Committee. For more information, please contact Grace Tompos, Chair, or Tom Konkoly.

How to sign up for Velvet Turtle appointments

The Salon at Kendal is now open!  Please help us welcome Kathy Toth-Smith and Marian Hunker from Velvet Turtle, in Oberlin. The Velvet Turtle has their own appointment scheduling online program. If you have access to a computer/smart phone, you are encouraged to create your own account to schedule your hair appointments directly with them. You’ll need a cell phone number in order to create an account (so their system can send you confirmations.) Go to  If you don’t have a computer or otherwise need help, you can (1) stop by the Velvet Turtle when the stylist is there; or (2) ask the Kendal receptionist to assist you (once we’ve all been educated about their system, too!)

Construction / Deconstruction News

A new Emergency Access Roadway (pathway) is being constructed from near the employee parking lot to the apartment building, to provide better access for fire trucks for better safety in case of an emergency.

Kendal at Oberlin recently took down two houses near the Windmill. The houses were blighted and in disrepair. There is no plan to take down the barn.

Pool Monitors

Will be on duty: 

  • Sun – 9:30-10:30 am; 3:30 – 4:30 pm and 4:30-5:30 pm
  • Mon – 10:30-11:30 am
  • Tues – 10:30-11:30am and 1:30-2:30 pm
  • Weds – 9:30 am-10:30 am and 10:30-11:30 am
  • Thurs – 10:30 – 11:30 am and 1:30-2:30 pm
  • Fri – 9:30-10:30 am and 10:30-11:30 am 
  • Sat – 9:30-10:30 am and 3:30-4:30 pm

This means you do not have to find a buddy to come and swim at these times. You will need to exit the pool, however, if you are a solo swimmer when the monitor’s time is up. (They have other things to do, too.) You can swim at other open times (when there are no classes) but you will need to find a buddy. Enjoy our wonderful pool.

PS: Sometimes our monitors have conflicts and if they are unable to cover their time, their name will be erased from the board. So always be sure to check the board to ensure there will be a monitor at the time you hope to swim. (Shared by Kathy Caldwell) 

Recyclables versus trash

Not sure whether something is trash or recyclable?  Confused about which plastics actually can be recycled?  Bring those items to the presentation by a representative from Republic Services and ask whether it’s a candidate for recycling or not.  That’s next Tuesday, November 15, 7:15 p.m., Heiser Auditorium/KOTV).  (Shared by Ted Wolner)

Outstanding Musician

Jameson Zhang, an Oberlin Conservatory student, won second prize at the Sixth Annual NTD International Piano Competition in New York over this past weekend.  Jameson performed three times at Kendal this year at the Sunday afternoon Live Chamber Music concerts in Heiser Auditorium, most recently on October 16, when he played his entire program for the competition. Jameson sent a very heartfelt thank-you note to his friends at Kendal who gave him opportunities to play before a live audience, which he credits as crucial to his success at the competition. Congratulations, Jameson! (Shared by Larry Mirel)

Covid News/ Statistics

Governor Mike DeWine’s regular COVID Press Conferences:


(Shared by Elizabeth Aldrich) The AMA and CDC both encourage getting the covid booster even if you have long covid. Plus, Yale Health has an interesting article that seems to say it might help those with long covid

Georgia Newman, our Medical Director, noted there are still many unknowns about long-haul COVID; fortunately, we are served by some wonderful health systems locally. The Cleveland Clinic has a Long Haul COVID Clinic that might be helpful for you. University Hospitals provides a Long Haul COVID Clinic too. You might want to ask your Primary Care Physician for a referral to one of those clinics. We will continue to share information as we research and learn more ourselves. Information from the Cleveland Clinic:

Information from University Hospitals is here.

COVID STATISTICS as of 11/8/2022  
VACCINATIONS# VaccinatedPopulation% of Pop
Kendal at Oberlin vaccinations 
Residents Vaccinated338338100.0%
Staff Vaccinated (some have Medical or Religious Exemption)22122498.7%
Total Residents + Staff vaccinated55956299.5%
Lorain County (Vaccinations Started)212,08768.4%
Ohio (Vaccinations Started)7,509,31964.2%
KENDAL AT OBERLIN – COVID CASES (Cumulative)11/8/2022Increase 
Independent Living Resident Cases475 
Stephens Care Center – Residential Care181 
Stephens Care Center – Skilled Nursing40 
   Residents Subtotal69 
SCC Staff and Volunteer Cases1001 
Other Staff Cases730 
   Staff Subtotal173 
Total Residents + Staff242 
Current # in Isolation, COVID Positive3 
Total # of COVID, Beyond Isolation241 
LORAIN COUNTY – COVID CASES (Cumulative)11/4/2022Increase 
Total in Zip Code 440742,57617 
Total Lorain County83,022438 
Current CDC Lorain County Positivity Rate9.6%HIGH
Total Lorain County9598 
Age Range Breakdown:  20-29: 5.  30-39: 7.  40-49: 23.  50-59: 73.  60-69: 190.  70-79: 271.  80+: 390
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