Community Update for week of 3/20/2023

Update to residents on 3/21/2023

Afternoon Exchange

Join us tomorrow, Wednesday, March 22 for the monthly Exchange in the auditorium and on KOTV. We’ll be recognizing two more pandemic heroes, Mitch Dandurand and Kathleen Grella from the Lorain County Public Health Department who were and continue to be readily available to administration and health services staff for all sorts of consultation related to COVID. They also provided early-on education by ZOOM sharing how Lorain County was responding to the pandemic. The Exchange will also bring updates on the spring Geese Management strategies and other ground’s issues.

Current COVID Outbreak Decreasing

Friends, our outbreak continues to wane. As of today, we have 4 people in COVID Isolation:  0 Residents in Independent Living, 1 Resident in the Stephens Care Center, and 3 Staff Members. Two staff members come off isolation tomorrow.

Number of Cases over the past 5 weeks:

Tuesday DateFeb 14Feb 21Feb 28Mar 7Mar 14Mar 21
New IL Cases01101590
New SCC Cases000971
New Staff Cases011464
Total New Cases  0  2  11  28  22  5
Total in Isolation  0  1  9  22  12  4

Art Show Open: Friends Gallery Open to All Masked Residents and Guests

We are pleased to announce that the Stephens Care Center (SCC) is now open to the Friends Gallery. The current show, Looking at the Overlooked, features photographs by Linda Grashoff. To view the show, enter and exit the Friends Gallery through the Heiser SCC entrance.

Please note there is still no pass through of the SCC at this time. Independent Living residents and guests visiting the Friends Gallery may enjoy the gallery show — but must refrain from walking beyond the Friends Gallery into the SCC, unless they are going to visit an SCC resident (currently one resident per visit) and have checked in at the kiosk.

Next Week’s Candoo Technology “Welcome Webinar”

Candoo Technology is the new “help center” service to assist Residents with personal computers and devices. A “Welcome Webinar” was held today (March 21) and will be offered again next week on Tuesday, March 28 at 10:00 AM to 12 Noon in the Education Center Training Room as well as via Zoom. The first hour is a Webinar presentation. The second hour is hands-on help with how to use the service. Attending in person is encouraged. The Zoom link is:  Meeting ID: 874 3566 7976

Fitness Center Open House

The Fitness Center will be having an open house on Saturday, April 1 from 11 to 3. There will be opportunities to win prizes, activities to do, and classes to trial. Health Advocate points will be awarded for attendance and for participation. There will be tasty treats and an opportunity to consult with Fitness Staff. Residents and Staff are welcome and encouraged to attend!


Thank you to everyone who participated in the Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Belonging (DEIB) meeting and Social Equity Conversations last week. Equity is about making sure people get access to the same opportunities. For those people who took the paper survey, it is not too late to turn it in. Social Equity surveys can be returned to the Outreach Office (or given to the Heiser front desk for Kim Preston’s mailbox) through Friday, March 24.

Wait Before Clicking That Box

This past weekend I shared an extended communication with you concerning a vicious scam known as “ransomware”, a type of malicious software designed to block access to a computer system until a sum of money is paid. This scam happens not only to individuals but also to businesses.  In my message I gave directions on how to respond if you are the victim of a ransomware attack on your personal computer with the good advice of our IT professional, Don Mulica. While experiencing ransomware is a highly disturbing experience, please: wait before you click the box and make the call that will lead to you being robbed of your money! Call the Front Desk to reach me or someone in the Administration Office to guide you. Keep my Saturday message by your computer for reference. – Toni Merleno, Risk Manager

If you missed the first “Snack and Chat”

Yesterday (March 20) with Chrystn Petsas, Kendal’s Nurse Practitioner, don’t worry. Chrystn’s topic was all about the “Medicare Annual Wellness Visit” including what it involves, when to have them, why Medicare wants you to have them and the difference between the annual wellness visit and a physical exam. Hand-outs given to those who attended are also available by calling the Health & Wellness Clinic at 775-9819. We will be happy to place a copy in your open mailbox. And as always, if you have any questions do not hesitate to reach out to Chrystn or Laurie. Thank you! – Laurie Dupee, Directory of Health & Wellness

Shop at Aldi or Costco? Food Alert re: frozen strawberries from Mexico

(shared by Charles Klaveness) The FDA announcement at the link below notes that some frozen organic strawberries from Mexico may cause Hepatitis A. The stores that carried the berries include Aldi and Costco. A person who answered the phone last evening at Giant Eagle in Amherst said that his store’s berries were not among those mentioned in the recall.


Governor Mike DeWine’s regular COVID Press Conferences:

COVID STATISTICS as of 3/21/2023  
VACCINATIONS# VaccinatedPopulation% of Pop
Kendal at Oberlin vaccinations 
Residents Vaccinated343343100.0%
Staff Vaccinated (some have Medical or Religious Exemption)22723098.7%
Total Residents + Staff vaccinated57057399.5%
Lorain County (Vaccinations Started)213,86569.0%
Ohio (Vaccinations Started)7,575,85664.8%
KENDAL AT OBERLIN – COVID CASES (Cumulative)3/21/2023Increase 
Independent Living Resident Cases850 
Stephens Care Center – Residential Care381 
Stephens Care Center – Skilled Nursing40 
   Residents Subtotal127 
SCC Staff and Volunteer Cases1144 
Other Staff Cases820 
   Staff Subtotal196 
Total Residents + Staff3235 
Current # in Isolation, COVID Positive4 
Total # of COVID, Beyond Isolation360 
LORAIN COUNTY – COVID CASES (Cumulative)3/17/2023Increase 
Total in Zip Code 440742,85211 
Total Lorain County90,202318 
Current CDC Lorain County Positivity Rate11.6%HIGH
Total Lorain County1,0015 
Age Range Breakdown:  20-29: 6.  30-39: 7.  40-49: 23.  50-59: 77.  60-69: 193.  70-79: 282.  80+: 413
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