Community Update for week of 4/10/2023

Update to residents on 4/11/2023

Coffee Hour

Tomorrow, Wednesday, April 12 at 9:30 AM in the Langston and via Zoom. To join by Zoom:  Meeting ID: 830 4228 0853.

Health Services Forum

Tomorrow, Wednesday, April 12 at 4 PM in the Auditorium and on KOTV.

  • Guests Carrie Jankowski, President of Mercy Allen Hospital, and Joseph George, MD, Oberlin Orthopedics and Sports Medicine — will discuss the broad services available at our local community hospital.
  • Chrystn Petsas, Nurse Practitioner — on Digestive Disorders and the Elderly.
  • Matt Baloun, Therapy Manager on VirtuSense, Artificial Intelligence to prevent falls.
  • Q and A with our Medical Director, Georgia Newman.

Dining Update

Greg Zehe, Director of Hospitality Services & Assoc. Administrator

New Lunch and Dinner Specials

We have realized that some of you have not heard that we have updated the menus and introduced some new lunch and dinner specials. As an example, I have listed the items available on different days this week. 

  • For lunch, we are offering: Corned Beef & Swiss on Rye, Chicken Salad Wrap, Pressed Cuban Sandwich, Assorted Fresh Baked Pizza (Thursday) and Brie Fig & Pear Panini. These are only offered at lunch!
  • For dinner, we are offering: Baked Ham, Orange Glazed Roasted Turkey, Boiled Corned Beef Dinner, Chicken Parmesan, and Beer Braised Beef.
  • We are also offering a different special side dish at each meal to accompany these daily lunch and dinner specials.

If you were unaware of these improvements, we hope you will enjoy them, and this helps you spend down your Dining Dollars!

Other Announcements

“Good Morning, Oberlin” event

Sponsored by the Oberlin Business Partnership: Thursday, April 13 from 8-9 AM at the Oberlin Public Library. Stay up-to-date about things going on in Oberlin. Meet business, nonprofit, and government representatives. Invite your friends, colleagues and neighbors! (Kendal at Oberlin is a member of OBP and they welcome members of our community, staff or residents alike.)

This month, Dr. John Petersen’s “Environmental Communications” class will share a lively set of presentations on the latest work on the Oberlin-grown dashboard technology. OBP will also share an update on the Inspiring Women Series and the Amplify Your Voice event at The Hotel at Oberlin on April 18 plus events planned for the summer months.

And they want to hear from YOU about What is happening in your organization? What programs and events are upcoming? What’s new in Oberlin – new businesses, new organizations! Come share with us!  RSVP’s appreciated:

CandooTech Update

A reminder that the first Group Lesson for CandooTech has been scheduled for Thursday, April 13 from 1:30-2:30 PM. The lesson topic is Online Safety and will cover avoiding scams and security threats, strong passwords, steps to take if you think you have been hacked, etc. 

The group lesson will be presented virtually via Zoom; however, we have reserved the Education Center Training Room for those residents who would like to gather together for the lesson. The Zoom link is: Meeting ID: 886 4016 4622

Please note that you do not have to register for this lesson.  Just “click” the Zoom link above or come to the Education Center Training Room to participate.

American Sign Language Class

ASL classes at Kendal continue! Jaison and his High School Students resume their teaching on Friday, April 14 in the Educational Training room. The next class after that is scheduled for Friday, April 28.  Class begins around 1:30 PM. For more info, contact Michele Tarsitano-Amato.

El Centro Volunteer Initiative Spring Art Gala

El Centro Volunteer Initiative is hosting a Spring Art Gala this Friday, April 14 from 7 to 10 p.m. in the Carnegie Root Room on Oberlin College’s campus. Please fill out this form to donate any art or crafts to be auctioned off. All proceeds go towards funding Lorain residents’ citizenship applications. Bidding closes at 9 p.m. and refreshments and live music can be enjoyed until 10 p.m. Attendance is free, formal wear recommended. View event details here.

Allen Art Museum Community Day

Saturday, April 15 from 1:30 until 4 p.m. at the Allen Memorial Art Museum. “Come make art with us. This free family-friendly event is open to art lovers of all ages. We will provide all of the supplies for an activity inspired by a work of art in the museum. The Allen Museum of Art’s Education Department will provide tours designed to spark your creativity.”

Racial Justice Challenge registration

It’s time to register for the Racial Justice Challenge that starts next week!  Residents and staff are encouraged to participate in the YWCA Racial Justice Challenge from April 17 – May15. Join this virtual learning community to learn how injustice impacts our communities, and how to create positive change. By accepting this 21 day challenge, you will be presented daily learning options that include selections of short videos, readings, or podcasts. Each of the 4 weeks has a different topic: Disability, Housing, Music, Mental Health. Be part of the conversation!  Register at this link:

(Either get the “YWCA USA” from the App store, or visit the website above.) For further info or help, contact Kim Preston.

Plan ahead for

United Way’s “A Night at the Bee” spelling bee contest on Friday, April 28 (tickets required – either purchased at the door or in advance at and click the “Ticket to the Event”). And the Big Parade will be on Saturday, April 29 at noon

SIP Update

Oberlin College has committed to carbon neutrality by 2025. To make that goal possible, the college is halfway through a four-year program – known as the Sustainable Infrastructure Project, or SIP – that includes replacing fossil fuels with geothermal energy as the source of heating and cooling for campus buildings. Two activities of note this week:

  • Underground utility investigation will begin west of Professor Street toward the Allen Memorial Art Museum.
  • The entrance at the southwest corner of the Science Center will be closed during the day on April 11 but will be open that evening and the rest of the week.

Find weekly construction information and wayfinding maps here.


Governor Mike DeWine’s regular COVID Press Conferences:

COVID STATISTICS as of 4/11/2023  
VACCINATIONS# VaccinatedPopulation% of Pop
Kendal at Oberlin vaccinations 
Residents Vaccinated345345100.0%
Staff Vaccinated (some have Medical or Religious Exemption)22923298.7%
Total Residents + Staff vaccinated57457799.5%
Lorain County (Vaccinations Started)213,97269.0%
Ohio (Vaccinations Started)7,579,70564.8%
KENDAL AT OBERLIN – COVID CASES (Cumulative)4/11/2023Increase 
Independent Living Resident Cases870 
Stephens Care Center – Residential Care410 
Stephens Care Center – Skilled Nursing40 
   Residents Subtotal132 
SCC Staff and Volunteer Cases1190 
Other Staff Cases841 
   Staff Subtotal203 
Total Residents + Staff3351 
Current # in Isolation, COVID Positive1 
Total # of COVID, Beyond Isolation375 
LORAIN COUNTY – COVID CASES (Cumulative)4/7/2023Increase 
Total in Zip Code 440742,8947 
Total Lorain County90,930231 
Current CDC Lorain County Positivity Rate9.3%SUBSTANTIAL
Total Lorain County1,0052 
Age Range Breakdown:  20-29: 6.  30-39: 7.  40-49: 23.  50-59: 78.  60-69: 193.  70-79: 283.  80+: 415
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