Community Update for Week of 4/25/2022

Update to Residents 4/26/2022

Lorain County Positivity Rate Increased – Masks Required in Heiser and Public Areas:

Lorain County’s positivity rate of 5.5% is now above our threshold of 5%. We ask that you wear your masks when in Heiser corridors, meeting rooms, library, the hair salon, etc. This rising rate is partly explained by the increased gatherings of people who were celebrating their religious holidays in the last couple of weeks. While masks are challenging while dining, we ask you to again use the “airline” approach with masks up when not actively eating. We all know that dining is the riskiest of activities with conversations flowing back and forth among residents and staff. PS Hair Salon will remain open – but please wear your mask during your appointment.

Afternoon Exchange on Wed. 4/27 at 4 pm

will encourage open discussion on the current new normal practices here at Kendal. Yes, things have relaxed with our campus fully vaccinated and boosted but not all residents are able/willing to join while COVID variants are still a risk.

Other topics will include Safety on Kendal Roads; the official start of We Care Connect Resident Surveys (Wed.) for those with a 6 month or 1-year anniversary; more focus on CARF Standards; KORA updates; and Q & A.

Last Friday’s COVID Vaccination Boosters with Discount Drug Mart

This past Friday, April 22, Discount Drug Mart was on-site to provide COVID Boosters to those who expressed interest and were eligible, age 50 or over or immunocompromised. We are grateful to everyone who played a part in a very successful 2nd COVID Vaccination Clinic!

By the numbers:

303-Total Kendal Residents have received the 2nd COVID Booster

  • 195 Independent Living residents received the 2nd COVID Booster at the Kendal Booster Clinic on April 22
  • 56 Independent Living residents received the 2nd COVID Booster from another provider
  • 52 Stephens Care Center residents (all SCC residents) received the 2nd COVID Booster at the Kendal Booster Clinic on April 22
  • 21 Staff Members received the 2nd COVID Booster at our Booster Clinic on April 22

If you have received your 2nd COVID Booster off-campus, please be sure to bring your COVID Vaccination Card to the Health and Wellness Clinic so that we can make a copy and maintain our records – THANK YOU!

Health Services Forum May 4

Our next Health Services Forum will be held on Wednesday, May 4 at 4 PM in the Heiser Auditorium and on KOTV. Our topics for next week include:

  • CPR-What You Need to Know
  • Stephens Care Center Update with Beth Stewart, Director of Nursing
  • Health Fit Program with Matt Baloun, Rehab Director
  • Questions and Answers with Georgia Newman, Medical Director

Dining Update

Greg Zehe, Director of Hospitality Services & Assoc. Administrator

New Dining Options offered in the Stephens Care Center

The Country Kitchen reopened for breakfast last Friday. Currently, this venue is only serving Care Center residents, but we will let the community know when this ODH regulation changes. Breakfast in the Country Kitchen is made to order just like the Langston. The feedback from residents is very positive!

Just as exciting, the Friends Corner will resume waited service at dinner beginning Tuesday, 4/26. This was the final piece needed to restore waited service for all three meals and an end to tray service only. Like the Country Kitchen, the Friends Corner is only open to Care Center residents at the present time.

Staffing Update

This week we will be participating in a job fair at the Sacred Heart Chapel in Lorain.  We plan to augment our team with a couple of our Spanish speaking staff members to add to the fun!  We look forward to this event and have two other events planned in May.

Passover Dinner Update

We had a large group residents join us last Friday night for a Passover Dinner held in the William Penn Room. This was the first held since the Pandemic began and that made the gathering even more special. We had many compliments on the food and service and guests. I predict we will need more space next year! 

Housekeeping/Laundry Update

We are experiencing an increase in Deep Clean requests and would like to remind everyone not to forget to get your request in so we can get you scheduled.  We do appreciate as much notice as possible. These deep cleans benefit both you and your housekeeper as they allow the time necessary to do the extra cleaning tasks not included in your regular cleaning visits. Residents can schedule these as frequently as twice a year and in the best interests of building maintenance strive for a standard of at least once a year for all units. h

Other Announcements

The Environmental Concerns Committee

is delighted to announce the winners of the

🌿 GREAT GREEN SWEEPSTAKES 🌿 held on EARTH DAY.  The fortunate few and their eco-friendly prizes are:

  • Natasha Miller: “Pure-Castile Bar Soap” (made with organic oils)
  • Bill Rice: “Ecos Dishmate” (hypoallergenic, biodegradable)
  • Judy Appleton: “Ecos All-Purpose Cleaner (biodegradable)
  • Kristal Purnell: “Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Day (plant-derived)

Many thanks to the 32 folks who cast their entry tickets into the ECC’s recyclable plastic bucket!

Oberlin Police Department

The Oberlin Police Department hosts it bi-annual prescription drug take-back on Saturday, April 30, 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 pm in the Police Department lobby (85 S. Main St.) near the public library. You may use this event to dispose of unused/unwanted/expired prescription medications. If you miss this event, you can also dispose of prescription medications anytime at the drop box in the Department’s lobby. (Submitted by Sharon Furrow.)

Covid News and Statistics

Governor Mike DeWine’s regular COVID Press Conferences:

More Than 100 Million People Worldwide Have or Had Long COVID: Study

WebMD-Shared by Dennis Cook.  Nov. 18, 2021 — More than 40% of COVID-19 survivors across the world have or had long-term effects after recovering, according to a new study by researchers at the University of Michigan. Based on the number of infections reported globally by mid-October, that means more than 100 million people have experienced lingering health concerns or are still reporting problems following a COVID infection. “The health effects of COVID-19 appear to be prolonged and can exert marked stress on the healthcare system,” the researchers wrote. The research team reviewed 40 studies from 17 countries that looked at patients’ experiences with long COVID, which includes new or persistent symptoms that occur 4 or more weeks after infection. The studies included more than 886,000 patients who tested positive for COVID-19. 

Overall, the research team found that global prevalence of long COVID was about 43%. Among patients who needed hospitalization, the prevalence increased to 57%. The rate was 49% among women and 37% among men, the researchers found. The rate also varied by location, with the highest reported in Asia at 49%. Europe and North America followed behind at 44% and 30%, respectively. Based on a World Health Organization estimate of 237 million worldwide COVID-19 infections in mid-October, more than 100 million people still experience or previously had long-term health consequences from the coronavirus, the researchers calculated. The most common symptom was fatigue, which affected about 23% of people with lingering issues. Other symptoms, such as shortness of breath, insomnia, joint pain and memory problems, were reported by 13% of people.

The study likely didn’t capture all cases of long COVID, the researchers wrote. What’s more, some COVID-19 survivors may develop other severe complications and conditions such as multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children, chronic kidney disease, heart disease and chronic fatigue syndrome.  “Further research is necessary to understand the relationship between COVID-19 and these complications and the needs of those living with complications,” they wrote. See the full report here.

COVID Event Risk Tool

Shared by Dennis Cook. This very useful tool shows the risk level of attending an event, given the event size and location. The risk level is the estimated chance (0-100%) that at least one COVID-19 positive individual will be present at an event in a county, given the size of the event.   (The COVID-19 Event Risk Assessment Planning Tool is a collaborative project led by Prof. Joshua Weitz and Prof. Clio Andris at the Georgia Institute of Technology, along with researchers at the Applied Bioinformatics Laboratory, Duke University, and Stanford University, and powered by RStudio. Description of the method and analyses available at Nature Human Behavior.)

COVID STATISTICS as of4/26/2022  
VACCINATIONS# VaccinatedPopulation% of Pop
Kendal at Oberlin vaccinations 
Residents Vaccinated336336100.0%
Staff Vaccinated (some have Medical or Religious Exemption)22222499.1%
Total Residents + Staff vaccinated55856099.6%
Lorain County (Vaccinations Started)206,41766.0%
Ohio (Vaccinations Started)7,301,50162.4%
KENDAL AT OBERLIN – COVID CASES (Cumulative)4/12/2022Increase 
Independent Living Resident Cases130 
Stephens Care Center – Residential Care90 
Stephens Care Center – Skilled Nursing20 
Residents Subtotal24 
SCC Staff and Volunteer Cases670 
Other Staff Cases460 
Staff Subtotal113 
Total Residents + Staff137 
** Current Isolation, COVID Positive0 
** Total COVID Beyond Isolation135 
LORAIN COUNTY – COVID CASES (Cumulative)4/25/2022Increase 
Total in Zip Code 440741,90854 
Total Lorain County – Probable and Confirmed Cases66,878229 
Positivity Rate for Healthcare Workers (Current CMS Lorain County)3.9% 
Current CDC Lorain County Positivity Rate (measures entire population with results to ODH)5.5%
Total Lorain County904 
Total Deaths in Long Term Care Settings3000 
Age Range Breakdown:  20-29: 5.  30-39: 7.  40-49: 22.  50-59: 70.  60-69: 187.  70-79: 253.  80+: 360
CUYAHOGA COUNTY – COVID CASES (Cumulative)4/21/2022  
Cuyahoga County (excluding Cleveland)189,369 
Cleveland Cases81,316 
Total Cleveland + Cuyahoga County270,685 
New Cases for Cleveland + Cuyahoga County1,351 
Cuyahoga County (excluding Cleveland)2,990 
Total Cleveland + Cuyahoga County3,963 
Total Deaths in Long Term Care Settings966 
OHIO 4/21/2022% 
21-Day Average of New Cases5,175 
Total Cases2,688,327 
Age Range of all Cases<1-111 
Median Age of all Cases38 
Total Hospitalizations (cumulative)114,8714% 
Median Age of all Hospitalized65 
21-Day Average of Hospitalizations334 
Total ICU Admissions (cumulative)13,445<1% 
21-Day Average of ICU Admissions20 
Total Health Care Workers Diagnosed102,9674% 
Total Tested in Ohio22,272,602 
Total Ohio Resident Deaths38,360 
Median Age of Deaths76 
21-Day Average of Deaths106 
Total Deaths in Ohio Long Term Care Settings9,047  

Contact Information

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