Community Update for Week of 4/4/2022

Update to Residents 4/5/2022

COVID Booster Survey for KaO Residents

Kendal at Oberlin will be offering COVID Boosters (Booster Shot #2) to eligible Residents later this month. Eligibility is based on age 50+ and at least four months since your last COVID Booster.
To help us plan accordingly – including for the sake of working productively with our pharmacy partner, and so that we don’t waste any vaccine — we need to know how many residents will choose to get their booster shot here on the Kendal campus. (Alternatively, you could get your booster shot elsewhere, like at the Drug Mart or CVS stores. If you go elsewhere, you will have to provide proof of having done so.)

Oberlin Discount Drug Mart will be our partner in providing this COVID Booster Vaccine Clinic here at Kendal in a few weeks. The date and times will be announced later. Please use this brief survey to let us know what your intentions are. If you can’t or don’t want to do it online, you can always complete the survey on paper; find one by the mailboxes. Thank you!

Stephens Care Center & Ohio’s New Esther’s Law

Recently the State of Ohio approved the Electronic Monitoring Statute known as Esther’s Law. This law permits Stephens Care Center residents (or their attorney-in-fact or guardian) to place an electronic monitoring device in the Stephens Care Center resident’s room after appropriate consent and notification requirements are met by the resident. Kendal at Oberlin complies with this new law under Ohio Revised Code §§ 3721.60 – 3721.68. It is Kendal at Oberlin’s policy not to prohibit or retaliate against a resident for conducting electronic monitoring in regard to this requirement.

  • What is Electronic Monitoring? “Electronic Monitoring Device” means a surveillance instrument with a fixed-position video camera or an audio recording device, or a combination thereof, that is installed in a resident’s room and broadcasts or records activities or sounds occurring in the room. This does not apply to the use of Echo Show type devices.
  • Resident Obligations: Prior to conducting electronic monitoring, a resident (or in some cases the resident’s attorney-in-fact or guardian), must provide written notification and consent to Kendal at Oberlin utilizing Kendal’s electronic monitoring request form. The resident has the right to place conditions on the electronic monitoring and has the right to withdraw consent at any time. Any conditions or withdrawal of consent must be stated on the request form. The resident will bear the cost of any electronic monitoring device, installation, maintenance, and removal. Please contact Stacy Terrell, Chief Health Services Officer, at (440)-775-9811 or for a full copy of the electronic monitoring policy and procedure, the electronic monitoring request form, or for any additional questions.

A New Wave of Covid-19 Is Coming – Here’s How to Prepare:  (New York Times, Shared by Joe Colucci and Martin Davidoff)

The next wave of Covid-19 is coming, and in some parts of the United States, it’s already here. Are you ready? The culprit this time is BA.2, a subvariant of the highly infectious Omicron variant. Nobody knows for sure how much havoc it will cause, but BA.2 has already led to a surge of cases in Europe and is now the dominant version of the coronavirus in the United States and around the world.

Researchers are tracking an uptick in cases in the United States, and they’ve detected a rise in the viral particles recovered from nearly 150 wastewater-surveillance sites. Because people can shed the coronavirus even if they never develop symptoms, pieces of the virus collected in wastewater can serve as advance warning several days before official case counts rise, said Bronwyn MacInnis, who directs pathogen genomic surveillance at the Broad Institute in Cambridge, Mass. Over the past two weeks, Dr. MacInnis’s group has seen a rapid increase in levels of the BA.2 subvariant in the Northeast.

“I don’t think we’re looking at a crazy lockdown scenario in this part of the world with BA.2,” Dr. MacInnis said. “But we can’t be sure that we won’t have another curveball from this virus in the future.”

American health officials have said they are hopeful that BA.2 won’t cause another major surge, in part because so many people were infected by the original Omicron wave this winter and most likely have at least some natural or vaccine immunity to protect them against severe illness and hospitalization.


U.S. Census Bureau interviews

Kendal at Oberlin has been randomly chosen by the U.S. Census Bureau to “field check” their data about residents at Kendal. A Census Bureau official is expected to be on campus on Friday to meet with approximately ten residents. Details are being worked out now.

Oberlin Rotary Pancake Breakfast

is this Sunday, April 10, from 8 AM until 1 PM at the new school right next door to Kendal. Come enjoy pancakes and support Oberlin Rotary’s work! Tickets will be available at the door (at the back entrance where there is parking.)

Important Voting News

The Ohio primary is May 3 for Senator, judges, and many other state positions. These don’t rely on the currently-disputed precinct maps, so they can go ahead. Primaries for state legislature and congress will happen later, depending on resolution of the map disputes. Residents can apply for an absentee ballot. Early voting has already started.  (Shared by Sharon Furrow.)


from Greg Zehe, Dir. of Hospitality Services & Assoc. Administrator

Easter Menu

The reservation information for this year’s meal was distributed Monday morning. Please complete and return the information by April 11. You may contact Lisa Wilken at 440-775-9801 or with any questions.

Recruiting Update

  • On Tuesday, we are participating in the Lorain County Joint Vocational School job fair. This has traditionally been a useful source of staff and we have partnerships with the LCJVS faculty and serve on the advisory boards for the culinary, environmental services and nursing vocational training programs!
  • We are still in need of about 21 wait staff before we can state we are fully staffed.
  • The culinary team needs 1 more cook and 2 additional prep staff.
  • Hospitality Housekeeping still needs two (2) FT days and two FT nights.

Housekeeping & Laundry Updates

Patio Cleaning Questions:  Here is some follow up information based on the questions that have come through this week about patio cleaning.

  • This service is only for the enclosed Patios.
  • Patio cleaning is an optional service and is free of charge once a year. Any requests following the initial cleaning will be an additional charge.
  • We do request that your items be moved away from the windows so that we can safely access the work area.
  • Please contact Crystal Hall at or 775-9199 to follow up.

Other Announcements

Plastic bag recycling continues after all!

Jill Tvaroha has generously volunteered to continue recycling CLEAN AND DRY plastic bags. She’ll pick them up from the Heiser bin (same location as always) ONCE A WEEK. For those of you who shop at Walmart in Oberlin, or Giant Eagle and Target in Amherst, those stores are also options. Let’s be sure we don’t overload Jill! – Thanks for your cooperation from Jill and Ted Wolner for the Environmental Concerns Committee.

Tickling You Funny Bone: Do you relate? (Thanks to Malcolm Peel)

  1. I’m getting tired of being part of a major historical event.
  2. I don’t always go the extra mile, but when I do, it’s because I missed my exit.
  3. A recent study has found women who carry a little extra weight live longer than men who mention it.
  4. Just remember, once you’re over the hill, you begin to pick up speed.
  5. Never sing in the shower! Singing leads to dancing, dancing leads to slipping, and slipping leads to paramedics seeing you naked. So, remember… Don’t sing!

Today’s Statistics

COVID STATISTICS as of4/5/2022  
VACCINATIONS# VaccinatedPopulation% of Pop
Kendal at Oberlin vaccinations 
Residents Vaccinated333333100.0%
Staff Vaccinated (some have Medical or Religious Exemption)21621899.1%
Total Residents + Staff vaccinated54955199.6%
Lorain County (Vaccinations Started)205,97766.0%
Ohio (Vaccinations Started)7,280,98062.1%
KENDAL AT OBERLIN – COVID CASES (Cumulative)4/5/2022Increase 
Independent Living Resident Cases130 
Stephens Care Center – Residential Care90 
Stephens Care Center – Skilled Nursing20 
Residents Subtotal24 
SCC Staff and Volunteer Cases660 
Other Staff Cases460 
Staff Subtotal112 
Total Residents + Staff136 
** Current Isolation, COVID Positive1 
** Total COVID Beyond Isolation133 
LORAIN COUNTY – COVID CASES (Cumulative)3/31/2022Increase 
Total in Zip Code 440741,8392 
Total Lorain County – Probable and Confirmed Cases66,45046 
Positivity Rate for Healthcare Workers (Current CMS Lorain County)1.7% 
Current CDC Lorain County Positivity Rate (measures entire population with results to ODH)1.6%“LOW”
Total Lorain County899 
Total Deaths in Long Term Care Settings2950 
Age Range Breakdown:  20-29: 5.  30-39: 7.  40-49: 22.  50-59: 70.  60-69: 185.  70-79: 251.  80+: 359.
CUYAHOGA COUNTY – COVID CASES (Cumulative)4/1/2022  
Cuyahoga County (excluding Cleveland)187,455 
Cleveland Cases80,490 
Total Cleveland + Cuyahoga County267,945 
New Cases for Cleveland + Cuyahoga County490 
Cuyahoga County (excluding Cleveland)2,963 
Total Cleveland + Cuyahoga County3,929 
Total Deaths in Long Term Care Settings953 
OHIO 3/31/2022% 
21-Day Average of New Cases3,459 
Total Cases2,672,801 
Age Range of all Cases<1-111 
Median Age of all Cases38 
Total Hospitalizations (cumulative)113,8694% 
Median Age of all Hospitalized65 
21-Day Average of Hospitalizations266 
Total ICU Admissions (cumulative)13,384<1% 
21-Day Average of ICU Admissions29 
Total Health Care Workers Diagnosed102,0944% 
Total Tested in Ohio22,120,565 
Total Ohio Resident Deaths38,042 
Median Age of Deaths76 
21-Day Average of Deaths277 
Total Deaths in Ohio Long Term Care Settings8,986  

Contact Information

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