Community Update for Week of 9/12/2022

Update to Residents on 9/13/2022

Survey to be sent out to determine how may Independent Living Residents will be getting their Next COVID Booster Here at Kendal at Oberlin

CVS in Oberlin is partnering with Kendal in providing the next COVID Booster Clinic. We are looking at dates in the first week of October AND the first week of November (i.e., the clinic will be offered twice.) One note, our pharmacists that have been offering these booster clinics have been doing them as a courtesy to Kendal at Oberlin and often on their day off. We want to make the best use of their time. Therefore:

Please watch for a survey — coming out later this week — from Kendal at Oberlin regarding your plan for getting your COVID Booster, whether you plan to get it during our on-campus clinics or if you plan to get it from an off-campus pharmacy/provider.

COVID Boosters will be provided to all Stephens Care Center Residents and Independent Living Residents and Kendal staff who choose to get their COVID booster on campus.

We encourage any Independent Living Residents and Staff who are able and wanting to get the COVID Booster Vaccine sooner than our on-campus clinics to check with your preferred pharmacy to inquire on availability and make an appointment. Some residents report they have already gotten it at CVS in North Ridgeville. If you do get a COVID Booster off campus, please be sure to provide a copy of your COVID Booster Vaccine Record to the Health and Wellness Clinic.

     CVS Pharmacy:   

     Discount Drug Mart:

     Walgreens Pharmacy:

Heath Services Forum

Wednesday, Sept 14, 4:00 PM in the Auditorium and on KOTV.

Our topics will include:

  • Kendal’s Fitness Team and Current Wellness Program Offerings
  • Managing Health Care Costs Through Home Health
  • Services Available Through Ohio Living Home Health
  • Highlight on Kendal 30-Day Transitional Support post ER or Hospital/SCC Discharge
  • Q and A with the Health Services Team and Georgia Newman, MD

Coffee Hour

Friday, Sept 16, 9:30 AM in the Fox & Fell. Watch on KOTV or join via Zoom. Zoom Meeting ID 8967 8883 468.

CARF Accreditation Survey

Dates have now been confirmed. The CARF Survey Team will be at Kendal from Nov. 7-9. Residents and staff will have an opportunity to be present at both the introductory session (estimated to be at 8:30am Nov. 7) and the closing session with results (estimated to be at 2:30pm, Nov. 9.)

THANK YOU for submitting your ideas of “community pandemic heroes” that helped our Kendal community not only get along during the pandemic but thrive. Keep the suggestions coming. Barbara

Follow-up to Master Plan Presentation

Today we reached a milestone to be able to present the board-approved Master Plan addressing a staged plan for Kendal at Oberlin’s physical facilities and growth over the next ten years. While it may have been a bit of an overload, there is much to be excited about! A hard copy of the Master Plan may be found in the Library as well as in the SCC at the Med Sec desk. Online (PDF) copies will be made available soon that will be placed on a KORA website. We also have a recording of today’s presentation that will be available online in a few days once it is converted and posted. 

Walk to End Alzheimer’s

Will you walk with us? Have you made a donation or supported the basket raffle? This is the final week to give and prepare for the Walk to End Alzheimer’s event which happens Saturday morning, Sept 17 at the Mercy Stadium in Avon. Register for the Walk at the Outreach Office (or call Kim Preston 775-9074) and sign up for the bus by open mailboxes. It promises to be sunny and a projected mid-70’s for walk.

Check out the amazing raffle baskets in the Heiser lobby! This Alzheimer’s Association fund raiser will end Friday, Sept 16 when some of the basket donors draw the winning tickets at 2:30pm.  Buy your tickets for chances to win in the Heiser lobby between 11:30am-1:15pm.  (See sign at Basket table for additional hours.)

$1 buys 1 ticket.  $5 buys 7 tickets.  $10 buys 15 tickets.  $20 buys 30 tickets.

Huge thank you for the amazing generosity of the staff and Dementia Education Group who created these baskets! 

Oberlin Community Candidates Night

Tues., September 20 – 6:30-9:00 pm at Oberlin College Science Center, Dye Lecture Hall. Join us for a Q&A with local candidates to learn more about their platforms and the issues facing the Oberlin community! Co-sponsored by 13 local groups including Kendal at Oberlin. Meet and greet with cider and cookies before and after the program. Sign up for the Kendal bus. (Shared by Elizabeth Aldrich)

KORA Appeal for Next Year’s Budget

If you haven’t yet contributed to the KORA appeal for next year’s KORA budget, the deadline is Wednesday, September 21. Please place contributions in the box at the Front Desk with checks made out to KORA. (Shared by Mary Behm)

The Putt Putt Golf Tournament

The Tournament is looking for players! You can sign up on the clipboard located under the open mailboxes and start playing this week. Details are posted on the bulletin board for ongoing activities across from the USPS mailboxes. Putt Putt Golf is fun, especially on our Kendal-designed course! Look for the blue flags. Questions? Contact Dan Reiber at or 440-565-0076.

Annual Influenza Vaccine

Kendal has ordered supplies to provide the annual influenza vaccine to all Kendal at Oberlin residents and staff. Sufficient quantities have been ordered for both the high dose quadrivalent and standard dose quadrivalent vaccines. We will announce our Annual Flu Vaccine Clinics as soon as our supplies arrive, typically by mid-October.

Buckeye Bank & the ATM

There have been a few problems at the ATM recently – it has been offline or jammed. No one lost any money. Rest assured, Buckeye Bank is our committed partner and this was an isolated glitch which they addressed. We are very pleased to have Buckeye Bank and the ATM as a service here at Kendal.

Frontier Landline Phone Issues

Frontier responded to our landline concerns and sent a technician out to investigate our issues yesterday (Monday.) After careful testing, it has been determined that there was a malfunctioning fuse in the main motherboard. The technician replaced the fuse and all landlines at Kendal at Oberlin should now be able to receive calls.

If you are still experiencing problems with receiving calls, please call Frontier Communications at 1-800-921-8104 and follow the prompts. Please also notify Facility Services at 775-9899.

Thank you for your patience with this matter, and if you have any questions contact Ryan Stalzkowski, Assistant Director of Facility Services, at (440) 775-9969 or; or Veronica Toth, Administrative Coordinator Facility Services Department, at (440) 775-9899 or

Oberlin Cable Co-Op

Oberlin Cable Co-Op provided troubleshooting on the static sound issues that started on Saturday on our internal channels (19-1, 95-100, 919). The encoder equipment switches need to be replaced.  A new switch is not expected until 9/19. A temporary workaround is being used but the exercise videos used on M-W-F will have music only, and you will not be able to hear the fitness instructor. Just follow the leader’s example! And thanks for your understanding.


Governor Mike DeWine’s regular COVID Press Conferences:

Updated on COVID Home-Testing Kits

COVID Test Kits are no longer available for free through the Federal Government. Most pharmacies have COVID test kits available at an out-of-pocket cost.  An internet search will help you find best pricing.

CVS and Rite Aid Pharmacies will provide COVID testing kits at no out-of- pocket cost to individuals with Traditional Medicare Part B. Some Medicare Advantage Plans also cover this expense. Test kits could be ordered from either of their websites. The CVS website will take your insurance information and inform you what your out-of-pocket expense will be depending on your insurance. Discount Drug Mart also has kits available, but they are not covered by insurance; they cost approximately $12 each.

This option through CVS is available through:

Kendal at Oberlin continues to provide testing for residents that are symptomatic or who have had a known exposure. We are not testing post travel anymore – except for international travel in which case you will be given a PCR order to take to Mercy.    

If you experience COVID symptoms, please reach out to the Health and Wellness Clinic at 440-775-9819 Monday-Friday 8am-4:30pm or the Stephens Care Center at other times 440-775-9800, a nurse will assess your symptoms and determine next steps.

COVID STATISTICS as of 9/13/2022  
VACCINATIONS# VaccinatedPopulation% of Pop
Kendal at Oberlin vaccinations 
Residents Vaccinated339339100.0%
Staff Vaccinated (some have Medical or Religious Exemption)21721999.1%
Total Residents + Staff vaccinated55655899.6%
Lorain County (Vaccinations Started)210,54767.9%
Ohio (Vaccinations Started)7,451,77563.7%
KENDAL AT OBERLIN – COVID CASES (Cumulative)9/13/2022Increase 
Independent Living Resident Cases330 
Stephens Care Center – Residential Care120 
Stephens Care Center – Skilled Nursing20 
   Residents Subtotal47 
SCC Staff and Volunteer Cases890 
Other Staff Cases632 
   Staff Subtotal152 
Total Residents + Staff199 
** Current Isolation, COVID Positive1 
** Total COVID Beyond Isolation198 
LORAIN COUNTY – COVID CASES (Cumulative)9/8/2022Increase 
Total in Zip Code 440742,44520 
Total Lorain County – Probable and Confirmed Cases79,365659 
Current CDC Lorain County Positivity Rate (measures entire population with results to ODH)14.8%HIGH
Total Lorain County941 
Total Deaths in Long Term Care Settings307 
Age Range Breakdown:  20-29: 5.  30-39: 7.  40-49: 23.  50-59: 73.  60-69: 189.  70-79: 264.  80+: 380
CUYAHOGA COUNTY – COVID CASES (Cumulative)9/9/2022  
Cuyahoga County (excluding Cleveland)223,870 
Cleveland Cases92,956 
Total Cleveland + Cuyahoga County316,826 
New Cases for Cleveland + Cuyahoga County2,204 
Cuyahoga County (excluding Cleveland)3,096 
Total Cleveland + Cuyahoga County4,110 
Total Deaths in Long Term Care Settings988 
OHIO 9/8/2022% 
21-Day Average of New Cases23,482 
Total Cases3,096,557 
Age Range of all Cases 
Median Age of all Cases38 
Total Hospitalizations (cumulative)125,230 
Median Age of all Hospitalized65 
21-Day Average of Hospitalizations561 
Total ICU Admissions (cumulative)14,131 
21-Day Average of ICU Admissions37 
Total Health Care Workers Diagnosed114,1414% 
Total Tested in Ohio22,272,602 
Total Ohio Resident Deaths39,576 
Median Age of Deaths76 
21-Day Average of Deaths90 
Total Deaths in Ohio Long Term Care Settings9,220  

Contact Information

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