Community Updates for Week of 1/24/2022

January 25, 2022: Updates to Residents

Reminder: Thursday, Afternoon Exchange

On 1/27, we will have an Exchange at 4 pm in the auditorium. It will also be broadcast on KOTV. KORA has planned a social, with snacks, following the meeting (before folks head into dinner).

COVID Numbers Decreasing

You will notice in our statistics this evening that we are, thankfully, experiencing a downward trend in the number of cases in Lorain County and in Ohio:

Chart of local Ohio COVID cases over the last four weeks

Kendal at Oberlin Initiates Requirement for Staff to Remain “Up to Date” on their COVID Vaccine

The COVID pandemic continues to evolve and impact our lives and those of our residents. We applaud each and every one of our staff members who have worked hard and sacrificed in many ways in order to keep Kendal safe. On October 1, 2021, in order to add another layer of COVID protection, Kendal at Oberlin mandated the initial COVID vaccine for all staff members.  

As one more layer of precaution and protection for our residents and staff, effective Sunday, February 27, 2022, Kendal at Oberlin will require all staff to be “up to date” on their COVID vaccination, this means that all staff will be required to get their COVID booster vaccination when eligible.  Kendal staff will be required to receive their COVID booster within one month of eligibility for the booster dosage.

With 100% of our residents vaccinated and “boostered”, and 98.5% of our staff vaccinated with at least the first dosage, the vaccine has demonstrated its effectiveness across campus by keeping 99% of our cases very mild. The 1% of serious cases we have had were experienced beyond the six-month window after the initial vaccine dosage was received. Scientific evidence indicates that the original dosage of COVID vaccination effectiveness does wane over time. This supports studies that demonstrate the importance of not only receiving the initial COVID vaccination series, but also for all people to stay “up to date” by getting the COVID vaccine booster when eligible.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) studies indicate that, after getting vaccinated against COVID-19, protection against the virus and the ability to prevent infection with variants may decrease over time and due to changes in variants.

  • The recent emergence of the Omicron variant further emphasizes the importance of vaccination, boosters, and prevention efforts needed to protect against COVID-19.
  • Data from clinical trials showed that a booster shot increased the immune response in trial participants who finished a Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna primary series 6 months earlier or who received a J&J/Janssen single-dose vaccine 2 months earlier. With an increased immune response, people should have improved protection against getting infected with COVID-19. For Pfizer-BioNTech and J&J/Janssen, clinical trials also showed that a booster shot helped prevent severe disease.

Kendal’s definition of COVID-vaccinated staff will mean a staff member that has received the initial COVID vaccine series/dosage and is “up to date” on the COVID booster, following CDC guidelines.

Current COVID Booster eligibility is:

Vaccine                             Eligibility for Booster

  • Pfizer-BioNTech           5 months after the initial vaccination series
  • Moderna                      5 months after the initial vaccination series
  • J&J/Janssen                2 months after the initial vaccination

Dining Update

From Greg Zehe, Director of Hospitality Services & Assoc. Administrator

Breakfast Service in the Langston has reopened

  • The free KORA coffee has ended.  Instead, residents are encouraged to come to Langston for breakfast! 
  • The Langston is open: Monday through Saturday 7:30am – 9:30am
  • At this time, you may use your meal plan or just charge it to your monthly bill.  We cannot accept cash.
  • Meal plan reminder: For those on the Opt-Out, 10 or 20 tier plans, any purchase less than $5 does not affect your meal credit.

Next Goals for Dining Services

  • Open the Langston breakfast service to staff carryout as soon as possible.  We have a couple of key staff members away and their absence is postponing the rollout temporarily.
  • Reopen the Friends Corner to serve residents.  Staffing to achieve this goal is getting very close.  We will start with serving lunch and use that as a training vehicle for our student staff.

Supply chain challenges this week

  • Fresh produce shortages/quality issues continue.
  • We found that the small boxes and bowls of dry cereal we used to serve at breakfast are currently not available. That is why we did not have them for the Langston reopening.
  • The shortage of compostable carryout items has not improved.

Staffing update

  • Two candidates are scheduled to interview this week.
  • Recruitment efforts continue, but in-school events have been put on hold by the schools.
  • We still are plugging away to fill our full-time culinary positions and dayshift waitstaff positions. 

Housekeeping/Laundry Update

Carpet cleaning

Our test of Protech, a commercial carpet cleaner, in the Stephens Care Center was successful. The results showed a noticeable improvement, and the costs were reasonable. So, we will have other areas done by this vendor, too, and we are developing a schedule with them. Other areas of the Stephens Care Center and the dining rooms are next.  Our challenge is to maintain an acceptable appearance of the existing carpet while the Master Planning process continues.

Staffing update

Staffing in these areas is beginning to stabilize with just a few current and upcoming openings.  The PM shift remains the biggest challenge, but we did have a current team member transfer to 3rd shift, so now we at least two people here at night.

Strength Training Class and a Yoga Class

Good news Friends! Matt Baloun will be teaching a Strength Training Class and a Yoga Class starting February 14th. Strength training will be on Mondays and Fridays, and Yoga will be on Tuesdays a Thursdays. All of Matt’s classes are from 9:00-9:45. Come give class a try and bring a friend! You can notify Jill Tvaroha to register for class. Contact information is below, and the new schedule is attached.

Mather Lifeways Study on Aging

We have 70 individuals who are still part of the 5-year study on Living Well. This is our last year. Look for the survey to arrive sometime in February. Mather just released the results from year 4. They will be put it in the library if you have not reviewed the results yet.

Live Updates from the Washington Post, Free to All

Including:   Free N95 Masks now available at some US  Pharmacies

Free N95 masks are now available at some U.S. stores as part of the White House’s plan to hand out 400 million of them from the Strategic National Stockpile.  Midwest grocer Meijer said Monday that it has received some 3 million N95 masks from the Health and Human Services Department and will hand out boxed sets of three to customers who want them. Other major chains are expected to start giving out masks later this week. Walgreens spokeswoman Alex Brown said she expects the first stores to begin offering the masks Friday. Three free N95 masks will be available for each adult, federal officials said.

In preparation for the rollout, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention this month provided its most explicit guidance on the protection afforded by different types of masks. Well-fitting N95 masks, it says, “offer the highest level of protection.”

Counterfeit Masks are a Huge Problem

Shared by Alan Lockwood

A recent article in the New York Times by Andrew Jacobs (November 30) provides ample evidence that poor quality masks pervade the market. Most, but not all, are made in China and allege being KN95 masks. He references a non-profit, Project N95 (, as a reliable source for quality personal protective gear, including masks. In addition to being vaccinated and boosted, wearing a high-quality mask is the most important step one can take to prevent infections due to Covid-19 and its variants, including Delta and Omicron. In addition, there is the additional benefit of protection from the influenza virus. Get that vaccine too! Source: Andrew Jacobs, New York Times, November 30

Girl Scout Cookies Are Available!

Girl Scout Esme, of Oberlin Troop 50439, is once again available by phone to take your cookie order! You can also choose to purchase cookies for donation to the Oberlin Community Services’ Food Bank. 

How to Order Cookies

Take a look at the flier that is available at the front desk detailing the different varieties of cookies, the pricing, and allergen information. Call Girl Scout Esme at 440.787.5802 to place your order over the phone by February 5th. Orders by phone will be delivered mid-March to Kendal or order online using a credit card at . NOTE: When you place your order online with a credit card, request the “Girl Scout Delivery” option. This way, you will avoid a shipping fee. The deadline for placing girl scout delivery orders is February 5. These orders will be delivered mid-March to Kendal. Beware! if you place an order and choose to have your cookies mailed to you, there will be a charge for shipping. The direct shipping order deadline is April 1. For more information from Oberlin Girl Scout Esme, watch her explanatory video here: . Contact these Kendal residents if you still have questions: 

Copies of the above information, as well as descriptions of the cookies, are available at the Front Desk.

Truth in Humor

Extra thanks for Malcolm Peel who is always on the look-out for things to tickle our funny bone!

Don’t be worried about your smartphone or TV spying on you. Your vacuum cleaner has been collecting dirt on you for years. I’m at a place in my life where errands are starting to count as going out.

I’m getting tired of being part of a major historical event.

I don’t always go the extra mile, but when I do, it’s because I missed my exit.

My goal for 2021 was to lose 10 pounds. Only have 14 to go.

Ate salad for dinner. Mostly croutons and tomatoes. Really just one big round crouton covered with tomato sauce and cheese. FINE, it was a pizza…. OK, I ate a pizza! Are you happy now?

I just did a week’s worth of cardio after walking into a spider web

Today’s Statistics

Kendal at Oberlin (KaO)

Independent Living Resident Cases  6
Stephens Care Center (SCC) Resident Cases  
          Residential Care Facility  8
          Skilled Nursing Facility  2
KaO Residents Total 16
     KaO SCC Staff Cases 63
     KaO Other Staff Cases  42
KaO Staff Total 105
Kendal at Oberlin COVID Total 121
**Current Isolation, COVID Positive 3
**Total COVID Beyond Isolation 116
Kendal at Oberlin Vaccination Overall539 of 543 or 99.3%
Total Kendal Residents Vaccinated333 of 333 or 100%
Total Kendal Staff Vaccinated (those unvaccinated have Medical or Religious Exemption)206 of 210 or 98.1 %

Lorain County (as posted 1/24/2022)

New Cases (since Monday, 1/17/2022 – 7-day average 189.9 per day) 1,329
Total Probable and Confirmed Lorain County Cases 64,214
Total in Zip Code 44074 (+53 since Monday, 1/17/2022) 1,693
Current Lorain County Positivity Rate (HIGH Transmission Rate) 19.9%
Total Deaths, age ranges 20-29 • 3; 30-39 • 6; 40-49 • 20; 50-59 • 57; 60-69 • 139; 70-79 • 219; 80+ • 306 750
Total Deaths in Long Term Care Settings, posted 1/19/2022, +6 273
Lorain County Vaccinations Started201,504 or 65.0% of population

Cuyahoga County (as posted 1/24/2022)

Cuyahoga County (excluding Cleveland)          181,472
Cleveland Cases 78,685
Total Cuyahoga County Cases 260,157
New Cases 7,612
Total Cuyahoga County Deaths 3,188
Total Deaths in Long Term Care Settings, posted 1/19/2022 909

State of Ohio (as posted 1/24/2022)

New Cases in the Last 24-hours  9,774
21-day Average of New Cases 21,109
Total Cases 2,515,949
Age Range all Cases <1-111
Median Age of all Cases 38
Total Hospitalizations (cumulative) 105,059 or 4%
Total Hospitalizations Last 24-hours 300
21-day Average of Hospitalizations 385
Median Age of all Hospitalized 65
Total ICU Admissions (cumulative) 12,517 or 1%
Total ICU Admissions last 24-hours 26
21-day Average of ICU Admissions 34
Total Health Care Workers Diagnosed 92,625 4%
Total Tested in Ohio 20,757,831
Total Ohio Resident Deaths 31,978
Median Age of Deaths 77
Ohio Resident Deaths in Last 24-hours 0
21-day Average of Deaths 121
Total Deaths in Ohio Long Term Care Settings (Updated Weekly. posted 1/10/2022) 8,452
Statewide Vaccinations Started 7,141,231 or 61.1% of population

Contact Information

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