Community Updates for Week of 1/31/2022

February 1 , 2022: Updates to Residents

Winter Storm Predicted

From the National Weather Service in Cleveland

What to expect: 

  • Rain will change to mixed wintry precipitation and eventually to all snow from NW to SE Wednesday through early Thursday evening.
  • Widespread snow should then end from west to east Thursday night through Friday afternoon.
  • The greatest snow totals are still expected in northwest Ohio and along/near Lake Erie in north-central/northeast Ohio and northwest Pennsylvania.
  • The best chance for a longer duration snow/sleet/freezing rain mix continues to exist south of US-30.
  • The greatest uncertainty continues to involve the spatial extent of mixed wintry precipitation, especially freezing rain, and how much ice will accumulate from freezing rain.
  • Blowing and drifting snow and reduced visibility are expected at times, especially in northwest Ohio and along/near Lake Erie in north-central/northeast Ohio and northwest Pennsylvania.
  • Regardless of the exact snow, sleet, and ice totals, major impacts to travel are expected Wednesday night through Friday morning.

What has changed: 

  • The Winter Storm Watch was upgraded to a Winter Storm Warning for portions of Northern Ohio, including the Toledo and Cleveland metro areas (and Lorain County), and takes effect at 7am or 7pm Wednesday.
  • All watches and warnings are in effect until 7am EST Friday, February 4.
  • The projected storm track has shifted southeastward slightly, which now favors more snow and sleet, and less freezing rain for Northern Ohio and northwest Pennsylvania.
  • Our latest snowfall and ice accumulation forecasts are available at weather.gov/cle/winter.

Advice for Kendalites:

  • Plan ahead–for residents able to do so—to prepare your own meals in your home on Thursday and possibly on Friday.  
  • The storm is not expected until Wednesday evening, so do any necessary shopping before then and plan to stay off the road Thursday and possibly Friday.
  • We have many staff members, management and others, that are planning to stay on campus Wednesday and Thursday if necessary to meet the needs of the community. We are here for you!
  • Make sure your flashlights have good batteries and blankets at hand should there be a temporary loss of power.

Facility Services is READY FREDDY for Weather Changes: As we prepare ahead of the coming snowstorm, the Facility Services Department would like to assure you our team is prepared and ready for this weather event.  Below is our plan for the next couple of days:

  • All equipment is clean, fueled up and ready to go.
  • Bulk salt, Ice-Melter, and liquid Ice Melter are fully stocked.  We are on the list for delivery of bulk salt after this storm.
  • Grounds staff are working today to move current snow piles to make room for more.
  • We have all grounds staff available to assist with snow removal.  Ryan Stalzkowski will be available to assist if needed, too.
  • Grounds staff will be coming in later Wednesday afternoon in preparation for staying into tomorrow night as the storm begins.  Apartments #248 and #150 are ready in the event grounds staff members need to stay overnight.
  • We will be monitoring the weather closely and adjust our operations as needed.
  • Facility Services has at least five workers with 4×4 vehicles willing to transport staff to work.
  • All work will be performed in accordance with our Snow Management Plan.

Lorain County Emergency Alert Registration  

Sign up here for Lorain County Alerts! By signing up here, you will receive Lorain County emergency alerts and public service announcements. In the event of an emergency, an alert may be sent to the phone number(s) you provide and/or your email address. Sign up by following this link

Welcome to Dale Preston, Executive Assistant and Office Manager

We have appreciated the patience of Teresa Maynard, delaying her retirement another month as we worked through an extended recruitment and hiring process for her successor. We are pleased to announce that a very local person well known to Kendal proved to be a very enthusiastic and qualified candidate for the job. Dale has been his own boss for the last decade serving a wide range of organizations including Kendal through “Presto Photo”. In recent years, he also consulted with organizations on their information systems to improve accuracy, efficiency, and productivity. Dale is a Quaker and brings considerable management experience having headed up the Mercy Allen and Mercy Regional Foundation. Prior to that he served as Director of Alumni at Oberlin College. In the early 90’s Dale was the school coordinator for Holden Arboretum.  He is an Alum of Oberlin College and is the spouse of Kim Preston, our Director of Community Outreach. Dale and Kim are the proud parents of Thayer, now a Junior at Oberlin College and a graduate of the Early Learning Center and former employee of Dining Services while in high school. Dale has begun his orientation and will be here full time effective this week.  

Survey and Focus Groups for the Oberlin Public Library & Bridge

Please share your valuable thoughts and opinions about technology access at OPL & The Bridge by participating in a short online survey and/or attending an upcoming focus group.

Please follow this link to take the three-minute survey. Please also forward this email to your friends, neighbors, and colleagues! They hope to reach as many community members as possible with the survey.  https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/OberlinPublicLibrary

The survey will help provide the best possible technology access to the Oberlin community.

Thank you for your support of the Oberlin Public Library. If you would like to participate in an upcoming focus group, sessions will be held:

  • Wednesday, February 16        6pm         Oberlin Public Library, 65 S Main St.
  • Thursday, February 17            8:30am    The Bridge, Oberlin’s Tech Center, 82 S Main St.                      
  • Thursday, February 17             Noon        The Bridge, Oberlin’s Technology Center, 82 S Main St.
  • Thursday, February 17             6pm          Virtual (meeting link will be emailed to registrants)

Please use the link below to register for one session: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1X-3wwiYKVphOftHyEGMlC9AmwAq_dDAzigyJrfsnigQ/edit

Mather Lifeways Study on Aging

You can find a copy of the Findings from Year 4 of the Age-Well Study conducted by Mather Institute. There were 3,441 responses from 122 Life Plan Communities. Kendal started with 90-some residents in 2018 and 70 responded in year 4. 2022 will be the last year of the survey. Life Plan Communities had to have at least 100 residents in Independent Living. Many of our scores were very close to the average of “All Life Plan Communities,” but there were some significant differentiators.  Some key take-aways from the Kendal at Oberlin specific responses:

  • Kendal respondents showed a high level of resilience during COVID (4.6 range of 3.2-4.8).
  • Kendal respondents responded with a high level of purpose (5.0 range of 3.5-5.2) and Perceptions of Aging (4.2 on a range of 2.8- 4.4).
  • Volunteering was used as a coping strategy often (49%, avg. of Life Plan Communities only 30%).
  • Talking with a mental health provider (1% with the range in life plan communities 0-38%; avg 4%).

Respondents from Kendal are highly educated:

Bachelor’s (20%; all LPC 31%)

Master’s (40%; all LPC 31%).

Doctorate (39%; all LPC 15%)

Both Kendal Results and the full Summary Findings can be read in our KaO Library.

Dining Update

from Greg Zehe, Director of Hospitality Services & Assoc. Admin.

  • Potential Winter Storm!
    • We are doing our best to prepare for this weather event, while continuing to hope it is not as bad as some models predict.
    • We have adjusted our production numbers for Wednesday.  We anticipate residents will choose to prepare for the bad weather by ordering extra items tomorrow so they don’t have to leave their homes during the storm!
    • An Extreme Weather Day will likely be declared for at least Thursday. Since we have not had any of these during the pandemic, let me remind you that should the conditions compel you to stay indoors, you can call the Dining Hotline (775-9801) by 3pm to place your dinner meal order and there is no meal delivery charge.  Please remember, we can only deliver dinner and the cut off time for your order is 3pm.  The goal is to have the meals all delivered between 4:45pm and 5:30pm. 
    • We have already started to solicit our regular meal delivery volunteers to help in this effort, but if you would like to be put on the volunteer list, please contact us at.
    • Depending on the situation, we may need volunteers to take orders or pack meals and help to deliver them.  Thanks!
  • Meal plan reminder: For those on the Opt-Out, 10 or 20 tier plans
    • If you participated in last Thursday’s Afternoon Exchange, this topic was discussed extensively.  We wanted to remind residents that even if you have exhausted your dining dollars, any purchase less than $5 does not affect your meal credit.  This applies to breakfast, lunch, or dinner.
  • Supply Chain Challenges this week:
    • Fresh produce shortages/quality issues continue.
    • The shortage of compostable carryout items has not improved.
    • The substitutions our suppliers make are getting even more “creative”:  Today, we did not receive the Red Snapper we ordered and were given breaded Cod as a substitute. 
  • Staffing Update:
    • My team has reminded me that just giving the list of staff additions without the corresponding list of resignations fails to give the community the complete picture. So, I will include that information beginning this week.
    • Three candidates are scheduled to interview this week and one new staff member is scheduled for orientation.  We did lose two staff members due to personal reasons.
    • Human Resources has a new on-line recruiting tool, and they are sharing the information on interested candidates to us for follow-up.  We are following up on all of these and received several candidates out of the first batch of leads they gave us.
    • Student recruitment efforts continue, but the in-school events are still on hold.  We look forward to implementing our planned Spring events. 
  • Plain Available! 
    • We usually have available a plain version of anything on the menu.  Please ask us–we have a talented culinary team, and we will do our best to provide you with an enjoyable meal to meet your needs.  Don’t forget the Always Available Menu.

Housekeeping/Laundry Update

  • Carpet Cleaning:
    • Protech, our commercial carpet cleaner, was in today to “steam clean” the Friends Corner dining room.  The results were a noticeable improvement.  Other areas of the Stephens Care Center and the dining rooms are next. 
  • Staffing Update:
    • We had a staff member who previously had left Kendal apply to return, and she joined the Laundry Team.  It is affirming to have staff members leave us only to find the “grass isn’t always greener,” and our new wage rates are very competitive too!  This latest addition eliminates the openings on our Laundry Team and brings us up to a full staff.

Lorain County COVID Numbers Decreasing

The Chronicle-Telegram, January 31, 2022

There were fewer than 1,000 new COVID-19 cases reported across Lorain County last week, updated numbers from Lorain County Public showed Monday. The numbers, which are updated weekly online at loraincountyhealth.com/data, break down how many COVID-19 cases were reported in each of the county’s ZIP codes over the last week and the case rates to which those equate.

In the previous update Jan. 24, there had been 1,536 new cases reported across all of Lorain County over the preceding week.

Across the county in the seven days prior to Monday, however, the data showed there were 953 new COVID-19 cases reported. With more than 302,000 residents living in Lorain County, that equated to a rate of 3.1 new cases per 1,000 population over those seven days.  Lorain County’s highest COVID-19 case rate over the seven days prior to Monday was in West Lorain area’s 44053 ZIP code where there were 4.2 new coronavirus cases reported per 1,000 residents.  Right behind it was the South Lorain area’s 44055 ZIP code, which reported 4.1 new cases per 1,000 residents over the week.

…Across Ohio on Monday alone, the Ohio Department of Health reported 4,160 new coronavirus cases, including 72 tied to Lorain County. There were 151 new COVID-19 hospitalizations reported across Ohio on Monday, of which seven were from Lorain County. https://chroniclet.com/news/290370/lorain-county-covid-19-case-rate-by-zip-code-data-updated/

Don Parker-  COVID News to Note: WebMD reports

Omicron Subvariant 1.5 Times More Contagious Than Omicron (webmd.com)

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  43
KaO Staff Total 105
Kendal at Oberlin COVID Total 122
**Current Isolation, COVID Positive 1
**Total COVID Beyond Isolation 119
Kendal at Oberlin Vaccination Overall545of 549 or 99.3%
Total Kendal Residents Vaccinated333 of 333 or 100%
Total Kendal Staff Vaccinated (those unvaccinated have Medical or Religious Exemption)212 of 216 or 98.1 %

Lorain County (as posted 1/31/2022)

New Cases (since Monday, 1/24/2022 – 7-day average 95.4 per day) 668
Total Probable and Confirmed Lorain County Cases 64,882
Total in Zip Code 44074 (+26 since Monday, 1/24/2022) 1,719
Current Lorain County Positivity Rate (HIGH Transmission Rate) 11.7%
Total Deaths, age ranges 20-29 • 3; 30-39 • 6; 40-49 • 21; 50-59 • 59; 60-69 • 139; 70-79 • 233; 80+ • 319 793
Total Deaths in Long Term Care Settings, posted 1/19/2022, +6 279
Lorain County Vaccinations Started202,282 or 65.3% of population

Cuyahoga County (as posted 1/31/2022)

Cuyahoga County (excluding Cleveland)          182,910
Cleveland Cases 79,304
Total Cuyahoga County Cases 262,214
New Cases 2,057
Total Cuyahoga County Deaths 3,329
Total Deaths in Long Term Care Settings, posted 1/26/2022 909

State of Ohio (as posted 1/31/2022)

New Cases in the Last 24-hours  4,160
21-day Average of New Cases 17,768
Total Cases 2,580,405
Age Range all Cases <1-111
Median Age of all Cases 38
Total Hospitalizations (cumulative) 107,370 or 4%
Total Hospitalizations Last 24-hours 151
21-day Average of Hospitalizations 359
Median Age of all Hospitalized 65
Total ICU Admissions (cumulative) 12,721 or 1%
Total ICU Admissions last 24-hours 19
21-day Average of ICU Admissions 32
Total Health Care Workers Diagnosed 97,084 4%
Total Tested in Ohio 21,008,562
Total Ohio Resident Deaths 33,071
Median Age of Deaths 77
Ohio Resident Deaths in Last 24-hours 0
21-day Average of Deaths 143
Total Deaths in Ohio Long Term Care Settings (Updated Weekly. posted 1/26/2022) 8,503
Statewide Vaccinations Started 7,166,664 or 61.3% of population

Contact Information


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