Community Updates for Week of 2/7/2022

February 8, 2022: Updates to Residents

Coffee Hour on Thursday, Feb. 10 

Coffee Hour will be held in the Fox and Fell (also by Zoom and KOTV

Zoom link

Meeting ID: 861 9636 4394

CARF Re-Accreditation could use your help!

If the current series of sessions by Eunice Noell-Waggoner founding president of the Center of Design for an Aging Society has peaked your interest in how we are doing at Kendal, we could use your help. The sessions of “Light for Vision” and “Strategies to Improve Hearing” can be part of an in-house assessment of spaces. If you’d like to contribute to assessing Kendal’s environment as part of our Accessibility Planning, be in touch with Barbara Thomas.

Saturday, Feb. 8 Legacy Circle of Friends (Auditorium)

Some of you may ask what the activity is in the Auditorium this Saturday from 1-3 pm. It is an appreciation event for members of the Legacy Circle of Friends. In past years, this was always an annual luncheon but with the pandemic it was cancelled in 2021. This year is a “hybrid event” with members being invited to drop in over a two-hour period, spacing out participation.  If you would like information on the Legacy Circle of Friends, brochures are available outside the Langston, across from the inhouse mailboxes.

Transportation to the memorial service for Ann and Dayton Livingston

Transportation to the memorial service for Ann and Dayton Livingston and the reception afterwards at the Livingston home:  The memorial service for Ann and Dayton Livingston will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, February 26 at First Church, with a reception afterwards at the Livingston home on route 511 – where parking is extremely limited. For your convenience and safety, a Kendal bus will be available to transport you to and from First Church, the Livingston home and back again to Kendal. Please find the sign up sheet by the mail boxes.

The 1918 flu didn’t end in 1918. Here’s what its third year can teach us

The Washington Post 

In New York City in 1920 — nearly two years into a deadly influenza pandemic that would claim at least50 million lives worldwide — the new year began on a bright note. “Best Health Report for City in 53 Years,” boasted a headline in the New York Times on Jan. 4, 1920, after New York had survived three devastating waves of the flu virus. The nation as a whole, which would ultimately lose 675,000 people to the disease, believed that the end might finally be in sight.

Within a few weeks, however, those optimistic headlines began to change. Before the end of the month, New York City would experience a surge in influenza cases. Chicago and other urban centers reported the same. As the coronavirus pandemic creeps into its third year, and the death toll in the United States reaches 900,000, the 1918 influenza pandemic can offer some insight into how this chapter of history might draw to a close. But an “ending,” when it comes to viruses such as these, is a misleading word. Eventually, experts say, the novel coronavirus is likely to transition from a deadly and disruptive pathogen to a milder, more seasonal nuisance.

In the meantime, though, the country’s experience a century ago suggests that we could be in for a lot more pain — especially if we let our guard down.  The 1918 flu lasted far beyond 1918. Two years after it began, a fourth wave hit parts of the country, bringing punishing caseloads that pushed some hospitals to the brink of collapse and left many more Americans dead.

By the winter of 1919-1920, Americans were weary of the limitations on daily life. Nearly all of the public health restrictions — such as mask-wearing, social distancing and the closure of schools and churches — had been lifted. A hasty return to public gatherings led to an increase in case numbers. Politicians either blamed people’s carelessness for the reemergence of the virus or downplayed the seriousness of it. The fourth wave was not front-page news in the way that prior spikes had been. The coverage was often relegated to small paragraphs deep inside newspapers, reporting thousands of new cases on a weekly or even daily basis. By February 1920, there was an epidemic in a state prison in New Jersey, and some courtswere forced to halt proceedings because of illness.

One physician wrote a letter to the editor in the New York Times in the winter of 1920, begging people to avoid “needless exposure to influenza” through unnecessary social contact. The doctor warned that anyone who visited someone who was ill was then “capable of spreading the disease to any number of others who might have escaped, thereby putting an extra drain upon the already overburdened hospitals, nurses, and doctors.”

But if the fourth wave failed to generate the kinds of headlines and fear of its predecessors, it wasn’t for a lack of lethality.In New York City, more people died in the period from December 1919 to April 1920 than in the first and third waves, according to a research paper on influenza mortality in the city. Detroit, St. Louis and Minneapolis also experienced significant fourth waves, and severe “excess mortality” was reported in many counties in Michigan because of the flu.

Local governments’ public health interventions may have contributed to the fourth wave by limiting the virus’s spread in prior waves. Letting the virus run rampant, however, would not have been advisable either, said Wan Yang, an assistant professor of epidemiology at Columbia University and an author of the paper on New York City influenza mortality. “More infection could also lead to more mutation, so that could generate a new virus variant that can then erode your prior immunity, so it’s an interplay depending on how the virus is going to evolve, which is really unpredictable,” Yang said.

Influenza viruses and coronavirus are genetically different, so it’s not possible to make a one-to-one comparison with the 1918 pandemic. Yang noted that the novel coronavirus appears to mutate far faster than the 1918 influenza virus. Management of the current pandemic also has benefited from many scientific developments that were not available a century ago, including more-sanitary hospital conditions, better access to clean water, and — perhaps what is most notable — a vaccine.

Still, we can get a glimpse into our future by looking at the past. The 1918 flu virus, after lingering in a deadly form for more than two years, eventually grew milder. Now it is “part of every seasonal flu we have,” said Ann Reid, the executive director of the National Center for Science Education, who helped sequence the genome of the 1918 influenza virus in the 1990s. Her research found that some genetic aspects of the 1918 virus continued to be present in new outbreaks, including pandemics in 1957 and 1968. People with immunity to the 1918 virus were therefore likely to have some protection from its genetic cousins.

“Eventually, everyone in the world will have some base level of immunity to this coronavirus, so even when it mutates into a new strain, people won’t be entirely vulnerable to it,” Reid said.  The best we can hope for with the current pandemic is an evolution that is to the flu viruses. “I think it’s going to stay,” Yang said of the novel coronavirus. “I don’t think elimination is feasible or even realistic at this point. Hopefully we can live more peacefully with this virus.”

Washington Post Live Updates

US cases are dropping. Other countries are breaking records. In every U.S. state this past week, daily new coronavirus cases were lower than the previous week. Nationally, cases are down 42 percent week on week, according to a Washington Post tracker. New York Gov. Kathy Hochul (D) said Sunday that the state’s coronavirus positivity rate of 3.5 percent was at its lowest point since omicron was named a variant of concern by the World Health Organization.

This has led some Americans to decide that, even with omicron still spreading and hospitals overwhelmed in many states, they will start going back to their pre-pandemic lives. But elsewhere in the world, countries are experiencing surges in cases and hospitalizations, and they are reintroducing or strengthening restrictions.

Russia, facing a record-breaking surge, reported adaily count of new infections that is an increase of10 times from the month before. South Korea, which successfully controlled the spread of the virus with strict border restrictions and high vaccination coverage, crossed the threshold of 1 million cumulative coronavirus cases Sunday and extended limits on indoor gatherings and a curfew for businesses. In Hong Kong, authorities reported a record number of daily new cases, and new restrictions are expected.

Stephens Care Center Residents Welcomed back to The Fox and Fell

Stephens Care Center (SCC) residents have been welcome to dine in the Fox and Fell for a number of weeks now.  SCC residents need to note on the menu one day ahead of their intent to dine in the Fox and Fell so that no meal tray is prepared for them.  SCC residents also need to notify their nurse when they are leaving and sign out and back in upon their return to the SCC at the registration book located next to the MedSec Desk. This allows us to dispense any medications necessary before they leave and allow us to account for everyone in the event of an emergency.

Dining Update

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

  • Thanks for your help during last week’s Winter Storm!
    • We appreciated so many of your helpful actions.  I am going to mention a few at the risk of unintentionally overlooking many others:
      • Thanks to the many residents who got meals ahead of the storm to relieve some of the pressure on the short staff who made it in during the storm.
      • Thanks so much to the many residents who volunteered to deliver meals or “whatever was needed.” Whether you were called upon or not, please know your willingness to help eased our burden in planning and we are very grateful.
      • The weather was so bad on Thursday night that some staff chose to stay here.  When the word got out, we had many residents offer to open their homes to staff!
      • Finally, thanks to everyone for the good humor and patience shown by all throughout this severe weather event!
  • Carryout Service Reminder
    • We continue to ask residents desiring carryout service to arrive during the first half-hour of dinner–4:45pm-5:15pm–or after 6pm. Your cooperation enables us to provide you with the best service as we want to get the carryout orders to you as fast as possible.
  • Supply Chain Challenges Continue:
    • Fresh produce shortages/quality issues continue.
    • Fresh fruit shortages/quality issues continue as well as shortages of canned fruit.
    • The quality and shelf-life of our bananas has been impacted by the delays in shipping.
  • Staffing Update:
    • Student recruitment efforts continue, and we had good news from the schools as we were able to plan two of the in-school events for April and May.  With the decline in cases, we look forward to implementing our planned Spring recruiting events. 

Housekeeping/Laundry Update

  • Please be Cautious:
    • This is the time of year when we place more mats at the doors than usual.  Our goal is to try to capture as much of the salt and slush as possible to protect the carpeting throughout.  However, your safety is our most important consideration.  If you encounter a mat or any flooring situation that is unsafe for any reason, please report it to the Front Desk receptionist, any Housekeeper, or contact Crystal Hall at 775-9199 or, Crystal’s email address.  For that matter, any safety issue can be reported 24/7. Our evening and night Facility Services cell number is 440.370.5926.  Thank you!

Oberlin Rotary seeking Volunteers for 2 Current Projects

With several staff and residents in the Oberlin Rotary Club, we like to reach out to engage other individuals as partners. A couple projects are getting underway that would welcome your help. This spring, materials will be provided to rebuild the raised gardens for Oberlin Community Services. If you would like to lend a hand and do this with others, sign up at the open mailboxes. When the project gets underway, you’ll be contacted. A second project, “My Very Own Blanket” is to provide children in foster care with their own hand-made fleece, knit or crocheted blanket. Ohio has a goal of 16,000 blankets. Kits will be provided.  Sign up at the open mailboxes for either of these projects and you will be contacted by Barbara Thomas.

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 106
Kendal at Oberlin COVID Total 122
**Current Isolation, COVID Positive 0
**Total COVID Beyond Isolation 120
Kendal at Oberlin Vaccination Overall544 of 548 or 99.3%
Total Kendal Residents Vaccinated333 of 333 or 100%
Total Kendal Staff Vaccinated (those unvaccinated have Medical or Religious Exemption)211 of 215 or 98.1 %

Lorain County (as posted 2/7/2022)

New Cases (since Monday, 1/31/2022 – 7-day average 55.4 per day) 388
Total Probable and Confirmed Lorain County Cases 65,270
Total in Zip Code 44074 (+26 since Monday, 1/24/2022) 1,738
Current Lorain County Positivity Rate (HIGH Transmission Rate) 8.1%
Total Deaths, age ranges 20-29 • 3; 30-39 • 7; 40-49 • 22; 50-59 • 65; 60-69 • 159; 70-79 • 243; 80+ • 335 834
Total Deaths in Long Term Care Settings, posted 2/2/2022, +4 283
Lorain County Vaccinations Started202,714 or 65.4% of population

Cuyahoga County (as posted 2/7/2022)

Cuyahoga County (excluding Cleveland)          184,050
Cleveland Cases 79,524
Total Cuyahoga County Cases 263,574
New Cases 1,360
Total Cuyahoga County Deaths 3,402
Total Deaths in Long Term Care Settings, posted 2/2/2022 915

State of Ohio (as posted 2/7/2022)

New Cases in the Last 24-hours  2,594
21-day Average of New Cases 9,956
Total Cases 2,612,719
Age Range all Cases <1-111
Median Age of all Cases 38
Total Hospitalizations (cumulative) 109,181 or 4%
Total Hospitalizations Last 24-hours 179
21-day Average of Hospitalizations 328
Median Age of all Hospitalized 65
Total ICU Admissions (cumulative) 12,879 or 1%
Total ICU Admissions last 24-hours 12
21-day Average of ICU Admissions 28
Total Health Care Workers Diagnosed 98,337 4%
Total Tested in Ohio 21,173,784
Total Ohio Resident Deaths 34,191
Median Age of Deaths 77
Ohio Resident Deaths in Last 24-hours 0
21-day Average of Deaths 157
Total Deaths in Ohio Long Term Care Settings (Updated Weekly. posted 2/2/2022) 8,562
Statewide Vaccinations Started 7,181,072 or 61.4% of population

Contact Information

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