Community Updates for Week of 3/28/2022

Special Update to residents 4/1/2022

Good news! We have now gone through three cadences of COVID testing with no additional cases of COVID detected among our residents. Our SCC resident who tested positive and was isolated has been released from isolation today, and our last Independent Living resident who tested positive will be released tomorrow. We are grateful that all cases were mild with only minor cold-like symptoms. 

As a Kendal Community, we have successfully mitigated this most recent COVID outbreak. Thankfully, with our extraordinary vaccination rates and the protective measures put in place, this outbreak was minimized! Great work everyone!

Updated Masking Guidelines for KaO Staff and Residents

Residents and staff who are vaccinated and up to date on their booster are no longer required to wear a mask in Heiser or the corridors of the Apartment Building. Masks are always an option but are no longer required in those areas.

PLEASE NOTE: 

  • Visitors and Guests ARE still required to be masked in public areas. (The exemption for this is a guest speaker, socially distanced, while speaking at a podium.)
  • Try-It, You’ll Like It Visitors will follow resident guidelines above.
  • Stephens Care Center staff members and visitors are still required to wear KN95 masks. These spaces are licensed under the Ohio Department of Health and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. Everyone working in, visiting, or volunteering in the SCC must remain masked.
  • All staff members, regardless of vaccination status, must continue to wear a mask when working in Independent Living resident homes.
  • Wait-staff will continue to be masked.
  • If you are in Heiser Community meeting rooms, wearing a mask is encouraged for residents if any unvaccinated individuals are present (including guests or staff.)
  • The Stephens Care Center is NOT open for Pass-Through at this time. More information will be forthcoming next week.

Changes for Stephens Care Center Residents

We are also very pleased to announce for friends in the SCC:

  • Communal activities within the Stephens Care Center resume today, April 1
  • Friends Corner Dining Room reopens Monday, April 4 for Breakfast and Lunch. Dinner will still be delivered to each resident room. We will announce the resumption of Dinner in the Friends Corner soon.
  • Stephens Care Center Residents may come down to the Fox and Fell for dinner. Please remember to inform the staff and sign-out when you leave.
  • Stephens Care Center Residents may join Independent Living residents for Independent Living events and gatherings.
  • Visitation requirements remain the same for the Stephens Care Center.

Update to residents 3/29/2022

Guest Dining to resume Wednesday, March 30

 Good news! Our Infection Control team is advising it is safe to resume guest dining and the Dining Team is confident that we have achieved the staffing goals needed to serve resident guests at Breakfast and Dinner.

Lunch staffing remains a challenge, but we are working towards this goal. Meanwhile, we can support some small group lunch catering options now.

We will need your help to make this successful:

  • Guests will need to show their COVID Vaccination Card to prove they are fully vaccinated and “up to date” on their COVID booster, following guidelines from the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
  • If you are bringing a large (4 or more) group, please remember to contact us at the Dining Services Hotline, 440-775-9801.  
  • The more notice you can give us, the more we can do to make sure we are prepared to make your experience wonderful! 
  •  We can accept cash in the Fox & Fell or charge guest meals to your Kendal account. Please remember the meal plan does not offer the use of Dining Dollars for guest meals.

Masks Through Next Tuesday in the Heiser

Masks continue to be an important part of mitigating the spread of COVID on campus. We will continue to require the wearing of masks in the Heiser Community Center public spaces, including the Auditorium, for at least one more week to ensure there is no additional spread of the virus. If there is no additional spread in Independent Living, masks will then become optional again in all public spaces.

FDA Expected to Authorize 2nd Boosters for People Age 50 and up: (reported by NPR)

Anyone 50 years and older could soon be eligible for a second booster dose of the Moderna or Pfizer-BioNtech COVID-19 vaccine. The Food and Drug Administration is expected to authorize the additional booster shots without holding a meeting of its independent vaccine advisors. The plan comes as evidence increases that protection from three shots is fading and a fourth shot would help boost immunity back up. And as BA.2, an even more contagious version of the omicron variant, continues to spread in the U.S., concern is mounting it could fuel another surge. “We have a large number of people who are at least four to six months past their third shot,” says Dr. Eric Topol, founder and director of the Scripps Research Translational Institute, who supports the move. “Without protection against the omicron variant, particularly now we’re confronting BA.2, there’s a very high risk of hospitalization and death,” he says.

…Administration officials say it’s important to give people the option of a second booster as quickly as possible. The plan to offer it to people younger than 60 was made to ensure that more vulnerable people, particularly people of color who are more likely to suffer other health problems that put them at risk, also have the option of an additional booster… Unlike previous authorizations, the FDA is not expected to make the 2nd booster a recommendation for everyone, but rather an option for those who want it. Read more here.

Second Booster Clinics to Be Scheduled at Kendal

The 2nd Booster is now approved. Kendal will partner with local pharmacies again to provide COVID Booster Clinics on campus.   As always, if you desire to get the Booster before a COVID Booster Clinic is on campus, please visit a local pharmacy – and be sure to provide a copy of your updated COVID Vaccine Card to the Health and Wellness Clinic. 

What to know about the omicron variant and subvariant BA.2

The Washington Post – A more transmissible subvariant, BA.2, has become the dominant strain in the United States as the omicron surge has waned. Those most at risk are the unvaccinated and older than 75.  After emerging in November, the omicron variant spread rapidly across the globe because of mutations that allowed it to evade some of the immunity produced by vaccinations and previous infections. In midwinter, tens of millions of people in the United States, many of them fully vaccinated and boosted, were infected by omicron. Now, a subvariant called BA.2, which has many mutations not seen in omicron, is posing a new threat and accounting for a swiftly growing share of cases in the United States, as it propels sharp case increases in Europe and Asia. Preliminary research suggests BA.2 is at least 30% more transmissible than omicron.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimated that, as of March 19, BA.2 accounted for 35 percent of new infections. The genomics company Helix, analyzing more current data, put its own estimate at 70 percent. Both estimates show a steady rise toward dominance of the subvariant. The rise in BA.2 cases comes as federal health authorities have relaxed certain recommendations. On Feb. 25, the CDC updated its mask guidelines, which no longer recommend masking for most people in indoor public spaces in counties with low to medium levels of covid-19 community transmission and hospitalizations. Most of America is now classified at those lower levels. However, other prevention strategies, such as vaccinations, are still recommended.

Do we know whether vaccines are effective against omicron?

Several studies have shown the Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna vaccines remained highly effective at preventing the worst outcomes from omicron infections even as protection against mild illness waned. The nearly 17 million Americans who received the one-shot Johnson & Johnson coronavirus vaccine were less protected against serious illness and hospitalization. Studies also show that fully vaccinated individuals who received a booster shot had robust protection against the omicron variant. But officials worry about lags in getting Americans to sign up for booster shots, which were also shown to increase protection against omicron. More than 97 million people in the United States have gotten the extra shots, of 217 million who are fully vaccinated, according to the CDC as of March 28. Read more:   https://www.washingtonpost.com/health/2021/11/26/faq-new-variant-omicron/

When to Self-Test for COVID-19

(From the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, shared by Ron Price.) Self-tests for COVID-19 give rapid results and can be taken anywhere, regardless of your vaccination status or whether or not you have symptoms.

When To Take an At-Home COVID-19 Test:

  • Test immediately if you have any COVID-19 symptoms.
  • Test at least 5 days after you were exposed to someone with COVID-19. If you test negative for COVID-19, consider testing again 1 to 2 days after your first test.
  • Test before you go to an indoor event or a gathering. This is especially important before gathering with individuals at risk of severe disease, older adults, those who are immunocompromised, or people who are not up to date on their COVID-19 vaccines, including children who cannot get vaccinated yet.
  • Never hesitate to reach out to the Kendal Health and Wellness Clinic at 440-775-9819 during regular business hours or the Stephens Care Center RN Nurse Manager at 440-775-9800 if you have any symptoms or questions/concerns about COVID testing.
  • Order free tests, available every 30 days from last order, at COVIDtests.gov.

Afternoon Exchange on Thursday, 3/31

Afternoon Exchange will be 3/31 in the auditorium and broadcast on KOTV. Included on the agenda will be an update on planning for more garages at Kendal; our history and necessary approaches for geese management at Kendal; and a spotlight on the up and coming new resident portal Viibrant led by Tom Taylor.

Time of Remembrance video

Time of Remembrance video will be broadcast on KOTV on Saturday, April 2, at 1:00 pm. This video is to remember the last 9 residents lost during the time when we have not been able to have memorials in person.

With Love, Gratitude and Appreciation

While still enjoying the fading fragrance of red and yellow roses from the events that unfolded for my 30th Anniversary, I remain in awe of the phenomenal planning by all, especially of the “surprise” KORA meeting agenda. Your presence in the auditorium (and on KOTV) have given me memories and stories documented for a lifetime in a beautiful book, photos and even a DVD. I thank you from the bottom of my top and bottom of my heart!  For those that may have missed the festivities, Joyce Benjamin created a YouTube link. Barbara Thomas Celebration March 17 – YouTube.  I have been busy creating personal notes of thanks for all who had a hand in this but special thanks to Robert Taylor, Carol Harvey, Rebecca Cardozo, and Mary Behm for heading up the best kept secret in a large community of residents and staff.

Voting Info

Are you registered to vote? Kendal will anticipate providing transportation for two trips on May 1st to the polls — if it is determined there are issues on the ballot. Our Voting Precinct will remain on Butternut Ridge at this time, but we have put in a request to the Lorain County Board of Elections to return offering a public polling place at Kendal as soon as restrictions are lifted by the State for long term care locations.

Dining Update

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

Food Cost Updates

Unfortunately, there is not much good news. The impact of the pandemic, record high oil prices, and the war in Ukraine affect the markets daily and continue to drive prices higher with supplies less certain. Below are some of the latest updates from LinkAge, our group purchasing partner:

  • Russia and Ukraine produce 29% of the global wheat supply each year, and as a result we are expecting volatility in this category for as long as the conflict continues. It is too soon to tell how high prices will rise and what other disruptions will occur.
  • Crude oil markets are also up as a result of the conflict. Russia is the third largest producer of oil globally, providing approximately 11% of the global share. Oil prices are currently tracking at over $100 a barrel, and it is still too soon to tell how high they will rise as the conflict continues.
  • We are also seeing price fluctuations and supply challenges in the cold-water fish categories. Russia accounts for more than 40% of the world’s whitefish production, including 60% of Alaskan pollock, 30% of Atlantic cod and 25% of haddock supply. Due to current economic sanctions, U.S. companies are not able to purchase fish that is supplied from Russia.
  • The US imports 30% of our coffee from Brazil, which was hit with a crippling early frost in 2021, followed immediately by a drought during a time that is normally considered a “wet season”. The import experts are predicting that coffee shortages (with resulting higher prices) could be with us for the next 2 or 3 years.

We are monitoring the effect these market forces have on our menu costs and to strive to provide you with the lowest possible prices. Still, as these supply costs rise faster and farther than projected, some individual items may have to be adjusted to cover the increasing ingredient costs.

Recruiting Update

  • Recently the Dining Recruiting Team visited Elyria Catholic and Firelands High Schools for another round of successful job fairs. Eleven students were very interested in applying from Firelands and seven from Elyria Catholic were interested, too. Several have already applied online for Dining and other open Kendal positions.
  • Currently we are still in need of about 21 waitstaff before we can state we are fully staffed.
  • Hospitality Housekeeping still needs two FT days and two FT nights.

Housekeeping and Laundry Update:

  • Patio Cleaning is Available: As we enter springtime, we are putting together our list of residents who would like to have their patios cleaned. This is the best time of the year, after the cold weather and before the heat of summer forces us to pause the patio cleanings until autumn. Please contact Crystal Hall at cyhall@kao.kendal.org or call her at 775-9199 to follow up.
  • Reminder – Due to a quarantine period, if you have a short-term need to have your trash collected by Housekeeping, please leave your trash outside your door no later than 12:30pm, Monday through Friday.

Fitness Update

from Jill Tvaroha, Wellness Coordinator

A big warm welcome to Donna Boucher! She starts next week and will be teaching two classes. Descriptions are below. Please email jtvaroha@kao.kendal.org or call 440-775-9851 to sign up for one of these classes. Space is limited.

  • Total Body Toning- Tuesdays and Thursdays from 7:45-8:30 am. This is a non-impact class that will help you stay fit and active, while strengthening and toning your body.  Using hand weights and other equipment to condition and tone for a total body workout.  Benefits include bone health, tissue health, and can help reduce the risk of injury throughout life.
  • Group Fitness- Mondays and Wednesdays from 7:45-8:30 am. Will consist of a variety of class formats such as Cardio Strength, BOSU, Tabata, Core N More, Boot Camp, Circuits etc.   This class will be different each time to keep the body challenged and the class exciting.  

Resident Fitness Survey Coming in April

There will be a Fitness/Wellness survey coming out in April. With two fitness positions open and two years of disconnection from the Fitness Center, it is time to reconnect with residents, connect with newer residents, and help people get reactivated in Fitness and Wellness. Please take the time to do the survey and share your thoughts.

Fitness Center Open House in April

Wednesday, April 20th there will be an open house for residents and staff from 1:00-6:30 pm. Come and get a tour, do your orientation, or ask about equipment. There will be people available to help! Refreshments provided.

Paper Bags for Garden Waste

Just in time for spring garden cleanup, a supply of paper bags for garden waste has been distributed to all trash rooms. The Horticulture Committee supplied the bags and John Brandenberger from the Woodshop installed the hooks on which to hang the bags. There are smaller, grocery-size bags and larger bags for those big cleanup jobs. Using these paper bags, which can be composted along with the garden waste, is a tremendous help to facility services for further processing of the waste. Feel free to add any extra paper bags that you may have. Thank you!

Community Update

Good news! We have now gone through three cadences of COVID testing with no additional cases of COVID detected among our residents. Our SCC resident who tested positive and was isolated has been released from isolation today, and our last Independent Living resident who tested positive will be released tomorrow. We are grateful that all cases were mild with only minor cold-like symptoms. 

As a Kendal Community, we have successfully mitigated this most recent COVID outbreak. Thankfully, with our extraordinary vaccination rates and the protective measures put in place, this outbreak was minimized! Great work everyone!

Therefore, we are happy to announce: Residents and staff who are vaccinated and up to date on their booster are no longer required to wear a mask in Heiser or the corridors of the Apartment Building. Masks are always an option but are no longer required in those areas.

Please note:

  • Visitors and guests are still required to be masked in public areas. (The exemption for this is a guest speaker, socially distanced, while speaking at a podium.)
  • Try- It Visitors will follow resident guidelines above.
  • Stephens Care Center staff members and visitors are still required to wear KN95 masks. These spaces are licensed under the Ohio Department of Health and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. Everyone working in, visiting, or volunteering in the SCC must remain masked.
  • All staff members, regardless of vaccination status, must continue to wear a mask when working in Independent Living resident homes.
  • Wait-staff will continue to be masked.
  • If you are in Heiser Community meeting rooms, wearing a mask is encouraged for residents if any unvaccinated individuals are present (including guests and staff.)
  • The Stephens Care Center is not open for Pass- Through at this time. More information will be forthcoming next week.

We are also very pleased to announce for friends in the SCC:

  • Communal activities within the Stephens Care Center resume today, April 1
  • Friends Corner Dining Room reopens Monday, April 4 for Breakfast and Lunch. Dinner will still be delivered to each resident room. We will announce the resumption of Dinner in the Friends Corner soon.
  • Stephens Care Center Residents may come down to the Fox and Fell for dinner. Please remember to inform the staff and sign-out when you leave.
  • Stephens Care Center Residents may join Independent Living residents for Independent Living events and gatherings.
  • Visitation requirements remain the same for the Stephens Care Center.

Today’s Statistics

COVID STATISTICS as of3/29/2022  
VACCINATIONS# VaccinatedPopulation% of Pop
Kendal at Oberlin vaccinations 
Residents Vaccinated332332100.0%
Staff Vaccinated (some have Medical or Religious Exemption)21922199.1%
Total Residents + Staff vaccinated55155399.6%
Lorain County (Vaccinations Started)204,72266.0%
Ohio (Vaccinations Started)7,274,03062.1%
  
KENDAL AT OBERLIN – COVID CASES (Cumulative)3/29/2022Increase 
Residents 
Independent Living Resident Cases131 
Stephens Care Center – Residential Care90 
Stephens Care Center – Skilled Nursing20 
Residents Subtotal24 
Staff 
SCC Staff and Volunteer Cases661 
Other Staff Cases461 
Staff Subtotal112 
Total Residents + Staff136 
** Current Isolation, COVID Positive4 
** Total COVID Beyond Isolation130 
  
LORAIN COUNTY – COVID CASES (Cumulative)3/25/2022Increase 
Total in Zip Code 440741,83714 
Total Lorain County – Probable and Confirmed Cases66,40493 
Positivity Rate for Healthcare Workers (Current CMS Lorain County)2.0% 
Current CDC Lorain County Positivity Rate (measures entire population with results to ODH)1.9%Moderate
Deaths 
Total Lorain County899 
Total Deaths in Long Term Care Settings2950 
Age Range Breakdown:  20-29: 4.  30-39: 7.  40-49: 22.  50-59: 70.  60-69: 184.  70-79: 255.  80+: 357.
  
CUYAHOGA COUNTY – COVID CASES (Cumulative)3/25/2022  
Cuyahoga County (excluding Cleveland)187,072 
Cleveland Cases80,383 
Total Cleveland + Cuyahoga County267,455 
New Cases for Cleveland + Cuyahoga County366 
Deaths 
Cuyahoga County (excluding Cleveland)2,947 
Cleveland953 
Total Cleveland + Cuyahoga County3,900 
Total Deaths in Long Term Care Settings944 
  
OHIO 3/24/2022% 
21-Day Average of New Cases4,113 
Total Cases2,669,698 
Age Range of all Cases<1-111 
Median Age of all Cases38 
Total Hospitalizations (cumulative)113,5724% 
Median Age of all Hospitalized65 
21-Day Average of Hospitalizations296 
Total ICU Admissions (cumulative)13,365<1% 
21-Day Average of ICU Admissions38 
Total Health Care Workers Diagnosed101,8384% 
Total Tested in Ohio22,023,044 
Total Ohio Resident Deaths37,793 
Median Age of Deaths76 
21-Day Average of Deaths324 
Total Deaths in Ohio Long Term Care Settings8,936  

Contact Information


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