Community Updates for Week of 3/7/2022

Updates to Residents: 3/8/2022

Coffee Hour this Friday in the Fox and Fell

 Join us for the monthly Coffee Hour where the agenda is primarily focused on your interests and concerns. We’ll also broadcast on Zoom and KOTV.

Bridging Divides in Our Families, Communities, and Country

Monday, March 14, at 7:15pm in Heiser Auditorium and on KOTV. Speaker, retired physician Bill Shaul, from Aurora, is the one of the founding co-chairs of the Northeast Ohio Alliance of Braver Angels, working to restore respectful, civil discourse across the deepening political and cultural divisions in our country. This growing polarization threatens the fabric of the Republic. Passions run high on both sides with increasing anger, disrespect, and even violence evident all around us. Braver Angels is one grassroots, nonpartisan organization that has been confronting this challenge. The intention of Braver Angels’ activities is not to change anyone’s mind on the Left or the Right but to find common ground of agreement on even the most divisive issues facing our nation, our communities, and our families.

March Health Services Forum

Our next Health Services Forum will be Wednesday, March 16 at 4 PM. This will be a hybrid meeting; you may join in person in the Heiser Auditorium or via Zoom. Our topics will include:

  • Evolutions in Accessing Health Records at Cleveland Clinic and Mercy
  • The Importance of the Kendal Annual Exam for All Residents
  • Stay Connected to Your Social Services Team When Having Surgery
  • Stephens Care Center Update
  • Q and A with Georgia Newman, MD

Health Services Forums will be conducted on the following dates in 2022:  Wednesdays at 4 PM on March 16, May 4, July 1, September 14, and November 9. Please submit topics of interest to Stacy Terrell to be including on one of our upcoming Health Services Forums.

Apartment Repair for Heating System

Kendal is waiting on two small expansion valves within the 2nd floor circulating pump units, requiring a new 211- gallon expansion tank, ordered a week ago, due to arrive later this week. These two components should help remove the air from the closed-loop heating system causing some disruptive hammering noise. This is the first time our staff has dealt with this excessive air hammering condition in the apartment building. We believe this condition is concentrated in the south wing of the building (units 162-168 and 262-268). With consultation from our mechanical engineer, the solution was identified, and parts were ordered. Note: this has nothing to do with our new gas high efficiency domestic hot water system replaced last year.

Radio Fans

WCPN 90.3, WKSU 89.1 and WKSU 89.7 are joining efforts. As of March 28, those who currently listen to WCPN 90.3 FM will be able to find their favorite news, reporters, programs and NPR coverage at WKSU 89.7 FM, as well as on 104.9 FM and the network of stations that carry WKSU including 89.1 Thompson, 89.3 Wooster, 90.7 Norwalk, 91.5 New Philadelphia, 94.7 Mansfield and 95.7 Ashland.

WCLV, Ideastream

Public Media’s classical service, will move from 104.9 FM to 90.3 FM beginning March 28. This change will extend classical music to approximately 1 million additional listeners. https://www.ideastream.org/ideastream-public-media-wksu-together-for-northeast-ohio

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

General Updates

  • Your Meal Plan Selection was Due by 4pm TODAY, March 8th . It is time to select your meal plan for next quarter, March 19 – June 18. You will have received an email or paper copy of the selection form. If you have yet not made your selection, please do so this evening. Thank you!
  • Friends Corner is opening soon for Breakfast. Last week we opened the Friends Corner for lunch service. This has been so much fun, and residents are truly enjoying the meal gatherings!  Happy to report that we plan to extend Friends Corner dining service soon. Watch for breakfast service to resume on Thursday, March 10th.

Staffing Update:

Our first priority has been to reinstate a breakfast, lunch, and dinner service for all of our residents, in all levels of care. With this underway, our next priority is recruiting the personnel needed to open dining services to Kendal staff and resident guests. I have detailed in earlier bulletins the robust recruiting efforts we have underway, and I am confident that we will reach the staffing goals needed. I am often asked to estimate what staffing levels are needed for this next expansion. The question is not only the number of staff needed, but also the number of shifts each person will be available to cover. To project future needs, we create an average availability factor based on our staffing history: (number of shifts covered / number of staff) = average availability. This does vary by age range with students averaging a lower number than working adults.

Here is a summary by area of our current needs:

  • A 6-day-a-week Breakfast service in Langston that includes serving staff and guests will require hiring 2 more staff members with average availability; If these 2 hires can work hours beyond breakfast it will reduce the hires listed below for lunch.
  • A weekday Lunch service in Fox & Fell that includes serving staff and guests will require hiring 6 more staff members with average availability;
  • An everyday Dinner service in Fox & Fell that includes serving staff and guests will require hiring 6 more staff members with average availability.

An equally important priority on a limited scale is allowing for our Try It visitors. These scheduled visits are beginning later in March and are key to future occupancy. We are grateful to the resident hosts who will be dining with the guests. All residents/guests must be fully vaccinated to dine at Kendal in our dining rooms.

Although the needed staff numbers may sound like bad news, recall the huge strides we have already made!  Our student recruitment efforts continue to bear fruit, and the new Facebook recruiting initiative has already yielded a couple of day-shift staff. Thank you all for making our new staff members feel welcomed. The warmth and joy of this community is the best retention tool we have!

Housekeeping & Laundry Updates

  • Deep Cleans
    • We now have a fully staffed deep clean team! Please know that there are still openings available, and we are scheduling deep cleans for any interested residents.
    • Please contact Crystal Hall ( cyhall@kao.kendal.org ) or at 775-9199 to be added to the list.
  • Linen Update
    • The supply chain woes are a familiar story by now and our linen supply company is also being affected by the worldwide cotton shortage. If you notice a difference in the linens we provide, it is due to the substitutions we have received to fill our orders. This was necessary as some of the shipments we are still waiting for include orders that were placed in early 2020!

Governor Mike DeWine’s regular COVID Press Conferences

Visit to learn more about regular COVID Press Conferences https://ohiochannel.org.

Ohio Department of Health updates COVID-19 case rate data for all 88 counties

The Chronicle-Telegram (Mar 04, 2022) – Lorain County’s COVID-19 case rate continues to be among the lower rates in Ohio, according to the latest data released by the Ohio Department of Health.

An updated chart showing the number of coronavirus cases per 100,000 residents for every Ohio county — using data from the two weeks between Feb. 17 and March 2 — showed Lorain County had the 14th-lowest rate among Ohio’s 88 counties. Its reported case rate was 68.4 cases per 100,000 residents over those two weeks. Although Lorain County’s case rate has declined since the previous report on Feb. 24, other counties saw more dramatic drops that pushed them further toward the bottom of the list. Over the two weeks leading up to Feb. 24, Lorain County was reported as having the fifth-lowest case rate in Ohio, with 79.4 cases per 100,000 population.

In the latest update, Holmes County reported the lowest COVID-19 case rate in Ohio, with 34.1 cases per 100,000 population from Feb. 17 to March 2. Paulding, Stark, Geauga and Putnam counties rounded out Ohio’s bottom five counties in terms of case rate. Across the entire state, the average was 104.7 COVID-19 cases per 100,000 population over the past two weeks. The coronavirus had the greatest level of spread in some southern Ohio counties during that time, with Lawrence County reporting a state-leading 546.6 cases per 100,000 population and Gallia County following with 454.9 cases per 100,000 population. Meigs, Jackson and Hocking counties also reported case rates in Ohio’s top five over the last two weeks.

On average over the last three weeks, the Ohio Department of Health has reported 1,515 new COVID-19 cases, 118 hospitalizations and 13 ICU admissions statewide per day.

The Pandemic Is Not Over

This Medscape article (brought to our attention by Don Parker) reminds us that there are 6 million Americans for whom the pandemic is not over — the immunocompromised. The ability to relax the earlier safeguards may be appropriate for most, but not all, of us. It is incumbent on us to continue to be thoughtful and practice a little kindness in any situation where someone who is more vulnerable may be present.

Why nearly 80% of this ‘lifesaving’ Covid-19 antibody treatment is going unused (and what to do about it)

For individuals allergic to or unable to generate a response to vaccination, AstraZeneca’s Covid-19 antibody treatment, known as Evusheld, can help fill the void of protection. However, roughly 80% of available doses are currently sitting unused in warehouses, pharmacies, and hospitals. Advisory Board’s Andrew Mohama dives into why this is happening, and potential solutions moving forward. Read the Advisory Board’s take.

Today’s Statistics

COVID STATISTICS as of3/8/2022  
VACCINATIONS# VaccinatedPopulation% of Pop
Kendal at Oberlin vaccinations 
Residents Vaccinated334334100.0%
Staff Vaccinated (some have Medical or Religious Exemption)21721899.5%
Total Residents + Staff vaccinated55155299.8%
Lorain County (Vaccinations Started)204,18365.9%
Ohio (Vaccinations Started)7,234,94361.8%
  
KENDAL AT OBERLIN – COVID CASES (Cumulative)3/8/2022  
Residents 
Independent Living Resident Cases6 
Stephens Care Center – Residential Care8 
Stephens Care Center – Skilled Nursing2 
Residents Subtotal16 
Staff 
SCC Staff and Volunteer Cases63 
Other Staff Cases45 
Staff Subtotal108 
Total Residents + Staff124 
** Current Isolation, COVID Positive0 
** Total COVID Beyond Isolation122 
  
LORAIN COUNTY – COVID CASES (Cumulative)3/7/2022Increase 
New Cases Since Last Week (Monday)86 
Average Per Day for Last Week12 
Total in Zip Code 440741,80614 
Total Lorain County – Probable and Confirmed Cases66,238 
Positivity Rate for Healthcare Workers (Current CMS Lorain County)2.9% 
Current CDC Lorain County Positivity Rate (measures entire population with results to ODH)3.1%S = Substantial
Deaths 
Total Lorain County883 
Total Deaths in Long Term Care Settings29311 
Age Range Breakdown:  20-29: 4.  30-39: 7.  40-49: 22.  50-59: 69.  60-69: 177.  70-79: 250.  80+: 355.
  
CUYAHOGA COUNTY – COVID CASES (Cumulative)3/7/2022  
Cuyahoga County (excluding Cleveland)186,274 
Cleveland Cases80,170 
Total Cleveland + Cuyahoga County266,444 
New Cases for Cleveland + Cuyahoga County453 
Deaths 
Cuyahoga County (excluding Cleveland)2,892 
Cleveland914 
Total Cleveland + Cuyahoga County3,806 
Total Deaths in Long Term Care Settings929 
  
OHIO 3/7/2022% 
New Cases in the Last 24-Hours431 
21-Day Average of New Cases1,251 
Total Cases2,659,929 
Age Range of all Cases<1-111 
Median Age of all Cases38 
Total Hospitalizations (cumulative)112,8674% 
Total Hospitalizations Last 24 hours57 
Median Age of all Hospitalized65 
21-Day Average of Hospitalizations106 
Total ICU Admissions (cumulative)13,270<1% 
Total ICU Admissions last 24 hours8 
21-Day Average of ICU Admissions11 
Total Health Care Workers Diagnosed101,0604% 
Total Tested in Ohio21,766,883 
Total Ohio Resident Deaths37,018 
Median Age of Deaths76 
21-Day Average of Deaths96 
Total Deaths in Ohio Long Term Care Settings8,833  

Contact Information


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