Community Updates for Week of 4/11/2022

Update to Residents 4/12/2022

Coffee Hour on Wednesday, April 13 at 9:30

Join us in the Fox and Fell, KOTV or Zoom. We’d love to see you in person, but we are also testing a new solution to improve sound for those joining via Zoom or KOTV. The Zoom link is  Meeting ID: 861 8955 4991

Stephens Care Center Pass-Through Foot Traffic Resumed

Our Stephens Care Center (SCC) pass-through for residents living on the west and north-west ends of our campus is again reopened.

Very important for all who Pass-Through the Stephens Care Center:

  • All who Pass-Through the SCC must health screen at the Accushield kiosk and wear your health screening sticker prominently. This is a Centers for Medicare and Medicaid rule (CMS) to protect our most vulnerable residents. Only one health screening is required per day. Specific instructions are posted at the kiosks.
  • All who Pass-Through the SCC must wear a KN95 mask while in the SCC. Wearing a mask is a Centers for Medicare and Medicaid rule (CMS) to protect our most vulnerable residents. Scarfs and cloth masks are NOT APPROPRIATE. KN95 masks are available at each kiosk and are reusable until soiled.

Update on Second Booster Vaccine: 

Kendal at Oberlin will be offering COVID Boosters (Booster Shot #2) to eligible Residents near the end of April in collaboration with Discount Drug Mart. Eligibility is based on age 50+ and at least four months since your last COVID Booster.

We expect to have a confirmed date and time later this week from Discount Drug Mart and will keep you informed.

Discount Drug Mart will use the Pfizer COVID vaccine as their primary COVID vaccine. However, if you prefer the Moderna or Johnson and Johnson vaccine, please let Stacy Terrell know at or 440-775-9811. Discount Drug Mart will have limited quantities of those other vaccines.

If you happen to get your 2nd Booster off campus, please make sure to bring your COVID Booster Vaccine Card to the Health and Wellness Clinic so that we can make a copy of it for our records and to ensure the safety of everyone.

A big “Thank You” to the over 260 residents who responded to the survey put out last week.   With those answers in hand, we can move forward with our planning.

Those who have not responded to the survey can still do so. Just use this brief survey to let us know if you wish to get your booster here at Kendal versus elsewhere. The survey is also available on paper; find one by the mailboxes. Thank you!

Spellebrate – your turn!

If you see Kendal’s Wordly Wise team – Robin Lauren, Nancy MacRae, or Kari Inglis – congratulate them on their amazing spelling in the United Way Spellebrate contest. They spelled everything correctly in the preliminaries and semifinals – including such mysterious words as sigil and seiche! Finals will be broadcasted live on YouTube on Saturday, April 30 at 3pm.

Be thankful you can be a support without having to spell crazy words. Spellebrate is a fund raiser for Kindergarten Readiness programs and Middle School supports: including OberlinKids; Rising Titans (Lorain); and Ready, Set, Go…to Kindergarten (Elyria). Your donation earns the Kendal team advantages in their pursuit of the trophy and helps children throughout Lorain County. Your support is greatly appreciated! To make a donation: Thank you.

Access Control Cards (key cards)

 This is a reminder to all residents and staff.  Please do not punch holes into the access control cards. The hole that is already punched in the cards is the only area that can be punched on the cards and is done when the card is being programmed. These cards host proximity electronics inside that allow them to function. When you punch a hole in the card the electronics are damaged, and the card will not work anymore and cannot be repaired. Thank you, Facility Services

Plan to Vote in the May 3rd Primary

As you probably are aware, there will be a May 3rd Primary and it is time to inform ourselves about issues and competitive races. Most importantly it is time to plan when and how you will vote in this primary. 

  • Of course, you can vote in person on May 3 at the New Russia Township Hall Lodge, located close to Kendal at 46300 Butternut Ridge Road.
  • For further info/questions, please contact Ann Francis or Mary Van Nortwick.

Spring is Prime Time for Severe Weather Toni Merleno, Risk Manager

To date our area has not had severe thunderstorms although we have experienced some gusty winds during March. This is the time to replace batteries in your flashlights and portable radios–including weather radios–in case of power outages due to severe spring weather. Store a couple of gallons of bottled water, too, for boil alerts.

Keep yourselves informed and plan your outdoor activities accordingly. When our location is under a severe weather warning, stay away from windows and have a pre-planned place in your Kendal home where you can protect yourself in the event of damaging high winds or tornadoes. 

Also, remember severe weather can strike at any time of the day or night, so stay updated on local weather reports. The Oberlin storm siren will only sound when a tornado is headed for our location. Please stay alert to stay safe.

Dining Update

Greg Zehe, Director of Hospitality Services & Assoc. Administrator

Avian Influenza Update on Egg and Poultry Categories 

There continues to be newly confirmed cases of the highly pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI or Avian Flu) in commercial poultry flocks in the United States. The eggs category has seen most of the impact with the destruction of 18 million laying hens. This is driving increased prices in the marketplace. Our LinkAge GPO, Foodbuy, reports that our vendors are still well positioned with supply and price for the month of April.

Foodbuy also reports they will continue to monitor both eggs and poultry categories and will provide an update as we confirm pricing for May. Volatility is expected to last through the summer and possibly into fall. We expect to see more price increases for both eggs and chicken this summer.

Are you prepared with some emergency food and water? 

Spring can be a time for volatile weather! During the severe weather emergency this past winter, residents helped the community “weather” the storms, and many more wanted to know what they can do to help in a crisis.

Dining Services is required by regulation to provide meals and water to our Stephens Care Center Residents. Depending upon the nature of the situation, fulfilling this requirement can take much of our time and attention. When our Independent Residents are prepared for their own needs, such as having some bottled water and food on hand, this is a great help at a critical moment.

Recruiting Update

  The open house at the LCJVS last week was well attended by students. Several of the instructors told us they gave their classes time to attend and then monitored/coached them on how to approach potential employers. When we participate in these events, we communicate with the faculty so we know what we can do to help support their learning objectives for the students. Some are simply job fairs, while others like this one at LCJVS have more than one purpose.

Sometimes staff from other Kendal departments attend these events with us. Even if this is not possible, we always present ourselves as representatives of Kendal and tell students to let us help them to contact other departments depending on their interests.

Housekeeping/Laundry Update

Spring cleaning is a traditional activity here at Kendal. One of our first goals was to have the carpeting steam-cleaned in the dining rooms and certain other areas of the SCC and Community Center. This has been completed. Today, I would like to keep you informed on the major work we have planned for later this spring. More information will be shared as we get further down our timeline. Here are some of the projects planned:

  • We are gathering bids and evaluating proposals to have the Auditorium flooring and the Utility Hallway tile professionally sealed with a high-solid, non-slip commercial product that will stand up to the hard usage these two areas endure. These products will last several years and are designed for easy upkeep.
  • We plan to complete the window cleaning of the Community Center and cottage window cleaning this year in the May/June timeframe. Specific details will be shared as the time draws near.

Fitness Center Update

From Jill Tvaroha, Wellness Coordinator

Coming soon, a new Fitness Center survey will be distributed to both Residents and Staff. Please take time to fill it out mindfully. We will be designing programming and hiring staff largely based on the information we receive from you. There are many new residents and staff on campus now, and we want to be sure we hear your thoughts. This is an opportunity to reshape and reset as we rebuild. We really value YOUR input.

The early bird gets the worm! In this case, the early birds get a good workout. Donna Boucher, fitness instructor, has started teaching classes this week and they are great! If you are looking to get more aerobically fit, increase your stamina, and have fun, come to the Fitness/Relaxation Room at 7:45am on Monday and Wednesday. If you want to tone up, get stronger, and have fun, come to the Fitness/Relaxation Room on Tuesday and Thursday at 7:45am. Classes are open to Residents and Staff.

Covid News

Governor Mike DeWine’s regular COVID Press Conferences:

The next leap in coronavirus vaccine development could be a nasal spray

The Washington Post (free to all)  As the omicron variant of the coronavirus moved lightning-fast around the world, it revealed an unsettling truth. The virus had gained a stunning ability to infect people, jumping from one person’s nose to the next. Cases soared this winter, even among vaccinated people. That is leading scientists to rethink their strategy about the best way to fight future variants, by aiming for a higher level of protection: blocking infections altogether. If they succeed, the next vaccine could be a nasal spray.

The original coronavirus shots proved remarkably versatile, protecting people from the worst outcomes of covid-19. But as experts debate when, whether and who should receive additional boosters, a growing number of scientists are beginning to think additional shots could have marginal benefits for most healthy people. Aswitch in the vaccine delivery route from a shot to a sniff could muster a wall of immunity right where viruses find their foothold and block the spread of the virus, preventing even mild infections.

The immunology is complex, but the idea is simple. A puff of droplets up people’s nostrils could provoke “mucosal” immunity — a virus-fighting force embedded in the tissue that lines the airways. The localized protection could stanch transmission and help stifle the next variant. The omicron variant triggered a sudden, humbling shift in perspective on vaccines: The glass looked at least half-full for most of 2021, then suddenly looked half-empty. For more than a year, the original coronavirus vaccines kept people alive and out of the hospital and fended off most illness, even amid challenging variants. But the hyper-transmissible omicron variant rampaged even through highly vaccinated countries… Read more:

The Gridiron Club outbreak

shows what living with Covid-19 looks like. Read about it at:

CDC director clears up confusion on 2nd Covid boosters

There’s no downside to getting a fourth dose now, Dr. Rochelle Walensky told NBC News, adding that recent omicron infection counts as a “natural boost” for the vaccinated.

The FDA has pulled the Smith-Kline-Glaxo COVID drug

because it is ineffective against the BA.2 variant, according to Medscape. Two other drugs were removed from the approved list in January. A general consensus is that 72% of new COVID cases are due to new variants.

Shared by Don Parker.

“Home Covid Tests Are Useful, Though Not Perfect”

(New York Times) Shared by Lynn Eastman.

Today’s Statistics

COVID STATISTICS as of4/12/2022  
VACCINATIONS# VaccinatedPopulation% of Pop
Kendal at Oberlin vaccinations 
Residents Vaccinated333333100.0%
Staff Vaccinated (some have Medical or Religious Exemption)22022299.1%
Total Residents + Staff vaccinated55355599.6%
Lorain County (Vaccinations Started)206,13866.0%
Ohio (Vaccinations Started)7,288,04762.3%
KENDAL AT OBERLIN – COVID CASES (Cumulative)4/12/2022Increase 
Independent Living Resident Cases130 
Stephens Care Center – Residential Care90 
Stephens Care Center – Skilled Nursing20 
Residents Subtotal24 
SCC Staff and Volunteer Cases660 
Other Staff Cases460 
Staff Subtotal112 
Total Residents + Staff136 
** Current Isolation, COVID Positive0 
** Total COVID Beyond Isolation134 
LORAIN COUNTY – COVID CASES (Cumulative)4/11/2022Increase 
Total in Zip Code 440741,8412 
Total Lorain County – Probable and Confirmed Cases66,51666 
Positivity Rate for Healthcare Workers (Current CMS Lorain County)1.6% 
Current CDC Lorain County Positivity Rate (measures entire population with results to ODH)2.0%“Moderate”
Total Lorain County902 
Total Deaths in Long Term Care Settings2983 
Age Range Breakdown:  20-29: 5.  30-39: 7.  40-49: 22.  50-59: 70.  60-69: 186.  70-79: 252.  80+: 360
CUYAHOGA COUNTY – COVID CASES (Cumulative)4/12/2022  
Cuyahoga County (excluding Cleveland)187,869 
Cleveland Cases80,711 
Total Cleveland + Cuyahoga County268,580 
New Cases for Cleveland + Cuyahoga County635 
Cuyahoga County (excluding Cleveland)2,967 
Total Cleveland + Cuyahoga County3,930 
Total Deaths in Long Term Care Settings960 
OHIO 4/7/2022% 
21-Day Average of New Cases3,533 
Total Cases2,676,629 
Age Range of all Cases<1-111 
Median Age of all Cases38 
Total Hospitalizations (cumulative)114,1264% 
Median Age of all Hospitalized65 
21-Day Average of Hospitalizations249 
Total ICU Admissions (cumulative)13,397<1% 
21-Day Average of ICU Admissions17 
Total Health Care Workers Diagnosed102,3274% 
Total Tested in Ohio22,212,636 
Total Ohio Resident Deaths38,166 
Median Age of Deaths76 
21-Day Average of Deaths186 
Total Deaths in Ohio Long Term Care Settings9,014  

Contact Information

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