Community Updates for Week of 5/9/2022

Update to Residents 5/10/2022

Coffee Hour on Wednesday, May 11 at 9:30 a.m.

This meeting will be in the Fox & Fell but also on Zoom and KOTV.  Meeting ID: 817 1875 9332.

Lorain County remains at a High Level of COVID Transmission

Lorain County remains at a High Level with a positivity rate of 7.99. Hence masks continue in all public indoor areas at Kendal at Oberlin. Fortunately, with the nice weather, you may be outside where wearing a mask is not required.

We Care Connect Resident Surveys

We started sending out resident surveys less than a week ago and it’s going very well in responsiveness. Thank you! We have had 26 of 35 possible surveys returned with 92% done by email, 4% by text and 4% by phone call follow-up. If residents don’t do email or have a mobile phone, they will get a call from We Care Connect staff. Residents receive the surveys based on the date of their move-in anniversary (or the date of their first monthly fee) and then 6 months later for a twice-per-year survey. We look forward to sharing Dashboard overviews after a month or two of results but will follow-up individually if any responses suggest more discussion for resolution. A call is assigned to the most appropriate leader based on the issue for follow-up.

Fitness Center Survey

We invite your input and want to better understand your preferences and needs regarding our Fitness Center programs and offerings. Please use this survey to give us your feedback. The results will be shared at the June Fitness and Wellness talk and will help us build our schedule and programming going forward. Thank you for sharing your views!

Swimming Pool expected to re-open

Tomorrow, May 11, at 5:30 AM. It is being worked on as we go to press today. Fingers-crossed that all works well. Note it takes a while to heat up!

Traditional Advance Directives May Undermine Advance Care Planning

(from Medscape as shared by Don Parker)  Apropos to last week’s presentation on Advanced Directives, I found this article on Medscape that focuses on Advance Directives that don’t qualify as providing real world, actual end-of-life care needs. It may apply to some here at Kendal.

Dining Update

Greg Zehe, Director of Hospitality Services & Assoc. Administrator

Compost and Green Container Collection is Moving to Langston

You may remember that we were experiencing a problem with fruit flies at the collection point in the Heiser Lounge. After studying the issue, the best solution appeared to be moving the compost and container collection to the dish return belt located in the corner of the Langston near the door. After the trial period, we can say that this is working as intended. Thanks for your cooperation!

Supply Chain Issues

As predicted, the Avian Flu has had devastating consequences. Eggs are in short supply and the prices are at historic highs. There is little good news on this situation, with no prediction on when the situation will improve.

Whole wheat and other artisanal bread varieties are very difficult to get at the present time. Please be assured that we want to serve an interesting daily variety of breads and will do so as soon as they become available.

Please let us know if something isn’t right

Most of the comments we receive are positive, but we serve hundreds of meals every day and it is unrealistic to think they will all be perfect.

Resident comments are an essential part of our quality improvement process. So, we welcome your comments anytime, but they are most useful to us in real-time. If you received something not prepared to your liking, please send it back to the kitchen. This presents an opportunity to diagnose and learn.

Seating Selection Assistance Available

Although we do not “assign” seats, we are happy to assist you, particularly if you are a single person looking to join an existing table. Our goal is to help you select a party that is just starting. The staff member who greets you can help!

Housekeeping/Laundry Update

Patio cleanings

Thanks for your patience and understanding while we work to get these scheduled, as it has been tricky to schedule around the weather of the past few weeks.  Hopefully, we are finally beyond all of that!  Even with these challenges, we have completed 16 patio cleans. If you have inquired but are not scheduled yet, we are working on the schedule with 11 more requests to complete as of today.

Upcoming cleaning for May

This year, Open House will be the first weekend in June. We have several projects scheduled to help Kendal shine. The first one you should know about is scheduled for Tuesday May 17: we are planning to strip and wax the Service Corridor (the long tile hallway that starts just inside the ambulance entrance and runs all the way down to the dock area). This project will begin around 7pm when the least amount of traffic is expected.

Covid News/ Statistics

Governor Mike DeWine’s regular COVID Press Conferences:

The lucky few to never get coronavirus could teach us more about it

(from The Washington Post) When her partner tested positive for the coronavirus two days before Christmas, Michelle Green worried she, too, would become ill. She was two months pregnant with their second child. He was a bartender at the time, and some of hisco-workers were infected with the virus. “I told him to get in the guest bedroom and don’t leave,” said Green, a 40-year-old project manager at a retail technology start-up in Washington, DC. The couple, who were both vaccinated, and their toddler postponed their Christmas celebration. Somehow, Green never tested positive.

Scientists around the world are investigating how a dwindling number of people such as Green have managed to dodge the coronavirus for more than two years, even after the highly transmissible omicron variant drove a record-shattering surge in cases this winter.

Read more:

COVID STATISTICS as of 5/10/2022  
VACCINATIONS# VaccinatedPopulation% of Pop
Kendal at Oberlin vaccinations 
Residents Vaccinated338338100.0%
Staff Vaccinated (some have Medical or Religious Exemption)22322599.1%
Total Residents + Staff vaccinated56156399.6%
Lorain County (Vaccinations Started)206,80666.6%
Ohio (Vaccinations Started)7,314,77062.5%
KENDAL AT OBERLIN – COVID CASES (Cumulative)5/10/2022Increase 
Independent Living Resident Cases130 
Stephens Care Center – Residential Care90 
Stephens Care Center – Skilled Nursing20 
Residents Subtotal24 
SCC Staff and Volunteer Cases691 
Other Staff Cases470 
Staff Subtotal116 
Total Residents + Staff140 
** Current Isolation, COVID Positive2 
** Total COVID Beyond Isolation136 
LORAIN COUNTY – COVID CASES (Cumulative)5/9/2022Increase 
Total in Zip Code 440742,02254 
Total Lorain County – Probable and Confirmed Cases67,671407 
Positivity Rate for Healthcare Workers (Current CMS Lorain County)No longer reported 
Current CDC Lorain County Positivity Rate (measures entire population with results to ODH)8.0%
Total Lorain County907 
Total Deaths in Long Term Care Settings3020 
Age Range Breakdown:  20-29: 5.  30-39: 7.  40-49: 22.  50-59: 70.  60-69: 188.  70-79: 253.  80+: 362
CUYAHOGA COUNTY – COVID CASES (Cumulative)5/6/2022  
Cuyahoga County (excluding Cleveland)192,013 
Cleveland Cases82,265 
Total Cleveland + Cuyahoga County274,278 
New Cases for Cleveland + Cuyahoga County1,933 
Cuyahoga County (excluding Cleveland)2,994 
Total Cleveland + Cuyahoga County3,974 
Total Deaths in Long Term Care Settings967 
OHIO 5/5/2022% 
21-Day Average of New Cases8,878 
Total Cases2,708,071 
Age Range of all Cases 
Median Age of all Cases38 
Total Hospitalizations (cumulative)115,4814% 
Median Age of all Hospitalized65 
21-Day Average of Hospitalizations346 
Total ICU Admissions (cumulative)13,498 
21-Day Average of ICU Admissions24 
Total Health Care Workers Diagnosed103,8154% 
Total Tested in Ohio22,272,602 
Total Ohio Resident Deaths38,493 
Median Age of Deaths76 
21-Day Average of Deaths76 
Total Deaths in Ohio Long Term Care Settings9,076  

Contact Information

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