Focus on prevention of COVID-19 virus establishes new procedures.   COVID-19 Updates

Community Updates Week of 1/11/2021

Calm, Proactive Preparedness


January 15, 2020: Update to Residents

Residents Encourage Staff Members to Get the COVID-19 Vaccine

Video links have been sent to all staff encouraging them to get the COVID-19 Vaccine.  A special thanks to Mary Behm, Don Parker and Anne Palmer for their heartfelt messages.  Mary noted a word of gratitude to all staff for what they have done through the pandemic.  She shared about her own inquiry to her primary care physician and her desire to see her family that she has not seen in a year.  Don provided the illustration of the pandemic being a storm surrounding the Lifeboat Kendal, and how each of us have a role to play in moving our oars on both sides of the lifeboat to move beyond the storm.  Anne shared from her own research and perspective as a public health worker and epidemiologist.  She reminded all of us that research and development into this vaccine dates to back to 2003, and the testing, care, and concern public health researchers put into the approval process.  A big thank you to each of them! We ask all staff to watch these videos and share them here for residents to see as well:

Lorain County Remains Level Three Red, but is on a Watch List for Level Four Purple

DeWine: Lorain County Nears Purple

Lorain County is in danger of going to purple alert in the state system of color-coded advisories.  In his coronavirus briefing Thursday, Gov. Mike DeWine said there were no counties under yellow alert and four counties under orange alert…but two counties — Clermont (which borders Hamilton) and Lorain — were approaching purple, the highest alert level.  DeWine said the counties were on the watch list because of increases of health care utilization. Statewide, cases, hospitalizations, intensive care unit admissions, and deaths in the previous 24 hours were all tracking higher than the 21-day average.

“We’re not necessarily seeing a large upswing of cases after Christmas…yet,” DeWine said.

All 88 Ohio counties remain under high alert, with more than 100 cases per 100,000 population over the past two weeks…DeWine said vaccinations continue with 361,603 doses given out so far. “That’s 72 percent of the vaccine on hand,” he said.  “That’s not high enough,” he said. “The goal is 85 percent.”  Figures indicate that more than 900,000 doses are allocated to Ohio, but Lt. Gov. Jon Husted pointed out those aren’t necessarily in possession by the state.  So far in Lorain County, a state dashboard shows 9,988 people have received their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, amounting to more than 3 percent of the county’s population. The Chronicle-Telegram

Second Round Vaccines Requires 2nd Consent Form

Residents and staff receiving the second round of the COVID-19 vaccine will need to complete a second consent form. Those receiving their first dose must complete a consent form. An electronic version will be sent out this evening. For those getting their first or second dosage of the COVID-19 vaccine, please complete sections A-1, A-2 and C before coming down for your vaccine.  If you have insurance questions, please contact Donna Weber at 440-775-9064 who will be happy to assist you.  Donna will also be available on the day of the vaccine clinics, January 20 and 21.  Please consider if your insurance changed on January 1. If it did, you will need to list information for your new insurance plan.   Hard copies of the consent form will be available next to the inhouse mailboxes in the Heiser Auditorium.  Staff are completing the forms for Stephens Care Center (SCC) residents. No further action is necessary for SCC residents. 

Two Staff Members Test Positive for COVID-19

As part of Kendal at Oberlin’s continuing COVID-19 surveillance program, all Kendal at Oberlin staff members associated with the Stephens Care Center and other staff members that have proximity to Independent Living residents, including  Housekeepers and Facility Services staff, participate in our mandatory COVID-19 testing.  Yesterday was our 26th round of COVID testing performed at Kendal at Oberlin.   Since Wednesday our surveillance program has detected two staff members testing positive for COVID-19 associated with the SCC. Kendal at Oberlin has conducted contact tracing with staff and residents that could have been potentially exposed to the virus.  At this point, no additional spread has been detected.   Kendal continues to test all residents in the SCC twice a week, and this will continue until we have gone two full weeks with no additional positive test results among SCC staff and residents.  Both employees have been given professional advice for their wellbeing and were immediately quarantined. Both are doing well.

Good Reads

The Future of the Coronavirus? An Annoying Childhood Infection

Once immunity is widespread in adults, the virus rampaging across the world will come to resemble the common cold, scientists predict. The “take home message” in the paper published in Science on January 12 that formed the basis for the article is “The key result from our new model framework that explicitly recognizes that functional immunity to reinfection, disease and shedding are different, is that in contrast with infections that are severe in childhood, CoV-2 could join the ranks of mild, cold-causing endemic human coronaviruses in the long run.” –The New York Times, shared by Alan Lockwood

How Effective is a Single dose  Vaccine?  How to behave!  (Thanks to David Dauphine)

Retirement Communities are SO DIFFERENT! At 80, She Is the Defiant Editor of ‘The Buzz’, a retirement community in New York. Submitted by Kari Inglis and Diane Follet

Nationwide Tribute to Remember and Honor the Lives Lost to COVID-19

Join LeadingAge in a national moment of unity and remembrance for lives lost to COVID-19 on January 19, 2021, at 5:30pm ET. Organized by the Presidential Inaugural Committee (PIC), communities around the country are participating by ​​​​illuminating buildings, ringing church bells, holding a moment of silence, and lighting candles.  Help us amplify the impact this past year has had on the many retirement communities across the country by posting photos or videos  on social media using the hashtag #COVID19 at exactly 5:30pm ET. LeadingAge’s goal is to reach beyond our field by sharing meaningful messages. Look for more suggestions on Monday.

About Recycling

In The Heiser Plastic-bag Bin, Please DO Recycle:

  • clean, dry, STAPLE-FREE plastic shopping bags (all retailers’ bags accepted)
  • clear shrink wrap (not translucent) and stretch film plastic 
  • clean, dry plastic produce bags
  • plastic newspaper sleeves
  • dry cleaner bags 

Please Do NOT Place in Binpaper, glass, metal, garbage, compost hard/rigid plastic food-or chemical-contaminated bags–BLACK or dark colored bags (PVC), bubble wrap. Thank you for care in recycling. Bettina, Helene, David, Posie, Joe, and Ted

Residents Needed by Oberlin College

Oberlin College professor Abby Arest is still in need of residents who are willing to engage virtually with the Oberlin College Asian students.  She needs about 5 more residents to make the program work.  This project will take place from January 25 through May 15, 2021. If you decide to participate in this study, you will be asked to attend several workshops, participate in small group/partner meetings, and to complete simple assignments and remote exchanges.  You will also have the opportunity to complete written reflections, a survey, and to participate in a focus group in which you can share your experience of the project. Because of COVID-19, the entirety of this project will take place remotely. This study is completely voluntary and there will not be financial compensation for taking part in this project.   We would need about an hour of your time every other week.

If you would like to learn more about this project, we will have a meeting on Monday, January 25, through a Zoom meeting.  We will share an overview of the project and go over the informed consent form. To RSVP to attend this event either email aaresty@oberlin.edu or to learn more about the project, please complete this google form. If you have any questions about the project, please reach out to me at aaresty@oberlin.edu  or 440-775-5515. ArtiFACT Kitchen is a new iteration of the ArtiFACT Project, which you can learn more about from this video and from this website.

Volunteer Clearing House Annual Reporting

Your hours of service are important to Kendal. If you have not yet returned your form of service in 2020, please do so soon.  Anne Elder reports we are looking for at least 150 additional reports from residents.

Annual Burns Supper

On January 25 at 4:00pm we’ll be showing on KOTV the World’s Biggest Burns program, brought to you from SBH Scotland. While performer Fran Healy sings Auld Lang Syne, a mosaic of photos of all those watching around the globe will be shown. If you’d like to be included in this display, send your photo to communications@sbhscotland.org.uk.  Please send the highest resolution photos you have, taken in landscape (phone on its side), and send via email by this Sunday, January 17. Photos can feature just you or your whole family–waving, smiling, posing, or holding up a wee dram. Wear your tartan if you can!  Please note: by sending in your photo you are confirming you have given permission for the use of image by everyone featured. For more information, see www.sbhscotland.org.uk–Submitted by Suzanne McDougal

Langston Market Cancelled Next Week

(1/20) due to the Vaccination Clinics on Wednesday and Thursday bringing lots of expected traffic and activity in Heiser. Thanks for your continued support in these extraordinary times!

Medical Transportation out of the County?

This is a good time to remind all that should you have a medical appointment outside of Lorain County, Kendal will reimburse you for the milage inside Lorain County.  You just need to turn in the information of your trip dates and locations to the Finance Department (Debbie) and they will give you a credit on your bill. If the Transportation Department arranges a professional service to drive you out of the county, they will turn the information into Finance for your credit. We remind you that if you have any hardship in transportation costs going outside the county, there is a fund to assist with medical transportation contributed by our generous donors. Don’t hesitate to contact Barbara Thomas or Ann O’Malley if such funds are needed.

This is a gentle reminder

Please keep your masks on at all times while using the Fitness Center areas. The only time your mask can be removed is when you are in the pool. While you are in the pool, please make sure you are keeping your distance from each other. We know it’s easy to forget…and hard to hear, yet we must remain vigilant about face-to-face contact.  Also, please make sure you check in with Fitness Staff before working out. We hope to transfer to self-signing-in soon, but for now, please make sure we know you are there.

Announcing the Poolside Relaxation Area! 

poolside relaxation area with chair

Starting Saturday, 1/16/2021, If you are interested in having a nice, warm, quiet space to read, meditate, or daydream, use the SignUpGenius link to sign up for a 1.5-hour time slot in the pool area. There is a cozy, pink chair waiting for you. Just sanitize the space before and after use. Such an enjoyable, bright space to bring some warmth, sunshine, and peace to your life. Bring some water in a non-glass container to enjoy while here as it can get hot! One person only, please. If you see someone in the pink chair, please let them be as they have signed up for some individual time of restoration and replenishment. Once you are comfortable in the chair, you can take your mask off and breathe easy.

Today’s Statistics

Kendal at Oberlin (KaO)

Independent Living Resident Cases0
Stephens Care Center (SCC) Resident Cases 
          Residential Care Facility 1
          Skilled Nursing Facility0
KaO Residents Total1
     KaO SCC Staff Cases11
     KaO Other Staff Cases 15
KaO Staff Total26
Kendal at Oberlin Total27
***In Quarantine, COVID Positive5
***Recovered22

Lorain County (as of 2PM) – Level 3 RED (on watch for Purple)

New Cases (since Wednesday, 1/13/2021 – 2 day average: 157.5)315
Total Lorain County Cases  14,435
Total in Zip Code 44074 (+11 since Wednesday 1/13/2021)424
Total Deaths, age ranges 30-39 • 1; 40-49 • 2; 50-59 • 7; 60-69 • 30; 70-79 • 50, 80+ • 95185
Total Deaths in Long Term Care Settings (updated weekly, last 1/13/2021)100
Lorain County Vaccinations Started                     
10,678 or 3.4% of the population

Cuyahoga County (as posted at 2PM) – Level 3 RED

Cuyahoga County (excluding Cleveland – last updated late Friday 1/8/2021)50,450
Cleveland Cases (updates at 2pm – last update 1/15/2021)22,773
Total Cuyahoga County Cases73,223
New Cases (since Wednesday, 1/15/2021 – Cuyahoga County is only updated weekly, late Fridays, skewing data)                  397
Total Cuyahoga County Deaths1,384
Total Deaths in Long Term Care Settings (updated weekly, last 1/13/2021)398

State of Ohio (as of 2PM)

New Cases in the Last 24-hours 7,149
21-day Average of New Cases7,657
Total Cases 814,442
Age Range all Cases<1-111
Median Age of all Cases43
Total Hospitalizations (cumulative)42,807 or 5%
Total Hospitalizations last 24 hours 316
21-day Average of Hospitalizations 308
Median Age of all Hospitalized68
Total ICU Admissions (cumulative)6,328 or 1%
Total ICU Admissions last 24 hours 39
21-day Average of ICU Admissions 31
Total Health Care Workers Diagnosed 48,512 or 6%
Total Tested in Ohio8,368,521
Total Deaths  10,057 or 1%
Median Age of Deaths 80
Deaths in Last 24 hours 67
21-day Average of Deaths 76
Total Deaths in Ohio Long Term Care Settings (updated weekly, last 1/13/2021)4,896
State Wide Vaccinations Started10,678 or 3.4% of the population

January 13, 2020: Update to Residents

Red rose

In loving memory of Ray Groo


“Once you and your friends are vaccinated, can you quit social distancing?”

Expect life to return to normal in 3 stages—not all at once. Now that the vaccines are arriving, people are starting to dream.  They say things like, “The second everyone in my family is vaccinated, we’re going on a big trip to Asia!” or “As soon as my five closest friends and I get the shot, I’m spending a weekend at a cabin with them. No masks, no social distancing.”

While many of us are thinking about the Covid-19 pandemic in binary terms—there’s “life before I get the shot” and “life after I get the shot”—experts are cautioning us to think more gradually. Not everything will change the second that syringe enters your arm.  “Realistically, it’s definitely not going to be an on/off switch on normal,” said Eleanor Murray, a Boston University epidemiologist. 

The best way to set realistic expectations around what life will look like in 2021 is to think of it in three stages. Stage 1 is what you can safely do once you and your close friends or family are vaccinated. Stage 2 is what you can safely do once your city or state has reached herd immunity, where enough people are protected against infection that the virus can’t easily spark new outbreaks. Stage 3 is what you can do once herd immunity is reached internationally. (Note that there’s a good chance we won’t reach that last stage in 2021.)  A lot will depend on the answer to a crucial open question: Are the vaccines only good at preventing symptomatic disease, or are they also good at preventing infection and transmission? –From Vox, shared by Tom Morgan

Afternoon Zoom Exchange

Thursday at 4pm. It will be covered on Kendal TV channels and Zoom. This week we will welcome guests from Kendal affiliate, The Admiral (Chicago). Joining us will be Executive Director Nadia Geiger and Resident Association President Toni Smith. Barbara and Mary Behm will facilitate the conversation. We will also have the other usual updates and a poll for those on Zoom.

Join Zoom Meeting – Meeting ID: 921 4392 7958, One tap mobile,  +13126266799,,92143927958# US (Chicago)

Do you want to help plan KaO’s future technology hardware and software? 

KORA Executive Committee is looking for suggestions to fill an open position on the Joint Technology Committee.  Contact Mary Behm if interested.

Weekdays at 5 (a time to visit with friends for 45 minutes) continues in February

The facilitators are:                 

  • Monday: Katie Brown and Elizabeth Hole
  • Tuesday: Nancy Garver and Elizabeth Hole
  • Wednesday: Emma Mason and Ann Fuller
  • Thursday: Kathy Caldwell and Kari Inglis
  • Friday: Carol Longsworth or Tom Konkoly

Zoom link:  https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86952414756

Johnny Comes Calling This Coming Week

Placed orders will be delivered tomorrow, January 14, at 10am in front of Heiser. Please note this in your calendar so you can pick-up your order timely.

Volunteer Clearing House Annual Reporting

Your hours of service are important to Kendal. If you have not yet returned your form of service in 2020, please do so soon.  Anne Elder reports we are looking for at least 150 additional reports from residents.

Annual Burns Supper

On January 25, at 4:00pm we’ll be showing on KOTV the World’s Biggest Burns program, brought to you from SBH Scotland. While performer Fran Healy sings Auld Lang Syne, a mosaic of photos of all those watching around the globe will be shown. If you’d like to be included in this display, send your photo to communications@sbhscotland.org.uk. Please send the highest resolution photos you have, taken in landscape (phone on its side) and send via email by this Sunday, January 17. Photos can feature just you or your whole family–waving, smiling, posing, or holding up a wee dram. Wear your tartan if you can! Please note: by sending in your photo you are confirming you have given permission for the use of image by everyone featured. For more information, see www.sbhscotland.org.uk.  –Submitted by Suzanne McDougal

Langston Market Cancelled Next Week

The market is cancelled for 1/20 due to the Vaccination Clinics on Wednesday and Thursday bringing lots of expected traffic and activity in Heiser. Thanks for your continued support in these extraordinary times!

Today’s Statistics

Kendal at Oberlin (KaO)

Independent Living Resident Cases0
Stephens Care Center (SCC) Resident Cases 
          Residential Care Facility 1
          Skilled Nursing Facility0
KaO Residents Total1
     KaO SCC Staff Cases9
     KaO Other Staff Cases 15
KaO Staff Total24
Kendal at Oberlin Total25
***In Quarantine, COVID Positive3
***Recovered22

Lorain County (as of 2PM)

New Cases (since Wednesday, 1/11/2021 – 2 day average:  85.5)171
Total Lorain County Cases  14,120
Total in Zip Code 44074  (+12 since Monday , 1/11/2021)413
Total Deaths, age ranges 30-39 • 1; 40-49 • 2; 50-59 • 7; 60-69 • 30; 70-79 • 50, 80+ • 95185
Total Deaths in Long Term Care Settings (updated weekly, last 1/6/2021)92

Cuyahoga County (as posted at 2PM)

Cuyahoga County (excluding Cleveland – last updated late Friday 1/8/2021)50,450
Cleveland Cases (updates at 2pm – last update 1/13/2021)22,376
Total Cuyahoga County Cases72,826
New Cases (since Monday, 1/11/2021 – Cuyahoga County is only updated weekly, late Fridays, skewing data)                  427
Total Cuyahoga County Deaths1,379
Total Deaths in Long Term Care Settings (updated weekly, last 1/6/2021)389

State of Ohio (as of 2PM)

New Cases in the Last 24-hours 6,701
21-day Average of New Cases7,372
Total Cases 799,639
Age Range all Cases<1-111
Median Age of all Cases43
Total Hospitalizations (cumulative)42,151 or 5%
Total Hospitalizations last 24 hours  288
21-day Average of Hospitalizations 292
Median Age of all Hospitalized67
Total ICU Admissions (cumulative)6,252 or 1%
Total ICU Admissions last 24 hours 15
21-day Average of ICU Admissions 29
Total Health Care Workers Diagnosed 47,897 or 6%
Total Tested in Ohio8,250,980
Total Deaths  9,881 or 1%
Median Age of Deaths 80
Deaths in Last 24 hours 79
21-day Average of Deaths 72
Total Deaths in Ohio Long Term Care Settings (updated weekly, last 1/6/2021)4,690

January 11, 2020: Update to Residents

Lin-Manuel_Miranda_in_Hamilton

“I Am Not Throwing Away My Shot”

Barclay Friends Staff Vaccinated to the Strains of ‘Hamilton’ – The movie version of the hit Broadway musical “Hamilton” was playing all day long Wednesday, January 6, at Barclay Friends in the William Penn Room, which was temporarily transformed into a CVS vaccine clinic for the day. The opening act of the hit musical has Alexander Hamilton singing, “I am not throwing away my shot!” “In the days leading up to our first vaccine clinic, several staff members were singing this song as a kind of pre-vaccine theme song,” said Barclay Friends Executive Director Linda Sterthous. “Luke Dorey, our Director of Facilities and the chair of our COVID Task Force, arranged for the showing as a surprise and treat to those waiting for their shot and those waiting the required 15 minutes after receiving the shot.”

COVID-19 Vaccine Facts from the Mayo Clinic

What are the benefits of getting a COVID-19 vaccine? – COVID-19 can cause severe medical complications and lead to death in some people. There is no way to know how COVID-19 will affect you. If you get COVID-19, you could spread the disease to family, friends, and others around you. Getting a COVID-19 vaccine can help protect you by creating an antibody response in your body without your having to become sick with COVID-19. A COVID-19 vaccine might prevent you from getting COVID-19. Or, if you get COVID-19, the vaccine might keep you from becoming seriously ill or from developing serious complications. Getting vaccinated also might help protect people around you from COVID-19, particularly people at increased risk of severe illness from COVID-19.

What COVID-19 vaccines have been approved and how do they work? – Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine: The FDA has given emergency-use authorization to the Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine. Data has shown that the vaccine starts working soon after the first dose and has an efficacy rate of 95% seven days after the second dose. This means that about 95% of people who get the vaccine are protected from becoming seriously ill with the virus. This vaccine is for people age 16 and older. It requires two injections given 21 days apart.

Can a COVID-19 vaccine give you COVID-19? No. The COVID-19 vaccines currently being developed in the U.S. don’t use the live virus that causes COVID-19. Keep in mind that it will take a few weeks for your body to build immunity after getting a COVID-19 vaccination. As a result, it’s possible you could become infected with the virus that causes COVID-19 just before or after being vaccinated—but never from the shot itself. Read more vaccine information from Mayo Clinic.

Yes, you can still get infected with COVID-19 after being vaccinated. Here’s why:

On December 18, a San Diego emergency room nurse was given a shot of the COVID-19 vaccine. A week later, he tested positive for the virus, CNN affiliate KGTV reported. Stories like this will become more common as millions of Americans are administered the Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna vaccines over the coming months. Over time, many who are vaccinated will still get infected with the novel coronavirus. During trials, the vaccines were shown to be about 95% effective—which means some vaccinated people were still infected. Here’s how and why: Immunity doesn’t kick in right away.

It takes time for vaccines to build up immunity, and the two authorized coronavirus vaccines both require two doses given several weeks apart to train the body’s immune system. People can be exposed to coronavirus right before being vaccinated, or right after, and there won’t be time for the body to develop its defenses. Read more from about time to build immunity. –Cable News Network, shared by Carol Conti-Entin

What You Can Do Post-Vaccine and When

Particularly in the early months of vaccination, many activities should wait, experts say—and plan to keep your masks. Vaccines are here, bringing hope of the pandemic’s end. But even when you get your dose, it won’t mean an immediate return to life as you knew it. Scientists cite several reasons for staying masked and cautious as you start your post-vaccine life. Vaccines don’t offer perfect protection; we don’t yet know whether vaccinated people can spread the virus; and coronavirus is likely to continue its rapid spread until a large majority of the population is vaccinated or has survived a natural infection. Because vaccines will not be a ticket back to 2019, Uma Karmarkar, a neuro-economist at the University of California, San Diego, recommends that people think about “how we are moving forward” instead of “getting back to normal.” (Neuroeconomics bridges neuroscience, psychology and economics.)

Vaccination provides you and society the best way to move forward. Some parts of life will begin to feel different as soon as the vaccine kicks in. Other changes will take longer. When it comes to thinking about what’s safe, it may help to think of post-vaccine life in several phases.

Read more about post-vaccine life. –The New York Times, shared by Kari Inglis

How much is “asymptomatic spread” driving COVID-19? Here’s what the evidence says.

Nearly 60% of all new coronavirus cases may come from people who carry the virus but who exhibit no symptoms of COVID-19, according to a new CDC model—findings experts say are even more concerning in light of a new, more contagious variant of the virus that’s emerged.

What the research says on asymptomatic spread: For the model, published in JAMA Network Open, researchers at CDC looked at data from a number of COVID-19 studies from last year which they used to establish several baseline assumptions. For example, the researchers presumed that 30% of individuals who contract the new coronavirus never develop symptoms but remain 75% as infectious as those who do develop symptoms. The researchers then modeled out different transmission scenarios based on people who were “pre-symptomatic” and “never-symptomatic,” using a variety of incubation periods and infectious periods, as well as several different timeframes between infection and the onset of potential symptoms. Overall, the model predicted that 59% of coronavirus transmission would come from people without symptoms, including 35% from people who were pre-symptomatic and 24% from those who never showed symptoms at all.

Why asymptomatic spread matters: CDC wanted to do a study on asymptomatic spread because “[un]fortunately, there continues to be some skepticism about the value of community-wide mitigation efforts for preventing transmission such as masking, distancing, and hand hygiene.” Read more about asymptomatic spread. –The Advisory Board

Call-In Resident Bible Study

Tuesday, 10am – Hosted by David Ladines, Spiritual Care Coordinator, Ohio Living. Connect in 2 easy steps: 1-844-636-4258, when prompted, enter: 79533#

There is no Zoom for this. This is held each week, Tuesdays, just by calling in. If you would like the study sheet for this session, ask at the front desk or contact one of the Kim’s.

Johnny Comes Calling This Coming Week

Place orders on Tuesday by calling Terry at 440-774-8215 for delivery on Thursday, January 14, at 10am in front of Heiser. Please note this in your calendar so you can be timely for pick-up of orders.

Volunteer Clearing House Annual Reporting

Your hours of service are important to Kendal. If you have not yet returned your form of service in 2020, please do so soon. Anne Elder reports we are looking for at least another 150 more reports from residents.

Weekdays at 5 (a time to visit with friends for 45 minutes)

This program began in January at 5pm and continues Monday-Friday for January and February. The contact zoom link is: Join Zoom Meeting – Questions? Contact Elizabeth Hole.

Annual Burns Supper

On January 25, at 4:00pm we’ll be showing on KOTV the World’s Biggest Burns program, brought to you from SBH Scotland. While performer Fran Healy sings Auld Lang Syne they plan to show a mosaic of photos of all those watching around the globe. If you’d like to be included in this display, send your photo to communications@sbhscotland.org.uk. Please send the highest resolution photos you have, taken in landscape (phone on its side) and send via email by this Sunday, January 17. Photos can feature just you or your whole family–waving, smiling, posing, or holding up a wee dram. Wear your tartan if you can! Please note, by sending in your photo you are confirming you have permission for the use of image by everyone featured. For more information, see www.sbhscotland.org.uk. –Submitted by Suzanne McDougal

Headlines to Turn Your Head:

  1. Something Went Wrong in Jet Crash, Expert Says
  2. Police Begin Campaign to Run Down Jaywalkers
  3. Panda Mating Fails; Veterinarian Takes Over
  4. Miners Refuse to Work after Death 
  5. Juvenile Court to Try Shooting Defendant
  6. War Dims Hope for Peace  If Strike Isn’t Settled Quickly, It May Last Awhile 
  7. Cold Wave Linked to Temperatures
  8. Red Tape Holds Up New Bridges

Today’s Statistics

Kendal at Oberlin (KaO)

Independent Living Resident Cases  0
Stephens Care Center (SCC) Resident Cases  
     Residential Care Facility
     Skilled Nursing Facility  0
KaO Residents Total 1
   KaO SCC Staff Cases  9
   KaO Other Staff Cases 15 
KaO Staff Total 24
Kendal at Oberlin Total 25
***In Quarantine, COVID Positive 3
***Recovered 22

Lorain County (as of 2PM) – Level 3 RED

New Cases (since Friday, 1/8/2021 – 3 day average: 159) 477
Total Lorain County Cases 13,949
Total in Zip Code 44074 (+16 since Friday,1/8/2021) 401
Total Deaths, age ranges 30-39 • 1; 40-49 • 2; 50-59 • 7; 60-69 • 27; 70-79 • 44, 80+ • 88 168
Total Deaths in Long Term Care Settings (updated weekly, last 1/6/2021) 92

Cuyahoga County (as posted at 2PM) – Level 3 RED

Cuyahoga County (excluding Cleveland – Last updated late Friday 1/8/2021) 50,450
Cleveland Cases (updates at 2pm – last update 1/8/2021) 21,949
Total Cuyahoga County Cases 72,399
New Cases (since Friday, 1/8/2021 – Cuyahoga County is only updated weekly, late Fridays, skewing data)          658
Total Cuyahoga County Deaths 1,370
Total Deaths in Long Term Care Settings (updated weekly, last 1/6/2021) 389

State of Ohio (as of 2PM)

New Cases in the Last 24-hours 7,892
21-day Average of New Cases 7,410
Total Cases 784,957
Age Range all Cases <1-111
Median Age of all Cases 43
Total Hospitalizations (cumulative) 41,377 or 5%
21-day Average of Hospitalizations 301
Median Age of all Hospitalized 67
Total ICU Admissions (cumulative) 6,188 or 1%
Total ICU Admissions last 24 hours 28
21-day Average of ICU Admissions 31
Total Health Care Workers Diagnosed 47,113 or 6%
Total Tested in Ohio 8,186,142
Total Deaths 9,702 or 1%
Median Age of Deaths 81
Deaths in Last 24 hours 75
21-day Average of Deaths 75
Total Deaths in Ohio Long Term Care Settings (updated weekly, last 1/6/2021) 4,690

Governor Mike DeWine’s regular COVID press conferences are found at The Ohio Channel.

Contact Information


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