Community Updates Week of 1/11/2022

January Coffee Hour & Exchange

  • Coffee Hour on Jan. 12, 9:30am, attend in person in the Fox & Fell or via Zoom

Meeting ID:  849 3106 1947

  • Afternoon Exchange on Jan. 27, 4 pm, in person in the auditorium or view on KOTV

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 reopened today.

Very important: Given the current positivity rate in greater Lorain County, we request our Independent Living residents passing through the SCC do the following:

  • Make sure to health screen at the Accushield Kiosk and wear your health screening sticker prominently. Only one health screening is required per day.  Specific instructions for kiosk use are posted next to the kiosks.
  • Wear a KN95 mask while in the SCC. They are available at the kiosk. Reuse these masks until soiled.
  • Walk through the SCC, while waving and saying “hello” to residents in passing. If you do stop and visit, please keep the visit brief, remain masked and retain 6 feet of social distancing. Regular visits of a longer duration may occur by going directly to the SCC resident’s room while also remaining masked and keeping 6 feet of social distancing. Please sign-in on the Accushield Kiosk for the specific resident you are visiting.
    • NOTE! We have had reports already today of Independent Living residents passing through the Stephens Care Center not wearing KN95 masks. Friends, KN95 masks are REQUIRED for all visitors passing through the Stephens Care Center. Scarfs and cloth masks are NOT APPROPRIATE. KN95 masks are available at each kiosk and are reusable until soiled. We are happy to reopen the SCC for accessing the Heiser Community Center, but this does require that everyone honor the guidelines that have been set forth to keep our vulnerable residents in the Stephens Care Center safe. 

Dining Update

Greg Zehe, Director of Hospitality Services

Fish and Seafood Update

  • The disruptions in the fish and seafood supply chains are affecting our ordering and causing us to make last-minute menu substitutions. Most recently, we did not receive the catfish we ordered and had to substitute the beer-battered cod. The uncertainty of supplies can also surprise us. The last time we had tuna steaks on the menu, we did not receive them and had to substitute with salmon.  On Saturday, we were prepared to do that again, but this time we did get the tuna! 
  • Speaking of salmon, this is a featured item at Kendal, so we use a premium Norwegian brand, Aukra Fresh. This is a farm-raised product, but unlike most other brands, the pens are placed out in the open ocean currents where the salmon would live naturally. Aukra also differs from less expensive brands because they feature:
    • very low pen density
    • quality control team selects each fish prior to harvest, and they practice no-stress harvesting
    • The fish are only fed organic maritime feed
    • No pesticides, and parasites are controlled naturally with symbiotic feeder fish

More information about this salmon is available at

Plain Available – Yes you CAN get the vegetables on the menu “plain”!

Recently, I had a long discussion with a resident who prefers plain vegetables.  I was disappointed to learn that her experiences have not been as consistent as I and the rest of the dining management team expected. To remedy these inconsistencies, we have met with the culinary and serving staff teams to evaluate and smooth the ordering and preparation process. We expect this will improve the process and ask for your help. If you are asking for “plain” and are told it is not available for some reason, please ask for a manager to help. This would help us to monitor the effectiveness of our planning.

Please wear your nametag in the Dining Room to help with staff efficiency.

Now that you choose your own table, the staff have no idea where you are sitting. They are looking for you by name to bring your meal to you. Your nametag saves them time and eliminates mistakes. Thanks for your cooperation!

Independent Living Testing

Many have wondered about testing for Independent Living. In December, 88 Independent Living residents were tested for COVID after traveling, potential exposure or symptoms being present.   Please remember, if you are experiencing any COVID symptoms at all, no matter how minor, and no matter if you “have this every winter”, please contact the Health and Wellness Clinic at 440-775-8919 to make an appointment for a COVID test. On weekends, please call the RN Nurse Manager at 440-775-9800 to arrange a time to come down to the SCC for testing. Many of the individuals that recently tested positive for COVID thought they did not have COVID until the test came back positive because the symptoms were so minor. Please don’t ignore minor symptoms, get tested!

Please Be Patient with Staff

This current surge is impacting our staffing levels in all departments. All staff tasks are being prioritized and some staff are being reassigned to more critical work assignments and other departments, such as the Stephens Care Center, to take care of non-clinic needs/non-direct care needs. We are extremely grateful for the over 30 staff members that have volunteered to work non-clinical, 4-hour duty shifts in the Stephens Care Center.

Departments particularly impacted today include:

  • Stephens Care Center
  • Dining Services
  • Facility Services

If you feel you have a critical need that is not being addressed timely, please reach out to the appropriate department head, Stacy or Barbara

Ohio Department of Health Update

The Chronicle-Telegram, January 11, 2022

Ohio continues to see higher-than-average numbers of new COVID-19 cases reported daily across the state. The Ohio Department of Health reported 18,042 new Coronavirus cases Monday, compared with an average of 16,764 new cases per day over the last three weeks.

In the last week, there have not been fewer than 18,000 new COVID-19 cases reported across Ohio on any day. According to the Ohio Department of Health data, the state has averaged 339 new COVID-19 hospitalizations, 31 new intensive care unit admissions and 97 deaths attributed to the coronavirus, per day, over the last three weeks. That tally of deaths attributed to the virus tracks with a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention dashboard that Monday showed 625 deaths attributed to COVID-19 had been reported across Ohio in the last week.

In Lorain County, Monday’s data update from the state health department showed there were 458 new COVID-19 cases reported and 15 new hospitalizations of COVID-positive patients.

An additional 416 Lorain County coronavirus patients were presumed to be recovered Monday, meaning their symptoms began more than 21 days ago and they are not deceased. Of the 59,413 cumulative COVID-19 cases Lorain County has seen since the pandemic began, 47,191 are presumed to be recovered, while 764 were reported to have ended with death.


Interesting Reads

New York Times – “Notes From the End of a Very Long Life”

Articles from Don Parker

Are you wearing Cloth Masks? 

This MDEdge article stresses the importance of N95 and KN95 masks in the effort to control the spread of the Omicron variant of COVID. It contains great suggestions for smart mask wearing, being aware of the area you will be in and choosing the appropriate mask.

Endemic? Could the Omicron Surge Hasten the Transition From Pandemic to Endemic?

A Medscape interview with a half dozen epidemiologists and infectious disease specialists looks at the current surge of the Omicron variant and predicts its length and the next phase of the pandemic and whether it might be dying down to an endemic level of mutating again. There are some hopeful thoughts on more lasting immunity. Damian McNamara, MA

Live COVID Updates from the Washington Post (free to all)

Amanda Gorman’s Latest Poem

This appeared in an email to Richard Baznik from Eric Kaler, president of CWRU. “New Day’s Lyric.”

Even if we never get back to normal,

Someday we can venture beyond it,

To leave the known and take the first steps.

So let us not return to what was normal but reach toward what is next.

Girl Scout Cookies Are Available!

Girl Scout Esme, of Oberlin Troop 50439, is once again available by phone to take your cookie order! You can also choose to purchase cookies for donation to the Oberlin Community Services’ Food Bank. 


  • Take a look at the flier that is available at the front desk detailing the different varieties of cookies, the pricing, and allergen information. 
  • Call Girl Scout Esme at 440.787.5802 to place your order over the phone by February 5th. Orders by phone will be delivered mid-March to Kendal.
  • Or order online using a credit card at
  • When you place your order online with a credit card, request the “Girl Scout Delivery” option. This way, you will avoid a shipping fee. The deadline for placing girl scout delivery orders is February 5. These orders will be delivered mid-March to Kendal. Beware! if you place an order and choose to have your cookies mailed to you, there will be a charge for shipping. The direct shipping order deadline is April 1.
  • For more information from Oberlin Girl Scout Esme, watch her explanatory video here:
  • Contact these Kendal residents if you still have questions: Ann Francis at 517.410.1243 or email and Dorothy Macintyre at 440.774.2912 or email 

Copies of the above information, as well as descriptions of the cookies, are available at the Front Desk.

Thank you!

Dear Kendal residents and staff, thank you so much for the retirement well wishes, lovely cards and kind words! I want you to know how much I appreciate it! I am very grateful for the time I have had at Kendal and the chance to get to know you! ~ Teresa Maynard-Pais

Today’s Statistics

Kendal at Oberlin (KaO)

Independent Living Resident Cases  6
Stephens Care Center (SCC) Resident Cases  
          Residential Care Facility  8
          Skilled Nursing Facility  2
KaO Residents Total 16
     KaO SCC Staff Cases 60
     KaO Other Staff Cases  40
KaO Staff Total 100
Kendal at Oberlin COVID Total 116
**Current Isolation, COVID Positive 18
**Total COVID Beyond Isolation 96
Kendal at Oberlin Vaccination Overall534 of 538 or 99.3%
Total Kendal Residents Vaccinated333 of 333 or 100%
Total Kendal Staff Vaccinated (those unvaccinated have Medical or Religious Exemption)201 of 205 or 98%

Lorain County (as posted 1/10/2022)

New Cases (since Monday, 1/10/2022 – 7-day average 473.7 per day) 3,316
Total Probable and Confirmed Lorain County Cases 59,413
Total in Zip Code 44074 (+154 since Monday, 1/10/2022) 1,509
Current Lorain County Positivity Rate (HIGH Transmission Rate) 39.0%
Total Deaths, age ranges 20-29 • 1; 30-39 • 4; 40-49 • 19; 50-59 • 50; 60-69 • 132; 70-79 • 210; 80+ • 288 704
Total Deaths in Long Term Care Settings, posted 1/10/2022, +1 265
Lorain County Vaccinations Started198,890 or 64.2% of population

Cuyahoga County (as posted 1/3/2022)

Cuyahoga County (excluding Cleveland)          171,590
Cleveland Cases 75,254
Total Cuyahoga County Cases 246,844
New Cases 175,194
Total Cuyahoga County Deaths 3,034
Total Deaths in Long Term Care Settings, posted 1/10/2022 902

State of Ohio (as posted 1/10/2022)

New Cases in the Last 24-hours  18,042
21-day Average of New Cases 16,764
Total Cases 2,207,270
Age Range all Cases <1-111
Median Age of all Cases 38
Total Hospitalizations (cumulative) 99,830 or 5%
Total Hospitalizations Last 24-hours 299
21-day Average of Hospitalizations 339
Median Age of all Hospitalized 65
Total ICU Admissions (cumulative) 12,059 or 1%
Total ICU Admissions last 24-hours 21
21-day Average of ICU Admissions 31
Total Health Care Workers Diagnosed 90,758 4%
Total Tested in Ohio 19,979,885
Total Ohio Resident Deaths 30,072
Median Age of Deaths 77
Ohio Resident Deaths in Last 24-hours 0
21-day Average of Deaths 97
Total Deaths in Ohio Long Term Care Settings (Updated Weekly. posted 1/10/2022) 8,357
Statewide Vaccinations Started 7,060.346 or 60.4% of population

Contact Information

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