Community Updates Week of 1/17/2022

January 18, 2022: Update to Residents

Winter Balance Check UP

Please stop by the Auditorium on Thursday, January 20 between 8:30am and 12pm.   Our Kendal Therapy Team will check your balance before heading into more winter weather,  Come see if your balance may need some fine tuing that our Therapy Dept, can help improve.

Free COVID Test Being Provided by the Federal Government

Shared by Ron Price

Beginning TODAY, January 18, every home in the U.S. is eligible to order 

4 free at-⁠home COVID- ⁠19 tests. The tests are completely free.

Orders will usually ship in 7-12 days.

Order from this official website:

Volunteers Need!

We are asking for Independent Living residents to volunteer time on Wednesday morning, January 19 between 9am and 12pm to be available with an iPad or other tablet device to assist other Independent Living residents that would like assistance ordering these COVID test kits online.   The online order form is easy and quick and can be completed in just a minute or two.   If you are willing to volunteer, please email Stacy at and indicate the time you would be willing to assist other IL residents.

If you are a resident that would like assistance ordering your 4 FREE COVID TEST KITS, please come down to the Heiser Lounge on Wednesday, January 19 between 9am and Noon and we will have someone available to assist you.

Dining Update

from Greg Zehe, Director of Hospitality Services & Assoc. Admin.

  • Breakfast Service will return to Langston on Monday, January 24!
    • The Langston will open to our pre-pandemic hours: 
      • 7:30am – 9:30am
      • Monday through Saturday
    • You may see a couple of “practice runs” this week, as we have many details to work out, but the official date is next Monday. 
  • We will begin with residents only, but we plan to include staff carryout as soon as possible.
  • With all this good news, there is a little bad: The free KORA coffee will also be ending on Monday.  Instead, residents are encouraged to come to Langston for Breakfast!
  • Last week, I encouraged folks to wear their nametag in the Dining Room.
    • Thanks for your cooperation!  Our servers are looking for you by name to bring your meal to you.  Your nametag saves them time and eliminates mistakes.
      • After reading this appeal last week, we received a suggestion from residents to put the table numbers on each order to make it easier for the servers and eliminate the reliance on resident names.  We studied this carefully and concluded this could not be done without re-introducing the hostess position or assigning the servers to sections.  Either of these solutions would require more staffing. So please help us to improve and be patient while the server team members gain experience.
  • Dining Services and the Environmental Concerns Committee are working jointly to develop a better idea for compost collection. During the pandemic we placed a can in Heiser as a collection point to accommodate residents accustomed to using the Langston tray return to drop off their compost.  While this worked okay for that time, clearly collecting compost waste in the Heiser Lounge is not a desirable long-term idea.  More to come on this….
  • Supply Chain Challenges this week
    • Fresh produce shortages/quality issues for carrots, cucumbers, mushrooms, and green peppers;
    • Canned garbanzo beans are out of stock.  Chef Scott has the Culinary Team preparing dry beans for the salad bar and entrées;
    • Arctic Char shows in stock, but our orders have not been filled for the past few weeks.
  • Staffing Update
    • Four new staff members have completed the orientation requirements and are ready to join the waitstaff team.
    • Five candidates are scheduled to interview this week.
    • Recruitment efforts continue, but in-school events have been put on hold by the schools.

Housekeeping Update

From Greg Zehe

Please be aware that Protech, a commercial carpet cleaner, will be in the Stephens Care Center on Wednesday, January 19, beginning at 12:30pm to steam-clean several areas. They should be here about 4 hours.  We targeted these areas because despite our best efforts the carpet stains could not be removed.  If this test using Protech’s equipment is successful, we will have other areas done by this vendor, too. Our challenge is to keep the appearance of existing carpet acceptable while the Master Planning process continues.

Detecting Fake Masks

Shared by Sharon Furrow

Highly protective face masks such as N95s and KN95s are being encouraged by health experts as the omicron variant of the coronavirus runs rampant, but many are actually fakes.

For instance, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says about 60% of the the Chinese made KN95 masks are counterfeit and do not meet requirements from the National Institute for Occupational Safety & Health (NIOSH).

There are many tell-tale signs N95s and KN95s are fake, thus making them not recommended to prevent spread of the coronavirus. Here’s what to know: Check the label. Approved N95 masks will either have a label on the packaging or respirator with the NIOSH letters, the CDC said. Each mask also has its own approval number you can verify on the NIOSH Certified Equipment List website…

What about KN95 masks?

NIOSH does not evaluate KN95 masks, but that does not mean they are not recommended. The CDC said KN95s are “the most widely available respirators that meet an international standard.” If packaging on a KN95 mask says it is CDC or NIOSH certified, it is a counterfeit. Read more:  How can you tell if your N95 or KN95 mask is fake? Pay attention to these signs

Ohio Department of Health reports more than 19,500 COVID-19 cases Monday

The Chronicle-Telegram, Jan. 17, 2022

The Ohio Department of Health reported 19,538 new cases of COVID-19 statewide Monday.

Ohio has seen an average of 22,078 new COVID-19 cases per day over the last three weeks, a total that is elevated by a backlog of cases that have been reported this week, according to the state health department’s website. The backlog of cases was caused by the high volume of coronavirus infections reported during the current surge, fueled by the omicron variant. Boosted by the backlog being cleared, Ohio’s single-day reports reached as many as 50,299 new cases, on Saturday.

In addition to the new cases, the state health department also reported 165 new COVID-19 hospitalizations and 14 new admissions to intensive care units for coronavirus patients.

Data provided to the Ohio Department of Health by the Ohio Hospital Association showed that as of Monday, there were reported to be 6,072 COVID-19 patients in hospitals statewide.

That marked the seventh consecutive day there was a reported decline in the number of COVID-19 patients in Ohio inpatient hospital beds after the agencies reported a two-week peak of 6,749 hospitalized virus patients Jan. 10. As of Monday, there were reported to be 4,416 inpatient beds available statewide. Additionally on Monday, the data showed that among Ohio’s hospitalized COVID-19 patients, 1,156 were in intensive care units and 804 were on ventilators.

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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 61
     KaO Other Staff Cases  40
KaO Staff Total 101
Kendal at Oberlin COVID Total 117
**Current Isolation, COVID Positive 4
**Total COVID Beyond Isolation 111
Kendal at Oberlin Vaccination Overall538 of 538 or 99.3%
Total Kendal Residents Vaccinated333 of 333 or 100%
Total Kendal Staff Vaccinated (those unvaccinated have Medical or Religious Exemption)205 of 209 or 98.1 %

Lorain County (as posted 1/17/2022)

New Cases (since Monday, 1/10/2022 – 7-day average 473.7 per day) 3,472
Total Probable and Confirmed Lorain County Cases 62,885
Total in Zip Code 44074 (+154 since Monday, 1/10/2022) 1,640
Current Lorain County Positivity Rate (HIGH Transmission Rate) 32.7%
Total Deaths, age ranges 20-29 • 3; 30-39 • 5; 40-49 • 20; 50-59 • 54; 60-69 • 137; 70-79 • 216; 80+ • 298 733
Total Deaths in Long Term Care Settings, posted 1/12/2022, +2 267
Lorain County Vaccinations Started200,361 or 64.7% of population

Cuyahoga County (as posted 1/10/2022)

Cuyahoga County (excluding Cleveland)          175,424
Cleveland Cases 77,121
Total Cuyahoga County Cases 252,545
New Cases 5,701
Total Cuyahoga County Deaths 3,095
Total Deaths in Long Term Care Settings, posted 1/12/2022 904

State of Ohio (as posted 1/17/2022)

New Cases in the Last 24-hours  19,538
21-day Average of New Cases 22,078
Total Cases 2,403,654
Age Range all Cases <1-111
Median Age of all Cases 38
Total Hospitalizations (cumulative) 102,129 or 4%
Total Hospitalizations Last 24-hours 165
21-day Average of Hospitalizations 363
Median Age of all Hospitalized 65
Total ICU Admissions (cumulative) 12,276 or 1%
Total ICU Admissions last 24-hours 14
21-day Average of ICU Admissions 34
Total Health Care Workers Diagnosed 92,625 4%
Total Tested in Ohio 20,428,233
Total Ohio Resident Deaths 30,992
Median Age of Deaths 77
Ohio Resident Deaths in Last 24-hours 0
21-day Average of Deaths 105
Total Deaths in Ohio Long Term Care Settings (Updated Weekly. posted 1/10/2022) 8,395
Statewide Vaccinations Started 7,108,819 or 60.8% of population

Contact Information

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