Community Updates Week of 1/18/2021

Calm, Proactive Preparedness


January 22, 2021: Update to Residents

Lorain County Remains Level Three Red

Lorain County is still ranked at a high incidence of outbreak and is currently experiencing a 17.6% positivity rate, down from 19.8% last week. It is good to see some Level Two Orange counties appear on the Ohio map, four counties were downgraded from Level 3 Red last week. As a reminder, visitation for Stephens Care Center (SCC) residents in their visitation station remains postponed until our positivity rate drops below 10% and we have gone two full weeks with no newly discovered COVID-19 cases among SCC residents and staff.

Second COVID-19 Vaccination Rounds Completed!

Walgreens pharmacists were on hand Wednesday and Thursday to complete our second round of Pfizer BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccinations.  In total, 553 vaccinations were given, representing 284 Independent Living residents, 59 Stephens Care Center residents and 204 staff, vendors and Board Members. We are still parsing this last number and will have final numbers to share next week.  We know that about 98% of residents have received at least one dosage and over 70% of the staff. 

A BIG THANK YOU to all of the staff that worked hard to make our vaccination clinics run smoothly in both the Heiser Auditorium/Fox and Fell and the Stephens Care Center!

Our next rounds of COVID-19 Vaccination Clinics will be on February 10 and 11. This will be for residents and staff receiving their second dosage after receiving their first this week. We have heard that some residents and staff are concerned about the supply chain. Walgreens is committed to ensure we do receive these vaccinations.

COVID-19 Testing Update

As part of our continuing COVID-19 surveillance program, all Kendal at Oberlin staff members associated with the Stephens Care Center participate in our mandatory COVID-19 testing, currently at a twice per week cadence. Monday was our 27th round of COVID testing performed at Kendal at Oberlin.  Late Wednesday we were informed that one Stephens Care Center staff member tested positive for COVID-19 from our Monday testing. This staff member had limited contact with residents and wore the appropriate Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) while on campus.  This staff member has been given professional advice for their wellbeing and was immediately quarantined. Through contact tracing and testing, there is no evidence that there is any spread of COVID-19. 

During our 27th round of COVID-19 testing on Thursday, January 21, all Stephens Care Center staff members and residents tested negative for COVID-19.  We did have one Independent Living staff person under investigation for possible COVID-19.  Our next round of Stephens Care Center resident and staff testing will be administered on Monday, January 25. Kendal at Oberlin continues to be diligent and proactive in mitigating the impact of COVID-19 on campus.

Pet Salon Saturday Morning, January 23, at the front gate.

Call/ email Priscilla Steinberg to make an appointment with Kerry Trent.

Johnny Comes Calling This Coming Week

Place orders this Monday and Tuesday by calling Terry at 440-774-8215 for delivery on Thursday.

Annual Burns Supper is Monday, January 25 at 4pm

Will be shown on KOTV brought to you from SBH Scotland. Questions may be forwarded to Suzanne McDougal.

Poetry Potluck at 7:15pm Monday, January 25, by Zoom only

Everyone is invited to bring a favorite poem (or two or three, in case we have a small audience) to read aloud and share with others. It’s called a potluck, because we welcome all different types of poetry. Join Zoom Meeting. –Marjorie Porter

Tuesday, 10am, Call-In Resident Bible Study

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 Kims in Social Services.

Exchange Zoom in February

Toward the end of February we’ll have guests from Collington, a Kendal affiliate in Mitchellville, Maryland. If you have specific questions you’d like to have covered, feel free to submit them by email or a note to Barbara.

Good Reads

Understanding Messenger RNA and Other SARS-CoV-2 Vaccines – This article touches on some of the benefits and risks of the RNA vaccines (Pfizer and Moderna) which I hadn’t seen before. I don’t believe this is something to share with residents, but it is important to know going into the future. The information on the RNA vaccines is further into the article under the discussion section of the vaccines. As additional vaccines become available, this article also points out their benefits in storage and availability. –Shared by Don Parker

How to Choose the Best Cloth Mask

Any mask is better than no mask to help slow the spread of the coronavirus, and now that everyone and their grandparents are selling cloth face masks, you have options. Tens of thousands of them. (More than 15,000 listings on Etsy alone.) We consulted a range of authorities, from fashion designers and textile experts to aerosol scientists and infectious disease specialists, to zero in on the small but crucial design details that have an outsize impact on how a mask fits and feels , and—by extension—how it helps prevent person-to-person viral transmission. –From the New York Times, shared by Nancy Lombardi

How Corporations Are Fueling the Climate Crisis

Tuesday, Jan. 26 at 7:15 pm, Zoom (Join Zoom Meeting) and KOTV

Oberlin College alumnus Greg Coleridge, National Move to Amend Outreach Director, will share how the spending of corporate money in elections and other never-intended constitutional rights for corporate entities have contributed to the destruction of the earth’s climate and overall ecosystem by fossil fuel corporations nationally and here in Ohio. –Shared by Carol Conti-Entin

Walgreens Scam Alert Follow Up

Wednesday we reported that a resident reported receiving a phone call from “Walgreens” requesting she give her date of birth during the call. This resident did not speak further and ended the call. Be careful not to give any personal confidential information to any caller regardless who they claim to be. It is easy to do—just hang up–like this resident did! If you do experience a scam call, you can report it to Toni Merleno or call her office line at 440-775-9814.

We did follow up with Walgreens and they did have representatives calling to remind residents of their appointments and they were using the date of birth as an identifier.  We still urge you to be cautious and not to share confidential information on the telephone regardless of who they claim to be.

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 Cases12
     KaO Other Staff Cases 15
KaO Staff Total27
Kendal at Oberlin Total28
***In Quarantine, COVID Positive4
***Recovered24

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

New Cases (since Wednesday, 1/20/2021, 2 day average: 117.5)235
Total Lorain County Cases  15,105
Total in Zip Code 44074 (+4 since Wednesday 1/20/2021)445
Total Deaths, age ranges 30-39 • 1; 40-49 • 3; 50-59 • 8; 60-69 • 33; 70-79 • 55, 80+ • 101201
Total Deaths in Long Term Care Settings (updated weekly, last 1/20/2021)104
Lorain County Vaccinations Started13,962 or 4.5% of the population

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

Cuyahoga County (excluding Cleveland – last updated Monday 1/18/2021, not updated today at press time)53,961
Cleveland Cases (updates at 2pm – last update 1/18/2021,not updated at press time today)23,519
Total Cuyahoga County Cases77,480
New Cases (since Friday, 1/18/2021 – Cuyahoga County is only updated weekly, late Fridays, skewing data. No update at press time today)           
Total Cuyahoga County Deaths1,546
Total Deaths in Long Term Care Settings (updated weekly, last 1/20/2021)419

State of Ohio (as of 2PM)

New Cases in the Last 24-hours 4,278
21-day Average of New Cases7,314
Total Cases 853,982
Age Range all Cases<1-111
Median Age of all Cases43
Total Hospitalizations (cumulative)44,519 or 5%
Total Hospitalizations last 24 hours   204
21-day Average of Hospitalizations 295
Median Age of all Hospitalized68
Total ICU Admissions (cumulative)6,485 or 1%
Total ICU Admissions last 24 hours 20
21-day Average of ICU Admissions 29
Total Health Care Workers Diagnosed 50,339 or 6%
Total Tested in Ohio8,682,631
Total Deaths  10,599 or 1%
Median Age of Deaths 80
Deaths in Last 24 hours 81
21-day Average of Deaths 78
Total Deaths in Ohio Long Term Care Settings (updated weekly, last 1/20/2021)5,079
Statewide Vaccinations Started505,086 or 4.6% of population

January 20, 2021: Update to Residents

Kendal Begins Administering Second Dosages of the COVID-19 Vaccine

Vaccine tables in an auditorium

Walgreens pharmacists were on campus again today providing 1st and 2nd dosages of the Pfizer BinNTech COVID-19 vaccine. Today 254 Independent Living residents were scheduled. Tomorrow, 304 Kendal at Oberlin staff members, vendors (i.e. Ohio Living Home Health staff) and Stephens Care Center residents will be vaccinated. After Thursday, over 98% of our residents will have received one or both dosages of the COVID-19 vaccine and over 76% of staff members. We are delighted with such high participation, knowing that provides a significant step forward to a post-pandemic community!

Many thanks to countless staff members and our Walgreens pharmacists for an orderly and expedient process!  Kendal at Oberlin staff made this process extremely smooth. A word of thanks too for those resident groups that relinquished their Auditorium reservations for this and our on-going COVID testing. 

Just a word of caution: For some residents and staff, today and tomorrow are the first of two shots. Our campus remains vulnerable until the full week past our last clinic day. Assuming all goes well, that means we have a HUGE MILESTONE met on Thursday, February 18. We will all breathe a deep sigh of relief when the vaccine is in full effect. As of that date, residents will be able to visit in campus homes (apartments and cottages) without the same restriction that we’ve had. That is an important first stage of re-opening Kendal. Community spaces are being handled in the same way with restricted number, always in masks and using social distancing unless part of a bubble.

Why Aren’t We Wearing Better Masks?from The Atlantic, shared by Stella Rosenfeld

Afternoon Zoom Exchange

The session on Thursday at 4pm will be covered on Kendal TV channels and Zoom. No affiliate guests this week, but we do have Nancy Lombardi’s offering some highlights on masks and what she has learned from her collection of information. We will also have the usual updates, a look ahead at what is changing at Kendal, and a poll for those participating on Zoom.

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

Kendalites Watch the Inauguration in the Fox and Fell

Kendal residents that received their vaccination today were able to watch today’s inauguration of President Joseph R. Biden, along with the pre- and post-events. Thank you to Judy Miller and Don Mulica for making this possible. 

“This is America’s day. This is democracy’s day. A day of history and hope, of renewal and resolve. Through a crucible for the ages, America has been tested anew. America has risen to the challenge.”

Joseph Biden

Walgreens Scam Alert

Today a resident reported receiving a phone call from “Walgreens” requesting she give her date of birth during the call. This resident did not speak further and ended the call. Be careful not to give any personal confidential information to any caller regardless who they claim to be. It is easy to do—just hang up–like this resident did! If you do experience a scam call, you can report it to Toni Merleno at tmerleno@kao.kendal.org or call her office line at 440-775-9814.

Added Air Cleansing

You may have heard us mention at recent Zoom Exchanges that a number of residents have paid for and are testing the use of equipment put in their duct work providing Bipolar Ionization. This involves sending ionized particles into a space to deactivate pathogens and pollutants at the molecular level.

The equipment is reasonably priced and easy to install on existing HVAC systems, and equally important it is self-cleaning and maintenance-free with no harmful off-gassing. Just as importantly, recent independent testing commissioned by the US Defense Department shows it neutralizes 99.4% of SARS-CoV-2 in just 30 minutes. “This system does so much and requires so little,” says O’Connor. “We expect to get 10 to 12 years out of a system with no maintenance and very little energy consumption. COVID forced people to take a closer look at the quality and safety of their indoor air.”

The cost to a resident for an installation is $335, much lower than the market rate because our HVAC Mechanic Ted Hansen qualifies to purchase this as a contractor. Interested residents can contact Facility Services to be put on a list for installation.

Pet Salon Saturday Morning, January 23, at the front gate.

Call or email Priscilla Steinberg to make an appointment with Kerry Trent.

Library February Exhibit

Author! Author! Current Kendal authors take a bow along with translators, editors, and illustrators whose books will be displayed in the Library’s February exhibit. We will celebrate the expertise and creative thinking in our community as shown by works in a remarkably wide range of subjects from art to science, the ancient Greeks to current climate change, cookbooks to constitutional theory. Books by the following residents in the Library’s collection will be displayed: Richard Baznik, Mary Clare Beck, David Bell, Linda Bell, David Benzing, Judy Cook, Norman Craig, Eileen Dettman, Barbara and Gordon Evans, Linda Grashoff, Barbara Groseclose, Dianne Haley, Ronald Kahn, Jan Klaveness, John Leinenweber, Beth Irwin Lewis, Alan Lockwood, Edward LeRoy Long, Jr., Elizabeth Mathias, Sidney and Stella Rosenfeld, Jean Slonneger, Thomas Van Nortwick, Robert Taylor, and Anne Wardwell. If we have overlooked your publication, or if you would like to donate your book to be included, please contact Joan Long.

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 Positive4
***Recovered23

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

New Cases (since Friday, 1/15/2021, 5 day average: 87.0)435
Total Lorain County Cases  14,870
Total in Zip Code 44074 (+7 since Monday 1/18/2021)441
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 12,649 or 4.0% of the population

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

Cuyahoga County (excluding Cleveland – last updated Monday, 1/18/2021)53,961
Cleveland Cases (updates at 2pm – last update 1/18/2021)23,519
Total Cuyahoga County Cases77,480
New Cases (since Friday, 1/18/2021- Cuyahoga County is only updated weekly, late Fridays, skewing data)                  4,257
Total Cuyahoga County Deaths1,546
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 6,378
21-day Average of New Cases7,223
Total Cases 842,433
Age Range all Cases<1-111
Median Age of all Cases43
Total Hospitalizations (cumulative)44,009 or 5%
Total Hospitalizations last 24 hours 404
21-day Average of Hospitalizations 286
Median Age of all Hospitalized68
Total ICU Admissions (cumulative)6,430 or 1%
Total ICU Admissions last 24 hours 39
21-day Average of ICU Admissions 28
Total Health Care Workers Diagnosed 49,691 or 6%
Total Tested in Ohio8,576,460
Total Deaths  10,409 or 1%
Median Age of Deaths 80
Deaths in Last 24 hours 73
21-day Average of Deaths 74
Total Deaths in Ohio Long Term Care Settings (updated weekly, last 1/13/2021)4,896
Statewide Vaccinations Started456,131 or 3.9% of population

January 18, 2021: Update to Residents

Today We Remember with Gratitude the Life and Work of Martin Luther King, Jr., PhD

Martin Luther King, Jr. presented the commencement address at Oberlin College in June 1965. There he was also awarded with an Honorary Degree of Doctor of Humane Letters by the late J. Milton Yinger, Professor of Sociology and Anthropology and a founding resident of Kendal at Oberlin. 

Martin Luther King Jr.

Remaining Awake Through a Great Revolution:

All that I’ve said is that we must work for peace, for racial justice, for economic justice, and for brotherhood the world over. We have inherited a big house, a great world house in which we have to live together – black and white, Easterners and Westerners, Gentiles and Jews, Protestants and Catholics, Moslem and Hindu. If we all learn to do this, we, in a real sense, will remain awake through a great revolution.

Read the full text of this commencement address.

Second Round Vaccines Requires 2nd Consent Form and Your First-Round Vaccination Card

sticker - vaccine - 94.5 per cent

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 also complete a consent form. An electronic version was sent out Friday 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 both days 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 in-house mailboxes in the Heiser Center. Staff are completing the forms for Stephens Care Center (SCC) residents. No further action is necessary for SCC residents.

Also, for those getting their second shots please remember to bring your COVID-19 Vaccination Card that was given to you with your first dosage.

Langston Market Cancelled This 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!

Pet Salon Saturday, January 23, at the Front Gate

Call/email Priscilla Steinberg to make an appointment with Kerry Trent.

Robert Burns Supper

Tune in to KOTV on January 25 at 4:00pm to see the “World’s Biggest Burns” program, created by SBH Scotland. Pick up a souvenir program from the mailbox shelf (No agenda but it has the words to important poems like the “Address to the Haggis”.). Meanwhile, here’s a wee preview video to “whet yer appetite.” For more information, see www.sbhscotland.org.uk. (2) Please send an email to Clare Cogan Turner at clare.ct@sbhscotland.org.uk saying something like this: Thank you for providing the World’s Biggest Burns show to broadcast on our in-house cable channel. I am writing on behalf of Suzanne McDougal, a volunteer resident who is sponsoring our local Burns program this year. Please email the WeTransfer link to me once the show is all edited. We agree that the show will be used solely for our residents and will not be passed to any other organization without SBH Scotland’s prior consent.

Library February Exhibit

Author! Author! Current Kendal authors take a bow along with translators, editors, and illustrators whose books will be displayed in the Library’s February exhibit. We will celebrate the expertise and creative thinking in our community as shown by works in a remarkably wide range of subjects from art to science, the ancient Greeks to current climate change, cookbooks to constitutional theory. Books by the following residents in the Library’s collection will be displayed: Richard Baznik, Mary Clare Beck, David Bell, Linda Bell, David Benzing, Judy Cook, Norman Craig, Eileen Dettman, Barbara and Gordon Evans, Linda Grashoff, Barbara Groseclose, Dianne Haley, Ronald Kahn, Jan Klaveness, John Leinenweber, Beth Irwin Lewis, Alan Lockwood, Edward LeRoy Long, Jr., Elizabeth Mathias, Sidney and Stella Rosenfeld, Jean Slonneger, Thomas Van Nortwick, Robert Taylor, and Anne Wardwell. If we have overlooked your publication, or if you would like to donate your book to be included, please contact Joan Long.

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 without any financial compensation for participating. We would need about an hour of your time every other week.

To learn more about this project, we will have a Zoom meeting on Monday, January 25. We will share an overview 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.

Good Reads

How to (Literally) Drive the Coronavirus AwayThis article reports some research on this subject and suggests that opening the windows nearest two occupants may not be as effective as opening the ones across the seat from them. Submitted by Charles Klaveness

We’re Underselling the VaccineDr. Aaron Richterman, Infectious-Disease Specialist at the University of Pennsylvania:

We should immediately be more aggressive about mask-wearing and social distancing because of the new virus variants. We should vaccinate people as rapidly as possible — which will require approving other COVID vaccines when the data justifies it.

People who have received both of their vaccine shots, and have waited until they take effect, will be able to do things that unvaccinated people cannot — like having meals together and hugging their grandchildren. But until the pandemic is defeated, all Americans should wear masks in public, help unvaccinated people stay safe and contribute to a shared national project of saving every possible life. –NY Times, January 18, 2021. Read the whole article in the NY Times.

Opera Fan? Night at the COVID-Opera: 2 Minutes of Hope. Don’t miss this.

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

New Cases Since Friday NO UPDATE DUE to MLK, Jr. HOLIDAY0
Total Lorain County Cases  14,435
Total in Zip Code 44074  (+10 since Friday 1/15/2021)434
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

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

Cuyahoga County (excluding Cleveland – last updated Monday 1/18/2021)53,961
Cleveland Cases (updates at 2pm) last update 1/15/2021  NO UPDATE DUE to the MLK, Jr. HOLIDAY22,773
Total Cuyahoga County Cases76,734
New Cases (since Friday, 1/18/2021 – Cuyahoga County is only updated weekly, late Fridays, skewing data)                  3,511
Total Cuyahoga County Deaths1,542
Total Deaths in Long Term Care Settings (updated weekly, last 1/13/2021)398
Lorain County Vaccinations Started                         12,100 or 3.9% of the population

State of Ohio (as of 2PM)

New Cases in the Last 24-hours 4,312
21-day Average of New Cases7,430
Total Cases 831,066
Age Range all Cases<1-111
Median Age of all Cases43
Total Hospitalizations (cumulative)43,351 or 5%
 Total Hospitalizations last 24 hours 162
21-Day Average of Hospitalizations 299
Median Age of all Hospitalized68
Total ICU Admissions (cumulative)6,371 or 1%
Total ICU Admissions last 24 hours 16
21-day Average of ICU Admissions 30
Total Health Care Workers Diagnosed 49,120 or 6%
Total Tested in Ohio8,515,645
Total Deaths  10,281 or 1%
Median Age of Deaths 80
Deaths in Last 24 hours 81
21-day Average of Deaths 81
Total Deaths in Ohio Long Term Care Settings (updated weekly, last 1/13/2021)4,896
State Wide Vaccinations Started444,524 or 3.8% of population

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