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Community Updates Week of 1/25/2021

Calm, Proactive Preparedness


January 29, 2021: Update to Residents

Lorain County Remains Level Three Red

Our county rate of infection continues to remain high, with 660 new cases per 100,000 people this past week. This key indicator along with the number of outpatient and Emergency Room visits related to COVID and the current Intensive Care Unit ability to handle a surge, leave us at Level 3 Red. You can view the current ODH Advisory Map with Lorain County statistics on our COVID-19 Updates landing page (scroll down).

News on COVID-19 Variants

Here are MDedge and Medscape articles dealing with the SARS-CoV2 variants that are being discovered, how they spread in the population, whether they can cause more serious illness, and whether current vaccines will protect against them.

As mutated strains of the coronavirus represent new threats in the pandemic, vaccine makers are racing to respond. Moderna, whose two-dose vaccine has been authorized for use in the United States since December 18, said on January 25 that it is now investigating whether a third dose of the vaccine will better prevent the spread of a variant first seen in South Africa, while it also tests a new vaccine formula for the same purpose. –Shared by Don Parker

Ordering from Amazon?

We have continued to be challenged with Amazon delivery drivers dodging our direction to deliver all packages to Heiser Community Center as UPS and FedEx do—instead driving around the community hunting for cottage numbers. YOU can help solve this problem by using ONLY 600 Kendal Drive as your shipping address when ordering online. All Amazon deliveries will come to Heiser!

Afternoon Zoom Exchange on Thursday

This meeting provided an update from the New Normal Committee and feedback from a Community Poll for those on Zoom. It was great to get the feedback from residents who had their 2nd vaccine for COVID. 60% reported feeling very good mentally knowing they had the vaccine. (11% no difference; 18% ok; 12% good). When asked what symptoms persisted more than 2-3 days this is what was reported:

  •           3% chills
  •           8% headache
  •           26% joint or muscle aches
  •           5% rash
  •           31% fatigue or tiredness
  •           3% nausea or vomiting
  •           58% no symptoms 

Highlights of New Normal Planning Committee, January 28

  • Emphasis remains on maintaining practices offering protection. Each resident must consider their personal comfort with having a vaccine, knowing there is still much to study and learn. We have to assume until research determines otherwise that vaccinated individuals can still get COVID and give COVID. What we know now is that you are 95% assured you will not be at serious risk for illness/death.

Information will continue to evolve as more is learned about the vaccine as well as the new variants of COVID that have entered the United States. Our plans will adjust to what is learned and changes. 

  • February 25 – This special celebratory date is when all of our residents will be fully vaccinated + 14 extra days. (Most residents and staff will reach this point on February 3, but we are all waiting together.) If you choose, residents may visit one another (up to 6 people) in your homes on campus without masks for activities. We emphasize choice and comfort among those visiting. The philosophy of “Go Slow” is being encouraged. As certain activities are relaxed, you don’t have to change your protective practices. One thing that is very important is that as you change your activities, if you are part of a bubble, discuss the changes among members of the bubble. Some members of the bubble may choose to stop participating.
  • Car Rides – This February 25 date will also mean you can ride with other residents in a car, but still using cautious practices learned. For example, if you come out of a store together, wear your masks home (unless your glasses fog up and you’re the driver.)
  • Stephens Care Center – No changes in visiting regulations. Because we are still testing twice each week, we cannot have visits in the Education Center. Any changes will come from the State of Ohio. We promise to do our very best to communicate all changes just as soon as we are informed. Some of the regulations are driven by the COVID cases and frequency of testing. We are all very anxious to see access improved, while maintaining a safe environment.
  • Salon Services – If you decide to make a visit to a community Salon/Barber after February 25, we’ll offer some written tips on what the business should be doing to offer you needed protection. Salons vary tremendously in their practices, and COVID is still rampant in Ohio. This is a hands-on service, so we emphasize to use these tips before you decide on salon services.
  • Dining Plans for reopening Fox and Fell will be shared next week after the Department of Health has had time to review our serving and seating plans.
  • Housekeeping frequency can be adjusted any time by calling Hospitality Services. Residents have been adjusting their use of services right along. For some, the service has not changed, while others have stopped services or used an express service. It is up to you to determine a readiness to resume regular services when you are comfortable. There are some changes to scheduling going in public spaces as we transition staff in their assignments. We will not be able to begin deep cleaning because of the teams needed for this, but more information will be shared in the future how this will transition.
  • Fitness – a subcommittee coordinated by fitness staff is working with resident advisories and a couple of members from the New Normal Planning Committee to bring recommendations. We will share when practices can be modified based on staff and regulations.
  • Passes – No changes for now but this is a high priority subject for next week and will be reported next week at the weekly Exchange.
  • Needlepoint Ionization- Facility Services is now installing a device for $325 (labor included) in the HVAC ductwork for both cottages and apartments that is useful to addressing dust, mold and other small air particles. Research shows this does not kill COVID. Residents who have had them installed have reported satisfaction. Heiser Community meetings spaces were improved using a higher-grade filter (From MERV 8 to MERV 13). Common spaces also have more air exchanges per hour resulting in more fresh air for users.

Identity Theft

We had a resident receive a 1099-G form from the State indicating someone had filed fraudulently for unemployment benefits using their identity, thus triggering the tax form. Please be on the alert should you receive such a form. More than half of Ohio’s Pandemic Unemployment Assistance claims have been flagged for fraud. Should you be in this situation go to: https://unemploymenthelp.ohio.gov/, “report identity theft” is the first item there!

Resident Concerns about Second Stimulus Checks

I have had a few inquiries related to residents receiving a Prepaid Debit Card from the Treasury Department. This is legitimate and is how our government is issuing some of the second round of Stimulus Payments to Taxpayers. I think if they don’t have your bank account number for a direct deposit, they are issuing these prepaid debit cards. Go to https://www.irs.gov/newsroom/treasury-issues-millions-of-second-economic-impact-payments-by-debit-card for more information. – from Ann O’Malley, CFO

The Presidential Transition: From Trump to Biden

Monday, February 1 – 7:15pm, Zoom (Join Zoom Meeting) and KOTV

Joe Biden offers normality. But the crisis he confronts, the president he succeeds, the balance within Congress, and the unpromising prospects for his party in the 2022 election all suggest his term will be stressful and contentious. Joseph White, Luxenberg Family Professor of Public Policy at Case Western Reserve University, will examine how President Biden has sought to fit an agenda and appointments to the circumstances as well as how leaders of both parties’ factions have responded so far.Shared by Carol Conti-Entin

Reminder Weekdays at 5 will continue in February with this link

Join Zoom Meeting – Meeting ID: 869 5241 4756. The new moderators and hosts will usually be:

Monday: Priscilla, various; Tuesday: Nancy G., Elizabeth H.; Wednesday: Jan L., Ann F.; Thursday: Kathy C., Kari I.; Friday: Carol L., Tom K.

Valentine’s Day Meal Delivery

Residents will have the opportunity to opt in for one day, Sunday February 14, when Dining is offering a special Valentine Menu.

It’s Girl Scout Cookie Time!

Support the Girl Scouts by getting your order in by February 5 in a number of convenient ways. Delivery will be mid-March. Order cookies for yourself, for friends, or even donate cookies. Donated cookies will be given to Oberlin Community Services. There is a flyer in the Heiser Lounge. Ordering is different this year and includes the option to call in an order and pay by check, or order online and pay by credit card using a designated web link. Delivery can be here at Kendal by the Girl Scout troop where they will be delivered by Ann Francis, Nancy Lombardi, and Dorothy MacIntyre. Should you prefer the usual shipping method like other outside deliveries, you will incur a shipping fee.

Good Reads

What will the coronavirus look like in 10 years? A new study offers a provocative theory:

Once most adults are immune to the novel coronavirus, whether by natural infection or inoculation, it’s likely that the virus—a “grim menace now”—will be “no more of a threat than the common cold,” according to a new study published in Science, Apoorva Mandavilli writes for the New York Times. –The Advisory Board

I was lucky to find this vaccine anywhere!

Great article from an 88-year-old vaccine scientist and his search for the vaccine. –Washington Post, shared by Kari Inglis

February Pizza Party Next Week

Pizza and lasagna orders for Lorenzo’s will be delivered this coming week on Tuesday and Wednesday. Order deadline is today, 1/29.

February Fitness Sign-Up Started Thursday, 1/28

You can sign up for two (2) days in the lap pool. Notice there is a link for the fitness/relaxation room again. There are a couple of small groups of residents that would like to meet to work out together. Remember there is a great video library there for your use. This link is for people who want to gather to work out, meditate, stretch, work on movement activities together. Email or call jill with any questions. Don’t forget we have a cozy chair set aside in the pool area to accommodate those who would like a nice, warm, quiet place to read, relax, and hopefully catch a sun ray or two. See the times available when you open the link below.

In March, you will see a new link for Vitalize 360 group coaching. It will be limited to a group of 6 people and we will explore using the Wellness Wheel and the Harvard Flourishing Scale to develop or enhance goals, get support, validation, and/or encouragement for where you are now. This will be a group exploration of where we are right now and the development of some personal ideas/goals to work toward as we move forward. Jill Tvaroha will facilitate this group, but the direction it goes will be based on the group that signs up. If you think you might be interested or have questions, you can contact Jill. The group will meet twice a week for three (3) weeks. If you are newer to the community, it could be a nice way to meet some of your peers and get an introduction to Vitalize 360, Kendal’s life coaching program available to all!


Red rose

In Remembrance

Paul Schwaegerle


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 Cases13
     KaO Other Staff Cases 16
KaO Staff Total29
Kendal at Oberlin Total30
***In Quarantine, COVID Positive4
***Recovered26

Lorain County (as of 1/28/2021) – Level 3 RED

New Cases (since Monday, 1/25/2021, 3 day average through Thursday: 95.7)287
Total Lorain County Cases  15,818
Total in Zip Code 44074 (+2 since Monday 1/25/2021)452
Current Lorain County Positivity Rate 14.40%
Total Deaths, age ranges 30-39 • 1; 40-49 • 4; 50-59 • 8; 60-69 • 34; 70-79 • 57, 80+ • 108212
Total Deaths in Long Term Care Settings (updated weekly, last 1/27/2021)116
Lorain County Vaccinations Started 18,892 or 6.1% of the population

Cuyahoga County (as of 1/28/2021) – Level 3 RED

Cuyahoga County (excluding Cleveland – last updated Monday 1/25/2021) 57,511
Cleveland Cases (updates at 2pm last update 1/28/2021) 24,775
Total Cuyahoga County Cases 82,286
New Cases (since Monday, 1/25/2021 – Cuyahoga County is only updated weekly, late Fridays, skewing data)       356
Total Cuyahoga County Deaths 1,667
Total Deaths in Long Term Care Settings (updated weekly, last 1/27/2021) 437

State of Ohio (as posted 1/28/2021)

New Cases in the Last 24-hours 5,432
21-day Average of New Cases6,221
Total Cases 883,716
Age Range all Cases<1-111
Median Age of all Cases42
Total Hospitalizations (cumulative)45,786 or 5%
Total Hospitalizations Last 24 hours256
21-day Average of Hospitalizations 253
Median Age of all Hospitalized68
Total ICU Admissions (cumulative)6,644 or 1%
Total ICU Admissions last 24 hours 23
21-Day Average of ICU Admissions 26
Total Health Care Workers Diagnosed 51,623 or 6%
Total Tested in Ohio8,921,429
Total Deaths  11,006 or 1%
Median Age of Deaths 80
Deaths in Last 24 hours 75
21-day Average of Deaths 74
Total Deaths in Ohio Long Term Care Settings (updated weekly, last 1/27/2021)5,256
Statewide Vaccinations Started716,017 or 6.3% of population

January 26, 2021: Update to Residents

Note: Updates to Residents will be shared on Tuesdays and Fridays, unless there is Breaking News.

Update on COVID-19 Variants

Here’s a Medscape article quoting Dr. Fauci on the new variants of COVID and how the vaccine might work with them. –Shared by Don Parker

Chronicle-Telegram Delivery Issues

Residents who receive the Chronicle-Telegram were notified by the newspaper at the end of December they were experiencing a severe staff and carrier shortage. At the time the letter was written, they were unable to service 30 routes. As a result, we have seen some delivery problems here at Kendal. If you do not receive your newspaper, please call the Chronicle directly at 440-329-7200 to ensure you receive a credit. I have been told that a credit is never monetary and will never appear on any billing. Instead, every credit given extends the subscribers subscription by a day. Many thanks to our resident volunteers who deliver the newspapers and to Mary Van Nortwick and Donna Baznik who coordinate all newspaper deliveries.

Johnny Comes Calling This Coming Week

Orders are delivered Thursday at 10am in front of Heiser. You might still be able to get in an order by calling Terry at 440-774-8215.

Afternoon Zoom Exchange on Thursday at 4pm

The program can be seen on Kendal TV channels and Zoom. Look forward to an update from the New Normal Committee and another Community Poll if you participate on Zoom. Looking to have an update on how you fared after your 2nd vaccine!

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

Soul Collage is starting again!

My name is Claire Donofrio and I am a student in Ursuline College’s Counseling and Art Therapy Master’s program. I need four more people to join Soul Collage. If you are interested or have any questions email me.

Resident Concerns About Second Stimulus Checks

I have had a few inquiries related to residents receiving a Prepaid Debit Card from the Treasury Department. This is legitimate and is how the Government is issuing some of the second round of Stimulus Payments to Taxpayers. I think if they don’t have your bank account number for a direct deposit, they are issuing these prepaid debit cards. See this article that from the IRS website. –from Ann O’Malley, CFO

Tonight: How Corporations Are Fueling the Climate Crisis

Tuesday, Jan. 26 at 7:15pm 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

Save the Date: The Presidential Transition: From Trump to Biden

Monday, February 1 – 7:15pm, Zoom (Join Zoom Meeting) and KOTV.

Joe Biden offers normality. But the crisis he confronts, the president he succeeds, the balance within Congress, and the unpromising prospects for his party in the 2022 election all suggest his term will be stressful and contentious. Joseph White, Luxenberg Family Professor of Public Policy at Case Western Reserve University, will examine how President Biden has sought to fit an agenda and appointments to the circumstances as well as how leaders of both parties’ factions have responded so far.Shared by Carol Conti-Entin

February Pizza Party

Pizza and lasagna orders for Lorenzo’s are due by Friday, 5pm.

Kendal Market

The Market resumes on Wednesday in the Langston – from 11:30am-1:30pm, for your pleasure and convenience.

Spring Fling May 1st Needs Your Help

We are excited to announce that this year’s Spring Fling will be all about travel! Let us see and hear about the places you’ve been and the places you’d like to go. The format will again be a video we can all watch on KOTV or WSCC on the evening of Saturday, May 1. We will present short stories from your travels; pictures from your travels; dance, music, and song – all with a theme of Travel! Please think about what you might want to contribute and then sign up on the clip board by the mailboxes. You can also send detailed input to Special Events Chair Carol Harvey (hcarolharvey@aol.com). To have time to put all this together on the video, we must hear back from you no later than Feb. 28. Look for more in the February Kendalight.

It’s Girl Scout Cookie Time! 

Support the Girl Scouts by getting your order in by February 5 in a number of convenient ways. Delivery will be mid-March. Order cookies for yourself, for friends, or even donate cookies. Donated cookies will be given to Oberlin Community Services. There is a flyer in the Heiser Lounge. Ordering is different this year and includes the option to call in an order and pay by check. Or order online and pay by credit card using a designated web link. Delivery can be here at Kendal by the Girl Scout troop where they will be delivered by Ann Francis, Nancy Lombardi, and Dorothy MacIntyre. Should you prefer the usual shipping method like other outside deliveries, you will incur a shipping fee.

Fitness Center News

February Fitness Sign-Up- Starts Thursday 1/28 at Noon – You can sign up for 2 days in the Lap Pool. Notice there is a link for the Fitness/Relaxation Room again. There are a couple of small groups of residents that would like to meet to work out together. Remember, there is a great video library there for your use. This link is for people who want to gather to work out, meditate, stretch, or work on movement activities together. Email or call Jill with any questions.

Don’t forget we have a cozy chair set aside in the pool area to accommodate those of you who would like a nice, warm, quiet place to read, relax, and hopefully catch a ray of sun or two. See the times available when you open the link below.

In March, you will see a new link for Vitalize 360 group coaching. It will be limited to a group of 6 people and we will explore using the Wellness wheel and the Harvard Flourishing Scale to develop or enhance goals, get support, validation, and/or encouragement for where you are now. We live in the present moment and that is all we have…..so this will be a group exploration of where we are right now and the development of some personal ideas/goals to work toward as we move forward. Jill Tvaroha will facilitate this group, but the direction it goes will be based on the group that signs up. If you think you might be interested or have questions, you can contact Jill for more information. The group will meet twice a week for 3 weeks. More details to come! If you are newer to the community, it could be a nice way to meet some of your peers and get a nice introduction to Vitalize 360, Kendal’s life coaching program available to all!

Links to Fitness Center Resources:

Good Reads

Smart TVs and Privacy-Invading FeaturesConsumer Reports has an article on how to turn off some of the privacy-invading features that smart TVs come equipped with. The article’s link is accessible even for people who don’t have subscriptions. It will guide what to do depending on the manufacturer of your TV.

How to (Literally) Drive Coronavirus Away

What’s the transmission risk inside a car? An airflow study using a Prius offers some insight for passengers and drivers alike. Check out this New York Times article shared by Phyllis Gorfain. Opening certain windows can improve the safety of your air. This was previously reported in an article submitted by Charles Klaveness. The study was done with a Toyota Prius which is the same as our K-Car. Best scenario beyond all 4 windows open for a two-person trip is to have the passenger sit in the back seat, opposite the driver, with the windows on opposite sides of each person open.

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 16
KaO Staff Total28
Kendal at Oberlin Total29
***In Quarantine, COVID Positive3
***Recovered26

Lorain County (as of 2PM on January 25) – Level 3 RED

New Cases (since Friday, 1/22/2021, 3 day average: 142.0)426
Total Lorain County Cases  15,531
Total in Zip Code 44074 (+5 since Friday 1/22/2021)450
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

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

Cuyahoga County (excluding Cleveland – last updated Monday 1/25/2021)57,511
Cleveland Cases (updates at 2pm – last update 1/25/2021)24,419
Total Cuyahoga County Cases81,930
New Cases (since Friday, 1/18/2021 – Cuyahoga County is only updated weekly, late Fridays, skewing data)      4,450
Total Cuyahoga County Deaths1,660
Total Deaths in Long Term Care Settings (updated weekly, last 1/20/2021)419
Lorain County Vaccinations Started 16,077 or 5.2% of the population

State of Ohio (as of 2PM on January 25)

New Cases in the Last 24-hours 4,334
21-day Average of New Cases6,725
Total Cases 868,656
Age Range all Cases<1-111
Median Age of all Cases42
Total Hospitalizations (cumulative)44,981 or 5%
Total Hospitalizations Last 24 hours198
21-day Average of Hospitalizations 279
Median Age of all Hospitalized68
Total ICU Admissions (cumulative)6,560 or 1%
Total ICU Admissions last 24 hours 39
21-day Average of ICU Admissions 28
Total Health Care Workers Diagnosed 50,807 or 6%
Total Tested in Ohio8,814,234
Total Deaths  10,768 or 1%
Median Age of Deaths 80
Deaths in Last 24 hours 57
21-day Average of Deaths 77
Total Deaths in Ohio Long Term Care Settings (updated weekly, last 1/20/2021)5,079
Statewide Vaccinations Started626,867 or 5.4% of population

Contact Information


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