Community Updates Week of 1/3/2022

January Coffee Hour & Exchange

Coffee Hour on Jan. 12, 9:30 – Fox & Fell- We will use Zoom as well.

Zoom: https://kendal-org.zoom.us/j/84931061947 Meeting ID: 849 3106 1947

Afternoon Exchange on Jan. 27, 4 pm, Auditorium and KOTV

Dining Update

From Greg Zehe, Director of Hospitality Services

Boneless, skinless, chicken breasts: They are not all the same, and Kendal only serves the all-natural ones!  

The chicken breasts served at Kendal are all natural with no added hormones, steroids, or preservatives.  They come to us fresh, never frozen.  Most important, they are not injected with a high sodium marinade as is normally done during processing chicken for restaurants and commercial food service use. The difference in the sodium content for restaurants and commercial food service is significant, averaging more than 200mg per serving!  Not at Kendal!

Why would they do that you ask?  The sodium injection results in a product that has been tenderized, and it lengthens the holding time.  It also gives consumers the taste profile they have come to expect. This is why this product is the industry standard, and why Kendal moved away from purchasing this product more than a decade ago!   

The Long Road From Interview to First Day of Work- Getting the Best Takes Time!

Kendal looks for the best candidates, but that is only the beginning of the process.  After two interviews, the candidates then provide us with their references.  For students, the process is less involved as they are asked to provide a minimum of two personal references for a first job.  Full-time positions must complete the electronic SkillSurvey process with a minimum of four references, two of which must be prior supervisors and two prior co-workers or other work acquaintances.

After the candidate is hired, they must all complete the following requirements to attend New Hire Orientation:

  • A current COVID vaccination and a Work Permit (if a minor student);
  • Visit Mercy Occupational Health Center for a drug test;
  • Submit fingerprints in Human Resources for a criminal background check;
  • Visit Mercy Allen Hospital and obtain a negative COVID test;
  • Visit Kendal’s Health and Wellness Clinic (HWC) and receive two separate scheduled tests for tuberculosis and a current Influenza vaccination—if not flu-vaccinated will receive it by Kendal’s HWC.

Once these requirements are met, the candidate is scheduled for New Hire Orientation, which totals almost 9 hours of intensive training spread across three consecutive afternoon sessions.  Additional online training is also assigned and must be completed by the end of their initial 90-day orientation period.

Speaking of Recruitment- A Full Time, salary position of Office Manager is still OPEN- Alerting you that a previous qualified candidate has not been able to commit to this role as expected. Should you know a capable person with at least 10 years of office/manager experience, using multiple computer programs/systems as well as supervisory experience, please feel free to have them contact our Human Resources department soon.

More COVID Cases Detected at Kendal

On Sunday, January 2 we had a 4th Independent Living resident test positive COVID in the past two weeks.   The good news is that all these cases are independent of each other, there does not appear to be community spread in Independent Living at this time.  Each case appears to be related to an off campus gathering.

In summary, since last Tuesday we have had two Independent Living residents, one Stephens Care Center (SCC) and 10 staff members test positive for COVID.   Fifteen individuals are still confined to home under isolation protocols.

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 all the staff that have volunteered to work non-clinical 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 has gone unaddressed due to these adjustments, please reach out to the appropriate department head or Stacy sterrell@kao.kendal.org  or Barbara bthomas@kao.kendal.org .

When will SCC Pass-Through Foot Traffic Be Resumed?

We are currently waiting on our most recent PCR COVID Test results from yesterday. Once we have reviewed those results with assurance of no more additional Stephens Care Center resident cases, we will reopen the SCC for pass-through for residents living on the west and north-west ends of our campus.

Very important – Once we reopen the SCC for pass-through, it will be very important that those Independent Living residents pass-through the SCC do the following:

  • Make sure to health screen at the Accushield Kiosk before entering, and wear your health screening sticker prominently.  One health screening is required per day.  Specific instructions for kiosk usage are posted next to the kiosk.
  • Wear a KN95 mask at all times while in the SCC. These masks are re-useable so please take care of them. There will be a time when residents and guests will be asked to provide their own. We will likely sell them at our receptionist desk (like stamps) as we try to keep an adequate inventory through this pandemic.
  • On a pass-through visit in SCC, it is acceptable to wave and say “hello” to SCC residents in passing.  If you stop and visit, please remained masked and distanced by 6’ social distancing.  Keep pass-through visits brief.   Visits of a longer duration may occur with masks and 6’ social distancing.   Please sign-in on the Accushield Kiosk for the specific resident you are visiting.

SCC Visitation Continues

Visitation continues for the Stephens Care Center. Visitors are still welcome in the Stephens Care Center.  At the same time, visitors are advised that there is a current outbreak of COVID in the Stephens Care Center and there is risk for contracting COVID while visiting.   Please remain masked and socially distanced of 6’ while visiting.

Fitness Center Update

Jill Tvaroha, Fitness Coordinator

Happy New Year! As we move into the new year, we wanted to take a moment to express our heartfelt appreciation to some residents who have been helping during this time of lower staffing in the Fitness Center. Joe Luciano, Sara Millman, Sandi McClennen, and David Dauphine have been teaching classes and helping cover most of the bases. Thank you so much for your commitment to health and wellness. We appreciate you so much! Recruitment continues.

This Can’t Be COVID

Over the past few weeks as we have much evidence of a COVID surge. Often, residents and staff testing positive have had mild symptoms that could have easily been dismissed as a mild cold or allergies.  Symptoms such a cough, running nose, sore throat or sinus headache are being ignored by many or discounted, “it can’t be COVID”.  Practically every one of the recent cases that have tested positive at Kendal have had very mild symptoms.  Most of those that have tested positive have been surprised that they were positive, and even denied it could be COVID.  “I have these symptoms this every year” they typically say.  Please do not ignore those mild symptoms.  If you are experience any of the following, no matter how mild, please call the Health and Wellness Clinic at 440-775-9819 and report it and “lay low” until you have been tested and cleared by the Health and Wellness Clinic staff.  Please call 440-775-9800 on weekends and holidays.

Signs and symptoms of COVID (no matter how mild):

  • Fever or chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea

Ohio Department of Health reports 18,942 new COVID-19 cases

The Chronicle-Telegram, Jan 4, 2022

The Ohio Department of Health reported 18,942 new COVID-19 cases across the state on Monday.

Ohio is averaging 13,602 new COVID-19 cases per day over the last three weeks, according to an online “current trends” dashboard from the state health department.

Lorain County accounted for 657 of Monday’s newly reported cases. The 350 new coronavirus hospitalizations reported statewide on Monday were above the average of 315 reported daily over the last three weeks. Additionally, the 37 new admissions to Ohio intensive care units for COVID-19 patients that were reported Monday exceeded the three-week average of 30 per day…Read more:  https://chroniclet.com/news/287233/ohio-department-of-health-reports-18942-new-covid-19-cases/

Why are so many vaccinated people getting COVID-19 lately?

Laura Ungar-Associated Press, Jan 03, 2022

Why are so many vaccinated people getting COVID-19 lately?

A couple of factors are at play, starting with the emergence of the highly contagious omicron variant. Omicron is more likely to infect people, even if it doesn’t make them very sick, and its surge coincided with the holiday travel season in many places.  People might mistakenly think the COVID-19 vaccines will completely block infection, but the shots are mainly designed to prevent severe illness, says Louis  Mansky, a virus researcher at the University of Minnesota.

And the vaccines are still doing their job on that front, particularly for people who’ve gotten boosters. Two doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna vaccines or one dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine still offer strong protection against serious illness from omicron. While those initial doses aren’t very good at blocking omicron infection, boosters — particularly with the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines — rev up levels of the antibodies to help fend off infection.  

Omicron appears to replicate much more efficiently than previous variants. And if infected people have high virus loads, there’s a greater likelihood they’ll pass it on to others, especially the unvaccinated. Vaccinated people who get the virus are more likely to have mild symptoms, if any, since the shots trigger multiple defenses in your immune system, making it much more difficult for omicron to slip past them all.

Advice for staying safe hasn’t changed. Doctors say to wear masks indoors, avoid crowds and get vaccinated and boosted. Even though the shots won’t always keep you from catching the virus, they’ll make it much more likely you stay alive and out of the hospital.

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  43
     KaO Other Staff Cases  40
KaO Staff Total 83
Kendal at Oberlin COVID Total 99
**Current Isolation, COVID Positive 15
**Total COVID Beyond Isolation 82
Kendal at Oberlin Vaccination Overall542 of 546 or 99.3%
Total Kendal Residents Vaccinated334 of 334 or 100%
Total Kendal Staff Vaccinated (those unvaccinated have Medical or Religious Exemption)208 of 212 or 98.1%

Lorain County (as posted 1/3/2022)

New Cases (since Monday, December 20, 2021 – 7-day average 573.3 per day) 5,270
Total Probable and Confirmed Lorain County Cases 56,097
Total in Zip Code 44074 (+146 since Monday, December 20, 2021) 1,355
Current Lorain County Positivity Rate (HIGH Transmission Rate) 19.4%
Total Deaths, age ranges 20-29 • 1; 30-39 • 4; 40-49 • 16; 50-59 • 47; 60-69 • 124; 70-79 • 200; 80+ • 277 669
Total Deaths in Long Term Care Settings, posted 12/29/2021, +6 264
Lorain County Vaccinations Started197,458 or 63.7% of population

Cuyahoga County (as posted 1/3/2022)

Cuyahoga County (excluding Cleveland)          152,086
Cleveland Cases 71,650
Total Cuyahoga County Cases 223,736
New Cases 15,653
Total Cuyahoga County Deaths 2,961
Total Deaths in Long Term Care Settings, posted 12/29/2021 900

State of Ohio (as posted 1/3/2022)

New Cases in the Last 24-hours  18,942
21-day Average of New Cases 13,602
Total Cases 2,072,663
Age Range all Cases
Median Age of all Cases 38
Total Hospitalizations (cumulative) 96,976 or 5%
Total Hospitalizations Last 24-hours 350
21-day Average of Hospitalizations 315
Median Age of all Hospitalized 65
Total ICU Admissions (cumulative) 11,803 or 1%
Total ICU Admissions last 24-hours 37
21-day Average of ICU Admissions 30
Total Health Care Workers Diagnosed 868,405 4%
Total Tested in Ohio 19,539,964
Total Ohio Resident Deaths 29,446
Median Age of Deaths 77
Ohio Resident Deaths in Last 24-hours 0
21-day Average of Deaths 99
Total Deaths in Ohio Long Term Care Settings (Updated Weekly. posted 12/22/2021) 8,304
Statewide Vaccinations Started 67,004,764 or 59.9% of population

Contact Information


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