Community Updates Week of 1/4/2021

Calm, Proactive Preparedness


January 8, 2020: Update to Residents

A Baby on the Way and a Vaccine Decision

Baby Announcement - Duncan

Rachel Duncan, Grounds Team Member shared this cute family announcement today.  She is also pictured getting her vaccine last week. When asked how she came to her decision, this is what she had to say:

Woman gets vaccine

“ My midwifery is supporting the recommendations of the many relevant organizations (American Society of Reproductive Medicine, American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine, Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine, American Academy of Pediatrics, etc.) that pregnant and breastfeeding women do get the COVID vaccine. As someone with a science background, I did a lot of research, spoke to several doctor-friends, and feel really good about my decision. I was so happy that they supported and recommended I get the vaccine and my first dose went great! Besides a sore arm for a couple days (like any shot), I had no other side effects and am looking forward to dose 2.”

Lorain County Remains Level 3 Red

There were 188 new confirmed cases and 74 probable cases of COVID-19 reported in Lorain County on Thursday, as the county entered its fifth consecutive week of being at the Level 3 Red advisory in the state’s public health advisory system.  The county has now had a cumulative total of 13,261 confirmed cases, as reported by Lorain County Public Health, and 2,705 probable cases, as reported by the Ohio Department of Health.  Lorain County remains at the Red advisory due to its COVID-19 numbers being above the required threshold for four out of the state’s seven alert indicators, and due to having a high incidence rate of over 100 cases per 100,000 population over a two-week period. –The Chronicle-Telegram

Kendal at Oberlin Announces Two More Staff Cases of COVID-19

As part of our continuing COVID-19 surveillance program, over 200 staff members participated this week in our mandatory COVID-19 testing. This number represents staff members associated with the Stephens Care Center and all Facility Services and Housekeeping staff that go into resident homes. 

We have been informed of one Stephens Care Center staff member and one non-SCC staff member testing positive for COVID-19.  These two staff members have been given professional advice for their wellbeing and were immediately quarantined.  Kendal is following appropriate protocols for contact tracing among residents and staff members that may have had contact with these two staff members.  

As part of our follow-up from staff cases announced on December 28, all Stephens Care Center residents are being tested twice per week for COVID-19, including yesterday.  We are pleased to share that all Stephens Care Center resident COVID-19 tests conducted on December 28 and 31, January 4 and January 7 were negative for COVID-19.  All Stephens Care Center residents will continue to be tested twice per week for COVID-19 until we have gone a full two weeks with no new Stephens Care Center cases detected among staff or residents. Our next round of Stephens Care Center resident and staff testing will be administered on Monday, January 11. 

Staff Vaccine Education Continues

Kendal continues to provide useful educational materials for each department as we near our second visit for vaccinations. While most will be getting their second shot, others are signed up to get their first. After this visit, those who do not get it may not be able to for many months based on public demand and priority being given to older adults and those with chronic conditions. Common questions and concerns of staff are being addressed factually based on the CDC and other reliable sources.

This week Ohio’s Long Term Care Division held nine roundtables for nursing home executive staff with a panel of about nine top-notch professionals to address questions of the vaccine.  One of the experts was Robin Jump, MD PhD, a physician-scientist with the Geriatric Research, Education and Clinical Center. This link leads to an interview with Leading Age to help those reluctant to accept the vaccine.

Kendal Staff Encourage Other Staff to Get Vaccinated in Video

Learn How to Model Climate Change Using MIT’s EnRoads Model

Presented by Tamara Risser, environmental engineer and activist in Portland, Maine,  Monday, January 11, at 7:15 pm.  This is an interactive program, so please join by Zoom, rather than by KOTV if you can.  Join Zoom Meeting.

Johnny Comes Calling This Coming Week

Place orders on Monday and Tuesday by calling Terry at 440-774-8215 for delivery on Thursday, January 14, at 10am in front of Heiser. Please note this in your calendar.

Buckeye Community Bank

The new ATM machine is installed and working.  Barbara Thomas wants to let all staff know she was happy to have no withdrawal fee using her Rapid Pay Card, available to all staff by talking with HR.  (Northwest Bank always charged a fee for this card.)

Please contact Sarah Smith at (440)-233-3925 to make your individual appointment for Wednesdays in the usual bank location. Stay tuned for more updates about our new banking partner!

Kendal Enrichment

Moving art installation
“Look Up” – A moving art installation project inspires hope during COVID

What do you tell yourself when you face adversity?” Elizabeth Turk asked residents of a 31-acre community that she used as her canvas and its 500 residents and staff members as her medium in her latest moving art installation. Residents prepared handwritten responses such as “Be brave,” “I am a warrior” and “Breathe,” that will be incorporated into Ms. Turk’s final multimedia artwork, entitled “Project: Look Up”. 

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 Cases9
     KaO Other Staff Cases 15
KaO Staff Total24
Kendal at Oberlin Total25
***In Quarantine, COVID Positive3
***Recovered22

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

New Cases (since Wednesday, 1/6/2021 – 2 day average: 199.5)399
Total Lorain County Cases  13,472
Total in Zip Code 44074 (+17 since Wednesday , 1/6/2021)385
Total Deaths, age ranges 30-39 • 1; 40-49 • 2; 50-59 • 7; 60-69 • 27; 70-79 • 44, 80+ • 88168
Total Deaths in Long Term Care Settings (updated weekly, last 1/6/2021)92

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

Cuyahoga County (excluding Cleveland – last updated late Friday 1/8/2021)50,450
Cleveland Cases (updates at 2pm, last update 1/8/2021)21,291
Total Cuyahoga County Cases71,741
New Cases (since Wednesday, 1/6/2021 – Cuyahoga County is only updated weekly, late Fridays, skewing data)                  3,890
Total Cuyahoga County Deaths1,366
Total Deaths in Long Term Care Settings (updated weekly, last 12/30/2020)389

State of Ohio (as of 2PM)

New Cases in the Last 24-hours 9,535
21-day Average of New Cases7,464
Total Cases 762,603
Age Range all Cases<1-111
Median Age of all Cases43
Total Hospitalizations (cumulative)40,787 or 5%
Total Hospitalizations last 24 hours 318
21-day Average of Hospitalizations 316
Median Age of all Hospitalized67
Total ICU Admissions (cumulative)6,126 or 1%
Total ICU Admissions last 24 hours 34
21-day Average of ICU Admissions 33
Total Health Care Workers Diagnosed 46,405 or 6%
Total Tested in Ohio8,033,268
Total Deaths  9,544 or 1%
Median Age of Deaths 81
Deaths in Last 24 hours 82
21-day Average of Deaths 75
Total Deaths in Ohio Long Term Care Settings (updated weekly, last 1/6/2021)4,690

January 6, 2020: Update to Residents

Good Reads

Video Highlights Reasons Kendal at Oberlin Staff Got Vaccinated

The Lightning Fast Quest for COVID Vaccine and What It Means for other Diseases –Nature Journal – The speedy approach used to tackle SARS-CoV-2 (aka COVID-19) could change the future of vaccine science. When scientists began seeking a vaccine for the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus in early 2020, they were careful not to promise quick success. The fastest any vaccine had previously been developed, from viral sampling to approval, was four years for mumps in the 1960s. To hope for one–even by the summer of 2021–seemed highly optimistic.

Delays in Mail Service

We have received many reports on delayed mail for weeks now. While most people have been resigned to getting packages or holiday greetings late, more impacting has been important mail such as payments for Medicare, insurance, credit cards, etc. We know this is distressing and no one needs that on top of this pandemic! It is a problem right now across the country. The workload of the US Postal Services has been greater than ever. They too have been impacted by postal workers sidelined by COVID. We are so sorry if you have experienced a circumstance that has complicated the continuity of services like insurance coverage.

Scams Are Still Happening—Beware!

from Toni Merleno, Kendal at Oberlin’s risk manager

Since the new year began I have been receiving calls from residents about possible scams they have encountered. As we enter tax season, no doubt bogus IRS calls will be made, telling us (I get them too!) we owe thousands in back taxes and to press some number right away to make arrangements to pay or be arrested. Remember the IRS will not communicate with you via phone, and most of us know what our tax status is. There are many more scams coming, some new and some we will recognize right away.

Remember what to do to protect yourself: Is it a bogus email? Delete it. Is it a robocall? Block the number on your cell phone and screen it on your landline phone if you have one—don’t pick up the call on Caller ID numbers you don’t recognize. If it is legitimate you will receive a voicemail—sometimes it’s a scam and the voicemail will give it away. Never engage a scam caller!

Do you think you were scammed and gave away personal confidential information? Consider engaging some identity theft protection via one of the credit engines like Experian or one of the identity-theft firms such as LifeLock. Not sure what to do? Call me at 440-775-9814 or email tmerleno@kao.kendal.org for assistance or call your financial advisor or bank for help, too.

Thursday Zoom

Joining us will be three guests (Kendal Corp Staff and 2 board members) to share an update on the new Kendal Zen-inspired community, Enso Village, in Healdsburg, California. If you have some questions you would like to ask, please feel free to email them to Barbara Thomas at bthomas@kao.kendal.org. Next month we’ll have guests from another Kendal affiliate, The Admiral.

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

Buckeye Community Bank

Please contact Sarah Smith at (440)-233-3925 to make your individual appointment for Wednesdays. Buckeye Community Bank is now settled in its office across from the Health and Wellness Clinic in the Heiser Community Center. The new ATM machine is being installed tomorrow, Thursday. Stay tuned for more updates about our new banking partner!

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 Cases8
     KaO Other Staff Cases 14
KaO Staff Total22
Kendal at Oberlin Total23
***In Quarantine, COVID Positive5
***Recovered18

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

New Cases (since Monday, 1/6/2021 – 2 day average:  433.5)867
Total Lorain County Cases  13,073
Total in Zip Code 44074 (+7 since Wednesday, 1/4/2021)368
Total Deaths, age ranges 30-39 • 1; 40-49 • 2; 50-59 • 7; 60-69 • 27; 70-79 • 44, 80+ • 88168
Total Deaths in Long Term Care Settings (updated weekly, last 12/30/2020)80

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

Cuyahoga County (excluding Cleveland – last updated late Friday 1/1/2021)47,027
Cleveland Cases (updates at 2pm – last update 1/6/2021)20,824
Total Cuyahoga County Cases67,851
New Cases (since Monday, 1/4/2021 – Cuyahoga County is only updated weekly, late Fridays, skewing data)                  337
Total Cuyahoga County Deaths1,281
Total Deaths in Long Term Care Settings (updated weekly, last 12/30/2020)380

State of Ohio (as of 2PM)

New Cases in the Last 24-hours 7,814
21-day Average of New Cases7,526
Total Cases 742,817
Age Range all Cases<1-111
Median Age of all Cases43
Total Hospitalizations (cumulative)40,104 or 5%
Total Hospitalizations last 24 hours 454
21-day Average of Hospitalizations 320
Median Age of all Hospitalized67
Total ICU Admissions (cumulative)6,065 or 1%
Total ICU Admissions last 24 hours 43
21-day Average of ICU Admissions 34
Total Health Care Workers Diagnosed 45,451 or 6%
Total Tested in Ohio7,908,645
Total Deaths  9,368 or 1%
Median Age of Deaths 81
Deaths in Last 24 hours 121
21-day Average of Deaths76
Total Deaths in Ohio Long Term Care Settings (updated weekly, last 12/30/2020)4,487

January 4, 2020: Update to Residents

COVID-19 Vaccine Clinics Serve 454 Kendal Residents and Staff Members with First Dose

Woman gets COVID-19 vaccine

This past week we took a significant step toward a post-pandemic world.  By the numbers, last Wednesday and Thursday 454 COVID-19 vaccinations were administered, representing 279 Independent Living residents, 57 Stephens Care Center residents and 118 staff members and contracted workers (such as our Therapy staff and Ohio Living).

Did you have more significant symptoms than a sore arm? If so, we hope you reported them to the Health and Wellness Clinic. And if you have a smart phone, you are encouraged to use the optional CDC tool.

Woman with sign - I Got the COVID-19 Vaccine Because

Some residents and a number of Kendal staff have opted to receive the first dosage of the vaccination on January 20/21 respectfully. Their second dosage will be administered on February 10/11. If you are an Independent Living resident planning for your first dosage later this month, please contact Natasha Miller (440-775-9819 or nmiller@kao.kendal.org).  She will ensure you are scheduled for January 20. 

It is finally here, a new year, 2021!  We are ready to face the challenges this year will bring and just as importantly, we are ready to celebrate and move forward, advancing step-by-step–united and committed to one another–towards a post-pandemic world and a post-pandemic Kendal at Oberlin!

Last Thursday’s COVID Test Results Update

On Thursday, December 31, 204 COVID-19 tests were administered to Stephens Care Center residents and Kendal at Oberlin staff, including all Housekeepers and Facility Services staff that enter Independent Living Cottages and Apartments. All tests were negative for COVID-19. Additionally, since Sunday, 305 COVID-19 tests have been administered to Stephens Care Center residents and staff as part of our continued COVID-19 surveillance protocols.  All those test results will be received later this week.

Interim Director of Nursing for Stephens Care Center Named

RN Kim Leek has been selected to be our Interim Director of Nursing for the Stephens Care Center while Kendal at Oberlin searches for a new Director of Clinical Services.  Kim Leek holds a master’s degree in nursing and has been employed by Kendal for 7 years as our RN Nurse Educator and Certified Infection Control Preventionist. She has also taught nursing courses at Cuyahoga Community College for several years. Kim has played a critical role in our successful facilitation of the COVID-19 pandemic. With Stacy Terrell’s and Kim’s strong leadership partnering with Health and Wellness Clinic RN Manager Julie Carpenter, also a Certified Infection Control Preventionist, we will ensure during this interim period to provide excellent health care with our Health Services team to keep our entire resident community COVID-free. 

Please contact us with questions or concerns:

Good Reads

5 Ways the Pandemic will be Different in 2021  (AARP article) Shared by Phyllis Gorfain

Why Vaccinated People STILL Need to Wear a Mask

Safety and Efficacy of the Pfizer BioNTech Vaccine from the New England Journal of Medicine –Shared by Alan Lockwood  

Coronavirus Live Updates from the Washington PostFree to all

  • Heading home from my bubble on New Year’s Eve night
  • After watching the KOTV music and fireworks delight,
  • Why is the night air so fresh and crispy, I ask;
  • Because, you fool, you forgot to put on your mask!

                                                 –Tom Riggle, Poem Author

Thursday Zoom

Joining us will be three guests (Kendal Corp Staff and 2 board members) to share an update on the new Kendal Zen-inspired community, Enso Village, in Healdsburg, California.  If you have some questions you would like to ask, please feel free to email them to Barbara Thomas at bthomas@kao.kendal.org. Next month we’ll have guests from another Kendal affiliate, The Admiral in Chicago. Join Zoom Meeting – Meeting ID: 921 4392 7958 – One tap mobile; +13126266799,,92143927958# US (Chicago)

Today’s Statistics

Kendal at Oberlin

Independent Living Resident Cases0
Stephens Care Center (SCC) Resident Cases 
          Residential Care Facility 1
          Skilled Nursing Facility0
KaO Residents Total1
     KaO SCC Staff Cases8
     KaO Other Staff Cases 14
KaO Staff Total22
Kendal at Oberlin Total23
***In Quarantine, COVID Positive5
***Recovered18

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

New Cases (since Wednesday, 12/30/2020 – 5-day average: 63.2)316
Total Lorain County Cases  12,206
Total in Zip Code 44074  (+31 since Wednesday, 12/30/2020)361
Total Deaths, age ranges 30-39 • 1; 50-59 • 7; 60-69 • 24; 70-79 • 37, 80+ • 78147
Total Deaths in Long Term Care Settings (updated weekly, last 12/30/2020)80

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

Cuyahoga County (excluding Cleveland – last updated late Friday 1/1/2021)47,027
Cleveland Cases (updates at 2pm – last update 1/4/2021)20,487
Total Cuyahoga County Cases67,514
New Cases (since Wednesday, 12/30/2020 – Cuyahoga county is only updated weekly, late Fridays, skewing data)                  4,693
Total Cuyahoga County Deaths1,277
Total Deaths in Long Term Care Settings (updated weekly, last 12/30/2020)380

State of Ohio (as of 2 PM)

New Cases in the Last 24-hours 5,942
21-day Average of New Cases7,468
Total Cases 727,423
Age Range all Cases<1-111
Median Age of all Cases43
Total Hospitalizations (cumulative)39,112 or 5%
Total Hospitalizations last 24 hours 314
21-day Average of Hospitalizations 326
Median Age of all Hospitalized67
Total ICU Admissions (cumulative)5,978 or 1%
Total ICU Admissions last 24 hours 45
21-day Average of ICU Admissions 37
Total Health Care Workers Diagnosed 44,492 or 6%
Total Tested in Ohio7,852,785
Total Deaths  9,143 or 1%
Median Age of Deaths 81
Deaths in Last 24 hours 67
21-day Average of Deaths 76
Total Deaths in Ohio Long Term Care Settings (updated weekly, last 12/30/2020)4,487

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