Community Updates Week of 10/11/2021

Quadrivalent High Dose and Quadrivalent Regular Dose Influenza Vaccines

CVS pharmacy will be on campus again, in the Heiser Auditorium, this Thursday, October 14, from 8am -1pm, to provide vaccinations to residents that requested to receive the Quadrivalent High Dose Influenza Vaccine, as well as the Quadrivalent standard dose vaccines.  

All slots are full, and residents have been notified of their times.  Please remember to wear shirts that will give easy access to the upper deltoid muscle of your arm for the proper vaccine administration.  

Kendal at Oberlin has an ample supply of the Standard Dose Influenza Quadrivalent Vaccine.  If you have not received or scheduled your flu vaccine, please contact the Health and Wellness Clinic at 440-775-9819 to schedule your appointment time. 

COVID Booster Vaccine – Second Booster Clinic Set for Friday, October 15

We had a successful COVID Booster Clinic with CVS Pharmacy on Monday, October 11, with 139 residents receiving the COVID Booster Pfizer Vaccine.

Discount Drug Mart has partnered with us for a Second COVID Booster Vaccine Clinic to be held on Friday, October 12, beginning at 9am in the Heiser Auditorium.  Discount Drug Mart will vaccinate Independent Living residents still in need of a Pfizer COVID Booster as well as Stephens Care Center residents. 

The Health and Wellness Clinic is currently calling all Independent Living residents that had signed up for the on-campus COVID Booster Vaccine Clinic with CVS but were not able to receive the vaccine on Tuesday, October 12. At this point, we do have capacity to add more Independent Living residents to Friday’s COVID Booster Clinic with Discount Drug Mart.  Please call the Health and Wellness Clinic at 440-775-9819 to reserve your spot if you have not already scheduled your Pfizer COVID Booster.

Please remember to wear shirts that will give easy access to the upper deltoid muscle in your arm for the vaccine. 

Stephens Care Center Update

We are pleased to announce that all resident and staff member COVID PCR tests came back negative from last Thursday’s testing. We have now gone a full two-weeks since our last positive test results, and so we are happy to announce the following

Access to the Heiser Community Center

Stephens Care Center (SCC) residents, that can safely go alone, may now sign themselves out of the Stephens Care Center and access the Heiser Community Center to utilize the Library and other community spaces. Residents are asked to please remember to remain masked and maintain 6’ of social distancing outside of the Stephens Care Center.

Outdoor Visitation

SCC outdoor visits will resume on Wednesday, October 13. Register for this will be through Sign-Up Genius. Outdoor visitation will be on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 10am-5pm.  COVID testing will not be necessary for outdoor visitors.

Sign-Up Genius link:

Indoor Visitation with Spouses/Significant Others

SCC indoor visits with spouses and significant others will resume on Friday, October 15.

Spouses / significant others will sign-in and out at the self-check-in kiosk. Contact Michele Tarsitano-Amato if you have not been instructed on how to use the kiosk:

Indoor Visitation with Others

SCC indoor visitation will resume on Wednesday, October 20. Please register through Sign-Up Genius.  Indoor visitation will be on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 10am-5pm. COVID testing will be required for indoor visitors.

Sign-Up Genius link:

Day Trips with Family/Friends

SCC day trips with family/friends will resume on Wednesday, October 20.  COVID testing will be required on those in the vehicle with the resident for day trips.

Window Visitation

SCC window visitation on perimeter windows continues with no registration required.

Access to the Perimeter Path and Kendal Grounds

As of last Friday, October 8, SCC residents that can safely sign-out alone, can sign-out to walk on the Kendal campus.  When outside, please maintain 6’ social distancing and wear a mask when within 6’ of others.

Anger Transformation Presentation

10/19 at 7:15pm on KOTV and ZOOM with Follow up Discussions Zoom Meeting #: 815 3487 8353

As we are hearing on the news, levels of anger are rising nationally.  On Tuesday, October 19, Kim Davidson, Oberlin College ombudsperson, will present 9 Strategies for Managing and Transforming ConflictKim comes with high praise from former Oberlin professors and 2 Kendal residents who audited her course this summer.  Please join us for that presentation, Tuesday, October 19 at 7:15pm.

After Kim’s presentation, later that same week, there will be small group discussions of her talk.  Kim’s Kendal students will formulate the questions, and the Thoughtful Health Conversations Committee will facilitate them. Sign-ups for these discussions are now in front of the open mailboxes with dates and times which are Thursday, October 21-Saturday, October 23.  Some will be held in the Green Room while others will be held on Zoom.  Please sign-up with your contact information. If you have a group of friends who like to hold their own discussion on Kim’s talk, please contact Elizabeth Hole for a copy of the questions. In the meantime, there are several copies of Kim’s textbook, The Surprising Purpose of Anger (37 pp.) in the Kendal Library. Some copies circulate, but one copy is non-circulating. If you have any questions, please contact Elizabeth Hole at

Kendal Receptionists respectfully ask….

Please pick up your packages as soon as possible, as holding space is limited. Large numbers of packages arrive every day and this will increase as we get closer to the holiday. When there are too many packages on the floor it poses a tripping hazard, and it is hard to line up packages on the counter alphabetically when there is not enough room. Thank you!

NEW LINK for appointments in P.S. Salon during November and December

If you wish to reserve a time with Kayla during November and December, please click on this link:

As a reminder, for scheduling the right amount of time for your appointment:

  • Hair Cut – 30 minutes
  • Shampoo, trim, and blow dry – 30 minutes
  • Shampoo, SET and Style – sign up for two 30 minute appointments
  • Pedicure – sign up for two 30 minute appointments

Scammers Continue to Reach out to Kendal

We offer frequent reminders on being attentive to scams arriving by text, phone or email. They are so clever it can fool the best of us!   A number of Kendal folks received a “confidential email” from the CEO requesting immediate assistance to purchase five $200 gift cards to Nordstrom’s (totaling $1,000). It was spotted by quite a few recipients as being suspicious. One individual thought it was a genuine request and followed through on the purchases locally, using the local CVS and Walmart on the assumption reimbursement would be made to the purchaser. Fortunately, instead of providing a response to the scammer with the gift card codes as requested, the cards were instead brought to Administration.  While the good news is the scammer did not get the intended gift cards, the cards are non-returnable with a potential loss of $1,000. The stores use a third-party vendor for gift cards, and once they are processed at the register, the cards are non-refundable.  As the holidays approach, perhaps there are individuals who would like to purchase one or more of these Nordstrom $200 gift cards for presents or to use themselves.  If you wish to purchase a Nordstrom card, please contact Toni Merleno, Director of HR & Operational Services/Risk Manager at 775-9814. 

One very important tell-tale sign of a scammer is to examine closely the email address of a potential scammer. When you hover over a “familiar name” in the sender line, you can see the actual email address it comes from which is likely a fraudulent email created specifically for the fraudulent attempt. Before complying with the email’s request, attempt to connect personally with the individual you believe is sending the request, but do not reply to their request with an email/text response. Sometimes an email box is hijacked, and the owner can no longer access it.  Don’t act without consulting with a person you trust on your intended action. The statistics on scam victims continues to rise – using many of the same ploys over and over. More than likely you know residents and staff who have admitted to being scammed. We don’t want to see those numbers continue to increase. The September 2021 AARP Bulletin featured an article “How To Spot Fake Texts” on Page 34.

Absentee Ballots and More:

Folks should be receiving or have received their absentee ballots for Nov. 2 election.  The Candidates Night program was recorded and is available for viewing. Also, registered voters will be able to vote at Russia Township on that day if they did not apply for an absentee ballot. They can get information at Lorain County Board of Elections website

Early voting hours for the November 2 General Election:

  • October 12-15:         8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
  • October 18-22:         8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
  • October 25-29:         8:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
  • October 30:               8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
  • October 31:               1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
  • November 1:             8:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

The Lorain County Board of Elections is located at 1985 North Ridge Rd East, Lorain OH 44055

2021 Oberlin Community Candidates Night Video Recording:

The video link for Candidates Night, a nonpartisan event, features Oberlin school board candidates, since that is the only contested race, but there is information on all races and issues on the Oberlin ballot. It is well worth your time. Please feel free to share with anyone.

Delivery change for the Chronicle-Telegram

If you subscribe to the Chronicle-Telegram, you should have received a letter in a recent edition explaining that, as of today, this newspaper will be delivered by our US Mail carrier Monday – Saturday. On Sunday, the paper will be delivered by Chronicle personnel. This is due to a staff shortage. As you know, the mail can arrive at varying times. We are sorry that you will be receiving this paper a little later in the day now.

LGBTQ+ A Roundtable Conversation – Coming Out and Why it Matters

TONIGHT: Tuesday, Oct. 12 from 7:15-8:30pm

We are hoping you all will be able to join the program, hear stories, and be part of conversation. 

To join this Zoom Meeting:

Zoom Recordings

Coffee Hour held on Thursday, Oct. 7: 

Master Planning Charrette held on Wed., Oct. 6:

Looking for the Resident Medical Resource book in the Kendal Library?

While valued and used in the past, it was removed from the library in March because it was out of date. There hasn’t been anyone to continue to keep updated. Should you be that person who might be interested in taking this on, please be in touch with a member of KORA’s Council.


From Don Parker

This issue of Medscape reports on a real-life study of the efficiency of HEPA filters in removing the SARS-CoV-2 virus from the air.  Previous studies done in the lab could not be counted on to assure removal of infectious viral particles.  This study (yet to be peer reviewed) shows rather convincing evidence that a HEPA filter did indeed remove most, if not all, the virus from the air in two hospital settings.  This helps settle the HEPA filter controversy and supports the benefit of using them in closed spaces where the virus may accumulate in the air in the presence of an infected person.

From George Cyphers, member of the New Normal Committee

Canada’s vaccination experience.  Different than in the US (they do have anti-vaxxers there as well) and an interesting overview.

Healing Democracy – two more upcoming lectures

Here are the next two lectures in the eight-part series offered by Oberlin College:

“Is Politics America’s New Religion?”
Thursday, Oct. 14 at 7:00 PM
Adelia A. F. Johnston and Harry Thomas Frank Professor of Religion, Cindy Chapman, analyzes how religion gets used in political discourse, namely how religion is deployed as an instrument in partisan politics.

“Disparities in Global Health”

Wednesday, Oct 20 at 7:00 PM

Associate Professor of Neuroscience, Gunnar Kwakye, helps us understand the social determinance of health and the degree to which health at individual and population levels is an outcome of systemic conditions such as: vast income inequalities, the historical legacies of colonialism and slavery, and structural racism.

Today’s Statistics

Kendal at Oberlin (KaO)

Independent Living Resident Cases2
Stephens Care Center (SCC) Resident Cases 
          Residential Care Facility 7
          Skilled Nursing Facility2
KaO Residents Total11
     KaO SCC Staff Cases18
     KaO Other Staff Cases 27
KaO Staff Total45
Kendal at Oberlin Total56
***In Quarantine, COVID Positive0
Kendal at Oberlin Vaccination Overall Rate538 of 544, or 98.9%
Total Kendal Residents Vaccinated 342of 342 or 100%
Total Kendal Staff Vaccinated (this number will go up with staff getting vaccinated and hiring, it will go down with staff attrition)196 of 202, or 97.1%

Lorain County (as of 10/4/2021)

New Cases (since Monday, Oct. 4, 2021 – 7 day average: 145.6 per day)1,019
Total Lorain County Cases  34,336
Total in Zip Code 44074 (+33 since Monday, October 4, 2021)777
Current Lorain County Positivity Rate, High Transmission Rate 11.9%
Total Deaths, age ranges 20-29 • 1; 30-39 • 3; 40-49 • 12; 50-59 • 25; 60-69 • 84; 70-79 • 146; 80+ • 229503
Total Deaths in Long Term Care Settings (updated weekly, last 9/22/2021, +1)247
Lorain County Vaccinations Started 181,083 or 58.5% of population

Cuyahoga County (as of 10/11/2021)

Cuyahoga County (excluding Cleveland)          98,766
Cleveland Cases (first update in five weeks)39,431
Total Cuyahoga County Cases138,197
New Cases       933
Total Cuyahoga County Deaths (first Cleveland update in 5 weeks)2,530
Total Deaths in Long Term Care Settings (updated weekly, last 9/29/2021)882

State of Ohio (as posted on 10/11/2021)

New Cases in the Last 24-hours  2,936
21-day Average of New Cases5,627
Total Cases 1,470,267
Age Range all Cases<1-111
Median Age of all Cases39
Total Hospitalizations (cumulative)75,581 5%
Total Hospitalizations Last 24-hours114
21-day Average of Hospitalizations 256
Median Age of all Hospitalized65
Total ICU Admissions (cumulative)9,680 or 1% 
Total ICU Admissions last 24-hours 12
21-day Average of ICU Admissions 22
Total Health Care Workers Diagnosed 74,149 5%
Total Tested in Ohio16,638,211
Total Ohio Resident Deaths22,819
Median Age of Deaths 79
Ohio Resident Deaths in Last 24-hours0
21-day Average of Deaths64
Total Deaths in Ohio Long Term Care Settings (updated weekly, last 9/29/2021) 7,874
Statewide Vaccinations Started6,371,474 or 54.5% of population

Contact Information

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