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Community Updates Week of 10/12/2020

October 16, 2020: Update to Residents

Calm, Proactive Preparedness


Lorain County Remains Level 2, Orange

Lorain County remained at Level 2/Orange for the 5th week in a row. Lorain County citizens are instructed to exercise increased caution. Twenty-nine of Ohio’s 88 counties are at Level Three Red. This is the first time that number of counties have registered at that Level. Level One Yellow, Level Two Orange, Level Three Red, Level Four Purple.

Good Reads

As Daily COVID-19 Cases Top 2,000 for Third Day, Experts Say Ohio at Crucial Crossroads

With a surging number of cases, Ohio might be in the midst of yet another wave of coronavirus. But, experts caution that it’s difficult to know exactly what those rising cases really mean at this point. In less than a week, Ohio set three one-day records for new COVID-19 cases, topping out at 2,178 on Thursday. Although not record-setting, new cases remained high Friday with the state reporting 2,148 more Ohioans tested positive. –The Columbus Dispatch 

Live COVID-19 Updates from The Washington Post (free to all)

REMINDERS

Reminder of Voter and Candidate Information for Lorain County Residents

Absentee ballots have been mailed. Hopefully residents will receive absentee ballots soon. Fill out your ballot carefully. Take your ballot to the Board of Elections and put it in the Drop Box. If mailing, do so as soon as possible.from Ann Francis

VOTING INFO & ABSENTEE BALLOTS

Read instructions carefully before filling out your ballot. Listen to Paul Adams, Director of BOE, explain exactly what to expect and how to fill out your absentee ballot. A vast amount of information is available at the Lorain County Board of Elections’ website: Office hours to vote early, status of your absentee ballot, ballot information, etc.

CANDIDATE INFORMATION 

From League of Women Voters Oberlin Area – Voter Information: The 2020 Virtual Oberlin Community Candidates Night is available on YouTube. There are 9 videos in total that you may view at your convenience. Click on OCCN YouTube playlist. To download a copy, click 2020 Lorain County Voter Guide. And don’t forget Vote411.org for the most up-to-date voter information.

Northwest Bank

Many thanks to those of you who have taken the time to write Kevin Nelson, President at Northwest Bank. He may not be responding, but he is definitely hearing from you. We continue to discuss options for how (and if) they could serve us in the future. If you have not written but would still like to, he may be reached at; Northwest Bank, 457 Broadway, Lorain, OH 44052 

SAVE THE DATES!

The Kendal System is Offering a Discussion Series on Racial Inequality

Kendal appointed a Racial Justice and Reform Task Force to get conversations underway related to racial injustice, inequity, and encouraging all of us to reexamine our own potential unconscious biases around race. This has resulted in a 4-part series of one-hour sessions conducted via Zoom. This will be on KOTV too. Note: One date conflicts with the Living and Learning program.

The series educator is Christopher Ridenhour. Sessions will be a shared learning experience for Kendal System residents, staff, and board. The first three sessions will include a passive learner curriculum on racial inequality where participants can learn uniqueness of diversity, equity, and inclusion in aging services. The final session will be a Kendal System Town Hall on Race. Questions will be submitted ahead of time. The dates are Thursday, 10/29, at 2pm, Monday, 11/9, at 2pm, Tuesday, 11/17, at 10am, and Monday, 12/7, at 2pm. Details will be provided as we get closer to these dates.

Need Piano Tuning?

Residents have been patiently waiting for an opportunity to have their pianos tuned. We have made arrangements specifically with John Cavanaugh from Oberlin College. He is COVID-tested regularly like Kendal employees and follows all our requirements. If residents want this service and are willing to be masked and stay in another room during the tuning, you may sign up near the mailboxes. John will arrange appointments after 3:30pm on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays, and during weekends. Tunings usually take 2 hours. So far only one sign-up! 

Johnny Comes Calling

Orders will be accepted on Monday and Tuesday for Delivery on Thursday at Heiser. Call Terry at 440-774-8215.

Battery Watches, Resizing Bands

Mary and Malcolm Fowler are still willing to service watches for Kendal residents. If you drop them off in an envelope with the receptionist, just be sure you have your name/unit #/phone number with $10 check/cash for the battery. Kim Preston has agreed to do a “neighborly” drop once a week. Anticipate being without your watch for about a week.

K-Car Rentals Continue

Our car outfitted with plexiglass continues to be a good rental solution for medical appointments for family and friends. Please contact Ed Harder in advance at least 24-48 hours for your best chance to reserve the car.

Looking Ahead: Lorenzo’s

Pizza orders will be taken next week for the following week, October 26. 

Flu Clinic at Kendal on October 30. SAVE THE DATE

If you already received a flu vaccination, please let the Health and Wellness Clinic know so we can adjust our order numbers. Regular dose vaccination and the high dose vaccination will be available. If you have not already, please let us know if you want to request the high dose vaccination. 

Pet Salon at Kendal on October 24

Save the date if you have a pet whose nails need trimming.


Today’s Statistics

Kendal at Oberlin (KaO)

Independent Living Resident Cases0
Stephens Care Center (SCC) Resident Cases0
          Residential Care Facility 0
          Skilled Nursing Facility0
KaO Residents Total0
     KaO SCC Staff Cases1
     KaO Other Staff Cases2
KaO Staff Total3
Kendal at Oberlin Total3

Lorain County (as of 2PM)

New Cases (since Wednesday 10/14 /2020 – 2 day average 37.0)74
Total Lorain County Cases 2,759
Total Deaths, age ranges 30-39 • 1; 50-59 • 5; 60-69 • 11; 70-79 • 21, 80+ • 4482
Total Deaths in Long Term Care Settings (updated weekly, last 10/16/2020)39

Cuyahoga County

Cuyahoga County (excluding Cleveland – updated on Fridays, last updated 10/9/2020)13,107
Cleveland Cases6,351
Total Cuyahoga County Cases19,458
New Cases (since Wednesday 10/14/2020. Cuyahoga County is updated every Friday, skewing data)                  510
Total Cuyahoga County Deaths735
Total Deaths in Long Term Care Settings (updated weekly, last 10/16/2020)318

State of Ohio (as of 2PM)

New Cases in the last 24-hours 2,148
21 Day Average of New Cases1,396
Total Cases 177,991
Age Range all Cases<1-109
Median Age of all Cases40
Total Hospitalizations (cumulative)16,910 or 10%
Total Hospitalizations last 24 hrs 86
21 Day Average of Hospitalizations 85
Median Age of all Hospitalized65
Total ICU Admissions (cumulative)3,522 or 2%
Total ICU Admissions last 24 hours 15
21 Day Average of ICU Admissions 13
Total Health Care Workers Diagnosed 18,445 or 10%
Total Tested in Ohio3,793,170
Total Deaths  5,054 or 3%
Median Age of Deaths 80
Deaths in Last 24 hours 16
21 Day Average of Deaths 15
Total Deaths in Long Term Care Settings (updated weekly, last 10/16/2020)2,800

October 14, 2020: Update to Residents

Calm, Proactive Preparedness

Ohio Passes 170,000 COVID cases, 5,000 Deaths and 2,000 new cases in 24 hours

Keep Calm and Wash Your Hands

Details in Statistics section below. 

Kendal Residents and Staff are reminded and urged to continue frequent Hand-washing/sanitizing, wearing a face-covering in public, and practicing 6-feet social distancing. COVID-19 cases are rising and we must remain CALMLY PROACTIVE. 

From Crain’s Cleveland Business: Gov. Mike DeWine acknowledged although no one knows what will happen in the future, the state is poised to see more coronavirus spread, hospitalizations, and deaths as the weather grows colder. “What we can say is that things are going to get better, but they are going to get worse before they get better,” DeWine said on Tuesday, October 13

This Week’s Thursday Exchange

We will begin recognizing more of our honored staff for their special anniversaries. Also joining us are two guests, Margie Flood and Kathy Burns from Oberlin Community Services to bring us up to date on how their clients are still being served under COVID restrictions. Traditionally, Kendal has recognized our opening anniversary month with an option for contributions to OCS in place of an “elaborate anniversary meal”. Kendal has written a check for $600 representing the usual extra cost for the meal and puts out a soup kettle welcoming other voluntary contributions. This has been a resident-driven initiative for many years. The meeting address is below for those not watching on KOTV.

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

Another Round of Stephens Care Center Staff COVID-19 Testing, October 13

Kendal at Oberlin continues to COVID-test proactively and routinely all Stephens Care Center staff members and associated staff members, including all Facility Services employees and Department Heads. This proactive testing is regulated by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Ohio Department of Health.

Our latest round of testing took place yesterday, October 13. This was the sixth round of staff COVID testing on campus.  We should have these results by this weekend. We are hopeful we will remain COVID-free, as we have been through several testing cadences. As always, if any positive test results are returned, Kendal at Oberlin will immediately initiate all necessary mitigation measures to ensure our community stays safe. Kendal at Oberlin will also communicate news of any positive test results to the Kendal at Oberlin community. 

Reminder of Voter and Candidate Information for Lorain County Residents

Absentee ballots have been mailed. Hopefully residents will receive absentee ballots soon. Fill out your ballot carefully. Take your ballot to the Board of Elections and put it in the Drop Box. If mailing, do so as soon as possible.  – from Ann Francis

VOTING INFO & ABSENTEE BALLOTS

Read instructions carefully before filling out your ballot. Listen to Paul Adams, Director of BOE, explain exactly what to expect and how to fill out your absentee ballot.

A vast amount of information is available at the Lorain County Board of Election website: Office hours to vote early, status of your absentee ballot, ballot information, etc.

CANDIDATE INFORMATION From League of Women Voters Oberlin Area – Voter Information

The 2020 Virtual Oberlin Community Candidates Night is available on YouTube. There are 9 videos in total that you may view at your convenience. 

Click on OCCN YouTube playlist. To download a copy, click 2020 Lorain County Voter Guide. And don’t forget Vote411.org for the most up-to-date voter information.

Tomorrow’s Third Thursday Program 

Thursday, October 15, at 7:15pm

The Third Thursday program will be “On The Home Front” with Judy Cook’s great-great-grandparents’ Civil War letters, songs of the Civil War, and projected images will be on KOTV *only* (no Zoom). Tune in to this hour-long program beginning tomorrow at 7:15pm.

SAVE THE DATE! The Kendal System is Offering a Discussion Series on Racial Inequality

Kendal appointed a Racial Justice and Reform Task Force to get conversations underway related to racial injustice, inequity, and encouraging all of us to reexamine our own potential unconscious biases around race. This has resulted in a 4-part series of one-hour sessions conducted via Zoom. Perhaps some residents on our AV team would be willing to broadcast the Zoom?

The series educator is Christopher Ridenhour. Sessions will be a shared learning experience for Kendal System residents, staff, and board. The first three sessions will include a passive learner curriculum on racial inequality where participants can learn uniqueness of diversity, equity, and inclusion in aging services. The final session will be a Kendal System Town Hall on Race. Questions will be submitted ahead of time. The dates are Thursday, 10/29, at 2pm, Monday, 11/9, at 2pm, Tuesday, 11/17, at 10am, and Monday, 12/7, at 2pm. Details will be provided as we get closer to these dates.

Need Piano Tuning?

Residents have been patiently waiting for an opportunity to have their pianos tuned. We have made arrangements specifically with John Cavanaugh from Oberlin College. He is COVID-tested regularly like Kendal employees and follows all our requirements. If residents want this service and are willing to be masked and stay in another room during the tuning, you may sign up near the mailboxes. John will arrange appointments after 3:30pm on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays, and during weekends. He has recently tuned our Heiser Lounge and Auditorium Steinways.

Fall Foliage Bus Ride

This is a reminder for residents who have signed up for the Fall Foliage Drive on our bus happening Thursday or Friday, 3-4:30pm. (Five-resident limit)

Yes, you should smile behind your mask. Here’s why

Before the coronavirus pandemic, I always smiled at other runners as we crossed paths. Now that we’re wearing masks, I rarely bother. And when I do, I have no idea whether the intended recipient even notices. I never gave much thought to the momentary connections created by exchanging smiles with a stranger before the pandemic. Now I miss them, leading me to wonder: Does it matter whether I offer an unseen smile to someone I don’t know?

The short answer: Yes, because it can affect your emotions as well as theirs. Here are the reasons you should continue smiling behind your mask. –The Washington Post, shared by Mary Behm

Now that it’s getting colder outside…where can I/we meet?

Some of our spaces are more formally being used under a reservation system, and others just happen by people assessing the activity around them to determine if it will work to visit/meet.

  • Auditorium – Available by reservation with the receptionist. It is starting to get more used but there is downtime. 10 persons maximum with 30 minutes in-between to air/sanitize.
  • Education Center Training Room available by reservation through Toni Merleno. First priority is for staff/training needs. It is more open for evenings and weekends particularly. There is some weekday use by staff but some still available. Maximum 10 persons with 30 minutes between meetings to air/sanitize.
  • Green and Crossroads – through receptionist. Maximum 6 persons with 30 minutes in-between to air/sanitize.
  • Fireplace Seating in Lounge – getting frequent use by 1-2-3-4 individuals at a time. Most often singles and couples. First come, first served. Has not been regulated time-wise, but residents have been asked to make visits brief, under 20-25 minutes, since the start of the pandemic.
  • Cafe outside Fox & Fell is getting used by both residents and staff. It is area where staff are also permitted to spread out to enjoy their noon meal since they cannot all eat in the same places. Earlier in day and later afternoon it is more open for spontaneous visiting if properly spaced, masked, etc.
  • Alcove Seating between Auditorium and William Penn Dining Room (Room for 4). No reservations, offers privacy and being used for spontaneous need. 
  • William Penn Dining Room – This is the first use of dining space to arrange visits for up to one hour. Next week we will open this up for resident-to-resident visits if there is open time. We may consider reserving it for the entire weekend to be exclusively for outside resident visitors.                                               

“If something bothers you, do something about it.”
older woman pulling weeds

That’s Bettina Frisse’s motto. She was spotted doing fall clean-up outside Kendal’s Library and Heiser Lounge. She also said she enjoys doing it. Thanks Bettina!


Today’s Statistics

Kendal at Oberlin (KaO)

Independent Living Resident Cases0
Stephens Care Center (SCC) Resident Cases0
          Residential Care Facility 0
          Skilled Nursing Facility0
KaOResidents Total0
     KaO SCC Staff Cases1
     KaO Other Staff Cases2
KaO Staff Total3
Kendal at Oberlin Total3

Lorain County (as of 2PM)

New Cases (since Monday 10/12/2020 – 2 day average: 20.5)41
Total Lorain County Cases 2,685
Total Deaths, age ranges 30-39 • 1; 50-59 • 5; 60-69 • 11; 70-79 • 21, 80+ • 4482
Total Deaths in Long Term Care Settings (updated weekly, last 10/8/2020)39

Cuyahoga County

Cuyahoga County (excluding Cleveland – updated on Fridays, last updated 10/9/2020)12,644
Cleveland Cases6,304
Total Cuyahoga County Cases18,948
New Cases (since Monday 10/12/2020 – Cuyahoga County is updated every Friday, skewing data)                  61
Total Cuyahoga County Deaths723
Total Deaths in Long Term Care Settings (updated weekly, last 10/8/2020)317

State of Ohio (as of 2PM)

New Cases in the Last 24-Hours 2,089
21 Day Average of New Cases1,282
Total Cases 173,665
Age Range all Cases<1-109
Median Age of all Cases40
Total Hospitalizations (cumulative)16,716 or 10%
Total Hospitalizations last 24 hrs 151
21 Day Average of Hospitatlizations 83
Median Age of all Hospitalized65
Total ICU Admissions (cumulative)3,464 or 2%
Total ICU Admissions last 24 hours 17
21 Day Average of ICU Admissions 12
Total Health Care Workers Diagnosed 18,122 or 10%
Total Tested in Ohio3,716,545
Total Deaths  5,033 or 3%
Median Age of Deaths 80
Deaths in Last 24 hours 16
21 Day Average of Deaths 16
Total Deaths in Long Term Care Settings (updated weekly, last 10/8/2020)2,764

October 12, 2020: Update to Residents

Calm, Proactive Preparedness

Good Reads

Information is Beautiful” This is an EXCELLENT Graphic on meaningful world statistics about the pandemic that is frequently updated. Worth bookmarking. Data was originally prepared in England, thus data references the UK and European countries, not the U.S. (Thanks to Bruce Richards for passing it along. He was not sure who shared it with him.)

Finding Your Bearings in a Crisis  A Good Link from Ted.com – October 6, 2020 – Ingrid Fetell Lee (Thanks to Jeanne Berger for sharing.)

Curbside Shopping at Discount Drug Mart

Discount Drug Mart Online Ordering Instructions:

You will need a Courtesy Card and must establish a user name and password.

Log onto Discount-DrugMart.com and log on to the online account. Put in username and password. Go to menu and scroll down to departments and pick a department. Subcategories will come up.

The Process

  • Place your order online and complete the checkout process indicating your desired pick up time.
  • You will receive an email with your order number. Save this for reference when you arrive.
  • Monitor your order history page to see the current status of your order. It will let you know when we start completing your order and when it is ready for pickup.
  • We will call you when your order has been completed. If there are product substitutions, we will review these during our call.

When You Arrive

  • Call us. Choose “option two” for customer service and tell them you are outside, ready for your order.
  • If curbside service has been requested, we will collect payment over the phone or if you prefer we will walk out to your car to do so.
  • We will place your order in your car. 

Keep in Mind

  • With the current demand on many products, inventory levels are difficult to predict. We will do our best to provide accurate inventory and get you the products your family needs, but nothing can be guaranteed.

Update on Passes for Excursions Leaving Campus

The NonmedicalPass@kao.kendal.org is now revised and can be found in the Heiser Lounge and on the KORA website. It reflects the change that you can use this pass if you are going to be away from Kendal for the day as long as your person-to-person visit does not exceed two hours. Also it provides space for you to indicate a store name for senior hours shopping. It also has space for any visit to a drive-through that can be added before returning to the front entrance staff member.

Independent Living Guests are Now Being Fully Screened at the Front Gate

Beginning today, Monday, October 12, Independent-Living guests will be health-screened at the Front Entrance. This will include asking guests a number of COVID risk and symptom questions and taking their temperature. If there is any person that is immune compromised, they may complete their pass by filling in their temperature. Please be sure to inform your guest so that no one is surprised.

Fall Foliage Bus Ride

Residents who can’t drive to get off campus are invited to take a fall foliage drive on our bus this Thursday or Friday, 3-4:30pm. Signup at the open mailboxes. We can take a maximum of 5 riders.

Dining Updates

Dining Service Hotline. If you have a question about/or a problem with a meal or delivery, you should call us at 440-775-9801. This phone is monitored during business hours by on-duty staff every day. This is your best method to have your issue solved quickly! Langston Market will be open again on Wednesday, 10/14, from 11:30am – 1:30pm. Canvas bags and carts are encouraged.

Please remember to socially distance of 6 feet when waiting in line for the market!

Volunteer Opening to Assist with Visits for SCC Residents

We have 3 volunteer slots that still need some help. Training at 5:15pm at the Education Center building on Tuesday, November 13, in the Conference Room. Sunday is the priority day as we don’t have adequate backup assistance.

Sunday9:15AM12:00PM
1:00PM2:20PM
Wednesday1:00PM2:30PM

Flu Vaccination Update

Our regular-dosage and high-dosage flu vaccinations are expected any day now. If you are with a provider outside of Kendal and they offer you either of those options and you want to receive it, please go ahead and get it.  As soon as our supplies arrive, we will inform the community.  

Get Your “Chi” on with Jill

This new video features Tai Chi with Jill Tvaroha on the Buttonbush Bridge and is approximately 41 minutes in length. The video has been added to the Fitness Center playlist can be accessed under the fitness tab on kaores.net (Calendar tab then Exercises tab). Enjoy! 

Study of Biblical Literature on Mondays over Zoom

Recently, KORA approved a new Special Interest Group which will (with exception of the first Monday of each month) meet weekly on Mondays from 10:00– 11:30am via Zoom. Its title: “Study of Biblical Literature.”

A new course starting October 19, 2020, will focus on the 3,000-year-old Religious Classic of the Hebrew Bible, titled, “Conversations with God: The Nature & Content of the Psalter.” Co-teachers will include Mary Louise VanDyke, Kendal resident and graduate of Oberlin College Conservatory whose M.A. at Kent State was earned in part by a thesis on “The Psalms,” and who served as Research Librarian for The Dictionary of American Hymnology; and Malcolm Peel, Ph.D., Convenor of the Group and former Wallace Alston Professor of Bible and Religion at Agnes Scott College in Decatur, Georgia. Anyone interested should contact Malcolm Peel so that he may send you an invitational link for the computer prior to October 19, 2020.

Now that it’s getting colder outside…where can I/we meet?

Some of our spaces are more formally being used under a reservation system, and others just happen by people assessing the activity around them to determine if it will work to visit/meet.

  • Auditorium – Available by reservation with the receptionist. It is starting to get more used but there is downtime. 10 persons maximum with 30 minutes in between to air/sanitize.
  • Education Center Training Room available by reservation through Toni Merleno. First priority is for staff/training needs. It is more open for evenings and weekends particularly. There is some weekday use by staff but some still available. Maximum 10 persons with 30 minutes between meetings to air/sanitize.
  • Green and Crossroads – through receptionist. Maximum 6 persons with 30 minutes in between to air/sanitize.
  • Fireplace seating in Lounge– getting frequent use by 1-2-3-4 individuals at a time. Most often singles, and couples. First come, first served. Has not been regulated time-wise but residents have been asked to make visits brief, under 20-25 minutes since the start of the pandemic.
  • Cafe outside Fox &Fell is getting used by both residents and staff. It is part of where staff are also permitted to spread out and get their noon meal since they cannot all eat in the same places. Earlier in day and later afternoon more open for spontaneous visiting if properly spaced, masked, etc.
  • Alcove Seating between Auditorium and William Penn Dining Room (Room for 4). No reservations, offers privacy and being used for spontaneous need. 
  • William Penn Dining Room– This is the first use of dining space to arrange visits for up to one hour. Next week we will open this up for resident-to-resident visits if there is open time. We may consider reserving all of the weekend to be exclusively for outside resident visitors.

Today’s Statistics

Kendal at Oberlin (KaO)

Independent Living Resident Cases0
Stephens Care Center (SCC) Resident Cases0
          Residential Care Facility 0
          Skilled Nursing Facility0
KaO Residents Total0
     KaO SCC Staff Cases1
     KaO Other Staff Cases2
KaO Staff Total3
Kendal at Oberlin Total3

Lorain County (as of 2PM)

New Cases (since Friday 10/9/2020, 3 day average: 17)51
Total Lorain County Cases 2,644
Total Deaths, age ranges 30-39 • 1; 50-59 • 5; 60-69 • 11; 70-79 • 21, 80+ • 4381
Total Deaths in Long Term Care Settings (updated weekly, last 10/8/2020)39

Cuyahoga County

Cuyahoga County (excluding Cleveland, updated on Fridays, last updated 10/9/2020)12,644
Cleveland Cases6,243
Total Cuyahoga County Cases18,887
New Cases Since Friday 10/9 (Cuyahoga County is updated every Friday, skewing data)                  327
Total Cuyahoga County Deaths723
Total Deaths in Long Term Care Settings (updated weekly, last 10/8/2020)317

State of Ohio (as of 2PM)

New Cases in the Last 24-Hours 1,430
21 Day Average of New Cases1,191
Total Cases 170,179
Age Range all Cases<1-109
Median Age of all Cases40
Total Hospitalizations (cumulative)16,442 or 10%
Total Hospitalizations last 24 hrs 43
21 Day Average of Hospitalizations 77
Median Age of all Hospitalized64
Total ICU Admissions (cumulative)3,434 or 2%
Total ICU Admissions last 24 hours 6
21 Day Average of ICU Admissions 11
Total Health Care Workers Diagnosed 17,809 or 10%
Total Tested in Ohio3,652,066
Total Deaths  5,005 or 3%
Median Age of Deaths 80
Deaths in Last 24 hours 6
21 Day Average of Deaths 11
Total Deaths in Long Term Care Settings (updated weekly, last 10/8/2020)2,764

Contact Information


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