Community Updates Week of 10/18/2021

Vaccine Report

Important reminder, if you have received your COVID booster vaccine or your influenza vaccine off campus, please provide a record of that to the Health and Wellness Clinic.  Staff members, please provide a copy of your COVID booster vaccine to the Health and Wellness Clinic and a copy of your influenza vaccine to Kim Leek.

We are pleased to report:

Kendal Residents

  • Our resident COVID vaccination rate remains at 100%, with an Independent Living COVID booster vaccination rate of 77% (215/279) and a Stephens Care Center Resident COVID booster vaccination rate of 100% (61/61)
  • Our resident COVID vaccination rate remains at 100%, with an Independent Living COVID booster vaccination rate of 77% (215/279) and a Stephens Care Center Resident COVID booster vaccination rate of 100% (61/61)

Independent Living resident

  • influenza vaccination rate is currently 76% (213/279).  Stephens Care Center influenza vaccinations begin this week.

Kendal Staff

  • Our staff COVID vaccination rate is now at 98%, 80 of those staff members have qualified and have received the Pfizer COVID Booster.  The COVID Booster will be required for staff per CDC guidelines.
  • Staff influenza vaccines are also required (except for those with a medical exemption or sincerely held religious belief).  After one week of influenza clinics, 103 of our staff members have received the influenza vaccine. More staff vaccination clinics are planned.

Reopening and Visit Guidelines

Heiser Community Center to Outside Guests on Monday, October 25

We have welcome news to our entire Kendal at Oberlin Community!

With most Independent Living residents receiving the Pfizer COVID Booster by Monday, October 11, the Heiser Community Center will reopen to outside guests on Monday, October 25.  This will allow for guest musicians and speakers to return to our community.  Community spaces will resume their normal occupancy capacities and routine events will resume such as English Country Line Dancing and Heiser Lectures.   

Masks will continue to be required, recognizing the vulnerability of a number of our Kendal residents.

A self-check-in kiosk will be installed at the main Heiser Community Entrance as guests will be required to self-screen, by answering a series of questions and having their temperature taken.  Those that do not pass this self-screen will be instructed to leave the campus.

Stephens Care Center Visitation Procedures

Important:  Please do not visit a Stephens Care Center resident if you do not feel well, including, but not limited to:

  • 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

In addition, please do not visit a Stephens Care Center resident if you have:

  • Been exposed to COVID during the past 14 days.
  • Have participated in a high risk activity, such as international travel or attending a large event.
Access to the Heiser Community Center

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

Indoor Visitation with Spouses/Significant Others

SCC indoor visitation with spouses and significant others resumed 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 the kiosk,

Indoor Visitation with Other Kendal Residents

SCC indoor visitation with other Kendal residents has now resumed. Kendal residents

will sign-in and out at the self-check-in kiosk.  Contact Michele Tarsitano-Amato if you have not been instructed on the kiosk,

Indoor Visitation with Off Campus Visitors

SCC indoor visitation will resume on Wednesday, October 20. Register through SignUpGenius.  Indoor visitation will be on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 10am-5pm.  COVID Testing will be required for indoor visitors.

SignUpGenius link:

Day Trips with Family/Friends

SCC day trips with family//friends will resume on Wednesday, October 20.  The honor system will be used for testing, trusting that those that ride with the resident and that those the resident visits with while off campus will obtain a negative COVID test 48 hours or less prior to the visit.

Window Visitation

SCC window visitation, on parameter windows, continues with no registration required.

Access to the Parameter Path and Kendal Grounds

SCC residents that can safely go 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.

Questions/Answers that came up at the Afternoon Exchange Today:

Can anyone attend the KORA Council meeting this Thursday at 10am exceeding our cap of 25 people? 

YES. We will allow the number to exceed 25 and welcome anyone who wants to attend in person or by KOTV. No Zoom. Other room caps will be removed as of this coming Monday, Oct. 25, when any outside visitor will be permitted in Heiser with an Accushield nametag obtained at the entrance near the receptionist. As part of this screening process, guests will be asked if they are vaccinated and if not, the word NO will be on their name tag.

Masks will continue to be worn in the Heiser Corridors until further notice. The New Normal Committee will be meeting to discuss this. Use of masks in meeting rooms is up to the attendees.

Does the room cap get removed for the Exercise rooms on Monday? 


Are reservations still needed for the pool?

As of now YES.  It is being discussed how those persons who are more vulnerable can have some protected use at designated times under a reservation plan.

Are there ways the dining rooms can be put in use soon, until we get more staff on board, allowing residents pick up their meals with the existing system but use the dining room tables to gather (bringing one’s own silverware, beverages, etc.)?  

Greg’s team welcomes your suggestions and will be giving this thought. He is as anxious as anyone to get you back together in the dining rooms for meals.

What is the maximum number of people that may sing in the auditorium? 

As of Monday, the numbers of people allowed in a space returns to pre-COVID days. Singing will be allowable by those same numbers but the decision to be in mask or not (or some in mask, some not) is based on group consensus.

Can outsiders come into the Resale Shop? 

The volunteers, led by Vicky Shafarman, have indicated that outsiders will be now welcome next week starting Oct. 27. The shop is open Wed.-Saturday and masks must be worn.

What about visitors from high risk areas coming to Kendal? 

You are asked to use your best judgement about who you invite into Kendal. We urge you to use the national map in the News Update to check on COVID status elsewhere. Have the conversation with your guests about what makes for a safe time to visit you and our community. We are counting on you to use your best judgement. 

What’s the situation of staffing in Dining Services within the SCC?

We have a more stable team for breakfast and lunch but are still using staff volunteers for these meals. Evening meals are the same with our younger staff and with less stability than breakfast and lunch. We are working toward getting our SCC residents back in the Friend’s Corner.

Are Medical Advantage Plans allowed at Kendal?

Kendal was recently accepted by Humana as a provider for their Human Medical Advantage Plan.  Reluctantly, we have signed for this plan knowing it is not to Kendal’s advantage. Some of our resident retiree plans do not give an option. The plans pay very poorly and cost the residents more in the long run. When we accept the plan, all residents share in the loss because of poor reimbursement to Kendal.  It’s not that we don’t allow Medicare Advantage Plans but anyone who has such a plan has to live with the restrictions of the plan, as defined.

Where can I drop off my no longer needed prescriptions?

You can drop them off at the Oberlin Police Station where they have twice-yearly events for this, including this Saturday from 10am – 2pm. However, their lobby drop box is available year-round.  Stacy Terrell will also take your unused prescriptions in the Health and Wellness Clinic and properly dispose of them.

What about Joggers or Bike Riders using our pathways around Kendal? 

Yes, they are welcome back at Kendal.  An area bike group will be here this weekend touring Kendal like other community areas.  Charlotte McGowan mentioned she will be part of the group as well as a future resident at Kendal.

What is the status of the Moderna Vaccine?  

It is expected to be approved later this week. Kendal has a very high vaccination rate of residents with the booster. Those who moved in later are waiting for Moderna and J&J vaccines to be approved for the booster.


Different Types of Vaccines Mixed?

This MDEdge article (Mixing COVID vaccine boosters may be better option) sites a study that showed a higher boost in antibodies where the third dose (booster) was a different type than the original, and this was especially so for the J&J vaccine (the second dose being the booster).

From Don Parker

Coronavirus Briefing: What Happened Today

This warning about future pandemics, while not at all surprising, is a matter of concern as we prepare for “the new normal”. It’s good to get the clarification about Colin Powell’s health condition, which made him particularly vulnerable to COVID, and it is a reminder of how important it is to get the booster shot. (Note that a subscription may be required to read the article.) From John Elder

Planned Emergency Power Outage

On Wednesday, October 20, from 4:00am – 6:00am, there will be a planned emergency power outage at Kendal at Oberlin. During this outage, both residents and staff will not have access to our networks or Wi-Fi.  In addition, our internal Kendal staff phones will be down. The elevator in the apartment building will not work during this time, as well.  If you need to contact a Kendal staff member, please call one the following numbers:

Nurse Manager cell phone (440-213-6497)

Facility Service cell phone (440-370-5926)

This outage will not affect power in your cottages or apartments.  If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me, Ryan Stalzkowski, at 775-9869 or – thank you.

Zoom Links and Recorded Presentations

Wellness Support

The Wellness Support Group gave a presentation about their upcoming workshop at the Afternoon Exchange today, Tuesday, Oct. 19. The date for the workshop was moved from the original time of Oct. 6 to Nov. 10 at 10:30am. This presentation was recorded, so you will be able to watch it via this link:

Thursday, 7:15 pm—Songs of the Mountains

Judy Cook will sing songs and ballads from the eastern mountain chain — some stemming from medieval time — with photos, artworks, and lyrics for the choruses so that the audience can sing along. Known for her repertoire and storytelling ability in song, Judy performs from New England to the Dakotas and in England. Join in via Zoom:
Meeting ID: 899 0522 7120

Anger Transformation Presentation with Follow up Discussions

Oct. 19 at 7:15pm on KOTV and ZOOM – 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 Conflict.  Kim comes with high praise from former Oberlin professors and 2 Kendal residents who audited her course this summer. 

After Kim’s presentation, later that same week, there will be small group discussions about 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

OC Alum Awarded 2021 Nobel Prize in Economics

Have to wonder what OC Profs might want to claim the distinguished honor of having taught Joshua Angrist (OC BA 1982).  He was one of three just awarded the 2021 Nobel Prize in Economics. (Thanks to Martin Davidoff for sharing.)

Nobel Prize in economics awarded to Joshua Angrist | Oberlin College and Conservatory

Are You Interested in Playing Pickleball?

Dr. Roy Ebihara of Oberlin, known to many Kendalites, has volunteered to organize pickleball activities for all interested Kendal residents. He is also ready to teach the basics of pickleball to novices. You will find a signup sheet on the shelf by the mailboxes. Just leave your name and email address. Sidney Rosenfeld, Co-Chair, Sports and Recreation Committee

Outdoor Help Sought for Wednesday Morning, Oct. 20

Rachel Duncan and David Benzing will be at Buttonbush arboretum site to guide folks in helping to clean up the area and protect the good trees for the winter on Wednesday, October 20, starting at 9:00am. Those arriving at 9:00 will get more of the rationale for what we are doing and how to go about it. People willing to help for a half an hour, or more, are welcome and can arrive at any time during the morning. Tasks can involve bending and pulling, standing and clipping, carrying trash out to the grassy area or putting masking tape on tree trunks or netting around trees. You just need enough balance to be able to handle walking in the rough woodsy area.  Residents who come should wear long sleeves and, if you have them, bring garden gloves.  Many tools will be here, but if you have favorite loppers or clippers, you are encouraged to bring them.

Wear masks or at least bring them: you can decide how close you wish to be to others and whether others are willing to wear them. If you only want to be near someone with a mask on or be further off on your own, you should be able to find a place where you are comfortable. It is a large area in which to work. Feel free to invite others to join in the work party.

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!

Marketing and Admissions will be supervising a video shoot

Thursday, Oct. 21. Those being recorded have been contacted already. The videos will focus on Kendal at Oberlin’s amenities, general hiring, hiring in healthcare, and CARF accreditation.

Urgent Request from the Environmental Concerns Committee!

Please return green take-out containers to Dining Services.  There are so few that are being returned that Kendal will soon have to order more.  In the meantime, lack of enough containers slows the serving of meals. Staff have to immediately wash those few that people bring back at the time they come for their carryout meal – in order to be able to serve others.

NEW LINK for appointments in PS Salon during November and December

If you wish to reserve a time with Kayla during November and December, please click on the link below, which is also on the Resident Website under “Forms and Appointments”:

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

Absentee Ballots and More

Folks should be receiving or have received their absentee ballots for the 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. You 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

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.

The Dining Matters Committee

asks every resident to complete the survey you received last Friday either by email or in your open mailbox. The survey includes questions that we can begin to address now and questions that will help us plan for the future. The information from the survey will help our committee and other committees. We need your input to guide us as we discuss possible changes to make our dining experiences the best they can be in these trying times.

Healing Democracy – two more upcoming lectures that will be shown on KOTV:

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

“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.

“Poetic Language and Restoring Black Humanity” Tuesday, Oct. 26, at 7:00 PM
Description: Assistant Professor of Creative Writing, Chanda Feldman, explores how contemporary poems by Black American poets speak to anti-Black violence and engage with experiences of violence in ways that transform degradation into restoration. What the poems restore is Black peoples’ humanity in the face of historically denied equal treatment.

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 Rate539 of 544, or 99.3%
Total Kendal Residents Vaccinated 340 of 340 or 100%
Total Kendal Staff Vaccinated (those unvaccinated have Medical or Religious Exemption)199 of 203, or 98.0%

Lorain County (as of 10/18/2021)

New Cases (since Monday, Oct. 11, 2021 – 7 day average: 115.0 per day)805
Total Lorain County Cases  35,141
Total in Zip Code 44074 (+23 since Monday, October 11, 2021)800
Current Lorain County Positivity Rate, High Transmission Rate 11.4%
Total Deaths, age ranges 20-29 • 1; 30-39 • 3; 40-49 • 13; 50-59 • 25; 60-69 • 85; 70-79 • 149; 80+ • 231507
Total Deaths in Long Term Care Settings (updated weekly, last 10/13/2021, +0)247
Lorain County Vaccinations Started 181,987 or 58.7% of population

Cuyahoga County (as of 10/18/2021)

Cuyahoga County (excluding Cleveland)          101,088
Cleveland Cases 42,321
Total Cuyahoga County Cases143,409
New Cases       5,212
Total Cuyahoga County Deaths2,562
Total Deaths in Long Term Care Settings (updated weekly, last 10/13/2021)882

State of Ohio (as posted on 10/18/2021)

New Cases in the Last 24-hours  2,810
21-day Average of New Cases5,038
Total Cases 1,499,485
Age Range all Cases
Median Age of all Cases39
Total Hospitalizations (cumulative)77,390 5%
Total Hospitalizations Last 24-hours264
21-day Average of Hospitalizations 254
Median Age of all Hospitalized65
Total ICU Admissions (cumulative)9,860 or 1% 
Total ICU Admissions last 24-hours 25
21-day Average of ICU Admissions 22
Total Health Care Workers Diagnosed 75,314 5%
Total Tested in Ohio16,861, 277
Total Ohio Resident Deaths23,327
Median Age of Deaths 79
Ohio Resident Deaths in Last 24-hours0
21-day Average of Deaths72
Total Deaths in Ohio Long Term Care Settings (updated weekly, last 10/13/2021) 7,901
Statewide Vaccinations Started6,408,679 or 54.8% of population

Contact Information

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