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Community Updates Week of 10/19/2020

Calm, Proactive Preparedness

October 23, 2020: Update to Residents

Lorain County Rises to Level 3, Red

For the first time in more than a month, Lorain County is now on red alert in the state’s color-coded advisory system for COVID-19. Ohio Governor Mike DeWine made the announcement Thursday during his coronavirus briefing. Of Ohio’s 88 counties, 38 are under red alert, up from 29 last week, and three counties — Clark, Cuyahoga and Hamilton — are on the watch list for being purple, the most dire level, denoting severe exposure and spread. “What’s scariest about this is that we’re not even getting close to a plateau,” DeWine said. Lorain County’s infection rate is 66 per 100,000 population, well under the 100 per 100,000 rate needed to be a “high incidence” county. DeWine said Lorain County has a sustained increase in positive tests as well as hospitalizations, largely related to social gatherings and workplace transmissions. From the Chronicle-Telegram

For Kendal at Oberlin this means all in-store shopping during senior hours are suspended. Curbside services, visits and passes from campus remain unaffected. Please exercise extreme caution when leaving campus, practicing all COVID prevention measures.

To see all of the data for Lorain County, visit Lorain County Health.

Good Reads

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

Coronavirus Q and A with Anthony Fauci, MD – Here’s a link to an interview with Dr. Anthony Fauci that is full of hopeful and helpful information. It was sent to me by a colleague. Shared by Don Parker

FLU VACCINATION UPDATE

Employee – Our first Employee Flu Clinic will take place along with our COVID-19 Testing Event on Tuesday, October 27, from 7am-11:30am; other times will be announced. Location for Employee Flu Vaccine Station will be in the service corridor near our Accushield. Each employee will need to sign in for temperatures and symptoms prior to their vaccination. Employees, please be sure to bring your signed Flu Vaccination Authorization and Tuberculosis Screening Tool with you fully completed. You will not have time to complete these forms at this event. Our goal is to avoid any increased exposure risks. Please get these documents from your Supervisor/Department Head and complete them prior to arrival for your vaccination.

Independent Living Resident Regular Dosage – Our next Independent Living Resident Flu Clinic for the Regular Dosage Flu Vaccinations will on Tuesday, October 27, from 1pm-4pm in the Heiser Lounge. This is a Drop-In Clinic; no appointment is necessary. 

Independent Living Resident High DosageOur Health and Wellness Clinic, partnering with Oberlin CVS, will be conducting our High Dosage Flu Vaccination Clinic on Friday, October 30, for residents in Independent Living. We have over 140 residents that are being scheduled to receive this requested vaccination between the hours of 7am and 6pm on that day. Natasha Miller, Health and Wellness Clinic Receptionist has placed appointment time slips in each resident’s in-house mailbox, informing them of their scheduled appointment time in the HWC for this vaccination. If a line forms during this Flu Clinic, please be sure to maintain 6-feet social distancing. Due to the volume of requests, special accommodations for appointment scheduling cannot be honored. All residents receiving the High Dosage Flu Vaccination must bring their Identification and Insurance Information with them for proper billing. Please note, we have been informed by CVS that Medical Mutual Insurance may not include this specific vaccination as a covered service; please contact CVS with any questions.

Please Note: Our HWC will be closed on October 30 for all other services in order to focus solely on the High Dosage Flu Clinic.

Stephens Care Center Residents: Residents residing in the Stephens Care Center will receive the Standard Dosage or High Dosage Flu Vaccination per their or their Health Care Power of Attorney’s request. These vaccinations will be administered by Stephens Care Center Staff.

In Emma Mason’s Own Words: A Trip to Vote at the Board of Elections

Yesterday we went to the Board of Elections in Lorain to vote early. We were delighted to observe the extensive COVID protocols that had been carefully planned and implemented. The lines were long; however, they moved quickly and total voting time from entering the long line to exiting the final door took about 35 minutes. Markers for social distancing were placed all along the line’s route and into the voting booth area. Plastic barriers enclosed the admitting clerks. Voting machines were spaced wider than usual, if not quite 6 feet; however, the natural screening to maintain privacy during voting provided good separation from other voting machines and voters. All machines and special touch-screen pens were disinfected after use by each voter. Friendly, courteous personnel were strategically placed to ensure voters knew exactly where to go and what to do. After a voter deposited his/her completed ballot, there was liquid disinfecting solution available to clean hands. There were no “Poll Watchers” that we noticed. All in all, it was a very good experience. Kudos to the Board of Elections for their thoughtful and careful planning!

Kendal’s Bus Trips to Lorain County Board of Elections October 26-30

There was some concern about increasing traffic at the BOE as we get closer to election day. Ed Harder made an onsite visit this week. To his surprise it was not very busy. They have an information desk so he talked to the representative. She stated the best time to come would be between 8 and 10am. She also stated that we can use the drive-through drop box. Residents can get out and drop their ballots in a separate drop box, but Ed doesn’t encourage this because the drop box is on the “exit route” for the drive-through drop box, and the bus would be in the way. It would also be difficult to exit. The drive-through drop box lines move quickly. He watched the traffic for about five minutes and felt it is an efficient system. He thinks the times that we have set of 9am and 10am will work. Residents can hand their ballot to the driver, and the driver can hand them to the employee on site. There is still room to sign up if you do not drive. There are 5 seats available per trip.  

Registering for the 4-Part Kendal System Educational Series on Racial Inequality

The dates are Thursday, October 29 at 2pm; Monday, November 9 at 2pm; Tuesday, November 17 at 10am; and Monday, December 7 at 2pm. Kendal will broadcast this on the KOTV channel but you may prefer to do a Zoom. Zoom requires you to register in advance for this webinar. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar. 

List of Resident Activities

In order to increase opportunities for social interactions at Kendal, we are creating a list of all regular activities that are happening now. While residents can find many committees and activities on the KORA website and in the KORA “Yellow Book” of activities, knowledge of other activities–especially since COVID–may not be so accessible.

If you’re part of a COVID-era activity, please share its name, meeting frequency, mode (Zoom or in-person), and contact information with Anne Palmer. Other residents may want to join you or to start a similar activity! From Anne Palmer and the New Normal Committee

Fitness Equipment Room and Fitness/Relaxation Room

Fitness Serve will be coming to Kendal between 12-2pm on Friday, October 30, to move the equipment, so the Equipment Room and the Fitness/Relaxation will be closed at that time. The pool will remain open. The Fitness Center links for November will be available on Monday, October 26, at 12:30pm. There will be links for independent use and for classes. 

Vitalize 360 Surveys have been distributed. Please participate and return your surveys to the receptionist by October 27. This information is very important to our planning and will help us contribute to our determining how our community is faring during the pandemic and what more we can do.

PS Salon will be Closed Monday, October 26

We apologize for this inconvenience. If you had an appointment you will be called to reschedule. Please direct questions to Michele Tarsitano-Amato at 440-775-9890.

Pet Nail Trimming will be this Saturday, October 24

Happening at the front gate at 10am on Saturday with Kerry Trent. To schedule an appointment for your cat or small dog, please call Priscilla.

Eureka

Editor Robert Taylor reports that the fall issue of Eureka! has been printed and delivered. As an extra safety precaution, the copies will spend the weekend in the trunk of Bob Longsworth’s car, and they will then appear in your open boxes on Monday. Look for them there and enjoy!

Heritage Center Hosts Annual Fall Trivia Night

The Oberlin Heritage Center is excited to once again host a fun night of trivia for all ages (via Zoom) on Friday, November 13, 2020 from 6:00-8:00pm. Please register your team by November 6 if you’d like to participate. To register, just visit our website at: http://www.oberlinheritage.org or call (440)-774-1700 to sign up over the phone. When your team is signed up, the team leader will be sent a Zoom registration link to forward to fellow team members—who can play virtually from the comfort of their own homes on Game Night.


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 10/21/2020 – 2 day average: 51.5)103
Total Lorain County Cases 2,982
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 10/21/2020)39

Cuyahoga County

Cuyahoga County (excluding Cleveland – updated on Fridays, last updated 10/16/2020)13,107
Cleveland Cases6,552
Total Cuyahoga County Cases19,659
New Cases (since Friday 10/16/2020 – Cuyahoga County has not been updated since 10/16, skewing data)                  71
Total Cuyahoga County Deaths735
Total Deaths in Long Term Care Settings (updated weekly, last 10/23/2020)322

State of Ohio (as of 2PM)

New Cases in the Last 24-Hours 2,518
21-Day Average of New Cases1,721
Total Cases 192,948
Age Range all Cases<1-109
Median Age of all Cases41
Total Hospitalizations (cumulative)17,866 or 9%
Total Hospitalizations last 24 hrs 184
21-Day Average of Hospitalizations 104
Median Age of all Hospitalized65
Total ICU Admissions (cumulative)3,682 or 2%
Total ICU Admissions last 24 hours 25
21-Day Average of ICU Admissions 18
Total Health Care Workers Diagnosed 19,589 or 10%
Total Tested in Ohio4,090,314
Total Deaths  5,184 or 3%
Median Age of Deaths 80
Deaths in Last 24 hours 23
21-Day Average of Deaths 13
Total Deaths in Long Term Care Settings (updated weekly, last 10/23/2020)2,845

October 21, 2020: Update to Residents


Board of Elections Drop Off Boxes

Charles and Jan Klaveness reported their trip to 1985 North Ridge Road East in Lorain to the Board of Elections Office: “The Board of Elections offices face North Ridge Road–the parking lot is behind the building, accessible from a side road. It is only 15 minutes from Kendal, it is quick and easy. There are actually two drop-off boxes, one attended and another that was not. We used the attended box, where I just cracked open the window a fraction and passed both envelopes to a person who was wearing a mask on his face and an ID on a neck cord. A security guard was observing nearby. It was reported that box is attended seven days a week, from 8am to 5 pm. We were informed that the unattended box is available 24/7. They told us that a deputy would be in the parking lot 24 hours a day. We didn’t have to wait in a line of cars. While we were there, vehicles pulled in every few minutes or so to drop ballots. 

FLU VACCINATION UPDATE

Regular Dosage Flu Vaccination We have now received confirmation that our supply of regular dosage flu vaccinations will be here next week.

Our first Employee Flu Clinic will take place along with our COVID-19 Testing Event on Tuesday, October 27, from 7am-11:30am. Location for Employee Flu Vaccine Station will be in the service corridor near our Accushield. Each employee will need to sign in for temperatures and symptoms prior to their vaccination. Employees, please be sure to bring your signed Flu Vaccination Authorization and Tuberculosis Screen Tool with you fully completed. You will not have time to complete these forms at this event. Our goal is to avoid any increased exposure risks. Please get these documents from your Supervisor/Department Head and complete prior to arrival for your vaccination.

Our Independent Living Resident Flu Clinics for the Regular Dosage Flu Vaccinations will begin next week, days and times will be determined and announced soon. All vaccinations will be done by appointment in the HWC. 

High Dosage Flu Vaccination Independent Living Residents: Our Health and Wellness Clinic, partnering with Oberlin CVS, will be conducting our High Dosage Flu Vaccination Clinic on Friday, October 30, for residents in Independent Living. We have over 140 residents that are being scheduled to receive this requested vaccination between the hours of 7am and 6pm on that day. Natasha Miller, Health and Wellness Clinic Receptionist will be placing appointment time slips in each resident’s in-house mailbox informing them of their scheduled appointment time in the HWC for this vaccination. If a line forms during this Flu Clinic, please be sure to maintain 6-feet social distancing. Due to the volume of requests, special accommodations for appointment scheduling cannot be honored. All residents receiving the High Dosage Flu Vaccination must bring their Identification and Insurance Information with them for proper billing. Please note, we have been informed by CVS that Medical Mutual Insurance may not include this specific vaccination as a covered service; please contact CVS with any questions.

Please Note: Our HWC will be closed on October 30 for all other services in order to focus solely on the High Dosage Flu Clinic.

Stephens Care Center Residents: Residents residing in the Stephens Care Center will receive the Standard Dosage or High Dosage Flu Vaccination per their or their Health Care Power of Attorney’s request. These vaccinations will be administered by Stephens Care Center Staff. 

Staff Mandated to Participate in Weekly Testing

The Ohio Department of Health has announced that all Nursing Home and adjoining Residential Care Facility Staff Members will be required to participate in WEEKLY COVID-19 testing.  Kendal will be receiving more information on this initiative. Our next cadence of Stephens Care Center and associated staff member COVID-19 testing will take place on Tuesday, October 27, from 7-11:30am in the Heiser Auditorium. 

Red rose

In Remembrance of Dan Ayres – October 16, 2020

Not received your ballot yet?

While we have heard many received their ballot to vote on Saturday at Kendal, others have not. Emma and Del Mason were among those that did not, so they went to the Board of Elections today. They could not have been more impressed with the efforts. They found masks, physical distancing, and cleaning procedures in clear evidence. The stylus used for voting was immediately cleaned when finished before any other voter used it. If you do venture out, consider it being a rainy day where fewer are likely to show up.

Pizza and Lasagna Orders from Lorenzo’s Next Week

Orders must be in for pizza and/or lasagna by this Friday at 5pm. Forms are in the Heiser Lounge. Deliveries will be on Wednesday and Thursday, October 28 and 29. 

Pet Nail Trimming will be this Saturday, October 24

Happening at the front gate with Kerry Trent. To schedule an appointment for your cat or small dog, please call Priscilla. 

This Week’s Thursday Exchange

We will start our meeting once again recognizing staff for their special anniversaries. This week features staff in Marketing, Social Services, and Creative Arts Therapy. We will also be showing a short 8-minute video, Quaker History and Beliefs, one of about seven in a series, Quaker Connection Video Series. The series offers perspectives on living and working in an organization rooted in Quaker values, as told through conversations with lifelong Friends Jane Mack, President/CEO for Friends Services Alliance, and David Jones, retired Vice President of Development for The Kendal Corporation. We hope to show one new film each week. Join Zoom Meeting – Meeting ID: 921 4392 7958 – One tap mobile: 13126266799,,92143927958# US (Chicago)


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 Monday 10/19                                          3 day avg 24.549
Total Lorain County Cases 2,879
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 10/16/2020)13,107
Cleveland Cases6,481
Total Cuyahoga County Cases19,588
New Cases (since Friday 10/16/2020 – Cuyahoga County is updated every Friday, skewing data)                  73
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 2,366
21-Day Average of New Cases1,620
Total Cases 188,005
Age Range all Cases<1-109
Median Age of all Cases41
Total Hospitalizations (cumulative)17,523 or 9%
Total Hospitalizations last 24-hours 135
21-Day Average of Hospitalizations 96
Median Age of all Hospitalized65
Total ICU Admissions (cumulative)3,632 or 2%
Total ICU Admissions last 24-hours 36
21-Day Average of ICU Admissions 16
Total Health Care Workers Diagnosed 19,209 or 10%
Total Tested in Ohio4,000,606
Total Deaths  5,149 or 3%
Median Age of Deaths 80
Deaths in Last 24 hours 66
21-day Average of Deaths 16
Total Deaths in Long Term Care Settings (updated weekly, last 10/16/2020)2,800

October 19, 2020: Update to Residents


Update on Staff COVID Testing on Tuesday, October 13

Stronger Together - but 6 feet apartWe are pleased to report that all COVID-19 test results came back NEGATIVE on each of the 153 Kendal at Oberlin staff tests. Kendal at Oberlin continues to remain COVID-free at this time. There are a number of older adult settings throughout the state that are currently experiencing COVID outbreaks, including Wesleyan Village in Elyria. It is up to all of us, residents and staff members alike, to remain “super vigilant” as Shenell Hinton says, to keep ourselves, our families, and our Kendal neighbors and Kendal community safe.  We are all in this together!

Stephens Care Center Indoor Visitation Begins Tomorrow

Tuesday, October 20, marks the beginning of our journey from Stephens Care Center (SCC) Outdoor Visitation to Indoor Visitation. These visits will be taking place in the Education Center Conference Room where modifications have been made to ensure safe visits.  This will be a multi-week transition. One significant change everyone will notice: the Ohio Department of Health is permitting SCC residents just one visit in one day lasting no longer than 30 minutes. With over 60 residents in our Stephens Care Center, in-person visitation appointment times will be limited due to these new restrictions. Kendal will continue to utilize FaceTime, Zoom, and other technology platforms to assist SCC residents to remain connected to loved ones and friends.

Visits have been prioritized with Indoor Family Visits being scheduled first over the next few weeks.  The SCC Visitation Team has been busy contacting SCC residents and their families to schedule these times. They will finish up those contacts this week. When all SCC families have been scheduled, SCC resident friends will then be able to schedule visits on remaining open slots using SignUpGenius. We will inform you when SignUpGenius is available as it is not at this time while we finalize family visits. We thank you for your patience and understanding.

A BIG THANK YOU and SHOUT OUT to all our Independent Living residents that have volunteered to sanitize our Indoor Visitation Station between visits. Without each and every one of you, we would not be able to offer the schedule we are for Indoor Visitation! THANK YOU!

Questions on Indoor Visitation may be directed to Michele Tarsitano-Amato, Director of Creative Arts Therapy.

Good Reads

Update on the State of United States Vaccine Trials: Cleveland.com‘s health reporter has just written a good summary of the state of vaccine trialsShared by Carol Conti-Entin

The Reed is a newsletter from KaO’s marketing department, sent to all prospective residents and public relations contacts. We are very grateful to all the residents that help us by participating in interviews when Molly Kavanagh writes the articles. You can view a digital copy of the Fall 2020 Reed here. In this issue, look for articles about Kendal’s landscape, the New Normal Committee and a very special edition of “Ask Maggie.” Printed copies of the newsletter are always available at the Front Desk.

Pet Nail Trimming will be this Saturday, October 24

Happening at the front gate with Kerry Trent. To schedule an appointment for your cat or small dog, please call Priscilla. 

Sign up for Lorenzo’s Pizzas and Lasagna Orders

Sign up Tuesday-Friday October 20-23 – The forms are in the Heiser Lounge. They will be delivered to you on Wednesday and Thursday, October 28 and 29.

Art Gallery

Art is returning to Kendal’s galleries! Last week new exhibits went up in two of them. A show of mixed media collages by Helen Wilson is now in the Kendal Gallery located in the hallway between the Auditorium and the Library. A group of photographs by Kendal resident Tom Van Nortwick is in the Community Gallery located in the hallway between the Health and Wellness Clinic and the bank. The Kendal Art Committee will sponsor “virtual receptions” for both artists on Zoom. The first, for Helen Wilson, will begin at 4:00pm on Friday, October 23.

Join Zoom Meeting – Meeting ID: 955 7827 2948. No password is required.

Board of Elections Drop Off Boxes

Charles and Jan Klaveness reported on their trip to 1985 North Ridge Road East in Lorain: The BoE offices face North Ridge Road — the parking lot is behind the building, accessible from a sideroad. 15 minutes from Kendal, it is quick and easy. There are actually two drop-off boxes, one attended and another that was not. We used the attended box, where I just cracked open the window a fraction and passed both envelopes to a person who was wearing a mask on his face and an ID on a neck cord. A security guard was observing nearby. The people at that box said it was attended seven days a week, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. They said the unattended box is available 24 -7. They told us that a deputy would be in the parking lot 24 hours a day. We didn’t have to wait in a line of cars. While we were there, vehicles pulled in every few minutes or so to drop ballots.

Fillable Forms on KORA Website

FYI – Be aware that depending on your browser, you may need to download and save a form on your computer before you will be able to complete it. Some browsers and computer systems allow you to open it up from the site and start typing.


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 10/16 /2020 – 3 day average: 23.7)71
Total Lorain County Cases 2,830
Total Deaths, age ranges 30-39 • 1; 50-59 • 5; 60-69 • 11; 70-79 • 22, 80+ • 4483
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 Cases6,408
Total Cuyahoga County Cases19,515
New Cases (since Friday 10/16/2020 – Cuyahoga County is updated every Friday, skewing data)                  57
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 1,837
21 Day Average of New Cases1,515
Total Cases 183,624
Age Range all Cases<1-109
Median Age of all Cases41
Total Hospitalizations (cumulative)17,172 or 9%
Total Hospitalizations last 24 hrs 111
21 Day Average of Hospitalizations 89
Median Age of all Hospitalized65
Total ICU Admissions (cumulative)3,561 or 2%
Total ICU Admissions last 24 hours 14
21 Day Average of ICU Admissions 14
Total Health Care Workers Diagnosed 18,809 or 10%
Total Tested in Ohio3,930,940
Total Deaths  5,075 or 3%
Median Age of Deaths 80
Deaths in Last 24 hours 8
21 Day Average of Deaths 16
Total Deaths in Long Term Care Settings (updated weekly, last 10/16/2020)2,800

Contact Information


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