Community Updates Week of 10/24/2021

Calm, Proactive Preparedness

October 22, 2021: Early Update to Residents

Special Friday Night Issue, BUT No Update on 10/26

Due to a staff education conference next week for Stacy and Barbara, there will be no update on Tuesday, Oct. 26, unless there is an urgent need. Please enjoy this Friday night edition. 

Heiser is Opening!

Starting on Monday, Heiser will be open once again to persons other than residents and staff. If anyone comes in, for example, to view an art gallery or enter with the intention to go to the apartment building, they must start with a name badge that will be created by Accushield right across from the receptionist. Everyone in Heiser must remain masked. Guests are screened by putting in name, phone number and answering screening questions including whether they are vaccinated for COVID. If YES, there will be a CHECK MARK next to their name. If they are not vaccinated, there will be NO CHECK MARK. This way, when you come across someone without a check mark, it is a warning to you. Please alert your guests that you arrange to meet in Heiser to expect this screening and assist them at the kiosk.

Who Can Be in the Auditorium?

At the New Normal Committee meeting, there was much discussion about the use of the auditorium. As programs begin to return with audiences, all attendees must be vaccinated and masked. Masks may be removed by active speakers or when using an instrument that requires removal of the mask. Anyone who plans programs must inform the speakers/performers this is a requirement in order to be in the auditorium.

Currently, the Program Committee communicated the challenge to have live audiences if they do not have willing AV trained individuals ready to work with a large room of people. As of now, it is expected that programs will continue on ZOOM and KOTV until there is the availability of willing volunteers. Watch the calendar for the latest information.

Kudos to the Solstice Singers

Practices are occurring with KN95 masks being worn for rehearsals in the auditorium.

Lorain County is still over 10% positivity

Lorain County Health is urging the wearing of masks for indoor gatherings. Please comply with this in the halls, library, Resale Shop, and auditorium for programs, when they occur. Use of masks in small meeting rooms is generally up to those in the meeting.

Guest Room Use

Remember if you are making reservations, all occupants must be vaccinated.

Residents and Staff Members, Please Turn in Your Vaccination Records

Residents, if you have received a COVID Booster Vaccine or an Influenza Vaccine off campus, please bring your record of vaccination to the Health and Wellness Clinic so that we can make a copy to keep our records current. We still have no record of a COVID Booster for 38 of our residents.

Staff members, if you have received a COVID Booster Vaccine or an Influenza Vaccine off campus, please bring your record of vaccination Health and Wellness Clinic so that we can make a copy to keep our records current.    

Influenza Vaccines Still Available on Campus

We have about 53 residents that we have no record of receiving a seasonal Influenza Vaccine. We have an ample supply of the standard dose Influenza Vaccine on campus. Please call the Health and Wellness Clinic at 440-775-9819 to schedule your appointment.

COVID Boosters Available at Local Pharmacies

If you are still in need of receiving the Pfizer COVID Booster, Discount Drug Mart has an ample supply. You can make your appointment online at the Discount Drug Mart website, but make sure to select the Oberlin store: https://discount-drugmart.com/. After you receive your vaccine, please make sure to bring a copy of the vaccination record to the Health and Wellness Clinic so that we can copy it.

COVID Testing After Travel: Return to Kendal and Four days of Laying Low

Residents are still being asked to lay low for 4 days after travel and then be tested by the Health and Wellness Clinic. Of course, anytime you have COVID symptoms, don’t wait, call the Clinic or SCC for directions on how to handle.

Good Reads

CDC signs off on Moderna and Johnson & Johnson boosters and says people can get a shot different from their original one. – From the Washington Post

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

News from McKnight’s: Increasing dairy intake can cut falls, fractures for seniors.

Option for “Sit-In” Dining begins in the Fox & Fell on Monday 10/25/21

At the last New Normal Committee meeting, the need for socialization and how to achieve it were important topics. Several members of the committee brought forward an idea that was bubbling among the community to help provide an option for residents by opening a section of the Fox & Fell for sit-in dining. This was viewed as so critical that we should do it as soon as possible while the effort to have more hires continues. So, we will begin this on Monday 10/25/21. The sit-in seating area will be available for both lunch and dinner.

  • SCC residents will need to wait until Oct. 29 to participate (2 weeks post vaccination).

This interim option can best be described as like going to McDonalds, picking up your food at the counter and sitting at the table in the dining room.

  • No service will be offered table side, so please remember to order your drink, including water, if you wish to have one. Unlike McDonalds, you are welcome to bring your own drink, including alcohol!
  • Please wait in the food pickup area for your food. We won’t be delivering the food tableside as this can slow the service for other residents waiting for their meals.
  • The sit-in seating tables will be clearly identified, primarily the tables in the southern third of the dining room by the windows
  • The product cost and environmental impact of disposable silverware has been considered and we prefer to offer rolled silverware, which will be available for pickup at the buffet. You are welcome to bring your own silverware.
  • When finished, we request that you place your plastic and compostable containers, compostable drink cups, and Kendal utensils in the bus pans at one of the collection points.
  • Many residents have volunteered to clean their tables when finished. Thank you, we appreciate the offer and will have sanitizing supplies available for your use when we don’t have staff to maintain the area.
  • A large number of residents have also submitted proposals to help with this, please be assured that this is appreciated, and we will not hesitate to reach out to residents when assistance is needed to sustain this important initiative.

Today’s Statistics

Kendal at Oberlin (KaO)

Independent Living Resident Cases  2
Stephens Care Center (SCC) Resident Cases  
          Residential Care Facility  7
          Skilled Nursing Facility  2
KaO Residents Total 11
     KaO SCC Staff Cases  18
     KaO Other Staff Cases  27
KaO Staff Total 45
Kendal at Oberlin COVID Total 56
**Current Isolation, COVID Positive 0
**Total COVID Beyond Isolation 54
Kendal at Oberlin Vaccination Overall539 of 543 or 99.3%
Total Kendal Residents Vaccinated340 of 340 or 100%
Total Kendal Staff Vaccinated (those unvaccinated have Medical or Religious Exemption)199 of 203 or 98.0%

Lorain County (as posted 10/22/2021)

New Cases (since Monday, October 18, 2021 – 4-day average 75.5 per day) 302
Total Probable and Confirmed Lorain County Cases 35,443
Total in Zip Code 44074 (+6 since Monday, October 18, 2021) 806
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+ • 231 507
Total Deaths in Long Term Care Settings, posted 10/20/2021, +0 249
Lorain County Vaccinations Started182,541 or 58.9% of population

Cuyahoga County (as posted 10/22/2021)

Cuyahoga County (excluding Cleveland)          101,947
Cleveland Cases 43,161
Total Cuyahoga County Cases 145,108
New Cases 1,699
Total Cuyahoga County Deaths 2,601
Total Deaths in Long Term Care Settings, posted 10/20/2021 884

State of Ohio (as posted 10/22/2021)

New Cases in the Last 24-hours  4,078
21-day Average of New Cases 4,554
Total Cases 1,515,838
Age Range all Cases <1-111
Median Age of all Cases 39
Total Hospitalizations (cumulative) 78,488 5%
Total Hospitalizations Last 24-hours 239
21-day Average of Hospitalizations 243
Median Age of all Hospitalized 65
Total ICU Admissions (cumulative) 9,987 or 1%
Total ICU Admissions last 24-hours 20
21-day Average of ICU Admissions 22
Total Health Care Workers Diagnosed 76,427 5%
Total Tested in Ohio 16,995,184
Total Ohio Resident Deaths 23,955
Median Age of Deaths 78
Ohio Resident Deaths in Last 24-hours 339
21-day Average of Deaths 80
Total Deaths in Ohio Long Term Care Settings (Updated Weekly. posted 10/20/2021) 7,929
Statewide Vaccinations Started 6,430,609 or 55.0% of population

Contact Information


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