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Community Updates Week of 10/26/2020

Calm, Proactive Preparedness


October 31, 2020: Update to Residents

New Cases Continue to Increase in Ohio

During the past 48 hours (Weds. 2pm-Fri. 2pm) Ohio has recorded 7,435 new cases of COVID-19, (132 in Lorain County) since Wednesday. Hospitalization admissions are also growing with an Ohio two-day total of 363. As we know, this number lags behind the new case count. Lorain County remains Level 3 Red and is a High Incident County, with over 100 new cases per 100,000 population in the last two weeks. Seventy-eight percent (78%) of Ohio’s population is under Level 3 Red.

As each of you have done so well throughout this pandemic, each needs to remain “super vigilant”, as RN Director of Clinical Services Shenell Hinton would say, to protect ourselves and to empower and protect our families so that we can keep our families/friends and Kendal safe. We need to continue to work together with daily care to prevent any outbreak here at Kendal.

The Governor shared this sound advice yesterday: “We must mask more, we must distance more, we must be more careful, we must wash our hands more.” Yesterday the Governor warned about large wedding receptions, crowded bars, house parties and extended-family gatherings, all lacking face masks and social distancing. One new area of concern is the game-day watch party. DeWine said people should enjoy the games but make sure they are not spreading the virus at the same time. “The community spread endangers our schools, our nursing homes, and our hospitals,” he said.

  • Always wear your mask when you are outside your home or with those outside your Bubble
  • Wash and sanitize your hands frequently
  • Maintain social distancing
  • Assume everyone outside your home/bubble could be a COVID-19 carrier
  • Begin planning that your holiday celebrations will be different this year

By following these principles, we can get through this together. Let’s keep this in perspective: yes, it is difficult now–but this is temporary, a season–albeit a long season, but we will get through this by supporting each other. Thank you so much for all the sacrifices you are making for yourselves, for your families, and for Kendal.

Masks

Here’s a great motivational (animated) video for wearing masks. It’s fun, catchy and a great way to remind folks of the importance of wearing them. —Shared by Don Parker

Birds and Flowers

For your weekend enjoyment with appreciation to Kathy Hazelton and Mim Hallock.

Flu Vaccinations

This week our Health and Wellness Clinic team administered over 154 staff and 300 resident influenza vaccinations. Included in these were over 140 “high dosage” vaccinations that were administered today. Residents that have not received their flu vaccination may call the Health and Wellness Clinic at 440-775-9819 to schedule a time to get one. Now is the time, as the flu season’s arrival is imminent.

Bubbles Expanding

One of the most significant decisions discussed at Thursday’s New Normal Committee concerned the rationale for expanding bubbles beyond 4 persons. With the commitment people make to be part of a bubble, the committee reached consensus to now allow bubbles UP TO 6 People. This is a decision that should be talked through among all members that are part of a bubble, whether it is a new bubble forming or one desiring to expand it. There is an excellent article on bubbles in this news update (below). Choose wisely and remember your actions can impact not only your “bubble family” but also every person in the Kendal community. Bubbles need not be permanent, but if someone leaves a bubble there must be a separation of 14 days before joining a new bubble. Information on bubbles (explanation and paperwork to form or separate) may be found in the Heiser Lounge.

Good Reads

A Guide to Negotiating a COVID Bubble with Other People Planning to widen your social circle to stop yourself going stir crazy? Here’s how to have the conversation. MIT Technology Review, Shared by Anne Palmer

HEPA Filters and COVID-19 Virus – Some residents are already using HEPA filters in their home. Here are two recent articles as they relate to COVID-19 that will inform you what they treat, and other facts regarding the air in your home that you should know. –Shared by Don Parker

Seven Consequences of Not Drinking Enough Water Throughout the Day

An eighth consequence due to not drinking enough water is falls, “our primary care physician reinforced…saying that the rule of thumb was to drink the number of ounces of water that equal half the body weight each day — roughly 55 ounces for someone who weighs 110 pounds, for example, or 80 ounces for a 160-pounder.” Shared by Indira Palekar and Charles Klaveness

Off Your Mental Game? You Could Be Mildly Dehydrated – From National Public Radio, Shared by Charles Klaveness

Kendal System Series on Racial Justice and Reform: The first session is now available to view online if you missed it. Christopher Ridenhour was “setting the stage” for the next 3 sessions. Staff can also reach it on KendalNet. Session #2 is on November 9 at 2pm.

Johnny Comes Calling

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

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 10/28.2020 – 2 day average: 66)132
Total Lorain County Cases 3,316
Total Deaths, age ranges 30-39 • 1; 50-59 • 5; 60-69 • 12; 70-79 • 22, 80+ • 4484
Total Deaths in Long Term Care Settings (updated weekly, last 10/28/2020)40

Cuyahoga County

Cuyahoga County (excluding Cleveland – updated on Fridays, last updated the evening of 10/30/2020)14,521
Cleveland Cases6,874
Total Cuyahoga County Cases21,395
New Cases (since Wednesday 10/28/2020 – Cuyahoga County is only updated weekly, skewing data)                  833
Total Cuyahoga County Deaths750
Total Deaths in Long Term Care Settings (updated weekly, last 10/28/2020)324

State of Ohio (as of 2PM)

New Cases in the Last 24-hours 3,845
21-Day Average of New Cases2,223
Total Cases 212,782
Age Range all Cases<1-109
Median Age of all Cases41
Total Hospitalizations (cumulative)18,969 or 9%
Total Hospitalizations last 24 hours 169
21-day Average of Hospitalizations 127
Median Age of all Hospitalized65
Total ICU Admissions (cumulative)3,841 or 2%
Total ICU Admissions last 24 hours 25
21-day Average of ICU Admissions 20
Total Health Care Workers Diagnosed 20,948 or 10%
Total Tested in Ohio4,401,763
Total Deaths  5,291 or 2%
Median Age of Deaths 80
Deaths in Last 24 hours 16
21-day Average of Deaths 14
Total Deaths in Long Term Care Settings (updated weekly, last 10/28/2020)2,901

October 29, 2020: Update to Residents

Lorain County COVID Tracking

Where has COVID hit hardest? New numbers show cases by community. — from The Chronicle Telegram

Advice from Governor Mike DeWine to Staff and Residents:

As of Tuesday, 82 of the state’s 88 counties are now considered “high incident spread” areas, listed as red or Level 3 in the state’s public health alert system. The designation means those counties have recorded more than 100 cases per 100,000 residents over the last two weeks. “The red tide of the virus continues to spread throughout Ohio into every corner of the state,” DeWine said. … the culprits behind Ohio’s recent surge are mostly the kinds of large events DeWine has repeatedly warned about: large wedding receptions, crowded bars, house parties and extended family gatherings, all lacking face masks and social distancing.

One new area of concern is the game-day watch party. DeWine said people should enjoy the games but make sure they’re not spreading the virus at the same time. “The community spread endangers our schools, our nursing homes, and our hospitals,” DeWine said. “Please reconsider hosting or attending gatherings of any size,” DeWine urged. “This includes with friends and extended family, people who don’t live in your household. Two, think about canceling events. Certainly, don’t go to Halloween parties. Three, wear a mask inside and outside when you cannot social-distance. Above the nose, over the mouth, secure over the chin.” From ideastream.org

Stephens Care Center Indoor Visits (Family and Friends) 

Kendal at Oberlin welcomes you to visit over the cooler months in our Education Center’s Conference Room. Following the required Federal and State protocols, we have established a safe way for you to meet with your loved one indoors:

Step One: Look up your county’s COVID-19 risk and severity. Please check this link before signing up to visit. If your county is a level 4, you will need to postpone your visit until your county level decreases in severity. 

Step Two: Schedule your visit with SignUp Genius  

We are offering daily visits Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursdays 10:30am – 6:00pm. Fridays, Saturday, Sundays 9:00am – 4:30pm. Due to the sanitation routine, we have limited visitation options. The Ohio Department of Health has set 30 minutes as the maximum visitation time. Due to the tight schedule, regardless of when you or your loved one arrives, the end time will need to be honored so others may have their time to visit. Due to the limited space, we can only offer 2 people per visit. The Ohio Department of Health limits one visit per resident each day. The health-screening protocols will remain in place and are the same as for our outdoor visitation. If you have a temperature greater than 99.0 degrees, you will not be able to visit.

Thank you for doing your part to keep our community COVID-free. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact our Visitor Liaison at 440-935-0542, or contact Michele Tarsitano-Amato. Shared by Michele Tarsitano-Amato

The Kendal System Racial Justice and Reform Task Force

1st Session is THURSDAY – View by Zoom or KOTV

All board, residents, and staff of Kendal Affiliates are invited to register for this special 4-Part Kendal System Educational Series. The series educator is Christopher Ridenhour. For the last 20 years, Christopher has traveled across North America and Canada keynoting and training for National Aging Associations including Argentum, LeadingAge, American College of Healthcare Administrators, American Healthcare Association, Pioneer Network, National Center for Assisted Living, and the Ontario Association for Non-Profit Homes and Services for Seniors. Extraordinary participant evaluations resulted in earning the distinction of becoming LeadingAge’s highest-rated speaker/trainer. As recognition for the years of service to hundreds of communities across Pennsylvania and the country, in 2015, Christopher was awarded LeadingAge’s Facilitator of the Year. 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.

The dates are Thursday, October 29, at 2pm, Monday, November 9, at 2pm, Tuesday, November 17, at 10am, and Monday, December 7, at 2pm. Zoom requires you to register in advance for this webinar. When you use this link, you will check off the dates for each session to register. 

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar. We hope to have all sessions on KOTV as well.

Fresh Fruit

We thought residents would appreciate the addition of a piece of fresh fruit to their meals. About a month ago, we added fresh fruit to the order sheets–not as a replacement but as an addition. As the season has progressed, the overall quality of the fresh fruit on the market has declined. The quality and supply of fresh fruit and produce has been greatly affected by the California drought and wildfires, the large number of tropical storms and hurricanes in Florida, and the Global Pandemic. We are working to solve the issues and are ordering the best we can find! The industry forecasts an improvement to come, but it will take some time. –Greg Zehe

A New Take on “Happy Birthday”

I would like to share the words to a nice alternative Happy Birthday song, since birthday serenades play such an important role at Kendal–especially now that we’re living with COVID constraints. The song was introduced by Carol Hall when we gathered to serenade Judy Riggle as she left the Education Center. The tune is “The Merry Widow Waltz” and the lyrics are:

  • Happy birthday, happy birthday, we love you.
  • Happy birthday, and may all your dreams come true.
  • When you blow out the candles, one light stays aglow.
  • It’s the lovelight in your heart, where e’er you go.

A nice supplement, I think, to the kinda tired song we always sing. Shared by Marjorie Porter

Kendal Enrichment- Quaker History and Beliefs – An Overview

Last week we started the video series created by The Kendal Corporation and Friends Service Alliance. Quaker Connection Video Series provides an overview of Quaker history and beliefs, including discussions on:

  • Early Quaker History, Types of Quaker Meetings, and Continuing Revelation 

Learn how Quakerism was founded and George Fox’s role in its inception. Learn about the light within and how each human being has access to a deep spiritual connection within them and the ability to have a direct relationship with God. Gain a better understanding of continuing revelation and how your truth today might not be your truth tomorrow based on new revelations. David Jones and Jane Mack discuss how Quakerism revolves around focusing on the present and who we are in the world today with our fellow human beings. The series are nine short 8-9-minute videos that will be shown over the next months.

Oberlin College Plans Thanksgiving Exodus and January Quarantine

The fall semester won’t end for more than a month at Oberlin College, but students are already getting a flurry of instructions about how to safely leave campus and return in January. They will go home November 25 for Thanksgiving break, but won’t return to Oberlin for the rest of their classes, which run through December 7.  Read more from The Chronicle-Telegram

This Week’s Thursday Exchange

We will start our meeting once again recognizing staff for their special anniversaries. This week features staff in Early Learning, Administration, and Finance. We will also be showing one of the short 8-minute videos, #2 of 7 in a series, Quaker Connection Video Series. Lifelong Friends Jane Mack, President/CEO for Friends Services Alliance, and David Jones, retired Vice President of Development for The Kendal Corporation lead the discussions. 

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 10/26 /2020 – 2 day average: 48)96
Total Lorain County Cases 3,184
Total Deaths, age ranges 30-39 • 1; 50-59 • 5; 60-69 • 12; 70-79 • 21, 80+ • 4483
Total Deaths in Long Term Care Settings (updated weekly, last 10/23/2020)39

Cuyahoga County

Cuyahoga County (excluding Cleveland – updated on Fridays, last updated the evening of 10/23/2020)13,771
Cleveland Cases6,791
Total Cuyahoga County Cases20,562
New Cases Since Monday 10/26/2020 (Cuyahoga County is only updated weekly, skewing data)                  100
Total Cuyahoga County Deaths744
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 2,607
21-day Average of New Cases2,030
Total Cases 205,347
Age Range all Cases<1-109
Median Age of all Cases41
Total Hospitalizations (cumulative)18,606 or 9%
Total Hospitalizations last 24 hours 173
21-Day Average of Hospitalizations 120
Median Age of all Hospitalized65
Total ICU Admissions (cumulative)3,790 or 2%
Total ICU Admissions last 24 hours 19
21-Day Average of ICU Admissions 19
Total Health Care Workers Diagnosed 20,489 or 10%
Total Tested in Ohio4,302,141
Total Deaths  5,256 or 3%
Median Age of Deaths 80
Deaths in Last 24 hours 17
21-Day Average of Deaths 14
Total Deaths in Long Term Care Settings (updated weekly, last 10/23/2020)2,845

October 27, 2020: Update to Residents

Important Reads

Ohio Surges Past 200,000 –Cleveland.com

Coronavirus Maps: Outbreak by State From National Public Radio 

Uncovering COVID-19Oberlin Alumni Association people get an “Around the Square” email every once in a while. The latest one contains this highly enlightening video on how viruses infect the body. The professor is Yolanda Cruz who will be doing a course here soon. This video is FANTASTIC! I’m told that Yolanda is known for effectively communicating with the lay person. The video is very technical, but presented in such a way that even a German major can understand it. —Shared by Betsy Baumbach

Expanding the Definition of Close Contact – A recent case reported by the CDC resulted in expanding their definition of “close contact” exposure to COVID-19. A corrections officer exposed for a minute or less to 6 inmates who were asymptomatic at the time, but tested positive the next day, became ill and tested positive. The officer wore a mask, but the inmates did not during those encounters. The CDC now confirms that accumulative short contacts with (asymptomatic) infected persons can spread the virus and infect others. Four factors associated with higher risk for transmission are (1) the proximity of each encounter, (2) its duration, (3) whether an interaction takes place indoors or outdoors, and (4) the number of people encountered, Jay Butler, MD, CDC deputy director for infectious diseases, said. Butler acknowledged widespread fatigue with adherence to personal protection measures, but added that social distancing, mask-wearing, and other measures are more important now than ever. He noted that more Americans will be spending time indoors with the onset of cooler weather and the upcoming holidays.

People will likely need to wear masks and follow social distancing guidelines through the end of 2021 and into 2022, Dr. Anthony Fauci said. A “profound degree” of herd immunity won’t likely happen until the end of 2021 or beginning of 2022, he said, which is why he predicts public health measures such as face masks and social distancing will continue until then. “Smaller, more intimate gatherings of family, friends, and neighbors may be driving transmission as well, especially as they move indoors,” he said. –from Medscape Medical News, 10/22/20, shared by Don Parker

Lorenzo’s Pizza

Delivery happens Wednesday (lots 1-8) and Thursday (the rest + staff).

Soup Kettle for Oberlin Community Services

On behalf of the board and staff of Oberlin Community Services, I want to thank everyone for filling our Souper Supper soup pots with $8,246 to help our neighbors in these tough times. This includes Kendal’s contribution for our “simple meal” savings. Those of us at Kendal don’t have to worry as much as folks out in “the real world”. I remember thinking 54 years ago when we took out our first mortgage to buy a home, “This is great, but we are just 3 missed payments from being homeless!” Along with being hungry these days, that is unfortunately a real possibility for a lot of folks. OCS makes a real difference. Thanks again! – Shared by Carl Whitehouse

Any Bruce Springsteen Fans out there?

Bruce Springsteen and the Art of Aging Well – What the happiest Springsteen album in decades can teach us about Joe Biden, the wisdom of maturity, and the meaning of life.–David Brooks, contributing writer at The Atlantic and columnist for The New York Times.

Flu Vaccination Update

Employees – 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. Each employee will need to sign in for temperatures and symptoms prior to their vaccination. Staff members are reminded to bring their signed Flu Vaccination Authorization and Tuberculosis Screening Tool forms with them fully completed. 

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.

Saigon’s Swamp: The Metabolic History of a City and its Mangrove Frontier

A lecture on the environmental history of Vietnam by Professor David Biggs, UC Riverside, moderated by Leonard V. Smith, Professor of History, Oberlin College, on Thursday, October 29, 2020, at 7pm EDT on Zoom. Sponsored by Oberlin College History Department & LIASE. Click here to register.


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 10/23/2020, 3 day average: 35.3)106
Total Lorain County Cases 3,088
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 10/23/2020)39

Cuyahoga County

Cuyahoga County (excluding Cleveland – updated on Fridays, last updated the evening of 10/23/2020)13,771
Cleveland Cases6,691
Total Cuyahoga County Cases20,462
New Cases (since Friday 10/23/2020 – Cuyahoga County is only updated weekly, skewing data)                  803
Total Cuyahoga County Deaths744
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 2,116
21-Day Average of New Cases1,917
Total Cases 200,231
Age Range all Cases<1-109
Median Age of all Cases41
Total Hospitalizations (cumulative)18,235 or 9%
Total Hospitalizations last 24 hrs 140
21-Day Average of Hospitalizations 114
Median Age of all Hospitalized65
Total ICU Admissions (cumulative)3,751 or 2%
Total ICU Admissions last 24 hours 37
21-Day Average of ICU Admissions 20
Total Health Care Workers Diagnosed 20,035 or 10%
Total Tested in Ohio4,224,170
Total Deaths  5,217 or 3%
Median Age of Deaths 80
Deaths in Last 24 hours 11
21-day Average of Deaths 14
Total Deaths in Long Term Care Settings (updated weekly, last 10/23/2020)2,845

Contact Information


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