Community Updates Week of 10/4/ 2021

COVID Soft Reopening

ZOOM Update Recording from Monday, October 4 at 4pm

Limited Frontier Telephone Outage

A few Kendal residents have reported their Frontier landline is out of service.  This outage does appear to be very limited in scope.  If you are impacted, please call on your mobile phone or a neighbor’s phone (after proper sanitizing) Frontier Service:  1-800-921-8101.  We have been informed that Frontier will be out tomorrow to explore the issue.

COVID BRIEF and Testing Update

We are pleased that we have now journeyed through two weeks without an additional positive test for COVID in Independent Living-there have been tests and retests and all negative!   Meeting last week with our New Normal Planning committee, there was agreement if testing results received this weekend came back negative, that we would begin a slow reopening of Independent Living communal activities on Monday, October 4.  We do not want any further delay in returning communal activities for Independent Living residents.   Communal Dining will remain paused at this time.

The Stephens Care Center (SCC) still remains on paused for communal activities due to the positive COVID test result received last weekend.  We need to go one more full week of testing with no positive test results among SCC residents and SCC staff members. This is determined by Federal and State Regulations.

Twice per week COVID testing continues for all SCC residents, all SCC staff members, as well as all Fox and Fell Waitstaff, Housekeepers, Facility Services staff, Receptionists, Department Heads, and all Independent Living staff members with routine resident contact.  Our next testing cadence is Monday, October 4, 2021.

Slow Reopening Details

Slow Reopening of Independent Living Activities and Communal Dining Remains Paused

Independent Living communal activities may begin on Monday, October 4, including:

  • Resident and staff meetings in the Heiser Community Center and the Education Center resume.  Maximum occupancy of meeting room space will begin at: Heiser Auditorium, 25 people; Green Room and Crossroads Room, 10 people

Independent Living Dining

Independent Living Dining will remain paused.  We will continue with current meal carry-out program at this time.  We have been pleased with the favorable results of how smoothly it is going.

Exercise and Fitness Rooms

Resident and staff usage of exercise spaces and resident lead exercise classes resumes October 4.  Staff led exercise classes will remain paused in order to accommodate resident exercise needs in the Stephens Care Center.The equipment room and fitness/relaxation room will be open 24/7.  

Pool Door Update

You must now use your access card to get in.  To enter the pool, swipe your card and push the door open. The handle is locked, so just push the door. To leave, you must turn the handle.

Swimming Pool Schedule

Resumes October 4

  • The Pool is open from 5:30am to 8:30pm.
  • Please sign in and out on the sign in sheet.
  • You must watch the orientation power point before using the pool.
  • NEVER SWIM ALONE!!
  • Sign up genius is being used at designated times. Please make sure you SIGN UP if you are swimming at those times.
  • Call the Fitness Center with any questions at 775-9851.
SignUp Genius                         5:30 AM-6:15 AM
SignUp Genius                                        6:30 AM-7:15 AM
Open Swim   7:30 AM-8:15 AM
Water Aerobics Class                   8:30 AM-9:15 AM (Sun, T, Th)
Water Arthritis/Water Walking  8:30 AM-9:15 AM (M, W, F)
Open Swim   9:30 AM-11:15 AM
SignUp Genius                              11:30 AM-12:15 PM
Closed        12:30 PM-1:30 PM
SCC Resident Swim Time              1:30 PM-2:00 PM
SignUp Genius                              2:30 PM-3:15 PM
SignUp Genius                               3:30 PM-4:15 PM
Open Swim                                    4:30 PM-7:15 PM  
SignUp Genius                              7:30 PM-8:15 PM
POOL CLOSES                                   8:30 PM

Pool SignUp Genius Links: Lap Pool and Therapy Pool

Use of Masks for Communal Activities

Kendal has experienced breakthrough cases with positive test results among vaccinated residents and staff members.  In light of a county positivity rate above 10%, currently 13.5%, we recommend that residents and staff remained masks during communal activities and meetings, regardless of the vaccination status of meeting participants.

Heiser Community Center and Mail Pick-Up

The Heiser Community Center will reopen for communal activities on Monday, October 4.  There is no need to follow a specific schedule for picking up your mail.   Please come to the Heiser Community Center with your mask on prior to entering the building.

Visiting Other Kendal Residents on Campus

Independent Residents may resume indoor resident-to-resident visits in cottages and apartments.  We advise remaining socially distanced.   If you do remove masks during your visit, please only do so if everyone is comfortable doing so while remaining socially distanced of 6 feet or greater.   We recommend extreme caution regarding the sharing of meals, which has the highest risk of any activities due to the removal of masks to eat and drink. You might consider waiting until two weeks after you have received a COVID Booster Vaccine before sharing a meal with another Kendal resident not part of your home.

We would recommend if there are any off-campus visitors present in a cottage or apartment you are visiting, that everyone remain masked.

Having Guests from Outside Kendal at Oberlin

Visitors from off campus are welcome with advisement that you consider not to entertain guests from any Level Four county or a High Transmission county.  

Contact Tracing

During this elevated time of caution, not just for Kendal, but for the general Lorain County area, we recommend that residents and staff continue keeping a record of visitors and those they have been with by date.  If there is another positive test on campus, such a record makes remembering who one has been with recently much easier.

Leaving Campus

Please remember when leaving campus, such as for shopping or visiting friends and family to employ COVID safety practices, remembering to wear your mask, take hand sanitizer– sanitizing your hands frequently–and maintaining social distancing.

Consider delaying planned travel, especially to other HIGH Level transmission areas, https://covid.cdc.gov/covid-data-tracker/#county-view

Residents Returning from Travel

Please contact Laurie Dupee in the the Health and Wellness Clinic after returning from any travel or overnight stay at 440-775-9807 or ldupee@kao.kendal.org .

Domestic Travel

For residents who have traveled domestically and away overnight, we are now returning to a 4-day “lay-low” period for all vaccinated residents, reducing this from 7-days.  During this time, residents are encouraged not to visit with or have other Kendal residents in their home.  Residents that are “laying low” are permitted to come to the Heiser to get their carry-out meal and their mail, but please no extended time in the Heiser Community Center and no participation in communal activities.  Residents that are “laying low” are welcome to walk the perimeter path and enjoy their outdoor patios and yards, while having a mask ready to put on when near others. Please keep all conversations brief, wearing a mask and socially distanced.   On day 4 or the following business day, the Health and Wellness Clinic will administer a rapid COVID antigen test to you.  You may also be asked to follow up with a second antigen test beyond your “lay low” period.

We ask that Domestic Travelers and those that have been away overnight continue to monitor for COVID symptoms for up to 14-days, reporting any changes, no matter how minor, to Laurie Dupee in the Health and Wellness Clinic immediately at 440-775-9807 or ldupee@kao.kendal.org .

International Travel

For residents who have traveled internationally, the “lay low” period will remain at 7-days for all vaccinated residents with a PCR test being administered at Mercy Allen on day 4 or closest business day.  Negative test results will need to be received before the “lay low” period ends.  All other “lay low” guidelines apply as with domestic travelers above.  You may also be asked to follow up with a second COVID test beyond your “lay low” period.

We ask that International Travelers to continue to monitor for COVID symptoms for up to 14-days, reporting any changes, no matter how minor, to Laurie Dupee in the Health and Wellness Clinic immediately at 440-775-9807 or ldupee@kao.kendal.org .

Residents that Have Overnight Guests

Please notify Laurie Dupee in the at 440-775-9807 or ldupee@kao.kendal.org in the Health and Wellness Clinic if you have had an overnight guest and their departure date for directions on “laying low”. 

Kendal Van Transportation for Shopping (IGA and Discount Drug Mart)

No change, please sign up as usual in the Heiser Community Center

Medical Appointments

Please keep any standing medical appointments, call ahead to ensure the practitioners office open.

Housekeeping

Please remember to remain in another room when your housekeeper is in your home, this adds a layer of protection for you and for the housekeeper.

COVID Signs and Symptoms

The COVID virus and its Delta variant remain a concern for us on campus.  It remains important that Independent Living residents monitor for signs and symptoms of COVID:

Fever or chills Congestion or runny nose
Cough Nausea or vomiting
Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing Diarrhea
Fatigue Trouble breathing
Muscle or body aches Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
Headache New confusion
New loss of taste or smell Inability to wake or stay awake
Sore throat Pale, gray, or blue-colored skin, lips, or nail beds, depending on skin tone

If you, your significant other, friend, or neighbor develop any of these symptoms, please call the Health and Wellness Clinic during normal business hours at 440-775-9819 or the Stephens Care Center RN Nurse Manager during the evenings (after 5pm) and on weekends at 440-775-9800.

Quadrivalent High Dose and Quadrivalent Regular Dose Influenza Vaccines

We are happy to announce the dates for the Fluzone Quadrivalent High Dose and Fluzone Quadrivalent Standard Dose flu vaccines, in partnership with our local CVS pharmacy for Independent Living residents.  All vaccines will be administered in the Heiser Auditorium.  Please remember to wear shirts that will give easy access to the upper deltoid muscle in your arm for both vaccines.  If you are going to be away from Kendal during these clinic dates, we encourage you visit either the CVS website:  https://www.cvs.com/ or the Discount Drug Mart website: https://discount-drugmart.com/ to register yourself. 

Independent Resident High Dose Quadrivalent and Standard Dose Quadrivalent Influenza Vaccine Schedule:

  • Thursday, October 7, 8am-5pm
  • Friday, October 8, 8am-5pm
  • Thursday, October 14, 8am-1pm

Slips have been placed in all resident in-house mailboxes for the date and time of your influenza vaccine. If you have not already, please call the Health and Wellness Clinic at 775-9819 to schedule a time to receive your flu vaccine.  We will have both doses of the flu vaccine available, so please let the Health and Wellness Clinic know your preference when you call to schedule your time.  If you have any questions, please call Laurie Dupee at 775-9807. 

Influenza Vaccine Consent forms have been distributed for our Stephens Care Center residents.  We anticipate the flu vaccine will be administered to Stephens Care Center residents and all Kendal staff within the next two weeks.

COVID Booster Vaccines, October 12 Clinic Delayed

We are planning to have our COVID Booster Vaccine Clinic for Independent Living on Monday, October 11.  The October 12 date has been put on hold due to overwhelming demand locally, and nationally, for the Pfizer COVID booster vaccine.  For Kendal residents whose names were on the list for October 12, we do apologize for this unanticipated delay.  We are working hard to secure additional COVID Booster Vaccines through Discount Drug Mart.   A second COVID Booster Clinic will be announced.

Slips have been placed in 125 resident in-house mailboxes for those we can accommodate on Monday, October 11.   If you did not receive a slip with a confirmation appointment time on October 11, please be patient, do not call the Health and Wellness Clinic.  We have your name on the list.  As soon as our second COVID Booster Vaccine Clinic date has been set, we will notify you.

Remember, COVID booster vaccines are readily available at local pharmacies.  For Independent Living residents that are easily able to arrange for themselves and do not have a confirmed appointment with the Health and Wellness Clinic for the COVID booster vaccine, we encourage you to schedule a COVID booster vaccine off campus.  If you do so, please bring your updated COVID booster vaccine card to the Health and Wellness Clinic during regular business hours so that a copy can be made and placed in your health record at Kendal. 

Master Planning Charrette, Wednesday, October 6, 1pm-3pm

Please note that we have also included last week’s Vignette meetings should you wish to review.

Master Planning Charette will be held on Wednesday, October 6th from 1:00 to 3:00 pm on both KOTV and Zoom (link below).

Join Zoom Meeting:  https://kendal-org.zoom.us/j/92092860907 Meeting ID: 920 9286 0907

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Last week’s Vignettes

1st Overview of the Master Planning Process and Plan Update – 

2nd Master Planning Pre-Charrette Vignette.  This one is on Healthcare related space ideas that are being explored as part of the Master Planning Process. 

This is the 3rd and final Pre-Charrette Vignette that is focused on the Dining Visioning and potential space modifications. 

Resident Shared Articles

Don Parker’s Gems

A Colorado Town Is About as Vaccinated as It Can Get. COVID Still Isn’t Over There

This Medscape article investigates a town in Colorado with a vaccination rate much like ours at KaO, which has had an outbreak recently after no cases all 2020.  Epidemiologists discuss the reasons behind this and the implications for the future – all applicable to our situation.

Pfizer COVID Vaccine Antibodies May Disappear in 7 Months, Study Says

Medscape reports on an unsettling (but preliminary) study that shows neutralizing antibodies from the Pfizer=FioNTech vaccine drops precipitously after 6 months.  The other immune components (R cells and T cells) continue to offer protection, but not as efficiently or as robustly.  Looks like we’re in for another booster – or more likely – a re-engineered vaccine next year.

Remain Vigilant This ‘Twindemic’ Season

An ACP internist interviews experts on what to expect in the coming indoor season of increased respiratory illnesses, including the possible “twindemic” of flu and COVID.

The Seven Symptoms That Best Predict COVID

A Medscape Impact Factor discussion by Dr. F. Perry Wilson of the Yale School of Medicine looks at a population based study of the most common symptoms that can be reliably associated with COVID. There are some surprises – and some caveats that inform the challenges of the coming general respiratory disease season.

No, Vaccinated People Are Not ‘Just as Likely’ to Spread the Coronavirus as Unvaccinated People Shared by George Cyphers

From the Washington Post: An Experimental Pill Can Reduce The Risk of Death and Hospitalization From COVID-19

Pharmaceutical company Merck and its partner, Ridgeback Biotherapeutics, have said they have applied to the Food and Drug Administration for emergency use authorization for the drug, Molnupiravir. If authorized, the pill would be the first of its kind — an oral antiviral for COVID-19. Such a drug would be especially welcome in parts of the world with less access to expensive monoclonal antibody treatments or vaccines.

Judy Appleton shared a link to an update about RNA vaccines

It Sounds Like the Term “Snail Mail” is About to Take on a Whole New Meaning

Beginning Oct. 1, the Postal Service will “implement new service standards for First Class Mail and Periodicals” that will increase the amount of time for delivery.  https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2021/09/28/usps-delivery-get-slower-more-expensive-duringholidays/

The USPS will permanently change the delivery time for some mail, slowing it down by 30 percent. The changes will primarily affect any mail that’s traveling a long distance, such as one coast to the other, adding that “most first class mail (61 percent) and periodicals (93 percent) will be unaffected” by the changes, Frum wrote. Single-piece first class mail, which typically includes smaller and lightweight envelopes and parcels, can still expect to be delivered within two days if it’s being sent within the same region.

But it’s not just the delivery time of your letters and packages that will be affected by the changes from the USPS. The price of sending a domestic commercial or retail package will also temporarily be going up from Oct. 3 through Dec. 26, covering the peaking shipping times seen over the holiday season. (https://about.usps.com/newsroom/nationalreleases/2021/0810-usps-announces-proposed-temporary-rate-adjustments-for-2021-peak-holiday-season.htm)

According to the Postal Service, the temporary changes are similar to the ones put in place over the 2020 holiday season, with price increases ranging from 75 cents for Priority Mail and Priority Mail Express Flat Rate Boxes and Envelopes all the way up to $5 for larger packages shipping to certain zones. However, the price increases will not affect international shipping rates, Frum specified in the email.

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 Positive2
***Recovered52
Kendal at Oberlin Vaccination Overall Rate543 of 549, or 98.9%
Total Kendal Residents Vaccinated 344 of 344 or 100%
Total Kendal Staff Vaccinated (this number will go up with staff getting vaccinated and hiring, it will go down with staff attrition)199 of 205, or 97.1%

Lorain County (as of 10/4/2021)

New Cases (since Tuesday, September, 21 2021 – 7 day average: 149.9 per day)850
Total Lorain County Cases  33,317
Total in Zip Code 44074 (+11 since Monday, September 6, 2021)744
Current Lorain County Positivity Rate, High Transmission Rate 11.9%
Total Deaths, age ranges 20-29 • 1; 30-39 • 3; 40-49 • 11; 50-59 • 24; 60-69 • 83; 70-79 • 146; 80+ • 225493
Total Deaths in Long Term Care Settings (updated weekly, last 9/22/2021, +1)242
Lorain County Vaccinations Started 180,009 or 58.1% of population

Cuyahoga County (as of 10/4/2021)

Cuyahoga County (excluding Cleveland)          97,833
Cleveland Cases (first update in five weeks)39,431
Total Cuyahoga County Cases137,264
New Cases (first Cleveland Update in five weeks)            6,107
Total Cuyahoga County Deaths (first Cleveland update in 5 weeks)2,518
Total Deaths in Long Term Care Settings (updated weekly, last 9/29/2021)882

State of Ohio (as posted on 10/4/2021)

New Cases in the Last 24-hours  4,212
21-day Average of New Cases6,179
Total Cases 1,433,957
Age Range all Cases
Median Age of all Cases39
Total Hospitalizations (cumulative)73,908 5%
Total Hospitalizations Last 24-hours217
21-day Average of Hospitalizations 261
Median Age of all Hospitalized65
Total ICU Admissions (cumulative)9,561 or 1% 
Total ICU Admissions last 24-hours 18
21-day Average of ICU Admissions 23
Total Health Care Workers Diagnosed 73,163 5%
Total Tested in Ohio16,370,389
Total Ohio Resident Deaths22,273
Median Age of Deaths 79
Ohio Resident Deaths in Last 24-hours0
21-day Average of Deaths53
Total Deaths in Ohio Long Term Care Settings (updated weekly, last 9/29/2021) 7,833
Statewide Vaccinations Started6,331,510 or 54.2% of population

Contact Information


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