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Community Updates Week of 10/5/2020

October 9, 2020: Update to Residents

Calm, Proactive Preparedness


Lorain County Remains Level 2, Orange

Lorain County remained at Level 2/Orange for the 4th week in a row. Lorain County citizens are instructed to exercise increased caution. This Level is continued due to a sustained increase in new cases, proportion of cases not in a congregate settings, and a sustained increase in outpatient visits for COVID-like illness. This continued Level does not impact any current protocols at Kendal at Oberlin. Level One Yellow, Level Two Orange, Level Three Red, Level Four Purple

Ohio Reports 1,840 new coronavirus cases, a new record: Friday Update

Governor Mike DeWine “pleads” for Ohioans to remain socially distanced and to wear masks. –Cleveland.com

Virus on the Skin

Here’s a short report on a recent study that showed coronavirus can survive on the skin for up to nine hours. It just reinforces the recommendation to sanitize hands with soap and water or alcohol-based sanitizers. Submitted by Don Parker

On the Resident Website: kaores.net

Reminder Where to Find Updated Visitor Information Packet: The packet of information titled “Visits to Kendal Information Package” is on the KORA website under “Forms and Appointments”. Be sure you are signed in under KaO Wi-Fi.

Remarks Given at the Harvest Moonlight Occasion on October 2, 2020: If you missed last Friday’s event, you can still read the remarks shared by Robert Taylor.

The text is now on the resident website. It can be accessed this way: Click on “Calendar” or “Organization” or “Login”; then click on “Archive”; then click on “Events – Proceedings”; at the bottom you will see “Robert’s Remarks”. Click on that, and it will appear. 

Curbside Shopping at Discount Drug Mart

screenshot Discount Drug Mart website

Now that you can order and pay online at Discount Drug Mart in Oberlin, we hope those of you who drive will now take the opportunity to do your own shopping in this way. With our very good shopper doing the work, we have limited items to 3 and no food items. Because some put down 3 items, three times a week, our volume is still significant. As we work toward residents picking up their own shopping (as many items as you need, and even food) we are hopeful to see the Drug Mart shopping much reduced since it represents a cost to Kendal. We will likely project a date in November to only take orders from those that do not drive or don’t have any transportation. Take a look at the Drug Mart website to become familiar with online ordering.

Update on Passes for excursions leaving Campus

As announced on Thursday at the Zoom Exchange, residents who are leaving the campus for visits or tasks that will exceed two hours no longer need a “special” pass to Stacy and Barbara as long as you are returning to Kendal the same day. The travel time in the car is not the risky part of the excursion. The visit with people is where there is risk and those are limited to 2 hours’ duration just like here on campus. Submit the request to NonmedicalPass@kao.kendal.org. We are revising the pass form for this reason. It may not be ready until Monday, but you can begin to follow this procedure filling in details on the Non-Medical Routine Pass. The new form will also now have an added line for indicating where you are doing your Senior Shopping. Many stores are approved while others are not or don’t have senior hours.

Other Notes from New Normal Committee Planning

  • While patio visits are approved for resident-to-resident, family or friends, remember to be sure you have a fan blowing out. This helps bring in fresh air from the screened areas. No space heaters are permitted in a patio-porch. These spaces were never intended to be heated and are extra three-season rooms. Neither heaters nor doors into the cottage/apartment should be left open to bring heat out to the space. This is not permitted.
  • The protocol for line dancing has been submitted, and with a few adjustments, has been approved. This coming week this activity will be available in the Auditorium, not to exceed a total of 10 people as detailed in the protocol.
  • The Resale Shop may soon be available for one weekly shopping opportunity for SCC residents. No other residents will be permitted at that time and all the necessary sanitation procedures must be followed.
  • Have You Been to a Fast-food Drive-Thru? We suspect some of you have. PLEASE use everything we’ve learned to protect you and Kendal. Have a sanitizer if you have to exchange money. Wear a mask at all times and minimize direct conversation. Don’t have conversation with anyone without a mask. Drive on.
  • Produce Stand – If you come across a fruit/vegetable/pumpkin stand that is self-serve and you do not need to converse or exchange money, that is the best place to stop. Or better yet, use Kendal’s special sales in Langston.

Beware of “Apple” iCloud Scam Calls!

We have received reports of individuals receiving scam phone calls from people claiming to be from Apple and stating “your iCloud has been compromised and your personal information is needing to be corrected.  This is a Scam Call, please do not give out your personal information or credit card information. Apple will not contact you asking for your credit card or personal information. —Judy Miller, Director of IT/Accounting

Independent Living Guests to Be Screened at the Front Gate

Beginning Monday, October 12, Independent-Living Guests will be health-screened at the Front Entrance. This will include asking guests a number of COVID risk and symptom questions and taking heir temperature. Please be sure to inform your guest so that no one is surprised.

Poem “If the Trees Can Keep Dancing, So Can I

As on National Public Radio, shared by Joyce Parker


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 10/7/2020 – 2 day average: 20.5)41
Total Lorain County Cases 2,593
Total Deaths, age ranges 30-39 • 1; 50-59 • 5; 60-69 • 11; 70-79 • 21, 80+ • 4381
Total Deaths in Long Term Care Settings (updated weekly, last 10/8/2020)39

Cuyahoga County

Cuyahoga County (excluding Cleveland – updated on Fridays, last updated 10/2 update was not available on 10/9)12,349
Cleveland Cases6,211
Total Cuyahoga County Cases18,560
New Cases Since Wednesday 10/7 (Cuyahoga County is updated every Friday, skewing data.)                  45
Total Cuyahoga County Deaths711
Total Deaths in Long Term Care Settings (updated weekly, last 10/8/2020)317

State of Ohio (as of 2PM)

New Cases in the Last 24-Hours 1,840
21 Day Average of New Cases1,119
Total Cases 166,102
Age Range all Cases<1-109
Median Age of all Cases40
Total Hospitalizations (cumulative)16,301 or 10%
Total Hospitalizations last 24 hrs 101
21 Day Average of Hospitalizations 77
Median Age of all Hospitalized64
Total ICU Admissions (cumulative)3,413 or 2%
Total ICU Admissions last 24 hours 18
21 Day Average of ICU Admissions 12
Total Health Care Workers Diagnosed 17,543 or 11%
Total Tested in Ohio3,528,340
Total Deaths  4,994 or 3%
Median Age of Deaths 80
Deaths in Last 24 hours 11
21 Day Average of Deaths 18
Total Deaths in Long Term Care Settings (updated weekly, last 10/8/2020)2,764

October 7, 2020: Update to Residents

Calm, Proactive Preparedness


Volunteers Needed to Help Us with INDOOR Visitations for SCC Residents

Kelly Kukes and Delaney Kelly are in great need of additional supports to help us offer indoor visitation that is scheduled to begin the week of October 19. With the crisp autumn weather upon us, we are finalizing our process for indoor visitation for Stephens Care Center residents. The visitation will be in the Education Center Conference Room. A large Plexiglas wall is being installed to help protect our residents (details are still being worked out). In order to offer Tuesday-through-Sunday visitation, we need help sanitizing between visits. Some wonderful individuals have already stepped forward to assist – Barbara Davis, Kari Inglis, Anne Lockwood, Joe Luciano, Ann Martin. Thank you!

We are still in need of additional volunteers for the following time slots. This volunteer work will begin the week of October 16:

  • Sundays – 9:15am to Noon or 1:15pm to 2:30pm or 2:30pm to 4:00pm
  • Wednesdays – 9:15am to Noon or 1:15 pm to 2:30pm or 2:30pm to 4:00pm
  • Saturdays – 1:15pm to 2:30pm or 2:30pm to 4:00pm

You can take some or all of a timeslot. Any and all help is much appreciated! Thank you!

Visit to Kendal Information Packet Updated

The packet of information titled “Visits to Kendal Information Package” is on the KORA website under “Forms and Appointments”. Be sure you are signed in and under KaO Wi-Fi.

Johnny’s Delivery on Thursday

Remember to pick up your orders on Thursday at 10am at Heiser.

This Week’s Thursday Exchange

This week begins part of our meeting recognizing staff who are celebrating 5, 10, 15, 20, and 25 years with Kendal. Thursday’s meeting will feature our nursing staff. If you have not had a chance, go to the bulletin board located to the right of the Early Learning Center play yard to see all staff celebrants. On Thursday, all staff and residents will be treated to a cupcake in place of the usual cake baked by our Dining team. Each week in October, we will recognize different departments’ honored staff members.

The meeting address is below for those not watching on KOTV. Join Zoom meeting – Meeting ID: 921 4392 7958 – One tap mobile +13126266799,,92143927958# US (Chicago)

Grocery Planning for IGA and Walmart

  • All IGA orders will be picked up at 1:15pm in your usual parking lot.
  • Walmart orders need to have the time of pick-up to be requested before the 2-3pm slot. They will be picked up at 2:30pm at Walmart and arrive at Heiser at 3pm.

Poetry Posted on the KaO Library Bulletin Board

while the leaves on the trees can still participate in the dance…!  — Shared by Joyce Parker

Ruth Bader Ginsburg and staff 1980Ruth Bader Ginsburg: A Law Clerk’s Perspective

Presented by Jonathan Entin, Thursday, October 8, 7:15pm. Zoom and KOTV, featuring new resident Jonathan Entin. Join Zoom Meeting.  Also broadcast on KOTV (920 or 19-2 or 95-101).

Jonathan Entin – pictured top row on right

Senior-only Hours at Ben Franklin/MindFair Books

Senior-only hours at Ben Franklin/MindFair Books begin tomorrow and continue every Monday through Friday from 9am to 10am. These will be Senior ONLY hours! According to Christa Long, customers may have to knock sometimes to be let inside. Hurrah! –from Dina Schoonmaker


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 10/5/2020, 2 day average: 16.0)32
Total Lorain County Cases 2,552
Total Deaths, age ranges 30-39 • 1; 50-59 • 5; 60-69 • 11; 70-79 • 21, 80+ • 4381
Total Deaths in Long Term Care Settings (updated weekly, last 9/30/2020)39

Cuyahoga County

Cuyahoga County (excluding Cleveland – updated on Fridays, last updated 10/2/2020) 12,349
Cleveland Cases 6,166
Total Cuyahoga County Cases 18,515
New Cases Since Monday 10/5 (Cuyahoga County is updated every Friday, skewing data)                   65

State of Ohio (as of 2PM)

New Cases in the Last 24-Hours 1,424
21 Day Average of New Cases1,057
Total Cases 162,723
Age Range all Cases<1-109
Median Age of all Cases40
Total Hospitalizations (cumulative)16,091 or 10%
Total Hospitalizations last 24 hrs 119
21 Day Average of Hospitalizations 73
Median Age of all Hospitalized64
Total ICU Admissions (cumulative)3,384 or 2%
Total ICU Admissions last 24 hours 17
21 Day Average of ICU Admissions 12
Total Health Care Workers Diagnosed 17,296 or 11%
Total Tested in Ohio3,449,427
Total Deaths  4,970 or 3%
Median Age of Deaths 80
Deaths in Last 24 hours 23
21 Day Average of Deaths 20
Total Deaths in Long Term Care Settings (updated weekly, last 9/30/2020)2,677

October 5, 2020: Update to Residents

Calm, Proactive Preparedness

Visit to Kendal Information Packet Updated

The packet of information titled “Visits to Kendal Information Packet” will be out on the KORA website under “Forms and Appointments” sometime this evening per Jim Pugsley.

This information went out previously but has now been updated to include the addition of the William Penn Room as an indoor visitation venue. This packet of information includes instructions for the resident, a letter for the resident to send to family and friends, the Visitor’s Pass and 2 maps – one for the outside visitation venues and one that shows the entrance to the William Penn off the serpentine walkway.

Please Maintain 6-feet Social Distance when Kendal Staff Need to Enter Your Home

This is another kind reminder for all Kendal residents to give our staff a minimum distance of six (6) feet when they enter your home. There are times when Facility Services and other Kendal staff members must enter your home for service reasons. When they do, please practice all COVID protection protocols, including social distancing, wearing a mask, and sanitizing your hands and all touch surfaces. We have received reports of residents wanting to be helpful, especially when Facility Services staff are in their homes, but that helpfulness has at times meant being a close shadow to our staff. For your protection and the protection of our staff members, please maintain safe distancing and when possible, even go to another room until the staff member(s) finish their work and leave.

Hot Water Change in Apartment and Stephens Care Center Tomorrow

Due to a leak in one of our two domestic hot water holding tanks, we are forced to transfer all SCC, Community Center, and Apartment Building hot water demands to a secondary hot water source while we isolate the leak. This transfer should not interrupt hot water service to any residents or to the Community Center.

This work will be performed tomorrow, 10/6, from approximately 9:00am until at least 12:00pm. During these hours, Facility Services requests residents and staff to keep their hot water use to a minimum. There should be no issues with a shortage of hot water, but FS is making this request just to be safe. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Ken Menefee at 775-9068.

Johnny Comes Calling THIS Week

You can still place your order to Terry at 440-774-8215 on Tuesday for a delivery on Thursday at 10am to Heiser.

Walmart Pick-up Time Has Changed and So Must Your Selection of the Pick-up Time!!!

The new delivery hours of groceries to Kendal started today, Monday. Please be sure you do not order your Walmart groceries any later than 2pm. (It used to be 5pm.) That won’t work anymore if you want them included with the Kendal grocery order.

Patio Visits Approved

As announced on Friday, the New Normal Committee is agreeable to have patio visits from family or friends using the same principles as outside plus a couple of additional requirements. We understand that not all have patios with our different designs. You might consider offering your patio porch (if it meets all the conditions) to other nearby Kendal neighbors if you yourself will not be using yours much, just a thought since it is closed off from the rest of the house!

A reminder of the space requirements: You must be able to create 6 feet of distance between parties, unless they are part of your household (bubble included). Screen panels must be open to create cross ventilation. There should be a fan positioned to bring in fresh air constantly. The door to your home should be closed. Masks should be worn except for brief moments when taking a sip of a beverage, but no food consumed, please. The William Penn is being used exclusively the first two weeks (through October 17) just for residents’ outside visitors.

SignUpGenius

We continue to use SignUpGenius for many things including pool and fitness appointments, hair salon, and to reserve spaces for visits. If you are doing any of these things on a regular basis, you are strongly urged to sign up for a free account and establish your own username and password. You will find when you sign in, it shows all your reservations very prominently and you will be able to see for what you have signed up more clearly. We have some residents signing up multiple times, not realizing it and not being able to undo their selection, which blocks out other users. This would be less likely if you have your own account, making it easier to see your schedule and make corrections. 

To Make Changes to Your SignUpGenius Reservation: If you signed up with an account (using an email and password), log in and click the Invited To tab on your account SignUps page. Click the pencil icon to the right of the signup to edit any details. If you want to delete yourself from a signup slot, click the X under your name, and confirm on the next screen that you want to remove yourself. If you need to sign up for a different date/time, you can go back to the signup and select a new one.

If you signed up without an account, go back to the SignUp by clicking the appropriate link in the Forms and Appointments tab. When you view the SignUp, you’ll see a link at the top (just under the Created by NK line) that states, Already signed up? You can change your sign up. Click that link to follow the steps to edit your sign-up slot. Since you didn’t sign into SignUpGenius with a password, select the second choice for them to send you the information to the email you used when you signed up for your appointment slot.

Good Reads

Against COVID-19, Imperfect Measures Do the Most Good

More on Testing for COVID from Harvard (Thank you to Isabel Rutherford)

Washington Post Live Updates (free to all)

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 10/2/2020, 3 day average: 13.3)40
Total Lorain County Cases 2,520
Total Deaths, age ranges 30-39 • 1; 50-59 • 4; 60-69 • 11; 70-79 • 21, 80+ • 4380
Total Deaths in Long Term Care Settings (updated weekly, last 9/30/2020)39

Cuyahoga County

Cuyahoga County (excluding Cleveland – updated on Fridays, last updated 10/2)12,349
Cleveland Cases6,101
Total Cuyahoga County Cases18,450
New Cases (since Friday 10/2/2020, Cuyahoga County is updated every Friday, skewing data)                  36
Total Cuyahoga County Deaths711
Total Deaths in Long Term Care Settings (updated weekly, last 9/30/2020)315

State of Ohio (as of 2PM)

New Cases in the Last 24-Hours 1,057
21 Day Average of New Cases1,023
Total Cases 159,964
Age Range all Cases<1-109
Median Age of all Cases40
Total Hospitalizations (cumulative)15,840 or 10%
Total Hospitalizations last 24 hrs 73
21 Day Average of Hospitalizations 70
Median Age of all Hospitalized64
Total ICU Admissions (cumulative)3,331 or 2%
Total ICU Admissions last 24 hours 11
21 Day Average of ICU Admissions 11
Total Health Care Workers Diagnosed 16,985 or 11%
Total Tested in Ohio3,378,983
Total Deaths  4,931 or 3%
Median Age of Deaths 80
Deaths in Last 24 hours 6
21 Day Average of Deaths 24
Total Deaths in Long Term Care Settings (updated weekly, last 9/30/2020)2,677

Contact Information


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