Community Updates Week of 11/ 1/ 2021

Lorain County is Now Below 10% Positivity Rate

Lorain County now has a 9% positivity rate, down from 14.5% the week of September 21. Although our positivity rate is down, we remain at a High Transmission rate as ranked by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. This positivity rate is expected to go up and down all through the holidays.  We know everyone is doing what we can to protect ourselves and others. To choose to dine or to go in the auditorium (more people) or to be mask less for dancing or singing is at their personal risk and shared with the other participants.

With our lower positivity rate, we are announcing the following:

  • Maskless Activities in the Heiser Auditorium are permitted when all participants and attendees are vaccinated and have received their COVID Booster, such as for Song Swap and dancing.  Again, such events are for vaccinated individuals only that have also received their COVID Booster.  Event leaders will need to verify all those participating have received their COVID Booster.

Stephens Care Center (SCC) Residents in the Fox and Fell

SCC residents are permitted to dine in Fox and Fell as of 10/29

Mercy Lab Services

If you have an order for lab services, whether it is a new order or a routine order, please contact the Health and Wellness Clinic at 775-9819 before coming down. Please do not assume the lab tech will be here in the morning during their normal draw times.   Please call the Health and Wellness Clinic and you will be given a time for your lab draw.  In some situations, due to lab staffing, you may be asked to go to Mercy Allen or another local health provider of your choice to have your labs drawn.

Housekeeping Tips When You are on a Zoom Meeting

Lately Housekeeping has been experiencing lots of residents on Zoom meetings during regular bi- weekly cleanings. We want to make sure you are able to participate in your full Zoom meeting without interruption, but to do so will ask for some help from you. We have time constraints with a schedule, and staying longer creates a late arrival to our next scheduled destination. If you are aware a Zoom meeting is scheduled to happen during your scheduled housekeeping time, here are a few tips to help you and your Housekeeping staff:

  • Let Housekeeping know when your meeting starts. Perhaps we can clean the room you are Zooming in first to assure Housekeeping is out of the way and not distracting you during the meeting.
  • You can always call the office and let us know ahead of time so we can discuss how to work through the meeting to allow Housekeeping to complete our work and not disrupt the Zoom meeting.
  • Skip a room altogether–leave a note or share with your Housekeeper that you would like them to skip a particular room due to a scheduled Zoom meeting and to not disturb that room.

Thanks for your understanding! If you have any questions, please contact Crystal Hall at or 775-9199.

Your Grounds Crew needs your help please!

As you clean up your gardens, please put your yard waste into paper bags. Paper decomposes with the yard waste and can be tossed onto the compost pile.  If we put yard waste into plastic bags of any kind, the grounds crew must empty the bag and then dispose of it in the garbage in another place.

So, please do use paper bags for yard waste!  Paper bags, large or small, help the Grounds staff and the environment.  Please direct questions to Dan Baker, Grounds Manager, at

When it comes to Riding or Driving on Kendal roads and walkways, please remember:

  • Pedestrians–residents or visitors, young or old–always have the right-of-way. Our speed limit is 20 mph at all times.
  • Riders on wheels, whether in cars, on bicycles, tricycles, electric motor scooters:  Yield the right of way to all pedestrians.  Use your horn, bell, or loud voice to announce your presence, or slow down until the pedestrian has gained sufficient distance beyond your vehicle.  Remember that the pedestrian may not hear you or see you approach, and may become unstable on their feet if startled. 
  • Bicycles are outdoor vehicles only, to be operated on Kendal roads and uncovered paths.  Please walk bicycles on covered walkways.  Park bicycles off narrow paths and walkways.
  • Tricycles are outdoor vehicles only, to be operated on Kendal roads and uncovered paths.  Park tricycles off narrow paths and walkways.
  • Electric scooters are designed to operate indoors and out of doors on all paths and walkways, covered and uncovered.  Always yield right-of-way to pedestrians. Operate at slow walking speed on all indoor hallways in the Community Center and Apartment Building, and slowly, with extreme care throughout the Stephens Care Center.  Operate at walking speed on all outdoor paths and walkways, and yield right-of-way to pedestrians. Park vehicles in the assigned parking places outside dining rooms and other gathering areas.  Also park vehicles off narrow paths and walkways.
  • Lights, front and rear, should be installed for outdoor operations if the scooter is driven after dusk. Now that we are in the dark with the time change coming up this weekend, bike and trike riders choosing to ride in the dark should also consider installing lights or reflectors on their vehicles, too. 

Please be aware of what’s coming on the roadways and be safe out there.

—Toni Merleno for the Safety Committee

CDC finds immunity from vaccines is more consistent than from infection, but both last at least six months

It’s a question that scientists have been trying to answer since the start of the pandemic, one that is central to the rancorous political debates over coronavirus vaccine policies: How much immunity does someone have after recovering from a coronavirus infection, and how does it compare with immunity provided by vaccination?  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has weighed in for the first time in a detailed science report released with little fanfare Friday evening. Reviewing scores of research studies and its own unpublished data, the agency found that both infection-induced and vaccine-induced immunity are durable for at least six months — but that vaccines are more consistent in their protection and offer a huge boost in antibodies for people previously infected.

In comparing the two types of immunity, scientists said research shows vaccination provides a “higher, more robust, and more consistent level of immunity to protect people from COVID-19 than infection alone.”  Coronavirus infections can cause severe disease or no symptoms at all, and the CDC found that antibody levels vary widely from one individual to another after an infection. The report also notes that there is no test authorized by the Food and Drug Administration that would enable doctors and the public to reliably measure an individual’s protection from disease. And although higher levels of neutralizing antibodies generally signal higher protection, scientists don’t know precisely what level of antibodies will protect an individual.  Read more (free to all):

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 to Kim Leek or Bev Zimmerman so we can make a copy to keep our records current. Thank you!

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, and make sure to select the Oberlin store:  After you receive your vaccine, please make sure to bring a copy of the vaccination record to the Health and Wellness Clinic so we can copy it.

More Articles–from Don Parker

This Medscape article quotes the CDC’s current Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report that shows the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines give more than 5 times the immune protection compared to natural infection, especially for hospitalizations.

This MDEdge article reports on a study showing how vaccinated people carrying the coronavirus infect others in their household, whether the latter were vaccinated or not.  The study, conducted in the U.K., attributes this propensity to the Delta variant.  The rate of transmission rose in proportion to the length of time since individuals were vaccinated, supporting the need for boosters.

A report in MDedge sites a study published in Lancet Microbe that predicts reinfection among people un-vaccinated against COVID-19 will likely occur every 16 months.  This and other studies have warned that the virus will be with us for a long time and this new data shows how the un-vaccinated of the world will help maintain the presence of the virus and its variants through reinfection. Non-biological mitigation (masks, distancing, etc.) will be the norm for possibly the next several years.

Coffee Hour on Thursday (11/4) in the Fox and Fell at 9:30am

We are doing a meeting in person and encourage you to come. As a Zoom, you will not have the benefit of seeing the audience but instead only see those speaking in front of the single computer set- up. We’ll tune into this Zoom link and see how it fares for participants but encourage an in-person attendance if at all possible.

Meeting ID: 833 5435 3102

Save the Dates for 2 Musical Union Events — both with Kendal singers!

Spring 2021 Virtual Concert is ready at last!  It’s posted on Oberlin’s Backstage Pass. Conductor Gregory Ristow led the whole process. Look for the concert on YouTube starting on Saturday, Nov. 6, at 7:30pm. (A brief trailer is already available.)

Fall 2021 Live Concert (now rehearsing on Monday nights with visiting conductor Benjamin Johns).

Sunday, Dec. 19, 7:30 pm, in Finney Chapel.

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 Overall538 of 543 or 99.1%
Total Kendal Residents Vaccinated339 of 339 or 100%
Total Kendal Staff Vaccinated (those unvaccinated have Medical or Religious Exemption)199 of 204 or 97.5%

Lorain County (as posted 10/22/2021)

New Cases (since Friday, October 22, 2021 – 10-day average 102.6 per day) 1,026
Total Probable and Confirmed Lorain County Cases 36,469
Total in Zip Code 44074 (+6 since Friday, October 22 2021) 820
Current Lorain County Positivity Rate (HIGH Transmission Rate) 9.0%
Total Deaths, age ranges 20-29 • 1; 30-39 • 3; 40-49 • 13; 50-59 • 31; 60-69 • 91; 70-79 • 157; 80+ • 243 539
Total Deaths in Long Term Care Settings, posted 10/24/2021, +4 253
Lorain County Vaccinations Started183,465 or 59.2% of population

Cuyahoga County (as posted 11/1/2021)

Cuyahoga County (excluding Cleveland)          104,160
Cleveland Cases 43,879
Total Cuyahoga County Cases 148,039
New Cases 2,931
Total Cuyahoga County Deaths 2,657
Total Deaths in Long Term Care Settings, posted 10/24/2021 885

State of Ohio (as posted 11/1/2021)

New Cases in the Last 24-hours  2,461
21-day Average of New Cases 3,691
Total Cases 1,547,799
Age Range all Cases
Median Age of all Cases 39
Total Hospitalizations (cumulative) 79,986 5%
Total Hospitalizations Last 24-hours 154
21-day Average of Hospitalizations 210
Median Age of all Hospitalized 65
Total ICU Admissions (cumulative) 10,149 or 1%
Total ICU Admissions last 24-hours 17
21-day Average of ICU Admissions 22
Total Health Care Workers Diagnosed 77,598 5%
Total Tested in Ohio 17,271,678
Total Ohio Resident Deaths 24,527
Median Age of Deaths 78
Ohio Resident Deaths in Last 24-hours 0
21-day Average of Deaths 81
Total Deaths in Ohio Long Term Care Settings (Updated Weekly. posted 10/20/2021) 7,968
Statewide Vaccinations Started 6,480,931 or 55.4% of population

Contact Information

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