Community Updates Week of 11/15/2021

Lorain County Positivity Rate on the Increase

The Lorain County Positivity Rate increased from 9.7% to 12.3% over this past week.  Lorain County Public Health is alerting all county residents that cases of influenza are also on the rise in the county.  We are reminded that the strategies to prevent COVID such as hand washing, social distancing and masking are great preventive tools for influenza and other illnesses as well.

New Stephens Care Center Staff Case

Yesterday, a Stephens Care Center vaccinated staff member tested positive for COVID.  This staff member is now quarantining at home and will not return to work until released by Lorain County Public Health (LCPH).  This case was reviewed with LCPH yesterday. Given that this staff member has not been on campus recently, there is no concern of virus spread to our SCC residents or SCC staff members.  As an extra layer of precaution, Kendal at Oberlin is testing all SCC residents.  Additionally, there are no changes in visitation as a result of this positive finding.

Stephens Care Center Visitation Guidelines Changing

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) have issued new guidelines on visitation for certified skilled nursing facilities.  As a result, Kendal at Oberlin is working on new protocols for visiting residents residing in our Stephens Care Center.  The new guidelines will permit daily visitation, however, the health screening of each person entering the Stephens Care Center is still required by State and Federal law.  More will be announced on this, soon, as our processes are updated for Stephens Care Center visitation.

Article to Note

From Don Parker

This Medscape article is a good primer on the immune system, especially as it responds to COVID-19.  It also deals with how well we develop antibodies against the virus and why it varies from person to person. 

Do you Live in an Apartment?

While everyone must remain masked while in the corridors of the Heiser Center at this time, residents who reside on either floor of the apartment building are not required to wear a mask when stepping out of their home for quick exits out or short errands such as emptying trash or going to the laundry room.

Rebuilding Community One Conversation at a Time

Look for the opening (very soon) of the KORA Coffee Cafe in the Fox and Fell Dining Room. It will open officially on November 29th, Mondays through Saturdays 8-11 a.m.  Come enjoy a cup of brewed or decaf coffee, tea or cocoa and conversation with treasured and new friends. Thank your KORA Council and Dining Services team for helping to implement this new opportunity. 

Service of Remembrance

This past Sunday, there was a KOTV broadcast “A Time to Remember Kendal Residents” giving special tribute to those residents we have lost since last November 12, 2020. If you missed it or would like to see it again, click this link.  You will see this is not small undertaking.  Many thanks to everyone that contributed their gifts and talents to make this special service possible for our community and families.

Holidays for Your Health

Tara Parker- Pope, New York Times, shared by Dan Reiber

When I injured my knee a few years ago, it was something of a crisis. I canceled plans and stayed home. When I did venture out, I used crutches and a knee brace. Today, my knee isn’t perfect, but it doesn’t hold me back. I’ve just accepted that I have to do things a little differently. We regularly take this holistic approach to our personal health. During the crisis phase of an injury or an illness, we do whatever is needed to take care of our bodies. But we never lose sight of the goal: to recover and enjoy life again. By now, you may have figured out that the point of this story isn’t my knee injury. In Friday’s edition of The Morning, David Leonhardt wrote about how we might navigate this point in the pandemic, where the coronavirus remains in our lives, but vaccinated people in many parts of the country are not in crisis. Today, I’m going to explore how those ideas can help you plan for Thanksgiving and holiday gatherings. Many of us are now in the recovery phase of this pandemic. During the early crisis, we needed to stay home to stay safe. But now that vaccines are available, it’s time to think holistically — focusing on the mental, emotional and social aspects of our health, too. “Holidays are so important; they have meaning,” Dr. Ashish Jha, dean of the Brown University School of Public Health, told me. “People have been isolated and fearful for almost two years.” Of course, a holistic approach works only if you’ve been vaccinated and continue to take a few reasonable precautions. For unvaccinated adults, the pandemic remains a daily threat, and a personal choice to stay unvaccinated will continue to put you and those around you at risk.

Happy ‘Vax-giving’

The rules are different if you’re celebrating what I like to call “Vax-giving,” a Thanksgiving gathering where everyone who is eligible is fully vaccinated and boosted. Even children ages 5 to 11 can have at least one shot, and some level of protection, by then. Children who are 4 and younger aren’t eligible for shots yet, but they’re still largely protected if they’re surrounded by vaccinated people. I spoke with Dr. Michael Mina, an immunologist at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, about how parents with children too young to get the vaccines should navigate the holidays. Mina is one of those parents and will be traveling with his infant daughter to a fully vaccinated, four-generation Thanksgiving celebration. Before the gathering, everyone but the infant will take a rapid test. He said his main concern was protecting his 95-year-old grandfather. “There’s still a lot of virus in the community, but the truth of the matter is, little kids are not exceedingly susceptible to disease with this virus,” Mina said. “I do think that by everyone testing the morning of Thanksgiving or even two hours before dinner, it’s going to massively decrease any risk and make everyone feel more comfortable to be around each other without masks.”

Baby Steps

For many people, coping with the anxiety of getting out and about may be the hardest part of adjusting to this new phase of pandemic life. Linsey Marr, an aerosol scientist from Virginia Tech whom many of us have come to rely on for sage advice during the pandemic, is planning a multigenerational gathering for Christmas and New Year that will include air travel. But she said that she and her family had only recently dined indoors for the first time. “It was a restaurant in a university town where the vaccination rate is high,” Marr said. “I asked if the staff had all been vaccinated. I calculated — almost everyone here, if not everyone, is probably vaccinated; at some point we want to eat out. Let’s go for it.” Marr said it took a mental adjustment to spend time indoors and unmasked with strangers. “It was a little nerve-racking,” she said. “We kept our masks on until the food came. Baby steps.”

Kendal Campus Lighting Plan

On Monday, City Council approved a recommendation from Oberlin City staff to support a $46K grant from the “Sustainable Reserve Program” that will provide the first phase of a three-year plan for new LED light poles, powered by the new rooftop solar panels at Lot 7. The solar panels will ultimately lite all 75 new poles as well as power the garage amenities. This action, by City Council, engaged considerable discussion to assure the perimeter pathway, which will be lit by the new poles, is accessible for walking by the public, not just the Kendal community.

Is Frontier Your Landline Phone Service Provider?

If you are experiencing problems when you try to make an outgoing call on your landline phone, please be aware that Frontier installed a new system today which makes it necessary to dial 440 for local calls (e.g., 440-775-0094). This may be true when using your cell phone, too, as some but not all of us have experienced. Best practice is to call the provider of your service if you experience difficulties.

Front Entrance Screening Procedure Change

Effective Monday, November 22, Kendal at Oberlin will no longer have a security staff person at the main entrance to complete the check-in and Covid screening process for contractors and vendors coming onto the Kendal campus. Beginning November 22, contractors will be required to report to the Facility Services’ office to complete their check-in and screening process, Monday-Friday from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm. Contractors arriving on campus outside of these regular business hours will need to contact Facility Services at (440) 370-5926 for instructions.

Vendors, and visitors entering the Heiser Center, will be required to check-in and perform the Covid screening process at either the Accushield kiosk located at the Heiser entrance or the staff Accushield kiosk near the staff entrance. 

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  19
     KaO Other Staff Cases  27
KaO Staff Total 46
Kendal at Oberlin COVID Total 57
**Current Isolation, COVID Positive 0
**Total COVID Beyond Isolation 54
Kendal at Oberlin Vaccination Overall539 of 542 or 99.3%
Total Kendal Residents Vaccinated339 of 339 or 100%
Total Kendal Staff Vaccinated (those unvaccinated have Medical or Religious Exemption)200 of 204 or 98%

Lorain County (as posted 11/15/2021)

New Cases (since Monday, November 8, 2021 – 7-day average 148.9 per day) 1,042
Total Probable and Confirmed Lorain County Cases 38,467
Total in Zip Code 44074 (+26 since Monday, November 8, 2021) 885
Current Lorain County Positivity Rate (HIGH Transmission Rate) 12.3%
Total Deaths, age ranges 20-29 • 1; 30-39 • 3; 40-49 • 15; 50-59 • 33; 60-69 • 100; 70-79 • 161; 80+ • 252 565
Total Deaths in Long Term Care Settings, posted 11/3/2021, +0 253
Lorain County Vaccinations Started186,582 or 60.2% of population

Cuyahoga County (as posted 11/15/2021)

Cuyahoga County (excluding Cleveland)          108,540
Cleveland Cases 45,372
Total Cuyahoga County Cases 153,912
New Cases 3,415
Total Cuyahoga County Deaths 2,709
Total Deaths in Long Term Care Settings, posted 11/10/2021 890

State of Ohio (as posted 11/15/2021)

New Cases in the Last 24-hours  3,927
21-day Average of New Cases 4,012
Total Cases 1,608,415
Age Range all Cases
Median Age of all Cases 39
Total Hospitalizations (cumulative) 82,448 5%
Total Hospitalizations Last 24-hours 137
21-day Average of Hospitalizations 171
Median Age of all Hospitalized 65
Total ICU Admissions (cumulative) 10,394 or 1%
Total ICU Admissions last 24-hours 19
21-day Average of ICU Admissions 17
Total Health Care Workers Diagnosed 79,456 5%
Total Tested in Ohio 17,677,242
Total Ohio Resident Deaths 25,643
Median Age of Deaths 78
Ohio Resident Deaths in Last 24-hours 0
21-day Average of Deaths 80
Total Deaths in Ohio Long Term Care Settings (Updated Weekly. posted 11/10/2021) 8,039
Statewide Vaccinations Started 6,603,524 or 56.5 % of population

Contact Information


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