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Community Updates Week of 11/16/2020

Calm, Proactive Preparedness


November 20, 2020: Update to Residents

Lorain County Remains at Level 3 Red and is under a Purple Watch

Seventy-two of Ohio’s 88 counties are under a Level 3 Red Health Advisory. Franklin County is Ohio’s first county to hit Level 4 Purple. Visits from anyone residing in Franklin County are now postponed as well as any Kendalite planned trips to Franklin County. Three counties, including Lorain County, are under Purple Watch meaning we are trending in the Level 4 Purple direction.  The seven elements that determine a county’s level of health advisory include:  New Cases per Capita, New Cases, Non-congregate Cases, Emergency Department Visit Cases, Outpatient Visit Cases, Hospital Admission Cases, and ICU Bed Capacity. 

A Level 4 Purple Advisory is not for certain. Cuyahoga County was at this level of warning several weeks ago and avoided going to Purple.  Hopefully with a concerted effort by all Lorain Countians, we can too.  Kendal at Oberlin is monitoring this situation very closely and is putting plans and preparing to implement appropriate protocols should Lorain County move to Level 4 Purple.  Additionally, the state travel advisory has been expanded to 14 states: Montana, Idaho, Arizona, Utah, South Dakota, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa, Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma, Mississippi, Alabama and Pennsylvania. Ohioans are advised not to travel to those states unless absolutely necessary, and if they do travel there, to isolate afterward.

Kendal Budget 2021 Overview:  Watch by ZOOM or KOTV

Join Zoom Meeting – Monday, November 23, at 4pm, Meeting ID: 957 8904 9357, Dial by your location,  +1 301 715 8592 US (Washington D.C)

Must Watch: Time to Remember

Sunday, November 22, at 4pm – Don’t forget to tune into our Kendal TV channels for a very special memorial service to recall all the lives we have lost this year, and because we could not gather in person. This program is not a ZOOM. A paper program will be distributed to every resident including those in the SCC. We cannot say thank you enough to the team effort to bring this together. Know families or outside friends will be given the link to watch the recorded program at their leisure since they cannot access our Kendal channels.

Reminder:  Langston Market Happens on Monday Next Week!

Next week’s Langston Market will be moved back from Wednesday to Monday, November 23. The hours of operation will remain the same, 11:30am to 1:30pm.  This is a one-week change to give us time to focus on preparing for Thanksgiving.

Short Power Outage on Emergency Power Planned on Wednesday, November 25, 1-3pm

Facility Services has contracted to have a docking station installed on our Emergency Generator for a back-up to our Emergency Generator if ever needed. This will impact community-wide Wi-Fi. It will also impact all red-colored outlets and emergency fixtures that are on the emergency generator—note that these are not found in individual cottages or apartments. However, please also note the elevator and some lighting in the apartment building stairwells and public restrooms will not be operational during this installation. 

KaO Staff Asked to Avoid Traditional Holiday Gatherings

Excerpt from Toni Merleno Letter to all Kendal Staff, sent today: I am asking you to avoid any plans to hold traditional gatherings with people outside your home or to attend in others’ homes. This is why all the warnings are being issued from the epidemiology experts and our governor not to gather with people outside your safe personal bubbles…regardless of traditional holidays. Perhaps some may be unhappy with you, but COVID Community Spread is happening now and will continue like a fire burning out of control unless we take seriously our responsibility to practice the safeguards of which we have been trained for months.  We care very much for our Kendal Staff Family and want everyone to be and to stay well.

AA for You?

There is a new resident-led AA, Alcoholics Anonymous, meeting starting Saturday, November 21, at 7pm.  We need a few people to make this work.  Will you be one of them? This group is for Kendal residents only.  Meet Saturdays at 7pm in the Training Room of the Education Center. Skeptics are welcome!  Contact Social Services staff for questions.  

Reminder: All Kendal Staff and Residents Mask-Up Please!

Extra communication has been distributed to staff as we have seen the number of COVID cases grow. The numbers are rapidly increasing in our area!  Keep yourselves, your families, and each other safe!  REMAIN SUPER-VIGILANT to prevent the spread of COVID-19!!  Sanitize, Masks/Face Shields, and Social Distance…STOP the spread and educate others!  Minimize your exposure in the greater community and make sure you and your family members always wear a mask.

Our Kendal Bubbles are Growing

Delight in spending more time together right here on campus in the comfort of your homes, without the need for masks like other families. We have now more than 130 residents participating in community bubbles.

Probiotic Trial to Protect Those Exposed to COVID-19 

Here’s link to an MDEdge interview with an investigator conducting a trial of a probiotic to protect people who have been exposed to COVID-19. —from Don Parker

person and bird on bench

This little dude and I have had breakfast/lunch together every day for the last 4 weeks. I always bring him something to eat and he just sits next to me for my entire break.

How many of you Kendalites have a “friend in nature” like this at Kendal? 


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 Cases2
     KaO Other Staff Cases 7
KaO Staff Total9
Kendal at Oberlin Total9
Kendal at Oberlin Recovered5

Lorain County (as of 2PM) (Level 3* RED)

New Cases (since Monday 11/18/2020 – 2 day average: 229)458
Total Lorain County Cases 5,706
Total in Zip Code 44074 (+4 since Wednesday, 11/18/2020)95
Total Deaths, age ranges 30-39 • 1; 50-59 • 5; 60-69 • 12; 70-79 • 24, 80+ • 4789
Total Deaths in Long Term Care Settings (updated weekly, last 11/19/2020)44

Cuyahoga County (Level 3 RED)

Cuyahoga County (excluding Cleveland, updated on Friday 11/20/2020)19,926
Cleveland Cases (updates at 2pm, last update 11/16)8,626
Total Cuyahoga County Cases28,552
New Cases (since Friday, 11/20/2020 – Cuyahoga County is only updated weekly, late Fridays, skewing data)                  3,190
Total Cuyahoga County Deaths817
Total Deaths in Long Term Care Settings (updated weekly, last 11/19/2020)335

State of Ohio (as of 2PM)

New Cases in the Last 24-hours 8,808
21-day Average of New Cases5,840
Total Cases 335,423
Age Range all Cases<1-109
Median Age of all Cases42
Total Hospitalizations (cumulative)23,958 or 7%
Total Hospitalizations last 24-hours 398
21-day Average of Hospitalizations 238
Median Age of all Hospitalized66
Total ICU Admissions (cumulative)4,360 or 1%
Total ICU Admissions last 24-hours 42
21-day Average of ICU Admissions 25
Total Health Care Workers Diagnosed 26,737 or 8%
Total Tested in Ohio5,526,917
Total Deaths  5,955 or 2%
Median Age of Deaths 80
Deaths in Last 24-hours 65
21-day Average of Deaths 32
Total Deaths in Ohio Long Term Care Settings (updated weekly, last 11/19/2020)3,154

November 18, 2020: Update to Residents

walkway behind building

New Walkway Connecting South Entrance Walkway to Pool and Fitness Center is Now Open along with Walkway to back Heiser Entrance!

Thursday Afternoon Zoom Exchange with Barbara and Staff – 4pm

Join us for our Thursday gathering by KOTV or Zoom. We look forward to giving operational updates, news on upcoming resident activities being planned and our weekly poll to check Kendal’s pulse. Join Zoom Meeting – Meeting ID: 921 4392 7958, One tap mobile: +13126266799,,92143927958# US (Chicago)

Time to Remember

Sunday, November 22, at 4pm – Don’t forget to tune into our Kendal TV channels for a very special memorial service to recall all the lives we have lost this year and because we could not gather today. This program is not a ZOOM. A paper program will be distributed to every resident including those in the SCC. We cannot say thank you enough to the team effort to bring this together. Know families or outside friends will be given the link to watch the recorded program at their leisure since they cannot access our Kendal channels.

Reminder: Stephens Care Center Residents are Asked to Wear a Mask

Through this pandemic, residents in the Stephens Care Center have had the option to wear face masks since they were in a protected bubble. We are now asking all Stephens Care Center residents to wear face masks whenever they are out of their room or when a caregiver is in their room. There are identified exceptions for those not able to wear a mask who have difficulty breathing. 

Langston Market Happens on Monday Next Week!

Next week’s Langston Market will be moved back from Wednesday to Monday, November 23. The hours of operation will remain the same, 11:30am to 1:30pm. This is a one-week change to give us time to focus on preparing for Thanksgiving.

A Rapid at-Home Covid-19 Test — for under $50 — Just got FDA approval

Here is a news item describing the first FDA-approved at-home COVID test kit that will give results on the spot in 30 minutes. It has been shown to give a 95% accuracy for positive and 98% for negative confirmed by the gold standard PCR test. This could be a game changer for identifying cases early enough to help reduce the spread of the virus. –The Washington Post Shared by Mary Behm and Don Parker

We continue to be asked why Kendal isn’t testing IL residents.

We are guided by numerous sources, and geographically the advisories may vary from state-to-state. We are testing staff above and beyond what is required and that is by far the greatest risk to our campus. There have been circumstances such as medical procedures where residents are being tested as needed. Our position remains that testing will only be done if required by your physician, or if you feel you have been exposed to COVID or have any of the symptoms. Please don’t hesitate to contact the Health and Wellness Clinic in any of these circumstances. We will arrange for testing.

We also know that Rite Aid testing is completely free to anyone over the age of 18. You do have to make an appointment and show an ID at the drive-through, but no insurance information is used. Use this link if you choose to be tested without symptoms or exposure. There are numerous Rite Aid stores in Lorain County.

Reminder: All Kendal Staff and Residents Mask-Up Please!

The numbers are rapidly increasing in our area! Keep yourselves, your families, and each other safe! REMAIN SUPER-VIGILANT to prevent the spread of COVID-19!! Sanitize, Masks/Face Shields, and Social Distance…STOP the spread and educate others! Minimize your exposure in the greater community and make sure you and your family members always wear a mask.

Maggie Stark’s Retirement Date Reset

As the time draws nearer, Maggie has extended her Kendal departure at her request to the end of first quarter 2021. No surprise, Maggie would prefer to leave Kendal when things are a bit more settled. We are glad to have the additional time with her as will Maggie’s sales and marketing team members.

Assessing Risk in Gatherings

As we approach the holidays, we know families are still debating plans to gather. SO difficult! Feel free to pass along to friends this risk assessment tool. The in-the-link map shows the risk level of attending an event, given the event size and location. You can adjust the number of attendees and see at the county level the risk. The risk level is the estimated chance (0-100%) that at least one COVID-19 positive individual will be present at an event in a county, given the size of the event. Some quick examples: In Toledo, if 100 attended a meeting, 86%; In Perrysburg, if 50 people attended, 67%; In Oberlin, if 25 people attended, 32%; In Tiffin, if 15 people attended, 39%.

Red rose
In Remembrance

Louise Luckenbill               Jim Hamilton

November 17, 2020           November 8, 2020

Lorain County Emergency Notices

Emergency text notices are an excellent way to be informed of changing conditions. Whether it is extreme weather, high winds, or electricity being knocked out, the notices will come to your phone and text based on the cities for which you sign up. You can customize notices to remain informed to the level of your interest.


Today’s Statistics

Kendal at Oberlin (KaO)

Independent Living Resident Cases0
Stephens Care Center (SCC) Resident Cases 
          Residential Care Facility 0
          Skilled Nursing Facility0
KaO Residents Total0
     KaO SCC Staff Cases2
     KaO Other Staff Cases 7
KaO Staff Total9
Kendal at Oberlin Total9
Kendal at Oberlin Recovered4

Lorain County (as of 2PM) – Level 3 RED

New Cases (since Monday 11/16/20 – 2 day average: 155.5)311
Total Lorain County Cases 5,248
Total in Zip Code 44074 (+17 since Friday, 11/13/20)91
Total Deaths, age ranges 30-39 • 1; 50-59 • 5; 60-69 • 12; 70-79 • 24, 80+ • 4688
Total Deaths in Long Term Care Settings (updated weekly, last 11/12/2020)42

Cuyahoga County – Level 3 RED

Cuyahoga County (excluding Cleveland – updated on Fridays, last updated the evening of 11/13/2020)16,736
Cleveland Cases (updates at 2pm, last update 11/16/2020)8,626
Total Cuyahoga County Cases25,362
New Cases (since Wednesday, 11/11/2020 – Cuyahoga County is only updated weekly, late Fridays, skewing data)                  0
Total Cuyahoga County Deaths783
Total Deaths in Long Term Care Settings (updated weekly, last 11/12/2020)333

State of Ohio (as of 2PM)

New Cases in the Last 24-hours 7,079
21-day Average of New Cases5,224
Total Cases 312,443
Age Range all Cases<1-109
Median Age of all Cases42
Total Hospitalizations (cumulative)22,846 or 7%
Total Hospitalizations last 24-hours 368
21-day Average of Hospitalizations 210
Median Age of all Hospitalized66
Total ICU Admissions (cumulative)4,250 or 1%
Total ICU Admissions last 24-hours 27
21-day Average of ICU Admissions 23
Total Health Care Workers Diagnosed 25,643 or 8%
Total Tested in Ohio5,348,464
Total Deaths  5,772 or 2%
Median Age of Deaths 80
Deaths in Last 24-hours 30
21-day Average of Deaths 25
Total Deaths in Ohio Long Term Care Settings (updated weekly, last 11/12/2020)3,065

November 16, 2020: Update to Residents

Stephens Care Center Visitation to be Postponed for Two Weeks

As you know, we announced this weekend that through our proactive COVID-19 testing of staff members, three (3) tested positive for COVID-19. Two of those staff members had not had recent resident contact, while the other staff member was a non-direct-care staff member in the Stephens Care Center. 

As a precaution and following the guidance of Lorain County Public Health, Ohio Department of Health, and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, we will be testing all Stephens Care Center residents and Stephens Care Center staff twice per week during the next 14 days. Of the 130+ tests performed yesterday and today, all tests have come back negative for COVID. Our twice-per-week testing cadence will continue until we have completed 14 days without any positive test results among residents or staff. Additionally, Stephens Care Center staff are now wearing masks plus face shields. Stephens Care Center residents are being asked to wear masks anytime they are out of their rooms. 

Another precaution: We have made the difficult decision to postpone scheduled indoor visits with Stephens Care Center residents. We will re-evaluate this postponement the week of November 30. In light of that, we are bolstering our efforts to connect Stephens Care Center residents with friends and family through electronic platforms such as FaceTime, Zoom, and Echo Show. While this is difficult news, we also know how vital it is for our residents, for you as family and friends, and for all our staff to stay safe. Please know the postponement of indoor visits for Stephens Care Center residents is only temporary. This decision, in light of what is happening in Lorain County and beyond with COVID cases, will be re-evaluated on November 30.

Stephens Care Center visitation postponement does not impact Independent Living visitation. Do remember any out-of-state visits must be reviewed with Stacy or Barbara to evaluate the need to quarantine before coming to Kendal due to high levels of COVID across the country.

Stephens Care Center Residents are Asked to Mask Up

Through this pandemic, residents in the Stephens Care Center have had the option to wear face masks since they were in a protected bubble. We are now asking all Stephens Care Center residents to wear face masks whenever they are out of their room or when a caregiver is in their room.  Please contact a Stephens Care Center Staff member if you need a face mask or if you have trouble breathing with a face mask.

All Kendal Residents and Staff Mask Up Please!

The numbers are rapidly increasing in our area!! Keep yourselves, your families and each other safe! REMAIN SUPER-VIGILANT to prevent the spread of COVID-19!! Sanitize, Masks/Face Shields, and Social Distance…STOP the spread and educate others!

Oberlin IGA Senior Hours

You may shop in IGA for Senior Hours on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, 6-7am. This is the one approved in-store grocery to assist residents who are doing their own meal preparations.

Lorenzo’s Pizza Party

Orders will be taken during this week up to Friday at 5pm for delivery on November 24 and 25. No doubt Lorenzo’s will appreciate the orders on a week where turkey is the big game in town. 

Johnny Comes Calling

Place orders on Monday and Tuesday with Terry at 440-774-8215 for delivery on Thursday at 10am at Heiser. Remember, this is the last delivery before Thanksgiving.  

Programs and Good Reads 

Session #3, November 17, 10am is Kendal Educational Series on Racial Inequality – Kendal will broadcast this on the KOTV channel, but you may prefer to do a Zoom. Zoom requires you to register in advance for this webinar. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar. The last session on December 7 at 2pm will be a Town Hall Meeting with questions submitted in advance.

Lunch and Learn – Please join us for a “Lunch and Learn” Session this Wednesday, November 18th at 12:30pm with Vance DeBouter, local CPA and a community member of KaO’s Finance Committee, to discuss 2020 taxes and changes.

Topic: 2020 Taxes and Changes: Discussion with Vance DeBouter, CPA

Time: Nov 18, 2020 12:30pm Eastern Time (US and Canada) – Join Zoom Meeting – Meeting ID: 964 6292 8195 or Dial by phone: 1-646-558-8656 

2020 Thanksgiving” from much loved Connie Schultz —shared by Ruth Ann Clark 

How to Tell Your Family You’re Not Coming for ThanksgivingThis is an excellent link from The Today Show helping you have conversations with your family about not joining in traditional meal sharing as in past years. It offers creative ideas of sharing and celebrating.

Easier Option for Using SignUpGenius

https://www.signupgenius.com/index.cfm?go=s.signup&urlid=904044cacab2cabf58-winter&view=calendar. You can also access it by going to the Kendal at Oberlin Residents website (https://kaores.kendal.org), click on the “Forms and Appointments” link on the left side of the page, then click on the bottom link “To reserve the William Penn.”

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY: “Patience is also a form of action.” –Auguste Rodin, Sculptor (1840-1917), with thanks to Don 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 Cases2
     KaO Other Staff Cases 7
KaO Staff Total9
Kendal at Oberlin Total9
Kendal at Oberlin Recovered4

Lorain County (as of 2PM) – Level 3 RED

New Cases (since Friday 11/13/2020 – 3 day average: 167.3)502
Total Lorain County Cases 4,937
Total in Zip Code 44074 (+17 since Friday, 11/13/20)87
Total Deaths, age ranges 30-39 • 1; 50-59 • 5; 60-69 • 12; 70-79 • 24, 80+ • 4688
Total Deaths in Long Term Care Settings (updated weekly, last 11/12/2020)42

Cuyahoga County – Level 3 RED

Cuyahoga County (excluding Cleveland – updated on Fridays, last updated the evening of 11/13/2020)16,736
Cleveland Cases (updates at 2pm)8,626
Total Cuyahoga County Cases25,362
New Cases (since Wednesday, 11/11/2020 – Cuyahoga County is only updated weekly, late Fridays, skewing data)                  365
Total Cuyahoga County Deaths783
Total Deaths in Long Term Care Settings (updated weekly, last 11/12/2020)333

State of Ohio (as of 2PM)

New Cases in the Last 24-hours 7,268
21-day Average of New Cases5,006
Total Cases 305,364
Age Range all Cases<1-109
Median Age of all Cases42
Total Hospitalizations (cumulative)22,478 or 7%
Total Hospitalizations last 24-hours 213
21-day Average of Hospitalizations 202
Median Age of all Hospitalized66
Total ICU Admissions (cumulative)4,223 or 1%
Total ICU Admissions last 24-hours 19
21-day Average of ICU Admissions 22
Total Health Care Workers Diagnosed 25,303 or 8%
Total Tested in Ohio530,308,068
Total Deaths  5,742 or 2%
Median Age of Deaths 80
Deaths in Last 24 hours 20
21-day Average of Deaths 25
Total Deaths in Ohio Long Term Care Settings (updated weekly, last 11/12/2020)3,065

Governor Mike DeWine’s regular COVID press conferences are found at The Ohio Channel.

Contact Information


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