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Community Updates Week of 11/2/2020

Calm, Proactive Preparedness


November 6, 2020: Update to Residents

Lorain County Remains Red Level Three

All 88 counties in Ohio have a “High Case Incidence”, a county is flagged as high incidence when it has more than 100 cases per 100,000 residents over the last two weeks. The CDC uses this as its definition of high incidence.   

Ohio exceeds 5,000 new coronavirus cases in single day to 5,008: Friday Update – COLUMBUS, Ohio – The number of newly reported coronavirus cases roared past 5,000 on Friday to 5,008, according to the Ohio Department of Health. Now 240,178 coronavirus cases have been documented in the state. Friday’s single-day total breaks a record, which was just Thursday — when there were 4,961 cases. Before that, the record was Tuesday, with 4,229 cases. The number of deaths increased 33 to 5,494. The 21-day rolling average for deaths is 21. –Cleveland.com

With COVID Projections at New Peaks

We will be issuing guidance and suggestions in the weeks ahead with the possibility that surrounding counties (or even Lorain) could be rated at the highest level (Purple). We will be preparing scenarios so you can plan and what may need to be deferred or even restricted here on campus.

Tuesdays at Two

Anyone is welcome to sign up for small group (5 people) drop-in conversations that will be scheduled in Crossroads, starting November 10 for 7 straight weeks (ending December 22). Sign up near the open mailboxes.

KORA’s Annual Meeting

Thursday, November 12 at 4pm is (No Afternoon Exchange/Zoom) – Meeting ID: 945 0613 0361. While it will be on KOTV, we need attendees by Zoom to assure a quorum.

Registering for the Kendal System Educational Series on Racial Inequality

Session #2 of 4 is Monday, November 9, at 2pm. (others are November 17 at 10am, and December 7 at 2pm). 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.

Changes at the Maple Street Front Entrance

At the Maple Street Front Entrance you will notice the Trailer has been moved north in preparation for a new modular unit that will be installed. We anticipate that the new modular unit will be in place by Friday, November 13. This does not mean this is becoming a “permanent” fixture at our Maple Street Entrance, but it does recognize the need for staff to have an appropriately sized unit that will protect them in the colder and warmer months through the pandemic. This “owned” unit is a better stewardship of dollars compared to renting. It will also have a better appearance at our entrance.

Update on Paving Projects

Griffith Paving will return on Tuesday, November 10, to grade the ground behind Jameson House. Griffith Paving expects to complete the work there and at the Heiser Circle area by the end of next week, November 13.

Good Read

Nasal Spray treatment for COVID? Scientists at Columbia University have developed a treatment that blocks the virus in the nose and lungs, is inexpensive, and needs no refrigeration. Would be wonderful if it works in humans. –Shared by Mary Behm

Spotlight on 49 years of Volunteering for Girl Scouts

Girl Scouts with woman leader
Meet Dot MacIntyre, Cottage #1

Dot has been a Girl Scout for 49 years! She became a Girl Scout when she was a full-time elementary school teacher so she could be a driver for her daughter’s fifth grade junior troop. Many troop committee service positions followed, including Troop Assistant for 6 years and 22 years as a Troop Leader of Columbia Cadettes and Seniors. The average troop size each year was 24 girls.

She is passionate about Girl Scouts because it “provides opportunities to nearly all involved for widening visions of possibilities and responsibilities as well as tools with which to achieve them. It goes far beyond twelfth grade; it leaves a forever link of sisterhood open worldwide.” Dot, don’t let COVID stop you from #50!

Thanksgiving Meal Options!

We have been thinking of those residents who have opted out and wondered if any had a desire to have us do the cooking for Thanksgiving.

  • If you have been opting-out, we will provide a paper Thanksgiving Menu early next week to help you decide if you would like to order a meal for that day. There is no need to opt back in for that week to receive a Thanksgiving meal.
  • Complete the paper menu and return it to the box on the table in the Heiser Lounge by 12pm on Thursday, November 19.
  • If you have questions, please contact Stephanie at 440-775-9805.

Vitalize 360 Surveys

If you have not already done so, please, please complete your Vitalize 360 Survey that is especially important for assessing the overall needs of our community at this time. Even if you have not worked with our staff to consider the Vitalize program, your input will be useful. There is an option to sign or leave blank your identity on the survey. We appreciate it any way submitted. If you drop it off at the front desk in Heiser it will be put in the mailbox for our Fitness Department.

REPEAT: Resident Volunteers Needed for Fire Alarm and Smoke Detector Testing

We need resident volunteers to escort technicians from our Fire Service contractor, Johnson Controls, as they make their way through the entire campus testing all Fire Alarms and Smoke Detectors in all cottages and apartments. Social distancing will be maintained along with the wearing of masks. Our testing dates are November 16-20. Please contract Dagney Engler at 440-775-9899 if you are interested and wish to help.

People working in a garden

There is some serious heavy-duty labor going on in this picture. Do you know where and why? 


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 Cases1
     KaO Other Staff Cases (updated 11/2/20)3
KaO Staff Total4
Kendal at Oberlin Total4
Kendal at Oberlin Recovered3

Lorain County (as of 2PM)

New Cases (since Wednesday, 11/04/2020 – 2 day average: 68.0)136
Total Lorain County Cases 3,695
Total Deaths, age ranges 30-39 • 1; 50-59 • 5; 60-69 • 12; 70-79 • 23, 80+ • 4586
Total Deaths in Long Term Care Settings (updated weekly, last 11/04/2020)40

Cuyahoga County

Cuyahoga County (excluding Cleveland – updated on Fridays, last updated the evening of 10/30…no new info at press time)14,521
Cleveland Cases (updates at 2pm)7,380
Total Cuyahoga County Cases21,901
New Cases (since Tuesday 11/04/2020 – Cuyahoga County is only updated weekly, nothing out at 2pm , skewing data)                  210
Total Cuyahoga County Deaths753
Total Deaths in Long Term Care Settings (updated weekly, last 11/04/2020)326

State of Ohio (as of 2PM)

New Cases in the Last 24-hours 5,008
21-day Average of New Cases2,961
Total Cases 240,178
Age Range all Cases<1-109
Median Age of all Cases41
Total Hospitalizations (cumulative)20,246 or 8%
Total Hospitalizations last 24-hours 231
21-day Average of Hospitalizations 159
Median Age of all Hospitalized65
Total ICU Admissions (cumulative)3,991 or 2%
Total ICU Admissions last 24-hours 22
21-day Average of ICU Admissions 22
Total Health Care Workers Diagnosed 22,665 or 9%
Total Tested in Ohio4,682,517
Total Deaths  5,494 or 2%
Median Age of Deaths 80
Deaths in Last 24 hours 33
21-Day Average of Deaths 21
Total Deaths in Long Term Care Settings (updated weekly, last 11/04/2020)2,975

November 4, 2020: Update to Residents

Resident Volunteers Needed for Fire Alarm and Smoke Detector Testing

We need resident volunteers to escort technicians from our Fire Service contractor, Johnson Controls, as they make their way through the entire campus testing all Fire Alarms and Smoke Detectors in all cottages and apartments. Social distancing will be maintained along with the wearing of masks. Our testing dates are November 16-20. Please contact Dagney Engler at 440-775-9899 if you are interested.

With Appreciation

Almost 60 Priority Members from more than 20 States (and one from Austria) attended Marketing’s annual “Priority Gathering”. This year it was by Zoom instead of a relaxing lunch to get caught up at Kendal. Caught up they did, hearing the stories firsthand how things have been evolving at Kendal. Over and over, we heard innovative planning to bring back the vibrant living. Residents Nick and Lillie Long, Robert Taylor, Joyce Benjamin, Gary Olin, and Board Chair Liz Burgess all shared perspectives on what has stood out during this pandemic and “Where there is a Will, there is a Way”. We had a video of many residents engaged in their music and songs (all safely). We’ll show that video at the Exchange.

Good Reads

Ohio Surpasses 230,000 Coronavirus Cases; 4,071 New: Wednesday Update

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio Department of Health reported 230,209 coronavirus cases on Wednesday, an increase of 4,071 since the previous day’s report. The number of people who have died with COVID-19 is 5,428, an increase of 55 since Tuesday. Wednesday’s cases are above the 21-day rolling average of 2,693 and deaths are above the 21-day average of 19. –Cleveland.com

Washington Post Live Updates

From MINDFUL

This article, The Brain Science of Attention and Overwhelm was shared by George Cyphers. It is a thorough look at “attention” and how this pandemic has played into the sense of being overwhelmed.

Flu Vaccinations Reminder

Last week our Health and Wellness Clinic team administered over 154 staff and 300 resident influenza vaccinations. Included in these were over 140 “high dosage” vaccinations that were administered today. Residents that have not received their flu vaccination may call the Health and Wellness Clinic at 440-775-9819 to schedule a time to get one. Now is the time, as the flu season’s arrival is imminent.

Johnny Comes Calling

Delivery is tomorrow, Thursday, at 10am at Heiser Circle. 

Reminder: New Kendal Dining Grocery Delivery Schedule

We apologize for the any confusion related to this change and have developed this response plan:

  • For the next two weeks we are flexing the schedule and working with residents to ease the transition to this new delivery schedule. During this time all fees will be waived.
  • Going forward, we are going to stay with the plan as written for a short time. After a little experience, the changes to improve the program will be obvious and we will implement them based on resident feedback and our own process improvement.
  • This in no way impacts your delivery schedule for IGA and Walmart.

Thursday: Afternoon Zoom Exchange – 4pm

Join Zoom Meeting – Meeting ID: 921 4392 7958, One tap mobile +13126266799,,92143927958# US (Chicago)


Today’s Statistics

Kendal at Oberlin (KaO)

Independent Living Resident Cases0
Stephens Care Center (SCC) Resident Cases0
          Residential Care Facility 0
          Skilled Nursing Facility
KaO Residents Total0
     KaO SCC Staff Cases1
     KaO Other Staff Cases (updated 11/2/20)3
KaO Staff Total4
Kendal at Oberlin Total4
Kendal at Oberlin Recovered3

Lorain County (as of 2PM)

New Cases (since Monday 11/02 /2020 – 2 day average: 61.0)122
Total Lorain County Cases 3,559
Total Deaths, age ranges 30-39 • 1; 50-59 • 5; 60-69 • 12; 70-79 • 22, 80+ • 4585
Total Deaths in Long Term Care Settings (updated weekly, last 10/28/2020)40

Cuyahoga County

Cuyahoga County (excluding Cleveland – updated on Fridays, last updated the evening of 10/30/2020)14,521
Cleveland Cases (no updates at 2pm)7,170
Total Cuyahoga County Cases21,691
New Cases (since Monday 11/02/2020 – Cuyahoga County is only updated weekly, skewing data)                  296
Total Cuyahoga County Deaths750
Total Deaths in Long Term Care Settings (updated weekly, last 10/28/2020)324

State of Ohio (as of 2PM)

New Cases in the Last 24-hours 4,071
21-day Average of New Cases2,693
Total Cases 230,209
Age Range all Cases<1-109
Median Age of all Cases41
Total Hospitalizations (cumulative)19,801 or 9%
Total Hospitalizations last 24-hours 186
21-Day Average of Hospitalizations 147
Median Age of all Hospitalized65
Total ICU Admissions (cumulative)3,946 or 2%
Total ICU Admissions last 24 hours 22
21-day Average of ICU Admissions 23
Total Health Care Workers Diagnosed 22,097 or 10%
Total Tested in Ohio4,631,236
Total Deaths  5,428 or 2%
Median Age of Deaths 80
Deaths in Last 24-hours 55
21-day Average of Deaths 19
Total Deaths in Long Term Care Settings (updated weekly, last 10/28/2020)2,901

November 2, 2020: Update to Residents

Kendal Announces Staff Member Tests Positive for COVID-19

As part of our continuing COVID-19 surveillance program, last week 151 staff members participated in our mandatory COVID-19 testing. This was the seventh round of COVID testing performed on Kendal at Oberlin staff. All the results are now in and Kendal has discovered one staff member did test positive for COVID-19. This represents the fourth staff member testing positive for the coronavirus since the beginning of the pandemic. The previous three staff members have fully recovered. This staff member announced today they have been and continues to feel fine. This staff person does not work in the Stephens Care Center and had only limited exposure to residents.

A plan is in place to ensure safeguards to protect the staff member, their family, and the Kendal community. This approach will minimize the exposure of others while this person self-isolates. It may be necessary for others to self-quarantine as a precaution as guided by Lorain County Public Health’s assessment. Those persons will be personally informed if that is necessary. This staff member will not return to Kendal until cleared by Lorain County Public Health (LCPH).

We continue to monitor all staff and SCC residents daily for any signs or symptoms of COVID-19. From the start of this pandemic Lorain County Public Health has worked closely with us on quarantine protocols and additional testing which may be necessary (staff-to-staff exposure). We communicate several times per week with Lorain County Public Health, and KaO continues to do everything possible to help stop the spread of this virus.

Kendal at Oberlin continues to follow all direction and guidance from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Ohio Department of Health and LCPH. If you have any questions or concerns, please contract Stacy Terrell, Chief Health Services Officer at 440-775-9811, or Shenell Hinton, Director of Clinical Services at 440-775-9892.

Flu Vaccinations

Last week our Health and Wellness Clinic team administered over 154 staff and 300 resident influenza vaccinations. Included in these were over 140 “high dosage” vaccinations that were administered today. Residents that have not received their flu vaccination may call the Health and Wellness Clinic at 440-775-9819 to schedule a time to get one. Now is the time, as the flu season’s arrival is imminent.

New Kendal Dining Grocery Delivery Schedule

We apologize for the any confusion related to this change and have developed this response plan:

  • For the next two weeks we are flexing the schedule and working with residents to ease the transition to this new delivery schedule. During this time all fees will be waived.
  • Going forward, we are going to stay with the plan as written for a short time. After a little experience, the changes to improve the program will be obvious and we will implement them based on resident feedback and our own process improvement.
  • This in no way impacts your delivery schedule for IGA and Walmart.

Lap Swim and Aquatic Exercise Classes Temporarily Cancelled

Due to a failed pump discovered over the weekend, the lap pool is temporarily closed this week. Parts have been ordered and are on the way. Unfortunately, there will be no lap swimming or aquatic exercise classes this week. This does not affect the therapy pool, however, which remains open and can be used under SignUpGenius, if open slots are available. As soon as the pool repair is made and running properly, we will notify the community to resume lap swimming. Thank you for your understanding!

Bubbles Expanding

One of the most significant decisions discussed at Thursday’s New Normal Committee concerned the rationale for expanding bubbles beyond 4 persons. With the commitment people make to be part of a bubble, the committee reached consensus to now allow bubbles UP TO 6 People. This is a decision that should be talked through among all members that are part of a bubble, whether it is a new bubble forming or one desiring to expand it. Choose wisely and remember your actions can impact not only your “bubble family”, but also every person in the Kendal community. Bubbles need not be permanent, but if someone leaves a bubble there must be a separation of 14 days before joining a new bubble. Information on bubbles (explanation and paperwork to form or separate) can be found in the Heiser Lounge.

Johnny Comes Calling

Don’t forget you can still place orders on Tuesday for delivery on Thursday. Call Terry at 440-774-8215.

HEPA Purifiers and COVID-19 Virus

We want to clarify that the link to articles in Friday’s bulletin referenced HEPA Filters when the better term should have been use of HEPA Purifiers. There are not HEPA Filters that can be put on your individual furnaces. We were referring to individually purchased stand-alone purifiers that sit in a room, much like a humidifier.


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 Cases (updated 11/2/20)3
KaO Staff Total4
Kendal at Oberlin Total4
Kendal at Oberlin Recovered3

Lorain County (as of 2PM)

New Cases (since Friday 10/30/2020 – 3 day average: 40.3)121
Total Lorain County Cases 3,437
Total Deaths, age ranges 30-39 • 1; 50-59 • 5; 60-69 • 12; 70-79 • 22, 80+ • 4484
Total Deaths in Long Term Care Settings (updated weekly, last 10/28/2020)40

Cuyahoga County

Cuyahoga County (excluding Cleveland – updated on Fridays, last updated the evening of 10/30/2020)14,521
Cleveland Cases (no updates at 2pm)6,874
Total Cuyahoga County Cases21,395
New Cases Since Friday 10/30 (Cuyahoga County is only updated weekly, skewing data)                  0
Total Cuyahoga County Deaths750
Total Deaths in Long Term Care Settings (updated weekly, last 10/28/2020)324

State of Ohio (as of 2PM)

New Cases in the Last 24-hours 2,909
21-Day Average of New Cases2,463
Total Cases 221,909
Age Range all Cases<1-109
Median Age of all Cases41
Total Hospitalizations (cumulative)19,402 or 9%
Total Hospitalizations last 24 hours 182
21-day Average of Hospitalizations 141
Median Age of all Hospitalized65
Total ICU Admissions (cumulative)3,899 or 2%
Total ICU Admissions last 24 hours 23
21-day Average of ICU Admissions 22
Total Health Care Workers Diagnosed 21,498 or 10%
Total Tested in Ohio4,552,268
Total Deaths  5,340 or 2%
Median Age of Deaths 80
Deaths in Last 24 hours 37
21-Day Average of Deaths 16
Total Deaths in Long Term Care Settings (updated weekly, last 10/28/2020)2,901

Contact Information


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