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Community Updates Week of 12/14/2020

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December 18, 2020: Update to Residents

Lorain County Remains Level 3 Red

Lorain County reported 261 new confirmed COVID-19 cases Thursday. The additional cases put the county at 10,370 confirmed cases since the pandemic began. Lorain County remains at Red in the state’s color-coded advisory system, like the overwhelming majority of Ohio’s 88 counties. Richland County is the only county that’s purple, but Miami County is approaching that level as well. Hocking, Vinton, Gallia, and Monroe counties are the only counties that are Orange, and no counties are at Yellow on the state’s pandemic heat map. Every county in the state is regarded as high incidence, which means there are at least 100 cases per 100,000 population. In fact, every county is at three times that level. –The Chronicle-Telegram

Update on COVID-19 Vaccinations

sticker - I Got the Vaccine

We have received our COVID-19 Vaccination Dates from Walgreens. Included in this phase of the vaccination plan (Phase 1A) will be:

  • Kendal at Oberlin Staff
  • Stephens Care Center Residents

Both groups will be strongly encouraged to get the COVID-19 vaccination. Kendal at Oberlin Independent Residents will be included in Phase 1C. More information on Phase 1C will be announced as soon as we have it.

Kendal staff members and Stephens Care Center residents and families will be receiving more information specific to the COVID-19 vaccination along with a consent form the first of next week.

COVID-19 Vaccination Dates:

  • First Clinic – Thursday, December 31 (administering the 1st dosage)
  • Second Clinic – Thursday, January 21 (administering 2nd dosage and 1st dosage for those that did not receive on Dec 31)
  • Third Clinic – February 11 (administering final 2nd dosage)

More Information:

Update on Kendal Staff COVID Testing

Over 150 COVID-19 tests were conducted on Kendal staff yesterday, December 17, our second testing of the week. Included in that testing were all Housekeepers and Facility Services that enter resident homes. We are pleased to report that all Kendal staff tests were negative for COVID-19 yesterday. Our next testing cadence is Monday, December 21.

Buckeye Community Bank

Representatives from Buckeye Community Bank will be offering additional meeting times on the following days: December 28, 29 and 30 in the Crossroads Meeting Room. Please contact Sarah Smith at (440) 233-3925 to make your individual appointment. 

Christmas Grocery Orders

Christmas is on a Friday this year and even Walmart will be closed. Please note the changes:

  • IGA – The group that would normally place their orders on Thursday and get their orders on Friday will, for this week only, place their orders when Priscilla calls you on Wednesday and get them on Thursday. The folks who would place their orders on Friday to get them on Monday will place their orders on Thursday when Priscilla calls and will get them Monday. As per usual all orders must be placed by 1PM.
  • Walmart – Walmart will also be closed for Christmas; therefore, orders must be placed for pickup on either Thursday, 12/24, or Monday, 12/28. Please submit your orders for Monday 12/28 by 12/24 by 1pm. Thanks –Your KaO Grocery Team

Good Reads… and videos

COVID-19 Vaccine and the Immunocompromised –Shared by Don Parker from Medscape 

Rock the Runoff Broadway for Georgia performs “Georgia On My Mind”

Yolanda Cruz “Abbreviated” Lectures on COVID

While the full lectures were each 1.5 hours, you may want to review these more abbreviated clips put together by Professor Cruz. These are shared with her permission.

Reminder: PS Salon NEW SignUpGenius for 2021 Appointments

While Kayla is on her maternity leave, we will have Elizabeth Hicks working Tuesdays and Fridays 9:00am to 3:00pm and Kristen Long on Wednesdays, 9:00am –4:30pm and Thursdays 9:00am–12pm.  Please note that there is a NEW SignUpGenius link for the new year. The old link will end on December 31.

2020 Solstice

Not enough words to express enough thanks for the teamwork to accomplish this year’s spectacular Solstice. The technical skills, artistry, music/musicians, photography, poems, readings, and shared songs, all show CARE for one another in unifying our Kendal CommUnity. BRAVO! and a standing ovation for all those involved. Rumor has it the program will be repeated in the upcoming week. Stay tuned! “What an enchanted Solstice 2020 you created! Thank you so much! Dennis, I can’t imagine how you melded all of those separate recordings or how you created the visual flows! How did you get the lighting of photos of a given place to change–for mists to rise, revealing canoeists on the water?! And the wit–moving from the Auditorium to a palatial music room of the 18th century! It was a delight to hear you sing again, Roberto!  So many marvelous performances, knit together by the narrative, the visuals, and the sound! We love and feel blessed by all of you.”–Marjorie and Larry Porter

Kudos to our Package Handlers

Our team has been so appreciated that we are repeating names with our extra thanks for their extra load: Receptionists Veronica Toth and Sue Rollins, and extra hands as needed including Jodee Palmer, Elisabeth Christman, Teresa Maynard-Pais, and Carol Groo. Then our team of resident volunteers have the heavy lifting of delivery to you in your homes. Thank you, a thousand times!

Regulars: Dina Schoonmaker, Nancy Lombardi, Mary Behm, Barbara Groseclose, Bill Washburn, Judy and Dennis Cook, Randy Matthews, Joe Luciano, Sandi McClennen, George Blomgren, Jim Walsh.

Subs: Barbara Whitehouse, Tom Morgan, Ruth Miller, Kari Inglis, (Ed Friedman, in memoriam); Don Reeves, Ann Halteman, Ron and Chris Price.

Reminder: Three New One-Act Plays – Friday, December 18, at 7:15pm (KOTV)

Don Parker, Melissa Reed, and Jean Slonneger have written memorable new plays. A troupe of resident actors will perform them under the direction of Delaney Kelly. As with other recent Kendal play performances, you’ll be able to see the actors up close as you watch on your TV.

Reminder: Help Spread Holiday Cheer!

Join us in spreading a bit of holiday cheer through a short video. All you need to do, is click on this link: https://voicesofkendal.gv-ne.com/?gId=1262&rId=5325

It will take you to a browser that will walk you step-by-step through the process of creating a holiday video. The whole process takes about 5 minutes. A few things you will need: A working Camera and Microphone on your electronic device. (You can use a mobile phone, laptop, iPad, tablet, or desk top computer–-whatever you choose must have a working camera and microphone). You might want to think about what you want to say and write it down. You might want to include your pets, or the decorations in your home, maybe wear a funny hat/glasses or festive shirt. Whatever you decide, have fun with it. If you need some help, give Michele a call (775-9890) or send her an email (mtars@kao.kendal.org). We need your videos no later than December 18. It will take a few hours to “stitch” the videos together to make a video we can put on the WSCC Channel.

Thanks again for helping to make the holidays bright.

Room in your Bubble?

If your bubble might have room for a single person over these next couple of holiday weeks, we’d love to hear from you. Bubbles may be up to 6 persons maximum. Feel free to drop an email/call to one of the Kims in Social Services or Barbara Thomas and we’ll discuss some options that have emerged in our community that could work for you/your bubble.

Cookie Swap

Our poll on Thursday indicated about 10-15 are interested or “maybe” in a cookie swap. Carol Shultheis wants to let you know a more major swap has been postponed to January or February to help fend off the cold, dark, and snow. There is a sign-up sheet under the open mailboxes for anyone wanting cookies now. Thanks for all your interest and support.

Oberlin Library

The Kendal book exchanges with OPL will take place on Wednesday and not Thursday for the next two weeks.

Seeking a Painting on a Kendal Wall

Nature painting - woods and path

If you have spotted this painting gracing a Kendal wall, will you alert us to the location where it is hanging? It is needed for a current gallery exhibit. It is 27” wide and was painted by Don Parker. Call the front desk or notify Don.

Today’s Statistics

Kendal at Oberlin (KaO)

Independent Living Resident Cases0
Stephens Care Center (SCC) Resident Cases 
          Residential Care Facility 1
          Skilled Nursing Facility0
KaO Residents Total1
     KaO SCC Staff Cases5
     KaO Other Staff Cases 13
KaO Staff Total18
Kendal at Oberlin Total19
***In Quarantine, COVID Positive2
***Recovered17

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

New Cases (since Wednesday, 12/16/2020 – 2 day average: 234)        468
Total Lorain County Cases   10,577
Total in Zip Code 44074 (+14 since Wednesday, 12/16/2020) 257
Total Deaths, age ranges 30-39 • 1; 50-59 • 5; 60-69 • 20; 70-79 • 32, 80+ • 69 127
Total Deaths in Long Term Care Settings (updated weekly, last 12/16/2020) 64

Cuyahoga County (as posted at 2PM) – Level 3 RED

Cuyahoga County (excluding Cleveland – last updated on Friday 12/11/2020) 32,637
Cleveland Cases (updates at 2pm – last update 12/18/2020) 16,944
Total Cuyahoga County Cases 49,581
New Cases (since Friday, 12/18/2020 – Cuyahoga County is only updated weekly, late Fridays, skewing data)                   361
Total Cuyahoga County Deaths 1,002
Total Deaths in Long Term Care Settings (updated weekly, last 12/16/2020) 367

State of Ohio (as of 2PM)

New Cases in the Last 24-hours 9,684
21-day Average of New Cases9,812
Total Cases 605,862
Age Range all Cases<1-111
Median Age of all Cases43
Total Hospitalizations (cumulative)34,143 or 6%
Total Hospitalizations last 24 hours 398
21-day Average of Hospitalizations 390
Median Age of all Hospitalized67
Total ICU Admissions (cumulative)5,429 or 1%
Total ICU Admissions last 24 hours 47
21-day Average of ICU Admissions 41
Total Health Care Workers Diagnosed 39,064 or 6%
Total Tested in Ohio7,121,670
Total Deaths  7,967 or 1%
Median Age of Deaths 80
Deaths in Last 24 hours 73
21-day Average of Deaths 77
Total Deaths in Ohio Long Term Care Settings (updated weekly, last 12/16/2020)3,992

December 16, 2020: Update to Residents

Update on Staff and SCC Resident COVID Testing

Over 150 COVID-19 tests were conducted on Kendal staff and Stephens Care Center residents on Monday and Tuesday this week, We are happy to report that all tests were negative for COVID-19. Our next testing cadence is Thursday, December 17.

In total we have had 30 testing cadences since July. Eleven of those were PCR and 19 were antigen tests. Our 30 cadences represent a total of 3,179 tests administered. In total, there have been 13 positive tests discovered in this testing, indicating a 0.41% positivity rate compared to our county positivity rate of 18.7%. All Kendal staff and residents have done a sensational job keeping Kendal at Oberlin safe! Keep up the great work!

Thursday Afternoon Zoom Exchange with Barbara – 4pm

Join us for our Thursday gathering by KOTV or Zoom. Barbara has invited Gary Olin, KORA outgoing President, to join her in sharing 2020 reflections from this unusual year. We also have some important operational updates and various updates by resident request. Join by Zoom for the weekly poll to check Kendal’s pulse. Join Zoom Meeting – Meeting ID: 921 4392 7958 One tap mobile +13126266799,,92143927958# US (Chicago)

Update on COVID-19 Vaccinations

We did have a conference call today with our facility pharmacy, Remedi and Walgreens, our assigned COVID Vaccination Partner.  Phase 1A will begin soon and will include vaccination distribution for the following groups at Kendal:

  • Healthcare workers and personnel, who are routinely involved in the care of COVID-19 patients
  • Residents and staff in nursing homes
  • Residents and staff in assisted living facilities

Speakers on today’s call did indicate that although initially they believed there would be enough vaccination supplies to handle Independent Living residents on shared campuses with nursing home and assisted living communities, it was made clear today that Independent Living residents will not be included in Ohio’s Phase 1A. Kendal at Oberlin is keeping an ear to this and advocating that Independent Living residents be given the opportunity to be vaccinated as quickly as possible in recognition of their vulnerability. We are also assessing what staff we will be able to include in Phase 1A and will work to include as many Kendal staff members as possible.

Stephens Care Center residents and families will be receiving more information specific to the COVID-19 vaccination along with a consent form. Although we do not have COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic dates set, we are expecting Walgreens to contact us very soon to announce they are coming any time in the next few weeks.

Kudos to our Package Handlers

Packages in mailroomHoly Camole the packages are piling up higher than ever each day! They are checked in daily by not only our receptionists, Veronica Toth and Sue Rollins, but also by extra hands as needed including Jodee Palmer, Elisabeth Christman, Teresa Maynard-Pais, and Carol Groo. Then our team of resident volunteers have the heavy lifting of delivery to you in your homes. Thank you a thousand times…

Regulars: Nancy Lombardi, Mary Behm, Barbara Groseclose, Bill Washburn, Judy and Dennis Cook, Randy Matthews, Joe Luciano, Sandi McClennen, George Blomgren, Jim Walsh.

Subs: Tom Morgan, Ruth Miller, Kari Inglis, (Ed Friedman, in memoriam); Don Reeves, Ann Halteman, Ron and Chris Price.

P.S. Salon news

Please welcome Lincoln Mack Bartlome–Morris (Kayla’s son). Born December 13th at 5:47pm!

P.S. Salon NEW SIGNUPGENIUS for 2021 Appointments

While Kayla is on her maternity leave, we will have Elizabeth Hicks working Tuesdays and Fridays 9:00am to 3:00pm and Kristen Long on Wednesdays, 9:00am –4:30pm and Thursdays 9:00am – Noon.

Please note that there is a NEW SignUpGenius link for the new year. The old link will end on December 31.

Buckeye Community Bank

Sarah Smith from Buckeye Community Bank is willing to provide another time slot on Friday, December 18, for residents to schedule an appointment to meet with a representative from Buckeye Community Bank. Sarah Smith’s number is (440) 233-3921 to set up an appointment on Friday, December 18.

Last Night of Chanukah

Thursday, December 17, is the last night of Chanukah and at 5:30pm there will be a very short service on the SCC channel 921 WSCC at 5:30pm. Priscilla Steinberg will tell a very short story of her family’s Chanukah with Jim and Jeanne Stephens, Kendal Founders, who are the couple for whom our Stephens Care Center was named.

American Medical Directors Association Q&A on the Vaccine, Part 3

  1. What if I had COVID-19 or I took a test that showed I have antibodies? Should I get the vaccine?
  • Yes, even if you have had COVID-19, it is safe to get the vaccine and this can add additional protection without causing any harm.
  • If you have had a test that shows you have COVID-19 antibodies, you should still get the vaccine. It is safe and can increase your protection from future COVID-19 infections.
  1. What are some of the possible side effects of the COVID-19 vaccine? Will the vaccine make me sick?
  • The vaccines currently being tested in clinical trials can cause short-term discomfort (such as headache, muscle pains, fatigue, chills, fever, and pain at injection site) in a percentage of the people who receive them. This is the effect of your body developing immunity. Clinical trial participants reported that the discomfort went away after a day, sometimes sooner. When you receive the second dose of the vaccine, the discomfort can be more pronounced. This is a normal reaction, so be prepared.
  • If you experience discomfort after the first dose of the vaccine, it is very important that you still receive the second dose a few weeks later for the vaccine to be effective.
  • This does not mean that the vaccine has given you COVID-19. Rather, this means that the vaccine is causing your body’s immune system to react and create antibodies to fight off the virus. In other words, if you feel some discomfort, then the vaccine is doing its job!
  • In some cases, a person may already be infected with COVID-19 when they get the vaccine but are asymptomatic or pre-symptomatic. If they later have symptoms of COVID-19 or test positive for it, it does not mean they got COVID-19 from the vaccine.
  1. We should expect that vaccine recommendations will change as additional vaccines are approved.
  • At first, we may have one vaccine, then hopefully two or three. As different vaccines become available, some may be found to be better for different populations and different circumstances.
  • Just like our knowledge about the virus itself changes over time, so will the recommendations about vaccines.
  1. What can I be doing now while we wait for a vaccine to be approved and distributed?
  • It is important to know about the process of how a vaccine is approved so you can ask questions.
  • Listen to the VRBPAC and ACIP committees’ discussions as they are all public. Check the websites for updates:
    • VRBPAC meetings: https://www.fda.gov/advisory-committees/vaccines-and-related-biological-products-advisory-committee/2020-meeting-materials-vaccines-and-related-biological-products-advisory-committee
    • Here’s a link to the recorded meeting from October 22, 2020: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1XTiL9rUpkg
    • ACIP meetings: https://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/acip/meetings/index.html
  • Ask your medical director or provider about the vaccine and have them share information and answer questions. You can talk to them about how they are planning to make their decision to get the COVID-19 vaccine.
  • It will be important to get your information from reliable sources, such as the CDC (www.cdc.gov), the Immunization Action Coalition (https://www.immunize.org), your facility’s medical director, and other providers so you can get accurate information. Social media is full of misinformation and opinions based on that misinformation, so be careful to look to reputable sources (such as those affiliated with academic institutions or non-profit professional organizations like AMDA) for information.
  • Look for specific data on potential COVID-19 vaccines and listen to/read the scientists’ evaluations of the data.
  1. Is the flu vaccine also safe and effective?
  • Yes! The flu vaccine is a good example of how vaccines can help prevent disease and be safe.
  • It is more important this year than ever to get your flu shot so you can decrease your risk of getting the flu (you can get both flu and COVID-19 at the same time), and reduce the spread of flu to others. This will also decrease the burden on healthcare staff who are caring for those with COVID.
  1. Who will be able to get the vaccine in a nursing home?
  • CDC is recommending nursing home residents and staff be among the first to get the vaccine. Long-term care staff will often be able to get vaccinated before the residents to decrease the risk of exposing the residents to COVID-19. Long-term care staff will include anyone who works in a nursing home, such as those who work in environmental services, not just those who perform direct patient care. This also includes staff who visit the nursing home, including doctors, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, medical directors, lab technicians and consultants. 

Additional Resources from the CDC – CDC: About COVID-19 vaccines.

OBERLIN GIFT CERTIFICATES!

With quite a few orders placed by residents, Janet Haar, Director of Oberlin Business Partnership, suggested she bring the orders to Kendal rather than mailing them. There has been a significant slowdown of the mail delivery, and she doesn’t want you to miss getting them in time for Christmas. Keep an eye out for your order via inhouse mailbox. Otherwise they may be picked up at 23 East College Street on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 10am to 3pm. More information Online.

Reminder: Johnny Comes Calling this Coming Week

Delivery is tomorrow, Thursday, at 10am in front of Heiser. Please note this in your calendar for timely pickup.

Repeating a Safety Reminder for Late Night Walkers or Bike Riders

We are continuing to get reports of “near misses” for those who are walking/riding at night. Please carry a flashlight or wear reflective clothing. The danger is enhanced by folks walking in the roadway–a reasonable choice since the road tends to be better plowed of snow than on the perimeter path. An inexpensive solution for those who don’t want to invest in reflective clothing is to buy a roll of reflective tape and affix pieces to your existing outerwear. Carrying a flashlight is also a good idea.

Reminder: Three New One-Act Plays – Friday, December 18, at 7:15pm (KOTV)

Don Parker, Melissa Reed, and Jean Slonneger have written memorable new plays. A troupe of resident actors will perform them under the direction of Delaney Kelly. As with other recent Kendal play performances, you’ll be able to see the actors up close as you watch on your TV.

Reminder: Help Spread Holiday Cheer!

Join us in spreading a bit of holiday cheer through a short video. All you need to do, is click on this link: https://voicesofkendal.gv-ne.com/?gId=1262&rId=5325

It will take you to a browser that will walk you step-by-step through the process of creating a holiday video. The whole process takes about 5 minutes. A few things you will need: A working Camera and Microphone on your electronic device. (You can use a mobile phone, laptop, iPad, tablet, or desk top computer–-whatever you choose must have a working camera and microphone). You might want to think about what you want to say and write it down. You might want to include your pets, or the decorations in your home, maybe wear a funny hat/glasses or festive shirt. Whatever you decide, have fun with it. If you need some help, give Michele a call (775-9890) or send her an email (mtars@kao.kendal.org). We need your videos no later than December 18. It will take a few hours to “stitch” the videos together to make a video we can put on the WSCC Channel.

Thanks again for helping to make the holidays bright.

Reminder: One More–Swapping Holiday Stories and Memories

Residents in the Stephens Care Center and Independent Living will join in a Zoom called “Swapping Holiday Stories and Memories” as part of “Holiday Spirit: Winter 2020.” Phyllis Gorfain is facilitating three Zoom sessions for Kendal residents to share stories and memories around Thanksgiving, Chanukah, Kwanzaa, Christmas, or New Year’s. The last Zoom is scheduled for 4pm on Wednesday, December 23. Sample prompts — “The best gift I ever gave/received for the holidays,” “My Family’s Unique Holiday Custom,” or “The time I dropped the turkey or other disasters.” Tell Phyllis that you’d like to join via email at phyllis.gorfain@oberlin.edu, at 440-774-8412, or just join in. Join the Zoom Meeting for “Swapping Holiday Stories and Memories”.

Today’s Statistics

Kendal at Oberlin (KaO)

Independent Living Resident Cases0
Stephens Care Center (SCC) Resident Cases 
          Residential Care Facility 1
          Skilled Nursing Facility0
KaO Residents Total1
     KaO SCC Staff Cases5
     KaO Other Staff Cases 13
KaO Staff Total18
Kendal at Oberlin Total19
***In Quarantine, COVID Positive2
***Recovered17

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

New Cases (since Monday, 12/14/20 – 2 day average: 62)        124
Total Lorain County Cases  10,109
Total in Zip Code 44074 (+5 since Monday, 12/14/2020)243
Total Deaths, age ranges 30-39 • 1; 50-59 • 5; 60-69 • 20; 70-79 • 32, 80+ • 69127
Total Deaths in Long Term Care Settings (updated weekly, last 12/9/2020)58

Cuyahoga County (as posted at 2PM) – Level 3 – RED

Cuyahoga County (excluding Cleveland – updated on Friday 12/11/2020)32,637
Cleveland Cases (updates at 2pm – last update 12/16/2020)16,583
Total Cuyahoga County Cases49,220
New Cases (Since Friday, 12/11/2020 – Cuyahoga County is only updated weekly, late Fridays, skewing data)                  485
Total Cuyahoga County Deaths1,001
Total Deaths in Long Term Care Settings (updated weekly, last 12/9/2020)352

State of Ohio (as of 2PM)

New Cases in the Last 24-hours 5,409
21-day Average of New Cases9,620
Total Cases 584,766
Age Range all Cases<1-111
Median Age of all Cases42
Total Hospitalizations (cumulative)33,375 or 6%
Total Hospitalizations last 24 hours 497
21-day Average of Hospitalizations 376
Median Age of all Hospitalized67
Total ICU Admissions (cumulative)5,344 or 1%
Total ICU Admissions last 24 hours 61
21-day Average of ICU Admissions 39
Total Health Care Workers Diagnosed 37,997 or 6%
Total Tested in Ohio6,989,002
Total Deaths  7,777 or 1%
Median Age of Deaths 80
Deaths in Last 24 hours 123
21-day Average of Deaths 72
Total Deaths in Ohio Long Term Care Settings (updated weekly, last 12/9/2020)3,706

December 14, 2020: Update to Residents

Sharing Holiday Cookies

Food and Drink at Holiday Celebrations

From the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention – When it comes to winter holidays, food traditions are often an important part of celebrations. There is no evidence that handling or eating food spreads COVID-19, but it is always important to follow food safety practices. Also make sure to:

  • Bring your own food, drinks, plates, cups, and utensils.
  • Avoid going in and out of the areas where food is being prepared or handled, such as in the kitchen.
  • Use single-use options, like salad dressing and condiment packets, and disposable items like food containers, plates, and utensils.
  • Use a touchless garbage can, if available.

Our recommendations for safe holiday cookie sharing:

  • Cookies must be placed in a disposable or hard container.
  • Leave cookies at the neighbor’s door, call/text your neighbor to let them know they are there.
  • Residents bringing in cookies must sanitize hands before and after handling the container.
  • Sanitize the outside of the cookie container with disinfectant wipes.
  • Allow the cookie container to stand unopened for 24 hours as an extra precaution.
  • After 24 hours, open sanitized container and enjoy.

Update on Staff and SCC Resident COVID Testing

Over 160 COVID-19 tests were conducted on Kendal staff and Stephens Care Center residents on Thursday, December 10, and today, December 14, another 130+ tests were conducted on SCC residents and SCC staff. We are happy to report that all tests were negative for COVID-19. Our next testing cadence is Thursday, December 17.

Red rose

In Remembrance of

Ed Friedman

December 12, 2020

OBERLIN GIFT CERTIFICATES PROMOTION: BUY $50 and get $10; BUY $25 and get $5!

Oberlin Gift Certificates are perfect for everyone, especially those hard-to-buy-for people. Help us keep money in Oberlin and support your local businesses. You can purchase the certificates in the OBP Office, 23 East College Street, on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 10am to 3pm or online here: https://www.oberlin.org/oberlin-gift-certificates/. There is also a link on that page to a list of businesses that accept the certificates.

Three New One-Act Plays – Friday, December 18 at 7:15pm (KOTV)

Don Parker, Melissa Reed, and Jean Slonneger have written memorable new plays. A troupe of resident actors will perform them under the direction of Delaney Kelly. As with other recent Kendal play performances, you’ll be able to see the actors up close as you watch on your TV. –Shared by Carol Conti-Entin

Good Reads

Infrared video showing aerosols spread when people are talking and wearing masks… – This is a good reminder on the importance of proper mask-wearing and to remember to wash your masks frequently. –Shared by Mary Behm and Marjorie Porter 

Clinical Significance in Possible Prevention of the Most Severe Forms of COVID-19Vitamin D deficiency on admission to hospital was associated with a 3.7-fold increase in the odds of dying from COVID-19, according to an observational study looking back at data from the first wave of the pandemic. Nearly 60% of patients with COVID-19 were vitamin D deficient upon hospitalization, with men in the advanced stages of COVID-19 pneumonia showing the greatest deficit. Importantly, the results were independent of comorbidities known to be affected by Vitamin D deficiency, wrote the authors, led by Dieter De Smet, MD, from AZ Delta General Hospital, Roeselare, Belgium. —Shared by Don Parker

State-by-State Vaccination Distribution – This article gives charts by state showing how many vaccine doses are expected to ship initially and by the end of the year. For Ohio, there will be enough to vaccinate 4.6% of Ohio’s population by the end of the year, a total of 530,000 doses if the Moderna vaccine is approved. Ohio has approximately 720,000 health care workers and 150,000 nursing home residents and workers. –The Washington Post, shared by Mary Behm

Information Slowly Coming about COVID-19 Vaccination

We have been partnered with Walgreens as our provider for the COVID-19 vaccination. Walgreens will be rolling out batches to long-term care settings soon, and we anticipate more direct communication from Walgreens this week. The Kendal Health Care Team is preparing for next steps with Walgreens, and as soon as we have dates for vaccine clinics those will be announced. We expect the first batches will be intended for the most frail and vulnerable in our licensed Nursing Home and Residential Care Facility in the Stephens Care Center. Next will be our Direct Caregivers in the Stephens Care Center followed by batches for residents based on their vulnerability and for staff based on their proximity to residents. More information about vaccines at the links below:

American Medical Directors Association Q&A on the Vaccine, Part 2

  1. What are the types of potential vaccines that may be approved?
  • Messenger RNA (mRNA) vaccines are a new type of vaccine undergoing clinical trials (See question #6 below for more information on this.). There are also other types of vaccines being studied that are similar to vaccines we have used for other diseases. None of these can give you COVID-19! The goal is to give your body the tools it needs to fight COVID-19 effectively and/or prevent you from getting it at all.
  • Also, none of the proposed vaccines contain live or killed viral particles, even though some other effective vaccines for other diseases have (See question #6 below for more information on how these new vaccines work.).
  • Most of the vaccines that are currently being tested will require 2 doses to be effective, given about 3-4 weeks apart.
  • This is to make sure your body has enough antibodies to fight COVID-19. Getting 2 doses within 3-4 weeks has been shown to be safe, and there are other vaccines we have been using for years that require multiple doses without causing harm.
  1. How does an mRNA vaccine work?
  • Acccording to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) website, mRNA vaccines contain material from the SARS-CoV-2 virus that causes COVID-19. This material gives our cells instructions for how to make a harmless protein that is unique to the virus. This protein cannot build a virus or cause infection. After our cells make copies of the protein, they destroy the genetic material from the vaccine. Our bodies recognize that the protein should not be there and build antibodies that will remember how to fight the virus that causes COVID-19 if we are infected in the future.
  • While mRNA technology is new in vaccine development, this technology is being successfully used in cancer treatments.
  • For more information, visit the CDC website.
  1. What is an Emergency Use Authorization (EUA), and if the vaccine is approved for an EUA, what does that mean?
  • An EUA is based on the need to use a vaccine quickly to save lives during an urgent health crisis.
  • You may be anxious about the speed with which a vaccine has been approved. While the EUA is a shorter process, no steps are skipped in the safety evaluation process.
  • This approval can still take weeks, and the FDA will re-evaluate the numbers and data to ensure that the calculations are correct.
  • The FDA will assess if the vaccine’s known and potential benefits outweigh the known and potential risks. 
  1. How long will the vaccine protect us?
  • It is likely that we will not know the answer to that question when a vaccine is released. That will take more research.
  • This vaccine may be like the annual flu vaccine, where we may need to have vaccine shots for COVID-19 on a regular basis. More research is needed to know this and it also depends on whether and how much the virus changes over the coming months to years.
  1. When will we be protected after we get the vaccine?
  • Even when people receive the vaccine they will not be immediately protected and will need to continue wearing masks, social distancing and practicing frequent hand hygiene.
  • Some vaccines will require 2 shots, with a few weeks between each shot, and protection will usually occur about 2 weeks after the second shot.
  • While no vaccine is 100% effective, some of the vaccines proposed are anticipated to be more than 90% effective. This will greatly reduce your risk of getting sick with COVID-19 and spreading COVID-19 to your loved ones.
  1. After I have had the second dose of the vaccine and it is 2 weeks after my second shot, do I still have to wear a mask?
  • Even though you have received your vaccine, most of the people around you have not. We know the vaccine prevents disease in the vaccinated person, but it still may be possible to transmit the disease to others until the vaccine is in widespread use.
  • Wearing a mask, social distancing, and practicing hand hygiene protects those who have not been vaccinated, especially our residents in long-term care.

More COVID-19 Vaccination Q&A Coming Wednesday… 

Help Spread Holiday Cheer!

Join us in spreading a bit of holiday cheer through a short video. All you need to do, is click on this link: https://voicesofkendal.gv-one.com/?gId=1262&rId=5325

It will take you to a browser that will walk you step by step through the process of creating a holiday video. The whole process takes about 5 minutes. A few things you will need: A working Camera and Microphone on your electronic device. (You can use a mobile phone, lap top, iPad, tablet, or desk top computer – whatever you choose–must have a working camera and microphone). You might want to think about what you want to say and write it down. You might want to include your pets, or the decorations in your home, maybe wear a funny hat/glasses or festive shirt. Whatever you choose, have fun with it. If you need some help, give Michele a call (775-9890) or send her an email (mtars@kao.kendal.org). We need your videos no later than December 18. It will take a few hours to “stitch” the videos together to make a video we can put on the WSCC Channel.

Thanks again for helping to make the holidays bright.

Reminder: Important Notice Regarding Therapy Appointments

We are observing an upward trend in late arrivals to therapy appointments. We respectfully ask that you honor the time of your appointment by arriving on time for the therapist. When residents arrive late to a therapy appointment, it has a cascading impact on other appointments the therapist has scheduled that day and impacts the time the therapist will be able to spend with you. We also have had instances when residents have booked themselves for an appointment in the Health and Wellness Clinic and the Therapy Department at the same time, believing they could take care of both appointments one after another. However, when you do this, one health care professional is waiting, sometimes up to 10-20 minutes while you attend to your other appointment. Please plan your appointments to Therapy and the Health and Wellness Clinic at separate times to honor the time commitment of the staff. Thank you.

Reminder: Johnny Comes Calling this Coming Week

Place orders on Monday and Tuesday with Terry (440-774-8215) for delivery on Thursday at 10am in front of Heiser. Please note this in your calendar.

Newcomers Interviewed by Priscilla

Come meet newcomers Sara Millman and David and Posie Dauphine on Wednesday, December 16, at 4pm on KOTV. Get to know them without the masks and find out what interesting people have been drawn to Kendal. They want to get to know you, too!

One More–Swapping Holiday Stories and Memories

Residents in the Stephens Care Center and Independent Living will join in a Zoom called “Swapping Holiday Stories and Memories” as part of “Holiday Spirit: Winter 2020.” Phyllis Gorfain is facilitating three Zoom sessions for Kendal residents to share stories and memories around Thanksgiving, Chanukah, Kwanzaa, Christmas, or New Year’s. The last Zoom is scheduled for 4pm on Wednesday, December 23. Sample prompts — “The best gift I ever gave/received for the holidays,” “My Family’s Unique Holiday Custom,” or “The time I dropped the turkey or other disasters.” Tell Phyllis that you’d like to join, or just join in. Join the Zoom Meeting for “Swapping Holiday Stories and Memories.”

Going Green with Plastic Bags but Doing it Right

All plastic bags deposited in the PLASTIC-BAGS BIN in the Heiser lounge must be CLEAN, DRY, & WITH NO STAPLES IN THEM. Recently, several compost bags and even some garbage have been found in the bin by the plastic-bags- unloading crew. All COMPOST must go in the COMPOST BIN ONLY—that’s the other bin, the one right next to the Langston doors. Your Plastic Bag Crew (Bettina, Ted, Helene, David and Posie) thanks you.

Today’s Statistics

Kendal at Oberlin (KaO)

Independent Living Resident Cases0
Stephens Care Center (SCC) Resident Cases 
          Residential Care Facility 1
          Skilled Nursing Facility0
KaO Residents Total1
     KaO SCC Staff Cases5
     KaO Other Staff Cases 13
KaO Staff Total18
Kendal at Oberlin Total19
***In Quarantine, COVID Positive2
***Recovered17

Lorain County (as of 2PM)

New Cases (since Friday, 12/11/2020 – 3 day average: 210)        630
Total Lorain County Cases  9,985
Total in Zip Code 44074 (+20 since Friday,12/11/2020)238
Total Deaths, age ranges 30-39 • 1; 50-59 • 5; 60-69 • 16; 70-79 • 31, 80+ • 57110
Total Deaths in Long Term Care Settings (updated weekly, last 12/9/2020)58

Cuyahoga County (as posted at 2PM)

Cuyahoga County (excluding Cleveland – Updated on Friday 12/11/2020)32,637
Cleveland Cases (updates at 2pm – last update, 12/14/2020)16,098
Total Cuyahoga County Cases48,735
New Cases (since Friday, 12/11/2020 – Cuyahoga County is only updated weekly, late Fridays, skewing data)                  968
Total Cuyahoga County Deaths998
Total Deaths in Long Term Care Settings (updated weekly, last 12/9/2020)352

State of Ohio (as of 2PM)

New Cases in the Last 24-hours 7,875
21-day Average of New Cases9,871
Total Cases 570,602
Age Range all Cases<1-111
Median Age of all Cases42
Total Hospitalizations (cumulative)32,264 or 6%
Total Hospitalizations last 24 hours 291
21-day Average of Hospitalizations 360
Median Age of all Hospitalized67
Total ICU Admissions (cumulative)5,209 1%
Total ICU Admissions last 24 hours 38
21-day Average of ICU Admissions 36
Total Health Care Workers Diagnosed 36,840 or 6%
Total Tested in Ohio6,907,046
Total Deaths  7,551 or 1%
Median Age of Deaths 80
Deaths in Last 24 hours 59
21-day Average of Deaths 73
Total Deaths in Ohio Long Term Care Settings (updated weekly, last 12/9/2020)3,706

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