Community Updates Week of 12/20/2021

Afternoon Exchange on Wednesday, Dec. 22 at 4 pm

Join is in the auditorium or on KOTV for the December Afternoon Exchange. We will provide some business updates as well as have an opportunity to spotlight our two staff that are winding down their last days before retirement; Sue Rollins and Teresa Maynard. Barbara plans to spotlight them in an interview format as we recognize their contributions. You still have time to contribute a card or note of good wishes since they will still be here until the end of December. 

Stephens Care Center

Entry Through the Stephens Care Center During Inclement Weather

We are happy to announce that the Self-Health Screen Kiosks have been installed at the Patterson North Entrance and the Pool/Fitness Center Entrance to the Stephens Care Center (SCC).  This now allows residents on the west and northwest sides of campus to enter and exit the Heiser Community Center through the SCC.  Those entering the SCC for this purpose will need to self-health screen daily before entering.  One health screen per day will be sufficient.  The sticker received after the health screen will need to be worn at all times while in the SCC.  This is a significant step to reclaiming a founding value of our community; intentionally connecting our Independent Living residents to our SCC residents.  This has always been vital to who we are.  With the current COVID protocols, please exercise extreme caution when entering the SCC.  Here are some helpful guidelines to keep our SCC safe:

These Steps are Necessary for Protecting our Stephens Care Center Residents and to Remain in Accordance with State and Federal Requirements.


  1. Fever or chills
  2. Cough
  3. Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  4. Fatigue
  5. Muscle or body aches
  6. Headache
  7. New loss of taste or smell
  8. Sore throat
  9. Congestion or runny nose
  10. Nausea or vomiting

Please follow the following guidelines while in the Stephens Care Center

  1. When self-screening at one of the kiosks, if you answer “Yes” to any questions, a staff member will automatically be alerted. Please wait at the kiosk for a staff member to arrive before entering the Stephens Care Center.
  2. Practice frequent hand hygiene (use of alcohol-based hand rub is preferred) before, during and after your visit.
  3. Please wear a mask (covering mouth and nose) while in the Stephens Care Center, including when in a resident’s room, and maintain physical distancing of at least six feet between people, in accordance with CDC guidance.
  4. Please help Kendal by cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched surfaces before leaving the room where you were visiting.
  5. KN95 Masks are Required for Entrance into the Stephens Care Center. They are reusable, please DO NOT DISCARD and reuse until soiled.

Instructions for Daily Health Screen steps for Cottage & Apt residents visiting the Stephens Care Center or Fitness Center (Detailed instructions are located at the kiosk.)

  • Use a clean stylus and select Sign-In
  • Press OK to move on
  • Select “Family or Guest” since you are a Guest in the Stephens Care Center
  • “Do NOT log in as Resident”
  • Use stylus to enter your phone number
  • “one phone number per person” then Press Next to Continue
  • You will be asked if you have used Accushield before
    • If YES, you will be moved on to the next step
    • If NO, you will be asked to enter your first and last name.
  • You will then be asked a series of questions
  • Read each question thoroughly and answer, you will be prompted to confirm your responses. 
  • “Tap” the SCAN NOW box to use the integrated thermometer 
  • Center your forehead approx. 12” from the camera, remove hat for accurate scan 
  • If this is the first time you are using Accushield, you will be asked if you have received a COVID-19 Vaccine.  Choose correct answer and press Confirm
  • I am here to… select “Visit Resident”
  • You will be asked to provide a resident’s name
  • Begin to type “Resident” and SELECT “Resident” (BLUE TAB)
  • Next you will be asked if you will be visiting anybody else in the SCC, select NO
  • Your badge will print when your answers have all been submitted
  • Peel the backing off your badge and place it in clear view
  • The badge is good for printed date

Lorain County COVID-19 Data Shows Increase in Cases

by Dylan Reynolds, The Chronicle-Telegram

Lorain County saw an increase in COVID-19 cases last week compared with the week prior, new data from the county health department showed Monday.  The numbers, which can be viewed on Lorain County Public Health’s COVID-19 data webpage, showed a seven-day case count of 1,968 last week, or 6.5 new cases per 1,000 population. The week prior, the county health department reported 1,756 new cases, or 5.8 new cases per 1,000 population.  Additionally, Lorain County Public Health’s data broke down the COVID-19 case rate by ZIP code. The three Lorain County ZIP codes with the highest reported case rates last week were all in the Lorain area…Lorain County’s lowest COVID-19 case rates last week were found in the Oberlin area’s 44074 ZIP code, where there were just 3.1 new.

Monday’s data update from Lorain County Public Health also included the latest COVID-19 vaccination rates for all of the county’s ZIP codes, citing data sourced from the Ohio Hospital Association. The top three ZIP codes in terms of vaccination rate among the eligible population remained in the same order compared to recent weeks.

Kendal Update and Holiday Advice

We have had 6 staff members test positive in the last week.  Kendal at Oberlin is continuing COVID outbreak testing, testing all SCC residents, SCC staff members, SCC volunteers and other Kendal staff members that have routine contact with residents twice per week.  SCC residents are being closely monitored daily for signs and symptoms of COVID.  Our Lorain County Positivity Rate remains very high at 19.4% compared to 19.8% last week.  There have been 1,919 new cases of COVID detected in the Lorain County in just the past 7 days.  Please exercise extreme caution with holiday gatherings.  We recommend you have all those gathered, whether vaccinated or not, to take a COVID antigen test prior to getting together.  Abbott’s BinaxNOW is available at CVS, Walgreens, Walmart and other drug stores.  Supplies are limited due to the holiday, so you may need to research and order online.  We have to remain super vigilant to protect ourselves, our family, our friends and our Kendal Community!  Holiday gatherings can quickly become a COVID Spreader Event.  Please don’t take chances. We can’t with COVID.

Dining Update for 12/21/2021

Greg Zehe, Director of Hospitality Services

  • Reminder – if you will be joining us in the Fox and Fell for the Christmas meal, your reservation form was due by Monday, December 20, 2021.  Remember, The Fox & Fell will be closed Christmas evening so we can schedule all our staff to support the Community Christmas Meal. If you have not yet contacted us, please do so by tomorrow.  The link for reservation is
  • Due to COVID restrictions, no outside guests will be permitted in the dining room.  Perhaps you are planning to host Christmas dinner in your home instead?  Dining Services has the meal taken care of for you!  Please order from the order form included in the reservation packet as soon as possible. The completed forms were also due by Monday, December 20, 2021.
  • We have completed the first run of the new menu and are correcting menus and recipes based on what we learned through the trial period.  Your observations are welcomed.
  • New this week!  We saw too much inconsistency in the preparation of the entrée salads and heard from residents about their desire to have additional choices on the salad bar.  We have now expanded the salad bar offerings and will also be making the entrée salads to order.   
  • Updated grocery lists with the latest pricing are available in their usual place in the Fox & Fell. If you are unsure where this is, please ask any staff member for assistance.
  • Today’s Tip:  We usually have available a plain version of anything found on the menu.  Please ask us for it–we have a talented culinary team who are committed to providing you with a meal to meet your dietary needs.

Caution Urged with Omicron Variant, CDC Warns of Potential Massive Wave in January

The Washington Post (free to all)

A “national surge” in Omicron coronavirus variant cases in the coming weeks could peak in a massive wave of infections as soon as January, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention predicted.

The forecast is based on scenario models conducted by U.S. government, academic and international partners, according to the CDC.

Based on the variant’s increased transmissibility and its ability to evade immunity conferred by past infection or vaccination, the CDC report detailed two “plausible scenarios” for how the Omicron variant might spread: a worst-case scenario with “steep epidemic trajectories” that would demand swift action to prevent severe impact on health systems; and a second scenario, which could lead to a smaller surge in April 2022.  The CDC warned that large surges in cases will inevitably translate into surges in hospital demand, even if the severity of Omicron is reduced.

Read more Live Updates:


From Jim Walsh

What if there is No Such Thing as Closure(dealing and coping with grief)

From Sharon Furrow

America Can’t Beat Omicron One Booster at a Time – The Atlantic

Could a One-Shot Coronavirus Vaccine Protect You From All Variants? – Bloomberg

From Mary Behm

Highly vaccinated countries thought they were over the worst. Denmark says the pandemic’s toughest month is just beginning.

From Don Parker

U.S. study suggests COVID-19 vaccines ineffective against Omicron without booster.

Winter Solstice

Heartbeat of the World by Judi Bachrach

In the winter of our year-

in the winter of our years

there are moments

we are caught


in time and place

Slowly we begin to see


familiar and new

All that has gone before

leading us

opening our eyes

to the beauty of this moment

Sometimes we

bend beneath the weight

of shared burdens

stand together

on thin ice

cracking with danger, out of control

wondering where we go from here

Still, we slumber quietly

beneath insulating blankets

through the longest night of the year

in the surety that gradually

we return to the light

Melting daggers of fear

precious drop by drop

returned to the earth

as clear hope

Seasoned hearts break open

sending seeds of love

into the light of a new day

Called to do our part

we are the beating

heart of the world

Double Sonnet By Bob Cothran

A photon flood has filled the dark with light

for thirteen billion years, and, I suppose,

will do as it has done without repose

far on beyond the short reach of our sight.

The length of daylight dwindles to a slight

apparent shred of summer’s evening shows.

Small wonder those who came before us chose

to celebrate the least retreat of night.

And look: we creatures of the pack, despite

our native need, our drive to bond, disclose

An utterly contrary will to pose

in self-sufficient, single-handed might.

You’d think that independence was a right

to solve the wrongs our thronging can impose.

That bead of conflict ever comes and goes,

strung on the thread of love that ties us tight.

So here we are. It’s time to celebrate

the longest night – the coming of the dawn

some seconds sooner than we might expect.

Our deep reliance on the light, innate,

compels us to rejoice when dark is gone

although the sun was ever there, unchecked.

Together hope and and joy and love conflate

for now. Today, tonight, they hasten on

the bond that draws us all, the sun’s elect

into the oneness that should be our fate.

Each of us the all to which we’re drawn,

is luminous with power to connect.

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  30
     KaO Other Staff Cases  31
KaO Staff Total 61
Kendal at Oberlin COVID Total 72
**Current Isolation, COVID Positive 6
**Total COVID Beyond Isolation 64
Kendal at Oberlin Vaccination Overall542 of 546 or 99.3%
Total Kendal Residents Vaccinated335 of 335 or 100%
Total Kendal Staff Vaccinated (those unvaccinated have Medical or Religious Exemption)207of 211 or 98.1%

Lorain County (as posted 12/13/2021)

New Cases (since Monday, December 13, 2021 – 7-day average 315 per day) 2,205
Total Probable and Confirmed Lorain County Cases 46,814
Total in Zip Code 44074 (+40 since Monday, December 13, 2021) 1,056
Current Lorain County Positivity Rate (HIGH Transmission Rate) 19.4%
Total Deaths, age ranges 20-29 • 1; 30-39 • 4; 40-49 • 16; 50-59 • 37; 60-69 • 107; 70-79 • 183; 80+ • 266 614
Total Deaths in Long Term Care Settings, posted 12/15/2021, +0 255
Lorain County Vaccinations Started195,0350 or 63.1% of population

Cuyahoga County (as posted 12/20/2021)

Cuyahoga County (excluding Cleveland)          134,672
Cleveland Cases 59,129
Total Cuyahoga County Cases 193,801
New Cases 16,713
Total Cuyahoga County Deaths 2,874
Total Deaths in Long Term Care Settings, posted 12/15/2021 897

State of Ohio (as posted 12/20/2021)

New Cases in the Last 24-hours  8,082
21-day Average of New Cases 8,179
Total Cases 1,855,222
Age Range all Cases <1-111
Median Age of all Cases 39
Total Hospitalizations (cumulative) 92,718 or 5%
Total Hospitalizations Last 24-hours 199
21-day Average of Hospitalizations 320
Median Age of all Hospitalized 65
Total ICU Admissions (cumulative) 11,398 or 1%
Total ICU Admissions last 24-hours 15
21-day Average of ICU Admissions 32
Total Health Care Workers Diagnosed 85,102 5%
Total Tested in Ohio 18,902,820
Total Ohio Resident Deaths 28,028
Median Age of Deaths 78
Ohio Resident Deaths in Last 24-hours 0
21-day Average of Deaths 74
Total Deaths in Ohio Long Term Care Settings (Updated Weekly. posted 12/1/2021) 8,198
Statewide Vaccinations Started 6,919,369 or 59.2% of population

Contact Information

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