Community Updates Week of 12/21/2020

Calm, Proactive Preparedness


December 23, 2020: Update to Residents

Happy Holidays and Merry Christmas!

Christmas card and cookies

May joy and hope fill each of our hearts and homes this holiday season. We have been through much in 2020, and there is a warm light growing on the horizon of 2021. We are grateful for the mutual support and encouragement we have been able to give to one another through the trials and successes of this past year. Most of all, we have once again been reminded how treasured and valued we are to one another as one community in kindred fellowship and interdependence.  Abiding Peace to All! 

No Update on Friday

Due to the Christmas Holiday, there will be no Nightly Update on Friday. Our next Nightly Update will be Monday, December 28. If there is breaking news beforehand, we will send that out.

Langston Market Cancelled Next Week 12/30/2020

Proper distancing is key to the continued safety of our community and we have determined that our best option is to skip the market to allow space for all of the traffic the vaccine distribution will generate. Thanks for your continued support in these extraordinary times!

COVID-19 Vaccination Clinics Next Week!

sticker - I Got the Vaccine

We are delighted to announce that over 250 Independent Living Residents have indicated their intention to receive the COVID-19 Vaccination. Stephens Care Center Residents/Families and Kendal Staff members continue to respond.

Many residents have reached out wondering if their Survey Monkey form was received. In fact, we have received a number of submissions 2 or 3 times from a number of residents. If you saw the last page of the SurveyMonkey that said “Thank You”–in small print–your submission went through. We will be sending out appointments on Monday for Independent Living residents and staff members. On Monday, we will also reach out to any IL residents we have not heard from just in case something did not go through. We will make sure we have heard from all on campus IL residents.

We hope residents are understanding that due to the quickness of this Vaccination Clinic Announcement from Walgreens and the holiday, we cannot set appointments any sooner than Monday for next Wednesday. We thank you in advance for your flexibility and grace. We also understand that some residents have appointments with Buckeye Community Bank on December 30. We are coordinating with Buckeye Community Bank to work through any conflicts that might arise as our schedule is set for vaccinations.

Independent Living Residents: Wednesday, December 30, Beginning at 9am in the Auditorium

  • IL Residents will be provided an appointment time next Monday, December 28, to receive their vaccination on December 30.
  • Bring your Walgreens Vaccination Consent Form with Sections A-1, A-2 and C completed ONLY. Other sections will need completed at the time of the vaccination. If you did not receive a vaccination form, please email Stacy Terrell, sterrell@kao.kendal.org or call 440-775-9811.
  • Complete what you can on Section C, the Insurance Section on the Vaccination Form. If you have questions for completing Section C, please contact Donna Weber at dweber@kao.kendal.org or 440-775-9064. Donna will also be able Wednesday at the Vaccination Registration to review Section C and answer any last minute questions you may have.
  • Here is the Resident SurveyMonkey for signing up for the vaccination if you have not completed it. Hard copy forms are available in the Heiser or contact sterrell@kao.kendal.org.
  • Continue below to COVID Vaccination Clinics for IL Residents and Staff Alike

Stephens Care Center Residents

Thursday, December 31, beginning at 9am, Outside the Friends Corner Dining Room, residents will follow staff instructions when to come down on the day of the vaccinations.

  • No SurveyMonkey or preregistration is necessary. Staff are reaching out to you (or your Power of Attorney) personally.
  • SCC Residents will follow staff instructions on Thursday, December 31, for getting the vaccination.
  • Bev Zimmerman will assist you or will complete Section C on the Vaccination Consent Form. You will be able review this and sign that morning.
  • Make sure to come wearing your mask.
  • When waiting for the immunization, please practice appropriate social distancing guidelines, maintaining at least a 6-foot distance from others.
  • Kendal staff members will assess for signs of illness, which may include asking screening questions or taking your temperature using the touch-free digital thermometer. Immunization will be deferred if you are sick or have a fever.
  • If possible, you should wear clothing that allows the immunizer to easily access the shoulder area for a more efficient vaccination process.
  • Walgreens clinic team member will fill out a vaccination card for each recipient of the vaccine. Kendal will make a copy of this for our records.
  • As an added safety precaution, after you receive your vaccination, you will be seated, socially distanced, in the Fox and Fell for 15-30 minutes to ensure you have no adverse reaction, which has been extremely rare in trial groups. You will also be provided information on what to watch for during the following 1-2 weeks should you have other side effects—again–this is extremely rare.

Kendal Staff: Thursday, December 31, beginning at 9am in the Auditorium

Staff will be given an assigned time to come to receive their vaccination.

  • Kendal staff will be provided an appointment time next Monday, December 28, for getting their vaccination.
  • Bring your Walgreens Vaccination Consent Form with Sections A-1, A-2 and C completed ONLY. Other sections will need completed at the time of the vaccination. If you did not receive a vaccination form, please email Stacy Terrell, sterrell@kao.kendal.org or call 440-775-9811.
  • Complete what you can on Section C, the Insurance Section on the Vaccination Form. If you have questions for completing Section C, please contact Larry Thompson at lthompson@kao.kendal.org or 440-775-9064. Larry will also be able on Wednesday at the Vaccination Registration to review Section C and answer any last-minute questions you may have.
  • Staff minors under 18 will also need to have completed a Parent/Guardian Consent. If you need this form, please see Larry Thompson in Human Resources lthompson@kao.kendal.org
  • Here is the Staff SurveyMonkey link for signing up for the vaccination if you have not completed it: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/KaOStaffVaccine. Hard copy forms are available in the Heiser or contact lthompson@kao.kendal.org
  • Continue below to COVID Vaccination Clinics for IL Residents and Staff Alike

COVID Vaccination Clinics for IL Residents and Staff Alike

  • Health and Wellness Clinic Staff will be present to assist you with registration and monitor you in the Fox and Fell after you receive your vaccination.
  • Please do not come if you are not feeling well, have a fever, or are exhibiting any respiratory symptoms that morning.
  • Make sure to come wearing your mask.
  • When waiting for the immunization, please practice appropriate social distancing guidelines, maintaining at least a 6-feet distance from others.
  • Walgreens clinic team members or Kendal staff will assess for signs of illness, which may include asking screening questions or taking your temperature using the touch-free digital thermometer. Immunization will be deferred if participants are sick or have a fever.
  • If possible, you should wear clothing that allows the immunizer to easily access your shoulder area for a more efficient vaccination process.
  • Walgreens clinic team members will fill out a vaccination card for each recipient of the vaccine. Kendal will make a copy of this for our records.
  • As an added safety precaution, after you receive your vaccination, you will be seated, socially distanced, in the Fox and Fell for 15-30 minutes to ensure you have no adverse reaction, which has been extremely rare in trial groups. You will also be provided information on what to watch for during the following 1-2 weeks should you have other side effects—again–this is extremely rare.

Here is a link to Pfizer’s Fact Sheet on the BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccination.

Information on the Pfizer BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccination from the CDC.

Kendal at Oberlin is strongly encouraging all residents and staff to receive the COVID-19 Vaccination.

Kendal will not be given extra COVID-19 Vaccines

Some residents and staff have inquired about Kendal having additional COVID-19 vaccines available if a resident or staff member is out of town. Walgreens will not be able to leave any vaccine with us, and even if they did, we would have no way to safely store it due to the subzero (-70 C) storage requirements. If a resident or staff member is unable to make either the December or January COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic dates, they are encouraged to check with their health providers for other options.

  • First Clinic – Wednesday, December 30, or Thursday, December 31, (administering the 1st dosage)
  • Second Clinic – Wednesday, January 20, or Thursday, January 21, (administering 2nd dosage and 1st dosage for those that did not receive on Dec 31)
  • Third Clinic – Wednesday, February 10, or Thursday, February 11, (administering final 2nd dosage

Ohio Department of Health information on the COVID-19 Vaccination

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Vaccine Information

Videos Shared During Barbara’s Exchange This Week

CBS This Morning with Dr. Agus – FAQ on COVID Vaccine – to view this short, well-done video that was shown at the Zoom Exchange on Thursday.

Our experts on the New Normal Committee have some valid points of concern but agree it does an overall good job communicating the protection of the vaccine is robust, much higher than any previous vaccine. It also does a good job convincing people of the overall efficacy and safety of the vaccine.

Spectrum Interviews Kendal at Oberlin on the Anticipated COVID Vaccine – Spectrum, an Ohio NBC affiliate, aired a 4-minute news item featuring Kendal at Oberlin’s response to the pandemic and plans for the upcoming vaccine. Interviewed were Barbara Thomas and Kim Leek, RN Clinical Coordinator/Educator. If needed, this alternate link should also work: Ohio NBC affiliate aired a rather lengthy piece featuring Kendal at Oberlin

Christmas and New Year’s Day Meal Delivery

You may recall we tried a mid-day meal delivery on Thanksgiving. We got very positive feedback on the change and will be offering a mid-day meal delivery again on Christmas and New Year’s Day.

Fitness sign-ups for January will Start on Saturday, 12/26, AT 12:00pm.

Anyone signed up before then will be deleted. You must use the NEW links in order to sign up. The old links will not work. Please sign up for only two lap-swim slots per week until everyone has had a chance to register. If you find you cannot keep your reserved time, please phone (440-775-9851) or email (jtvaroha@kao.kendal.org) the Fitness Center as soon as possible. 

Here are the links for the Fitness Center Areas. (Pools and Equipment Room).

If you were enrolled in classes in December you are still enrolled in the same classes for January unless you talked to your instructor. If you are NOT enrolled in a class and would like to enroll or make a change, please call the Fitness Center Office at 775- 9851. We will help you find the right class and time for you. If you need help with signing up or you will be away for the Holiday, please call the Fitness Center. We will be open on Sundays with resident volunteers. The Equipment Room and Fitness/Relaxation room will now be OPEN on Sundays!

Virtual Lecture on Monday, December 28, by Professor Tiffany Chang of the Oberlin Conservatory

She will describe how she put together a magnificent on-line concert last week featuring over 200 musicians recorded at different times and places over many days. It was sort of like the Kendal staff singing Deck the Halls, only a lot more complicated.

Professor Chang will tell us how she did it, using video clips of the production in various stages. You can Join the Zoom Meeting, or watch on KOTV.

Lorenzo’s Pizza Party

Due to the holiday, we will not be having a Pizza Order Submission until Monday, December 28, due on January 1 at 5pm. Delivery will be the first full week in January, 2021.

Buckeye Community Bank

Additional appointments will take place on December 28, 29 and 30 in the Crossroads Meeting Room. Please contact Sarah Smith at (440)233-3925 to make your individual appointment.

Reminder: Video Link If You Missed the Three One-Act Plays Last Friday

Don Parker, Melissa Reed, and Jean Slonneger have written memorable new plays. A troupe of resident actors perform them under the direction of Delaney Kelly. Enjoy! –shared by Melissa Reed

Reminder for Christmas Grocery Orders

Christmas is this Friday and even Walmart will be closed on Friday. 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 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, no later than 12/24 by 1pm. Thanks –Your KaO Grocery Team

An Option for Christmas Music

A LeadingAge colleague shared a Christmas Program from his area church, demonstrating the creative effort organizations are using to assure this season is celebrated. Perhaps this recording will provide hope and encouragement. Watch the program on YouTube or on Vimeo.

Angel City Chorale, The Virtual Concert

It’s Not the Holidays ’til the Angels Sing – Sharing beautiful music is a great way to heal from the stress of 2020 and usher in a beautiful 2021. The choir decided to offer this concert free of charge in recognition of the financial hardship that many people are facing. This very special, one-of-a-kind production will be available on YouTube until January 7th!

Troll Bridge Delight

holiday decorations on walkway bridge

Ted Nowick and Katie Brown invite you to come take a stroll on the Troll Bridge to see the creations they have hung there – to help make this holiday season a little bit brighter. This is just another example of our community valuing the re-use of materials. No doubt you’ll recognize something you use every day put to use with art. Enjoy!

Rumor has it there are added twinkle SOLAR lights now on the bridge!

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 Positive1
***Recovered18

Lorain County (as of 2PM)

New Cases (since Monday, 12/21/2020 – 2 day average: 135.5)    271
Total Lorain County Cases  11,236
Total in Zip Code 44074 (+8 since Monday, 12/21/20)280
Total Deaths, age ranges 30-39 • 1; 50-59 • 5; 60-69 • 21; 70-79 • 34, 80+ • 71132
Total Deaths in Long Term Care Settings (updated weekly, last 12/16/2020)64

Cuyahoga County (as posted at 2PM)

Cuyahoga County (excluding Cleveland – last updated late Friday, 12/18/2020)39,198
Cleveland Cases (updates at 2pm – last update 12/23/2020)18,130
Total Cuyahoga County Cases57,328
New Cases (since Monday, 12/21/2020 – Cuyahoga County is only updated weekly, late Fridays, skewing data)                  442
Total Cuyahoga County Deaths1,056
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 7,790
21-day Average of New Cases9,852
Total Cases 644,822
Age Range all Cases<1-111
Median Age of all Cases43
Total Hospitalizations (cumulative)36,025 or 6%
Total Hospitalizations last 24 hours 431
21-day Average of Hospitalizations 388
Median Age of all Hospitalized67
Total ICU Admissions (cumulative)5,640 or 1%
Total ICU Admissions last 24 hours 52
21-day Average of ICU Admissions 41
Total Health Care Workers Diagnosed 41,262 or 6%
Total Tested in Ohio7,350,763
Total Deaths  8,361 or 1%
Median Age of Deaths 80
Deaths in Last 24 hours 109
21-day Average of Deaths 80
Total Deaths in Ohio Long Term Care Settings (updated weekly, last 12/16/2020)3,992

December 21, 2020: Update to Residents

Independent Living Residents Approved for Phase 1A of COVID-19 Vaccinations

We are pleased to announce that all Independent Living residents have been approved to be included in Phase 1A of our COVID-19 Vaccinations Clinics by our partner pharmacy, Walgreens! We are planning for Wednesday, December 30, to be our Resident COVID-19 Clinic Day, beginning at 9am. All Independent Living residents will receive a Survey Monkey Survey via email tomorrow or a hard copy response form via Kendal in-house mail. Please respond to one of them as quickly as possible so that we can provide Walgreens an accurate count, as we want to ensure no supply is wasted.

Here is a link to Pfizer’s Fact Sheet on the BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccination.

Information on the Pfizer BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccination from the CDC.

Kendal at Oberlin is strongly encouraging all residents and staff to receive the COVID-19 Vaccination.

  • First Clinic – Wednesday, December 30, or Thursday, December 31, (administering the 1st dosage)
  • Second Clinic – Wednesday, January 20, or Thursday, January 21, (administering 2nd dosage and 1st dosage for those that did not receive on Dec 31)
  • Third Clinic – Wednesday, February 10, or Thursday, February 11, (administering final 2nd dosage

More Helpful Information

Notice: THIS WEEK’S EXCHANGE IS TUESDAY AT 4 PM

Change This Week for Afternoon Exchange with Barbara: TUESDAY by Zoom or KOTV

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

Note: Next week, the Exchange is scheduled for Wednesday, 12/30.

Christmas and New Year’s Day Meal Delivery

You may recall we tried a mid-day meal delivery on Thanksgiving. We got very positive feedback on the change and will be offering a mid-day meal delivery again on Christmas and New Year’s Day.

Video Link If You Missed the Three One-Act Plays Last Friday

Don Parker, Melissa Reed, and Jean Slonneger have written memorable new plays. A troupe of resident actors perform them under the direction of Delaney Kelly. Enjoy!shared by Melissa Reed

Troll Bridge Delight

holiday decorations on walkway bridge

Ted Nowick and Katie Brown invite you to come take a stroll on the Troll Bridge to see the creations they have hung there–to help make this holiday season a little bit brighter. This is just another example of our community valuing the re-use of materials. No doubt you’ll recognize something you use every day put to use with art.

Reminder for 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. 

Reminder for 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, no later than 12/24 by 1pm. Thanks –Your KaO Grocery Team

Reminder for 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.

Reminder: Have 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 and add to getting to know one another when family are distant.

Today’s Statistics

Kendal at Oberlin (KaO)

Independent Living Resident Cases
Stephens Care Center (SCC) Resident Cases  
     Residential Care Facility 1
     Skilled Nursing Facility  0
KaO Residents Total 1
   KaO SCC Staff Cases
   KaO Other Staff Cases  13
KaO Staff Total 18
Kendal at Oberlin Total 19
***In Quarantine, COVID Positive 1
***Recovered 18

Lorain County (as of 2PM)

New Cases (since Friday, 12/18/20 – 3 day average: 129.3)    388
Total Lorain County Cases 10,965
Total in Zip Code 44074 (+15 since Friday ,12/18/20) 272
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)

Cuyahoga County (excluding Cleveland – last updated late Friday, 12/18/20) 39,198
Cleveland Cases (updates at 2pm, last update 12/21/2020) 17,688
Total Cuyahoga County Cases 56,886
New Cases (since Friday, 12/18/2020 – Cuyahoga County is only updated weekly, late Fridays, skewing data)          7,305
Total Cuyahoga County Deaths 1,055

State of Ohio (as of 2PM)

New Cases in the Last 24-hours 6,548
21-day Average of New Cases 9,919
Total Cases 629,354
Age Range all Cases <1-111
Median Age of all Cases 43
Total Hospitalizations (cumulative) 35,048 or 6%
Total Hospitalizations last 24 hours 301
21-day Average of Hospitalizations 390
Median Age of all Hospitalized 67
Total ICU Admissions (cumulative) 5,537 or 1%
Total ICU Admissions last 24 hours 37
21-day Average of ICU Admissions 41
Total Health Care Workers Diagnosed 40,212 or 6%
Total Tested in Ohio 7,271,494
Total Deaths 8,122 or 1%
Median Age of Deaths 80
Deaths in Last 24 hours 75
21-day Average of Deaths 81
Total Deaths in Ohio Long Term Care Settings (updated weekly, last 12/16/2020) 3,992

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