Community Updates Week of 2/15/2021

Calm, Proactive Preparedness

February 19, 2021: Update to Residents

Stephens Care Center Visitation Resumes on Tuesday, February 23

snowman at Kendal at Oberlin

We have been long awaiting the ability to re-open our indoor visitation for our Stephens Care Center residents and their family and friends. We have met the 2 required thresholds:

  • Lorain County must be below 10% positivity rate.
  • Kendal at Oberlin must be free of any positive COVID-19 tests for 14 days.

The guidelines from the Ohio Department of Health and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services have the following guidelines that we must follow.


  • Each resident may have one (1) visit per day with two (2) members of the same household.
  • Each visit may last up to 30 minutes.
  • Visitors must be health-screened and must live in a county with a COVID Level 3 or lower on the Ohio Public Health Advisory System or the Harvard Global Health Institute for visitors from outside the State of Ohio.
  • Visitors are to go directly to and from the visiting area. Kendal at Oberlin is not yet allowing walk-in visitation on our campus.
  • Visitors need to be of an age and maturity to facilitate social distancing, not be a distraction to others, and able to wear a face covering.


  • Visitors must wear a correctly fitted “procedure mask”. Kendal at Oberlin will provide this to visitors when entering the Education Center Building for their visit.

There remain prohibitions on both pet visits and eating. Visits must remain contact-free. Kendal at Oberlin will resume utilizing the Educational Center Conference Room for our indoor visitation space. There is a plexiglass wall dividing the room. Residents will enter the building from one direction and visitors will enter via the main entrance (by the Heiser Circle walkway) of the Education Center for their visits.

  1. Visitors will be able to park directly in front of the Educational Center and come inside. Once inside, visitors will be asked to sanitize their hands before, during, and after their visit.
  2. Visitors must wear their facing covering when exiting their vehicle, as masks are required on the Kendal Campus. Kendal will provide a surgical/procedural face covering for each visitor when entering the Education Center building.
  3. Visitors will complete a “Health Screening Check” in the lobby of the building.
  4. Visitors will be directed into the visiting side of the meeting room.
  5. Public bathrooms are available that will be sanitized between each use.
  6. We need everyone’s help to provide everyone’s time to visit by respecting the 30-minute visiting time period. When this runs overtime, it will limit the next person’s visiting time as we must completely sanitize the room between visits. If a visitor arrives late for their visit, that time cannot be made up as it will alter all the visits following it.

Please note that the visitation of residents residing in the Stephens Care Center is subject to change at any moment due to: COVID case status in the surrounding area, COVID case status at Kendal at Oberlin, staffing levels, access to testing, Personal Protective Equipment supplies, and local hospital capacity.

If you do schedule to visit with a resident, please assure you have talked with that resident so they are available for your visit. We will continue to use the current SignUpGenius through March 31. You may call 440-935-0542, the visitation mobile phone, on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays if you need assistance with the SignUpGenius. Our Visitor Liaisons are Delaney Kelly and Tammy Sladewski.

Thank you in advance for extending patience and grace to our staff as we return to indoor visitation. Thank you for your cooperation and understanding. We look forward to seeing you soon! –Michele Tarsitano-Amato and Stacy Terrell

Volunteers Needed for Stephens Care Center Visitation Station!

We need some assistance with sanitation between visits.

Hours and days help is still needed are:

  • Wednesdays 1:15pm-3:15pm
  • Wednesdays 3:45pm-5:45pm
  • Fridays 9:30am-12pm


  • Spray and Swiffer the plexiglass wall between visits;
  • Must wear KN95 mask while working (mask will be provided to you)
  • Be able to complete online virtual “orientation”

If you are interested in assisting with sanitation, please contact Michele Tarsitano-Amato at 775-9890. Thank you!

Highlights from This Weeks New Normal Planning Committee

Compiled by Mary Behm

  • Passes for trips outside Kendal are eliminated as of February 25. We will receive a bright pink placard with a “K” on it to place in the lower front windshield on the passenger side. This identifies our car as a Kendal resident to the gate staff. To enter Kendal, residents will use the side of the driveway which has been used by staff. It is recommended that residents keep a record of where we go, whether it is in your calendar or a different system of your choice. If there is a COVID outbreak at a particular location, the record should easily show if, when and where one visited. We are urged to remember to wear a mask, preferably a double mask, when we are outside of Kendal, coming into contact with others.
  • Quarantine time after an overnight stay outside of Kendal (pleasure or hospital) is reduced under certain circumstances for Independent Living residents, new residents, and staff effective February 25. If you are (1) fully vaccinated, (2) show no symptoms, and (3) have a negative COVID test at a date specified by Kendal’s Health and Wellness Clinic, you will need to quarantine for 7 days, reduced from 14 days. If you are neither vaccinated nor take a test, you must continue to quarantine for 14 days. SCC residents are still under the Ohio Department of Health mandate of a 14-day quarantine. We are urged not to travel to hot spots (see Ohio maps at COVID-19 Travel Advisory). At all times and everywhere, we are urged to continue best safety practices of wearing masks, distancing, washing hands, and monitoring for symptoms. Private, rather than public, transit is recommended. Prior to travel, fill out an Away Form at the Reception Desk.
  • Vaccinations – We are seeing more staff choose to get the vaccination and are working toward an arrangement with various providers such as Discount Drug Mart to get COVID-19 vaccination shots for these staff, plus for new staff and new residents moving in.
  • Double Masking (cloth mask over medical mask) is recommended when residents leave Kendal’s campus. Kendal is looking at purchasing medical masks which will be available for purchase in the Langston Market. Remember to cut the ear loops when throwing them away to protect wildlife. The FDA has a list of numbers showing authentic KN95 masks if you choose to purchase them, listed under N95 China manufacturers.
  • The Fitness Center is looking at extending hours with use of less staff oversight. This will take effect in April. Decisions may change due to regulation changes. We are also exploring when SCC residents will be able to return to the Therapy Pool.
  • Security of Resident Doors – We are working toward use of proximity cards to replace the door fobs we’ve been using. The new system will allow staff to open and close doors remotely or on a pre-arranged schedule. This provides safety as well as flexibility for staff and residents to come in and go out.
  • Lighting for walk behind Jameson House near pool and over to cottages 1-8. There will be lamp posts installed behind the pool and in the Ambulance Circle and bollards behind Jameson and to cottages 1-8 which will illuminate the walkway without extraneous lighting.
  • Dining transition plans are still being worked out. As we offer more in-house dining, we will begin to phase out shopping for residents at area grocery stores and begin adding bus service for Senior Hours. More planning will be done in this area on the necessary frequency and number of passengers permitted per bus.

Fauci: Data ‘Favorable’ That Vaccines Limit Transmission

Here’s good news from Anthony Fauci that fully vaccinated people are much less likely to be able to transmit the virus to others. It’s preliminary evidence, but hopeful. Of course, the current guidelines still hold–mask, mask, mask (plus the others). –Medscape, shared by Don Parker

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 Cases14
   KaO Other Staff Cases 18
KaO Staff Total32
Kendal at Oberlin Total33
***In Quarantine, COVID Positive0

Lorain County (as of 2/18/2021) – Level 3 RED

New Cases (since Monday 2/15/2021, 3 day average: 67.3)269
Total Lorain County Cases 17,087
Total in Zip Code 44074 (-1 since Monday 2/15/2021)479
Current Lorain County Positivity Rate, trending down9.80%
Total Deaths, age ranges 30-39 • 1; 40-49 • 5; 50-59 • 14; 60-69 • 49; 70-79 • 86, 80+ • 155 (82 deaths added due to ODH recalculation)310
Total Deaths in Long Term Care Settings (updated weekly, last 2/17/2021)174
Lorain County Vaccinations Started
33,904 or 10.9% of population

Cuyahoga County (as of 2/18/2021) – Level 3 RED

Cuyahoga County (excluding Cleveland – last updated 2/18/2021)66,443
Cleveland Cases last update 2/18/202126,170
Total Cuyahoga County Cases92,613
New Cases Since Monday, 2/15/2021        1,166
Total Cuyahoga County Deaths 1,523
Total Deaths in Long Term Care Settings (updated weekly, last 2/17/2021)551

State of Ohio (as posted on 2/18/2021)

New Cases in the Last 24-hours 2,282
21-day Average of New Cases3,032
Total Cases 947,389
Age Range all Cases<1-111
Median Age of all Cases42
Total Hospitalizations (cumulative)49,061 or 5%
Total Hospitalizations Last 24 hours173
21-day Average of Hospitalizations 156
Median Age of all Hospitalized68
Total ICU Admissions (cumulative)7.002 or 1% 
Total ICU Admissions last 24 hours 28
21-day Average of ICU Admissions 17
Total Health Care Workers Diagnosed 54,803 or 6%
Total Tested in Ohio9,691,429
Total Deaths 16,611 or 2%
Median Age of Deaths 80
Deaths in Last 24 hours28
21-day Average of Deaths (included a one day increase of 650 due to a reconciliation)267
Total Deaths in Ohio Long Term Care Settings (updated weekly, last 2/17/2021 – included a one day increase of 1,150 due to a reconciliation)6,876
Statewide Vaccinations Started1,369,627 or 11.7% of population

February 16, 2021: Update to Residents

New COVID-19 Cases in Lorain County Continue to Go Down

See the data at

County Positivity Rate Drops to 9.8%

With the revised weekly positivity rate, we plan to resume indoor visitation in the Education Center separated by plexiglass for Stephens Care Center residents on Tuesday, February 23. Please watch for further details.

Annual Flu Vaccinations

Kendal at Oberlin is making plans for the annual seasonal flu vaccinations for the Fall of 2021. The Health and Wellness Clinic will be sending out a survey question to all Independent Living residents requesting whether they plan to get the regular dosage or the high dosage vaccine. This will allow Kendal to order the proper quantity of each. Thank you!

Get more information on the high dosage vaccine from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

A Good Read and a Fun Video

Rise of Variants Sparks Push for All-in-One COVID Vaccines – Just weeks into the rollout of vaccines to combat COVID-19, researchers are shifting their focus to a new class of potential shots to take on the threat posed by fast-spreading mutations. Dangerous coronavirus variants identified in Africa, Europe, and South America are carpeting the globe, pushing scientists in the U.K. and elsewhere to target multiple versions of the pathogen in a single shot and perhaps head off more lethal foes that may emerge. –Bloomberg, shared by Sharon Furrow

Snowball Fight! – Last night’s snow fall sent 300+ Kent State University students outside for a good old-fashioned snowball fight! Better duck!

Ash Wednesday Services

Ash Wednesday, February 17 – Both programs are on WSCC TV Channel

1:15pm – St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York will be offering “virtual ashes” to all who wish to receive. Monsignor Robert T. Ritchie assures blessings upon all virtual participants will be received through representatives receiving ashes in person. (RCC MASS)

7:00pm – First Church of Oberlin will be offering a virtual Ash Wednesday service with Pastor David Hill presiding.

Mary Church Terrell: Crusader for Equality

Tuesday, February 23 at 7:15pm – Zoom and KOTV – Join Zoom Meeting. Historic re-enactment of this Oberlin College graduate (1884) and crusader for women’s suffrage and civil rights. A talk-back with actress Sherrie Tolliver will follow. Information shared by Kathy Hazelton

Collington Presents: The Whistling Hens Concert

The Whistling Hens put together an ensemble created to highlight little known women composers. They are also active in commissioning new work to support new women composers. Whistling Hens was co-founded by one of Collington’s Artists-in-Residence students from 2019-2020. Hear how this group got their unique name. They give some history and detail behind each piece they play. And I don’t even have an appropriate word to describe their talents. You just have to experience this for yourself!

Afternoon Exchange by ZOOM and KOTV

Thursday, February 18, at 4:00pm. Come learn more about Collington, a 125-acre Kendal campus with single-story cottages and villas, a midrise apartment building, health center, 6-acre lake, walking trails, gardens and more. It is located in Mitchellville, MD, outside of Washington D.C. and was initially built under the Episcopal Diocese. Ann Gillespie, Executive Director, and Marian Fuchs, the Resident Association President, will join by Zoom. Join Zoom Meeting

Big Brothers and Sisters of Lorain County

Karen Lippman, Director of Programs, has planned a Video Information Session on February 25 at 1:30pm with Kendal at Home members. Watch the Heiser bulletin board for more information or contact Anne Elder.

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 Cases14
   KaO Other Staff Cases 18
KaO Staff Total32
Kendal at Oberlin Total33
***In Quarantine, COVID Positive0

Lorain County (as of 2/15/2021) Level 3 RED

New Cases (since Thursday 2/11/2021 – 3 day average: 15)45
Total Lorain County Cases 16,818
Total in Zip Code 44074 (+4 since Thursday 2/11/2021)480
Current Lorain County Positivity Rate (trending down)9.80%
Total Deaths, age ranges 30-39 • 1; 40-49 • 4; 50-59 • 9; 60-69 • 39; 70-79 • 58, 80+ • 115226
Total Deaths in Long Term Care Settings (updated weekly, last 2/10/2021)128

Cuyahoga County ( as of 2/15/2021 ) Level 3 RED

Cuyahoga County (excluding Cleveland – last updated 2/15/2021)65,478
Cleveland Cases (last update 2/15/2021)25,969
Total Cuyahoga County Cases91,447
New Cases (since Thursday, 2/11/2021)       329
Total Cuyahoga County Deaths 1,390
Total Deaths in Long Term Care Settings (updated weekly, last 2/10/2021)465
Lorain County Vaccinations Started 1,307,563 or 11.2% of population

State of Ohio (as posted on 2/15/2021)

New Cases in the Last 24-hours 1,915
21-day Average of New Cases3,458
Total Cases 941,265
Age Range all Cases<1-111
Median Age of all Cases42
Total Hospitalizations (cumulative)48,635 or 5%
Total Hospitalizations last 24 hours79
21-day Average of Hospitalizations 174
Median Age of all Hospitalized68
Total ICU Admissions (cumulative)6,939 or 1% 
Total ICU Admissions last 24 hours 6
21-day Average of ICU Admissions 18
Total Health Care Workers Diagnosed 54,339 or 6%
Total Tested in Ohio9,619,261
Total Deaths 16,394 or 2%
Median Age of Deaths 80
Deaths in Last 24 hours48
21-day Average of Deaths (included a one day increase of 650 due to a reconciliation)268
Total Deaths in Ohio Long Term Care Settings (updated weekly, last 2/10/2021)5,582
Statewide Vaccinations Started1,307,563 or 11.2% of population

Contact Information

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