Focus on prevention of COVID-19 virus establishes new procedures.   COVID-19 Updates

Community Updates Week of 2/22/2021

Calm, Proactive Preparedness


February 26, 2021: Update to Residents

Lorain County Remains Level 3 Red

…This will be the 12th consecutive week that Lorain County will be under the Level 3 red public health advisory. The tiered system — from the least severe yellow advisory to the most severe purple — is designed to illustrate the degree of the pandemic in each county. Lorain County cannot drop below red until it falls below the high-incidence threshold for a two-week period. It also must meet fewer than four “alert indicators” to drop to a lower level.

As of Thursday, the county was meeting just three indicators: new cases per capita, proportion of cases not in a congregate setting and sustained increase in emergency department visits for COVID-like illness. The red advisory comes with a warning that the county is experiencing “very high exposure and spread.” Residents are advised to continue limiting activities as much as possible and following all current health orders. –The Chronicle-Telegram

PRIMROSES Care and Future Life

primroses on a table

Please do not throw out your primrose when it stops blooming. If you leave it on one of the “Plant Donations” trays in the two glass hallways, we will transplant it outdoors in the Woodland Garden and other areas. Meanwhile, enjoy!

Light and Temperature: Sunny but not too warm window facing South or West. Best temperature 60 to 64 degrees. Water: Water thoroughly once or twice a week (when top soil is dry). Transplant to garden or balcony after it has bloomed in May or June. Do not plant too deeply or overwater. –Shared by Bettina, May and Posie 

Health Care Guide for Independent Living

The guide may be found at the Kendal at Oberlin Resident Association Website (KORA). This link will get you there best. Health Section is found on pages 89-116 of the Resident Handbook. If you don’t have this link, you need to be signed on to the Kendal-Resident Network. Once on the main page, scroll to the bottom of the page and under “noteworthy,” the last option is the Resident Handbook. To receive your personal copy by email as PDF, email Stacy Terrell

More Corrections for New Telephone Directory 

  • Joy Illig – 440-774-3429
  • Amy Mitch – amym3908@gmail.com

All telephone directory corrections have been posted on the Administration bulletin board.

Note! New Schedule for Kendal’s Salon PS – Effective Tuesday, March 2

 

Hours

Stylist

 

Monday

Closed

 

 

Tuesday

9:00am – 3:00pm

Kayla Morris

 

Wednesday

9:00am – 12:00pm

Kirsten Long

 

Wednesday

12:00pm – 4:00pm

Kayla Morris

 

Thursday

9:00am – 3:00pm

Kayla Morris

 

Thursday

9:00am – 3:00pm

Kirsten Long –

In Jameson House Spa for SCC Residents Only

Friday

9:00am – 1:00pm

Kayla Morris

 

If you had an appointment scheduled that will be affected by this change, you will be contacted by the salon stylist to reschedule. We apologize for any inconvenience.

Weekdays at 5

Is a time to visit unmasked with friends on Zoom for 45 minutes and will continue Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday during the month of March. Join Zoom Meeting – Questions? Contact Christina Graf.

Pool Maintenance

The pool area will be closed March 1-5 for usual maintenance. The Equipment Room will be open and the restroom outside the Equipment Room will be available for use. Classes will continue to meet. The locker rooms will be closed.

A Review of International Climate Policy – Monday, March 1, at 7:15pm on Zoom and KOTV Jonathan Pershing is presenting. Dr. Pershing has been involved in international climate negotiations for the past 30 years and is currently a member of John Kerry’s climate policy team.

Remember: Lorenzo’s Pizza, Salad or Lasagna Delivery will be on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Recycling Reminder

  • recycling grocery bags
    Please do NOT put any plastic bags already contaminated with food particles into the Heiser plastic-bag bin, not even if you’ve washed the bags out.
  • This photo shows 2 months’ worth, or a little more than 60 dinner bags, fitting into one bag. Folded flat like this saves multiple trips to Giant Eagle by your plastic-bag recycling team, and a corresponding decrease in tailpipe emissions. Many of us are already doing this—Bravo/Brava!! Many more of us could do the same. Please help out.

United Way of Greater Lorain County Presents A Week at the Bee to Benefit Lorain County Students

WE NEED YOU! Deadline to enter is March 8!

Up to 3 players per team can compete. Kendal needs staff and resident volunteers for one or more of these competitions.

Team competitions for Spellebrate, Art Bee, History Bee, or STEM Bee. Kendal has competed previously in the Spellebrate competition and this year will welcome more for the other three Bee competitions. Please contact Barbara Thomas at bthomas@kao.kendal.org if you are interested in participating on a team. Competition will be held via Zoom. Preliminary rounds (12 teams per competition) will be conducted with individual teams. Preliminaries will be recorded between March 22 and April 9 and Semifinals and Finals will be conducted with the top 5 teams from the preliminaries of each competition together. Semifinals and Final Rounds will be recorded between April 12 and 23. Final pre-recorded competition will be shown on United Way’s YouTube Channel May 10-14. Let’s have some fun and benefit Lorain County students with United Way!

Good Reads

Optimism and Caution in this New York Magazine article

Great Strides in COVID-19 Cases Dropping

As we near the one-year mark since the World Health Organization (WHO) first declared COVID-19 a pandemic, it is tempting to lose hope and sight of the progress we have made in tackling this crisis. However, scientists, governments, and health systems across the world have been working at high speed to inoculate people en masse. The results of this mass vaccination, together with sustained physical distancing and lockdown measures, are starting to show. –Medical News Today

A MedPage Today Article Worth Reading

“…no one knows how well the vaccines actually perform at halting infections overall or preventing transmission. All we understand now is how well they prevent people from becoming significantly sick. For now, experts are urging vaccinated people to continue wearing masks and to keep away from other people when possible.” –shared by Linda Lannom

In Boost for COVID-19 Battle, Pfizer Vaccine Found 94% Effective in Real World – It’s timely on our day of celebrating the completion of our fully vaccinated status that this additional piece of good news comes out. * –from Medscape

Gorillas Test Positive for Coronavirus at San Diego Zoo –New York Times, shared by Melissa Reed

Response from Rachel Duncan, who used to work there: Yes, a good friend of mine is the lead gorilla keeper (although she was gone on maternity leave during that time). Winston, the silverback mentioned, is quite elderly and has several other health issues so I was so relieved to hear he recovered well! There are a surprising amount of zoonotic diseases that can be shared between humans and animals in zoos, tuberculosis in elephants for example. There is even a disease that can be spread to kangaroos via keepers and guests that originates in house cats. So weird! We went through yearly training on zoonotic diseases and how to limit their spread. It was quite interesting!

REPEATING: Thursday, February 25, Reduces Community Restrictions – A Day Much Awaited!

  • Starting Thursday, fully vaccinated IL residents may now visit one another in their private homes without the need for masks and with no more than 6 people at a time. This is for Kendal residents only, not outside visitors. This means your much loved activities in your home can once again be enjoyed whether it is playing cards, playing instruments together, having a meal, and sitting closer than 6 feet apart. This is a BIG step for Kendal, and we ask you to be aware not all residents will choose to do this yet or they may do so with very few people. By mutually respecting each other’s choices and continuing to care for one another, our community will continue to thrive, even with COVID still lurking.

We have not found any other Kendal affiliate allowing for removal of masks with friends in their homes, but each Kendal is taking into account their own statistics with COVID and the surrounding area. Our New Normal Planning Committee continues to deliberate many factors of caution to find the right balance as we consider more opportunities.

  • Passes for trips outside Kendal are eliminated as of February 25. You should have received a bright pink placard with a “K” on it for each car you keep at Kendal to place in the lower front windshield on the passenger side. This identifies cars as a “Kendal Resident” to the front gate staff. To enter Kendal, residents will use the left side of the driveway which has been used by staff. It is recommended that residents keep a record of where they go in a calendar or a different system of choice. If there is a COVID outbreak at a particular location, this 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 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).

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  14
      KaO Other Staff Cases  18
KaO Staff Total 32
Kendal at Oberlin Total 33
***In Quarantine, COVID Positive 0
***Recovered 33

Lorain County (as of 2/25/2021)

New Cases (since Tuesday 2/23/2021, 2 day average: 34.5) 69
Total Lorain County Cases 17,346
Total in Zip Code 44074 (+2 since Tuesday 2/23/2021) 485
Current Lorain County Positivity Rate (trending down) 9.50%
Total Deaths, age ranges 30-39 • 1; 40-49 • 5; 50-59 • 14; 60-69 • 49; 70-79 • 86, 80+ • 162 317
Total Deaths in Long Term Care Settings (updated weekly, last 2/26/2021) 181

Cuyahoga County (as of 2/25/2021)

Cuyahoga County (excluding Cleveland – last updated 2/25/2021) 67,785
Cleveland Cases (last update 2/25/2021) 26,632
Total Cuyahoga County Cases 94,417
New Cases (since Tuesday, 2/23/2021)            596
Total Cuyahoga County Deaths 1,659
Total Deaths in Long Term Care Settings (updated weekly, last 2/26/2021) 580
Lorain County Vaccinations Started 37,241 or 12% of population

State of Ohio (as posted 2/25/2021)

New Cases in the Last 24-hours 2,409
21-day Average of New Cases 2,455
Total Cases 962,404
Age Range all Cases <1-111
Median Age of all Cases 42
Total Hospitalizations (cumulative) 49,951 or 5%
Total Hospitalizations Last 24 hours 163
21-day Average of Hospitalizations 135
Median Age of all Hospitalized 68
Total ICU Admissions (cumulative) 7,104 or 1%
Total ICU Admissions last 24 hours 21
21-day Average of ICU Admissions 14
Total Health Care Workers Diagnosed 55,641 6%
Total Tested in Ohio 9,894,516
Total Deaths 17,125 or 2%
Median Age of Deaths 80
Deaths in Last 24 hours 80
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 2/26/2021) 7,093
Statewide Vaccinations Started 1,530,823 or 13.1% of population

February 23, 2021: Update to Residents

COVID-19, the U.S. Passes Grim Milestone of 500,000 Deaths, nearly 2,500,000 Deaths Worldwide

lighted candles

We remember and mourn with those who are grieving such incredible loss and continue to commit ourselves to one another in keeping our community safe and promoting safe practices on and off campus to lessen the spread.  We long for the day when this pandemic is behind us. Our mantra remains Calm, Proactive Preparedness based on Science.

Thursday, February 25, Reduces Community Restrictions – A Day Much Awaited!

  • Starting Thursday, fully vaccinated IL residents may now visit one another in their private homes without the need for masks and with no more than 6 people at a time. This is for Kendal residents only, not outside visitors. This means your much loved activities in your home can once again be enjoyed whether it is playing cards, playing instruments together, having a meal, and sitting closer than 6 feet apart. This is a BIG step for Kendal, and we ask you to be aware not all residents will choose to do this yet or they may do so with very few people. By mutually respecting each other’s choices and continuing to care for one another, our community will continue to thrive, even with COVID still lurking.

We have not found any other Kendal affiliate allowing for removal of masks with friends in their homes, but each Kendal is taking into account their own statistics with COVID and the surrounding area. Our New Normal Planning Committee continues to deliberate many factors of caution to find the right balance as we consider more opportunities.

  • car windshield with K pass
    Passes for trips outside Kendal are eliminated as of February 25
    . You should have received a bright pink placard with a “K” on it for each car you keep at Kendal to place in the lower front windshield on the passenger side. This identifies cars as a “Kendal Resident” to the front gate staff. To enter Kendal, residents will use the left side of the driveway which has been used by staff. It is recommended that residents keep a record of where they go in a calendar or a different system of choice. If there is a COVID outbreak at a particular location, this 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 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). 

Medscape Reports on Food and Food Packaging: The US FDA confirms previous statements of the CDC that food and food packaging do not carry or transmit SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. An international food safety agency has come to the same conclusion. –shared by Don Parker

Lorenzo’s Pizza Party (Or Lasagna)

This is the week to place a Lorenzo’s Pizza, Lasagna, or Salad order. Deadline is Friday at 5pm. Delivery will be next week, Tuesday and Wednesday.

Johnny’s Deliver this Week!

It’s not too late to place an order by calling Terry at 440-774-8215. You can expect delivery on Thursday at 10am. Unclaimed orders are being stored for one big celebration when this pandemic is over! 😊

Weekdays at 5 

A time to visit unmasked with friends on Zoom for 45 minutes – will continue Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday during the month of March. Join Zoom Meeting Questions? Contact Tina Graf.

Thursday Afternoon Exchange Zoom with Barbara: Key Topic is Health Care FAQs

KORA has asked for particular topics to be shared as a general update on our health care matters. This will be good for all residents as a refresher.

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

New Resident Directory

It is always a delight to receive the new directory at Kendal. There are a few omissions/corrections:

  • Facility Services – Evening and Night phone- 440-370-5926
  • Jerry Berner- xxx-548-xxxx (numbers listed to correct)
  • Rebecca Chudacoff- xxx-xxx-8078 (numbers listed to correct)

Special thanks to Nina Love for her year-long work to keep this up. Also kudos to JoDee Palmer whose eye for detail also is helpful. This year’s colorful cover is the artistic work of new resident Helene Aarons. Nina reported that Sally Olin, Randy Wagner, and Jill Wettersten all helped in the delivery process. As we are fond of saying, “It takes a village”!

United Way of Greater Lorain County Presents: A Week at the Bee to Benefit Lorain County Students

Up to 3 players per team can compete. Kendal needs staff and resident volunteers for one or more of these competitions. Team competitions for Spellebrate, Art Bee, History Bee, or Stem Bee. Kendal has competed previously in the Spellebrate competition but are also open to adding a team for one of the other three Bee competitions. Please contact Barbara Thomas if you are interested in participating on a team. Competition will be held via Zoom. Preliminary rounds (12 teams per competition) will be conducted with individual teams. Preliminaries will be recorded between March 22 and April 9 and Semifinals and Finals will be conducted with the top 5 teams from the preliminaries of each competition together. Semifinals and Final Rounds will be recorded between April 12 and 23. Final pre-recorded competition will be shown on United Way’s YouTube Channel May 10-14. Let’s have some fun and benefit Lorain County students with United Way!

Today’s Statistics

Kendal at Oberlin (KaO)

Independent Living Resident Cases  0
Stephens Care Center (SCC) Resident Cases  
     Residential Care Facility 1
     Skilled Nursing Facility 0
KaO Residents Total 1
   KaO SCC Staff Cases 14
   KaO Other Staff Cases 18
KaO Staff Total 32
Kendal at Oberlin Total 33
***In Quarantine, COVID Positive 0
***Recovered 33

Lorain County (as of 2/23/2021) – Level 3 RED

New Cases (since Thursday 2/18/2021, 4-day average: 47.5) 190
Total Lorain County Cases 17,277
Total in Zip Code 44074 (+1 since Thursday 2/18/2021) 483
Current Lorain County Positivity Rate (trending down) 9.50%
Total Deaths, age ranges 30-39 • 1; 40-49 • 5; 50-59 • 14; 60-69 • 49; 70-79 • 86, 80+ • 155 310
Total Deaths in Long Term Care Settings (updated weekly, last 2/17/2021) 174
Lorain County Vaccinations Started 35,875 or 11.6% of population

Cuyahoga County (as of 2/23/2021) – Level 3 RED

Cuyahoga County (excluding Cleveland – last updated 2/23/2021) 67,358
Cleveland Cases (last update 2/18/2021) 26,463
Total Cuyahoga County Cases 93,821
New Cases (since Thursday, 2/18/2021)         1,208
Total Cuyahoga County Deaths 1,590
Total Deaths in Long Term Care Settings (updated weekly, last 2/17/2021) 551

State of Ohio (as posted on 2/23/2021)

New Cases in the Last 24-hours 2,775
21-day Average of New Cases 2,639
Total Cases 958,153
Age Range all Cases <1-111
Median Age of all Cases 42
Total Hospitalizations (cumulative) 49,651 or 5%
Total Hospitalizations Last 24 hours 159
21-day Average of Hospitalizations 142
Median Age of all Hospitalized 68
Total ICU Admissions (cumulative) 7,073 or 1%
Total ICU Admissions last 24 hours 29
21-day Average of ICU Admissions 16
Total Health Care Workers Diagnosed 55,355 or 6%
Total Tested in Ohio 9,830,863
Total Deaths 16,968 or 2%
Median Age of Deaths 80
Deaths in Last 24 hours 94
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 2/17/2021 – included a one day increase of 1,150 due to a reconciliation) 6,876
Statewide Vaccinations Started 1,474,872 or 12.6% of population

Contact Information


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