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Community Updates Week of 3/15/2021

Calm, Proactive Preparedness


March 19, 2021: Update to Residents

Fewer counties under red alert as more Ohioans become eligible for vaccine

“Cases and hospitalizations for COVID-19 continue to decline statewide,” Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine said in his coronavirus news briefing Thursday. “I don’t know if we’ve got a trend yet, but we’re headed in the right direction,” he said. DeWine has stated that when new COVID-19 cases are down below 50 per 100,000 population over two weeks statewide, he will lift all state restrictions. Currently, Ohio is at 143.8 cases per 100,000 population over the last two weeks, down markedly from its high mark of 845.5 per 100,000 before Christmas. Lorain County is slightly below average, at 143 cases per 100,000 population over the last two weeks.

Of Ohio’s 88 counties, five are now under the Level 1 “yellow” advisory, the lowest designation on the state’s color-coded public health advisory system. It is the most yellow counties Ohio has had since October. Twenty-three counties are now under the Level 2 “orange” advisory. Sixty counties, including Lorain, are under the Level 3 “red” advisory, the fewest since November. Lorain County will remain under the red advisory for at least another week due to having an incidence rate of more than 100 new cases per 100,000 residents within the past two weeks. The county cannot drop to the Level 2 or Level 1 advisories until it ceases to be “high-incidence,” despite the fact that it is currently exceeding the threshold for just two of the alert indicators that determine advisory level — new cases per capita and non-congregate cases.The Chronicle-Telegram

Grocery Delivery from IGA

This service will end after this current 2-week cycle on April 2. There are many ways you can get groceries from IGA including your own trips, the upcoming bus trips offered by Kendal and the Oberlin Connector. We have been told by Leo at IGA that curbside will soon be offered by IGA, estimated for some time in April. Kendal will continue to offer Walmart curbside pickup through April, freeing up drivers to add other shopping trips and to meet the increase in medical trip needs. More information to come. 

Johnny’s to Deliver This Coming Week

You can place orders this coming week on Monday and Tuesday by calling with Terry by calling 440-774-8215.

Fox and Fell Reopens Spacious and Delicious Fashion!

The New “Choice Meal Plan” will begin on April 19!

We want to repeat again, BIG CHANGES ARE COMING!

  • The current Flexible Meal Plan will be replaced with this new plan .
  • The current meal delivery program will be replaced with the meal options in the Fox & Fell and Langston.
  • The current $7.50 pandemic meal credit will end as we begin our “new normal”. This rate was only temporary under extraordinary circumstances. It is considerably higher than our “raw food cost” and must be adjusted to our budget for 2021.

And share more information about the new options!

  • There are 4 tiers ranging from a full plan to a complete opt-out.
    • The 30 Tier is equivalent to the current “meal of the day” program as described in your contract.
    • We will offer two partial options, the 20 Tier and the 10 Tier
    • The final Tier is a complete opt-out
  • Residents are always welcomed to dine with us regardless of the Tier they choose or the balance of their plan. If their plan is depleted for the month, we will simply add the charge to their account.
  • Each quarter residents may change their tier selection.

This new meal plan is a declining dollar balance plan:

  • Resident food dollars are calculated using the $14.37* standard meal cost as published January 2021.
  • Resident food rebates are calculated using the $4.75* daily meal credit as published January 2021.
  • The total food dollars and food rebate you receive is determined by the tier you choose.

*Source Kendal at Oberlin Miscellaneous Service Charges-2021

The complete plan is being reviewed and finalized so we will continue share more information as we move toward the final version!

Update on Reservations

Next week is completely booked but reservations remain open for the following week. For right now, we are accepting reservations as they come but ask that you are considerate of your neighbors. We don’t want to see open tables but will have to react as demand grows to prevent any monopolization of the limited tables.

How to Reserve a Table in the Fox & Fell

  1. Look for an email from Stephanie Sutton. This email will arrive shortly and include your link to the SignUpGenius program.
  2. Click on the link and it will open up to the Fox & Fell reservation calendar in the program.
  3. Select your preferred date, time, and table size then click submit.
  4. List all members of your party and click confirmed.

Options if you don’t have email:

  • Participate as a member of another resident’s reservation.
  • Ask a friend or neighbor to make the reservation for you.
  • You can call Stephanie Sutton for assistance.

Coming April 18 (estimated) with the New Fitness Schedule

  1. Pool will be open for residents from 6am-8pm 7 days weekly through SignUpGenius except when water classes take place.
  2. Residents will sign in and out themselves.
  3. Equipment room is open 24/7 for vaccinated residents – no signup necessary.
  4. Vaccinated staff to use the 4 pieces of equipment in the land class exercise room at designated times (6-8am and 5-8pm tentatively) Masks worn at all times with others present.
  5. Accommodations will be made for SCC residents who want to swim.
  6. Resident-led water classes will resume with no masks worn by resident leading class and water class participants (see More About Masks below).
  7. Showers in locker rooms still remain closed, but bathrooms remain open for use and changing. —shared by Jill Tvaroha

More About Masks

Masks are not required in the pool, even for classes since everyone is immunized. The pool has constant fresh air coming in, circulated continuously by the exhaust fans. Ten people can now be in the pool at one time, properly distanced.

Masks are also not required, but can be worn if tolerated, in other fitness areas such as the Equipment Room (treadmills, stationary bicycles, etc.) nor the Fitness Classroom where classes are held.  All participants are required to remain socially distanced and to frequently wash/sanitize their hands. These areas are now open 24/7 without having to sign up for times and spots. As in other community areas, residents are encouraged to be sensitive to the preferences of others using the Equipment and Fitness Rooms who may ask for masks to be worn. Or you can return at another time when the rooms are unused by others. The number permitted at one time and distancing requirements remain the same. –shared by Mary Behm and the New Normal Committee

On-Campus and Off-Campus Visits with those NOT vaccinated Permitted with Requirements

“In accordance with recent CDC recommendations, Kendal at Oberlin is allowing residents to visit off-campus with family and friends who have not been vaccinated, and to have unvaccinated family and friends visit in their homes here at Kendal allowing for requirements that must be followed:

After any such visit, we ask that all members of the Kendal household involved do the following things, to help protect the health and well-being of our entire community:

  • Ask the unvaccinated person or persons to check back with you after five days to report on whether they have developed any COVID-like symptoms during that time. Why? In the first days of COVID, you do not have symptoms so must be extra-cautious.
  • During those five days, these Kendal residents will refrain from gathering in closed indoor spaces with any other Kendal residents. This will include not going to visit in other residents’ homes, not inviting other residents into their homes, not dining in the Fox and Fell (or Langston after it opens), and not participating in gatherings in any of our community spaces, including the Exercise Rooms, Green Room, Crossroads Room, Woodshop, Craft Room, Art Studio, or Auditorium.
  • After those five days, the resident will check back with the unvaccinated person for an update. If all is well, the Kendal resident or residents will resume all of their usual activities. If all is NOT well, the resident will report that fact to the Kendal health services team. The New Normal Committee does not see this as a quarantine or an isolation, simply common sense precautions to be taken.”

These protocols are VERY IMPORTANT because the COVID19 virus can be spread even if the person carrying the virus has NO SYMPTOMS and is considered asymptomatic.

Additional Notes for Clarification from the New Normal Planning Committee

  • Auditorium Set-Ups- while the capacity is now 25 persons, when there are programs drawing an audience, the program hosting the program will need to determine who will be entitled to using those 25 seats.
  • Set-ups in the Auditorium are done by users. If you need 25 chairs, your group should be prepared to set them up, sanitize, and put them back so the next group has the space open unless agreed up to use the set-up in place. Set-ups like the table tennis should not be left in place over the weekend any long but set up for individual reservations by day.
  • The Auditorium stage should be cleared after use in such a way that the piano is gently put back in place and out of the way; music stands or other furniture is also put away following use. Facility Services are pulled in too many directions to do any of these set-ups at this time.
  • Overnight stays at Kendal are only approved with the agreement for a resident to do a full 7-day quarantine following the visit and must be approved by Administration for oversight by the Health and Wellness Clinic. You must make arrangements ahead to have such stays approved so the monitoring and testing protocols are in place.
  • Overnights away from Kendal with family/friends call for a quarantine and need to be arranged ahead so protocols can be put in place. Contact Administration or the Health and Wellness Clinic, please. Also remember we need to look at the County rating for COVID.
  • Visits into your home are limited to 5 hours or less on our campus. Penn remains one hour.
  • Errands to Businesses and other Stores: While Senior Hours Shopping is encouraged, you may shop and do errands at other places of business by following all the precautions you’ve learned over the last year. Shop at the least busy hours, double-mask, carry sanitizer and keep your distance from other customers. Call the business ahead if you are unfamiliar on their arrangements to stay safe. This includes necessary trips to such places as a bank, a jewelry store (maybe to change your watch battery), picking up a new driver license, exchanging papers to do your taxes, being fitted for new shoes, etc.

IRS IP PINs for Everyone: How This Security Tool Could Help Protect You from Identity Theft

Ever try to file a tax return online with the IRS only to find your efforts blocked with the IRS saying someone with your same Social Security number and name already filed? You might be the victim of tax-related identity theft. In this type of identity theft, someone uses your stolen personal information, including your Social Security number, to file a tax return in your name to claim your tax refund.

The IRS has now given taxpayers a new tool to help prevent tax-related identity theft: An Identity Protection Personal Identification Number, better known as an IP PIN. This tool is available to all taxpayers. IP PINs are designed to make it more difficult for thieves to file false tax returns in the names of other taxpayers. These PINs are unique six-digit numbers. When you file your return with an IP PIN, it provides the IRS with additional information to verify your identity. Identity thieves, then, would need to know not just your Social Security number, but your IP PIN, too.

Each taxpayer’s IP PIN lasts for just that tax-filing year. Taxpayers will have to sign up for a new IP PIN every year. You can log onto the Get an IPN tool offered by the IRS. You will have to verify your identity. This means that you’ll have to register an online account with IRS.gov, a process the IRS says takes about 15 minutes. Go to IRS.gov and click on requesting an IP PIN for instructions.

If you are a confirmed victim of identity theft, the IRS will mail you a CP01A Notice with a new IP PIN each year. This process will be automatic.

If you try to e-file your tax return and it is rejected because of a duplicate filing, complete IRS Form 14039, Identity Theft Affidavit. Fill out the form at IRS.gov, print it, attach the form to your paper tax return and mail that and your return to the IRS according to the instructions on the form.

You can also request a copy of your fraudulent tax return from the IRS. For more information about this, visit the IRS’ page on dealing with fraudulent returns. You should also visit IdentityTheft.gov to learn more about the steps you should take to protect yourself and your finances from identity thieves. –from Norton LifeLock shared by Toni Merleno, risk manager

FUN – Do play this 5-Minute video

Doctors rap a la Hamilton about “Not throwing away my shot! –Shared by Kathy Hazelton

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
***Recovered33

Lorain County (as of 3/18/2021)

New Cases (since Monday 3/15/2021, 3 day average: 18)54
Total Lorain County Cases  17,857
Total in Zip Code 44074 (+2 since Monday 3/15/2021)502
Current Lorain County Positivity Rate (trending down)5.10%
Total Deaths, age ranges 20-29 • 1; 30-39 • 1; 40-49 • 5; 50-59 • 17; 60-69 • 57; 70-79 • 113, 80+ • 181  (reflects ODH correcting county of residences for deaths)374
Total Deaths in Long Term Care Settings (updated weekly, last 3/17/2021)208
Statewide Vaccinations Started2,567,312 or 22% of population

Cuyahoga County (as of 3/18/2021)

Cuyahoga County (excluding Cleveland)          70,859
Cleveland Cases 27,696
Total Cuyahoga County Cases98,555
New Cases (since Monday 3/15/2021)          664
Total Cuyahoga County Deaths 2,054
Total Deaths in Long Term Care Settings (updated weekly, last 3/17/2021)671

State of Ohio (as posted 3/18/2021)

New Cases in the Last 24-hours 2,104
21-day Average of New Cases1,590
Total Cases 995,785
Age Range all Cases<1-111
Median Age of all Cases42
Total Hospitalizations (cumulative)51,993 or 5%
Total Hospitalizations Last 24-hours156
21-day Average of Hospitalizations 97
Median Age of all Hospitalized67
Total ICU Admissions (cumulative)7,312 or 1% 
Total ICU Admissions last 24-hours 17
21-day Average of ICU Admissions 10
Total Health Care Workers Diagnosed 57,664 6%
Total Tested in Ohio10,591,209
Total Deaths in Ohio 18,114
Median Age of Deaths 80
Deaths in Last 24 hours0
21-Day Average of DeathsData incomplete
Total Deaths in Ohio Long Term Care Settings Updated Weekly, (ODH adjusted this number) Last 3/17/2021 6,903
Statewide Vaccinations Started2,567,312 or 22% of population

March 16, 2021: Update to Residents

So, You Want to Dine in Fox & Fell?  Here is the Information You Need!

Starting on March 22, residents are invited to attend dinner service in the Fox and Fell Dining Room!  More details on the process are below but please remember these few things:

  • We are asking that only one person in each party set up the reservation and list the names of everyone who will be attending at that table.
  • All reservations should be selected by Noon on Thursday of the prior week, so we have time to adjust the meal deliveries to reflect the reservations.
  • We would like everyone to continue to complete the weekly meal delivery menus as normal and know we will not deliver your meal on any day you have a confirmed reservation
  • If you normally opt out, continue to opt out for each week and we will not issue a meal credit on that date.

How to Reserve a Table in the Fox & Fell

  1. Look for an email from Stephanie Sutton.  This email will arrive shortly and include your link to the SignUpGenius program. 
  2. Click on the link and it will open up to the Fox & Fell reservation calendar in the program.
  3. Select your preferred date, time, and table size then click submit.
  4. List all members of your party and click confirmed.

Options if you don’t have email:

  • Participate as a member of another resident’s reservation.
  • Ask a friend or neighbor to make the reservation for you.
  • You can call Stephanie Sutton for assistance.

The New “Choice Meal Plan” will begin on April 19!

  • Included in this are Big Changes!
    • The current Flexible Meal Plan will be replaced with this new plan.
    • The current meal delivery program will be replaced with the meal options in the Fox & Fell and Langston.
    • The current $7.50 pandemic meal credit will end as we begin our “new normal”. This rate was only temporary under extraordinary circumstances. It is considerably higher than our “raw food cost” and must be adjusted to our budget for 2021.
  • AND New Options!
    • There are 4 tiers ranging from a full plan to a complete opt-out.
    • One of the new tiers is equivalent to the current “meal of the day” program as described in your contract.
    • Each quarter residents may change their tier selection.
    • This new meal plan is a declining dollar balance plan:
      • Resident food dollars are calculated using the $14.37* standard meal cost as published January 2021.
      • Resident food rebates are calculated using the $4.75* daily meal credit as published January 2021.
      • The total food dollars and food rebate you receive is determined by the tier you choose.

The complete plan is being reviewed and finalized so much more information to come!

*Source Kendal at Oberlin Miscellaneous Service Charges-2021

KORA Council Meeting

You are invited to a Zoom webinar: When: March 18, 2021 10:00AM Eastern Time (US and Canada) Topic: KORA Council Meeting March  18, 2021 at 10:0am.

Please click the link to join the KORA Council Meeting webinar:  Join Zoom Meeting Shared by Mary Behm

City Manager Rob Hillard Joins us at the Thursday Afternoon Zoom at 4:00pm

Come learn what’s new with the City as we talk with Oberlin City Manager Rob Hillard. He will also address the process underway for a new City Comprehensive Plan. 

The Zoom link is the same each week: Join Zoom Meeting – Meeting ID: 921 4392 7958 – One tap mobile +13126266799,,92143927958# US (Chicago)

Good Read

Unraveling the Mystery of Europe’s Uneven COVID Surges  – A year ago this week, the European Union banned nonessential travel from outside the bloc, as the first coronavirus wave caused increasing havoc on the continent. In Italy, Europe’s initial epicenter, cases had already begun to spiral, which other countries took as a grim portent.

But the wave broke unevenly, smashing, pulling back and surging again into different countries at different times in a confounding sequence experts are still scrambling to untangle.

More than a year into the pandemic, as some countries struggle yet again with surging cases, it still often seems there is little rhyme or reason to which countries get hit hardest, and when. The Washington Post

The Beginning of Normal

Based on walks through Heiser, it has been a joy to see groups gathering  in the Auditorium, Arts/Crafts spaces,  Green Room, and Crossroads distantly spaced but without masks, and lot of SMILES that we’ve missed seeing in person.

Looking Ahead to April Shopping Changes

Two meetings were held this week with residents to answer questions how we will transition away from Kendal staff doing the Discount Drug Mart and IGA shopping and weekday deliveries from both IGA and Walmart. Almost all attendees no longer drive or are thinking of giving up their cars. Some are no longer physically able to go into the store to shop. No resident will be left without options to have their needs met.  This transition will start at the beginning of April as we begin offering bus trips once again. Transportation Coordinator Ed Harder was at each meeting to note the questions of each attendee to help shape our new trip schedule. The program will work to accommodate some senior shopping hours as well as other morning hours when stores are less crowded. We will ask residents to consider various ways to get their needs met including partnering with a resident friend, using Kendal’s trips, and considering the new Oberlin Connector expanded services for $1 each way.  It was also noted our new bus has no steps making entry and exit much easier. We are studying if a limited number of our regular trips might be able to accommodate curbside pickup for those living in IL that can no longer get into a store for shopping. Stay tuned for more information forthcoming.

new Kendal bus
Have you had a chance to see the new bus up close?

Ed Harder has arranged tours of the new bus on Wednesday, 3/17, from 10am-12pm in front of Heiser.


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
***Recovered33

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

New Cases (since Thursday 3/11/2021, 4 day average: 21.5)86
Total Lorain County Cases  17,803
Total in Zip Code 44074 (+2 since Thursday 3/11/2021)500
Current Lorain County Positivity Rate (trending down)5.10%
Total Deaths, age ranges 20-29 • 1; 30-39 • 1; 40-49 • 5; 50-59 • 17; 60-69 • 56; 70-79 • 109, 80+ • 180 (reflects ODH correcting county of residences for deaths)369
Total Deaths in Long Term Care Settings (updated weekly, last 3/10/2021)204
Lorain County Vaccinations Started 63,863 or 20.6% of population

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

Cuyahoga County (excluding Cleveland)          70,385
Cleveland Cases 27,506
Total Cuyahoga County Cases97,891
New Cases (since Tuesday 3/9/2021)            673
Total Cuyahoga County Deaths 2,030
Total Deaths in Long Term Care Settings (updated weekly, last 3/10/2021)644

State of Ohio (as posted 3/15/2021)

New Cases in the Last 24-hours 1,149
21-day Average of New Cases1,665
Total Cases 990,340
Age Range all Cases<1-111
Median Age of all Cases42
Total Hospitalizations (cumulative)51,642 or 5%
Total Hospitalizations Last 24 hours91
21-day Average of Hospitalizations 102
Median Age of all Hospitalized67
Total ICU Admissions (cumulative)7,277 or 1% 
Total ICU Admissions last 24 hours 9
21-day Average of ICU Admissions 11
Total Health Care Workers Diagnosed 57,387 or 6%
Total Tested in Ohio10,508,152
Total Deaths in Ohio 18,036
Median Age of Deaths 80
Deaths in Last 24 hours0
21-day Average of DeathsData incomplete
Total Deaths in Ohio Long Term Care Settings (updated weekly, last 3/10/2021 – ODH adjusted this number) 6,790
Statewide Vaccinations Started2,390,412 or 20.5% of population

Contact Information


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