Community Updates Week of 3/22/2021

Calm, Proactive Preparedness


March 26, 2021: Update to Residents

Monday, March 29, Begins Visits in Your Home If You Choose

We are transitioning to a different pass starting on Monday given expected higher traffic. This is for families and friends, not the vendors or other businesses that come to Kendal. We ask that you send our updated letter and new pass that must be completed and printed out before your visitors arrive at our entrance. Having forms completed will speed up the entry process significantly. Our staff will review the form for any concerning questions on symptoms, recent travel, etc. and complete the process by taking your visitor/family person’s temperature. Hard copies of the new letter and form will be available in the Heiser Lounge by Saturday as well as sent out the same day for those that get email. The new form is a “fillable form” so it can be completed online and printed. The hard copy is a clean copy with details removed used for the computer version. In the meantime we are working on an updated Frequently Asked Questions that was reviewed at the Afternoon Exchange by Zoom/KOTV.

Lorain County Remains Level 3 Red

With vaccinations up, why aren’t Ohio coronavirus numbers going down?

While coronavirus cases are surging in many states, especially just to the north in Michigan, the bad news in Ohio is merely that they have leveled off or just inched up a bit over the last couple of weeks…Why aren’t case numbers continuing to shrink in Ohio with so many more people being vaccinated each week? Are there pockets of big increases geographically in the state waiting to spread? What role are the more contagious variants of the virus playing? And could this somewhat modest increase in case numbers statewide of late just be the lull before the storm–the return of a fall-like surge in cases across Ohio?

There are indications that the vaccine is beginning to have a real impact in limiting the spread of the virus, yet even with vaccinations started on about 3 million people across the state, 3-in-4 Ohioans have not received a single shot.

“It’s literally a race between how fast we can get people vaccinated and how fast people are willing to take the vaccine versus the variant. It now looks like we have enough fire power to keep going and going,” Gov. Mike DeWine said Thursday, expressing confidence that the worst of the pandemic is within weeks of coming to an end. Dr. Amy Edwards, infectious disease physician at University Hospitals in Cleveland, said that with 25% of the Ohioans vaccinated so far, that’s clearly not enough to turn back variants of the virus beginning to spread. Cleveland.com

Weaned on Hollywood endings, Americans now face a messy one

There will come a day — maybe even a day in the next few months — when Americans wake up, emerge from their homes, cast away their masks and resume their lives. On that day, the Great Coronavirus Pandemic of 2020-21 will be over. Ridiculous, right? A consummation devoutly to be wished, but highly unlikely.

Here’s the problem with anticipating the end of the pandemic: No one is sure just what that ending will look like or when it will arrive — or even if we’ll know it when we see it… The American brand of ending — borrowed from Classical Greek storytelling, made industrial-strength over four generations by Hollywood and Madison Avenue — goes something like this: A story concludes with a specific resolution, usually after some action, good-guy heroics or big-time character development, and usually at a specific, discernible moment. The Chronicle-Telegram/AP

Vaccinated People Can Get COVID, but it is Most Likely Very Rare –New York Times, shared by Charles Klaveness 

I’ve been sequestered in my retirement community for a year. Liberation is in sight.

This story almost sounds like it could have been Kendal at Oberlin, but it is Goodwin House, a nonprofit life plan community in Virgina. There are many similarities on the high level of community engagement throughout the pandemic. One significant difference is the number of resident cases and lives lost. We learned recently that less than 1% of life plan communities have had no cases of resident COVID. –Washington Post

Reminders:

  • Grocery Delivery from IGA will end after this current 2-week cycle on Friday, 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 to happen sometime 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. Our drivers have felt your gratitude as they delivered groceries this week for the last time for certain residents. It’s been a win-win to have everyone’s cooperation helping us to meet basic needs while coping with a difficult time.
  • Discount Drug Mart – We also anticipate ending our shopper service to Discount Drug Mart at the end of April. It has been good to see orders dropping off. Lori Spurlock has reduced her shopping to just two days per week now, one being a weekend day and one a weekday. Please place your remaining orders keeping in mind that delivery could be several days off.
  • Lorenzo’s Pizza or Lasagna – Remember to place your Lorenzo’s Pizza or Lasagna order on Tuesday, March 30, through Friday, April 2, at 5pm. Delivery: Tuesday, April 6, and Wednesday, April 7. We will likely stop our monthly Pizza Parties after one more in May.

New Dining Program- “Got Questions?”

You can submit your written questions on a labeled collection tray on the same table in the Lounge where you place menus or grocery orders.

If you prefer to submit questions by email, we will have an active mailbox sometime on Sunday: newdining@kao.kendal.org. Many thanks to our Dining Matters Committee for their ongoing help with this project.

Computers Unlimited Service Day

Arrangements have been approved for any resident who needs to have computer support by Computers Unlimited. On April 1 they will be here for the day visiting those cottages with unresolved issues. Please sign-up near the open mailboxes with your name, unit#, and the issue of which you want them to resolve. We will provide your phone number in case they have questions before coming out. They will be in contact to arrange the appointment time for that day, April 1.

Tennyson, Browning, and the Sonorities of the English Language

White Squirrel under tree
White Squirrel at Tappan Square, photo by Lillie Long

You won’t want to miss Bob Longsworth’s talk on Monday, March 29, 7:15pm on Zoom and KOTV. Join Zoom Meeting

Love the Oberlin Farmer’s Market?

Oberlin business owner Jessa New is circulating a survey on the Market as part of her downtown business representative role. She would like to better understand how the Market can have a positive economic impact for all of Oberlin. Here is the link for this fairly simple survey. Your support is most appreciated. Let’s keep the Market a wonderful option for local produce and more 

Vigilance is the watchword as we go through this uncertain time.

Atlantic Magazine shared by Mary Behm

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 3/25/2021)

New Cases (since Monday 3/22/2021, 3 day average: 31)93
Total Lorain County Cases  18,037
Total in Zip Code 44074 (+4 since Monday 3/22/2021)510
Current Lorain County Positivity Rate (trending down)4.7%
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 3/24/2021)217
Lorain County Vaccinations Started 82,939 or 26.8% of population

Cuyahoga County (as of 3/25/2021)

Cuyahoga County (excluding Cleveland)          71,817
Cleveland Cases 28,139
Total Cuyahoga County Cases99,956
New Cases (since Monday, 3/22/2021)            720
Total Cuyahoga County Deaths 2,097
Total Deaths in Long Term Care Settings (updated weekly, last 3/24/2021)738

State of Ohio (as posted 3/25/2021)

New Cases in the Last 24-hours 1,501
21-day Average of New Cases1,509
Total Cases 1,006,171
Age Range all Cases<1-111
Median Age of all Cases42
Total Hospitalizations (cumulative)52,539 or 5%
Total Hospitalizations Last 24 hours67
21-day Average of Hospitalizations 88
Median Age of all Hospitalized67
Total ICU Admissions (cumulative)7,369 or 1% 
Total ICU Admissions last 24 hours 5
21-day Average of ICU Admissions 9
Total Health Care Workers Diagnosed 57,897 or 6%
Total Tested in Ohio10,804,087
Total Deaths in Ohio 18,388
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 3/24/2021 – ODH adjusted this number)7,055
Statewide Vaccinations Started3,028,527 or 25.9% of population

March 23, 2021: Update to Residents

Fox and Fell Hours of Service

We are happy to welcome you back and glad you are enjoying the food and service! However, we must remind everyone that the Fox and Fell closes at 7:30pm. We have had some parties linger and visit much later, but we have a student staff in the evening, and they need to do their homework! –Thanks, from your Dining Team

Grocery Delivery from IGA

This service will end after this current 2-week cycle on Friday, 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 to happen sometime 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.

Discount Drug Mart

We also anticipate ending our shopper service to Discount Drug Mart at the end of April. It has been good to see orders dropping off. Lori Spurlock has reduced her shopping to just two days per week now, one being a weekend day and one a weekday. Please place your remaining orders keeping in mind that delivery could be several days off.

Today’s Heiser Circle Reflection

This event was planned intentionally to stand together in opposition to every act of violence toward any human being for any reason. Mary Behm, KORA President, gave this reading:

“We gather together this afternoon to mourn for the eight people whose lives were tragically ended in Atlanta last Tuesday night. We honor them and share the heartbreak of their families, forever changed by grief and loss. We share their fear of escalating attacks upon Asian and other minority groups. We now also mourn for yet another senseless mass murder in Boulder yesterday, another 10 lives lost. As President Obama said after the Washington Navy Yard shooting: 

The tragedy and the pain that brings us here today is extraordinary. It is unique. The lives that were taken from us were unique. The memories their loved ones carry are unique, and they will carry them and endure long after the news cameras are gone. But part of what wears on us as well is the sense that this has happened before. Part of what wears on us, what troubles us so deeply as we gather here today, is how this senseless violence that took place in the Navy Yard echoes other recent tragedies.

This hate crime in Atlanta and so many other places and the near-constant gun violence tear at our humanity. May we turn our sadness and grief into compassion, advocacy, and action so that this does not happen again. As we share the next five minutes of silence and reflection, we remember:

Soon Chung Park, Xiaojie Tan, Hyun Jung Grant, Daoyou Feng, Suncha Kim, Yong Ae Yue, Delaina Ashley Yaun, Paul Andre Michels, Denny Strong, Neven Stanisic, Rikki Olds, Tralona Bartkowiak, Teri Leiker, Eric Talley, Suzanne Fountain, Kevin Mahoney, Lynn Murray, and Jodi Waters.

Good Read

We Can’t Stop Risky Behavior, So We Just Need to Make It as Safe as Possible – Article from The Washington Post, shared by Robert Taylor

Ohio Department of Health Revises Visitation Requirements for Assisted Living and Nursing Homes

The Ohio Department of Health announced today its revised requirements regarding visitation in communities such as our Stephens Care Center (SCC).  Kendal at Oberlin is reviewing all specific regulatory requirements with this revision and is receiving further discernment from LeadingAge Ohio. To prepare for this next phase of visitation in the Stephens Care Center, these are regulatory fundamentals:

We are working to have all of the appropriate protocols, processes, staff training, and systems in place to accommodate these new and welcome changes by mid-April given the magnitude of these changes. 

In the meantime, SCC visits may still be scheduled in the Education Center Conference Room and Compassionate Care Visits continue. Please check with the SCC resident before scheduling your Education Center Conference Room visit. Reserve a time here. 

Fulfilling the new State and Federal requirements for indoor SCC visits, protocols under development:

  • Visitation in the Stephens Care Center will not be what it was prior to the pandemic.
  • Outdoor visitation is still preferred by the Ohio Department of Health and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.
  • Infection control protocols will need to address the increased potential for the spread of COVID-19.
  • Every visitor, even from Independent Living, will need to be health-screened prior to entering the Stephens Care Center.
  • Kendal will continue with its ongoing evaluation of what is happening in the greater community and assessing the risks with SCC visitation.
  • All SCC visits must be scheduled in advance.
  • The SCC will be required to maintain a visitor log, complete with contact information.
  • All SCC visitors and the residents they are visiting will be educated on the COVID risk present at the time of visit and the need for adherence to maintaining infection control protocols during the visit.
  • All SCC visitors will need to wear a well-fitted surgical or procedural mask, and other personal protective equipment (PPE) as appropriate.
  • SCC visitors will need to maintain social distancing.
  • There will be no more than two visitors allowed per visit.
  • Contactless visits are encouraged; however, fully vaccinated residents will be able to have contact with visitors while wearing a well-fitted surgical or procedural mask and hand hygiene before and after.
  • Visits will be scheduled for a minimum of 30 minutes.
  • Visitors will need to sanitize hands before, during, and after the visit.
  • Visitors will be escorted by staff to the resident’s room for the visit and then escorted out of the SCC after the visit.
  • Visits will be temporarily suspended if there is an outbreak (one case) in the SCC.
  • Kendal will initiate new State-mandated testing protocols effective April 5, testing vaccinated SCC staff once per week and unvaccinated SCC staff twice per week. These testing cadences will also include all Independent Living staff members that enter resident homes, such as Housekeepers and Facility Services staff members.

Kendal at Oberlin is continuing to work with LeadingAge Ohio and other advocacy groups to plan for “responsible visitation” in the Stephens Care Center as well as other activities as well, including the ability for Stephens Care Center residents to visit the Kendal Resale Shop (coming next week!), the Heiser Community Center, the Library, the outdoor grounds, orchestrated outings, and more. We are pleased that 2021 will be a much different year than last year! As these plans are developed, we will keep you informed. We thank everyone for your patience as we develop procedures in light of this current phase of the pandemic.

Lorenzo’s Pizza or Lasagna

Next week you will have an opportunity to place a Lorenzo’s Pizza order on Tuesday, March 30 through Friday, April 2, at 5pm. Delivery: Tuesday, April 6 and Wednesday, April 7. We will likely stop our Monthly Pizza Parties after one more in May.

Fitness Updates for April

We will have some changes starting on April 18. The links for the first two weeks of April will be out this week. Aside from a new class schedule, which will be coming soon, here are some of the upcoming changes:

The Equipment Room will be open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. You will NOT be required to sign up using SignUpGenius; however, the mandates for the space have not changed, which means there are still only 6 people at a time allowed in the space. If you arrive and there are 6 people, you must wait or come back another time. Please sign in upon your arrival and sign out as you leave. All excess furniture is required to be put away at this time, so waiting could mean standing around. Just be aware…There will be a required orientation video that you must watch and sign indicating you watched it before using the space.

The Pools will be open from 5:30am to 8:30pm, 7 days a week. You must use SignUpGenius to register for a space. Please sign up for 3 days/week for now. If you feel uncomfortable swimming without staff present, know that staff are here from 8am to 5:3pm, so either contact Jill to arrange a time to be sure of staff in attendance or make sure to schedule your swim time between those hours. You will also be required to sign in and out when you arrive and leave the area. There must be at least 2 people in the Pool area at all times. Please don’t leave a person swimming in the pool alone. Communicate that you are leaving and they must get out or wait for another person to come.

There will be a required orientation video that you must watch and sign off on before using the space.

The Fitness/Relaxation Room will be open 9am to 5:30pm to residents, only when classes are not in session. The space is open 5:30pm to 8:30pm to staff. There are only 6 people allowed in the room at a time. Residents and staff are not allowed to share the space at this time, so please be mindful of who is in the space.

General Reminders: You must wear your mask while in the fitness area and/or during class if anyone feels uncomfortable. We are still wearing masks in common areas, so please adhere to those rules.

Please continue to social-distance 6 feet apart. You must watch the orientation video before using the spaces. Thank you for your attention to our evolving processes. Your mindfulness is appreciated. Call with any questions to Fitness, 440-775-9851.Jill Tvaroha, Fitness Coordinator

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 3/22/2021) – Level 3 RED

New Cases (since Thursday 3/19/2021, 4 day average: 21.75)87
Total Lorain County Cases  17,944
Total in Zip Code 44074 (+4 since Thursday 3/19/2021)506
Current Lorain County Positivity Rate (trending down)4.7%
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
Lorain County Vaccinations Started 77.301 or 25% of population

Cuyahoga County (as of 3/22/2021) – Level 3 RED

Cuyahoga County (excluding Cleveland)          71,342
Cleveland Cases 27,894
Total Cuyahoga County Cases99,236
New Cases (since Thursday 3/19/2021)           681
Total Cuyahoga County Deaths 2,078
Total Deaths in Long Term Care Settings (updated weekly, last 3/17/2021)671

State of Ohio (as posted on 3/22/2021)

New Cases in the Last 24-hours 1,444
21-day Average of New Cases1,539
Total Cases 1,001,194
Age Range all Cases<1-111
Median Age of all Cases42
Total Hospitalizations (cumulative)52,207 or 5%
Total Hospitalizations Last 24-hours78
21-day Average of Hospitalizations 87
Median Age of all Hospitalized67
Total ICU Admissions (cumulative)7,339 or 1% 
Total ICU Admissions last 24 hours 13
21-day Average of ICU Admissions 9
Total Health Care Workers Diagnosed 57,897 6%
Total Tested in Ohio10,724,326
Total Deaths in Ohio 18,347
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 3/17/2021 – ODH adjusted this number) 6,903
Statewide Vaccinations Started2,822,236 or 24.1% of population

Contact Information


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