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

Community Updates Week of 3/29/2021

Calm, Proactive Preparedness

April 2, 2021: Update to Residents

Thank you Maggie for 27 years! See you again soon!

Thank You Maggie

After today, our own Maggie Stark will be officially retired. But we know that Maggie won’t be a stranger, as she announced on the Afternoon Exchange yesterday, Maggie is now on the Priority List. We wish you every good blessing in your retirement, Maggie, filled with joyous occasions, rich family and friend relationships, and years of good health and happiness. Thank you from all your friends at Kendal at Oberlin!

New Normal Update

Our New Normal Committee met yesterday and discussed the following:

  • Fitness Classes remain at a max of 6 due to space availability. The warm weather will allow for outdoor exercise and larger exercise groups.
  • Given the continued concerns with COVID spread outside of Kendal and outside of Kendal vaccination rate, no outside speakers or performers are permitted at Kendal at this time.
  • Beginning next week, the Apartment Building doors will be unlocked from 7:30am-8:30pm for ease of entry for guests and reentry from the Buttonbush Bridge. Kendal will soon have its automated security system functioning on its entry and exit exterior doors to the SCC and Heiser Community Center.
  • It is recommended by the New Normal Committee that residents not volunteer on community projects at this time given the current community vaccination rate and increase in COVID variants. Those considering such work should exercise extreme caution, and remember the COVID basics. Outside volunteer activities are always safer than inside.
  • The COVID FAQs on the KORA website and in the Library have been updated, Version 10, dated March 29, 2021. Be sure to refresh your browser to get the most recent version. Thank you Nancy Lombardi!

Quarantines

The necessity and need for COVID-19 quarantines continues to evolve.  With cottage/apartment visitation in place and next week’s Stephens Care Center in-room visitation beginning, the need for us to remain super vigilant continues.

First, it is important to note that every situation is different and will be individually evaluated by Julie Carpenter, Health and Wellness Clinic Manager (jcarpenter@kao.kendal.org, or 440-775-9807. Here are the basics as of today:

  • Day Trips
    • No quarantine required
  • Having a Vaccinated Guest(s) in Your Home for Up to 5 Hours
    • No quarantine required
  • Having Unvaccinated Guest(s) in Your Home for Up to 5 Hours
    • No quarantine is required, but there are special precautions that must be adhered to:
      • 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 5 days to report on whether they have developed any COVID-like symptoms during that time.
      • During those five days, these Kendal resident hosts 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, 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.”
  • During your quarantine, you may go out into your yard and walk along the perimeter path, maintaining generous social distancing of more than 6 feet and wearing a mask when nearing others.
  • During your quarantine, your housekeeper will not enter your cottage/apartment. Please leave your trash as directed outside your cottage/apartment for pickup. Facility Services will only come in for emergency maintenance.

These protocols are VERY IMPORTANT because the COVID-19 virus can be spread even if the person carrying the virus has NO SYMPTOMS and is considered asymptomatic.

Travel and Overnight Trips

  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) continues to endorse quarantine for those who travel, whether vaccinated or unvaccinated for 14 days after potential exposure.
  • The CDC does give allowance for testing to shorten the quarantine.
  • Those who travel away overnight (not a day trip) will be required to quarantine for 7 days. Depending on your circumstance, in consultation with Julie Carpenter, you will be tested on either Day 5 (PCR Test) or Day 7 (Rapid Antigen Test). Your quarantine will end with a negative test result. The charge for this test is $35 and will be charged to you directly; it cannot be charged to insurance without a medical diagnosis, i.e. if you have COVID symptoms.
  • Having Guest(s) in Your Home Overnight
    • The same procedure as for “Travel”, quarantine begins when your guest(s) arrive(s).
  • Outpatient Procedures in the Hospital or Surgical Center
    • No quarantine is required.
  • Overnight or Multiple Nights in a Hospital
    • If you are admitted to a hospital for more 23 hours, that same procedure “Travel” above applies.

Reminders for everyone after we have been in public or have had any potential exposure to COVID-19:

  • Watch for symptoms until 14 days after exposure.
  • If you have symptoms, immediately self-isolate and contact the Health and Wellness Clinic at 440-775-9819 Monday-Friday 8am-4:30pm, and all other times call the RN Nurse Manager at 440-775-9800.
  • Remember to always: Wear a mask, Stay at least 6 feet from others, Wash your hands, Avoid crowds…

Independent Living Residents Still Are Not Permitted in Stephens Care Center

Although Stephens Care Center (SCC) residents may now access community space at Kendal at Oberlin by signing out of the SCC, Independent Living residents may not enter the SCC except by scheduled appointment for a Compassionate Care Visit. The door to the SCC is now open, but IL residents are not permitted free entry at this time. This is by State Order. Thank you for understanding as we continue to work to keep our entire Kendal community and the SCC COVID-free!

Statewide case rate increases to 167.1 per 100K; more county alert levels drop

Ohio’s current incidence rate is 167.1 per 100,000 residents. Case incidence is a measure of how many cases there are in each county, adjusted for population. The Ohio Department of Health has said the information can help people understand the severity of COVID-19 transmission by county. The statewide average number of cases per capita during the previous two weeks last week was 146.9 per 100,000 residents…Mike DeWine has said if Ohio hits 50 or fewer new COVID-19 cases per 100,000 residents during the previous two weeks, excluding inmates in prisons and jails, all coronavirus health orders, including a statewide mask mandate, will be rolled back or lifted. The rate peaked at 845.5 in mid-December. It was last below 50 in June. Holmes County had the lowest case rate in the state this week at 18.2 cases per 100,000 residents. The highest rate in the state this week was Clark County at 317. –Akron Beacon Journal for April 1, 2021

Lorain County is 198.8 per 100,000 cases which is why we remain Level 3 Red

Stephens Care Center Indoor Visitation Begins on April 9

Plans are being developed in light of the new State Order which allows for indoor visitation in the Stephens Care Center. More details will be released this week with our implementation date set for Friday, April 9. Please stay tuned!

Fitness Center Reminders –shared by Jill Tvaroha, Fitness Coordinator

Please use the following sign-in protocol when signing into the Fitness Center:

  1. Sanitize your hands upon entering the building.
  2. Use your sanitized hands to sign in.
  3. BEFORE you sign in, please look at the SignUpGenius print-out and make sure that you are there at the appropriate time. Then put a check by your name.
  4. Please PRINT your name on the sign-in sheet–neatly please so that we can read it.
  5. Get a towel if desired.
  6. Proceed to your workout of choice.

If you are interested in classes, but haven’t signed up yet, email jtvaroha@kao.kendal.org or call us soon (440-775-9851). We will be finalizing our class lists and schedules next week.

Dining Reminders

Sunday, April 4, Meal Delivery – We will be delivering meals earlier than normal this Sunday, April 4. Your meal will arrive between 10am and 2pm. We have been asked to deliver earlier for residents who wish to gather for a mid-day Easter meal.

Final Langston Market

This coming Wednesday, April 7, will be the final Langston Market. We have enjoyed providing this in-Kendal shopping opportunity for you as much as our Kendal shoppers have, but with the Langston reopening soon, we have a lot of preparation to do!

New Meal Plan Updates

Together with the Dining Matters Committee, we have assembled a Frequently Asked Question (FAQ) guide for the New Meal Plan. This afternoon we shared it with all residents electronically or by hard copy according to their preference. There are extra copies available at the dining table in the Heiser Lounge. Beginning today residents can make their meal plan selection for the next quarter. You will receive an email or hard copy selection form. There are extra forms available at the dining table in the Heiser Lounge. We need to have your selection by next Friday, April 9.

Good Reads

Washington Post on Vaccines – Better news emerged from an ongoing trial of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine: Six months of follow-up on 12,000 study participants show the inoculation’s efficacy and safety are sustained over time. The results also suggest that this vaccine is effective against the B.1.351 coronavirus variant first detected in South Africa, which has caused concern for its ability to evade some forms of immunity. —Shared by Mary Behm 

Comparing the Vaccines Against the Known Variants of SARS-CoV2 and How Long They Might Last Thanks to Don Parker

Lorenzo’s Pizza or Lasagna Orders

Orders will start arriving on Tuesday, April 6, for the first half and second half on Wednesday, April 7. We repeat our Big Shout of Appreciation to our Grounds and Transportation Teams who have delivered these orders month after month along with the capable organization of the orders by Priscilla Steinberg and Carol Groo!

New Dining Program – Got Questions?

Greg Zehe is organizing your 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.

Musical Union Virtual Concert: An Announcement by Conductor Gregory Ristow:

–Shared by Anne Palmer

The premiere of Musical Union’s virtual choir performances of the Five Mystical Songs by Ralph Vaughan Williams (featuring baritone Timothy LeFebvre) and two spirituals arranged by Nathaniel Dett will be this Sunday!

After Sunday, it will be available at Stage Left On Demand.

Anne Palmer adds: Some Kendal residents participated in the rehearsals and performance. Also, you can watch Greg Ristow, two singers, and the organist chat about their experiences with the virtual process, at “Performer’s Corner: Musical Union.” This video can be viewed now.

Monday, April 5, 7:15pm – KOTV and ZOOM – Creative Play

Come join Michele Root-Bernstein as she considers the role of “serious leisure” in a meaningful life. Creative activities exercise physical and mental skills dear to us, even as they promote review of our lives, our legacies, and our desires for personal transcendence. How do we make creative play a part of our lives? One step at a time through the creative spiral of imagining, making, and sharing. –Shared by Marjorie Porter

Join Zoom Meeting – Meeting ID: 873 5997 5795 – One tap mobile  +13126266799,,87359975795# US (Chicago)

Save the Date, May 13, 7:15pm

Mark your calendars: the film, Kendal at Oberlin Remembers: World War II premiers on Thursday, May 13, at 7:15pm! This moving film is based upon lengthy interviews with John Matsushima, Jim Sunshine, Bill Rice, and Mary Van Nortwick about their experiences during and immediately after World War II. After this world premiere, there will be a Zoom Q&A with John, Jim, Bill, Mary, and the filmmakers. This is a unique, important documentary of a time that changed our world.

Independent Living New Visitor Packet

Things have started out very well as of Monday with visitors/family now coming to Kendal and meeting in cottages and apartments. One resident asked “Why, with things now being relaxed, do we need so many pages in the visitor packet?” This packet mirrors the one we have had in place since fall. We still have a pandemic and cases of COVID are actually rising right now. We want every resident and every visitor to be aware of personal responsibility to keep our campus free of COVID. A number of visitor requests have had to be declined due to coming from out-of-state and from counties still rated at the highest risk. All the information pieces remain necessary to review including campus map, COVID symptoms, rules of masks, etc. The revised pass form will expedite the check-in process so our staff just have to review the form for responses and take a temperature. Thank you for your cooperation in making your visits safe for you and for the rest of our community. 

United Way “Bee” Will Make Kendal Proud

The Semifinals and Finals will be held on a joint call with the top 4 teams in the semi-final and 2 teams in the final. Teams that raise some dollars in the Kendal name (one pot shared by the teams) will be helped in later rounds by earning a token for every dollar contributed. And this crowdfunding helps our teams in the event of a tie in the preliminary round. The rules can get a bit complex so just know that your funds help both our Kendal teams AND, more important, Lorain County youth. If you use this web link you can use the drop-down box and select Kendal at Oberlin.  Donate this week to help our Kendal Teams. Either of these links can be used:

Thank you to our enthusiastic spellers: Team 1: Robin Laurén, Kari Inglis, and Sandi McClennen. And Team 2: Nancy MacRae, Jerry Berner, and Kim Preston. 

You just might relate to this Mama Bear

Every parent has those exasperating moments. This was shared by Mim Hallock, a founding resident who now lives in Columbus, GA. – Mother Bear Goes Back and Forth with Babies || ViralHog – YouTube

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 4/1/2021)

New Cases (since Monday 3/29/2021, 3 day average: 39.3)118
Total Lorain County Cases  18,281
Total in Zip Code 44074 (+5 since Monday 3/29/2021)517
Current Lorain County Positivity Rate (stable)4.7%
Total Deaths, age ranges 20-29 • 1; 30-39 • 1; 40-49 • 5; 50-59 • 17; 60-69 • 60; 70-79 • 116; 80+ • 184 384
Total Deaths in Long Term Care Settings (updated weekly, last 3/31/2021)221
Lorain County Vaccinations Started 95,723 or 30.9% of population

Cuyahoga County (as of 4/1/2021)

Cuyahoga County (excluding Cleveland)          72,994
Cleveland Cases 28,638
Total Cuyahoga County Cases101,632
New Cases (since Monday 3/29/2021)            747
Total Cuyahoga County Deaths 2,142
Total Deaths in Long Term Care Settings (updated weekly, last 3/31/2021)753

State of Ohio (as posted on 4/1/2021)

New Cases in the Last 24-hours 2,475
21-day Average of New Cases1,672
Total Cases 1,020,041
Age Range all Cases<1-111
Median Age of all Cases42
Total Hospitalizations (cumulative)53,169 or 5%
Total Hospitalizations Last 24 hours93
21-day Average of Hospitalizations 88
Median Age of all Hospitalized67
Total ICU Admissions (cumulative)7,438 or 1% 
Total ICU Admissions last 24 hours 9
21-dayAverage of ICU Admissions 9
Total Health Care Workers Diagnosed 58,691 or 6%
Total Tested in Ohio11,020,748
Total Deaths in Ohio 18,611
Median Age of Deaths 80
Deaths in Last 24 hours0
21-day Average of Deaths45
Total Deaths in Ohio Long Term Care Settings (updated weekly, last 3/31/2021 – ODH adjusted this number) 7,119
Statewide Vaccinations Started3,476,566 or 29.7% of population


March 30, 2021: Update to Residents

Maggie Stark Farewell – Thursday’s Afternoon Exchange on KOTV and ZOOM

Our Thursday Zoom will largely be focused on a resident/staff fond farewell for Maggie Stark who is officially retiring on Friday. As our Director of Marketing and Admissions for just shy of 27 years, she has touched hundreds of lives here at Kendal and beyond. Join us along with some special guests zooming in to be a part of this bittersweet occasion. Join Zoom Meeting

Stephens Care Center Residents Permitted in Kendal Common Spaces Tomorrow

We have long awaited the opportunity for our Stephens Care Center (SCC) residents residing in the Residential Care Facility (RCF) portion ONLY (all rooms except 312-323 which is the Nursing Home with different State rules), to be able leave the SCC without being quarantined upon return. The Center for Disease Control has issued new quarantine requirements for fully vaccinated individuals that will now permit this in light of our nearly 100%-resident-vaccinated campus.

Kendal's Buttonbush bridge

We are pleased to announce that starting Wednesday, March 31, SCC RCF residents may leave the SCC to get to other Kendal public areas and our outdoor campus. We are encouraging SCC residents that are able to leave the SCC safely to enjoy the spring weather by taking a short walk on the perimeter walkway, visit the Kendal Library, the Heiser Lounge, the Buttonbush Bridge and other Kendal common areas.

To assure infection control standards are met, we ask SCC residents to follow these guidelines when outside the Stephens Care Center:

  • Notify your nurse you are leaving the Stephens Care Center;
  • Sign out by the Medical Secretary Desk – this is required by Ohio Department of Health—and take along a small bottle of hand sanitizer. If you do not have one, ask at the Medical Secretary Desk, and one will be provided for you.
  • Please use your hand sanitizer frequently while you are outside the SCC.
  • Enter and Exit the SCC at the Door to the Heiser Community Center main hall;
  • Wear your mask – Kendal is still requiring all individuals to be masked on our campus. Please continue to wear your mask when outside the Stephens Care Center;
  • Maintain 6’ social distancing from others at all times when outside the SCC;
  • If you encounter a Kendal friend, remember to keep wearing your mask and maintain 6 feet social distancing;
  • Please do not eat anything when with other residents outside the SCC, this includes no eating in the Fox and Fell and the Langston-special restrictions still apply from ODH;
  • Do not socialize with any visitors that do not live at Kendal at Oberlin. There are different ODH rules for visitors of SCC residents that are not the same for visitors of independent residents.
  • When you return to the Stephens Care Center, sign back in with your return time by the Medical Secretary Desk, give your borrowed hand sanitizer back to the medical secretary, and check back in with your nurse to announce you have returned.

Following these guidelines will help keep the opportunity for you, our Stephens Care Center residents, to leave the SCC and return without quarantining. Kendal will be able to offer these opportunities as long as we do not have an outbreak of COVID-19 on our Kendal campus.

Please contact Michele Tarsitano-Amato or Stacy Terrell with any questions or comments.

Stephens Care Center Indoor Visitation Begins on April 9

Plans are being developed in light of the new State Order which allows for indoor visitation in the Stephens Care Center. More details will be released this week with our implementation date set for Friday, April 9. Please stay tuned!

Lorenzo’s Pizza or Lasagna Orders

If you didn’t get your order delivered on Tuesday, April 6, it will come on Wednesday, April 7. We give a Big Shout of Appreciation to our Grounds and Transportation Teams who have delivered these month after month along with the capable organization of orders by Priscilla Steinberg and Carol Groo!

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.

Computer Systems Unlimited Service Day, Thursday, April 1

For those that signed up for support, your requests have been forwarded to Computer Systems Unlimited with your phone number and request. We will leave it up to them to be in touch with you for service on Thursday. The requests were forwarded today.

Save the Date, May 13, 7:15pm

Mark your calendars: the film Kendal at Oberlin Remembers: World War II premiers on Thursday, May 13, at 7:15pm! This moving film is based upon lengthy interviews with John Matsushima, Jim Sunshine, Bill Rice, and Mary Van Nortwick about their experiences during and immediately after World War II. After this world premiere, there will be a Zoom Q&A with John, Jim, Bill, Mary, and the filmmakers. This is a unique, important documentary of a time that changed our world.

Independent Living New Visitor Packet

Things have started out very well as of Monday with visitors/family now coming to Kendal and meeting in cottages and apartments. One resident asked “Why, with things now being relaxed, do we need so many pages in the visitor packet?” This packet mirrors the one we have had in place since fall. We still have a pandemic and cases of COVID are actually rising right now. We want every resident and every visitor to be aware of personal responsibility to keep our campus free of COVID. A number of visitor requests have had to be declined due to coming from out-of-state and from counties still rated at the highest risk. All the information pieces remain necessary to review including campus map, COVID symptoms, rules of masks, etc. The revised pass form will expedite the check-in process so our staff just have to review the form for responses and take a temperature. Thank you for your cooperation in making your visits safe for you and for the rest of our community.

Good Reads

Do’s and Don’ts for the Vaccinated – Bloomberg Philanthropies, shared by Mary Van Nortwick

Pfizer, Moderna vaccines are 90% effective after two doses in study of real-life conditions, CDC confirmsThe Washington Post, shared by Mary Behm

Referrals from “out in the world” shared by Jeanne Berger

  • Great Clips, Oberlin – They have online check-in which minimizes wait times. All stylists and customers are totally masked; maximum of 10 people in the store. I watched the manager, Linda, completely spray her area after her customer, wait a few minutes, and then carefully and thoroughly wipe everything. The areas are completely sanitized between customers. Linda actually had notes from my visit of over a year ago, so she knew exactly what I was looking for.
  • Aldi’s in Amherst – Senior Hours – (Tuesday and Thursday 8:30am-9:30am) There were only a handful of people in the store. Only one was unmasked and probably just had forgotten, since she was masked by the time she checked out. Aldi’s check-out system is super-fast and the masked cashier is behind a large plexiglass shield. Prices are very good.

United Way “Bee” Will Make Kendal Proud

We have two teams participating this year in the Annual United Way Spellebrate. There are other categories such a STEM, and History but our folks love to spell. All of this is for FUN (first objective) but the proceeds help youth in Lorain County. Our two teams will each have the first round privately by Zoom on separate calls. The Semifinals and Finals will be held on a joint call with the top 4 teams in the semi-final and 2 teams in the final. Teams that raise some dollars in the Kendal name (one pot shared by the teams) will be helped in later rounds by earning a token for every dollar contributed. And this crowdfunding helps our teams in the event of a tie in the preliminary round. The rules can get a bit complex so just know that your funds help both our Kendal teams AND, more important, Lorain County youth. If you use this web link you can use the drop-down box and select Kendal at Oberlin. Donate this week to help our Kendal Teams. Either of these links can be used:

Thank you to our enthusiastic spellers:

  • Team 1: Robin Laurén, Kari Inglis, and Sandi McClennen.
  • Team 2: Nancy MacRae, Jerry Berner and Kim Preston.
Red rose

In Loving Memory of Leonard Tower



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 3/29/2021) Level 3 RED

New Cases (since Thursday 3/25/2021, 4 day average: 31.5)126
Total Lorain County Cases  18,163
Total in Zip Code 44074  (+2 since Thursday 3/25/2021)512
Current Lorain County Positivity Rate, Stable4.7%
Total Deaths, age ranges 20-29 • 1; 30-39 • 1; 40-49 • 5; 50-59 • 17; 60-69 • 58; 70-79 • 116; 80+ • 184 382
Total Deaths in Long Term Care Settings (updated weekly, last 3/24/2021)217
Lorain County Vaccinations Started 89,800 or 29% of population

Cuyahoga County (as of 3/29/2021) Level 3 RED

Cuyahoga County (excluding Cleveland)          72,431
Cleveland Cases 28,454
Total Cuyahoga County Cases100,885
New Cases (since Thursday 3/25/2021)            929
Total Cuyahoga County Deaths 2,133
Total Deaths in Long Term Care Settings (updated weekly, last 3/24/2021)738

State of Ohio (as of 3/29/2021)

New Cases in the Last 24-hours 1,497
21-day Average of New Cases1,590
Total Cases 1,013,119
Age Range all Cases<1-111
Median Age of all Cases42
Total Hospitalizations (cumulative)52,817 or 5%
Total Hospitalizations Last 24 hours103
21-day Average of Hospitalizations 88
Median Age of all Hospitalized67
Total ICU Admissions (cumulative)7,409 or 1% 
Total ICU Admissions last 24 hours 22
21-day Average of ICU Admissions 9
Total Health Care Workers Diagnosed 58,396 or 6%
Total Tested in Ohio10,938,593
Total Deaths in Ohio 18,530
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 Started3,276,391 or 28% of population

Contact Information


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