Community Updates Week of 4/26/2021

Calm, Proactive Preparedness


April 30, 2021: Update to Residents

Stephens Care Center Residents (except those under a Part-A Medicare Stay) May Access Kendal Public Areas Again Beginning Saturday

After a required two-week quarantine following the positive test of an ancillary health care worker, Stephens Care Center (SCC) residents (except those under a Medicare Part-A stay) may enter and exit the SCC. Our few Medicare Part-A residents are required to be under 24/7 clinical supervision as part of their Medicare benefit.

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, visiting 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-–required by Ohio Department of Health (ODH)—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 via 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 bottle back to the medical secretary, and check-in with your nurse to announce your return.

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

Indoor visitation also resumes in the SCC and can be scheduled here. Please follow all of the instructions on SignUpGenius when scheduling a time to visit a resident in the Stephens Care Center and make sure the person you wish to visit is expecting you.

Lorain County Remains Level Three Red

More Counties Now at Level Two OrangeAcross Ohio since the pandemic began, 900,146 people have had a confirmed case of COVID-19, and 170,625 have had a probable case. There have been 19,188 Ohio residents who have died as a result of COVID-19, and more than one million who are presumed recovered. The Ohio Department of Health presumes a COVID-19 patient is recovered three weeks after their symptoms began unless they are deceased.

A state dashboard showed that 100,974 people in the county (32.59 percent of its population) had received all recommended doses of the COVID-19 vaccine as of Thursday, while 132,250 people (42.68 percent of the population) had been given at least one shot. Statewide, more than 4.65 million people in Ohio (39.85 percent of the state population) have taken at least one dose of the vaccine, while more than 3.71 million (31.78 percent of the state population) have received all recommended doses. The Chronicle-Telegram

Reservation Changes

If you are the initiator of a reservation and there are cancellations or changes in the participants, we ask that you notify Dining Services as soon as possible.

We are experiencing an increasing number of last-minute reservation cancellations or changes. Please remember that your meal delivery is scheduled based on these reservations. If you don’t let us know about these changes, you will either have no meal delivered or have an extra meal sitting outside, unsafe to eat and wasted.

Stephens Care Center Courtyard Garden Visits

Beginning Wednesday, May 5, and then on every Wednesday from 9am-12noon, Independent Living residents are welcome to visit the Stephens Care Center Courtyard Garden. Visits to the Courtyard Garden continue to be restricted to allow Stephens Care Center residents access other days of the week while we continue to navigate Federal and State COVID rules for our Stephens Care Center. Thank you for understanding. A BIG “Thank You” to David Benzing and his crew for the transformation of the SCC Courtyard Garden! Beautiful!

Travel Update

In light of recent experiences, we are updating our return protocols for Independent Living residents who travel domestically: (italicized indicates update since April 16). 

For ALL: Domestic travel with no overnight stay will not require any test or quarantine. 

For VACCINATED Residents:

  • Domestic travel with an overnight stay (or hospitalization overnight) will not require quarantine, but residents will be required to have a negative antigen test in the Health and Wellness Clinic before returning to Heiser, meeting, or fitness spaces on Kendal’s campus on Day 4 after your return. (HWC is open only M-F, 8a-4:30p). Why the change to day 4? Should you get COVID, the viral load is its greatest the day before you start to show symptoms. The delay for more accuracy is in everyone’s best interest.
    • For the first few days after your return and before you are tested, refrain from meeting with Kendal residents, including entering other residents’ cottages/apartments, and be sure to maintain generous social distancing – 6’ plus, in the Heiser Community Center when getting your mail and other short specific errands.
    • On Day 4 after your return, come to the Health and Wellness Clinic for a COVID antigen test (rapid test). If your Day 4 is a Saturday, come down to the HWC on Friday, Day 3. If your Day 4 is Sunday, come down to the HWC on Monday, Day 5.
  • Residents will be asked to self-monitor for any COVID symptoms for the first 14 days back from traveling and immediately report any symptoms to the Health and Wellness Clinic. 

Other Notes from New Normal Planning Committee:

  • Vaccine Supply – Remedi Pharmacy is expected to let us know of availability to provide us with the COVID vaccine since the Johnson & Johnson supply was pulled off the market temporarily.
  • Dining Services will be putting out a dedicated memo next week to bring everyone up to date on opening the Langston and the further adjustments until we can get an increased seating capacity. Due to the CDC’s urging new guidelines for Nursing Home dining, we are more hopeful this will trickle down to Ohio regulation changes.
  • Restaurant Dining? It is perfectly acceptable to dine outdoors, or using curbside pick-up or even running in with a mask to pick up an order. Please do not dine INDOORS in any restaurant. It is one of the riskiest things you can do given you are eating among strangers, without a mask, and have no idea of the quality of air circulation. Thanks for understanding Kendal’s position on this.
  • Kendal Try-Its Resume – Be alerted that our Marketing Team is once again engaging residents to meet (not for meals) with vaccinated prospects who will be staying at the Hotel at Oberlin. Any prospects that are not vaccinated (should there be any) will meet with staff and possibly with residents via Zoom. Stay tuned if you would like to help! No visits are suggested in anyone’s home at this time.
  • Transportation – Medical transportation has really picked up for residents and feedback has been favorable. One area where help is appreciated is to have more volunteer companions to accompany our SCC residents out to appointments. Contact Ken Cheek if you can help.
  • Masks? Yes, please continue to wear your masks in apartment corridors/lounges, Heiser areas such as the halls, library, anywhere you are likely to come across residents, staff or visitors as they move to other spaces. When you are in a meeting room and fitness gym spaces with other residents, the decision to pull down masks should be considered based on participant input using the space.

Lorenzo Pizza Party in May

You can place an order for a pizza, lasagna or salad next week in the Heiser Lounge, no later than Friday at 5pm. Delivery will be on Tuesday, May 11, and Wednesday, May 12.

Johnny’s Comes Calling this Coming Thursday

Place your order on Monday or Tuesday with Terry at 440-774-8215. Delivery will be Thursday, May 6.

Paper Delivery

We missed Eileen Payton’s name when thanking our carriers, but Eileen, you are appreciated greatly for your service. Thank you!

Speaking of Thank You’s

There are endless lists of volunteers and heartwarming ways people have helped us through this pandemic. This week we had 7 individuals respond to the call of the Oberlin Schools to wrap 400 books, one for each student for a special gift. It took 3 partial days to complete what ended up being 8 boxes of wrapped books. Kudos to Anne Elder (organizer), Janet Bolland, Lynn Eastman, Nancy Garver, Anne Martin, Sara Millman, and Anne Palmer.

The Hotel at Oberlin

The hotel is reopening on Monday, May 10. They will continue to offer a special rate of $99/night for Kendal visitors. If you book by phone (440-775-7001), just mention that you would like the Kendal rate: Rate Code: KENDAL; Booking Code: KENDAL This rate is subject to blackout dates, typically special event dates for Oberlin College. The rate is for lodging only–meals are not included. Note: They are currently fully booked May 13-15.

Oberlin Book Store Wall Mural

Your vote is needed to decide on the best community wall mural. You are invited to select your one preference of 4 designs. Designs are by Oberlin High School artists. Please vote and share with others in the community. The vote will be open until May 10. One vote per person. –Shared by Tanya Rosen-Jones

Good Reads

New Agent to Fight COVIDThis Medscape news article highlights the development by Pfizer Co. of an oral antiviral drug that can be taken at home and which will treat COVID symptoms and likely prevent hospitalization. It could be ready for general use by the end of this year. Also in the works is an oral vaccine against COVID.shared by Don Parker 

Sea World Funnies

Neat Stuff to Know – Part II

  • The banana cannot reproduce itself. It can be propagated only by the hand of man.
  • Airports at higher altitudes require a longer airstrip due to lower air density.
  • The University of Alaska spans four time zones.
  • The tooth is the only part of the human body that cannot heal itself.
  • In ancient Greece, tossing an apple to a girl was a traditional proposal of marriage. Catching it meant she accepted.
  • Warner Communications paid 28 million for the copyright to the song Happy Birthday, which was written in 1935!
  • Intelligent people have more zinc and copper in their hair.
  • A comet’s tail always points away from the sun.

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 4/29/2021) – Level 3 RED

New Cases (since Monday 4/26/2021, 3 day average: 26.7)77
Total Lorain County Cases  19,192
Total in Zip Code 44074 (+0 since Monday 4/26/2021)536
(Current Lorain County Positivity Rate (dropping)4.3%
Total Deaths, age ranges 20-29 • 1; 30-39 • 3; 40-49 • 6; 50-59 • 17; 60-69 • 65; 70-79 • 129; 80+ • 205426
Total Deaths in Long Term Care Settings (updated weekly, last 4/28/2021 – no change)226
Lorain County Vaccinations Started 132,250 or 42.7% of population

Cuyahoga County (as of 4/29/2021) – Level 3 RED

Cuyahoga County (excluding Cleveland)          78,214
Cleveland Cases 30,946
Total Cuyahoga County Cases109,160
New Cases (since Monday 4/26/2021)          504
Total Cuyahoga County Deaths 2,235
Total Deaths in Long Term Care Settings (updated weekly, last 4/28/2021)782

State of Ohio (as posted 4/29/2021)

New Cases in the Last 24-hours 1,786
21-day Average of New Cases1,770
Total Cases 1,070,771
Age Range all Cases<1-111
Median Age of all Cases41
Total Hospitalizations (cumulative)56,272 or 5%
Total Hospitalizations Last 24-hours127
21-day Average of Hospitalizations 116
Median Age of all Hospitalized67
Total ICU Admissions (cumulative)7,772 or 1% 
Total ICU Admissions last 24-hours 12
21-day Average of ICU Admissions 13
Total Health Care Workers Diagnosed 61,023 or 6%
Total Tested in Ohio12,377,221
Total Deaths in Ohio 19,186
Median Age of Deaths 80
Deaths in Last 24-hours0
21-day Average of Deaths21
Total Deaths in Ohio Long Term Care Settings (updated weekly, last 4/28/2021 – ODH adjusted this number) 7,254
Statewide Vaccinations Started4,658,250 or 39.9% of population

April 27, 2021: Update to Residents

Reservation Changes!

If you are the initiator of a reservation and there are cancellations or changes in the participants, we ask that you notify Dining Services as soon as possible.

We are experiencing an increasing number of last-minute reservation cancellations or changes. Please remember that your meal delivery is scheduled based on these reservations. If you don’t let us know about these changes, you will either have no meal delivered or have an extra meal sitting outside, unsafe to eat and wasted.

Stephens Care Center Courtyard Garden Visits

Beginning Wednesday, May 5, and then on every Wednesday from 9am-12noon, Independent Living residents are welcome to visit the Stephens Care Center Courtyard Garden. Visits to the Courtyard Garden continue to be restricted to allow Stephens Care Center residents access other days of the week while we continue to navigate Federal and State COVID rules for our Stephens Care Center. Thank you for understanding. A BIG “Thank You” to David Benzing and his crew for the transformation of the SCC Courtyard Garden! Beautiful!

Travel Update

In light of recent experiences, we are updating our return protocols for Independent Living residents who travel domestically: (italicized indicates update since April 16) 

For ALL: Domestic travel with no overnight stay will not require any test or quarantine. 

For VACCINATED Residents:

  • Domestic travel with an overnight stay will not require quarantine, but residents will be required to have a negative antigen test in the Health and Wellness Clinic before returning to Heiser, meeting, or fitness spaces on Kendal’s campus on Day 4 after your return. (HWC is open only M-F, 8a-4:30p).
    • For the first few days after your return and before you are tested, refrain from meeting with Kendal residents, including entering other resident’s cottages/apartments, and be sure to maintain generous social distancing – 6’ plus, in the Heiser Community Center when getting your mail and other short specific errands.
    • On Day 4 after your return, come to the Health and Wellness Clinic for a COVID antigen test (rapid test). If your Day 4 is a Saturday, come down to the HWC on Friday, Day 3. If your Day 4 is Sunday, come down to the HWC on Monday, Day 5.
  • Residents will be asked to self-monitor for any COVID symptoms for the first 14 days back from traveling and immediately report any symptoms to the Health and Wellness Clinic.

For UNVACCINATED Residents there are no changes since April 16 publication.

Newspaper Delivery

We are extremely grateful to our Newspaper Delivery Team that have worked tirelessly throughout the pandemic delivering newspapers from Heiser to individual cottages and apartments. Please be advised that newspapers will not be delivered by resident volunteers after

April 30. The newspaper companies have been notified to resume normal door delivery Saturday, May 1.

Please extend a special thanks to Ann Francis, Tom Taylor, Bob Longsworth, Tom Riggle, Dick Cecil, Jim Sunshine, Jim Walsh, Tom Konkoly, Katie Brown, Phil Pritchett, Prudy Hall, Bill Washburn, Joan Long, Ted Wolner, Judy Tandy, Sandi McClennen, Donna Baznik, and Mary Van Nortwick (coordinators). Some of these volunteers may be more full time than others, but they all deserve our gratitude!

Package Delivery

We are extremely grateful to our Package Delivery Team that have worked tirelessly throughout the pandemic delivering packages from Heiser to individual cottages and apartments. This delivery service will end Friday, April 30, and residents will pick-up their own packages from Heiser. Some Kendal residents have expressed a desire to continue to receive their packages by resident volunteer delivery. If you would like to continue to receive your packages to be delivered to you, due to concerns about COVID-19 or physical reasons, please sign on the sign-up sheet underneath the in-house mailboxes, or call the Kendal Front Desk Receptionist and ask that your name be added to that sign-up sheet. Thank you.

Please extend a special thanks to Mary Behm, Nancy Lombardi, Barbara Groseclose, Bill Washburn, Judy Cook, Don Reeves, Joe Luciano, Dina Schoonmaker, and Sandi McClennen. Alternates include: Ron and Chris Price, Dennis Cook, Don Reeves, Tom Morgan, George Blomgren (Chair as well), Jim Walsh, Ruth Miller, Barbara Whitehouse, Ann Halteman, Kari Inglis, (Ed Friedman, deceased).

Thursday, Afternoon Exchange Zoom and KOTV

Join Zoom Exchange Meeting – We’ll focus this meeting on health care and updates to the COVID practices being communicated/required by Ohio for Kendal. We’ll also contrast it with those of the CDC.

Meeting ID: 921 4392 7958. One tap mobile:+13126266799,,92143927958# US (Chicago) – (Note: This link will continue each week so you may save it for easy reference.)

Good Reads and Films

There’s a Name for the Blah You’re Feeling. It’s Called Languishing. If you have not caught this article before, it’s worth a read, or maybe a re-read.

Good News About COVID Variants – Here’s good news from a study just reported on how Pfizer and Moderna vaccines prove effective against the New York variant as well as the other variants currently present in the US. – shared by Don Parker

Michigan Younger People Hospitalized with COVIDshared by Joe Colucci, from The New York Times (This may require a subscription.)

For the Ages Presents the Film Poetry Project, Thursday, April 29 at 4pmFor the Ages works to bridge the generations through artistic expression and imagination. The Film Poetry Project brings the art of film and poetry together through the lens of differing generations. We seek to have a collective intergenerational voice illuminating the important stories and artistic contributions of our elders.

The For the Ages Film Poetry Project is a series of experimental film poems. These films have been created by Kent State School of Media and Journalism film students and are based on poems written by residents at Cleveland’s Judson Manor Retirement Living community who participated in writing workshops facilitated by the Wick Poetry Center. Click here to register. –shared by Mikey Tarsitano-Amato, son of Michele Tarsitano-Amato 

NEAT STUFF TO KNOW – Part I 

  • Glass takes one million years to decompose, which means it never wears out and can be recycled an infinite amount of times!
  • Gold is the only metal that doesn’t rust, even if it’s buried in the ground for thousands of years.
  • Your tongue is the only muscle in your body that is attached at only one end.
  • If you stop getting thirsty, you need to drink more water. When a human body is dehydrated, its thirst mechanism shuts off.
  • Zero is the only number that cannot be represented by Roman numerals.
  • Kites were used in the American Civil War to deliver letters and newspapers.
  • The song Auld Lang Syne is sung at the stroke of midnight in almost every English-speaking country in the world to bring in the new year.
  • Drinking water after eating reduces the acid in your mouth by 61 percent. Drinking a glass of water before you eat may help digestion and curb appetite.
  • Peanut oil is used for cooking in submarines because it doesn’t smoke unless it’s heated above 450F.
  • The roar that we hear when we place a seashell next to our ear is not the ocean, but rather the sound of blood surging through the veins in the ear.
  • Nine out of every 10 living things live in the ocean.

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 Total0
     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 4/26/2021) – Level 3 RED

New Cases (since Friday 4/23/2021, 3 day average: 37.3)112
Total Lorain County Cases  19,115
Total in Zip Code 44074 (+0 since Friday 4/23/2021)536
Current Lorain County Positivity Rate (dropping)4.3%
Total Deaths, age ranges 20-29 • 1; 30-39 • 1; 40-49 • 6; 50-59 • 17; 60-69 • 64; 70-79 • 128; 80+ • 203421
Total Deaths in Long Term Care Settings (updated weekly, last 4/21/2021)226
Lorain County Vaccinations Started                         129,192 or 41.7% of population

Cuyahoga County (as of 4/26/2021) – Level 3 RED

Cuyahoga County (excluding Cleveland)          77,710
Cleveland Cases 30,946
Total Cuyahoga County Cases108,656
New Cases (since Friday 4/23/2021)          1,027
Total Cuyahoga County Deaths 2,229
Total Deaths in Long Term Care Settings (updated weekly, last 4/21/2021)779

State of Ohio (as posted on 4/26/2021)

New Cases in the Last 24-hours 1,396
21-day Average of New Cases1,846
Total Cases 1,065,702
Age Range all Cases<1-111
Median Age of all Cases41
Total Hospitalizations (cumulative)55,813 or 5%
Total Hospitalizations Last 24-hours128
21-day Average of Hospitalizations 113
Median Age of all Hospitalized67
Total ICU Admissions (cumulative)7,733 or 1% 
Total ICU Admissions last 24-hours 12
21-day Average of ICU Admissions 13
Total Health Care Workers Diagnosed 60,708 or 6%
Total Tested in Ohio12,277,499
Total Deaths in Ohio 19,118
Median Age of Deaths 80
Deaths in Last 24-hours0
21-day Average of Deaths23
Total Deaths in Ohio Long Term Care Settings (updated weekly, last 4/21/2021 – ODH adjusted this number) 7,232
Statewide Vaccinations Started4,581,652 or 39.2% of population

Contact Information


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