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Community Updates Week of 4/5/2021

Calm, Proactive Preparedness


April 9, 2021: Update to Residents

DeWine: Ohio ‘moving in the wrong direction’ in COVID-19 pandemic

In his coronavirus news briefing Thursday afternoon, Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine said COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations and intensive care unit admissions all have increased markedly in the state. Ohio had 2,742 new cases in the previous 24 hours, outpacing the 21-day average of 1,801. There were 111 hospitalizations in the past 24 hours, over the 21-day average of 88. The state also had 21 ICU admissions in the previous 24 hours, over the 21-day average of nine. “We’re moving in the wrong direction,” DeWine said, noting hospitalization levels are close to where the state was at the beginning of March. A total of 53 of Ohio’s 88 counties have seen increases in cases, and 69 counties are high-incidence, with at least 100 new cases per 100,000 population over the past two weeks… Lorain County is 19th highest with 204.5 new cases per 100,000, and the statewide average is 183.7 per 100,000.

“We can still turn this around if more people get vaccinated,” DeWine said. “We are in a race— a life and death race. We have to keep moving as fast as we can.” In Lorain County specifically, there were 59 new confirmed COVID-19 cases and 36 new probable cases reported Thursday according to county and state health department data. Due to Lorain County’s new case incidence rate, it will remain under a Level 3 “Red” public health advisory until it drops below 100 new cases per 100,000 population over a two-week period. Read more in The Chronicle-Telegram

Scam Alert

A resident shared receiving an email with a message stating her bank account had been “successfully charged” for “USD $432.99 renewal for Elite Services”. It gave a phone number that was actually a link that Lynn wisely did not click. Calling the phone number provided brought the message “Your call cannot be completed as dialed.” Beware receiving strange emails; delete them!

Entry to Kendal by Bike or Walking

If your guests are local and want to bike or walk to Kendal, our entry staff will accept them as long as they bring a completed pass filled out in advance.

Dining Listening Post

Over the past few weeks I have received many emails with questions about the coming Reopening and changes to the Meal Plan. Recognizing that many questions still exist, I am setting up a “listening post” inside the Langston door opposite the Front Desk to hear and respond to residents in person. The schedule, starting this Monday, 4/12, will be from 11:00am-12:30pm on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday for the next two weeks. From Greg Zehe

We Heard You!

Some residents have complained that they were unable to get a reservation in the Fox & Fell. Given we did not expect the reservation system to be in place but a few weeks, we need to adjust it since it will go halfway into May. To address this perceived inequality, we are adjusting next week’s reservations and introducing a new reservation process to begin the following week, April 19. Any pre-existing reservations for April 19 or after will be deleted so we can begin anew!

Here is how it will work:

  • Residents will be divided into two groups, and each group will be invited to make a (1) reservation during their week. If it is your week and you want a reservation but can’t find an open table, please contact us.
  • Group 1 (last names A-K) and Group 2 (last names L-Z)
  • The next week, the second group of residents will have their opportunity to make a reservation, so each group can make a reservation every other week.

It is important to understand this system is designed to ensure every resident has an equal opportunity to make a reservation. We are not controlling who you invite to dine in your party. It is possible to dine as a guest any day regardless of the weekly rotation.

Upcoming Programs

COVID-19 in April 2021: An UpdateShared by Carol Conti-Entin

Oberlin College Emeritus Professor of Biology Yolanda Cruz will present an update and answer our COVID-19 questions. Monday, April 12, at 7:15pm, Zoom and KOTV – Join Zoom Meeting – Yolanda Cruz

Artist Talk with David Spencer

April 13 at 4:00PM – Join Zoom Meeting – David Spencer

A Good Read

Mobility Network Models of COVID-19 Explain Inequities and Inform Reopening: Our model predicts that a small minority of “super spreader” points of interest account for a large majority of the infections, and that restricting the maximum occupancy at each point of interest is more effective than uniformly reducing mobility. (Nature Magazine, Shared by Tom Morgan)

staff retirement celebration

The Administration team said “So Long” this afternoon to Carol Groo who retires from her administrative assistant position just shy of seven years’ of excellent service at Kendal. Carol was sent off with some great refreshments courtesy of our kitchen and retirement gifts with fond farewells from all.

Carol said, “I’ll be around from time to time and look forward to seeing you again,” as she lives in town and hopes to remain connected with KaO.

The Administration team said “So Long” this afternoon to Carol Groo who retires from her administrative assistant position just shy of seven years’ of excellent service at Kendal. Carol was sent off with some great refreshments courtesy of our kitchen and retirement gifts with fond farewells from all.

Carol said, “I’ll be around from time to time and look forward to seeing you again,” as she lives in town and hopes to remain connected with KaO.

Oberlin Connector Bus

Pick up your personal wallet-sized Oberlin Connector card in Heiser at the bulletin boards where transportation information is posted.

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 4/8/2021)

New Cases (since Monday 4/5/2021, 3 day average: 41.33)124
Total Lorain County Cases  18,520
Total in Zip Code 44074 (+4 since Monday 4/5/2021)523
Current Lorain County Positivity Rate (Rising)7.1%
Total Deaths, age ranges 20-29 • 1; 30-39 • 1; 40-49 • 5; 50-59 • 17; 60-69 • 62; 70-79 • 124; 80+ • 191401
Total Deaths in Long Term Care Settings (updated weekly, last 4/7/2021)223
Lorain County Vaccinations Started 107,086 or 34.6% of population

Cuyahoga County (as of 4/8/2021)

Cuyahoga County (excluding Cleveland)          74,370
Cleveland Cases 29,061
Total Cuyahoga County Cases103,431
New Cases (since Monday 4/25/2021)           795
Total Cuyahoga County Deaths 2,165
Total Deaths in Long Term Care Settings (updated weekly, last 4/7/2021)763

State of Ohio (as posted 4/8/2021)

New Cases in the Last 24-hours 2,742
21-day Average of New Cases1,801
Total Cases 1,033,606
Age Range all Cases<1-111
Median Age of all Cases42
Total Hospitalizations (cumulative)53,841 5%
Total Hospitalizations Last 24 hours111
21-day Average of Hospitalizations 88
Median Age of all Hospitalized67
Total ICU Admissions (cumulative)7,506 or 1% 
Total ICU Admissions last 24 hours 21
21-day Average of ICU Admissions 9
Total Health Care Workers Diagnosed 59,215 or 6%
Total Tested in Ohio11,230,029
Total Deaths in Ohio 18,744
Median Age of Deaths 80
Deaths in Last 24 hours0
21-day Average of Deaths36
Total Deaths in Ohio Long Term Care Settings (updated weekly, last 4/7/2021 – ODH adjusted this number)  7,168
Statewide Vaccinations Started3,913,290 or 33.5% of population

April 6, 2021: Update to Residents

Nationwide rolling average of New COVID-19 Cases +1.7%

Ohio +4% and Michigan +24% in past week –The Washington Post

End the Hygiene Theater, CDC saysShared by Sandy Siebenschuh

Change in Dining Plans

shared by Greg Zehe, Director of Hospitality Services

We have decided to delay the rollout of the Langston reopening and the new meal plan until the beginning of next month’s fiscal period on May 19. For now, nothing will change. We will continue under the existing meal plan with our current meal delivery program in place. We will also continue the full-serve dining-by-reservation in the Fox and Fell. 

This decision is driven by many factors including the surprising increase in the Lorain County Positivity Rate to 7.1%. Other factors are contributing including the need for more hires for the Fox and Fell Dining Room as we expand the number of tables. We are reviewing newly released updated regulations for restaurants that came out yesterday that could also impact Kendal practices.

We want to thank the community for submitting so many thoughtful questions and comments. While reviewing them we realized there is also an opportunity to share more information about the new meal plan, the new menus, and operating plan coming with the Langston reopening. It’s possible by opening later in May we will extend a short trial period of using the Langston options for a month or so before finalizing meal plan choices for the Third Quarter of 2021. This delay will offer advantages for both residents and management. We want you to feel comfortable in your choices. Thank you for your understanding.

A New Generation of Vaccines Is Coming

It’s hard to believe vaccines were once considered a backwater in the pharmaceutical industry. The shots—and they were almost always shots—were hard to develop, tricky to manufacture, and not very profitable…The blistering pace of progress made household names of companies like Moderna and BioNTech, which offered hope for ending the pandemic. Already, health care workers have administered 658 million doses in the four months they’ve been available. But the shots and the technologies they represent currently aren’t nearly enough to ensure the safety of the world’s 7.7 billion people.

What’s needed is more: more doses and more approaches, including options for people who are afraid of needles, who are living in areas where novel variants are rampant or who are particularly vulnerable to side-effects or complications. Faster manufacturing, easier distribution, and fewer injections are also needed. Bloomberg News–Shared by Sharon Furrow

Lorenzo’s Pizza or Lasagna Orders

Orders were delivered today Tuesday, April 6, and the second half will be 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!

Wheelchair and Walking Partners

Residents of Stephens Care Center may now visit in Heiser and enjoy the outdoors. Some need Wheelchair and Walking Partners to take advantage of this opening up. If you have been a Partner in the past, or would like to consider it now, please call Sandi McClennen at 440-774-7142. Requests for help are coming in, and we want to meet them. Thank you!

Kendal Library

In observance of April’s National Poetry Month, the library is showing a selection of our rich holdings of poetry. This display requires using both of the new nested display tables, which have been moved to a larger space away from the desk while the table with the sign-in sheet and other COVID materials are now located in front of the desk near the entrance. Sign-ins and masks are still required in the library. –Mary Clare Beck

Beware, Working with Bird Feeders?

The CDC reports that birds infected with salmonella may pass the infection to humans who touch bird feeders, birdbaths, or sick or dead birds. So far, the article suggests, human infection has not occurred in Ohio–Kentucky is the nearest state.

The article includes guidance for people who own feeders and birdbaths. It doesn’t mention bird houses like the ones on the Kendal grounds, but it may be reasonable for people who touch the houses to consider the guidelines, too.

Afternoon Exchange by Zoom and KOTV

On Thursday at 4pm, Kendal’s Exchange will start with the City of Oberlin Staff, Diane Ramos (Coordinator of Communications) and Carrie Handy (Dir. of Planning and Development) to talk about the much-expanded Connector Bus and their experience so far. Kendal will allow the on-call Connector Bus to pick-up/drop-off residents at Heiser for added convenience. The affordable price ($1 each way for seniors) and expansive hours enhance your transportation options significantly. Come learn more. Priscilla Steinberg who set this up will be our interview host.

Join Zoom Meeting  Meeting ID: 921 4392 7958

Absentee Ballots for Oberlin’s May 4, 2021 Primary

Oberlin City Voters will have four issues to vote on in the Primary Election to be held May 4, 2021. For Oberlin residents we will only be voting on Issues. To vote absentee you must submit a request for an absentee ballot form to the Lorain County Board of Elections. You can download a request form at https://www.voteloraincountyohio.gov/. Absentee ballot request forms are available in the Heiser Lounge as well. When filling out the form, mark the box that says Issues and fill in for Primary, May 4, 2021. It is best to mail your request form soon. Deadline for absentee ballot requests: April 14, 2021. Also, you can see a sample ballot for Oberlin City at https://www.voteloraincountyohio.gov/ . Contact Ann Francis or Mary Van Nortwick with questions.

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 4/5/2021)

New Cases (since Thursday 4/1/2021, 4 day average: 28.8)115
Total Lorain County Cases  18,396
Total in Zip Code 44074 (+2 since Thursday 4/1/2021)519
Current Lorain County Positivity Rate (rising)7.1%
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 102,156 or 33% of population

Cuyahoga County (as of 4/5/2021)

Cuyahoga County (excluding Cleveland)          73,680
Cleveland Cases 28,956
Total Cuyahoga County Cases102,636
New Cases (since Thursday 4/1/2021)           1,004
Total Cuyahoga County Deaths 2,151
Total Deaths in Long Term Care Settings (updated weekly, last 3/31/2021)753

State of Ohio (as posted on 4/5/2021)

New Cases in the Last 24-hours 2,918
21-day Average of New Cases1,742
Total Cases 1,026,929
Age Range all Cases<1-111
Median Age of all Cases42
Total Hospitalizations (cumulative)53,445 or 5%
Total Hospitalizations Last 24 hours139
21-day Average of Hospitalizations 86
Median Age of all Hospitalized67
Total ICU Admissions (cumulative)7,462 or 1% 
Total ICU Admissions last 24 hours 12
21-day Average of ICU Admissions 9
Total Health Care Workers Diagnosed 58,959 or 6%
Total Tested in Ohio11,126,130
Total Deaths in Ohio 18,646
Median Age of Deaths 80
Deaths in Last 24 hours0
21-day Average of Deaths37
Total Deaths in Ohio Long Term Care Settings (updated weekly, last 3/31/2021 – ODH adjusted this number)  7,119
Statewide Vaccinations Started3,721,565 or 31.8% of population

Contact Information


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