Community Updates Week of 5/10/2021

Calm, Proactive Preparedness


May 14, 2021: Update to Residents

Lorain County Remains Red Level Three

Although trending well on New Cases, Emergency Room Visits, Outpatient Visits, Hospital Admissions, ICU capacity et al, the trends need to be sustained for three weeks. It appears we should be close to Orange Level Two. See more on Lorain County’s status here.

New Normal Committee

  • Governor Mike DeWine has announced that all public COVID-19 Orders will end on June 2, except for the orders regarding Ohio’s Nursing Homes and Assisted Living communities. As a community and as restrictions are lifted in the general public, the New Normal Committee affirmed that as a congregate setting, one community, we do not want to do anything that will jeopardize the residents residing in the Stephens Care Center (SCC). We want to continually protect this campus from COVID-19 so the residents in the SCC are not restricted to that space and may continue to enjoy the public spaces at Kendal at Oberlin, such as the Heiser Community Center, Library, Auditorium and other public areas. As such, although Governor Mike DeWine’s order effective June 2 will remove the requirement for masks, we will continue to wear them in all public spaces as we do now for the foreseeable future, again, to ensure the freedom and safety of our most vulnerable residents living in the SCC. Masks may continue to be removed in meeting rooms when all present (even if SCC residents are present) are in agreement. If one person is uncomfortable, then all masks must remain on. SCC residents are still not permitted into individual cottages or apartments or public dining at this time. All State orders will remain in place as they are today for the SCC–those orders are not being rescinded June 2.
  • The New Normal Committee will be preparing a simplified guide to be released by June 2 clarifying what Kendal at Oberlin current procedures and restrictions are in light of the Ohio’s rescinded public orders effective June 2, and new guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). It is expected that space limitations on public spaces will be lifted and other changes.
  • English County Dancing and Square Dancing was approved for outside in Lot 4. Jan Larsen will be announcing more details.
  • New Residents will no longer be required to quarantine upon arrival. They will be tested for COVID-19 on their move-in day and then asked to avoid public gatherings, eating in the Fox and Fell, and meeting with other residents. They can make quick in-and-out trips to the Heiser until Day 4. During this time they are free to enjoy the outdoor campus while keeping a mask on hand for when they are near others. On Day 4 they will be tested again. As long as their COVID test is negative, they will be free to engage warmly with other residents. New Residents will be expected continually to monitor themselves for signs and symptoms of COVID-19, and if they emerge to report them immediately to the Health and Wellness Clinic or to the RN Manager in the Stephens Care Center if the Clinic is closed. 

Wordly Wise and United Spellers Bring OUTSTANDING Results for United Way’s Spellebrate! 

trophy - United Way Spellebrate

Bravo to our 6 volunteers who represented Kendal in the annual Spellebrate! Both teams made it into the Semi-Finals and Team Wordly Wise reached the Finals, and then captured it all against the Lorain City Library’s team, “The Great Gats-Bees” a repeating finalist every year.

Thank you to all 6 great spellers: Team Wordly Wise – Kari Inglis, Robin Laurén, Sandi McClennen; Team United Spellers – Jerry Berner, Nancy MacRae, Kim Preston

If you missed seeing it you can tune into the YouTube recorded program and experience those challenging words.

Fitness Updates

We are getting reports of people not following the rules for the Pool, especially on the weekend. Please remember these rules that must be followed when in the pool area.

  • Use of lockers is prohibited. Leaving your clothing in a locker room stall or bathroom stall while you swim is prohibited. Please keep your clothing with you at your personal chair space.
  • Showering in the locker rooms is prohibited. Hopefully, the pandemic rules for gyms and pools will loosen up soon. Thank you for your attention to these details and for your continuing patience as we navigate the continuing changes. – Jill Tvaroha, Fitness Coordinator

Spring Window Cleaning!

H&B Window Cleaning will be on campus starting Wednesday, May 19. This was originally planned to begin 5/17, but due to the recent weather they are a few days behind. They will be cleaning ALL Kendal at Oberlin OUTSIDE windows. No inside window cleaning will be done this time in any cottages/patios as a COVID safety precaution. We missed them last year due to the pandemic. A limited number of inside windows will be done inside the Heiser Community Center with no personal offices planned. All window cleaning crew members will be health-screened at the front gate and required to wear masks while on campus. Please see Tuesday’s form for a tentative schedule for when you may expect to have clean windows.

SCC Walking Partners Needed!

Some of the SCC residents who can now leave the care center to visit Heiser or to walk outside need assistance doing so. Care center residents particularly need help MONDAYS and THURSDAYS at 10:30am and 2:30pm.  If you are able to be part of this effort, please sign up on a pink clipboard under the open mailboxes.

If you can help with this, a staff member will escort the resident to the door near the Health and Wellness Clinic. You and the resident will decide where you want to go. How long you walk is up to you. When you return, call 775-9800 (the main nursing desk), and a staff member will meet you at the door to help the resident back to their room.

You and the resident will both wear masks. If you have the strength to push a wheelchair but have not had the brief training for this, Sandi McClennen will arrange for it. If you have questions, contact Elizabeth Hole. Thank you.

Good Read

CDC says no masks are needed if vaccinated. But there are plenty of reasons to wear them – First, vaccines do not confer 100 percent immunity; vaccines don’t mean that nobody dies from the targeted illness. Differences in the degree of exposure, individual medical problems, and viral transformation into variant viruses all affect how much immunity a vaccine provides. Vaccines against influenza have been available since 1945. Each year, 30,000 to 40,000 people die from influenza in the United States. At best, the Covid-19 vaccines reduce the risk of severe illness by 95 percent. Masks fill in the gaps left by the limitations of vaccines. Shared by Sharon Farrow

Campus-wide Fire Alarm and Emergency Pull Cord System Checks

Residents who are still scheduled for the apartment/cottage emergency checks by Johnson Controls received notice today from Facility Services’ Dagney Engler of the anticipated units to be done on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. Again we express appreciation to our volunteer helpers: Jack Mosher, Joe Luciano, Grace Tompos, Rich Hall, Randy Wagner, Dan Reiber, Betsy Baumbach. Back-ups: Mary Clare Beck and Elizabeth Locke.

Kendal Phones

ARE STILL BEING CHALLENGED with dropped long distance calls. We have some residents reporting similar issues. If you get a call from a Kendal staff person and it drops, they will call you back.

Thursday Afternoon Exchange at 4 p.m. on KOTV and ZOOM

Join Zoom Exchange Meeting – Meeting ID: 921 4392 7958

This is the link for the Exchange on May 6 when Stacy Terrell gave an overview of how decisions are made regarding moves through the health care continuum – PowerPoint materials are also in the library for reference.

Private Gardening

Kendal continues to provide assistance with private gardening. Please contact Ryan Stalzkowski at 775-9869 to arrange a time.

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 5/13/2021) – Level 3 RED

New Cases (since Monday May 10, 2021, 3 day average: 17.7)53
Total Lorain County Cases  19,512
Total in Zip Code 44074 (+4 since Monday, May 10, 2021)543
Current Lorain County Positivity Rate (dropping)3.0%
Total Deaths, age ranges 20-29 • 1; 30-39 • 3; 40-49 • 7; 50-59 • 17; 60-69 • 67; 70-79 • 130; 80+ • 206431
Total Deaths in Long Term Care Settings (updated weekly, last 5/12/2021, +1)227
Lorain County Vaccinations Started 140,669 or 45.4% of population

Cuyahoga County (as of 5/13/2021) – Level 3 RED

Cuyahoga County (excluding Cleveland)          79,921
Cleveland Cases 32,049
Total Cuyahoga County Cases111,970
New Cases (since Monday 5/10/2021)            349
Total Cuyahoga County Deaths 2,274
Total Deaths in Long Term Care Settings (updated weekly, last 5/12/2021)789

State of Ohio (as posted on 5/13/2021)

New Cases in the Last 24-hours 1,161
21-day Average of New Cases1,344
Total Cases 1,088,343
Age Range all Cases<1-111
Median Age of all Cases41
Total Hospitalizations (cumulative)57,809 or 5%
Total Hospitalizations Last 24-hours91
21-day Average of Hospitalizations 113
Median Age of all Hospitalized67
Total ICU Admissions (cumulative)7,955 or 1% 
Total ICU Admissions last 24-hours 2
21-day Average of ICU Admissions 12
Total Health Care Workers Diagnosed 62,118 or 6%
Total Tested in Ohio12,787,875
Total Deaths in Ohio 19,439
Median Age of Deaths 80
Deaths in Last 24-hours0
21-day Average of Deaths19
Total Deaths in Ohio Long Term Care Settings (updated weekly, last 5/12/2021 – ODH adjusted this number) 7,329
Statewide Vaccinations Started4,915,037 or 42.5% of population

May 11, 2021: Update to Residents

SCC Walking Partners Needed!

person walking with wheelchairSome of the SCC residents who can now leave the care center to visit Heiser or to walk outside, need assistance doing so. Particularly, care center residents need help MONDAYS and THURSDAYS at 10:30am and 2:30pm.  If you are able to be part of this effort, please sign up on a pink clipboard under the open mailboxes.

If you can help with this, staff will escort the resident to the door near the Health and Wellness Clinic. You and the resident will decide where you want to go. How long you walk is up to you. When you return, call 775-9800 (the main nursing desk), and a staff member will meet you at the door to help the resident back to their room.

You and the resident will both wear masks. If you have the strength to push a wheelchair but have not had the brief training for this, Sandi McClennen will arrange for it. Questions, contact Elizabeth Hole, Thank you.

Good Reads

Got the vaccine? Experts say you can relax about your COVID-19 risk now. Really. –Vox

After Hundreds of Interviews, Here’s John Whyte’s View of COVID

Here’s a Medscape interview with John Whyte, Chief Medical Officer at WebMed about what he’s learned from multiple interviews with prominent COVID authorities and how he interprets the data to the public. This link includes an audio interview. shared by Don Parker

Campus-Wide Fire Alarm and Emergency Pull Cord System Checks

By now you are well aware of the campus-wide checks of our emergency systems. We could not do this without the willing volunteer helpers who accompany SimplexGrinnell personnel. In fact, they cannot do any of the personal homes on days when we don’t have volunteers. We will do a better job of predicting when your home will be done based on a structured order of units, as long as we have volunteers.

On Thursday and Friday the plan is to do the following unit numbers as estimated on Wednesday (#’s 78-115) and Friday (#’s 116-153). 

On Friday we’ll report the cottages and apartments for inspection next week.

Oberlin College Celebrations at 9am and 2pm

Commencement will be covered on Friday by TV channel WSCC- (#921, 20-1 or 96-100). For a detailed scheduled and the streaming link you can use this link: Commencement 2021 Oberlin College and Conservatory

Dining Meal Opt-Out

With the upcoming dining changes, we will change how we manage the way residents can opt out, and we will be allowing you to opt out of meals for a month:

  • We will no longer be doing weekly opt-out options.
  • If you choose to opt-out for a month, a sign-up sheet is posted in front of the open mailboxes.
  • We are asking that you sign the sheet by the morning of May 12, 2021, so we can make the correct changes.
  • The opt-out period is from 5/19-6/18.

–-Greg Zehe and Stephanie Sutton

Thursday Afternoon Exchange at 4 p.m. on KOTV and ZOOM

Our guests, Doug Helman (Executive Director) and Larry Murdock (Resident Council President) from Ohio affiliate Kendal at Granville, will join us for this meeting. If you have questions about Granville, feel free to forward them to Barbara.

Join Zoom Exchange Meeting – Meeting ID: 921 4392 7958, One tap mobile +13126266799,,92143927958# US (Chicago)

BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND! Greenwashing that’s really GREEN!

Laundry Strips GIVEAWAY! Heiser Lounge by the Windows, Thursday, May 13, 1pm to 3pm

Since Earth Day: 20+ totally satisfied Kendal customers and counting!

Premier of the documentary film, Kendal at Oberlin Stories: World War II

Thursday, May 13, 7:15pm, followed by Q & A with interviewees John Matsushima, Jim Sunshine, Bill Rice, Mary Van Nortwick and filmmakers Geoff Pingree and Clarissa Heart. On KOTV and Zoom webinar: Join Zoom Meeting – Stories of WWII.

Appreciation to our Volunteer Helpers

Jack Mosher, Joe Luciano, Grace Tompos, Rich Hall, Randy Wagner, Dan Reiber, Betsy Baumbach. Back-ups: Mary Clare Beck and Elizabeth Locke.

Kendal Phones

We are still working with our phone sources to resolve our Kendal lines dropping long distance calls. We are aware some residents are having the same problem with their landlines. Today we believe the company has gotten closer to the cause…and hopefully a solution.

Lorenzo Pizza Party in May

One more delivery day on Wednesday, May 12.

Did you miss the May KENDALIGHT arriving by email?

It may have gone to spam because it did not recognize the sender, Vicki DeFranco, successor to Carol Groo in Administration. Please look in your spam folders so you can accept vdefranco@kao.kendal.org.

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 5/10/2021) – Level 3 RED

New Cases (since Thursday May 6, 2021, 4 day average: 20.5)82
Total Lorain County Cases  19,459
Total in Zip Code 44074 (+1 since Thursday, May 6, 2021)539
Current Lorain County Positivity Rate (dropping)3.0%
Total Deaths, age ranges 20-29 • 1; 30-39 • 3; 40-49 • 6; 50-59 • 17; 60-69 • 66; 70-79 • 130; 80+ • 206429
Total Deaths in Long Term Care Settings (updated weekly, last 5/5/2021 – no change)226
Lorain County Vaccinations Started     139,093 or 44.9% of population

Cuyahoga County (as of 5/10/2021) – Level 3 RED

Cuyahoga County (excluding Cleveland)          79,572
Cleveland Cases 32,049
Total Cuyahoga County Cases111,621
New Cases (since Thursday 5/6/2021)            923
Total Cuyahoga County Deaths 2,266
Total Deaths in Long Term Care Settings (updated weekly, last 5/5/2021)788

State of Ohio (as posted on 5/10/2021)

New Cases in the Last 24-hours 713
21-day Average of New Cases1,405
Total Cases 1,084,322
Age Range all Cases<1-111
Median Age of all Cases41
Total Hospitalizations (cumulative)57,402 or 5%
Total Hospitalizations Last 24-hours87
21-day Average of Hospitalizations 114
Median Age of all Hospitalized67
Total ICU Admissions (cumulative)7,924 or 1% 
Total ICU Admissions last 24-hours 18
21-day Average of ICU Admissions 13
Total Health Care Workers Diagnosed 61,812 or 6%
Total Tested in Ohio12,717,845
Total Deaths in Ohio 19,425
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 5/5/2021 – ODH adjusted this number) 7,297
Statewide Vaccinations Started4,863,177 or 41.6% of population

Contact Information


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