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Community Updates Week of 5/24/2021


Memorial Day - Remember and Honor

We remember and honor those who gave their all on behalf of all of us and for the sake of others pursuing freedom and liberty.

Calm, Proactive Preparedness

Ohio Discontinues the COVID Public Health Advisory System

On Thursday, May 27, 2021, Ohio Department of Health Director Stephanie McCloud announced the cancellation, effective immediately, of the Ohio Public Health Advisory System. The statewide alert system was launched in July 2020 to assess the degree of COVID-19 spread by county and to provide data to help guide individuals, businesses, schools, communities, local governments, and others in their response and actions during the pandemic. As cases decline and vaccinations increase, this data is no longer the best measure of Ohio’s current status.

The Ohio Department of Health will continue to share COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations, deaths, current trends, key metrics, and vaccination data daily.

Memorial Day Dining Hours

The Fox & Fell will be open for lunch (11:30am-1:30pm) and dinner (5:15pm-7:00pm). The Langston will be available for overflow seating as needed throughout the day.

Afternoon Exchange Zoom from May 27

Recorded Zoom Link from the Afternoon Exchange May 27.

Good Reads

Moderna and Pfizer are already developing COVID-19 vaccine boosters. Do we need a third shot? – Market Watch-Shared by Sharon Furrow 

Opinion | Ohio’s Vaccine Lottery Is Working, Writes Gov. Mike DeWineThe New York Times-Shared by Kari Inglis (This may require a subscription.) 

On the road again: interesting landmarks and sites in every state

There are many wonderful and amazing sites to see across the United States. You might not even have to travel very far from home to find a notable destination spot in your own state. Many times, we don’t even know the gems that exist in our own back yards. 

Unusual landmarks to amazing wonders of nature, there’s something for almost every interest to visit in these slides showcasing different stops to make in every state. From the Unclaimed Baggage Center in Alabama, a thrift shop filled with items from lost baggage, to the ancient rock formations of Rock City Garden in Georgia, Antique Alley in Indiana, to the four blocks of murals in Kansas that tell stories of the culture and history of Kansas City. 

Check out these links to view the wide variety of destination spots across America. You never know what you’ll discover.


May 28, 2021: Update to Residents

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 5/27/2021)

New Cases (since Monday, May 24, 2021 – 3 day average: 18)54
Total Lorain County Cases  19,998
Total in Zip Code 44074 (+1 since Monday, May 24, 2021)546
Current Lorain County Positivity Rate (dropping)2.8%
Total Deaths, age ranges 20-29 • 1; 30-39 • 3; 40-49 • 7; 50-59 • 17; 60-69 • 69; 70-79 • 132; 80+ • 209438
Total Deaths in Long Term Care Settings (updated weekly, last 5/26/2021, +0)228
Lorain County Vaccinations Started                         150,426 or 48.6% of population

Cuyahoga County (as of 5/27/2021)

Cuyahoga County (excluding Cleveland)          80,999
Cleveland Cases 32,889
Total Cuyahoga County Cases113,888
New Cases (since Monday, 5/24/2021)            212
Total Cuyahoga County Deaths 2,317
Total Deaths in Long Term Care Settings (updated weekly, last 5/26/2021)804

State of Ohio (as posted on 5/27/2021)

New Cases in the Last 24-hours 732
21-day Average of New Cases961
Total Cases 1,100,312
Age Range all Cases<1-111
Median Age of all Cases41
Total Hospitalizations (cumulative)59,012 or 5%
Total Hospitalizations Last 24-hours111
21-day Average of Hospitalizations 90
Median Age of all Hospitalized66
Total ICU Admissions (cumulative)8,104 or 1% 
Total ICU Admissions last 24-hours 11
21-day Average of ICU Admissions 10
Total Health Care Workers Diagnosed 63,133 or 6%
Total Tested in Ohio13,100,670
Total Deaths in Ohio 19,748
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 5/26/2021- ODH adjusted this number) 7,385
Statewide Vaccinations Started5,248,623 or 44.9% of population

May 25, 2021: Update to Residents

Overnight Visitors to IL Residents / New Residents, et al

There may be times, after a potential exposure, that residents will be asked to “lay low” until they can get a Rapid Antigen Test. Examples of this include after you have had an overnight visitor or if you are new resident just moving to campus. In these situations, and others of potential long period exposure, KaO will request that the resident take an antigen test in the Health and Wellness Clinic four days after the potential exposure, since this is the typical incubation period for a viral load. If Day 4 is on a Saturday, please test in the HWC on Day 3, if Day 4 is Sunday, please test in the HWC on Day 5. This is a safety precaution against a possible infection from asymptomatic visitors. Day 1 of this count begins on the day the guests leave or you move-in.

Until the resident is tested on Day 4, the resident is to “lay low” and avoid Kendal social gatherings or entering other Kendal cottages and apartments. The resident may enter and exit the Heiser Community Center quickly to retrieve mail, avoiding contact with other residents. For meals during this time, residents can refer to the menus posted on the KORA website and call the dining hotline 775-8901 with their order by 3pm for same day delivery.

KORA’s Staff Vacation / Appreciation Appeal ends Friday, May 28

We take this opportunity to thank our wonderful Kendal staff who work with kindness, thoughtfulness, and compassion. Please turn in all monetary contributions to the box at Reception and all thank-you notes to the box in the Heiser Lounge by May 28. Thank you for writing these notes and for your generosity. — KORA Council

Thursday Afternoon Exchange at 4pm on KOTV and ZOOM

Join Zoom Exchange Meeting – Meeting ID: 921 4392 7958 – Use computer audio or dial: +1 312 626 6799 US (Chicago)

Come and catch up on what we are anticipating for Kendal at Oberlin with Ohio’s changes toward COVID. Use this link to view last week’s Exchange. 

Good Read

Infectious Disease Experts Dole Out Practical Advice to Help With Mask Confusion – Here’s a Medscape article to help demystify the need for some people to still wear masks while others may not need to, and when it would be prudent to do so. Toward the end of the article, there are some thoughtful observations about people who are immunocompromised and why they need to think more carefully before going without masks. (Good advice when off campus!) -shared by Don Parker 

Oberlin Virtual Illumination

Here is the link to Sunday’s (May 23) Virtual Illumination video, featuring images of alumni and former faculty all over the world. Look for several Kendalites among the scrolling images while you listen to Conservatory students perform. The entire video is just short of 10 minutes long. 

Memorial Day Dining Hours

The Fox & Fell will be open for lunch (11:30am-1:30pm) and dinner (5:15pm-7:00pm). The Langston will be available for overflow seating as needed throughout the day.

Lincoln Center presents Jennifer Koh’s Our Time Is Now

Streaming Live tonight at 8:00 pm ET – Tune in tonight for Our Time Is Now, a specially commissioned performance curated by classical violinist Jennifer Koh. This hour-long salon speaks to the ongoing trauma borne by New York City’s AAPI and Black communities and their shared response of creative excellence in the face of adversity.

Koh is joined on stage with pianist Vijay Iyer and poets Cindy Tran and Simone White in a collaboration that juxtaposes spoken word with the world premieres of four musical works—composed for the Alone Together project—by Courtney Bryan, LaTasha Bundy, Ken Ueno, and Amadeus Regucera. We’re proud to share this powerfully moving evening of performances, which are an urgent call to denounce hate in all its forms. Tonight’s event is dedicated to George Floyd and all victims of racial discrimination.

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 5/24/2021)

New Cases (since Thursday May 20, 2021 – 4 day average: 17.3)69
Total Lorain County Cases  19,944
Total in Zip Code 44074 (+0 since Thursday, May 20, 2021)545
Current Lorain County Positivity Rate (dropping)2.8%
Total Deaths, age ranges 20-29 • 1; 30-39 • 3; 40-49 • 7; 50-59 • 17; 60-69 • 69; 70-79 • 132; 80+ • 209438
Total Deaths in Long Term Care Settings (updated weekly, last 5/19/2021, +1)228
Lorain County Vaccinations Started                         148,836 or 48% of population

Cuyahoga County (as of 5/24/2021)

Cuyahoga County (excluding Cleveland)          80,787
Cleveland Cases 32,889
Total Cuyahoga County Cases113,676
New Cases (since Thursday 5/20/2021)     663
Total Cuyahoga County Deaths 2,308
Total Deaths in Long Term Care Settings (updated weekly, last 5/19/2021)804

State of Ohio (as posted on 5/24/2021)

New Cases in the Last 24-hours 566
21-day Average of New Cases1,041
Total Cases 1,097,866
Age Range all Cases<1-111
Median Age of all Cases41
Total Hospitalizations (cumulative)58,678 or 5%
Total Hospitalizations Last 24-hours88
21-day Average of Hospitalizations 97
Median Age of all Hospitalized66
Total ICU Admissions (cumulative)8,062 or 1% 
Total ICU Admissions last 24-hours 8
21-day Average of ICU Admissions 11
Total Health Care Workers Diagnosed 62,879 or 6%
Total Tested in Ohio13,038,301
Total Deaths in Ohio 19,705
Median Age of Deaths 80
Deaths in Last 24-hours0
21-day Average of Deaths20
Total Deaths in Ohio Long Term Care Settings (updated weekly, last 5/19/2021 – ODH adjusted this number) 7,380
Statewide Vaccinations Started5,179,064 or 44.3% of population

Contact Information


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