Community Updates Week of 5/31/2021

Calm, Proactive Preparedness


June 4, 2021: Update to Residents

Fun Fitness Week 2021

It’s time to sign up for FUN FITNESS WEEK!! Check out the bulletin board outside the Early Learning Center for details, calendar of activities, and descriptions of events! It starts June 6 and ends June 12. There is something for everyone!

Four of Ohio’s 88 counties remain ‘high-incidence’ for COVID-19

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine said in a news briefing Thursday that only four of Ohio’s 88 counties remain high-incidence for COVID-19, meaning they have infection rates of at least 100 cases per 100,000 population over the last two weeks. Those high-incidence counties are Monroe, Harrison, Mahoning and Lawrence. Lorain County’s infection rate is 68.1 per 100,000 population, ranking 21st of Ohio’s 88 counties and exceeding the state average of 58.3 per 100,000. DeWine said nearly 46 percent of the total population of Ohio has had at least one vaccination dose, but that percentage increases to 53 percent when talking about Ohioans older than 12 and 56 percent when talking about only adults.

Lorain County’s vaccination rates exceed the state’s overall rates. In Lorain County, 49.32 percent of all residents have received at least one vaccine dose. The majority of local residents who have received one dose, or 42.83 percent of the county’s overall population, have received all recommended doses. Two doses are recommended for the Pfizer and Moderna shots while the Johnson & Johnson vaccine requires a single dose. President Joe Biden has set a goal of 70 percent of the country being vaccinated by July 4.

One local organization in Lorain, El Centro de Servicios Sociales, received a shout-out from DeWine and the Ohio Department of Health for their efforts in helping improve access to COVID-19 information and vaccines among the Latino community. A recent partnership clinic held on site at El Centro saw 61 people vaccinated against the virus. El Centro staff visited local restaurants and made phone calls to families to encourage and assist them in signing up for appointments…

State health department data showed Thursday that hospitalizations for the virus continue to decline. There were 670 Ohioans reported to be in the hospital for COVID-19 on Thursday…but Ohio Department of Health Medical Director Dr. Bruce Vanderhoff noted coronavirus fatalities are increasing for children. It’s now one of the 10 leading causes of death for children in the United States.

“We really owe it not just to ourselves to get vaccinated, but to all we care about, including those who are not yet able to be vaccinated,”…Ohioans ages 12 and older are eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine. Appointments are available across the county. A full list is available at loraincountyh.ealth.com/coronavirus. Appointments can also be scheduled over the phone by calling 211. — From the Chronicle-Telegram

Shaping Our Future: Strategic Planning Resident Zoom Forums

Tuesday, 6/8, and Thursday, 6/17, at 4:00pm – Sign up at the open mailboxes for one of these two meetings! –shared by Gary Olin

Join via Zoom:

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has started a Phase 1/2 trial of mixed COVID-19 vaccine schedules

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) announced that it has started a Phase I/II clinical trial in which adult volunteers who have been fully vaccinated against coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) will receive booster doses of different COVID-19 vaccines to determine the safety and immunogenicity of mixed boosted regimens. 

“Although the vaccines currently authorized by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) offer strong protection against COVID-19, we need to prepare for the possibility of needing booster shots to counter waning immunity and to keep pace with an evolving virus,” said the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Director Anthony S Fauci, MD. “The results of this trial are intended to inform public health policy decisions on the potential use of mixed vaccine schedules should booster doses be indicated.” Shared by Linda Lannom

Cartoon Potluck

Monday, June 7, 7:15pm

Resident cartoon fans have sent their favorite cartoons to Carol Conti-Entin. Zoom in and enjoy a sumptuous and varied buffet of amusing and thought-provoking cartoon art.-Shared by Carol Conti-Entin

21-Day Online YWCA Challenge on Racial Equity and Social Justice

We are taking names and emails of residents that would like to participate in the Cleveland 21-Day Challenge later this month. Each day you will get an email with several options (you choose just one) of readings, podcasts, videos. They are very well organized and easy to do. Some are as short as four minutes, others longer of 20 minutes or more. YOU CHOOSE, just one day is all that is asked (more if you like). They are interesting and you will likely be drawn in to do more (your choice, of course.)

If you would like to participate, just sign up with your email and name on the clipboard near the open mailboxes. We will get you registered. If you don’t have email but want to participate, we will be placing selected “readings” for each day in the library where you can read them. Feel free to join in this way if technology is not your thing. All should sign up to indicate you plan to participate.

Second Harvest Food Bank Needs Volunteers

There will be a poster on the Volunteer Bulletin Board about an Orientation on June 23. That should be a great way to learn what helping there entails. Kendal has always had a Volunteer Crew that made a monthly work visit – folks like Larry Porter, Don Parker , Robert Randel and George Andrews are experienced Volunteers. Call them to learn about their experiences. The Elders will be out of town for the summer, but I’m trusting these fellows can help inspire some new volunteers!

Join the mission of Second Harvest to create pathways to nutritious food. Be a part of the CSFP (Commodity Supplemental Food Program) Volunteer Corps to deliver food to senior citizens at their residences. Orientation session is Wednesday, June 23, from 10am-11am at the Nordson Food Distribution Center. Learn more information or register HERE: —Shared by Anne Elder

This week’s Afternoon Exchange is on Thursday (6/10) at 4pm on Zoom or KOTV and WSCC

Our next guest from Kendal Affiliates will be on Thursday, June 24, with staff and resident leaders from the Kendal-Crosslands communities in Kennett Square, PA. Join Zoom Exchange Meeting – Meeting ID: 921 4392 7958 – Use computer audio or dial: +1 312 626 6799 US (Chicago)

If you missed last week’s Afternoon Exchange June 3, view the Zoom recording.

2021 Lorain County Transportation Survey

Each year the Lorain County Coordinated Transportation Plan must be updated. One of the main methods for updating the plan is to survey residents within Lorain County about transportation. This assists the Mobility Manager with understanding the needs and gaps in transportation, promoting the transportation options that exist, and determining methods to close the gaps on unmet transportation needs. While the transportation services are to support everyone within Lorain County, the main focus is to assist older adults (seniors), persons with disabilities, low-income, and workforce transportation needs.

The 2021 Lorain County Transportation Survey is now available. This survey will take 15 minutes to complete.

Please contact Sharon Pearson, Lorain County Mobility Manager at 440-707-6477 if you prefer to receive a paper copy.

Kendal continues to want to see Lorain County transportation options improve for all citizens including Kendal residents and staff. Please offer your feedback by doing this survey.

Link-Age Benefits for All Residents and All Staff

All across the country entertainment, hospitality, and travel venues are beginning to re-open and it is encouraging to see that people are starting to research opportunities for family activities. Remember that Link-Age offers two options for discounts on hotels, theme parks, movie theaters, concerts, car rentals and more: TicketsatWork and Best Benefits Club. Please see the Human Resources Bulletin Board near the Employee Lounge for discount details on these programs or go to www.ticketsatwork.com company code “LINKAGECORP” and www.bestbenefitsclub.com  activation code “link1010”.


Today’s Statistics

Kendal at Oberlin (KaO)

Independent Living Resident Cases0
Stephens Care Center (SCC) Resident Cases 
          Residential Care Facility 0
          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 6/3/2021)

New Cases (since Tuesday, June 1, 2021 – 2 day average: 2.5)5
Total Lorain County Cases  20,038
Total in Zip Code 44074 (+0 since Tuesday, June 1, 2021)546
Current Lorain County Positivity Rate (slight rise)3.2%
Total Deaths, age ranges 20-29 • 1; 30-39 • 3; 40-49 • 7; 50-59 • 17; 60-69 • 69; 70-79 • 133; 80+ • 210440
Total Deaths in Long Term Care Settings (updated weekly, last 6/2/2021, +3)231
Lorain County Vaccinations Started 152,804 or 49.3% of population

Cuyahoga County (as of 6/3/2021)

Cuyahoga County (excluding Cleveland)          81,320
Cleveland Cases 33,174
Total Cuyahoga County Cases114,494
New Cases (since Tuesday 6/1/2021)            364
Total Cuyahoga County Deaths 2,336
Total Deaths in Long Term Care Settings (updated weekly, last 6/2/2021)821

State of Ohio (as posted on 6/3/2021)

New Cases in the Last 24-hours  490
21-day Average of New Cases716
Total Cases 1,103,380
Age Range all Cases<1-111
Median Age of all Cases41
Total Hospitalizations (cumulative)59,412 or 5%
Total Hospitalizations Last 24-hours74
21-day Average of Hospitalizations 76
Median Age of all Hospitalized66
Total ICU Admissions (cumulative)8,161 or 1% 
Total ICU Admissions last 24-hours 9
21-day Average of ICU Admissions 10
Total Health Care Workers Diagnosed 63,393 or 6%
Total Tested in Ohio13,213,237
Total Deaths in Ohio 19,912
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 6/2/2021- ODH adjusted this number)  7,465
Statewide Vaccinations Started5,335,840 or 45.7% of population

June 1, 2021: Update to Residents

Meeting Rooms

You may have noticed that sign-in/out forms are no longer being used when you are in the auditorium, library and other meeting rooms. It is part of our “next normal”. You will still find the sanitation stations that you can choose to use before and after use if it would make you more comfortable.

Visitors to Kendal at Oberlin from Out-of-State

Thank you for your checking ahead when you have visitors planning a visit and coming from outside Ohio. The map is looking much improved. You don’t need to request this until closer to the time of the visit (week ahead is good) since the map continues to be updated and could change about the time of your visit. Use this map link to check State, then County of where your visitors reside before coming to Oberlin.

The Global Epidemics COVID Suppression map is updated regularly and is what Kendal staff use for every visit outside Ohio.

Johnny’s Comes Calling Again

Terry from Johnny’s will take orders on Wednesday for Thursday delivery at 10am. Call 440-774-8215

outdoor exercise class 2020
Fun Fitness Week 2021

It’s time to sign up for FUN FITNESS WEEK!! Check out the bulletin board outside the Early Learning Center for details, calendar of activities, and descriptions of events! It starts June 6 and ends June 12. There is something for everyone!

Shaping Our Future: Strategic Planning Resident Zoom Forums

Tuesday, 6/8, and Thursday, 6/17, at 4:00pm – Sign up at the open mailboxes for one of these two meetings!

Join via Zoom:

An extra thanks to those who completed the Survey Monkey online or by paper. Our deadline is now past. We had 142 responses online and 40 by paper. –shared by Gary Olin

This week’s Afternoon Exchange is on Thursday (6/3)

4pm on Zoom or KOTV and WSCC – Our next guest from Kendal Affiliates will be on Thursday, June 24, with staff and resident leaders from the Kendal-Crosslands communities in Kennett Square, PA. Join Zoom Exchange Meeting – Meeting ID: 921 4392 7958 – Use computer audio or dial: +1 312 626 6799 US (Chicago)

Recorded Zoom Link from the Afternoon Exchange May 27.

The Hotel at Oberlin

We continue to be extremely grateful for the Hotel at Oberlin and their ability to accommodate Kendal guests. Their current Kendal rates are Sunday to Thursday $99 per night, and Friday and Saturday, $139 per night. Please remember there are also dates when the rate is blacked-out due to high occupancy levels. When your guests contact the Hotel at Oberlin to make a reservation, be sure to have them mention they are Kendal guests in order to get the Kendal rate.

Good Read

What We Know About the Origins of COVID-19 – A current Medscape article analyzes the known information on the origins of the SARS-CoV-19 virus. A lot hinges on getting more detailed data on the virus and how it mutates in order for us to prepare for an expected surge this coming winter. from Medscape, shared by Don Parker

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 6/1/2021)

New Cases (since Thursday, May 27, 2021 – 5 day average: 7)35
Total Lorain County Cases  20,033
Total in Zip Code 44074 (+0 since Thursday, May 27, 2021)546
Current Lorain County Positivity Rate (slight rise)3.2%
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 152,212 or 49.1% of population

Cuyahoga County (as of 6/1/2021)

Cuyahoga County (excluding Cleveland)          81,241
Cleveland Cases 32,889
Total Cuyahoga County Cases114,130
New Cases (since Thursday 5/27/2021)           242
Total Cuyahoga County Deaths 2,320
Total Deaths in Long Term Care Settings (updated weekly, last 5/26/2021)804

State of Ohio (as posted on 6/1/2021)

New Cases in the Last 24-hours (3 day weekend)622
21-day Average of New Cases801
Total Cases 1,102,556
Age Range all Cases<1-111
Median Age of all Cases41
Total Hospitalizations (cumulative)59,247 5%
Total Hospitalizations Last 24-hours92
21-day Average of Hospitalizations 81
Median Age of all Hospitalized66
Total ICU Admissions (cumulative)8,136 or 1% 
Total ICU Admissions last 24-hours 14
21-day Average of ICU Admissions 9
Total Health Care Workers Diagnosed 63,297 6%
Total Tested in Ohio13,182,081
Total Deaths in Ohio 19,859
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 5/26/2021 – ODH adjusted this number) 7,385
Statewide Vaccinations Started5,310,588 or 45.4% of population

Contact Information


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