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Community Updates Week of 6/15/2020

June 19, 2020: Update to Residents

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Juneteenth at Kendal

Juneteenth - Freedom Day

Shared by Phyllis Gorfain – A Texan website, The Spirit of Juneteenth, provides a very brief history and some ideas about Juneteenth, a holiday which has assumed renewed significance this year. On June 19, 1865–more than two years after the Emancipation Proclamation was signed on Jan. 1, 1863–Major Gordon Granger of the Union army landed at Galveston, Texas with news that the war had ended and all enslaved Blacks were now free. Celebrations erupted, and before long Texas became the first state to celebrate annually the date that came to be known as “Juneteenth.” The holiday spread beyond Texas throughout the 19th century and has become more prominent in the present, especially this year. For many years the City of Oberlin has celebrated Juneteenth on Tappan Square on the Saturday closest to June 19, often calling the Saturday festival “Heritage Day.” This year many more cities, institutions, businesses, corporations, and families are celebrating African-American freedom and achievement on Juneteenth, even while encouraging continuous self-development and respect for all cultures. Getting involved and supporting Juneteenth celebrations create new bonds of friendship and understanding among us. This indeed brightens our future–and that is the Spirit of Juneteenth.

Read more about Juneteenth:

Oberlin Food Hub Reminder

From Arlene Dunn – Good news for folks interested in ordering from the Oberlin Food Hub: Kendal has approved them for curbside pickup, and Arlene Dunn has volunteered to pick up orders on Thursdays. This will eliminate the $3.00 delivery fee. You can place an order for Thursday pickup until midnight Sunday. Orders will be distributed in front of Heiser. The time has yet to be determined. Arlene will notify you early in the week with the distribution time. Please notify Arlene that you placed an order.

Northwest Bank to Reopen Monday!

Confirmed with Northwest Bank, the Reopening Plan for the Kendal Bank Branch is as follows:

  • Reopening date confirmed for Monday, June 22.
  • It will be “By Appointment Only” – please call 440-989-5033 to make an appointment or go online at Northwest.com and schedule your appointment with Amanda Brown.
  • The Bank will wipe down all surfaces in-between each appointment.
  • Hours are Monday, Thursday, and Friday from 10am until 2pm.
  • A plexiglass divider between the Banker and the Resident has been installed. 

Happy Father’s Day to All Men this Sunday

Happy Fathers Day

A THANK YOU to all men for the wisdom, strength, knowledge, skills, insight, tenacity, playfulness, duty, patience, joy, justice, compassion, hope, peace and love they have shared with future generations!

Happy Father’s Day!!!

Did You Know? The first Father’s Day was celebrated in the U.S. in 1910. A celebration was organized by 16-year-old Sonora Smart Dodd from Spokane, Washington, in honor of her father, a Civil War veteran and single parent who was raising six children. After hearing a sermon on Mother’s Day, Sonora told her local pastor about the idea and so it was held on the third Sunday of June.–MSN.com/news 

A Walk in New Russia Township Park Preserve

The ease of the path to enter the park can vary by weather and season. If your balance is not great or it has rained or grass is high, the preferred way is to use the entrance up on RT 58 with the gravel walk and archway memorializing Bill Cobb, the previous owner of our Windmill Property. You can see the pathway in this aerial view below of our property and the yellow entry into the Park. 

New Russia Twp Park map

Things to Note

  • Emergency Pharmacy Need? If you are coming back from a medical appointment or Emergency Department or Urgent Care and have an urgent prescription to fill, you should feel comfortable to plan ahead by knowing who offers drive-through Pharmacy services. Many drug stores do, but they may not offer it 7 days a week. Plan ahead. If you need to take the new drug right away, call back to Kendal and ask if we can pick it up for you rather than your going into a drug store and waiting for it. Kendal staff will do our best to get your medication order filled as soon as possible. Often on weekends we have sent someone over to Drug Mart to bring called-in medications back. Stay safe. 
  • Curbside Pick-Up- Residents are sharing their experiences at “curbside pick-up” and there is concern. You must order and pay ahead for your item so the business can just put it in your trunk or backseat. Otherwise it is not acceptable curbside. Kendal has called many local businesses ahead and have been told they will do this for Kendal customers. If you find this is not the case, please let us know. We will remove them from our list of approved businesses. Stay safe.

Today’s Statistics

Kendal at Oberlin (KaO)

Independent Living Resident Cases0
Stephens Care Center (SCC) Resident Cases0
          Residential Care Facility 0
          Skilled Nursing Facility0
KaO Residents Total0
     KaO SCC Staff Cases0
     KaO Other Staff Cases1
KaO Staff Total1
Kendal at Oberlin Total1

Lorain County (as of 2PM)

New Cases (since yesterday)2
Total Cases, age range 3 months-103824
Total Deaths, age ranges 30-39 • 1; 50-59 • 2; 60-69 • 5; 70-79 • 11, 80+ • 3958
Total Deaths in Long Term Care Settings (updated every Wednesday – no change since last week)34

State of Ohio (as of 11AM)

New Cases (since yesterday)609
Total Cases43,731
Age Range all Cases<1-109
Median Age of all Cases48
Total Hospitalizations (cumulative)7,167 or 16%
Total Hospitalizations last 24 hrs63
Median Age of all Hospitalized64
Total ICU Admissions (cumulative)1,820 or 4 %
Total Health Care Workers Diagnosed 6,323 or 14%
Total Tested in Ohio612,854
Median Age of Deaths 81
Total Deaths  2,667 or 6%
Total Deaths in Long Term Care Settings (updated every Wednesday)1,376

June 18, 2020: Update to Residents

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Stephens Care Center Assisted Living Family Visitation to Begin on Friday, June 26

We are pleased to announce that family of residents in the Stephens Care Center assisted living will be offered the opportunity to visit (Phase 2 of outdoor visiting). This follows the successful initiation of weekly Wednesday visits for spouses that began on June 10 (Phase 1 of outdoor visiting).  Please join us for a family meeting via WebEx on Tuesday, June 23, at 4pm Eastern to learn the details of how the visits will be scheduled and supported in our outside visitation spaces. An email will be sent to families with a weblink and connecting information.  

Here is a preview of how this will work:

  • Per the Governor’s requirement, visits must be outside and scheduled with time limits, face coverings, distancing measures, and with screening and education for the visitors.
  • Available times for family living in Ohio will start June 26.
  • Available times for family from outside Ohio will start July 3.
  • Up to two (2) people from the same household may participate in the same visit.
  • Visits will be 30 minutes in length and will be available on Monday and Fridays.
  • Each resident may have a family visitor every other week to allow the opportunity for all residents to have visitors.
  • If you live a great distance from Oberlin and only plan to visit once this summer, discuss with Social Services for additional options.
  • Use SignUp Genius to schedule your visit.
  • Sign up using the cell phone number you will have with you on the day of the visit.
  • No pets are allowed at this time.
  • No exchange of items are allowed at this time.

Specific instructions about protocols to be followed during the visit will be provided to each scheduled visitor. This process will be a learning curve for all of us; there will no doubt be things we have to adjust. We thank you in advance as we navigate this together to provide a safe outdoor visiting experience for all.

Next phases of outdoor visitation for the Stephens Care Center will include families from outside Ohio on July 3, and then for other friends by mid-July.

Independent Living Outdoor Guest Visitation

Plans are underway for outdoor Independent Living visitation with guests from outside Kendal will begin on July 6…details will be shared soon! The New Normal Planning Committee has a subcommittee with additional Kendal residents working on the details with further review next week.

New Normal Planning Committee

Weekly meetings (and more often 2x week) of 90+ minutes with tons of emails through the week continue to keep this resident and staff committee hopping. Progress is being made to bring back more normal to Kendal. Some notes to share:

  • Curbside? More and more local businesses are offering curbside delivery to your trunk or back seat. This must be offered consistently by the business and confirmed by Kendal staff that it is not a one-time favor. The upcoming Frequently Asked Questions will provide a listing of those that have been verified to provide the service.
  • Don’t drive, and anxious to “get out” for a ride? We are working toward some small group trips in our bus, physically distanced, with masks to give you that opportunity.
  • Auditorium Procedures and TV Cable TV Policies/Procedures are just about finalized and will start booking events June 29. There will be a more permanent oversight group assigned to this facet since decision-making of this new asset will be important to what is offered at Kendal. This will stretch beyond our current pandemic.
  • July 4th Plans are well underway and will be sent out to all once finalized next week. This will engage all of our community including the Stephens Care Center.
  • Frequently Asked Questions are being developed from close review and attention to the daily news update and your many questions being put to the New Normal Committee. Studying where best to place this document for easy access whether you use a computer or not and how to best keep it updated. Some very “tough” questions coming from all of you were discussed at length and will be forthcoming.
  • Pool and Fitness Center First week went so well many slots remain open and available creating more frequent access to both the pool and the fitness equipment. We started this reopened program with a very conservative approach, and it worked so well there will be less oversight needed in every area. Signup Genius worked great and will be used for more areas of programming.
  • Testing at Kendal – This continues to be evaluated with the best testing options to provide a baseline for Kendal at Oberlin. No response yet from our volunteering last week to the Ohio Dept. of Health to have the National Guard come in this week.

Return of Outdoor Sports

  • Bocce, Croquet, and Kite-Flying started Monday, June 15. Please observe your social-distancing protocols and sanitize your hands before and after playing. Sanitizers are available at the equipment locations.
  • Bocce – Equipment is located in the hallway at the Penn dining room exit. The door lock will remain open 7am to 9pm.
  • Croquet – Equipment is stored in a large plastic barrel outside the Penn dining room exit to the left around the corner of the building. The door lock will remain open 7am to 9pm.
  • Kite-Flying – Equipment is located in the sun porch of cottage 208. Please sign-in/out the kite by the number marked on the kite. Best to fly kites with two people in the open field between Wildflower Hill, Rock Pond, and the Perimeter Drive. The porch is unlocked.
  • Putt-Putt Golf will be available after the court is power-washed and equipment is set up.

Good Reads 

COVID-19: Straight Answers from Top Epidemiologist Who Predicted the Pandemic, Shared by Phyllis Gorfain

We’ve been told alternatively to not wear masks, to wear masks, to stay home, and to get out and reinvigorate the economy. Hydroxychloroquine and remdesivir both got our hopes up but now have largely fizzled. We’ve heard estimates that as many as two million Americans will die and now, with 100,000 deaths, we’ve heard we’re near the end of the crisis. Is a vaccination forthcoming? How likely are we to get the disease? What exactly should we do with our aging parents who are at the most risk? To get some clear answers, I called Michael Osterholm, PhD, MPH, an internationally known expert in infectious disease epidemiology who has advised both Democratic and Republican presidents. 

United Kingdom Reports Good News about COVID Treatment, Shared by Alan Lockwood

The Steering Committee that oversees the RECOVERY trial in the United Kingdom announced that dexamethasone (aka Decadron), an inexpensive steroid, reduced the death rate among ventilated Covid-19 patients by one third and by one fifth among those requiring oxygen alone.) 

Quick Updates

  • Walmart Groceries –The minimum purchase from Walmart.com for pickup is now $35.00. (It was $30.00.) The Walmart instructions on the ‘shopping options’ table in Heiser Lounge have been updated to reflect this increase.
  • Cats Manicure/Pedicure This Saturday

This Saturday at 10am you can have your cat’s nails trimmed to perfection by Kerry Trent to keep you from being scratched. She will do this at our front entrance as she did last time. To secure an appointment call or email Priscilla Steinberg.

Today’s Statistics

Kendal at Oberlin (KaO)

Independent Living Resident Cases0
Stephens Care Center (SCC) Resident Cases0
          Residential Care Facility 0
          Skilled Nursing Facility0
KaO Residents Total0
     KaO SCC Staff Cases0
     KaO Other Staff Cases1
KaO Staff Total1
Kendal at Oberlin Total1

Lorain County (as of 2PM)

New Cases since yesterday6
Total Cases, age range 3 months-103822
Total Deaths, age ranges 30-39 • 1; 50-59 • 2; 60-69 • 5; 70-79 • 11, 80+ • 3958
Total Deaths in Long Term Care Settings (updated every Wednesday – no change since last week)34

State of Ohio (as of 11AM)

New Cases Since Yesterday700
Total Cases43,122
Age Range all Cases<1-109
Median Age of all Cases48
Total Hospitalizations (cumulative)7,104 or 17%
Total Hospitalizations last 24 hrs53
Median Age of all Hospitalized64
Total ICU Admissions (cumulative)1,807 or 4 %
Total Health Care Workers Diagnosed 6,255 or 15%
Total Tested in Ohio596,875
Median Age of Deaths 81
Total Deaths  2,633 or 6%
Total Deaths in Long Term Care Settings (updated every Wednesday)1,376

June 17, 2020: Update to Residents

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“Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow. The important thing is not to stop questioning.”

Albert Einstein

Zoom Exchange with Barbara and guest Mitch Dandurand from Lorain County Public Health

Please join us on Thursday at 4pm for an informative meeting with Lorain County Public Health’s Mitch Dandurand. Hear the latest on the COVID19 pandemic at the county level, including current trends. Join the ZOOM Webinar. We will use the Poll feature for periodic questions available for those using electronic devices. For those watching on KOTV, the poll cannot be taken.

S&P Global Affirms Kendal at Oberlin’s A Rating with Stable Outlook in Midst of Pandemic

Quoting from S&P, “S&P Global Ratings affirmed its ‘A’ long-term rating on the Lorain County Port Authority, Ohio’s series 2013A health care facilities revenue bonds, issued for Kendal at Oberlin (Kendal), a continuing care retirement community (Life Plan Community). The outlook is stable. The rating reflects Kendal’s extensive diversity with the ability to attract a wide array of people from 36 states and the District of Columbia while maintaining a high occupancy rate and ample waitlist numbers showing a desire to join the community. Kendal also benefits from an experienced management team, with further support from the Kendal Corporation, with historical results of coming in above budget and continuing to manage facilities including a multi-wave living quarters’ improvement plan with additional upgrades to community spaces.”

Cats Manicure/Pedicure This Saturday

This Saturday at 10am you can have your cat’s nails trimmed to perfection by Kerry Trent to keep you from being scratched. She will do this at our front entrance as she did last time. To secure an appointment call or email Priscilla Steinberg.

Johnny Comes Calling

This is your reminder that orders for Johnny’s may be placed this Monday and Tuesday for Wednesday delivery at 10am in front of Heiser. Call 440-774-8215 to place your order.

Goodwill Donations are Welcomed

Goodwill is taking donations, contactless and you can still get a donor card. Just drive behind Goodwill in Oberlin and their doors will be open. They have a green cart that residents will be required to put their donations into and then take a blank receipt that is attached to the side of the cart. A pass will be provided as needed.

Today’s Statistics

Kendal at Oberlin (KaO)

Independent Living Resident Cases0
Stephens Care Center (SCC) Resident Cases0
          Residential Care Facility 0
          Skilled Nursing Facility0
KaO Residents Total0
     KaO SCC Staff Cases0
     KaO Other Staff Cases1
KaO Staff Total1
Kendal at Oberlin Total1

Lorain County (as of 2PM)

New Cases since yesterday4
Total Cases, age range 3 months-103816
Total Deaths, age ranges 30-39 • 1; 50-59 • 2; 60-69 • 5; 70-79 • 11, 80+ • 3958
Total Deaths in Long Term Care Settings (updated every Wednesday – no change since last week)34

State of Ohio (as of 11AM)

New Cases Since Yesterday412
Total Cases42,422
Age Range all Cases<1-109
Median Age of all Cases48
Total Hospitalizations (cumulative)7,051 or 17%
Total Hospitalizations last 24 hrs44
Median Age of all Hospitalized64
Total ICU Admissions (cumulative)1,797 or 4 %
Total Health Care Workers Diagnosed 6,188 or 15%
Total Tested in Ohio581,444
Median Age of Deaths 81
Total Deaths  2,611 or 6%
Total Deaths in Long Term Care Settings (updated every Wednesday)1,376

June 16, 2020: Update to Residents

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Questions about “Curbside Service”

We continue to get questions about curbside service. As it is a newer pandemic concept, we understand why. The purpose of curbside service is to maintain social distancing to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Curbside pick-up of groceries, meals, and other merchandise indicates your contact with others is at a safe distance and limited. It means that you will have the abilty to order and pay online or on the phone and when you pick up what you ordered, your takeout meal, groceries, or other merchandise will be placed in the back of your vehicle.

What curbside service is not:

  • It is not passing a credit card, check or cash through an open window.
  • It is not merchandise passed to you through an open window.
  • It is not getting out to get in line to make a purchase.
  • It is not getting a meal curbside, then parking and eating outdoors at patio-seating or in a community setting like a park with friends. (If you have done this, you should admit it and self-quarantine for 14 days.) Please have regard for those that depend on you as neighbors to keep Kendal safe.

Good Reads

Face Masks May Be the Key Determinant of the COVID-19 Curve, Study Suggests, Forbes, shared by Kathy Caldwell

What have we lost by not sharing our smiles?,shared by Kari Inglis

Our Jameson House Staff found a mask where you can see a person’s smile, but I am told it is uncomfortable and hot. I hope someone will come up with an improved version. It would be worth a LOT and many would be willing to buy them. Keep your eyes out for one on the market to share or put your sewing skills to work.

Supreme Court Ruling– Articles from NYTimes and Washington Post

A half-century on, an unexpected Milestone for L.G.B.T.Q. Rights: The Supreme Court’s surprising 6-to-3 ruling in favor of gay and transgender rights was perhaps the strongest evidence yet of how fundamentally and unpredictably American views have changed.

Quick Updates

Car Battery Assistance- Here to Help!

Facility Services is here to help with car batteries as needed. If your car battery is dead and you require a jump, please contact Facility Services or put in a work order. FS has two “jump boxes” to jump car batteries. FS also has three “trickle chargers” that can be loaned to residents. The trickle chargers help a car battery keep a charge while not driving for long periods of time. If you have questions, please contact Facility Services.

Zoom with Mitch Dandurand, Epidemiologist, Lorain County Health

Thursday Zoom at 4 p.m. – Mitch has a prepared power point that he will share for our Zoom. It was received very well at last week’s Rotary meeting planned by Barbara. He will also integrate your questions along the way. If you are interested, you can forward questions ahead by emailing Mitch. Many of them will likely be answered by his presentation.

Today’s Statistics

Kendal at Oberlin (KaO)

Independent Living Resident Cases0
Stephens Care Center (SCC) Resident Cases0
          Residential Care Facility 0
          Skilled Nursing Facility0
KaO Residents Total0
     KaO SCC Staff Cases0
     KaO Other Staff Cases1
KaO Staff Total1
Kendal at Oberlin Total1

Lorain County (as of 2PM)

New Cases since yesterday10
Total Cases, age range 3 months-103812
Total Deaths, age ranges 30-39 • 1; 50-59 • 2; 60-69 • 5; 70-79 • 11, 80+ • 3958
Total Deaths in Long Term Care Settings (updated every Wednesday)34

State of Ohio (as of 11AM)

New Cases Since Yesterday434
Total Cases42,010
Age Range all Cases<1-109
Median Age of all Cases48
Total Hospitalizations (cumulative)7,007 or 17%
Total Hospitalizations last 24 hrs59
Median Age of all Hospitalized64
Total ICU Admissions (cumulative)1,784 or 4 %
Total Health Care Workers Diagnosed 6,149 or 15%
Total Tested in Ohio565,034
Median Age of Deaths 81
Total Deaths  2,597 or 6%
Total Deaths in Long Term Care Settings (updated every Wednesday)1,272

June 15, 2020: Update to Residents

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Daily Serve Menu

Today was the first day for our new daily serve menus. We had many good comments about this new service and hope your experience has been positive. Like any new system, we expect there are bugs we still have to work out. Please let us know if you are experiencing any problems. We are also happy to answer any questions; please contact Stephanie Sutton at 775-9805.

Congratulations Class of 2020!

Senior Pictures: Dining Services Staff Graduating from High School

Kendal Resale Shop has New Hours

Starting Wednesday, June 17, the Shop will be open Wednesdays through Saturdays from 11:00am – 5pm. Donations are welcome 8am-5pm all weekdays and 11am-5pm on Saturdays. Thanks to our Terrific volunteers who are bringing more “normal” back to Kendal.

Mitch Dandurand, Epidemiologist from Lorain County Public Health

Mitch is a numbers analyst as part of his job as an epidemiologist for Lorain County and knows his stuff! Come find out what has been happening in Lorain County with COVID-19. He will be our guest on Thursday at 4pm by way of Zoom and on our KOTV.

June 18, 2020 4:00pm, Weekly Zoom Exchange with Barbara – Join the webinar 

Johnny Comes Calling in June

If you have a “beverage” order for Johnny’s, you can place it next week on Monday or Tuesday for delivery on Wednesday, June 24, at 10am at Heiser.

Speaking of Johnny’s visit, Tom Morgan shared a 2-minute video clip whose file name says it all: “I would love to know how they filmed this.”

Request to Sign In and Out for Room Use in Heiser and Education/Training Center

You will now find when you go into many of the Heiser Spaces for a scheduled or unscheduled use we are asking you to sign in and out and follow the directions such as washing hands before and after using the rooms. Sanitation kits are provided in each space asking you to wipe down the spaces (chairs, tables) after use or even before if you like. Your role in cleaning is one that is very important for not only you but also for those at Kendal that you care about. Secondly, the signing in and out is being done to assist with tracing, if ever needed. Please look for the clip boards and sanitation kits to contribute to infection control at Kendal. More information will be coming on the maximum number of persons permitted per meeting space.

T-Shirt Plea

To make a hood to add to the face shields for health care workers in the Stephens Care Center, we need white cotton t-shirt material. If you have any men’s large or extra-large white cotton t-shirts you would care to donate, they would be put to good use and we would greatly appreciate them. You can leave them in the Heiser craft room, at cottage 39 (Jan Larsen) or cottage 116 (Barbara Whitehouse). We would also be happy to pick them up from your table by your door. Just let us know. 

Tick Talk – What You Need to Know About Ticks

Wednesday, June 17, 2020, 4:00pm, Presented by Dr. Jonathan Bass, MD, Associate Professor of Dermatology and Pathology at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine.

Join Zoom Meeting, Meeting ID: 899 1557 4241

This presentation will also be broadcast on KOTV (channel 920 with cable box 19-2 or 95-101 WITHOUT CABLE BOX)

Today’s Statistics

Kendal at Oberlin (KaO)

Independent Living Resident Cases0
Stephens Care Center (SCC) Resident Cases0
          Residential Care Facility 0
          Skilled Nursing Facility0
KaO Residents Total0
     KaO SCC Staff Cases0
     KaO Other Staff Cases1
KaO Staff Total1
Kendal at Oberlin Total1

Lorain County (as of 2PM)

New Cases since Friday, June 12th21
Total Cases, age range 3 months-103802
Total Deaths, age ranges 30-39 • 1; 50-59 • 2; 60-69 • 5; 70-79 • 11, 80+ • 3958
Total Deaths in Long Term Care Settings (updated every Wednesday)34

State of Ohio (as of 11AM)

New Cases Since Yesterday428
Total Cases41,576
Age Range all Cases<1-109
Median Age of all Cases48
Total Hospitalizations (cumulative)6,948 or 17%
Total Hospitalizations last 24 hrs53
Median Age of all Hospitalized64
Total ICU Admissions (cumulative)1,776 or 4 %
Total Health Care Workers Diagnosed 6,099 or 15%
Total Tested in Ohio554,128
Median Age of Deaths 81
Total Deaths  2,573 or 6%
Total Deaths in Long Term Care Settings (updated every Wednesday)1,272

Quick Updates

  • Tips for taking your Temperature: Best to do it at the same time each day, and use the same thermometer (Dorothy Luciano). Record it and keep a record, too.
  • Sanitizer Station in all Trash Rooms – For those who have been waiting for the promised sanitizers in our Trash Rooms, all are now in place. We could only get half the supplies needed until this last week. Jonah Becker completed installation today of the last locations.
  • Trash room doors should remain closed while lids of trash containers should remain open so you can just put your meal containers in without touching the lid.

Contact Information


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