Community Updates Week of 6/21/2021

Calm, Proactive Preparedness


June 25, 2021: Update to Residents

Update on Frequency of Community Bulletins

Starting July 5th, we will transition from doing the COVID News Update from 2x a week to a weekly bulletin on TUESDAY. If you have items you’d like to see included, send them along Monday or before so we don’t miss them.

Update on Schedule for Afternoon Exchanges/Zoom/KOTV

In July, we will have the usual scheduled meeting on the following Thursdays, 1st. 8th,and 29th. Depending on working through equipment in the Auditorium, we may have our first in-person exchange on the 29th. In August we will switch to 2 Exchanges and 1 Morning Coffee Hour, dates to be announced. In September, we will resume with 1 Exchange and 1 Coffee Hour like pre-pandemic times. Location of the Coffee Hour will be determined whether it will be the Langston, Fox & Fell or Auditorium with table arrangements.

Stephens Care Center Resident Dining

Friends Corner dining room

We are pleased to announce these upcoming changes for our Stephens Care Center residents!

  • Friends Corner: Friends Corner will reopen Monday, June 28, for lunch. We encourage all residents to dine in Friends Corner unless they are feeling under the weather. For residents not feeling well, room tray service will remain available. Breakfast and dinner will continue to be served to SCC residents via tray service at this time.
  • Fox and Fell (casual venue): Stephens Care Center residents may now enjoy lunch or dinner in the Fox and Fell Dining Room. Please indicate on your daily menu which meals you will be taking in the Fox and Fell to prevent a meal tray being prepared for you in the Stephens Care Center. Lunch is a preferred time, with the greatest capacity, but SCC residents may come down for either meal. SCC residents, please remember to sign-out when leaving the Stephens Care Center and sign-in when returning to the Stephens Care Center. This ensures we know where you might be in the event of an emergency and we need to account for everyone.
  • Langston (formal venue): Stephens Care Center residents may now enjoy dinner in the Langston, reservations may be made using SignUp Genius. In addition, please indicate on your daily menu when you will be taking your meal in the Langston to prevent a meal tray being prepared for you in the Stephens Care Center. SCC residents, please remember to sign-out when leaving the Stephens Care Center and sign-in when returning to the Stephens Care Center. This ensures we know where you might be in the event of an emergency and we need to account for everyone.
  • Bringing Spouses/Significant Others and Friends to Heiser for Dining: We are still working out the logistics for bringing SCC residents down that need assistance to the Fox and Fell and the Langston. Regulations still require the health screening of all who enter the SCC. We thank you for your patience as we work this process out.

Stephens Care Center New Visitation Guidelines Starting Sunday, June 27, 2021

COVID-19 visitation rules for our Stephens Care Center (SCC) are changing, and we could not be more excited at Kendal at Oberlin! The basics beginning this Sunday:

Indoor/Outdoor Visits

  • Sign Up:
    • We continue to use “Sign-Up Genius” to schedule visits with SCC residents. This lets us know: 1) you are coming, 2) if you are vaccinated; and 3) what time you plan to arrive. Kendal at Oberlin is excited about your upcoming visit. Please make sure to review the instructions and print the PDF attachments on this portal.
    • Kendal residents living in cottages or apartments may visit SCC residents without sign ups, but still must pass through health screening (see below).
  • Hours/Days:
    • All visitors must enter between 9am – Noon and between 1:00pm – 5:00pm.
    • There is no longer a limit on length of stay.
  • We are moving towards offering daily visits, which will be in place by mid-July. Until then, visits are Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays. Sunday visits are from 2:00pm – 5:00pm.
  • Number of Visitors: Four (4) visitors may visit at the same time (regardless of household).
  • Parking: Non-Kendal visitors will park in the Employee/Visitor Parking Lot.
  • Entrance:
    • After parking, Non-Kendal visitors will enter through the Ambulance Entrance. (see PDF map Kendal Campus on Sign-Up Genius)
    • Kendal visitors will enter the SCC through the Heiser Community Center Corridor.
  • Health Screening:
    • All visitors will continue to be health screened prior to their visit.
    • After health screening, all visitors must wear their Accushield Identity Sticker. This assures everyone you have been health-screened.
  • COVID-19 Testing:
    • Unvaccinated visitors will be required to have a rapid COVID-19 test provided by Kendal at no charge.
    • All visitors who traveled in the past 14 days will be required to have a rapid COVID-19 test provided by Kendal at no charge.
  • Masks:
    • All visitors must wear a mask regardless of their vaccination status.
  • Visitors may take the SCC resident out of the building for a walk around campus (please use North Patterson Door.
  • Community Space:
    • All Kendal Community INDOOR Public/Community spaces must remain CLOSED to non-Kendal residents at this time.
    • Please go directly to the SCC resident’s room. There are still Federal restrictions on visitors in any public places.
  • End-of-Visit Sanitation: All visitors are required to sanitize high-touch areas of the room they have visited before they leave. (Supplies are provided to you at screening.)

Special Instructions for Outside Guests:
1. Print the Welcome Booth Pass from Sign-Up Genius – You will need to stop at the entrance and check-in with the Welcome Booth.
2. Follow the signs to the Employee Parking/Visitor lot (indicated on map found on Sign-Up Genius).
3. Walk to the Ambulance Entrance of the Stephens Care Center–marked as pink on the attached map.
4. Enter Ambulance Entrance – wait for the Visitor Liaison to check you in.
5. Visitors must check their county contagion rate prior to visitation at the Global Epidemics website. If your county is at a Level 4, you will not be able to visit.

Day Trips:
Vaccinated RCF/Assisted Living/Jameson House residents in the Stephens Care Center may leave the Kendal Campus for a Day Trip with family or friends and not have to quarantine upon their return. This type of day trip can happen any day of the week. We ask that you please hold your trip to between the hours of 9:00am and 5:00pm. To reserve a day and time, please use this Sign-Up Genius Link for a Day Trip. Instructions, map and Welcome Booth Passes are located on this main instruction page.

What might cancel in-center visitations in our Stephens Care Center with vaccinated residents?

  • A severe outbreak in Lorain County; or
  • A Stephens Care Center residents or staff member with confirmed COVID-19 infection.

Helpful Information from the CDC:

Going Away from Kendal Overnight?

This is just a reminder that if you are away overnight, you are asked to assess your risk based on your specific activities when away. Attending a wedding, concert, getting on a plane, or being among lots of people not wearing a mask are examples of being more at risk for COVID than going to a summer home and carrying out the same low-risk activities you do at home here at Kendal. ONLY if your activities fall in the category of high risk do you need to “lay low” (away from other residents, joining activities, dining-in at Kendal) for 4 days when you return and be tested in the Health and Wellness Clinic on your 4th day.

Having Guests Stay with you Overnight?

In this situation residents are asked to “lay low” (away from other residents, joining activities, dining-in at Kendal). On your 4th day, you can be tested at the Health and Wellness Clinic and with a negative-results test you are free to resume activities.

The Changes are Coming

We expect to put out a written document update later next week on the many changes that were discussed at the Exchange on Thursday. We’re not starting yet (wait for the bulletin), but you can look forward to a simplified entry to Kendal’s entrance with no paper pass needed for guests coming for independent living residents. Our Stephens Care Center remains using passes. Our Auditorium will begin soon to have pre-pandemic capacity set by the licensure/fire department. We hope to have technology working to enable Zoom and TV coverage at live in-person events in the Auditorium. We hope to have this ready for July 15. We will not have guests anywhere in the Heiser, dining rooms, or guest rooms until September 1 as things continue to progress here at Kendal with just our own 500 residents and staff, as we implement more relaxation of pandemic practices. The Stephens Care Center is also introducing many changes as being guided by CMS and the CDC.

Afternoon Exchange

Thursday, June 24, by Zoom or KOTV & KSCCJoin Zoom Exchange Meeting; Meeting ID: 921 4392 7958a

This coming week we will focus on things happening on our grounds. Kara Phillips who you now know has another career-related opportunity closer to home will be with us to bring a number of updates (ticks, geese, current areas of focus for the grounds’ team, etc.). Don Parker will also bring information about the Pergola Project in front of Heiser, near Center Pond.

If you missed the yesterday’s (6/24) meeting with our guests from Kendal-Crosslands, you can watch the Exchange again on YouTube. It was a pleasure to have two of the representatives, Bill and Marsha DeWitt, whose parents (Bill and Betty) were here almost 25 years. As “kids” of early residents, they hold Kendal at Oberlin in their hearts with high regard.

Tales from the Crypt, – Estate Planning Horror Stories

Tuesday, June 29, at 4pm, featuring Catherine Gletherow, Associate Vice President and Director of Development, Oberlin College

Access via KAO TV or as A Zoom Webinar (chat function will allow questions): Join the Estate Planning Zoom Webinar – Or One tap mobile : US: +16465588656,,91377591685# or +13017158592,,91377591685# – Or Telephone: Dial(for higher quality, dial a number based on your current location): US: +1 646 558 8656 or +1 301 715 8592 – Webinar ID: 913 7759 1685

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In Loving Memory of Don Van Dyke and condolences to Mary Louise

Today’s Statistics

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
Kendal at Oberlin Vaccination Overall Rate525 or 91.5%
Total Kendal Residents Vaccinated 344 or 100%
Total Kendal Staff Vaccinated (this number will go up with staff getting vaccinated and hiring, it will go down with staff attrition)181 or 78.7%

Lorain County (as of 6/25/2021)

New Cases (since Tuesday, June 22, 2021 – 3 day average: 1.3 per day)4
Total Lorain County Cases  20,149
Total in Zip Code 44074 (+1 since Tuesday, June 22, 2021)552
Current Lorain County Positivity Rate1.3%
Total Deaths, age ranges 20-29 • 1; 30-39 • 3; 40-49 • 7; 50-59 • 21; 60-69 • 70; 70-79 • 138; 80+ • 212452
Total Deaths in Long Term Care Settings (updated weekly, last 6/23/2021, +1)235
Lorain County Vaccinations Started 159,014 or 51.3% of population

Cuyahoga County (as of 6/25/2021)

Cuyahoga County (excluding Cleveland)          81,816
Cleveland Cases 33,502
Total Cuyahoga County Cases115,318
New Cases (since Tuesday 6/22/2021)           64
Total Cuyahoga County Deaths 2,367
Total Deaths in Long Term Care Settings (updated weekly, last 6/23/2021)845

State of Ohio (as posted on 6/25/2021)

New Cases in the Last 24-hours  292
21-day Average of New Cases300
Total Cases 1,110,292
Age Range all Cases<1-111
Median Age of all Cases41
Total Hospitalizations (cumulative)60,450 or 5%
Total Hospitalizations Last 24-hours45
21-day Average of Hospitalizations 45
Median Age of all Hospitalized66
Total ICU Admissions (cumulative)8,301 or 1% 
Total ICU Admissions last 24-hours 8
21-day Average of ICU Admissions 6
Total Health Care Workers Diagnosed 64,468 or 6%
Total Tested in Ohio13,581,301
Total Ohio Resident Deaths20,281
Median Age of Deaths 80
Ohio Resident Deaths in Last 24-hours68
21-day Average of Deaths14
Total Deaths in Ohio Long Term Care Settings (updated weekly, last 6/23/2021 – ODH adjusted this number) 7,572
Statewide Vaccinations Started5,543,395 or 47.4% of population

June 22, 2021: Update to Residents

Update on Community Bulletins

Starting in July, we will transition from our 2x a week COVID News Update to a weekly News Update. We’ll distribute it on Tuesday, so be thinking about preparing your items for submission over a weekend.

LGBTA+ Interest Group is hosting “Conversation Circles”

Pride Week“We’re here. We’re glad to be here, and this month we’re celebrating. We’re grateful for our Allies, and we welcome you to become one. Come, talk with us!”

As part of our Pride Week celebration this year, our LGBTA+ Interest Group is hosting “Conversation Circles” on Friday, June 25. These “circles” will be informal small groups (8-10 people) gathering in conversation, a time to get to know each other in an LGBTA-context as we re-emerge from months of quarantine. 

There are four locations reserved for these circles on Friday, June 25 — Crossroads Room, Green Room, Education Center Training Room, and Central Venue (outdoor tent on the south lawn near Marketing) — with two time slots reserved for each location: 10:00am to 11:30am, and 4:00pm to 5:30pm. Each circle will be limited to 8 people plus 2 co-facilitators. All KaO residents and staff are welcome. Just choose a time and location and sign up! Sign-up sheets are available on the long table in front of the windows in the Heiser.

Questions? Contact Nancy Lombardi or any member of the LGBTA+ Interest Group. —shared by Nancy Lombardi

Afternoon Exchange

Thursday, June 24, by Zoom or KOTV & KSCCJoin Zoom Exchange Meeting; Meeting ID: 921 4392 7958a

We look forward to having staff and resident leaders share what’s been happening at Kendal at Longwood and Crosslands from Kennett Square, PA. These two are the first Kendals built back in the 70’s and now are the largest location of all Kendal affiliates.

We’ll also fill you in on any updates for our evolving Next Normal.

Fauci calls delta variant “greatest threat” to eliminating coronavirus in U.S.

Anthony S. Fauci, the government’s top infectious-disease expert, on Tuesday called the highly contagious delta variant of the coronavirus the “greatest threat” to the nation’s efforts in eliminating COVID-19, the disease the virus causes. Delta, which was first detected in India, is “unquestionably” more transmissible than other common coronavirus variants, Fauci said in a White House news conference. It is associated with “increased disease severity, as reflected by hospitalization risk,” he said. The United States has fully vaccinated 150 million people against the coronavirus, marking a major milestone in the fight against the pandemic. But the nation is expected to fall short of President Biden’s goal of getting at least one shot into the arms of 70 percent of U.S. adults by the Fourth of July, and new variants are spreading rapidly. –The Washington Post (This article is free to all.)

Delivery Reminders

This is a reminder to arrange for anything you order to come to 600 Kendal Drive with your name and cottage number. While the amount of packages are much reduced, residents are also appreciating to have their needs met by companies like Amazon. Having package delivery come to Heiser is in the best interest of campus safety. If there is a much larger item (example, furniture), you can alert Facility Services or the Receptionist who will alert the front gate of the day/approximate time so we can direct them to your home with staff rather than wandering all over the community. Again, this is important for campus security. Delivery folks wandering around at all hours looking for unit numbers that are difficult to figure out inevitably leads to all sorts of issues putting our campus and residents at risk.

Tales from the Crypt – Estate Planning Horror Stories

Tuesday, June 29 at 4 pm, featuring Catherine Gletherow, Associate Vice President and Director of Development, Oberlin College

Access via KAO TV or as A Zoom Webinar (chat function will allow questions): please click the link to join the webinar. Or One tap mobile : US: +16465588656,,91377591685# or +13017158592,,91377591685#. Or Telephone: Dial(for higher quality, dial a number based on your current location): US: +1 646 558 8656 or +1 301 715 8592 or +1 312 626 6799 or +1 669 900 9128 or +1 253 215 8782 or +1 346 248 7799 Webinar ID: 913 7759 1685

Speaking of Shop Local

The City of Oberlin and Oberlin Business Partnership officials rolled out the welcome mats today for Willow Jewelry, at 7 West College Street in the same place where Herricks was located. Owners Bill and Holly Piorkowski and Manager Chris Sarris look forward to getting to know you and your jewelry needs. Store hours are Tuesday – Friday, 10am to 5pm, Saturday 10am to 3pm. Enjoy checking out this new Oberlin business.

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
Kendal at Oberlin Vaccination Overall Rate525 or 91.5%
Total Kendal Residents Vaccinated (previously provided number adjusted to reflect only one count of those temporarily in the SCC)343 or 99.7%
Total Kendal Staff Vaccinated (this number will go up with staff getting vaccinated and hiring, it will go down with staff attrition)181 or 78.7%

Lorain County (as of 6/22/2021)

New Cases (since Friday, June 18, 2021 – 4 day average: 2.5 per day)10
Total Lorain County Cases  20,145
Total in Zip Code 44074 (+0 since Tuesday, June 15, 2021)551
Current Lorain County Positivity Rate1.3%
Total Deaths, age ranges 20-29 • 1; 30-39 • 3; 40-49 • 7; 50-59 • 21; 60-69 • 70; 70-79 • 138; 80+ • 212452
Total Deaths in Long Term Care Settings (updated weekly, last 6/16/2021, +2)234
Lorain County Vaccinations Started 158,481 or 51.2% of population

Cuyahoga County (as of 6/22/2021)

Cuyahoga County (excluding Cleveland)          81,752
Cleveland Cases 33,502
Total Cuyahoga County Cases115,254
New Cases (since Friday 6/18/2021)            131
Total Cuyahoga County Deaths 2,365
Total Deaths in Long Term Care Settings (updated weekly, last 6/16/2021)834

State of Ohio (as posted on 6/22/2021)

New Cases in the Last 24-hours  349
21-day Average of New Cases325
Total Cases 1,109,374
Age Range all Cases<1-111
Median Age of all Cases41
Total Hospitalizations (cumulative)60,304 or 5%
Total Hospitalizations Last 24-hours88
21-day Average of Hospitalizations 50
Median Age of all Hospitalized66
Total ICU Admissions (cumulative)8,277 or 1% 
Total ICU Admissions last 24-hours 14
21-day Average of ICU Admissions 7
Total Health Care Workers Diagnosed 64,281 or 6%
Total Tested in Ohio13,531,164
Total Ohio Resident Deaths20,213
Median Age of Deaths 80
Ohio Resident Deaths in Last 24-hours47
21-day Average of Deaths17
Total Deaths in Ohio Long Term Care Settings (updated weekly, last 6/16/2021 – ODH adjusted this number) 7,536
Statewide Vaccinations Started5,520163 or 47.2% of population

Contact Information


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