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Community Updates Week of 6/22/2020

June 26, 2020: Update to Residents

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First Day of Stephens Care Center Family Visits

The first day of Stephens Care Center Family Visits went very well. We hit a few glitches that will be easily resolved. Families and residents were very appreciative, and we were grateful for the excellent weather on this first day. A BIG THANK YOU to all the staff that have planned and orchestrated our visits today!

PS Salon Update

Due to some confusion on how to sign up for manicures/pedicures, we have moved the appointments for these to the main PS Salon Sign-Up Genius. You will not see pedicure and manicure slots available on this sign-up. Appointments for manicures/pedicures are only scheduled for Tuesdays.

Oberlin Food Hub News

“The minimum order for the Oberlin Food Hub is now $10, instead of $20 since we are now picking up orders instead of having them delivered.” If you are interested in being on the list for regular updates from Arlene Dunn, please email or call her.” 

Frequently Asked Questions

Since yesterday’s Zoom meeting where it was announced we have the new FAQ ready, Nancy Lombardi reported today she has had the technical help from Larry Dunn to put this document into a pdf with live links. This document will soon be posted on the KORA website where you will be able to conveniently read it.

Beautiful sights around Kendal

raft to Center Pond
callalily in vase
bicycles at Kendal tennis courts
Center Pond
Benches in front of pond

With appreciation to the Kendal friends who put forth a labor of love to help us enjoy sights inside and outside at Kendal through the year.

Kayaks on Kendal Ponds?

While Kendal does not feel our ponds are necessarily suited (risk wise) for regular use by canoes or kayaks, we will make an exception for the 4th of July, knowing life jackets are to be used. Farmer’s Pond would be the safest, so during this pandemic and occasions like 4th of July, Kendal will make an exception.

Good Read

Why face mask guidance has changed so much — and how wearing masks can protect the economy.

This is a most interesting article shared by Nancy Lombardi that solidly supports making use of masks invaluable in fighting COVID.

Today’s Statistics

Kendal at Oberlin (KaO)

Independent Living Resident Cases  0
Stephens Care Center (SCC) Resident Cases  0
          Residential Care Facility  0
          Skilled Nursing Facility  0
KaO Residents Total 0
     KaO SCC Staff Cases
     KaO Other Staff Cases  1
KaO Staff Total 1
Kendal at Oberlin Total 1

Lorain County (as of 2PM)

New Cases Since Yesterday 11
Total Cases, age range 3 months-103 896
Total Deaths, age ranges 30-39 • 1; 50-59 • 2; 60-69 • 5; 70-79 • 12, 80+ • 40 60
Total Deaths in Long Term Care Settings (updated every Wednesday, no change in the last 2 weeks) 34

State of Ohio (as of 2PM)

New Cases (since yesterday) 987
Total Cases 48,638
Age Range all Cases <1-109
Median Age of all Cases 47
Total Hospitalizations (cumulative) 7,570 or 16%
Total Hospitalizations last 24 hrs 68
Median Age of all Hospitalized 64
Total ICU Admissions (cumulative) 1,904 or 4 %
Total Health Care Workers Diagnosed 6,782 or 14%
Total Tested in Ohio 718,086
Median Age of Deaths 81
Total Deaths  2,788 or 6%
Total Deaths in Long Term Care Settings (updated every Wednesday) 1,491

June 25, 2020: Update to Residents

Calm, Proactive Preparedness

Lorenzo’s Pizza Orders

NEW Deadline to order is Friday by 3:00pm. Work has to be done to organize the orders by parking lots before being sent to Lorenzo’s. Thank you for understanding. (Delivery days will likely be Tuesday-Wednesday unless we get more than 150 orders. Orders may be placed by residents or staff.

Grocery Orders

We know residents have really valued being able to arrange curbside services at various grocers. It certainly makes it easier to work with the restrictions still in place with the IGA rotation and online Walmart delivery to Kendal. With that in mind, we ask you to please follow all the steps when placing orders with Walmart and IGA. A few persons have disregarded the schedule and just ordered at whim. Please don’t. It is disrespectful to those who have done their best to follow the plan. Your communication with Donna and Priscilla regarding your orders is MOST APPRECIATED done on Monday through Friday. Our volunteers deserve the weekend off after all their hard work.

Ohio Sees Largest Single-Day Increase in COVID-19 Cases

Today the State of Ohio recorded the largest single-day increase in COVID-19 cases, (not counting days in April when Ohio prison populations were tested). In the last 24 hours there were 892 new cases recorded. Experts indicate this increase is not simply because there has been increased testing. Southwest Ohio is witnessing the largest area of increase where the Reproductive Ratio (rate of those infected spreading the virus to others) is now above 1.0, indicating an increasing rate of infected individuals. Hamilton County (Cincinnati area) has a Reproductive Ratio of 1.49. Ohio’s average age of COVID diagnosis has decreased from 51 in March to 42 in June. Interestingly, 60% of recently confirmed cases in Ohio are between the ages of 20-49 years. The danger with 20-49 year-olds carrying this virus is they often have mild symptoms or no symptoms at all, but they are capable of spreading the virus to others, including to the most vulnerable age group, older adults. Ohioans are reminded to continue to practice all of the basics when out in public: wear a mask, maintain 6 feet of social distancing, practice good hand hygiene. This is especially important for all of us at Kendal at Oberlin, especially as we begin to welcome visitors on campus.

Lorain County Community Guide (formerly Oberlin News Tribune)

It was great to see the article “Working 24/7 Because Residents are Family,” featuring Shenell Hinton in today’s paper (page A4). Also, Ed Long had a wonderful article “How Civil Order Meets Public Justice” where he presented and contrasted two views of how to achieve a workable society following the turmoil following the killing of George Floyd (page A4). Check out a copy in the library or the bulletin board where we will post them.

Johnny’s

Delivery will now occur every two weeks to reduce the volume of orders and better manage our “crowd control.” Next delivery date is July 16 with ordering on July 13 and 14.

Hair Salons and Barber Shops

Many of us are wanting to get a haircut soon and are seeing a 1970’s version of ourselves when we look in the mirror or on Zoom. Hair Salons and Barber Shops continue to be high risk areas due to the proximity of the stylist/barber to the customer for an extended duration. That same stylist/barber has also been exposed to a large number of others of all ages in the general public. The Ohio Department of Health has stated guidelines for the safe reopening of Hair Salons and Barber Shops. However, we have received reports that the adherence to these state guidelines is varied, from complete adherence to much less. Due to this risk at this phase in our Kendal at Oberlin reopening, passes for Hair Salons and Barber Shops are not being granted. PS Salon has reopened in our community center salon and is available for your hair-cutting needs. Cosmetologist Kayla Morris with PS Salons has committed herself to only working at Kendal at Oberlin’s PS Salon venue to mitigate our exposure to the general public. PS Salon currently offers haircuts, pedicures, and manicures. They hope to add shampoos, coloring, and perms in the near future. We are also pleased to announce Stephens Care Center (SCC) residents under the Residential Care Licensure (most of our SCC residents) are now permitted to use PS Salon. Mondays is the designated day for SCC residents.  

Please consider PS Salons to meet your immediate hair-cutting needs. You may schedule an appointment going to the Sign-Up Genius Link for PS Salon.

New Normal Committee

The Kendal at Oberlin New Normal Advisory Committee met today with a focus on the following initiatives:

  • July 4th Festivities – document sent out today electronically and on paper for those preferring it
  • Independent Living Outdoor Family and Friends Visitation beginning July 6 – details forthcoming next week.
  • Stephens Care Center Outdoor Family Visitation begins tomorrow, June 26, for local families with out-of-state options the week after next. Review of origin and “hot zones” is evaluated. All out-of-state visitors will be using our plexiglass barrier.

Frequently-Asked-Questions Binder Now Available

With processes changing throughout the pandemic, it has become challenging for all of us to recall how certain activities are now being handled. New Normal Advisory Committee Members Nancy Lombardi and Charlotte McGowen have put together a Frequently-Asked-Questions Binder that is now available in the Kendal Library. With our daily updates as a resource, this Binder provides the latest information on what to do if your car needs servicing, how to order groceries, how to obtain various campus passes, how to reserve exercise time in the Fitness Room or Kendal Pool, and much more.

Please use this Binder when you have a quick question about Kendal’s New Normal. This is a ready resource that is continually updated with every significant process change on our campus. Thank you Nancy and Charlotte!

Today’s Statistics

Kendal at Oberlin (KaO)

Independent Living Resident Cases  0
Stephens Care Center (SCC) Resident Cases
     Residential Care Facility
     Skilled Nursing Facility
KaO Residents Total 0
   KaO SCC Staff Cases 0
   KaO Other Staff Cases  1
KaO Staff Total 1
Kendal at Oberlin Total 1

Lorain County (as of 2PM)

New Cases Since Yesterday 11
Total Cases, age range 3 months-103 885
Total Deaths, age ranges 30-39 • 1; 50-59 • 2; 60-69 • 5; 70-79 • 12, 80+ • 40 60
Total Deaths in Long Term Care Settings (updated every Wednesday, no change in the last 2 weeks) 34

State of Ohio (as of 2PM)

New Cases (since yesterday) 892
Total Cases 47,651
Age Range all Cases <1-109
Median Age of all Cases 47
Total Hospitalizations (cumulative) 7,502 or 16%
Total Hospitalizations last 24 hrs 55
Median Age of all Hospitalized 64
Total ICU Admissions (cumulative) 1,897 or 4 %
Total Health Care Workers Diagnosed 6,705 or 14%
Total Tested in Ohio 696,200
Median Age of Deaths 81
Total Deaths 2,772 or 6%
Total Deaths in Long Term Care Settings (updated every Wednesday) 1,491

June 24, 2020: Update to Residents

Calm, Proactive Preparedness

Zoom Exchange with Barbara on Thursday at 4 pm

pop-up canopies for shade

There is lots of buzz about how Stephens Care Center visits with family are being carried out as they are now getting underway. Join Thursday’s Zoom and hear from the team who are putting these visits in place with families near and far. Joining us will be Michele Tarsitano-Amato, Kim Peters or Kim Preston, and Stacy Terrell. Also, learn/get refreshed on the approved procedures to reserve the Auditorium. And if you haven’t met our new Nurse Practitioner, Chrystn Petsas will be zooming with us, too. Doris Jankovits, who has done a fabulous job to fill in, will be out of the country until this fall and then return to work when needed. Join Zoom meeting, Meeting ID: 921 4392 7958 – One tap mobile: +16465588656,,92143927958# US (New York)

National Guard Testing of Kendal at Oberlin Staff to Include All Staff Members

The State of Ohio recognizes that Nursing Home residents are among the most vulnerable populations for COVID-19 and comprise a high percentage of COVID-19 deaths in Ohio (and Lorain County). To protect these residents and the staff who take care of them, the presence of COVID-19 in nursing home facilities must be identified so that measures can be put into place to isolate the virus and contain its spread. The State of Ohio has mandated all Nursing Home staff members and clinically indicated Nursing Home residents to be tested throughout the entire state (about 960 nursing homes). The National Guard has been deployed to accomplish this task.

We continue to receive further clarification from the Ohio Department of Health regarding this process. Today we asked the question about including ALL Kendal Staff Members in this mandatory testing whether or not they work directly in the Stephens Care Center. We did receive full affirmation from the Ohio Department of Health that when the National Guard arrives on Kendal’s campus to conduct this testing, we may include all Kendal at Oberlin staff–which we will do.  

Illustration - COVID nasal swab

The tests being conducted by the Ohio National Guard in all Ohio Nursing Homes takes an anterior nares specimen, using a swab inserted about ½ inch inside the nostril. To assure staff that might be concerned: It is not the invasive method that takes a sample from the far back part of the nasal cavity. We are assured this sanctioned method by the Ohio Department of Health is sensitive to the virus. This test will be mandatory for all Kendal staff.

Kendal at Oberlin will be informed a few days before the National Guard arrives to conduct this testing. We have volunteered to go sooner rather than later. They will be able to conduct 80 tests per hour. We hope to have this testing conducted within the next few weeks. COVID testing is also becoming part of our screening for all new hires as mandated by the Ohio Department of Health.

More on Testing

More discussion was conducted with The Kendal Corporation today on lessons learned from other Kendal communities regarding campus-wide testing of residents. As follow-up, we are working with Mercy Health on beginning a formalized method of on-going testing as part of our New Normal. Much more to come about this.

United Way’s 2020 Spellebrate: A Virtual Battle of Champions

Kendal at Oberlin’s twice-champion Wordly Wise 2020 team is Rebecca Cardozo, Robin Lauren, Nancy MacRae, and Toni Merleno. The actual competition will take place July 1 and will be recorded. Everyone can watch the fun on July 16 when it will be accessible via Lorain County United Way’s YouTube channel between 5-6pm. If you make a donation to support local families and Wordly Wise, you will be entered into a drawing to win a prize donated by a local company.

The team receiving the most crowdfunding contributions before Wednesday, July 1, including during the YouTube premiere on July 16, will receive a bonus point and will receive the Con-bee-niality Award. To donate go to https://www.uwloraincounty.org/crowdfunding and indicate it’s for Kendal’s Wordly Wise team. All crowdfunding proceeds will support the United Community Assistance Network (UCAN) Community Collaborative powered by United Way of Greater Lorain County, helping local families overcome financial crisis. This is especially needed during this pandemic. Thank you!          


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)10
Total Cases, age range 3 months-103874
Total Deaths, age ranges 30-39 • 1; 50-59 • 2; 60-69 • 5; 70-79 • 12, 80+ • 3959
Total Deaths in Long Term Care Settings (updated every Wednesday, no change in last 2 weeks)34

State of Ohio

New Cases (since yesterday)632
Total Cases46,759
Age Range all Cases<1-109
Median Age of all Cases47
Total Hospitalizations (cumulative)7,447 or 16%
Total Hospitalizations last 24 hrs68
Median Age of all Hospitalized64
Total ICU Admissions (cumulative)1,886 or 4 %
Total Health Care Workers Diagnosed 6,636 or 14%
Total Tested in Ohio680,687
Median Age of Deaths 81
Total Deaths  2,755 or 6%
Total Deaths in Long Term Care Settings (updated every Wednesday)1,491

Fresh Produce Specials!

You may have heard…We have been getting some deals on fresh produce that we want to pass along to you:

  • Garlic Scapes           $2.00 per bunch
  • Strawberries             $5.25 per Quart
  • Gold Bar Zucchini    $0.50 each

These items are all locally grown in West Salem, Ohio. Just write them in on your grocery order form. 

Residents Who Do Not Have Cars

If you (or your spouse) do not have a car and are not part of a bubble relationship and have not been off of Kendal’s campus for any kind of drive (Medical doesn’t count.), we are planning a few “scenic drives” JUST FOR YOU. The trip will do a quick view of Downtown Oberlin and then drive out Rt. 58 to Lake Erie (not planning to go IN Lake Erie). We can take 5 residents at a time and will schedule them for 3:00pm on Thursday and Friday. We will evaluate how they go for more trips beginning next week. Stay tuned to sign-up in Heiser (only 5 per day).

Don’t miss out on The Ohio Light Opera VIRTUAL Summer Festival

Ohio Light Opera banner
Kendal advertises in this program each summer! 

Thursday, June 25th – 2PM ET

Two Selections in Virtual Performance of Let ‘Em Eat Cake and Archival Video Clips Celebrating the American Musical

Saturday, June 27th – 2PM ET

“From the Merry Video Vault!” Archival Selections from past OLO Performances

Click here to go to the OLO website to see the complete 2020 Virtual Summer Festival Calendar.


June 23, 2020: Update to Residents

Calm, Proactive Preparedness

Daily Meal Delivery Times Reminder

We have received several calls from residents concerned their meals were not yet delivered as it was past the usual time they should have arrived. As you may have guessed, there are many more steps required in processing the new daily choice menus. This is just a reminder that your meal delivery times may not be consistent with what you have come to expect and likely will arrive later than they did previously. We appreciate your patience and promise we will get your meals delivered to you.

Call Stephanie Sutton with your delivery questions at 440-775-9805. 

Johnny’s

Don’t forget your orders to be picked up on Wednesday at 10am at Heiser.

Lorenzo’s Pizza

Forms for ordering are now ready (thanks to Carol Groo) for pick-up in Heiser. Drop off your order between Wednesday through Saturday, June 27 no later than 5pm. Small Pizza is $7.00 each and the frozen option of Margherita or Pepperoni Pizza for $8.00. Billing for pizzas will once again go on your monthly bill. Depending on the total number ordered delivery may likely be just two days between June 30-July 1. Thanks to Priscilla Steinberg for organizing the orders by parking lot.                           

“New Normal” FAQ’s

Frequently Asked Questions at Kendal have been prepared and accessible in the library. Thanks to Nancy Lombardi and Charlotte McGowan who poured over News Updates seeking a way to organize frequently sought information. The FAQ resource book has been located in a prominent, easy-to-find location on the Library’s sign-in table. Also, the inside cover page gives you the option of asking for a digital copy.

Zoom Exchange with Barbara on Thursday at 4 pm

pop-up canopies for shadeThere is a lot of buzz on how Stephens Care Center visits with family are being carried out now that they are getting underway. Join Thursday’s Zoom and hear from the team who are putting these visits in place with families near and far. Joining us will be Michele Tarsitano-Amato, Kim Peters or Kim Preston and Stacy Terrell. Join Zoom Meeting, Meeting ID: 921 4392 7958 – One tap mobile: +16465588656,,92143927958# US (New York) 

Freshly Expired Distilled Water!

We are required to maintain an emergency water supply for the SCC. The distilled water has a one-year shelf life and we recently had quite a few gallons of water go out of date and it has to be replaced. Normally we would donate the water, but have had no takers at this time. If you would like a gallon of “expired” distilled water, please contact Stephanie Sutton at 775-9805.

Good Read

Why “quarantine bubbles” are scientifically proven to work

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)13
Total Cases, age range 3 months-103864
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 2PM)

New Cases (since yesterday)590
Total Cases46,127
Age Range all Cases<1-109
Median Age of all Cases47
Total Hospitalizations (cumulative)7,379 or 16%
Total Hospitalizations last 24 hrs87
Median Age of all Hospitalized64
Total ICU Admissions (cumulative)1,876 or 4 %
Total Health Care Workers Diagnosed 6,514 or 14%
Total Tested in Ohio667,077
Median Age of Deaths 81
Total Deaths  2,735 or 6%
Total Deaths in Long Term Care Settings (updated every Wednesday)1,376

June 22, 2020: Update to Residents

Calm, Proactive Preparedness

From the Kendal Engagement Page

Johnny’s

You can still place your order in the morning (440-775-8215) on Tuesday for delivery on Wednesday at 10am at Heiser.

Lorenzo’s Pizza

We are offering another chance to order Lorenzo’s Pizza as a crowd pleaser. Orders may be placed this week starting Wednesday through Saturday, submitted by June 27 no later than 5pm. Small Pizza is $7 each and the frozen option of Margherita or Pepperoni Pizza for $8.00. Order slips will be on the Heiser Lounge table as usual. Billing for pizzas will once again go on your monthly bill. Delivery will occur June 30-July 2. Thanks to Priscilla Steinberg for organizing the orders by parking lot.

Reminder: Time to start your menu selections for next week!

Today you would have received your new weekly menu order form either electronically or on paper. The choices you make this week are for next week’s menu. If you have an email address on file, you would have received it electronically; just click on the embedded link and complete your order. Otherwise you would have received a paper menu. On either form the weekly menu is divided into days, and each day is divided into categories. The number of selections you can make in each category is listed on the form. You should complete your choices for the entire week. If you wish to Opt-Out, the link to that option is there also. When you are finished with your electronic form, click on submit. If you are using the paper form, the collection box is on the table next to the Grocery Order Box.

  • All the nutritional information for the menu is available to you in the usual place at kaores.net.
  • All completed menus need to be returned by 12:00 Noon on Thursday each week.

We are happy to answer your questions. Please contact Stephanie Sutton at 775-9805.

Oberlin Food Hub Update

Shared by Arlene Dunn – As fresh fruits and vegetables (like sweet corn, cherries, peaches, and tomatoes) become more available, you may have interest in ordering from the Oberlin Food Hub. Everything they sell is from local farmers (within 100 miles of Oberlin). The $3.00 delivery charge has now been eliminated since a resident volunteer (Arlene Dunn) will be picking up the orders rather than having them delivered. If you think you might order from OFH sometime during the summer, please send Arlene an email indicating your interest. She will compile a list and send emails out each week letting people know what produce is available for the coming week. Signing up does not require ordering.

State Holds Webinar on Nursing Home Testing

Staff will be joining on the special webinar held by the Governor’s Office and Ohio Department of Health to hear updates from our State team regarding testing in nursing homes based on the recently released guidelines and guidance documents for testing in nursing homes. No response yet to our volunteering to be tested sooner than mid-July.

Live Updates: 29 states report coronavirus spikes as government prepares for possible second wave–The Washington Post

Kendal exercise group in auditorium
Quick Updates

  • Early Learning Center– We continue to enroll new children and have families waiting to fill open spots when we start 2 full-day classrooms on July 7.
  • Exercise Class in the Heiser Auditorium – Kendal residents exercising, masked and physically-distance. 

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 2:00PM)

New Cases (since Friday, June 19, 2020)27
Total Cases, (age range 3 months-103)851
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 2:00 PM)

New Cases (since yesterday)729
Total Cases45,537
Age Range all Cases<1-109
Median Age of all Cases47
Total Hospitalizations (cumulative)7,292 or 16%
Total Hospitalizations last 24 hrs50
Median Age of all Hospitalized64
Total ICU Admissions (cumulative)1,852 or 4 %
Total Health Care Workers Diagnosed 6,469 or 14%
Total Tested in Ohio656,318
Median Age of Deaths 81
Total Deaths  2,704 or 6%
Total Deaths in Long Term Care Settings (updated every Wednesday)1,376

Contact Information


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