Community Updates Week of 6/28/2021

Calm, Proactive Preparedness


July 2, 2021: Update to Residents

Happy 4th of July – The Declaration of Independence

Happy 4th of July - Independence Day

In Congress, July 4, 1776

The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen United States of America, When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation. We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.–That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed…

Reminder on Frequency of Community Bulletins

Starting July 5, we will transition from doing the COVID News Update twice weekly to one 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.

Where Can Outside Public Meeting Guests Meet with Kendal Residents?

Although public meeting guests (those from outside of Kendal) are not permitted in our Heiser Community Center, Crossroads, or Green Room meeting rooms, they are permitted to meet with Kendal groups in the Education Center Conference Room or Education Center Training Room when properly reserved. We continue to advise all residents and staff when in a meeting with outside guests to wear a mask. If vaccination status is shared and everyone is vaccinated, masks are not required and we ask everyone to use your best judgement.

Bulletin on Updated COVID-Related Practices

While 3.5 pages contained a lot of information, your excellent questions since the bulletin came out continue to inform us where there is uncertainty. We are in this journey together and appreciate your questions! Do look at the updated, Version 12, July 2. Frequently Asked Questions document is now on KORA. It is abbreviated (now 14 pages) and is largely practical advice using all the benefits of 15 months of caution and learning to live with the risk of COVID. Thank you to Nancy Lombardi for this latest update.

Misc. Points to share based on questions that have been raised:

  • We have not limited the size of gatherings in your home, or even in an alcove in the apartment. Guests are welcome in your homes but should not be in a gathering in our apartment corridors. Please keep those visits to outdoors or in your home.
  • We have not put any restrictions on sharing food among friends where you gather.
  • While resident guests do not need a pass to enter Kendal, off-campus visitors to our Stephens Care Center (by appointment) do use a pass and screening that is different based on licensing requirements.
  • Our Early Learning Center is under the rules of the State of Ohio. The teachers, seen around Heiser, DO have to remain masked based on their licensing requirements. Don’t conclude or inquire about vaccination status, please.
  • While we can celebrate the removal masks for Heiser, always CARRY a mask with you should you be faced with a circumstance with others where masks are in use.

Rising and Falling of Outdoor Temperatures

Facility Services has been reporting an unusual rise in air conditioning challenges on days where the temperature peaks. Know they have been able to offer mobile units for temporary fixes where major parts (compressors) have had to be ordered. We have also been able to offer a guest room if necessary.

Afternoon Exchange Zoom Recording for 7/1

If you did not get a chance to be part of Thursday’s Exchange, the recording of the Zoom can be found here: Watch 7/1/2021 Zoom Exchange. So sorry we could not do a New Poll that was planned with specific questions targeted at some of the issues discussed by Kara Phillips and Don Parker. Zoom has changed the way you develop a poll and Barbara discovered that unless she eliminates her previous poll it will not bring up the new one. Lesson learned. She will use those questions next week that were requested for this past week.


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 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 7/2/2021)

New Cases (since Tuesday, June 29, 2021 – 3 day average: 2.6 per day)8
Total Lorain County Cases  20,168
Total in Zip Code 44074 (+0 since Tuesday, June 29, 2021)552
Current Lorain County Positivity Rate0.6%
Total Deaths, age ranges 20-29 • 1; 30-39 • 3; 40-49 • 7; 50-59 • 21; 60-69 • 71; 70-79 • 138; 80+ • 212453
Total Deaths in Long Term Care Settings (updated weekly, last 6/30/2021, +1)236
Lorain County Vaccinations Started 160,260 or 51.7% of population

Cuyahoga County (as of 7/2/2021)

Cuyahoga County (excluding Cleveland)          81,944
Cleveland Cases 33,565
Total Cuyahoga County Cases115,509
New Cases (since Tuesday 6/29/2021)            76
Total Cuyahoga County Deaths 2,384
Total Deaths in Long Term Care Settings (updated weekly, last 6/30/2021)849

State of Ohio (as posted 7/2/2021)

New Cases in the Last 24-hours  185
21-day Average of New Cases270
Total Cases 1,112,088
Age Range all Cases<1-111
Median Age of all Cases41
Total Hospitalizations (cumulative)60,705 or 5%
Total Hospitalizations Last 24-hours43
21-day Average of Hospitalizations 41
Median Age of all Hospitalized66
Total ICU Admissions (cumulative)8,327 or 1% 
Total ICU Admissions last 24-hours 9
21-day Average of ICU Admissions 6
Total Health Care Workers Diagnosed 64,778 or 6%
Total Tested in Ohio13,677,148
Total Ohio Resident Deaths20,344
Median Age of Deaths 80
Ohio Resident Deaths in Last 24-hours35
21-day Average of Deaths12
Total Deaths in Ohio Long Term Care Settings (updated weekly, last 6/30/2021 – ODH adjusted this number) 7,593
Statewide Vaccinations Started5,584,654 or 47.8% of population

June 29, 2021: Update to Residents

Reminder on Frequency of Community Bulletins

Starting July 5, we will transition from doing the COVID News Update 2x a week to one 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 July 29. In August we will switch to two Exchanges and one morning Coffee Hour, dates to be announced. In September, we will resume with one Exchange and one Coffee Hour as we did in pre-pandemic times. Location of the Coffee Hour will be determined whether it will be the Langston, Fox & Fell, or Auditorium with table arrangements.

Afternoon Exchange, July 1, Thursday at 4pm

We look forward to hearing from Kara Phillips as we focus on grounds issues as well as from Don Parker who will elaborate on the Pergola Project at Center Pond.

Join Zoom Exchange Meeting; Meeting ID: 921 4392 7958a

Stephens Care Center Clarifications

Our Independent Living area has moved beyond several of the COVID restrictions these past few months, access on and off campus, visitors and guests and community dining. Please be mindful that our Stephens Care Center (SCC) residents and staff are still under Federal restrictions set by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. These rules are intended to keep the most vulnerable to COVID-19 living in congregate settings safe. It is true that our State Ohio Department of Health restrictions have been greatly reduced; however, the Federal rules still apply, and that includes the Health Screening of every person that enters the SCC. We do not believe this will change anytime soon.

Given this, we continue to maintain one entrance in and out of the Stephens Care Center, through the Friends Gallery hallway, accessed either through the Heiser Community Center or the Ambulance Entrance. Entering the SCC through other entrances continues to be restricted at this time. This means that for now, the SCC remains a no-pass-through area. Passing through the SCC has been a beloved feature of our Life Plan Community and will be again, but for now we are uncertain when this rule will change.

Visitation

As we announced last Friday, beginning on Sunday, June 27, our procedure for Visitation changed. Please see the COVID update from June 25 for full details; however, please note: 

Sign Up is Still Required:

  • We continue to use “SignUp Genius” to schedule SCC visits.
  • We prematurely announced Friday that Kendal residents living in cottages or apartments visiting SCC residents would not need to sign up. We hope to get to that point, but we are not there yet. We apologize for the confusion.

Hours/Days:

  • All visitors must enter between 9am – Noon and between 1:00pm – 5:00pm on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays. Sunday visits are from 2:00pm – 5:00pm.
  • We are moving towards offering daily visits, and we will announce when this is in place.

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.

Masks:

  • All visitors must wear a mask regardless of their vaccination status.

Community Space:

  • Visitors may take the SCC resident out of the building for a walk around campus.
  • Please go directly to the SCC resident’s room. There are still Federal restrictions on visitors in any SCC public places.

Food and Drink:

  • We are still restricting the sharing of food and drink while visiting within the Stephens Care Center. You may share food and drink when the SCC resident is signed out of the Stephens Care Center. This is to remain in compliance with current rules.

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.) 

FUTURE Self-Check-In for Visits

We are slowly phasing in a plan for Kendal residents to self-check-in when visiting Stephens Care Center residents. The first phase is underway with spouses and significant others being trained. Phase Two (timeline to be announced) will focus on the training of Kendal SCC Volunteers that track their time under Volgistics. Phase Three (timeline to be announced) will take place after additional health screening equipment is received and will focus on training all Kendal Independent Living visitors to the SCC. 

Activities

Stephens Care Center residents may sign themselves out of the SCC and come down to the Heiser Community Center, and now to the Fox and Fell and the Langston (when they have made a reservation). SCC residents, when they are signed out of the Stephens Care Center, may enter Independent Living resident homes on campus and share a meal. SCC residents may participate in resident events in the Heiser Community Center; however, we are not yet at the point when Independent Living residents can lead or participate in SCC activities in the SCC.

Important: In case of emergency, we ask that all Stephens Care Center residents indicate where they will be going when signing themselves out of the SCC. Thank you!

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 will issue our most updated written document by Thursday on the many changes that were discussed at the Exchange last Thursday. We’re not starting yet (wait for the bulletin) but you can look forward to a simplified entry to Kendal’s entrance starting July 2nd with no paper pass needed for guests coming for independent living residents. Our Stephens Care Center remains using passes by necessity. Our Auditorium is expected 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, we will implement more relaxation of pandemic practices.

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 Vaccinated344 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 6/29/2021)

New Cases (since Friday, June 25, 2021 – 4 day average: 2.75 per day)11
Total Lorain County Cases  20,160
Total in Zip Code 44074 (+0 since Friday, June 25, 2021)552
Current Lorain County Positivity Rate0.6%
Total Deaths, age ranges 20-29 • 1; 30-39 • 3; 40-49 • 7; 50-59 • 21; 60-69 • 71; 70-79 • 138; 80+ • 212453
Total Deaths in Long Term Care Settings (updated weekly, last 6/23/2021, +1)235
Lorain County Vaccinations Started 159,534 or 51.5% of population

Cuyahoga County (as of 6/29/2021)

Cuyahoga County (excluding Cleveland)          81,868
Cleveland Cases 33,565
Total Cuyahoga County Cases115,433
New Cases (since Friday 6/25/2021)            115
Total Cuyahoga County Deaths 2,376
Total Deaths in Long Term Care Settings (updated weekly, last 6/23/2021)845

State of Ohio (as posted on 6/29/2021)

New Cases in the Last 24-hours  277
21-day Average of New Cases276
Total Cases 1,111,124
Age Range all Cases<1-111
Median Age of all Cases41
Total Hospitalizations (cumulative)60,577 or 5%
Total Hospitalizations Last 24-hours59
21-day Average of Hospitalizations 44
Median Age of all Hospitalized66
Total ICU Admissions (cumulative)8,313 or 1% 
Total ICU Admissions last 24-hours 5
21-day Average of ICU Admissions 6
Total Health Care Workers Diagnosed 64,630 or 6%
Total Tested in Ohio13,627,442
Total Ohio Resident Deaths20,309
Median Age of Deaths 80
Ohio Resident Deaths in Last 24-hours28
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 Started5,563,736 or 47.6% of population

Contact Information


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