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Community Updates Week of 6/29/2020

July 2, 2020: Update to Residents

Calm, Proactive Preparedness

No Updates Over the Holiday Weekend

flag with fireworks background

Many staff members will be off on Friday, July 3, for the July 4th holiday. Unless there is late breaking news, such as a confirmed COVID-19 case on campus, there will be no nightly update over the three-day holiday weekend. May everyone have a Happy and Safe July 4th Holiday!

Welcoming Visitors Back to Kendal!

Welcome Back to Kendal at Oberlin

This is the video that was mentioned during our Afternoon Exchange today, produced and created by a group of Independent Living Residents. This short video (4 min.) is to be shared with family and friends who may be coming to visit the community while we are still in partial closure. The residents involved in production include Kathy Hazelton (lead), Nancy Lombardi, Rebecca Cardozo, Marjorie Porter, Bob Longsworth (audio) and a number of others. GREAT JOB!

IL Visitor Packet

While all residents were given a hard copy or email of the IL Visitor Packet, You can also download the whole packet, a single PDF file, by going to the KORA website, then look under “In This Together,” then “click here” and look for “News”.

Cornell Study says “In-Person Learning” is Best for Public Health

As we learn more about how Oberlin College will reopen this fall, this study by Cornell might interest you.

Medical Passes

A reminder: All requests for Medical Appointment Passes need to be sent to BOTH Julie Carpenter AND Shenell Hinton. This will help to ensure your request will be answered in a timely manner. Thank you!

Life Enrichment and Engagement Webpage Offerings

Cornell Adult University (free 7/6-7/31) has created its first virtual adult summer program. Between July 6 and July 31, we are offering daily online lectures, panels, and virtual tours covering a range of subjects from art to wine tasting, Cuban dance to coronavirus, and paleontology to presidential elections.

All these offerings are completely free, and all are open to Cornellians and non-Cornellians, Kendal residents and non-residents

Today’s Statistics

*Please Note, the Ohio Department of Health had not updated their information as of 6:15pm on July 2 since July 1 (due to a system hack). Except for Total Cases, all other information was last updated July 1. Please go to the ODH COVID-19 Dashboards to get the most recently updated information over the holiday weekend.

Lorain County, Cuyahoga County and the City of Cleveland statistics were updated today. We apologize for any inconvenience.

Kendal at Oberlin (KaO)

Independent Living Resident Cases 0  
Stephens Care Center (SCC) Resident Cases
          Residential Care Facility  0
          Skilled Nursing Facility  0
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) 16
Total Lorain County Cases 973
Total Deaths, age ranges 30-39 • 1; 50-59 • 2; 60-69 • 6; 70-79 • 12, 80+ • 41 62
Total Deaths in Long Term Care Settings (updated every Wednesday) 36

Cuyahoga County

Cuyahoga County (excluding Cleveland) 5,141
Cleveland Cases 2,877
Total Cuyahoga County Cases 8,018
Total Cuyahoga County Deaths 384
Total Deaths in Long Term Care Settings (updated every Wednesday) 163

State of Ohio (as of 2PM)*

(not updated since 7/1 except Total Cases)

New Cases (since yesterday) 1,076
21 Day Average of New Cases 633
Total Cases 54,166
Age Range all Cases <1-109
Median Age of all Cases 46
Total Hospitalizations (cumulative) 7,911 or 15%
Total Hospitalizations last 24 hrs 72
21 Day Average of Hospitalizations 58
Median Age of all Hospitalized 64
Total ICU Admissions (cumulative) 2,008 or 4 %
Total ICU Admissions last 24 hours 14
21 Day Average of ICU Admissions 14
Total Health Care Workers Diagnosed 7,190 or 14%
Total Tested in Ohio 788,403
Total Deaths  2,876 or 5%
Median Age of Deaths 80
Deaths in Last 24 hours 13
21 Day Average of Deaths 20
Total Deaths in Long Term Care Settings (updated every Wednesday) 1,653

July 1, 2020: Update to Residents

Calm, Proactive Preparedness

July 4th Reflection

Bob Follet shared this very short video (less than 90 secs.) of Anthony McGill the principal clarinetist of the New York Philharmonic. Bob feels this performance reflects how many will be feeling this coming 4th.

July 4th Meal on Saturday

Due to the Independence Day resident programming, there will be no grocery deliveries, and meal delivery will be delayed approximately one (1) hour on the 4th of July. Happy Independence Day! 

New “Walk-and-Talk” Virtual Tours

woman wearing mask holding tablet

The Marketing Department is now providing tours of the community to prospects via Zoom or Skype. Elisabeth Christman did a trial run today with Maggie being the prospect. “I actually felt as though I was on a real live tour,” shared Maggie. So, if you see Elisabeth walking the grounds and talking to her computer, please don’t think she has gone mad! Instead, feel free to wave and give a hearty “welcome” to the person on the screen.

Pizza from Lorenzo’s

Delivery is only 2 days this week: If your neighborhood did not get a pizza today it will be coming on Thursday. 

“Real Time” Map of COVID Cases to Assess Travel Risk

Real time map - COVID hot zones

Globalepidemics.org has made available an easy to use map to look at the level of COVID Cases by county. If you are thinking of travel or having guests come to Kendal, we advise you to look at the risks. RED Zones will not be permitted into Kendal and we would not advise you to go to a RED Zone. You can run your cursor over the map and select a county for the stats. Lorain County is increasing in the Yellow Zone. Cuyahoga is higher too, being in the Orange Zone. Columbiana County is the closest RED Zone.

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)11
Total Lorain County Cases957
Total Deaths, age ranges 30-39 • 1; 50-59 • 2; 60-69 • 6; 70-79 • 12, 80+ • 4061
Total Deaths in Long Term Care Settings (updated every Wednesday)35

Cuyahoga County

Cuyahoga County (excluding Cleveland)4,797
Cleveland Cases2,824
Total Cuyahoga County Cases7,621
Total Cuyahoga County Deaths 369
Total Deaths in Long Term Care Settings (updated every Wednesday)155

State of Ohio (as of 2PM)

New Cases (since yesterday)1,076
21 Day Average of New Cases633
Total Cases52,865
Age Range all Cases<1-109
Median Age of all Cases46
Total Hospitalizations (cumulative)7,911 or 15%
Total Hospitalizations last 24 hrs72
21 Day Average of Hospitatlizations 58
Median Age of all Hospitalized64
Total ICU Admissions (cumulative)2,008 or 4 %
Total ICU Admissions last 24 hours14
21 Day Average of ICU Admissions 14
Total Health Care Workers Diagnosed 7,190 or 14%
Total Tested in Ohio788,403
Total Deaths  2,876 or 5%
Median Age of Deaths 80
Deaths in Last 24 hours 13
21 Day Average of Deaths 20
Total Deaths in Long Term Care Settings (updated every Wednesday)1,580

June 30, 2020: Update to Residents

Calm, Proactive Preparedness

Best Practices When Housekeeping is in Your Home

  • Please wear a mask and keep good physical distance when you need to interact with your housekeeper.
  • Keep good physical distance by staying in a room away from where the housekeeper is working. The team has been trained to work around you and will clean that room last.
  • Turn the HVAC system on before staff arrive. Many people have their windows closed now and there is no air circulating in the cottage. Research has shown good air flow disrupts any airborne particles and creates a safer environment. If you dislike air conditioning, you can turn on the fan switch on the thermostat.

Good Read

Fauci Worries U.S. Covid-19 Cases Could Climb to 100,000 DailyThe Washington Post

Details Released on Visitors to Residents Residing in Cottages/Apartments

You will receive a packet of information (electronically or by paper if you do not get emails) to prepare to have guests come to Kendal starting Monday, July 6. This is a draft of the plan that is just about finalized and ready to go out on Thursday. You will get a plan (summarized here), a visitor letter, and a visitor pass (paper copy only) that must be brought to the campus by your visitor.                                    

Independent Living Residents Plan for Visits to Kendal at Oberlin

Beginning July 6, family and friends may visit you, Independent Living residents. You decide who you wish to visit you here at Kendal. Visiting groups are limited to 6 persons including you, the resident(s). You may have only two visits per week.  

Visitor Letter and Pass

You are to send the attached letter to your visitors along with the visitors’ pass. The Visitor Pass, which is included here, is in fillable pdf format so it can be completed and sent to your visitors. They will bring the pass with them for the visit. Your visitors will show it at the gate, where the entry time will be noted by the attendant. As your visitors leave Kendal, their pass will be returned to the attendant.

Visiting Locations

All visits are to be outdoors with the choice of two types of visiting venues. Visits are to be confined to these visiting venues. Strolling the Kendal campus is not permitted.

Outside your resident cottage or first floor apartment. These visits may take place anytime from 9:30am and end by 9:30pm. These visits are limited to 2 hours in length. No prior reservation is necessary.

One of the three covered designated visiting locations, which must be reserved at SignUp Genius.

Three time periods are available each day, 10:00am-Noon, 1:00-3:00pm, or 6:00-8:00pm. These visits are limited to 90 minutes with an additional 30 minutes for sanitizing and airing. These locations are:

  1. Covered patio between the Apartment Walkway and Lot #11 new garages;
  2. Canopy between Apartment Building and Marketing offices on south lawn;
  3. Canopy next to the Tennis Court. 

Lawn Chairs Available

Each of the covered designed locations is equipped with appropriate seating. Additionally, if needed, there is a limited number of lawn chairs available for visits outside a resident’s home. Facility Services staff will provide these chairs through a WorxHub order. The order should include when the chairs are to be delivered and when they are to be removed.

Restroom Facilities for Visitors

When visiting outside a resident’s home, visitors may use the restroom in that cottage or apartment with proper sanitizing before and after.

There is a restroom for each reserved location:

  • At Lot #11, a handicap-accessible chemical toilet;
  • At south lawn canopy, restrooms inside the door to the Fox and Fell area; no visitor is permitted into Heiser beyond these restrooms.
  • At the tennis court canopy, a chemical toilet.

Sanitizing Protocol

Sanitizing the chairs and restroom facilities at the covered designated locations is the responsibility of the host resident. Each location has sanitizing supplies available. Residents are responsible for the sanitizing for visits outside their home, including any chairs provided by Facility Services.

Checklist for Visits

  • You decide date of each visit and whom you will invite.
  • You choose the location: at your home or a reserved location with SignUp Genius.
  • You send an invitation letter with Visitor Pass to your visitors.
  • At the time of each visit, visitors enter at main entrance only with their visitor pass.
  • All persons are to be masked at all times with no physical contact.
  • All persons observe safe distancing of at least 6 feet at all times. *
  • No food or drink is to be shared.
  • You are responsible for all sanitizing before and after visit.
  • Visitors return their pass at main entrance upon leaving.

*There may be couples, bubbles, or shared household members who do not need to distance from each other.

–New Normal Planning Committee – Independent Living Visits Work Group: Gary Olin, Charlotte McGowan, Lynn Eastman, Kathy Hazelton, Tom Van Nortwick

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)11
Total Lorain County Cases946
Total Deaths, age ranges 30-39 • 1; 50-59 • 2; 60-69 • 5; 70-79 • 12, 80+ • 4060
Total Deaths in Long Term Care Settings (updated every Wednesday, no change in last 2 weeks)34

Cuyahoga County

Cuyahoga County (excluding Cleveland)4,797
Cleveland Cases2,761
Total Cuyahoga County Cases7,558
Total Cuyahoga County Deaths 369
Total Deaths in Long Term Care Settings (updated every Wednesday)155

State of Ohio (as of 2PM)

New Cases Since Yesterday743
21 Day Average of New Cases601
Total Cases51,789
Age Range all Cases<1-109
Median Age of all Cases46
Total Hospitalizations (cumulative)7,839 or 15%
Total Hospitalizations last 24 hrs93
21 Day Average of Hospitalizations 58
Median Age of all Hospitalized64
Total ICU Admissions (cumulative)1,994 or 4 %
Total ICU Admissions last 24 hours33
21 Day Average of ICU Admissions 14
Total Health Care Workers Diagnosed 7,086 or 14%
Total Tested in Ohio784,362
Total Deaths  2,863 or 6%
Median Age of Deaths 80
Deaths in Last 24 hours 45
21 Day Average of Deaths 21
Total Deaths in Long Term Care Settings (updated every Wednesday)1,491

June 29, 2020: Update to Residents

Calm, Proactive Preparedness

Stephens Care Center Visiting

tent for family visitsWe will soon begin a new aspect of family/friends visits for our SCC residents. When you observe the visiting underway, please avoid this area as much as possible. Keep in mind the proper distancing from that area. Our “Plexiglas booth” that is being used for out-of- state visitors is actually positioned on the Heiser sidewalk (rather than soft ground) so it can be secured safely. You will likely need to walk in the Heiser Drive. Although there is less traffic, please proceed safely. The dog park may not be used during the visits for Stephens Care Center residents.

  • Wednesdays – Spousal visits.
  • Family visits will begin on Friday, July 3, from 9:30am-5:30pm;
  • Starting July 7, family visits will be Tuesday/Thursday – 1:00pm-8:30pm and Friday/Saturday 9:30am-5:30pm.

Online Concert for Kendal from the Credo Festival at Oberlin Conservatory

  • Tuesday, June 30, 8:30pm – Arianna Quartet Mini-concert 
  • Program: Credo by Kevin Puts (2007)
  • This event will be live-streamed on Facebook from a pre-recorded video at 8:30pm on Tuesday, June 30. You will see it listed as a “Watch Party.”
  • (Notes: You do not have to have a Facebook account to use this link. This concert will not be broadcast on KOTV.)

Cuyahoga County Statistics Added to Daily Statistics

Given the proximity of Kendal at Oberlin to the greater Cleveland area, we have added a few statistics to our daily statistics from Cuyahoga County and Cleveland. Both the Cuyahoga County Board of Public Health and the Cleveland Department of Public Health and detailed dashboards that you may want to review regularly (links below).

Good Read

Current Mapping of World Spread of the Coronavirus, The Washington Post

Health and Wellness Clinic Closed July 3

In observance of the July 4th Holiday, our Health and Wellness Clinic will be closed on Friday, July 3.

Northwest Bank

The bank has reserved appointments for Stephens Care Center residents on Thursdays from 9:30am-10:00am.

Thinking about traveling? Or inviting family?

Kendal will continue to track “hot spots” with concern for visitors coming to Kendal. Please keep in mind that we may not be able to accept visitors when things open up for visits (July 6) if their origin is a “hot spot”. Considerations for travel from CDC here.

  • Is COVID-19 spreading where you’re going? You can get infected while traveling.
  • Is COVID-19 spreading in your community? Even if you don’t have symptoms, you can spread COVID-19 to others while traveling.

Spotlight on College Grads

young woman at arch

Delaney Kelly

  • -Graduated from Oberlin College in 2020 with a degree in Theater, concentrations in playwriting and arts management.
  • -Hopes to work in the publishing industry as a literary agent.
  • -A volunteer at Kendal since 2016, Delaney has had many rewarding experiences running arts programs with residents.
young female staff member

Kristen Shufelt

  • -Graduated in May from Ursuline College, Master’s degrees in Art Therapy and Clinical Mental Health Counseling.
  • -Recently went to Nepal on a Service Learning trip with Ursuline College. 
  • -Working toward National Counselor Examination to be a Licensed Professional Counselor.
  • -Plans to go to Nepal for volunteer work after the pandemic.
  • “Working at Kendal has taught me so much about patience and being in the present moment, not only with residents, but within life in general.” 
young female graduate

Marlee Neugass

  • -Graduated from Oberlin College in 2020 with a degree in Psychology.
  • -Worked in clinical lab studying emotion dysregulation and self-injury.
  • -Has been volunteering at Kendal since her first semester. LOVES Kendal and talks about Kendal to everyone–her second home! Interning this summer.
  • -Plans to pursue a Master’s in Social Work and law degree to be an advocate for older adults.

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 26)39
Total Lorain County Cases935
Total Deaths, age ranges 30-39 • 1; 50-59 • 2; 60-69 • 5; 70-79 • 12, 80+ • 4060
Total Deaths in Long Term Care Settings (updated every Wednesday, no change in the last 2 weeks)34

Cuyahoga County

Cuyahoga County (excluding Cleveland)4,734
Cleveland Cases2,644
Total Cuyahoga County Cases7,378
Total Cuyahoga County Deaths 361
Total Deaths in Long Term Care Settings (updated every Wednesday)155

State of Ohio (as of 2PM)

New Cases (since yesterday)737
21 Day Average of New Cases581
Total Cases51,046
Age Range all Cases<1-109
Median Age of all Cases46
Total Hospitalizations (cumulative)7,746 or 15%
Total Hospitalizations last 24 hrs65
21 Day Average of Hospitalizations 57
Median Age of all Hospitalized64
Total ICU Admissions (cumulative)1,961 or 4 %
Total ICU Admissions last 24 hours15
21 Day Average of ICU Admissions 14
Total Health Care Workers Diagnosed 6,988 or 14%
Total tested in Ohio770,860
Total Deaths  2,818 or 6%
Median Age of Deaths 81
Deaths in Last 24 hours 11
21 Day Average of Deaths 20
Total Deaths in Long Term Care Settings (updated every Wednesday)1,491

Contact Information


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