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Community Updates Week of 6/7/2021

Calm, Proactive Preparedness


June 11, 2021: Update to Residents

From Medscape –

Fauci: ‘We Cannot Let the Delta Variant Take Over” – Here’s today’s Medscape news from Dr. Fauci: the new Delta variant of SARS-CoV-2, first identified in India, is more virulent and potentially more deadly than the original, but the Pfizer and Astra-Zenica vaccines are effective in preventing it.shared by Don Parker

Next Week’s Time for the Afternoon Exchange is being used for the Strategic Planning 

Session 2, Thursday (6/17), at 4pm on Zoom

If you have not participated, you can still sign up near the open mailboxes. The sessions have all been well led with excellent engagement. We even heard “fun” referenced numerous times. Thank you for your participation in this important process! June 17: Join Strategic Planning Zoom Meeting – Meeting ID: 968 3916 2008; Use computer audio or dial: +1 312 626 6799 US (Chicago)

Construction of Garages and Carports in Lot 7

Parking Lot 7 is no more. Cars have been divided between lots 6 and 8 and this is becoming challenging for residents to have secure parking. Spots are assigned, but guests are now parking in reserved numbered spots. While this is challenging, we ask everyone to help direct your guests to spots that are truly free, even if it means a walk from someplace else like Heiser.

KORA Council Meeting

Thursday, June 17, at 10:00am – Join KORA Council Meeting; Telephone: 646 558 8656; Webinar ID: 934 9901 2297 —shared by Mary Behm, KORA President

Cartoon Potluck REDUX

Monday, June 14, at 7:15pmZoom only: Join Cartoon Potluck Zoom

This is a repeat showing of the June 7 cartoons for those who couldn’t connect that evening, and for anyone else who would like to enjoy a sumptuous and varied buffet of amusing and thought-provoking cartoon art. —shared by Carol Conti-Entin

Amazon Scam Advisory

About six months ago I advised you about a scam involving Amazon.com which just about everyone used/uses to shop online during the pandemic. You get a call that tells you have been charged a large amount of money to your account from an expensive purchase–which of course you never made. This scam also uses your email to send you a notice of purchasing a laptop or something else that costs hundreds of dollars. Please don’t respond to these scam email messages! Just delete them. No different than when getting this or other scams via phone: Don’t press 1 or give any information at all—just end the call without comment!

Just remember: Don’t engage with callers who tell you there is a problem with your accounts and ask you for any financial or private information or to do anything. Just hang up or better yet, screen your calls first and don’t return any that are unfamiliar to you. It may be irritating to receive the same calls repeatedly, but after realizing you are too smart to answer them, they will move on to someone else.

If you are unsure of a strange email or phone call you have received, please call me at 440-775-9814 and leave a message. – from Toni Merleno, Risk Manager

Technology Incident Explanation

As some of you may be aware, earlier this week there was an issue connecting to the Kendal Resident wireless network. Here is a brief explanation of what happened:

  • We were adding a new server certificate to attach a new device to the resident network that would not connect with our existing server certificate.
  • This seems to have “triggered” some resident computers to re-authenticate to the new server certificate instead of just using the existing server certificate when our server was rebooted after an update.

We did not know that this would happen and do apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused. If you are still having issues with connecting to the Kendal Resident wireless network, please contact Don Mulica at 440-775-9875. Thank you. —shared by Judy Miller, Director of IT & Accounting

Dining Reservations Available

We have some tables in the Langston still open for reservations, and if you have not made any reservations, we encourage you to try to make one. We would also like to open these spots up for residents that have already made reservations next week. Residents in Group 1 are welcome to make a second reservation for next week if it is available. Make a reservation. –from the Dining Team

Lorenzo’s Pizza and Lasagna

Tuesday and Wednesday delivery. Orders were due today by 5pm.

21-Day Online YWCA Challenge on Racial Equity and Social Justice

We are taking names and emails of residents that would like to participate in the Cleveland 21-Day Challenge later this month. Each day you will get an email with several options (you choose just one) of readings, podcasts, videos. They are very well organized and easy to do. Some are as short as four minutes, others longer of 20 minutes or more. YOU CHOOSE, just one day is all that is asked (more if you like). They are interesting and you will likely be drawn in to do more (your choice, of course.)

If you would like to participate, just sign up with your email and name on the clipboard near the open mailboxes. We will get you registered. If you don’t have email but want to participate, we will be placing selected “readings” for each day in the library where you can read them. Feel free to join in this way if technology is not your thing. All should sign up to indicate you plan to participate

A Good Video

Our Faithful Pet Companions – If you have ever had a pet that knew when to lend a hand, you’ll appreciate these pets.

Today’s Statistics

Kendal at Oberlin

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
Total Kendal Residents Vaccinated 344 or 99.7%
Total Kendal Staff Vaccinated182 or 77.1%

Lorain County (as of 6/11/2021)

New Cases (since Tuesday, June 8, 2021 – 3 day average: 7.3 per day)22
Total Lorain County Cases  20,110
Total in Zip Code 44074 (+xx since Tuesday, June 8, 2021)551
Current Lorain County Positivity Rate2.7%
Total Deaths, age ranges 20-29 • 1; 30-39 • 3; 40-49 • 7; 50-59 • 20; 60-69 • 69; 70-79 • 134; 80+ • 211445
Total Deaths in Long Term Care Settings (updated weekly, last 6/9/2021, +1)232
Lorain County Vaccinations Started 155,304 or 50.1% of population

Cuyahoga County (as of 6/11/2021)

Cuyahoga County (excluding Cleveland)          81,545
Cleveland Cases 33,334
Total Cuyahoga County Cases114,879
New Cases (since Tuesday 6/8/2021)            72
Total Cuyahoga County Deaths 2,351
Total Deaths in Long Term Care Settings (updated weekly, last 6/9/2021)826

State of Ohio (as posted 6/11/2021)

New Cases in the Last 24-hours  347
21-day Average of New Cases508
Total Cases 1,106,411
Age Range all Cases<1-111
Median Age of all Cases41
Total Hospitalizations (cumulative)59,836 or 5%
Total Hospitalizations Last 24-hours59
21-day Average of Hospitalizations 64
Median Age of all Hospitalized66
Total ICU Admissions (cumulative)8,209 or 1% 
Total ICU Admissions last 24-hours 8
21-day Average of ICU Admissions 8
Total Health Care Workers Diagnosed 63,768 or 6%
Total Tested in Ohio13,367,909
Total Resident Deaths20,091
Median Age of Deaths 80
Ohio Resident Deaths in Last 24-hours70
21-day Average of Deaths18
Total Deaths in Ohio Long Term Care Settings (updated weekly, last 6/9/2021- ODH adjusted this number) 7,491
Statewide Vaccinations Started5,423,850 or 46.4% of population

June 8, 2021: Update to Residents

Kendal Vaccine Rates Now Listed with Statistics on Last Page

Our Total Campus Vaccination Rate is 90.7% with a 99.7% resident vaccination rate and an increasing staff vaccination rate, now at 77.1%.

This week’s Afternoon Exchange

Thursday (6/10) at 4pm on Zoom or KOTV and WSCCJoin Zoom Exchange – Meeting ID: 921 4392 7958 – Use computer audio or dial: +1 312 626 6799 US (Chicago)

Discussion with Grounds Manager Kara Phillips on ticks and other grounds-related topics.

Our next guest from Kendal Affiliates will be on Thursday, June 24, with staff and resident leaders from the Kendal-Crosslands Communities (KCC) in Kennett Square, PA.

Recorded Zoom Link for the Afternoon Exchange June 3 here.

Summer Housekeeping Tips

Sunday, June 200, is the first day of Summer, so please remember the Housekeeping Team appreciates all residents who turn on their air conditioning during their scheduled cleaning time. We continue wearing masks which create additional heat. We also assure the staff have plenty to keep them cool as possible offering unlimited bottled water and popsicles during extreme hot weather days.Thank you! –Shared by Crystal Hall

Cartoon Potluck REDUX

Monday, June 14, at 7:15pm, Zoom only: Join Cartoon Potluck Zoom

This is a re-showing of the June 7 cartoons for those who couldn’t connect that evening, and for anyone else who would like to enjoy a sumptuous and varied buffet of amusing and thought-provoking cartoon art.shared by Carol Conti-Entin

Independence Day Festivities Date CORRECTION

The Kendalight article has the wrong date information for our Kendal at Oberlin Independence Day Festivities. In order to allow participation by more Stephens Care Center residents, our Independence Day Festivities will take place on Monday, July 5. Our rain date is July 8. Ice cream will still be served on Sunday, July 4.

Lorenzo’s Pizza and Lasagna

We will do one more Pizza Party from Lorenzo’s and end this treat now that summer is here and our dining is expanding options. Look for order slips on Wednesday to be turned in no later than Friday by 5pm. Delivery this coming week on Tuesday and Wednesday.

21-Day Online YWCA Challenge on Racial Equity and Social Justice

YWCA 21-day Challenge

We are taking names and emails of residents that would like to participate in the Cleveland 21-Day Challenge later this month. Each day you will get an email with several options (you choose just one) of readings, podcasts, videos. They are very well organized and easy to do. Some are as short as four minutes, others longer of 20 minutes or more. YOU CHOOSE, just one day is all that is asked (more if you like). They are interesting and you will likely be drawn in to do more (your choice, of course.)

If you would like to participate, just sign up with your email and name on the clipboard near the open mailboxes. We will get you registered. If you don’t have email but want to participate, we will be placing selected “readings” for each day in the library where you can read them. Feel free to join in this way if technology is not your thing. All should sign up to indicate you plan to participate.

Second Harvest Food Bank Needs VOLUNTEERS

There will be a poster on the Volunteer Bulletin Board about an Orientation on June 23. That should be a great way to learn what helping there entails. Kendal has always had a Volunteer Crew that made a monthly work visit – folks like Larry Porter, Don Parker , Robert Randel, and George Andrews are experienced Volunteers. Call them to learn about their experiences. The Elders will be out of town for the summer, but I’m trusting these fellows can help inspire some new volunteers!

Join the mission of Second Harvest to create pathways to nutritious food. Be a part of the CSFP (Commodity Supplemental Food Program) Volunteer Corps to deliver food to senior citizens at their residences. Orientation session is Wednesday, June 23, from 10am-11am at the Nordson Food Distribution Center. Learn more information or register HERE. —Shared by Anne Elder

Courtyard Garden

The prickly pear cactus (cacti) in the Courtyard Garden are blooming! Wednesdays from 9am-12pm are visiting hours for cottage and apartment residents.

The Garden is looking for turtles for the new pond, so if anyone finds a non-snapping turtle, they’re welcome to add it to the new pond.

Link-Age Benefits for All Residents and All Staff

All across the country entertainment, hospitality, and travel venues are beginning to re-open and it is encouraging to see that people are starting to research opportunities for family activities. Remember that Link-Age offers two options for discounts on hotels, theme parks, movie theaters, concerts, car rentals and more: TicketsatWork and Best Benefits Club.  Please see the Human Resources Bulletin Board near the Employee Lounge for discount details on these programs or go to www.ticketsatwork.com company code “LINKAGECORP” and www.bestbenefitsclub.com activation code “link1010”.   

Just for Fun

Amazing Underwater Dance – (5 minutes) with thanks to Mim Hallock. AMA is a beautiful short film by Julie Gautier. Julie is a free-diver, and she makes dancing underwater while holding her breath look easy.

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
Total Kendal Residents Vaccinated344 or 99.7%
Total Kendal Staff Vaccinated182 or 77.1%

Lorain County (as of 6/8/2021)

New Cases (since Thursday, June 3, 2021 – 5 day average: 10 per day)50
Total Lorain County Cases  20,088
Total in Zip Code 44074 (+5 since Thursday, June 3, 2021)551
Current Lorain County Positivity Rate2.7%
Total Deaths, age ranges 20-29 • 1; 30-39 • 3; 40-49 • 7; 50-59 • 20; 60-69 • 69; 70-79 • 134; 80+ • 211445
Total Deaths in Long Term Care Settings (updated weekly, last 6/2/2021, +3)231
Lorain County Vaccinations Started 154,580 or 49.9% of population

Cuyahoga County (as of 6/8/2021)

Cuyahoga County (excluding Cleveland)          81,473
Cleveland Cases 33,334
Total Cuyahoga County Cases114,807
New Cases (since Thursday 6/3/2021)           313
Total Cuyahoga County Deaths 2,347
Total Deaths in Long Term Care Settings (updated weekly, last 6/2/2021)821

State of Ohio (as posted 6/8/2021)

New Cases in the Last 24-hours  426
21-day Average of New Cases605
Total Cases 1,105,329
Age Range all Cases<1-111
Median Age of all Cases41
Total Hospitalizations (cumulative)59,651 or 5%
Total Hospitalizations Last 24-hours48
21-day Average of Hospitalizations 71
Median Age of all Hospitalized66
Total ICU Admissions (cumulative)8,188 or 1% 
Total ICU Admissions last 24-hours 7
21-day Average of ICU Admissions 9
Total Health Care Workers Diagnosed 63,581 or 6%
Total Tested in Ohio13,307,394
Total Deaths in Ohio 20,021
Median Age of Deaths 80
Ohio Resident Deaths in Last 24-hours41
21-day Average of Deaths19
Total Deaths in Ohio Long Term Care Settings (updated weekly, last 6/2/2021 – ODH adjusted this number) 7,465
Statewide Vaccinations Started5,398,252 or 46.2% of population

Contact Information


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