Community Updates Week of 7/19/2021

Calm, Proactive Preparedness

July 21, 2021: Update to Residents

COVID-19 Cases Rise in Lorain County for Second Straight Week

The Chronicle-Telegram, July 20, 2021

The number of coronavirus cases active in Lorain County appears to be on the rise, according to Lorain County Public Health data updated Monday. There now are 39 cases estimated to be active in the county…Cases have risen for two consecutive weeks in Lorain County after dipping to 10 estimated active cases July 6. Last week, there were 25 cases estimated to be active, and this week’s total has risen to 39.

The vast majority of the new cases are those who have not been vaccinated, Deputy Lorain County Health Commissioner Mark Adams said. There have been no Delta Variant cases confirmed in Lorain County, although he said it may be best to assume it has been here without being detected. “I’m sure it is going to continue to climb as it is becoming the variant on the rise in the U.S.,” he said. As of Monday, Ohio Department of Health data shows 162,403 people in Lorain County have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine. Of that group, 153,222 have completed their vaccination with all recommended doses. That equates to 52.42 percent of Lorain County residents having received at least one dose and 49.45 percent having completed their vaccination. Local residents looking to get the shot can do so without cost from Lorain County Public Health or numerous other providers in the area. More information is available online at or over the phone by calling 211.

Visiting a Resident in the SCC?

BRING MASK.  We have been challenged by some IL residents visiting in the SCC not following the regulation of wearing a mask. All staff, residents and guests must wear a mask in the SCC corridors. Once you are inside a resident’s room, there may be mutual agreement to remove masks. 

LeadingAge National

We were proud to have LeadingAge ask to spotlight what Kendal at Oberlin has done with technology for the Stephens Care Center residents during the pandemic. Take a read of the story in their July publication put out to 10,000+ organizations and partners.  And special thanks to Michele Tarsitano-Amato and all her team for their extraordinary efforts to be innovative. Innovating With Technology to Boost Resident Engagement | LeadingAge

Meal Plan Choices

Again, many thanks for the terrific effort people made to register their choices of the preferred meal option that started for July 19-Aug. 18. For this first period, we have 50% opting for the full meal plan; 24% selecting 20 meals; 14%, 10 meals and 13% opting out for this first meal cycle. We know there are quite a few opting out due to travel. These numbers are consistent with other Kendal affiliates.

Feedback Welcomed

Comment cards are back on the tables in the Fox and Fell and the Langston. With so much under transition, this is the most reliable way for us to record successes and areas for improvement going forward. Write away….

New Time for Carryout Meal Pickup – We Need Your Help and Cooperation

In order to work through a smoother dinner hour for those dining-in, beginning Thursday 7/22, there is a dedicated time slot for carry-out: 4:45pm-5:15pm. This time slot includes an early opening for carryout only, as well as priority service for carryout during the first 15 minutes of the standard meal period.  If you cannot make the earlier hour, you will need to wait until our last 30 minutes of service, 6:30-7 p.m.

Next Afternoon Exchange Is July 29 At 4:00 P.M. – In Person and On KOTV

We look forward to meeting you all in the auditorium or imagining those not with us hanging out at home watching on KOTV. We will put out an agenda on KOTV for the meeting as we used to do. One agenda item for sure is having a brief update on the Strategic Planning Process by resident Gary Olin who is vice-chair of the committee.

Reminder About Services and Hours in Salon PS

We continue to juggle schedules for the salon using Signup Genius to confirm appointment availability. Know that Kayla Morris is our single stylist at this time and has committed to this schedule, working in both IL and SCC resident needs: 

Tuesday:  9-3; Wednesday:  9-3; Thursday:  9-3; Friday:  9-1

You can access Signup Genius via link below or on the KORA website under Forms & Appointments:

Vaccinated Staff Are Approved to Use Exercise/Equipment Room and Locker Rooms  

24 hours a day, 7 days a week beginning Monday, July 26, 2021.  This is much welcomed news by staff who have maintained their health by previously using the equipment before or after work or during their lunch hour. We are pleased to give them back this privilege.  Reminders to all users:

  • Please sanitize your hands when entering the exercise room. 
  • Please sign-in BEFORE you workout and sign-out when you leave.
  • Please be courteous to others and wear headphones if using devices.
  • Spray disinfectant on a paper towel and wipe down any equipment you have used.
  • Be courteous and respectful of each other’s space when working out.

We will let staff know when the pool will be available for use again – stay tuned.

Any questions can be directed to Jill Tvaroha at ext. 5851 or Laurie Dupee at ext. 5346. 

Opportunities for More Discussion

Recent surveys and zoom breakouts for strategic planning presented a wealth of information that we collected. We will be using bulletins and our regularly scheduled Coffee Hours and Afternoon Exchanges to elaborate on information received offering excellent opportunities to clarify or offer additional information. Here is one example:

Emergency Transport From Kendal

When you have a medical episode at Kendal that necessitates emergency transportation to a hospital, where you are taken is totally determined by the emergency squad’s assessment of your situation. And while it is based primarily on the assessment of your condition, it can also take into account the circumstances of an area hospital being able to respond. We want to make clear it is not based on your primary care physician whatsoever. Whether you have selected an outside primary care physician or a Kendal doctor, the situation under emergency need is handled the same way.

Google Alerts of Kendal in the News

Yesterday, we had a triple play with 3 alerts at one time. Take a look:

Lorain County Port Authority board to meet July 22
Former Kent ophthalmologist Don VanDyke dies at age 95
11 Projects Look To Improve Community Health In Lorain County

Have you had a visitor to your home by the name of Thomas Hudak?

Thomas left his jacket hanging in the hallway. The only identification of owner was a card in the jacket pocket with this name. Please notify Teresa Maynard-Pais at (440) 775-9808 if you know who this is. We would like to return his jacket!

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
Kendal at Oberlin Vaccination Overall Rate530 of 573 92.5%
Total Kendal Residents Vaccinated 343 of 343 100%
Total Kendal Staff Vaccinated (this number will go up with staff getting vaccinated and hiring, it will go down with staff attrition)187 of 231 81.3%

Lorain County (as of 7/12/2021)

New Cases (since Monday, July 12, 2021 – 7 day average: 6.1 per day)43
Total Lorain County Cases  20,239
Total in Zip Code 44074 (+2 since Tuesday, July 6, 2021)559
Current Lorain County Positivity Rate0.7%
Total Deaths, age ranges 20-29 • 1; 30-39 • 3; 40-49 • 7; 50-59 • 22; 60-69 • 71; 70-79 • 138; 80+ • 212454
Total Deaths in Long Term Care Settings (updated weekly, last 7/14/2021, +1)237
Lorain County Vaccinations Started 162,403 or 52.4% of population

Cuyahoga County (as of 7/12/2021)

Cuyahoga County (excluding Cleveland)          82,339
Cleveland Cases 33,707
Total Cuyahoga County Cases116,046
New Cases (since Monday, July 12, 2021)            339
Total Cuyahoga County Deaths 2,416
Total Deaths in Long Term Care Settings (updated weekly, last 7/14/2021)853

State of Ohio (as posted on 7/12/2021)

New Cases in the Last 24-hours  660
21-day Average of New Cases330
Total Cases 1,117,769
Age Range all Cases<1-111
Median Age of all Cases41
Total Hospitalizations (cumulative)60,198 or 5%
Total Hospitalizations Last 24-hours35
21-day Average of Hospitalizations 32
Median Age of all Hospitalized66
Total ICU Admissions (cumulative)8,397 or 1% 
Total ICU Admissions last 24-hours 4
21-day Average of ICU Admissions 4
Total Health Care Workers Diagnosed 65,327 or 6%
Total Tested in Ohio13,898,244
Total Ohio Resident Deaths20,437
Median Age of Deaths 79
Ohio Resident Deaths in Last 24-hours0
21-day Average of Deaths7
Total Deaths in Ohio Long Term Care Settings (updated weekly, last 7/14/2021 – ODH adjusted this number) 7,626
Statewide Vaccinations Started5,666,991 or 48.5% of population

Contact Information

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