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Community Updates Week of 7/20/2020

July 24, 2020: Update to Residents

Calm, Proactive Preparedness

Travel Advisory from Other States

COVID positivity rate map July 22Those entering Ohio after travel to states reporting positive testing rates of 15% or higher for COVID-19 are advised to self-quarantine for 14 days. Positivity rate is an indicator of how much COVID-19 there is in a community, and ODH is recommending against travel to those states with high positivity. If someone must travel, ODH is recommending 14 days of self-quarantine after leaving those locations. This advisory is intended for both leisure and business travel and should be heeded by both Ohioans and out-of-state travelers. The list of states will be updated every week on Wednesday. Based on a 7-day rolling average of positivity rates of July 22, the affected states are: Alabama, Arizona, California, Florida Georgia, Idaho, Mississippi, Nevada, South Carolina, Texas and the Territory of Puerto Rico.

Visitors from these states are currently restricted from coming to Kendal at Oberlin for an outdoor visit unless they have self-quarantined in Ohio for 14 days prior to a Kendal visit.

Rapid Decline in Antibodies in Mild Cases

Timely news reports in Medscape online featuring the rapid decline of antibodies in milder cases of COVID-19, the highly effective use of UV light against airborne SARS-CoV-2 virus and the likely availability of vaccines not being until 2021. — Shared by Don Parker

SCC Visiting

Thank you to our friends in the IL community for signing up to visit with us. Some of us would appreciate if you would give us a call and let us know you would like to meet. We can then mutually schedule a time to reserve an appointment slot with the SCC Tents. Unfortunately, the Sign-Up Genius doesn’t directly notify the resident you wish to visit. For some of us, we would like to participate in the selection date and time. Thank you for thinking of us and reaching out to maintain friendships and thank you for providing an opportunity for some of us to be outdoors where there is a horizon. –In Gratitude, Residents of the Stephens Care Center

For SCC visiting assistance please contact Kelly Kukes, SCC Visitor Liaison, 1-440-935-0542.

PS Salon

Tasha Lott holds a certificate to provide manicures and pedicures. Due to PS Salon policy, she is only able to offer pedicures at the end of her day. Currently, we have been holding Tuesday afternoons for Pedicures and Manicures. If you wish to have a pedicure, you can click on: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0b4fadab2aa5fe3-pssalon  

Look at Tuesday afternoons and sign-up! —Michele Tarsitano-Amato, Creative Arts Therapy Director

Oberlin Restaurants

I am attaching a list of Oberlin restaurants and information about them. I believe most of them will do curbside pickup – the phone numbers are on the list so a call to them will clarify. —From Janet Haar, Executive Director Oberlin Business Partnership

Oberlin College

Here is an interesting update, worth checking out on their fall planning with COVID signage and COVID monthly testing.

Updated Ohio County Rating

Lorain County is now level 2, orange, downgraded from level 3 red. Several other counties are now rated level 3, red. There remain no level 4, purple counties, indicating highest level of risk. As a reminder, if there are any level 4 purple counties, visitors will be restricted from those counties.

Facility Services Needs Your Vehicle Information

We’re still missing as many as 40+ residents who have not turned in their vehicle information that was due July 10. If you have any questions or would like to submit this information by telephone, please contact Dagney Engler at 440-775-9899. Thank you for your support. We need the following: Carport/Garage Space #; Color of vehicle(s); Make and Model of car(s); and License # for each car you own. 

Quick Updates

  • Lorenzo’s Monthly Pizza Order Deliveries – We will be delivering Wednesday and Thursday. Stay tuned for the breakout of orders.
  • Saturday – Cats and Small Dogs Pampering at the Front Entrance – Kerry Trent will be at the front entrance on Saturday, July 25, to trim cats’ and small dogs’ nails. Call Priscilla at 440-774-7423 for questions about your appointment.
  • Thursday – 4pm, Zoom Exchange with Barbara – Invited Guests for Thursday are Indira Palekar our Psychologist, and Mary Jordan from the Board of Elections. We also plan to say a farewell to OC graduate and Kendal volunteer Marlee Neugass who has volunteered faithfully since her first OC week. This summer she is wrapping up her time in Oberlin interning with Social Services. She’ll share her upcoming plans. Join Zoom meeting: Meeting ID: 921 4392 7958, One tap mobile: +16465588656,,92143927958# US (New York)

Kendal Life Enrichment shares a Virtual Experience:  Goddard Space Flight Center

Sunday Experiment Series – Get your Sunday Experiment fix from home! Different missions will be highlighted each month with fun demonstrations and activities that you can do anywhere. For the James Webb Space Telescope to fit into a rocket, it must be folded up. After launch, Webb will deploy during its roughly 30-day, million-mile journey out to the second Lagrange point. View the flipbook and learn how to make it at home using paper and a binder clip. Skywatching Tips from NASA and upcoming sky events

  • NASA at home – coloring pages, create a video game, NASA University (all audience ages from elementary to adult)
  • Virtual 3-D tours – explore the International Space Station, the Hubble Space Telescope mission operations center, Langley Research Center, and more.

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 Wednesday 7/22/2020, 2-day average: 23.5)47
Total Lorain County Cases1,433
Total Deaths, age ranges 30-39 • 1; 50-59 • 2; 60-69 • 8; 70-79 • 15, 80+ • 4470
Total Deaths in Long Term Care Settings (updated weekly, last 7/23/2020)38

Cuyahoga County

Cuyahoga County (excluding Cleveland)7,549
Cleveland Cases4,417
Total Cuyahoga County Cases11,966
Combined New Cases (since Wednesday 7/22/2020, 2-day average: 124)248
Total Cuyahoga County Deaths 425
Total Deaths in Long Term Care Settings (updated weekly, last 7/23/2020)205

State of Ohio

New Cases in the Last 24-hours 1,560
21 Day Average of New Cases1,261
Total Cases81,746
Age Range all Cases<1-109
Median Age of all Cases42
Total Hospitalizations (cumulative)10,072 or 12%
Total Hospitalizations last 24-hours104
21-Day Average of Hospitalizations 95
Median Age of all Hospitalized63
Total ICU Admissions (cumulative)2,419 or 3 %
Total ICU Admissions last 24 hours16
21-Day Average of ICU Admissions 18
Total Health Care Workers Diagnosed 9,476 12%
Total Tested in Ohio1,263,191
Total Deaths  3,297 or 4%
Median Age of Deaths 80
Deaths in Last 24 hours 41
21-Day Average of Deaths 19
Total Deaths in Long Term Care Settings (updated weekly, last 7/23/2020)1,868

July 22, 2020: Update to Residents

Calm, Proactive Preparedness

Three Most Common Symptoms of COVID-19

Read the latest based on a new study from the CDC:

What is already known about this topic? Information about COVID-19 symptoms, especially among non-hospitalized U.S. patients, is limited and not well characterized across the spectrum of illness severity.

What is added by this report? Fever, cough, or shortness of breath were commonly reported among a convenience sample of U.S. COVID-19 patients with symptom onset during January–April and a range of illness severity; gastrointestinal symptoms and other symptoms such as chills, myalgia, headache, and fatigue also were commonly reported.

What are the implications for public health practice? U.S. COVID-19 patients report a wide range of symptoms across a spectrum of illness severity; these findings can inform clinical case definitions or testing guidance to aid prompt recognition to slow the spread of COVID-19.

Life Enrichment from Kendal: Virtual Experiences Across Pennsylvania

Now may not be the time to travel, but these virtual tours of history, art, and nature will surely inspire your travel dreams. Here are just a few examples of virtual experiences you could take:

  • From steam locomotives to club-restaurant-sleep cars, you’ll be taken to a roaring time of industrial magic at the Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania
  • Operating as the only museum in Western PA with a specific focus on Chinese and Japanese art and culture, coupled with Meissen porcelain, the Maridon Museum is now including a virtual tour for art lovers to explore. 
  • Open Stage is offering a variety of online programs from Tony Kushner’s “Angels in America,” “Storytime Theatre with Benny the Surly Dragon,” and “Quarantine Radio Live” (think old-time radio show).
  • Missing the thrills of roller coasters? You can take a virtual ride on favorites like Thunderhawk, Talon, and Steel Force!

IGA Orders- New Dedicated Email for Placing Your Orders, effective 7/24 

Beginning Friday, July 24, please discontinue the use of scmessages@outlook.com and lbraido@oberliniga.com when placing orders for groceries. Instead, use igakendalorders@gmail.com and continue to use Kendaliga@kao.kendal.org for orders.

Then email KAOGroceries@gmail.com to confirm your grocery orders. Questions about IGA orders can also go to this email.

Lorenzo’s Monthly Pizza Order Coming Due

Just a reminder you have until Friday at 5pm to place a Lorenzo’s pizza order. The sign-ups are in the Lounge. Sign-ups will be from Wednesday, July 22, until 5pm on Friday, July 24. They will be delivered to your door the following week. We’ll announce on Monday what orders will be delivered on what days based on unit #’s.

Reminder: One-Act Plays by Kendal Residents Presented Friday

On July 24 at 1:30pm and again at 7:15pm there will be two one-act plays for you to watch on KOTV. I’m Herbert features Phil Pritchett and Sandi McClennen—this will be a memorial to Ray LeGrand–and The Defenseless Creature with Ed Wardwell and Priscilla Steinberg which was presented here just one year ago.

Appointments Still Available for Cats and Small Dogs

Appointments are still being taken for Kerry Trent who will be at the front entrance on Saturday, July 25, to trim cats’ and small dogs’ nails. Call Priscilla to schedule a time.

PS Salon Doing Well

If you are interested in being on a waiting list or “next available” appointment based on occasional openings or cancellations, email Michele Tarsitano who can get you in faster to the Salon if you can be flexible as to when! She is working on a system allowing you to add your name to a list to be called when such opportunities open up. New services are being added!

Quick Updates

  • Recorded Exercise Videos on WKAO (19) Friday: Chair.  Videos will run at 9:30am and 4:00pm.
  • Thursday – 4pm Zoom Exchange with Barbara – Invited Guests for Thursday are Sal Salarico, Director of Finance for the City of Oberlin, Janet Haar of Oberlin Business Partnership, and Liz Burgess, KaO Board President and owner of Ginko Gallery in Oberlin. Join Zoom Meeting: Meeting ID: 921 4392 7958    +13126266799,,92143927958# US (Chicago)

Reminder: Dementia-friendly Discussion Group

The Dementia-friendly Discussion Group will meet via ZOOM on Friday, July 24, at 10:30am. The Group offers a forum to discuss issues related to cognitive changes and how to create an environment at Kendal at Oberlin that supports the sense of well-being for all residents.

Join Zoom Meeting No Password is Required, Meeting ID: 923 7958 9200   Join by phone +1 301 715 8592 US

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 Monday, 7/20/2020, 2-day average: 18)36
Total Lorain County Cases1,386
Total Deaths, age ranges 30-39 • 1; 50-59 • 2; 60-69 • 8; 70-79 • 15, 80+ • 4470
Total Deaths in Long Term Care Settings (updated weekly, last 7/16/2020)36

Cuyahoga County

Cuyahoga County (excluding Cleveland)7,439
Cleveland Cases4,279
Total Cuyahoga County Cases11,718
Combined New Cases (since Monday, 7/20/2020, 2-day average: 147)294
Total Cuyahoga County Deaths 425
Total Deaths in Long Term Care Settings         Updated Weekly Last 7/16/2020188

State of Ohio (as of 2PM)

New Cases in the Last 24-Hours 1,527
21 Day Average of New Cases1,232
Total Cases78,742
Age Range all Cases<1-109
Median Age of all Cases43
Total Hospitalizations (cumulative)9,864 or 13%
Total Hospitalizations last 24 hrs128
21 Day Average of Hospitatlizations 93
Median Age of all Hospitalized63
Total ICU Admissions (cumulative)2,386 or 3 %
Total ICU Admissions last 24 hours19
21 Day Average of ICU Admissions 18
Total Health Care Workers Diagnosed 9,243 12%
Total Tested in Ohio1,217,262
Total Deaths  3,235 or 4%
Median Age of Deaths 80
Deaths in Last 24 hours 16
21 Day Average of Deaths 17
Total Deaths in Long Term Care Settings Updated Weekly Last 7/16/20201,777

July 20, 2020: Update to Residents

Calm, Proactive Preparedness

If Possible, Please Avoid the Heiser Community Center Tuesday

July 21, until 2pm – We ask that, if possible, residents should avoid entering the Heiser Community Center on Tuesday, July 21, until 2:00pm to accommodate all-staff testing for COVID-19 happening in the Heiser Auditorium. We are simply trying to decrease foot traffic during these hours. Thank you for understanding.

If you have an appointment in the Health and Wellness Clinic, please keep your appointment, and enter through the Heiser Community Center and proceed directly to the Health and Wellness Clinic while maintaining 6 feet of social distancing between you and others.

The Hobby, Craft and Woodshop rooms will remain accessible Tuesday morning via the Apartment Building along with the Green and Crossroad meeting rooms.

Newspaper Carriers may pick up newspapers on the walkway into Heiser without entering the building.

IGA Orders- New Dedicated Email for Placing Your Orders, effective 7/24

Please begin to use this new IGA email for your orders, starting on Friday, July 24. Up until now, Sherri and Leo have been using their personal email address. Anyone who has questions can contact Mary Van Nortwick.

Reminders about Picking up IGA and Walmart Orders

Please remember the Kendal transportation team are working very hard to bring us our orders from IGA and Walmart. In the past week, two residents have not shown up for their orders without having made any arrangements for picking up their orders. This requires a lot of extra work and time for the workers who must track these people down. Please be mindful of your order date and time so that you do not create extra work for an already overworked staff.

Lorenzo’s Monthly Pizza Party Next Week

It’s Time for Pizza! Fill out a coupon for each of up to 3 pizzas and/or salads. The sign-ups are in the Lounge. Sign-ups will be from Wednesday, July 22, until 5pm on Friday, July 24. They will be delivered to your door the following week.

Recorded One-Act Plays by Kendal Residents

On July 24 at 1:30pm and again at 7:15pm there will be two one-act plays for you to watch on KOTV. I’m Herbert features Phil Pritchett and Sandi McClennen — which will be a memorial to Ray LeGrand. The Defenseless Creature with Ed Wardwell and Priscilla Steinberg was presented here just one year ago. 

Pampering for Cats and Small Dogs

Kerry Trent will be at the front entrance on Saturday, July 25, to trim cats’ and small dogs’ nails. Call Priscilla to schedule a time. 

Wednesday Weekly Blood Pressure Checks

The weekly blood pressure clinic with our partners in care, Ohio Living, will be starting up again beginning next week. Services will be available from Jill Mull, the Ohio Living LPN, every Wednesday from 10:00am-12:00pm in the Ohio Living office across from the Health and Wellness Clinic. Masks are required to be worn at all times and social distancing is always required.

Messages for Georgia Newman

If you need to get a message to Georgia Newman, MD, please do so through Natasha Miller, Administrative Assistant in the Health and Wellness Clinic, at 440-775-9819, rather than calling Georgia’s Newman’s office in town. This streamlines communication and ensures appropriate follow-up.  Thank you.

Dementia-friendly Discussion Group

The Dementia-friendly Discussion Group will meet via ZOOM on Friday, July 24, at 10:30am. The Group offers a forum to discuss issues related to cognitive changes and how to create an environment at Kendal at Oberlin that supports the sense of well-being for all residents. Join Zoom Meeting – Meeting ID: 923 7958 9200.

Quick Updates

  • Recorded Exercise Videos on WKAO (19) Wednesday: Balance; Friday: Chair. Videos will run at 9:30am and 4:00pm.
  • Thursday – 4pm Zoom Exchange with Barbara – Confirmation in process for guests Janet Haar of Oberlin Business Partnership and Sal Talrico, Finance Director of the City of Oberlin. Join Zoom Meeting – Meeting ID: 921 4392 7958, +16465588656,,92143927958# US (New York)

Sounds of Lincoln Center*

“Here is a virtual performance dedicated to the brave and devoted health care workers and first responders who daily risk their lives during this pandemic—

Thank you from all of us at Lincoln Center.” Click here to view this week’s events and see below for highlights. Frontline Healthcare Worker Erika Chen Performs “Amazing Grace” at Lincoln Center. Available on demand.

 2 True Stories to Tickle your Funny Bone!*

A man comes into the ER and yells “My wife’s going to have her baby in the cab.”  
I grabbed my stuff, rushed out to the cab, lifted the lady’s dress and began to take off her underwear. Suddenly I noticed that there were several cabs–and I was in the wrong one.  
–Submitted by Dr. Mark MacDonald, San Francisco

During a patient’s two-week follow-up appointment with his cardiologist, he informed me, his doctor, that he was having trouble with one of his medications. “Which one?” I asked. “The patch…The nurse told me to put on a new one every six hours, and now I’m running out of places to put it! I had him quickly undress and discovered what I hoped I wouldn’t see.

Yes, the man had over 50 patches on his body! Now the instructions include removal of the old patch before applying a new one.
–Submitted by Dr. Rebecca St. Clair, Norfolk, VA

*Humorous stories and Lincoln Center links sent by Mim Hallock, former KaO resident and Founder who moved years ago to be with a cousin in a new retirement community in Columbus, Georgia. Mim turned 100 this past month and often reads our News Update on Kendal’s webpage. She often sends wonderful websites to check out.

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 Fri 7/17/20, 3 day average: 19.3 58
Total Lorain County Cases1,350
Total Deaths, age ranges 30-39 • 1; 50-59 • 2; 60-69 • 6; 70-79 • 15, 80+ • 4266
Total Deaths in Long Term Care Settings (updated weekly, as of 7/16/2020)36

Cuyahoga County

Cuyahoga County (excluding Cleveland)7,240
Cleveland Cases4,184
Total Cuyahoga County Cases11,424
Combined New Cases since Fri 7/17/20, 3 day average: 247741
Total Cuyahoga County Deaths 413
Total Deaths in Long Term Care Settings (updated weekly, as of 7/16/2020)188

State of Ohio (as of 2PM)

New Cases, in the last 24 hours 1,236
21 Day Average of New Cases1,196
Total Cases76,168
Age Range all Cases<1-109
Median Age of all Cases43
Total Hospitalizations (cumulative)9,610 or 13%
Total Hospitalizations last 24 hrs55
21 Day Average of Hospitalizations 89
Median Age of all Hospitalized63
Total ICU Admissions (cumulative)2,344 or 3 %
Total ICU Admissions last 24 hours29
21 Day Average of ICU Admissions 18
Total Health Care Workers Diagnosed 8,988 or 12%
Total Tested in Ohio1,177,696
Total Deaths  3,189 or 4%
Median Age of Deaths 80
Deaths in Last 24 hours 15
21 Day Average of Deaths 18
Total Deaths in Long Term Care Settings (updated weekly, as of 7/16/2020)1,777

Contact Information


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