Community Updates Week of 7/26/2021

Calm, Proactive Preparedness

July 27, 2021: Update to Residents

Things are Changing at the Front Entrance NOW:

With our front entrance staff team moving to new opportunities, we have had to reorganize when and how we can check-in vendors and other business related visitors.  We will be staffed at the entrance from 7-3:30, weekdays, which is when we have the largest number of people checking in. When the welcome center is not staffed, signage will direct vendors and business related visitors to our kiosk for screening at the entrance used by staff near the ambulance entrance (back Heiser entrance). IL Resident visitors will no longer be screened and can drive in on the same side as staff and residents.

Outside visitors to our Stephens Care Center are still screened by SCC staff, based on their appointments, as they enter the SCC. IL residents frequently visiting SCC residents are being taught to self-screen using the kiosk.

New Case at Kendal at Oberlin

For the first time since January, a Kendal at Oberlin staff person has tested positive for COVID-19.  The staff member holds a support position with very brief or no resident contact.  This staff member is not part of the Stephens Care Center staffing.  Contact tracing has been completed and there is no evidence of any virus spread.  The staff member is currently on a required 14-day quarantine.   This was an unvaccinated staff member, and as such, this staff member was wearing the required Personal Protective Equipment, protecting fellow co-workers.

Ohio Reports 495 New COVID-19 Cases Sunday

Chronicle-Telegram, July 26, 2021

The Ohio Department of Health reported 495 new COVID-19 cases Sunday – 424 of which have been confirmed with a positive result on a PCR test. This daily case update brings Ohio to 1,122,104 total cumulative coronavirus cases since the virus first started spreading last year. Lorain County, specifically, has had a cumulative total of 25,975 cases…

The state continues inching closer to half of all Ohioans having received at least one COVID-19 vaccine dose. As of Sunday, 5.71 million Ohioans (48.88 percent of the state population) had taken at least one dose, while 5.34 million (45.73 percent of the state population) had completed their vaccination with all recommended doses.  More than half of Lorain County residents have been at least partially vaccinated for more than a month, and 163,668 (52.82 percent of the county population) had received at least one dose as of Sunday. Of that group, 154,162 (49.76 percent of the county population) had completed their vaccination.

Local residents interested in getting a COVID-19 shot can get more information online at or over the phone by calling 211. The next clinic sponsored by Lorain County Public Health is from 2-6 p.m., on Tuesdays, at its headquarters, 9880 S. Murray Ridge Road, Elyria. Numerous partner organizations also continue offering the vaccine.

What You Need to Know About the Highly Contagious Delta Variant

The Washington Post, free to all

The highly transmissible coronavirus variant called Delta is now the dominant strain in the United States, and continues to gain steam.  Modeling shows the variant now accounts for 83.2 percent of all new infections in this country, according to the most recent data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  CDC Director Rochelle Walensky said during a White House news briefing Thursday that Delta is “more aggressive and much more transmissible” than previous strains and is “one of the most infectious respiratory viruses we know of and that I have seen in my 20-year career.”

“We are at yet another pivotal moment in this pandemic, with cases rising again and some hospitals reaching their capacity in some areas. We need to come together as one nation, unified in our resolve to protect the health of ourselves, our children, our community, our country and our future with the tools we have available,” she said.

The good news, Walensky has said, is that all three coronavirus vaccines authorized in the United States offer strong protection against severe disease and death from COVID-19. Preliminary data from several states over the past several months suggests that 99.5 percent of COVID-19 related deaths occurred among unvaccinated people, she said.

Read more: 

Vaccine Breakthrough Cases Rising with Delta: Here’s What That Means

Shared by Don Parker

Here’s a Medscape report on the rising number of breakthrough cases related to the Delta variant.  It includes some sobering statistics.  Looks like caution is going to be the watchword going forward.

Recent Article: “Should Vaccinated People Start Wearing Masks Again?”  (NYT) 

Should Vaccinated People Start Wearing Masks Again?    Good advice in this article (thanks Joe Colucci). No doubt residents are not hesitating to pull up their masks as they go about leaving Kendal for shopping, and other errands.

Good advice in this article (thanks Joe Colucci). No doubt residents are not hesitating to pull up their masks as they go about leaving Kendal for shopping, and other errands.

Afternoon Exchange Is Thursday, 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. Other miscellaneous topics will be covered.

Dining Notices

Challenges and Next Steps (repeated from last week’s bulletin)

Most importantly, the Dining Team would like to thank so many of the residents for their patience and support as we work through our “New Normal”.  This is plenty of change for all of us!  Please keep the comments, questions and suggestions coming, we are working to improve your experience every day.

Two challenges that have our focus now are the wait time for meals and the wait time for the receipts at the end of the meal.  We are helping to address the meal wait times by the dedicated carry-out pick-up times (see below). However, both of these problems have multiple causes and we have changed the ordering process to take your entire order at one time. Your final receipt is available from the hostess. This has been especially challenging when your orders are taken in stages and a receipt has been printing each time.

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 July 22, there is a dedicated time slot for carry-out during dinner: 4:45pm-5:15pm. This time slot includes an early opening for carry-out only, as well as priority service for carry-out 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.   Lunch carry-out is ok anytime.

Timing of Meal Credits Applied to Your Account

There were quite a few calls to the Finance Department this week asking about missing credits on the monthly bill. In the most recent FAQs for Dining (distributed July 7), there was a change in the timing.  This is what was explained in the FAQ:

When will the meal credits be applied to my account?

The meal credits will be applied at the end of each meal cycle for billing purposes.  This will allow the timing of the meal credits to be applied within the same period the meal plan was used. For example, if you opted out from the meal plan on July 19th, the meal credit will be applied when the August 25th statements are produced.  This will support greater transparency of how meal credits relate to actual dining usage within the cycle.

Campus Work Continues

Parking Lot # 7 Garage Project

Miller Excavating returned today to continue the grading work.  They are expected to finish all grading work this coming week. The asphalt paving is planned for Monday, August 2nd.  Windows and doors will be installed this week followed by the finished siding. The only delay with this project is the delivery of garage overhead doors. Date is not yet determined.  

While this structure impedes some resident views, work is underway on a landscape design for the area immediately behind the south garage structure.  Facility Services is coordinating an onsite meeting on Wednesday, at 2pm, for discussion with impacted residents.  Jody McCue, landscape architect, and Cody Cooper of YellowLite Solar Systems will join us for this discussion.

Future Garage Project

Discussions are underway regarding selection of the next garage project for 2022. Taken into account are waiting lists and site conditions, to determine feasibility.

Extensive Paving Repairs for 2021

Griffith Paving is expecting to begin on the campus paving plan the week of August 16. It will take about two weeks for all the work to be completed. There is a focused plan that Facility Services will share for the day-by-day implementation. Included in the work are repairs on many walkways (Serpentine walk; Fox and Fell; Education Center; emergency exit for Health & Wellness Clinic; walkway at SCC; Fire Road repairs; maintenance garage parking; walkway at employee lot; and walkway at loading dock.

Parking Lot Repairs: Lot 12, 414 sq. ft.; Lot 12A, 272 sq. ft.; Lot 10, 925 sq. ft; Lot 8, 204 sq. ft.; Lot 1, 212 sq. ft.; Lot 2, 810 sq. ft; and Lot 11 sealcoat / sealer.

Pilot Lighting Project

Kendal is working toward installation of the wireless lighting control system, as a preliminary step, before ordering lamp posts and bollards. 

Cottage 52

This unit is proceeding nicely with renovations.  The exterior addition was fully framed in last week.  The exterior window and transom package was installed.  The next phase of this project is interior mechanical work.

Update from Grounds

Our compromised team is actively working on keeping up with the weekly mowing and weed control in common landscape areas. They are almost finished with power washing the front of cottages, but the homes near lots 5,6,7,14, and 15 are to be completed this week. Morton’s Landscaping is helping us with mulching common area landscape beds, including the new landscaping at lot 4 & 5 this week.

Oberlin Community Mural Project

Tanya Rosen-Jones wanted Kendal to have an update on this
“We Are Oberlin” project. The painting is now getting underway (on the back of the Oberlin Bookstore). The community paint day is Saturday, Aug. 14, 10-3 pm. Mural artists will be on hand to help volunteers.

Oberlin Kids

Kendal at Oberlin is the fiscal agent for “OberlinKids” a program powered by United Way of Greater Lorain County.  OberlinKids has provided exceptional help to families during the pandemic. Jeni Hoover continues to contribute to the leadership of this group and alerted us to a challenge this week called “On Ten Challenge” seeking a $10 donation.  Just follow this link if you want to help. Join our challenge team – click here to donate  (this is a live link).

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 Total33
Kendal at Oberlin Total34
***In Quarantine, COVID Positive1
Kendal at Oberlin Vaccination Overall Rate527 of 569, or 92.6%
Total Kendal Residents Vaccinated 343 of 343 or 100%
Total Kendal Staff Vaccinated (this number will go up with staff getting vaccinated and hiring, it will go down with staff attrition)184 of 226, or 81.4%

Lorain County (as of 7/26/2021)

New Cases (since Monday, July 19, 2021 – 7 day average: 15 per day)105
Total Lorain County Cases  20,344
Total in Zip Code 44074 (+2 since Tuesday, July 6, 2021)566
Current Lorain County Positivity Rate1.5%
Total Deaths, age ranges 20-29 • 1; 30-39 • 3; 40-49 • 7; 50-59 • 22; 60-69 • 71; 70-79 • 138; 80+ • 212455
Total Deaths in Long Term Care Settings (updated weekly, last 7/14/2021, +1)238
Lorain County Vaccinations Started 163,820 or 52.9% of population

Cuyahoga County (as of 7/26/2021)

Cuyahoga County (excluding Cleveland)          82,669
Cleveland Cases 33,850
Total Cuyahoga County Cases116,519
New Cases (since Monday, July 19, 2021)            473
Total Cuyahoga County Deaths 2,417
Total Deaths in Long Term Care Settings (updated weekly, last 7/14/2021)856

State of Ohio (as posted on 7/26/2021)

New Cases in the Last 24-hours  543
21-day Average of New Cases483
Total Cases 1,122,647
Age Range all Cases<1-111
Median Age of all Cases41
Total Hospitalizations (cumulative)61, 546 or 5%
Total Hospitalizations Last 24-hours59
21-day Average of Hospitalizations 39
Median Age of all Hospitalized66
Total ICU Admissions (cumulative)8,435 or 1% 
Total ICU Admissions last 24-hours 8
21-day Average of ICU Admissions 5
Total Health Care Workers Diagnosed 65,702 or 6%
Total Tested in Ohio13,999,017
Total Ohio Resident Deaths20,467
Median Age of Deaths 79
Ohio Resident Deaths in Last 24-hours0
21-day Average of Deaths6
Total Deaths in Ohio Long Term Care Settings (updated weekly, last 7/14/2021 – ODH adjusted this number) 7,633
Statewide Vaccinations Started5,717753 or 48.9% of population

Contact Information

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