Community Updates Week of 7/5/2021

Calm, Proactive Preparedness

July 6, 2021: Update to Residents

Reminder on Frequency of Community Bulletins and Exchange Meeting Schedule

Today we start a weekly bulletin that will go out on Tuesday of each week and our Exchange meetings will also be a little less frequent. We had an Exchange meeting on July 1, and we will have two more on July 8 and July 29. Starting in August, we will move to two monthly Afternoon Exchange meetings, August 12 and August 19, and one morning coffee hour on August 5 at 9:30am, in person. Location of Coffee Hour is to be determined. Exchange meetings will be held in the Auditorium but may also be viewed on KOTV.

Stay Safe

From the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

As we travel, go out to see friends and family and attend other gatherings, it is important that we remain not only COVID safe, but safe from other viruses as well. It is easy for all of us to drop our guard a little bit with everything opening up. Please remember these good health habits:

Wash your Hands Often

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
  • It’s especially important to wash:
    • Before eating or preparing food
    • Before touching your face
    • After using the restroom
    • After leaving a public place
    • After blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing
    • After handling your mask
    • After changing a diaper
    • After caring for someone sick
    • After touching animals or pets
  • If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.

Wear a Mask

  • In general, you do not need to wear a mask in outdoor settings.
    • In areas with high numbers of COVID-19 cases, consider wearing a mask in crowded outdoor settings and for activities with close contact with others who are not fully vaccinated.
  • If you are fully vaccinated and have a condition or are taking medications that weaken your immune system, you may need to keep taking steps to protect yourself, like wearing a mask. Talk to your healthcare provider about steps you can take to manage your health and risks.

Stay 6 feet Away from Others

  • Remember that some people without symptoms may be able to spread virus.

Clean and Disinfect

  • Clean high touch surfaces daily. This includes tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, and sinks.

Monitor Your Health Daily

  • Be alert for symptoms. Watch for fever, cough, shortness of breath, or other symptoms of COVID-19. Stay home if you are not feeling well.

Tick Prevention

Ticks are active again. If you find yourself with a tick and need help, please see Chrystn Petsas, our Nurse Practitioner in the Health and Wellness Clinic. Here is prevention advice from the CDC on ticks.

Tick exposure can occur year-round, but ticks are most active during warmer months (April-September).

Before You Go Outdoors

  • Know where to expect ticks. Ticks live in grassy, brushy, or wooded areas, or even on animals. Spending time outside walking your dog, camping, gardening, or hunting could bring you in close contact with ticks. Many people get ticks in their own yard or neighborhood.
  • Put on a long-sleeved shirt, long pants, and closed-toed shoes, and tuck your pants into your socks. Apply insect repellent to all your exposed skin. 
  • Treat clothing and gear with products containing 0.5% permethrin. Permethrin can be used to treat boots, clothing and camping gear and remain protective through several washings. Alternatively, you can buy permethrin-treated clothing and gear.
  • Use Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) registered insect repellents.
  • Avoid Contact with Ticks
    • Avoid wooded and brushy areas with high grass and leaf litter.
    • Walk in the center of trails.

After You Come Indoors

Check your clothing for ticks. Ticks may be carried into the house on clothing. Any ticks that are found should be removed. Tumble dry clothes in a dryer on high heat for 10 minutes to kill ticks on dry clothing after you come indoors. If the clothes are damp, additional time may be needed. If the clothes require washing first, hot water is recommended. Cold and medium temperature water will not kill ticks.

Examine gear and pets. Ticks can ride into the home on clothing and pets, then attach to a person later, so carefully examine pets, coats, and daypacks.

Shower soon after being outdoors. Showering within two hours of coming indoors has been shown to reduce your risk of getting Lyme disease and may be effective in reducing the risk of other tickborne diseases. Showering may help wash off unattached ticks and it is a good opportunity to do a tick check.

Check your body for ticks after being outdoors. Conduct a full body check upon return from potentially tick-infested areas, including your own backyard. Use a hand-held or full-length mirror to view all parts of your body. Check these parts of your body:

  • Under the arms
  • In and around the ears
  • Inside belly button
  • Back of the knees
  • In and around the hair
  • Between the legs
  • Around the waist

Other Tick Resources are found at

KORA Meets Thursday, July 15 at 10:00 a.m. in the Auditorium and on KOTV.

You can meet in person in the auditorium or just turn on KOTV and catch the monthly KORA meeting. Zoom will be used only for the board member (Andria Derstine) who will be attending remotely to see KORA in action.

Thursday, July 8, Afternoon Exchange by Zoom and KOTV       

 Join Zoom Exchange meeting- Meeting ID: 921 4392 7958 One tap mobile +13126266799,,92143927958# US (Chicago)

Thank You for Survey Submissions to the Strategic Planning Committee

We received another couple of dozen handwritten submissions. At this point, we’d like to pause to give our report writers a chance to absorb and organize the information for planning purposes. THANK YOU ALL. The information will be coming back with an update soon – likely at one of our next Exchange meetings – with the assistance of Gary Olin or other members who are able to be with us.

Resident Handbook?

Much work went into making our resident handbook available electronically. It is on KORA’s website for anyone to use and is updated as necessary. Just the same, our Marketing and Admissions Department gives a hard copy to residents when they move in. If you, by chance, have been concerned you did not know we had a resident handbook, or do not recall receiving one, please be in touch with Jodee Palmer in the Marketing Office.

Where Can Outside Public Meeting Guests Meet with Kendal Residents?

Although public meeting guests (those from outside of Kendal) are not permitted in our Heiser Community Center, Crossroads, or Green Room meeting rooms, they are permitted to meet with Kendal groups in the Education Center Conference Room or Education Center Training Room when properly reserved. We continue to advise all residents and staff when in a meeting with outside guests to wear a mask. If vaccination status is shared and everyone is vaccinated, masks are not required, and we ask everyone to use your best judgement.

Bulletin on Updated COVID-Related Practices

While 3.5 pages contained a lot of information, your excellent questions, since the bulletin came out, continue to inform us where there is uncertainty. We are in this journey together and appreciate your questions! Do look at the updated, V.12 (July 2) Frequently Asked Questions document now on the KORA website. It is abbreviated (now 14 pages) and is largely practical advice using all the benefits of 15 months of caution and learning to live with the risk of COVID. Thank you to Nancy Lombardi for this latest update.

Misc. Points to share, based questions that have been raised:

  • We have not limited the size of gatherings in your home, or even in an alcove in the apartment. Guests are welcome in your homes but should not be gathering in our apartment corridors. Please keep those visits to the outdoors or in your home.
  • We have not put any restrictions on sharing food among friends where you gather.
  • While resident guests do not need a pass to enter Kendal, off-campus visitors to our Stephens Care Center (by appointment) do use a pass and screening that is different, based on licensing requirements.
  • Our Early Learning Center is under the rules the State of Ohio. The teachers, seen around Heiser, DO have to remain masked based on their licensing requirements. Don’t conclude or inquire about vaccination status, please.
  • While we can celebrate the removal of masks for Heiser, always CARRY a mask with you should you be faced with a circumstance with others where masks are in use.

There was much to Celebrate on July 4 2021. Thanks to all who contributed to the 2-days of events!

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 Rate525 or 91.5%
Total Kendal Residents Vaccinated 344 or 100%
Total Kendal Staff Vaccinated (this number will go up with staff getting vaccinated and hiring, it will go down with staff attrition)181 or 78.7%

Lorain County (as of 7/6/2021)

New Cases (since Friday, July 2, 2021 – 4 day average: 1.5  per day)6
Total Lorain County Cases  20,174
Total in Zip Code 44074 (+0 since Friday, July 2, 2021)552
Current Lorain County Positivity Rate0.8%
Total Deaths, age ranges 20-29 • 1; 30-39 • 3; 40-49 • 7; 50-59 • 21; 60-69 • 71; 70-79 • 138; 80+ • 212453
Total Deaths in Long Term Care Settings (updated weekly, last 6/30/2021, +1)236
Lorain County Vaccinations Started 160,648 or 51.9% of population

Cuyahoga County (as of 7/6/2021)

Cuyahoga County (excluding Cleveland)          81,958
Cleveland Cases 33,565
Total Cuyahoga County Cases115,523
New Cases (since Friday, July 6, 2021)            14
Total Cuyahoga County Deaths 2,386
Total Deaths in Long Term Care Settings (updated weekly, last 6/30/2021)849

State of Ohio (as posted on 7/6/2021)

New Cases in the Last 24-hours  190
21-day Average of New Cases246
Total Cases 1,112,689
Age Range all Cases<1-111
Median Age of all Cases41
Total Hospitalizations (cumulative)60,772 or 5%
Total Hospitalizations Last 24-hours38
21-day Average of Hospitalizations 38
Median Age of all Hospitalized66
Total ICU Admissions (cumulative)8,337 or 1% 
Total ICU Admissions last 24-hours 4
21-day Average of ICU Admissions 5
Total Health Care Workers Diagnosed 64,813 or 6%
Total Tested in Ohio13,718,313
Total Ohio Resident Deaths20,344
Median Age of Deaths 80
Ohio Resident Deaths in Last 24-hours0
21-day Average of Deaths11
Total Deaths in Ohio Long Term Care Settings (updated weekly, last 6/30/2021 – ODH adjusted this number) 7,593
Statewide Vaccinations Started5,598,761 or 47.9% of population

Contact Information

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