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Community Updates Week of 7/6/2020

July 10, 2020: Update to Residents

Calm, Proactive Preparedness

Stay Hydrated!

Please take time in this intense heat to stay hydrated. We have had some falls incidents here in the past few days where not drinking enough water was a factor.

Make sure to take water with you whenever you leave your home, especially when walking, bicycle riding, playing bocce or croquet, visiting others from a safe distance, and other outside activities.

When it’s hot, as it has been this past week, please stay inside where it is comfortable and plan outside walks or activities in the early morning or evening hours when it’s cooler. Do not stay outside for long in the hot sun. Pace yourself if you are gardening, exercising, or engaging in light sports. Avoid strenuous activities and take a hydration break every few minutes–pause and take several sips of water. You can make a nice combination of up to 50-50 water mixed with some fruit juice if plain water does not satisfy you. Additionally, seek some shelter from the sun every 15-20 minutes.  

If you are alone outside you may remove your face mask, but have it available to put on when you get close to others.

Remember: As we age, we do not always get thirsty like we did when we were younger, but the need to hydrate is still there and just as important. This is further impacted by chronic conditions with which some are living and by medications that could reduce thirst or even act as a diuretic.

Take time to stay safe and cool. Keep sipping water throughout the day and stay hydrated! 

Bikes, Pedestrians, Cars Safety Alert

These summer days have beckoned more resident walkers and bike riders to use our community roadways. When our campus was totally closed, very few vehicles were driving around except for staff members who confined their vehicles to the south staff parking lot and residents pedestrians took to the roadways instead of on the perimeter path to socially distance horizontally instead of vertically on the perimeter path. This needs to change.

Pedestrians in the roadways: Please yield to vehicles and walk for safety on the perimeter path. Pedestrians have the right of way on sidewalks, pathways, and crosswalks.

Bike riders: Please ride on the right side of the roadway (not the middle) and be alert to vehicles moving into and out of parking spots if you cut through parking lots or around Heiser Circle as more cars are coming and going here.

Drivers: Respect the speed limit of 20mph and remain alert for the sake of pedestrians and bike riders at all times when operating your vehicle on Kendal’s campus roadways and in parking lots. Safely yield a minimum space of 3 feet when passing a bike rider on the road.

from your risk manager, Toni Merleno 

New Contact Information Begins Sunday, July 12, for IGA, Walmart & Newspaper Deliveries

ALERT: New Contact Information for Deliveries of IGA / Walmart Groceries and Newspapers: Starting this Sunday (July 12), Mary Van Nortwick will be substituting for Donna Baznik, due to Donna’s impending surgery.

Please direct ALL messages related to these deliveries to Mary Van Nortwick using these NEW email addresses:

Priscilla Steinberg will continue to coordinate the IGA orderingcalling each resident on their designated ordering day. Stephanie Sutton will continue to be the contact for all Kendal Kitchen Grocery Orders.

Courtyard Garden Transformation

David Benzing continues to bring new color and planning to the Courtyard Garden. Watch for a couple of days later in July where the cottage and apartment residents may tour for a couple of hours each day. This is one of just two outdoor spots allowed by our Stephens Care Center residents so we don’t want to exclude their access… but just for an occasional peek-in by others.

Johnny Comes Calling Again

Next week we will begin a two-week rotation of beverage delivery by Johnny’s. You may place orders with Terry or his staff (440-775-8215) on Monday and Tuesday mornings. Delivery will now be on Thursday at 10am in front of Heiser. We are attempting to reduce the volume brought at one time instead of once a month to assure this can be done safely.

Saturday Menu Change

Please be aware! The fingerling potatoes for Saturday’s menu were not delivered on the truck and we will be replacing them with baked potatoes. Our apologies for any inconvenience this may cause.

Scenic Bus Tours for Non-Drivers

We will offer a short bus ride to Lake Erie on Thursday and Friday (7/16, 7/17) for residents who do not have a car to “get out”. We can fit up to 5 passengers and still be safely physically spaced. Look to sign-up this coming week in Heiser. Thank you to our drivers who squeeze in these special requests.

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 in the last 24 hours25
Total Lorain County Cases1,104
Total Deaths, age ranges 30-39 • 1; 50-59 • 2; 60-69 • 6; 70-79 • 14, 80+ • 4164
Total Deaths in Long Term Care Settings (as of Wednesday July 8th, unchanged this week)36

Cuyahoga County

Cuyahoga County (excluding Cleveland)5,762
Cleveland Cases3,433
Total Cuyahoga County Cases9,195
Combined New Cases in last 24 hours101
Total Cuyahoga County Deaths 399
Total Deaths in Long Term Care Settings (as of Wednesday July 8th)175

State of Ohio (as of 2PM)

New Cases in the Last 24-Hours 1,525
21 Day Average of New Cases911
Total Cases62,856
Age Range all Cases<1-109
Median Age of all Cases44
Total Hospitalizations (cumulative)8,701 or 14%
Total Hospitalizations last 24 hrs111
21 Day Average of Hospitalizations 73
Median Age of all Hospitalized64
Total ICU Admissions (cumulative)2,161or 3 %
Total ICU Admissions last 24 hours14
21 Day Average of ICU Admissions 16
Total Health Care Workers Diagnosed 8,051 13%
Total Tested in Ohio955,697
Total Deaths  3,032 or 5%
Median Age of Deaths 80
Deaths in Last 24 hours 24
21 Day Average of Deaths 17
Total Deaths in Long Term Care Settings (as of Wednesday, July 8th)1,732

July 9, 2020: Update to Residents

Calm, Proactive Preparedness

Lorain County updated to a Level 3 Pandemic Emergency

The Ohio Public Health Advisory System was updated today. Ohio still has zero counties listed as Level 4/Purple, the highest level of public health emergency.

Lorain County has been moved from a Level 2/Orange to a Level 3/Red Pandemic Emergency, indicating a very high exposure and spread. Lorain County residents are encouraged to limit activities as much as possible. Those individuals out in public in Level 3 and 4 designated counties must wear a mask when indoors with non-home or bubble mates or near others outside, while maintaining 6 feet of social distancing. Lorain County Specific Data:

Current Ohio counties listed as Level 3/Red

  • Butler (on watch for Level 4/purple)
  • Clermont
  • Cuyahoga (on watch for Level 4/purple)
  • Fairfield
  • Franklin (removed from watch for Level 4/purple)
  • Hamilton (on watch for Level 4/purple)
  • Lorain
  • Montgomery
  • Pickaway
  • Summit
  • Trumbull
  • Wood

Huron County was downgraded from Level 3/Red to Level 2/Orange.

All staff members and residents are expected to be extra cautious when out in public to protect themselves and our Kendal at Oberlin community. Staff members are urged to limit activities as much as possible to protect themselves, their families and Kendal at Oberlin.

Zoom with Sean Kelly on FRIDAY at 11:00 a.m.

Residents have been invited to jump on the weekly Coffee Hour hosted by Kendal at Home. “Values at Work During Changing Times,” with Sean Kelly, CEO of The Kendal Corporation. Register HERE.

“The Apple Tree” – Saturday, July 11, at 8:00 p.m. 

(a celebration of renewal and poor housekeeping) will be performed by acclaimed actress Michèle LaRue on YouTube or Zoom on Saturday July 11, 8:00pm. Writing in the late 1800s to early 1900s, author Mary E. Wilkins Freeman’s favorite theme was revolt against the tedium and drudgery of farm life during the last century, opposition to the iron-clad rule of the male elders and rebellion against the hard lot of the factory workers in the small New England towns.

WATCH ON EITHER YOU TUBE OR ZOOM.

Visitors coming to Kendal

Will be given a single sheet of paper with reminders while on campus, such as you see below.

Kendal at Oberlin protocols

for visiting Independent Living residents

WELCOME spelled out

We are so glad you can visit your loved one. Please adhere to the following rules in order to keep everyone safe:

  • Masks must be worn at all times
  • Do not enter the Heiser Community building unless accessing the approved restrooms, located inside the east door by the Fox and Fell
  • Maintain social distancing of at least 6 feet (sorry, no hugs)
  • Visits are limited to 2 hours at resident homes and 90 minutes at the covered locations
  • Limit of 6 persons – 5 visitors + resident or 4 visitors + resident couple
  • No sharing of food or drink

If an issue arises, please call 440-775-0094

Today’s Statistics

Kendal at Oberlin (KaO)

Independent Living Resident Cases
Stephens Care Center (SCC) Resident Cases   0
     Residential Care Facility  0
     Skilled Nursing Facility  0
KaO Residents Total 0
   KaO SCC Staff Cases  0
   KaO Other Staff Cases
KaO Staff Total 1
Kendal at Oberlin Total 1

Lorain County (as of 2PM)

New Cases in the Last 24 hours 8
Total Lorain County Cases 1,079
Total Deaths, age ranges 30-39 • 1; 50-59 • 2; 60-69 • 6; 70-79 • 14, 80+ • 41 64
Total Deaths in Long Term Care Settings (as of Wednesday, July 8th, unchanged this week) 36

Cuyahoga County

Cuyahoga County (excluding Cleveland) 5,762
Cleveland Cases 3,333
Total Cuyahoga County Cases 9,095
Combined New Cases in Last 24-hours 236
Total Cuyahoga County Deaths 387
Total Deaths in Long Term Care Settings (as of Wednesday, July 8th) 175

State of Ohio (as of 2PM)

NOTE: Only the statistics in Bold text were updated yesterday.

New Cases in the Last 24 hours 1,150
21 Day Average of New Cases 846
Total Cases 61,331
Age Range all Cases <1-109
Median Age of all Cases 45
Total Hospitalizations (cumulative) 8,489 or 14%
Total Hospitalizations last 24 hours 106
21 Day Average of Hospitalizations 68
Median Age of all Hospitalized 64
Total ICU Admissions (cumulative) 2,127 or 4 %
Total ICU Admissions last 24 hours 26
21 Day Average of ICU Admissions 16
Total Health Care Workers Diagnosed 7,799 13%
Total Tested in Ohio 911,905
Total Deaths 2,991 or 5%
Median Age of Deaths 80
Deaths in Last 24 hours 21
21 Day Average of Deaths 18
Total Deaths in Long Term Care Settings (updated on Wednesday, July 8th) 1,732

July 8, 2020: Update to Residents

Calm, Proactive Preparedness

Time to submit your menu selections for next week!

On Monday you should have received your new weekly menu order form either electronically or on paper. The choices you make this week are for next week’s menu. If you have an email address on file, you would have received it electronically; just click on the embedded link and complete your order. Otherwise, you received a paper menu. On either form, the weekly menu is divided into days and each day is divided into categories. The number of selections you can make in each category is listed on the form. You should complete your choices for the entire week. If you wish to Opt-Out, the link to that option is there also. When you are finished with your electronic form, click on submit. If you are using the paper form, the collection box is on the table next to the grocery order box.

All the nutritional information for the menu is available to you in the usual place at kaores.net.

All completed menus need to be returned by Noon on Thursday each week. We are happy to answer any questions. Please contact Stephanie Sutton at 775-9805.

Visitors to Kendal

Please note that no visitors are to be in Heiser at any time. The one exception is visitors to the Apartment Building near the croquet/bocce court where the doors to Heiser bathrooms are accessible. No movement into Heiser beyond the bathrooms is permitted.

Tented Areas for Visits – There are chairs set up for visitors at the tented areas. Please do not use those chairs when they are occupied by a resident’s visitor(s). It is important that we be able to trace interactions so additional persons dropping in is not acceptable. In the meantime we are hearing wonderful stories on the visits taking place from both residents and families. Love makes the world go round!

Please list your visitor’s county when signing up for a visit on Sign-Up Genius.

Due to reported outbreaks, visitors to Kendal at Oberlin are currently restricted from: 

  • Ohio Counties: No Ohio counties are listed at Level 4 as of July 8, no counties are restricted. Extra caution will be exercised if visitors are from Butler, Cuyahoga, Franklin, Hamilton, Huron, Montgomery, and Trumbull counties. (Tool: Ohio Department of Health, County Measures)
  • Other States: If you plan to have visitors from outside Ohio, please request approval in advance from Barbara Thomas or Stacy Terrell so we can be assured their state of origin is not a HOT SPOT. No visitors will be permitted from the TOP level, a HOT SPOT. (Tool: Harvard Global Health Institute .

National Guard Testing of Kendal at Oberlin Staff on July 21

The Ohio National Guard will be on campus Tuesday, July 21. The State of Ohio recognizes Nursing Home residents are among the most vulnerable population for COVID-19 and comprise a high percentage of COVID-19 deaths in Ohio (and Lorain County). To protect these residents and the staff who take care of them, the presence of COVID-19 in nursing home facilities must be identified so that measures can be put into place to isolate the virus and contain its spread. The State of Ohio has mandated all Nursing Home staff members and clinically indicated Nursing Home residents to be tested throughout the entire state (about 960 nursing homes). The National Guard has been deployed to accomplish this task.

Illustration - COVID nasal swab

The tests being conducted by the Ohio National Guard in all Ohio Nursing Homes takes an anterior nares specimen, using a swab inserted about ½ inch inside the nostril. To assure staff that might be concerned: It is not the invasive method that takes a sample from the far back part of the nasal cavity. We are assured that this sanctioned method by the Ohio Department of Health is sensitive to the virus. This test will be mandatory for all Kendal staff.

Statewide Health Emergency Continues

Governor Mike DeWine’s Statewide Health Emergency has been continued by order signed yesterday. This order specifically states that “Elderly people and those who are vulnerable as a result of illness should take additional precautions” and are “urged to stay in their residences to the extent possible.” This is not a new statement and has fit with our “shelter in place” at Kendal. However, it is a reminder to us of the caution we need to practice, especially when off Kendal campus picking up curbside groceries or curbside meals as well as bike passes and others. Continue to assume that everyone you see is a potential carrier of COVID-19.

Staff Phone Calls to Cottage and Apartment Residents

When Kendal went into a shelter-in-place mode in March, staff were keenly aware of the challenges both logistically and emotionally this would bring. You began to receive regular calls from a staff member as a check-in. Over the weeks and months, together we worked to define what could be enhanced and implemented at lower risk to the community. Gathering outdoors apart with a neighbor, the option to bubble with a second household, and now, visiting outdoors with family and friends (6 or less people) began to reshape our campus and our COVID times identity.

We have made progress as a community with more improvements to come. One area is the staff calls. We would like to hear how you value these calls. We ask you to consider one of three scenarios or share one that would better suit your needs. Would you prefer:

  • I appreciate the weekly calls, please continue.
  • The calls are helpful but a monthly check-in call is sufficient.
  • I am fine with not having a staff call, but I will reach out to the Health and Wellness Clinic or Social Services when I do feel the need.

Please contact Julie Carpenter at 775-9819 so she can update your choices. Your wellbeing is important to us as we continue to live safely and learn more about the spread, effects, and longer-term treatment of Coronavirus. We are also exploring other possibilities.

Yours in health,

  • Julie Carpenter, RN Manager Health and Wellness Clinic
  • Kim Peters and Kim Preston, Social Services

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 in the Last 24-hours9
Total Lorain County Cases1,071
Total Deaths, age ranges 30-39 • 1; 50-59 • 2; 60-69 • 6; 70-79 • 14, 80+ • 4164
Total Deaths in Long Term Care Settings *(data not available for update today)36*

Cuyahoga County

Cuyahoga County (excluding Cleveland)5,628
Cleveland Cases3,231
Total Cuyahoga County Cases8,859
Combined New Cases in Last 24-hours95
Total Cuyahoga County Deaths 387
Total Deaths in Long Term Care Settings *(data not available for update today)163*

State of Ohio (as of 2PM)

New Cases in the Last 24-Hours 1,277
21 Day Average of New Cases846
Total Cases60,181
Age Range all Cases<1-109
Median Age of all Cases45
Total Hospitalizations (cumulative)8,489 or 14%
Total Hospitalizations last 24 hrs106
21 Day Average of Hospitatlizations 68
Median Age of all Hospitalized64
Total ICU Admissions (cumulative)2,127 or 4 %
Total ICU Admissions last 24 hours26
21 Day Average of ICU Admissions 16
Total Health Care Workers Diagnosed 7,799 13%
Total Tested in Ohio911,905
Total Deaths  2,991 or 5%
Median Age of Deaths 80
Deaths in Last 24 hours 21
21 Day Average of Deaths 18
Total Deaths in Long Term Care Settings *(data not available for update today)1653*

July 6, 2020: Update to Residents

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The Nightly Update Moves to Three Evenings Per Week

Starting this week, our nightly update will come out three evenings per week, Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Late-breaking Kendal news about COVID-19, including any announcement of a confirmed case on campus, will still be shared regardless of the day. Thank you for your support and understanding.

Curbside Meals

As a clarification, during this phase of our Pandemic Plan, curbside meals that are picked up from local restaurants are to be eaten in one’s vehicle or back at Kendal. Requests for taking curbside meals to a public park are not being granted at this time. The risk with excursions like this is the exposure to symptomatic or non-symptomatic carriers, even in brief, public interactions. To grant this request for going to a community park, we would have to grant these other requests as well, such as hiking, golfing and sailing. Though limited in risk, there is still a degree of risk. Such pass request approval will come soon under Phase Two as Barbara shared during the Afternoon Exchange last week. Hopefully, after the National Guard has completed testing of staff and we continue to remain COVID-free on campus, we will be able to enter Phase Two. Thank you for your patience and partnership to keep our community safe.

Helpful Information

U.S. COVID-19 Deaths Near 130,000; Florida and Texas Report Record Case Numbers, National Public Radio

Video Interview with an Expert on Aerosols: This is a very revealing interview based on research by Kimberly Prather, a chemist at UC San Diego about how COVID-19 spreads as an aerosol. Six feet is not enough! Stay your distance and wear those masks. Kendal continues to evaluate air scrubbing possibilities for spaces like the Auditorium and dining spaces as an example where they might benefit the groups of users.–Thanks to Nina Love for sharing.

Stages of Grief in a Pandemic: The stages of grief made famous by Elizabeth Kubler-Ross might help us figure out how to navigate a pandemic better. Take a read of Steve Harsh’s article using this link. –Thanks to Ruth Ann Clark for sharing.

Infographic: Flatten the ballot request curve!

Plan Your Vote and Flatten the Curve, shared by Mary Van Nortwick

Drug Mart Schedule Modified

We are continuing the Drug Mart Shopping but will now have our shopper Lori available just on Tuesday and Friday mornings. We have seen the requests taper off now that people are getting out for more curbside shopping.

Buy gift cards to support your favorite restaurants and help Oberlin Community Services (OCS) at the same time.

Fill out the donation slip in Heiser Lounge indicating which restaurant(s) you would like to support. Then write a check made out to Oberlin Community Services with “restaurant donation” in the memo line and put the check in Barbara Gordon-Lickey’s box. OCS requests donations in multiples of $20 because they would like each recipient to receive enough for a full meal. Barbara Gordon-Lickey will send the information to OCS. OCS will purchase restaurant gift cards, distribute them to their clients, and, if you wish, OCS will send you a tax receipt. If you would like to make a repeat donation in the future, just tell Barbara Gordon-Lickey. 

Visitor Restrictions (updated every Wednesday)

Please list your visitor’s county when signing up for a visit on Sign-Up Genius. Due to reported outbreaks, visitors to Kendal at Oberlin are currently restricted from:

  • Ohio Counties: No Ohio counties are listed at Level 4 as of July 1, no counties are restricted. Extra caution will be exercised if visitors are from Butler, Cuyahoga, Franklin, Hamilton, Huron, Montgomery, and Trumbull counties. Please consider twice before inviting guests from these counties. Tool: Ohio Department of Health, County Measures
  • Other States: Arizona, Florida, Louisiana and South Carolina. If you plan to have visitors from any other state, please request approval in advance from Barbara Thomas or Stacy Terrell so we can be assured their state of origin is not a HOT SPOT. No visitors will be permitted from the TOP level, a HOT SPOT.  (Tool: Harvard Global Health Institute)

Marco Polo – A New Communication App

The Kendal Engagement page offered information on a new video communication app for families and close friends. Unlike other video chats, you don’t have to be on at the same time. Marco Polo’s twist on video communication is as simple as the old swimming pool game with the same name. It’s a walkie-talkie video message app. You shoot a “Marco” video message and send it to your friend who then responds with a “Polo” response video. Speaking face-to-face is as easy as pressing “Start” and “Stop”. Watch the one-minute introductory video and a message from the Marco Polo CEO. Available for Android and iOS. No ads. The secret of this app is its simplicity and use of just text messages. A January 2020 study Joya Communications conducted with Brigham Young University-Idaho states that after two weeks of starting to use Marco Polo, they feel happier and “74% of users said their mood was better.” 

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 Thursday, July 2)70
Total Lorain County Cases1,043
Total Deaths, age ranges 30-39 • 1; 50-59 • 2; 60-69 • 6; 70-79 • 12, 80+ • 4162
Total Deaths in Long Term Care Settings (updated every Wednesday)36

Cuyahoga County

Cuyahoga County (excluding Cleveland)5,484
Cleveland Cases3,114
Total Cuyahoga County Cases8,598
Total Cuyahoga County Deaths 386
Total Deaths in Long Term Care Settings (updated every Wednesday)163

State of Ohio (as of 2PM)

New Cases (since yesterday)805
21 Day Average of New Cases780
Total Cases57,956
Age Range all Cases<1-109
Median Age of all Cases45
Total Hospitalizations (cumulative)8,249 or 14%
Total Hospitalizations last 24 hrs77
21 Day Average of Hospitalizations 62
Median Age of all Hospitalized64
Total ICU Admissions (cumulative)2,077 or 4 %
Total ICU Admissions last 24 hours19
21 Day Average of ICU Admissions 14
Total Health Care Workers Diagnosed 7,556 13%
Total Tested in Ohio877,688
Total Deaths  2,927 or 5%
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 every Wednesday)1,653

Contact Information


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