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Community Updates Week of 8/10/2020

August 14, 2020: Update to Residents

Calm, Proactive Preparedness

Ohio Public Health Advisory System

Lorain County remains Level 2, Orange. There remains no Level 4, Purple in the State of Ohio (4 being the highest level of spread and risk of COVID-19).

This is an interactive map – you can select details for any Ohio County. 

Lorain County Information

  • New Cases Per 100k – at 79.2, Lorain County met Risk Level
  • New Case Increase – Met Risk Level
  • Non-congregate Cases – Met Risk Level

Find a detailed explanation of the Key Indicators for the Advisory Map above here.   

COVID Updates from Medscape News

— shared by Don Parker

Two-Week Cadence for COVID-19 Testing for Stephens Care Center Staff Begins

Kendal at Oberlin was notified on Thursday, August 13, that our first round of our two-week cadence for COVID-19 testing of our Nursing Home and Assisted Living staff (Stephens Care Center) will begin on Wednesday, August 19. This two-week cycle will continue every other Wednesday into the foreseeable future. The Ohio Department of Health has provided no end date at this time. All Kendal at Oberlin staff members that routinely provide support and services in the Stephens Care Center will be part of this testing.  Kendal at Oberlin is exploring other testing options for other staff members. Unlike our baseline testing that took place on July 21, this round of testing will be conducted by our own health care staff, not the Ohio National Guard.

The Center for LifeLong Learning

The Center for LifeLong Learning at Lorain County Community College is going virtual for Fall of 2020. See the online schedule. Any questions, contact the Center for LifeLong Learning at 440-366-7536 or email- jkrupa@lorainccc.edu.Shared by Harol Pesuit

Ordering Local Produce

The season is short! You can find order forms in the Heiser on the grocery table if you would like to order local produce from the Oberlin area.

Lorenzo’s Pizza Party

Look for order forms in the Lounge next week for a Pizza Party delivery of August 25 and 26. Additional order option is a lunch-sized order of lasagna for $7. It did not work well to freeze. All you have to do is heat it up in the oven or microwave. All orders due no later than Friday, August 21, by 5pm.

Early Learning Center Children Using Perimeter Walk

KELC is back in school but at much reduced enrollments based on the State of Ohio. Teachers and children are expanding their “wings” for occasional walks. Please do smile and wave as they will not be able to stop and talk. When and if you encounter the children walking, know they will step away from the pathway to keep social distancing. Hey, we do not want a resident to risk falling by stepping off to the side or into the road!

Can’t Find Information on the KORA Website?

As we continue to add important information to the KORA website, whether it is for COVID or not, occasionally we hear that residents can’t find it, no matter how well it is described. This usually means they are not on the “Kendal Resident Network”. If you are on your own network (Cable Co-Op or other) you experience only seeing what any member of the public can see. So if you are looking for the “inside scoop” of documents, privy only to residents, be sure you are on the Kendal network and not one you pay for to expand your bandwidth.

Enjoying the new Conversation Cluster at the Heiser Entrance?

The beautiful chairs have water-resistant cushions but they can absorb some water. Just shake them out and lay them in the sun if you find them somewhat wet. We have purchased a nice storage bin in which to store the cushions. Feel free to store them if rain is coming or remove them from the bin if you find them missing.

Flu Shot Season is Coming

Given past year’s difficulty of getting the flu vaccine, Kendal placed their order months ago. The Health and Wellness Clinic plans to survey residents for those who prefer to get a high-strength dose. Our medical director’s preference is the normal dose, but if we have enough interest we can order some with the higher strength. We would not want residents going into drug stores to get this alternate shot.

Under Study

Kendal is close to getting recommendations from outside professionals who are evaluating HVAC and UV Lighting solutions for Kendal indoor spaces. Stay tuned.

Kendal Fitness Update

Programs on Channel 19 – Videos will run at 9:30am and 4:00pm.

  • Monday, Aug. 17th – Strength
  • Wednesday, Aug. 19th – Balance
  • Friday, Aug. 21st – Chair

There are still open spots available for the following outside exercise classes with Danna and Saun beginning next week:

  • Monday/Friday – yoga/balance/stretch mix – 5 spots open
  • Monday/Friday – low impact aerobic/body-weight strength training – 9 spots open
  • Monday/Friday – multi-level chair – 1 spot open
  • Tuesday/Thursday – aerobic/bodyweight – 1 spot open
  • Tuesday/Thursday – multi-level chair – 3 spots open

Please contact the Fitness Department at 775-9851 if you are interested in signing up for a class.

New Normal Committee Update

New Normal Planning Committee has a new subcommittee led by Rey Carrion that includes other residents who do not serve on the new normal committee to study solutions for getting around the campus when the colder weather arrives. We know the normal pathways through our SCC are cut off and already causing concerns for safety and comfort.

Medical Passes

Clarification on procedures: We have updated the pass form with directions at the top so you know what to do with them. Once you complete them you will present the hard copy at the exit/entrance where the time will be recorded as you exit and re-enter. This form is available now in hard copy in the Heiser Lounge but will SOON be up on the KORA website electronically in its updated version under forms and appointments.

Kendal Enrichment

Animals social distance to avoid disease

Our face-to-face and in-person interactions have been severely reduced to help reduce the spread of COVID-19. It’s been challenging and feels wrong to be separated from other people – humans are social beings for the most part. Yet despite how unnatural it may feel, distancing is very much a part of the natural world. This “behavioral immunity” is common and helps social animals survive. Wild animals do not have vaccines, but they can prevent disease by how they live and act. Animals that social distance during an outbreak are the ones most likely to stay alive. They also use distancing to protect their most valuable or the most vulnerable of their group.

Researching Antiques and Collectibles

Do you have antiques and collectibles that you’ve always wondered about their history, their value, the best way to preserve them and maybe even sell them? Coffee grinders, books, sewing machines, toy tractors, stamps, baseball cards, glassware, dolls or doll houses, silver, furniture, metal signs, automobile parts, etc.; The government decided, after consulting with several experts, that an object had to be older than 100 years to be considered an antique, and that definition has been widely adopted by the industry. 

With a little effort, you can learn how to identify your antiques and research their values. The first step in identifying and valuing antiques and collectibles is often determining the maker of the item by researching a mark or signature. This article from the spruceCrafts shares some tips on how to identify and research your antiques. It’s worth doing your research so that you are able to check the authenticity of pieces before buying or selling. LoveToKnow Antiques also provides many helpful articles online from identifying antique china patterns to determining the value of old bottles, how to sell a stamp collection at the best price, and antique price guides. 

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 Cases1
     KaO Other Staff Cases2
KaO Staff Total3
Kendal at Oberlin Total3

Lorain County (as of 2PM)

New Cases (since Wednesday, 8/12/20, 2 day average: 26.0)54
Total Lorain County Cases1,908
Total Deaths, age ranges 30-39 • 1; 50-59 • 3; 60-69 • 9; 70-79 • 15, 80+ • 4573
Total Deaths in Long Term Care Settings          Updated Weekly, Last 8/14/202039

Cuyahoga County

Cuyahoga County (excluding Cleveland)9,699
Cleveland Cases5,164
Total Cuyahoga County Cases14,863
Combined New Cases (since Wednesday, 8/12/20, 2 day average: 149) 298
Total Cuyahoga County Deaths 511
Total Deaths in Long Term Care Settings (updated weekly, last 8/14/2020)244

State of Ohio (as of 2PM)

New Cases in the Last 24-Hours 1,131
21 Day Average of New Cases1,181
Total Cases106,557
Age Range all Cases<1-109
Median Age of all Cases42
Total Hospitalizations (cumulative)12,128 or 11%
Total Hospitalizations last 24 hrs105
21 Day Average of Hospitatlizations 98
Median Age of all Hospitalized64
Total ICU Admissions (cumulative)2,755 or 3 %
Total ICU Admissions last 24 hours12
21 Day Average of ICU Admissions 16
Total Health Care Workers Diagnosed 11,932 11%
Total Tested in Ohio1,773,797
Total Deaths  3,784 or 4%
Median Age of Deaths 80
Deaths in Last 24 hours 29
21 Day Average of Deaths 23
Total Deaths in Long Term Care Settings (updated weekly, last 8/14/2020)2,128

August 12, 2020: Update to Residents

Calm, Proactive Preparedness

Johnny’s

Orders will be delivered on Thursday at 10:00am. Please remember to be on time so your order is not left unattended.

Lorenzo’s Pizza Party

Orders will be taken next week for delivery the week of August 24. Since they cannot offer curbside service any longer, they have agreed to add an option on Kendal’s menu for frozen lasagna.

Barbara’s Exchange on Zoom is Thursday at 4 pm

Sean Kelly will be with us on Thursday. If you have questions you’d like him to answer about The Kendal System, feel free to send them to Barbara.

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

Clarifying Phase 2

More questions about Phase 2 continue to be raised.

Since I can take a walk in the neighborhood, does this mean I can walk with my visiting son on Kendal’s perimeter walk to show off Kendal?  No, your visitors are required to stay within your backyard patio to avoid all possible exposure to other residents.

If I take a walk in the neighborhood, do I need to fill out a pass? No, you may walk out of Kendal just by mentioning to the entrance staff you are taking a walk and will return : – )

Senior Hours at Drug Mart – Are we allowed?  We ask you NOT to shop using their “senior hours”. They do not fit the qualification of only seniors. It is not monitored. 

Where can I find the new medical pass that is to be printed out and shown as I exit for my medical appointment? It is now on KORA on the Forms and Appointments page. This page (Forms and Appointments) has its own button on the KORA website home page.

The Most Caring Child

Author and lecturer Leo Buscaglia once talked about a contest he was asked to judge. The purpose of the Contest was to find the most caring child.

The winner was: A four-year-old child, whose next-door neighbor was an elderly gentleman, who had recently lost his wife. Upon seeing the man cry, the little boy went into the old Gentleman’s’ yard, climbed onto his lap, and just sat there. When his mother asked him what he had said to the neighbor, the little boy just said, ‘Nothing, I just helped him cry.’


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 Cases1
     KaO Other Staff Cases2
KaO Staff Total3
Kendal at Oberlin Total3

Lorain County (as of 2PM)

New Cases (since Monday 8/10/20, 2 day average: 13.0)26
Total Lorain County Cases1,854
Total Deaths, age ranges 30-39 • 1; 50-59 • 3; 60-69 • 9; 70-79 • 15, 80+ • 4573
Total Deaths in Long Term Care Settings (updated weekly, last 8/7/2020)39

Cuyahoga County

Cuyahoga County (excluding Cleveland)9,459
Cleveland Cases5,106
Total Cuyahoga County Cases14,565
Combined New Cases (since Monday 8/10/20, 2 day average: 216)432
Total Cuyahoga County Deaths 501
Total Deaths in Long Term Care Settings (updated weekly, last 8/7/2020)234

State of Ohio (as of 2PM)

New Cases in the Last 24-Hours 1,422
21 Day Average of New Cases1,215
Total Cases104,248
Age Range all Cases<1-109
Median Age of all Cases42
Total Hospitalizations (cumulative)11,901 or 11%
Total Hospitalizations last 24 hrs141
21 Day Average of Hospitalizations 97
Median Age of all Hospitalized64
Total ICU Admissions (cumulative)2,721 or 3 %
Total ICU Admissions last 24 hours22
21 Day Average of ICU Admissions 16
Total Health Care Workers Diagnosed 11,655 11%
Total Tested in Ohio1,722,857
Total Deaths  3,734 or 4%
Median Age of Deaths 80
Deaths in Last 24 hours 26
21 Day Average of Deaths 24
Total Deaths in Long Term Care Settings (updated weekly, last 8/7/2020)2,060

August 10, 2020: Update to Residents

Calm, Proactive Preparedness

Phase 2 – More Information

Since our Friday bulletin, there have been questions about what has changed and is now in effect.

  • Car Passes – DO continue to do what you been doing for now. When we can implement the new AccuShield Software at the entrance, this same equipment will track your exits and entrances. Do keep a log with you in your car noting the date/place for travel outside Kendal for tracing purposes.
  • Medical Appointments – If you have a pass already, that is fine, submit it as approved. Otherwise, for any new appointments we ask you to submit a hard copy form that is in the Heiser Lounge. It records your name, the date of the appointment, doctor’s name, and space for our staff to record exit and re-entrance times. This form will be returned to the Health and Wellness Clinic.
  • Curbside pick-ups will continue to be encouraged for shopping needs; however, residents are now permitted to use Senior Only Hours for those stores that offer it (i.e. IGA, Trader Joe’s, Heinen’s are just few.) Some stores like Drug Mart offer Senior Hours but let anyone shop and do not give scrutiny to those who enter. Please observe stores closely and evaluate your risk for the safety of all at Kendal.
  • Outside group activities are encouraged over inside activities. Masks and physical distancing will remain in place. Activities such as a neighborhood walk are OK. No pass is needed to walk out of Kendal and back in through our entrance. Does this mean walking downtown? It is not precluded, but it will be riskier, and you will likely encounter more people, some without a mask. Avoid these likely encounters. We do know residents that are already planning their first golf outing or kayaking in a quiet spot. All precautions should be taken using masks, distancing, and sanitizing as needed along the way. Always prepare with necessary supplies.

Johnny’s

Johnny’s will deliver on Thursday of this week at 10:00am. Orders taken Monday/Tuesday.

Lincoln Center’s Reimagined Mostly Mozart Festival

The event (August 10–16) was kicked off today! Engage with specially curated musical broadcasts, live events, digital content, and a range of programming that illuminates how racism and inequality have shaped classical music, past and present. Click here for detailed programming. You can listen to this classical music station at 105.9 FM and stream via WQXR.org. 

Good Reads

Mask efficiency graphWear the Best Mask Available! – Masks (as you know I have not liked the bandana and fleece options, here are good data to back that up). A study published in Science Advances shows more droplets expelled during speech wearing a fleece mask than no mask at all! Bandanas were almost as bad. Fitted N95s were best. Wear the best mask available! –Shared by Alan Lockwood

This is what we have been missing in grocery stores – Washington National Opera singers perform drinking song from La Traviata at a Whole Foods Market. —Shared by Joe Colucci

White Cotton Masks

The Ohio Dept of Transportation inquired several months ago if Kendal needed additional masks. Ed Harder responded at that time we can always uses additional masks. We have been blessed with wonderful sewers keeping us supplied with beautiful masks. Thank you for sharing your talents to make masks and even repairing them. Since we do have an abundance of the white cotton masks, just let our receptionist know if you need one and request one of two sizes: small or large.


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 Cases1
     KaO Other Staff Cases2
KaO Staff Total3
Kendal at Oberlin Total3

Lorain County (as of 2PM)

New Cases (since Friday 8/7/20, 3 day average: 29.0)87
Total Lorain County Cases1,828
Total Deaths, age ranges 30-39 • 1; 50-59 • 3; 60-69 • 9; 70-79 • 15, 80+ • 4573
Total Deaths in Long Term Care Settings (updated weekly, last 8/7/2020)39

Cuyahoga County

Cuyahoga County (excluding Cleveland)9,078
Cleveland Cases5,055
Total Cuyahoga County Cases14,133
Combined New Cases (since Friday 8/7/20, 3 day average: 34)102
Total Cuyahoga County Deaths 488
Total Deaths in Long Term Care Settings (updated weekly, last 8/7/2020)234

State of Ohio (as of 2PM)

New Cases in the Last 24-Hours 883
21 Day Average of New Cases1,217
Total Cases101,731
Age Range all Cases<1-109
Median Age of all Cases42
Total Hospitalizations (cumulative)11,629 or 11%
Total Hospitalizations last 24 hrs64
21 Day Average of Hospitalizations 96
Median Age of all Hospitalized64
Total ICU Admissions (cumulative)2,680 or 3 %
Total ICU Admissions last 24 hours15
21 Day Average of ICU Admissions 16
Total Health Care Workers Diagnosed 11,386 11%
Total Tested in Ohio1,682,271
Total Deaths  3,673 or 4%
Median Age of Deaths 80
Deaths in Last 24 hours 4
21 Day Average of Deaths 23
Total Deaths in Long Term Care Settings (updated weekly, last 8/7/2020)2,060

Center pond - summer flowers in bloom

Doing Justice to Center Pond

This is a much better closeup of summer flowers that have been carefully planned in recent years by Don Reeves and friends.


Contact Information


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