Community Updates Week of 8/16/2021

Stephens Care Center Update

We are pleased to report that as of Friday, August 13 the current outbreak situation in the Stephens Care Center (SCC) has ended.   Both the resident and the two staff members that tested positive for COVID-19 are doing well.  As a reminder, all three individuals were vaccinated.   Proactive protocols put in place to mitigate any spread of COVID-19 as a result of this recent outbreak have ended and the following have resumed:

  • Indoor visitation with family and friends. Visits still need to be scheduled, as in the past, on Sign-Up Genius 
  • SCC Group Activities
  • Communal dining at lunch seven days a week, in Friends Corner
  • SCC residents that are able to leave the SCC unaccompanied may sign-out and access public spaces on the Kendal at Oberlin campus;
  • Non-SCC Kendal residents are again able to self-screen at the kiosk and visit SCC residents in the SCC. (Please call the resident you plan to visit in advance and make sure they will welcome a visit and are expecting you).

Our Stephens Care Center continues to follow Federal directives from the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services, Ohio Department of Health requirements and guidance from Lorain County Public Health.  

We do know it is likely that we will continue to have sporadic breakthrough cases of COVID-19 within the SCC.  We are committed to working with our residents, their families and all staff members in minimizing the risk through our daily COVID-19 prevention strategies as well as minimizing the amount of time necessary to pause certain activities when a case is discovered.   We will be meeting with SCC residents and families this week to discuss our collective response to future outbreaks within the SCC.   Our responses will incorporate concern for the most vulnerable; as well as protecting and promoting the mental and social wellbeing of all Stephens Care Center residents during such outbreaks.  As an SCC community, we will explore options and generate ideas that will assist us in living through future outbreaks with minimal disruption to community and social life, while keeping others safe.

New Data Shows COVID Cases on Rise in Lorain County

The Chronicle-Telegram

There are now estimated to be at least 322 cases of COVID-19 in Lorain County, according to new data released by Lorain County Public Health on Monday. The estimate continues a trend of increasing case counts for the past several weeks.  Lorain County Public Health’s estimate of 322 active cases only includes patients who tested positive for COVID-19 on a PCR test and whose symptoms began within the last 10 days and have not died. It does not include those who tested positive on just an antigen test or untested individuals who developed symptoms after being exposed to a confirmed patient.  On Aug. 9, the last time the county health department updated its estimate, there were estimated to be 204 cases active in Lorain County. The week prior, 193 cases were estimated to be active…

According to the state data, Lorain County residents accounted for 50 of Ohio’s new cases reported Monday. Lorain County’s incidence rate — the number of new cases per 100,000 population over the last seven days — was near 128.5 in the latest CDC data available Monday evening.

Lorain County’s incidence rate is 29th lowest of Ohio’s 88 counties over the last seven days, the CDC data showed…A county is considered to have high transmission when it records more than 100 new cases per 100,000 population over a seven-day period. In areas with substantial or high transmission, which was every county in Ohio as of Monday evening, the CDC recommends the wearing of masks in public indoor settings. 

COVID is now an equal opportunity provider!

A Comparison of Daily Cases in the Counties where Kendal Affiliates Reside:

  • Lexington (VA)- 1.51
  • Hanover (NH)- 5.81
  • Lathrop (MA)- 7.62
  • Ithaca (NY)- 7.81
  • Granville (OH)- 25
  • Kendal-Crosslands (PA)- 40.11
  • Barclay Friends (PA)- 40.11
  • Chandler Hall (PA)- 54.09
  • Collington (MD)- 94.31
  • Enso Village (CA)- 98.05
  • Admiral (IL)- 215.22

Sources: US to recommend COVID vaccine boosters at 8 months

The Chronicle Telegram/AP

WASHINGTON — U.S. health experts are expected to recommend COVID-19 vaccine boosters for all Americans, regardless of age, eight months after they received their second dose of the shot, to ensure lasting protection against the coronavirus as the delta variant spreads across the country.

Federal health officials have been actively looking at whether extra shots for the vaccinated would be needed as early as this fall, reviewing case numbers in the U.S. as well as the situation in other countries such as Israel, where preliminary studies suggest the vaccine’s protection against serious illness dropped among those vaccinated in January.  An announcement on the U.S. booster recommendation was expected as soon as this week…Doses would only begin to be administered widely once the Food and Drug Administration formally approves the vaccines. That action is expected for the Pfizer shot in the coming weeks.

Last week, U.S. health officials recommended boosters for some with weakened immune systems, citing their higher risk of catching the virus and evidence that the vaccines’ effectiveness waned over time.

The director of the National Institutes of Health, Dr. Francis Collins, said Sunday the U.S. could decide in the next couple weeks whether to offer coronavirus booster shots to Americans this fall.

Among the first to receive them could be health care workers, nursing home residents and other older Americans, who were some of the first Americans to be vaccinated once the shots received emergency use authorization last December. 

Upcoming Zoom meetings

Don’t Miss the KORA Council Meeting on Thursday by ZOOM Webinar

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Afternoon Exchange for August 19th at 4 pm (Yes, we have another Zoom Exchange)

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

YouTube recording of the August 12 Exchange

Interesting reads from Don Parker

Medscape- current status and plans for booster shots, including some quotes from Dr. Fauci.

Four Possible Endgames of the Pandemic: Here’s an interview with an expert who has formulated the four possible endgames of the pandemic.  It’s helpful in preparing for the future, even if it doesn’t give us concrete answers. 

Biden administration to announce most Americans will need coronavirus booster shots

The Atlantic: How the Pandemic Ends Now by Ed Young(Thanks Tom Morgan)

Dining Updates

REPEATING *Update on Times for Carry-out Meals for Both Lunch and Dinner

In order to work through a smoother dinner and lunch hour for those dining-in, we have updated our times for carry-out meals at both lunch and dinner. We ask your cooperation to stick with these times to assure a smoother operation for all residents and staff.   Beginning on Monday, August 23rd, the Langston service will be temporarily halted so that we can staff the Fox & Fell operation as fully as possible. Until then, dining hours in the Langston will be Monday – Friday, 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Fox & Fell Hours:

  • Lunch carry-out:  Sun.–Sat., 11:15am – 11:45 am or after 1:00pm.
  • Lunch seated dining:  Sun.–Sat., 11:45am – 1:30pm.
  • Dinner carry-out:  Sun.–Sat., 4:45pm – 5:15pm or after 6:00pm.
  • Dinner seated dining:  Sun.-Sat., 5:15pm – 7:00pm

Grocery Program at Kendal

Dining Services will continue to accept and provide in-house Kendal grocery orders for your convenience. Order forms can be found in the Fox and Fell on the entryway table.  Please turn your order into the host/hostess and make sure your order is turned in the day before your scheduled day, based on your neighborhood. There will be a $6.00 fee for delivery, or you may pick-up your order between the hours of 2 – 4 pm on your scheduled day:

  • Monday: Cottages 200-223
  • Tuesday: Cottages 1-52
  • Thursday: Cottages 53-120
  • Friday: Cottages 121-199 and 1st and 2nd floor Apartments

Today’s Statistics

Kendal at Oberlin (KaO)

Independent Living Resident Cases0
Stephens Care Center (SCC) Resident Cases 
          Residential Care Facility 2
          Skilled Nursing Facility0
KaO Residents Total2
     KaO SCC Staff Cases16
     KaO Other Staff Cases 19
KaO Staff Total35
Kendal at Oberlin Total37
***In Quarantine, COVID Positive0
***Recovered37
Kendal at Oberlin Vaccination Overall Rate533 of 572, or 94.1%
Total Kendal Residents Vaccinated 344 of 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)194 of 228, or 85.1%

Lorain County (as of 8/8/2021)

New Cases (since Monday, August 9, 2021 – 7 day average: 43.3 per day)303
Total Lorain County Cases  20,999
Total in Zip Code 44074 (+8 since Monday, August 1, 2021)591
Current Lorain County Positivity Rate, rising6.2%
Total Deaths, age ranges 20-29 • 1; 30-39 • 3; 40-49 • 7; 50-59 • 22; 60-69 • 71; 70-79 • 138; 80+ • 212456
Total Deaths in Long Term Care Settings (updated weekly, last 7/28/2021, +1)238
Lorain County Vaccinations Started 169,342 or 54.7% of population

Cuyahoga County (as of 8/16/2021)

Cuyahoga County (excluding Cleveland)          84,808
Cleveland Cases 34,746
Total Cuyahoga County Cases119,554
New Cases (since Monday, August 9,2021)            1,275
Total Cuyahoga County Deaths 2,435
Total Deaths in Long Term Care Settings (updated weekly, last 8/11/2021)863

State of Ohio (as posted on 8/16/2021)

New Cases in the Last 24-hours  1,814
21-day Average of New Cases1,854
Total Cases 1,161,573
Age Range all Cases
Median Age of all Cases41
Total Hospitalizations (cumulative)63,351 or 5%
Total Hospitalizations Last 24-hours118
21-day Average of Hospitalizations 86
Median Age of all Hospitalized66
Total ICU Admissions (cumulative)8,609 or 1% 
Total ICU Admissions last 24-hours 7
21-day Average of ICU Admissions 8
Total Health Care Workers Diagnosed 67,341 6%
Total Tested in Ohio14,467,511
Total Ohio Resident Deaths20,614
Median Age of Deaths 79
Ohio Resident Deaths in Last 24-hours0
21-day Average of Deaths7
Total Deaths in Ohio Long Term Care Settings (updated weekly, last 8/11/2021 – ODH adjusted this number) 7,724
Statewide Vaccinations Started5,924,412 or 50.7% of population

Contact Information


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