Community Updates Week of 8/2/2021

Calm, Proactive Preparedness

August 3, 2021: Update to Residents

Thank you for Responsiveness, Cooperation, and Flexibility

A lot of things have changed from last Friday when we announced our COVID-positive cases. As the world continues to evolve with this virus, so do our practices! We thank both residents and staff for helping keep this virus at bay. Many of our programs have shifted to Zoom or meeting outside, room capacities have been reduced and the frequent use of masks has returned. These breakthrough infections in fully vaccinated individuals are on the rise and the Delta variant is a major factor. Vaccinated individuals experiencing breakthrough cases are, by and large, not needing hospitalization, but some are ending up with significant illness, much like the flu. If a resident becomes infected with COVID-19, full isolation procedures will be followed in the most appropriate location. While all cases will be disclosed, the name of the person(s) infected will be confidential.

What can you do?

Everything we’ve learned since early 2020—-Universal precautions such as handwashing and use of personal protective equipment have been proven as methods to keep viruses and infections at bay. Please continue to wash your hands as frequently as possible and wear your masks covering both nose and mouth. We are in this together and count on one another to protect each other. We have to go on living and adapting and while we learn to live with the virus or its variants among us.

group of people singing hymns

The Show Must Go On!” – Singing may not be possible inside right now, but this adventuresome group just moved their Sunday “Hymn Sing” outdoors under a community tent!

Lorain County Now Has ‘Substantial’ Viral Spread

The Chronicle-Telegram

The spread of the coronavirus has been, once again, deemed “substantial” in Lorain County, giving COVID-19 a new foothold. The county now has one of Ohio’s highest transmission rates, according to tracking by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. “We are having increased cases, as is the rest of the region,” said Lorain County Health Commissioner David Covell on Monday. “I would anticipate, based on what’s happened, and what’s going on in Europe, that we’ll have a couple weeks of increased cases.”…Covell is predicting a three to five-week “small” wave of infections for Lorain County.  So far, it is affecting mostly unvaccinated people, though he said there have been rare “breakthrough” cases among those who had received the shots. There are roughly 80,000 (Lorain County) residents who have chosen not to be vaccinated, and many more who are not eligible due to age, he said.  Forty-six of Ohio’s 88 counties now have “substantial” spread, with the new case rate at between 50 and 99 per 100,000 people in the past week, according to the CDC.

Note: Today’s stats for Lorain County show an increase in positivity from  1.5% to 3.8%.

Being Tested for COVID? 

While now everyone, vaccinated or not, must wear a mask inside our Kendal buildings, we have had residents arrive at the clinic unmasked. Prior to the new policy as of July 30, and as a general rule, if you are not feeling well or need to be tested, always wear your mask until you are well or have your test results.    

Medscape Reports

Vaccination Alone Won’t Counter Rise of Resistant Variants Study

This is an evolutionary of the COVID virus that predicts the emergence of vaccine-resistant strains and how masking and social distancing combined with universal vaccination can reduce and suppress that tendency.

‘A Few Mutations Away’: The Threat of a Vaccine-Proof Variant

Medscape shared by Don Parker The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Director Rochelle Walensky, MD, MPH, made a dire prediction during a media briefing this week that, if we weren’t already living within the reality of the COVID-19 pandemic, this would sound more like a pitch for a movie about a dystopian future.  “For the amount of virus circulating in this country right now, largely among unvaccinated people, the largest concern that we in public health and science are worried about is that the virus…[becomes] a very transmissible virus that has the potential to evade our vaccines in terms of how it protects us from severe disease and death” Walensky told reporters on Tuesday. A new, more elusive variant could be “just a few mutations away,” she said.

“That’s a very prescient comment,” Lewis Nelson, MD, professor and clinical chair of emergency medicine and chief of the Division of Medical Toxicology at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School in Newark, told Medscape Medical News.

CDC Reverses Guidance on Testing for Fully Vaccinated People

Medscape shared by Don Parker Along with issuing new face mask guidance this week, the CDC also changed its guidance about when fully vaccinated people should get tested. Even if they’re not showing symptoms, fully vaccinated people should “get tested 3-5 days after exposure to someone with suspected or confirmed COVID-19 and wear a mask in public indoor settings for 14 days after exposure or until they receive a negative test result” the agency’s website says. Our updated guidance recommends vaccinated people get tested upon exposure regardless of symptoms” CDC Director Rochelle Walensky, MD, told The New York Times in an email, “Testing is widely available.”  On Tuesday (July 27), the CDC announced that fully vaccinated people should wear masks in public indoor settings to help prevent the spread of the Delta variant in areas with substantial and high transmission. That was a reversal from the agency’s May guidance, in which fully vaccinated people were told they didn’t need to wear masks indoors or outdoors in almost all situations. Sources – CDC: “Interim Public Health Recommendations for Fully Vaccinated People.”

Booster Vaccine Coming Soon?

The time may be coming soon when a booster shot against COVID in immunocompromised individuals will be authorized. 

You May Have a Free Splash Zone Membership

It’s always a delight to learn something new about our Oberlin community, especially when it comes by way of new residents. Jesse Carlock and Kerry Glaus delighted us by sharing they have a free membership to Splash Zone because their Medicare supplementary plan offers “Silver Sneakers”. Splash Zone is one of the many fitness clubs in Northeast Ohio that offer free memberships as part of the Silver Sneakers as well as Renew Active Plans. United Health Care, Medical Mutual and AARP plans often offer this benefit.  If you don’t know if your plan includes Silver Sneakers or Renew Active, call on your plan to find out. If not covered, the annual membership is still very reasonable for Oberlinians. You can join for a month at $18; 3 months at $37 or a full year at $135. Kendal could never match up to the amenities of Splash Zone and it’s a great use of community resources made possible through tax dollars. Also, Oberlin College offers Kendal residents and staff the option of being part of a “corporate membership” for their Recreation Center for less than $100/year. Kendal has to enroll groups of 7 to qualify for this rate. We look forward to the near future when memberships will open up again. 

Need a Dentist and Like the Convenience of Kendal?

Bruce Weitz would like all residents to know that he would be happy to take over care from Dr. Jacko’s patients, either at Kendal or his Amherst/Lorain location. He said, if needed, he will add an extra day to his Kendal schedule to accommodate any new patients.

Dining Updates

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.

  • Dinner carry-out times will be between 4:45pm – 5:15pm and after 6:00pm. *For guests eating in we will not seat until 5:15pm.

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. Please 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

Upcoming Zoom Invites

Coffee Hour STILL On but by ZOOM

August 5, 9:30am – Join via Zoom, Meeting ID: 944 3651 0141 – Use computer audio or dial 312-626-6799 So sorry to not be able to be in person and offer you coffee/tea!

You Are Invited to A Zoom Webinar – Topic: Annual Disclosure Statement Presentation

When: Wednesday, August 11, at 4:00pm With webinars, you register in advance. You can do this right up to the day of the program, but it helps to do ahead so there is not a “traffic jam” of registrations at the last moment.

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 Cases15
     KaO Other Staff Cases 19
KaO Staff Total34
Kendal at Oberlin Total36
***In Quarantine, COVID Positive3
Kendal at Oberlin Vaccination Overall Rate529 of 568, or 93.1%
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)185 of 224, or 82.6%

Lorain County (as of 7/26/2021)

New Cases (since Monday, July 26, 2021 – 7 day average: 22.9 per day)160
Total Lorain County Cases  20,504
Total in Zip Code 44074 (+8 since Monday, July 26, 2021)574
Current Lorain County Positivity Rate, rising3.8%
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 165,461 or 53.4% of population

Cuyahoga County (as of 7/26/2021)

Cuyahoga County (excluding Cleveland)          83,218
Cleveland Cases 34,035
Total Cuyahoga County Cases117,253
New Cases (since Monday, July 26, 2021)            734
Total Cuyahoga County Deaths 2,421
Total Deaths in Long Term Care Settings (updated weekly, last 7/28/2021)858

State of Ohio (as posted on 8/1/2021)

New Cases in the Last 24-hours  895
21-day Average of New Cases788
Total Cases 1,131,029
Age Range all Cases<1-111
Median Age of all Cases41
Total Hospitalizations (cumulative)62,005 or 5%
Total Hospitalizations Last 24-hours66
21-day Average of Hospitalizations 50
Median Age of all Hospitalized66
Total ICU Admissions (cumulative)8,475 or 1% 
Total ICU Admissions last 24-hours 6
21-day Average of ICU Admissions 6
Total Health Care Workers Diagnosed 66,138 or 6%
Total Tested in Ohio14,120,067
Total Ohio Resident Deaths20,492
Median Age of Deaths 79
Ohio Resident Deaths in Last 24-hours0
21-day Average of Deaths5
Total Deaths in Ohio Long Term Care Settings (updated weekly, last 7/28/2021 – ODH adjusted this number) 7,643
Statewide Vaccinations Started5,779,325 or 49.4% of population

Contact Information

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