Community Updates Week of 8/23/2021

Update on the Booster

Kendal at Oberlin is working with the Ohio Department of Health, Remedi, our Stephens Care Center pharmacy, and local pharmacies, to ensure we have the COVID-19 Booster vaccination available on campus for residents and staff members alike.  We do not have a date certain when this will be available on campus, but as soon as we know, we will announce it to all residents.

COVID Related Articles

Biden administration to announce most Americans will need coronavirus booster shots

Full FDA Approval of the Pfizer Vaccine “A Key Milestone”

The Washington Post, free to all

On the heels of the Food and Drug Administration’s full approval of the Pfizer-BioNTech coronavirus vaccine, President Biden again urged unvaccinated Americans to get the shots. Speaking from the White House, he called the approval “a key milestone in our nation’s fight against COVID” and stressed that inoculation saves lives. The coronavirus continues to be “a pandemic of the unvaccinated,” he said, adding that those awaiting final FDA approval no longer have a reason to delay. “The moment you’ve been waiting for is here, it’s time for you to go get your vaccination and get it today,” Biden said.

Latest data show increase in breakthrough COVID-19 cases

Summarizes and amplifies the NYT article (8-18-21) on the increased number of COVID-19 breakthrough cases and the preponderance being in older adults and those with immune compromised conditions.

Philips CPAP and BiLevel PAP Device Recall

Philips Respironics is voluntarily recalling BiLevel PAP and CPAP devices due to two (2) issues related to the polyester-based polyurethane (PE-PUR) sound abatement foam used in Philips Continuous and Noncontinuous Ventilators: 1) PE-PUR foam may degrade into particles which may enter the device’s air pathway and be ingested or inhaled by the user, and 2) the PE-PUR foam may off-gas certain chemicals. The foam degradation may be exacerbated by use of unapproved cleaning methods, such as ozone (see FDA safety communication on use of Ozone cleaners), and off-gassing may occur during operation. These issues can result in serious injury which can be life-threatening.

If you have a Philips BiLevel PAP or CPAP device manufactured prior to April 26, 2021, you are advised by Philips to consult with your physician regarding your need for use of this recalled device.  Other than consulting with your physician, Philips has suggested one other action for users of their recalled devices and that is for users to register with them for a replacement device.  Information about registration is at:  https://www.philipssrcupdate.expertinquiry.com/?ulang=en. You can also visit the recall website www.philips.com/src-update. The website provides you current information on the status of the recall and how to receive permanent corrective action to address the two (2) issues. The website also provides you with instructions on how to locate your device’s serial number and will guide you through the registration process. You may also call 1-877-907-7508 if you cannot visit the website or do not have internet access. If you have one of these devices, please inform Laurie Dupee or Stacy Terrell.  We will explore what options might be available to you from area equipment suppliers.

Masks Still Required in All Indoor Kendal Meeting Spaces:

Unless you are engaged in physical exercise in our indoor meeting spaces, you are asked to wear a  mask. This means all our meeting spaces that are part of  the Education Center, and  Heiser. Masks should be with you at all times and if not eating or drinking, in use on your face. As you will see from the stats today, Lorain County continues to go up in positivity. With the direction moving to 10% positivity, it is not likely Heiser will be opening to anyone but residents and staff. Guest rooms will continue to be open for vaccinated persons, but no dining services can be offered for anyone but residents. We do hope this will improve soon but we need to remain flexible and very vigilant in our practices.

Afternoon Exchange Recordings:

YouTube recording of the August 19 Exchange:  https://youtu.be/04lFIfHkDvE

YouTube recording of the August 12 Exchange:  https://youtu.be/ERJbLM0DmbA .

Facilities Updates

Campus Access Cards Go LIVE on Aug. 25th

Please begin to wear or carry your assigned card with you on campus. This card will allow you access to the Heiser main entrance doors and apartment building exterior doors after hours when they are locked. We will be starting with all doors on our current unlocking and locking schedule.  Doors will automatically unlock in the morning (generally 7am) and lock at night (generally 9 pm).  If you currently have a fob for the apartment building doors this will no longer work after August 25th.  Please return your fob to the reception desk or Facility Services sometime after this date.  If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact Ryan Stalzkowski at 775-9869 or rstalz@kao.kendal.org.

Campus Paving Schedule:

  • Wednesday, August 25:  Repairs to Lot 10 – residents please move your cars to open spaces in another parking lot before 8:00 a.m. if you will need to drive on Wednesday.  Residents in Lot 10 can park in open spaces in Lots 8 and 9 (spaces 2 & 3) or any of the spaces in front of Lot 12.  Repairs will be made to the walkway on the east side of Heiser Circle, the serpentine walkway behind the Fox and Fell, and the walkway from the Health and Wellness Clinic.
  • Thursday, August 26: Paving repairs will take place behind the Stephens Care Center on the new walkway.
  • Friday, August 27: Paving repairs to Lots 1 and 2 – residents please move your cars to open spaces in another parking lot before 8:00 a.m. if you will need to drive on Friday. Suggestions include open spaces in Lots 14 & 15 or spaces 1,2,4,6 & 7 in Lot 3 or spaces 6 & 7 in Lot 4.

Dining Update

We want to express our appreciation to the community for their outpouring of support and patience for our staff.  This helps them to gain confidence and reach competence in the jobs more quickly.  Please be advised that beginning next week, the rest of the local schools will begin classes.  You may not see some of the servers you have gotten to know but many have adjusted their availability and are still here with us! 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

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

Langston will be closed until we can fill the necessary staffing positions and assure the stability and smoother operations in the Fox and Fell.

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

Resident Bible Study – By Phone   David Ladines, Spiritual Care Coordinator, Ohio Living Each Tuesday at 10 a.m. Connect in 2 easy steps:

  1. ) Call 1-844-636-4258 2.) When prompted, enter: 79533#

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 20
KaO Staff Total36
Kendal at Oberlin Total38
***In Quarantine, COVID Positive1
***Recovered37
Kendal at Oberlin Vaccination Overall Rate533 of 564, or 94.5%
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)189 of 220, or 85.1%

Lorain County (as of 8/23/2021)

New Cases (since Monday, August 16, 2021 – 7 day average: 52.4 per day)367
Total Lorain County Cases  21,366
Total in Zip Code 44074 (+8 since Monday, August 17, 2021)597
Current Lorain County Positivity Rate, rising7.3%
Total Deaths, age ranges 20-29 • 1; 30-39 • 3; 40-49 • 7; 50-59 • 22; 60-69 • 71; 70-79 • 138; 80+ • 212457
Total Deaths in Long Term Care Settings (updated weekly, last 8/18/2021, +0)238
Lorain County Vaccinations Started 171,204 or 55.3% of population

Cuyahoga County (as of 8/23/2021)

Cuyahoga County (excluding Cleveland)          86,199
Cleveland Cases 35,280
Total Cuyahoga County Cases121,479
New Cases (since Monday, August 16, 2021)            1,925
Total Cuyahoga County Deaths 2,442
Total Deaths in Long Term Care Settings (updated weekly, last 8/18/2021)862

State of Ohio (as posted on 8/23/2021)

New Cases in the Last 24-hours  2,775
21-day Average of New Cases2,511
Total Cases 1,183,761
Age Range all Cases
Median Age of all Cases41
Total Hospitalizations (cumulative)64,351 or 5%
Total Hospitalizations Last 24-hours136
21-day Average of Hospitalizations 112
Median Age of all Hospitalized66
Total ICU Admissions (cumulative)8,688 or 1% 
Total ICU Admissions last 24-hours 12
21-day Average of ICU Admissions 10
Total Health Care Workers Diagnosed 68,027 6%
Total Tested in Ohio14,665,694
Total Ohio Resident Deaths20,689
Median Age of Deaths 79
Ohio Resident Deaths in Last 24-hours0
21-day Average of Deaths9
Total Deaths in Ohio Long Term Care Settings (updated weekly, last 8/18/2021 – ODH adjusted this number) 7,683
Statewide Vaccinations Started5,992,183 or 51.3% of population

Contact Information


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