Community Updates Week of 8/30/2021

Lorain County is now Level Four/Red

Lorain County is now Level Four/Red on https://globalepidemics.org/  and over 11.25% on the CDC’s Tracking Tool (The CDC is the most up to date of the two.).

For the Stephens Care Center (SCC), this means that beginning next week, visits with non-Kendal guests will move to the outdoor visitation tents.  Reservations will continue to be made on Sign-Up Genius.  Independent Living Kendal at Oberlin residents may continue to meet SCC residents indoors.  Please call the resident you want to visit ahead and plan your time.  Independent Living residents visiting in the SCC will use the kiosk in the Friends Galley Hallway to self-screen before entering the SCC. For Independent Living, we ask that residents be extremely cautious when in public, practicing all COVID safety protocols.   

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.  We know this is difficult, but it is the best way to continue to protect one another, since a significant number of breakthrough cases can be asymptotic.

Lorain County Cases on the Rise

The Chronicle-Telegram

The estimated number of active COVID-19 cases in Lorain County rose again in the latest count released Monday. Lorain County Public Health now estimates there are 460 confirmed cases active in the county, compared with the 402 estimated on August 23.  Only confirmed cases are included in the weekly estimate – meaning the patients tested positive for the coronavirus on a PCR test. Probable patients — those who tested positive on just an antigen test or those who had symptoms of COVID-19 and were exposed to a confirmed case — are not part of Lorain County Public Health’s active case estimate.  The number of estimated COVID-19 cases active in Lorain County has more than doubled in August, when fewer than 200 cases were estimated early in the month. In addition to the new estimate, Lorain County Public Health also reported 21 local COVID-19 related hospitalizations in the past week, an increase of five compared with last week.

According to the county health department, there have been 459 people in Lorain County who have died as a result of COVID-19 throughout the pandemic. That is an increase of two compared with last week.  Lorain County Public Health data shows 212 of the county patients who died were age 80 or older, 140 were in their 70s and 74 were in their 60s. Others have been younger, with 22 reported to have been in their 50s, seven in their 40s, three in their 30s and one in their 20s.

Ohio, as a whole, reported 3,091 total new coronavirus cases Monday, according to Ohio Department of Health data. Of those new cases, 2,478 were confirmed and 613 were considered probable.

State health data also reported 104 new hospital admissions and 19 new intensive care unit admissions related to COVID-19 on Monday. The latest numbers provided to the Ohio Department of Health by the Ohio Hospital Association on Monday show 2,412 inpatient beds in the state are occupied by COVID-19 patients, as well as 696 intensive care unit beds and 433 ventilators.

The number of Ohioans who have been vaccinated against COVID-19 continues to increase daily. As of Monday, more than 6.05 million people in Ohio (51.84 percent of the state population) had received at least one dose of a COVID-19 shot, while more than 5.60 million people in that group (47.91 percent of the state population) had completed their vaccination with all recommended doses.

In Lorain County, specifically, 173,018 people (55.84 percent of the county population) were reported to have taken at least one dose as of Monday, and 161,136 of them (52.01 percent of the county population) had received all recommended doses.

COVID Boosters

COVID Boosters are coming!  Our meeting with the Ohio Department of Health is scheduled for September 9.  On this date, we will be informed how the State of Ohio plans to distribute COVID boosters to communities such as ours, as they did the initial dosages.  In the meantime, immunocompromised individuals may schedule boosters by individual appointments at Discount Drug Mart or CVS in Oberlin (local pharmacies not authorized to do mass COVID Booster Clinics).  If you would like to get your COVID Booster sooner and you are immunocompromised, you may do the following:

Currently, the CDC is recommending that moderately to severely immunocompromised people receive an additional dose. This includes people who have:

  • Been receiving active cancer treatment for tumors or cancers of the blood
  • Received an organ transplant and are taking medicine to suppress the immune system
  • Received a stem cell transplant within the last 2 years or are taking medicine to suppress the immune system
  • Moderate or severe primary immunodeficiency (such as DiGeorge syndrome or Wiskott-Aldrich syndrome)
  • Advanced or untreated HIV infection
  • Active treatment with high-dose corticosteroids or other drugs that may suppress your immune response

Don’s Article Gem’s and Interesting Reads

Flu Shot Timing: What’s Optimal?

This Medscape article reports on research that looks at the decline in antibody protection after the influenza vaccine and the need to reassess the timing of the fall flu shot and what the future of flu vaccine recommendations might be.

Biden Plans to Tie Vaccines for Nursing Home Staff to Federal Funding

This Medscape article covers the Biden administration’s signal of a mandate for all nursing facility staff to be vaccinated.  CMS and others involved in long-term care are calling this too narrow and that it is risking the loss of personnel who would move to other health care institutions that don’t have a mandate.

Americans are Losing Sight of the Pandemic Endgame (Atlantic Magazine)

George Cyphers offers this article offering insight on achieving a realistic stance as we consider what is becoming normal.

Have you missed these art exhibits?  

Residents who live on the west side of our campus – and staff members who work in the west end of the Heiser complex – may not be aware that the Kendal Art Committee installs rotating exhibits in the display window in the hallway outside the Admissions Office.  The exhibit that has just gone up is small sculptural pieces by Ted Nowick, created at various times during his 50-year artistic career. We hope you will come take a look at this and future exhibits.

Carol Conti-Entin Photography Exhibit, Wed. Sept. 1 at 4 pm – On KOTV and Zoom.

To Join the Zoom Meeting:  https://us02web.zoom.us/j/5300564434

Meeting ID: 530 056 4434 Dial by your location; +1 312 626 6799 US (Chicago)

Community Meetings

Coffee Hour

Friday, Sept. 3 at 9:30 on KOTV AND ZOOM We will not have an in-person Coffee Hour this Friday with our Lorain County positivity rate still going up and now past 10%.  Please use the following link for Zoom or tune into KOTV. https://kendal-org.zoom.us/j/85959096834 Meeting ID: 859 5909 6834 One tap mobile – +13017158592,,85959096834# US (Washington DC)

If you have NOT been reading Kendal’s Blogs, come learn what you are missing!

SAVE THE DATE- Health Services Forum on Wednesday, September 22 at 4 PM

Our Quarterly Health Services Forum returns this September 22nd at 4 PM on Zoom.  Our topics will include:

  • Supports for Neighbors in Need / How the Continuum of Care Works
  • Building Mental Health Resiliency
  • COVID Boosters
  • Q and A with our Medical Director

Our Zoom Link for the Health Services Forum is:  https://kendal-org.zoom.us/j/83883736087

SCC Council

Please note that the SCC Council Meeting scheduled for Wednesday, September 1st has been rescheduled for Wednesday, September 8th.

Facilities Updates

Griffith Paving Plan at Kendal:

There will be no sealcoat work on the Heiser Circle or at the apartment building lot this week.

The work scheduled for tomorrow is the following:

  • Lot 1 – Two areas will be milled and filled.  Existing asphalt (4” depth) will be removed and filled with new asphalt.
  • Lot 2 – Final topcoat will be applied tomorrow.

Fire Road (the road to nowhere) – Two areas will be milled and filled.  A damaged section connecting to walkway next to Whittier patio will be repaired as well.

Parking Lot 10 – The large pavement area was milled last Friday.  New asphalt will be placed tomorrow.

Additional walkways paved TUESDAY:

  • The walkway behind cottages 1 and 4 – stone base was installed today.  The new asphalt will be placed tomorrow.
  • The walkway to the mechanical room adjacent to the loading dock.

Note:  The walkway to HWC (Clinic) was removed and replaced with a stone base.  Ryan has the installation of a new concrete walk as part of Heiser landscape plan, which is starting in September.

Door Access Proximity Card Readers:

Ryan has reported that with the exception of a man door next to the Fitness Center workout room, our new security system is live and working, as planned.  We are waiting on parts to finish the conversion of that one door.  The pool door is closed at all times.  We are reminding residents to bring their cards when using the pool.

Staff are learning to carry a card with them as they enter and exit at night for breaks. The door is programmed to open the Employee Entrance Door for night teams.

Dining Updates

We want to express our appreciation again to the community for their outpouring of support and patience for our staff, as serving positions remain open and newer staff get more training on the job. This helps them to gain confidence and reach competence in the jobs more quickly. Schools are again in session and dining follows up on every job inquiry. 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! We are especially appreciative for the kind remarks when a difficult situation is handled as best possible (vs. rude remarks and or impatience).

Dining In Fox and Fell?  Carrying Out of Fox and Fell?  

Some residents are using their dine-in occasions to order a 2nd meal to take out. This is challenging the workload for staff mixing the systems and delays other residents from being serviced. If you wish to take a meal out, be sure to place that order before serving times or at the end of the meal service like other residents who take out a meal. If you are dining-in, only one meal should be ordered. PLEASE, this cooperation will assist the dining team to be more efficient to get meals to other tables. 

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:

Resident volunteers needed to assist in the Stephens Care Center

We are often asked what residents can do to assist in these unprecedented times.  Nursing and Dining staffing levels are often challenging these days and resident volunteers to help in the following areas and times would be welcomed. 

  • Resident Transport after Lunch: daily (12:30p- 2:00p): Transport residents in wheelchairs back to their rooms. 
  • Distributing and Collecting Resident Dinner Trays: Passing resident trays from 4:20pm until 5:15pm / Picking up resident trays from 6:00pm until 7:00pm

If you are interested, please contact Sue Campbell at scampbell@kao.kendal.org or call 775-9065.  We will provide you with the necessary training.  Sue will be organizing the initial efforts, but we do seek residents with an interest in serving as coordinators to ease the managerial burden. This would not necessarily be every day of the week but may need to go on a biweekly basis, depending on the schedule. 

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 Positive0
***Recovered38
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 85.9%

Lorain County (as of 8/31/2021)

New Cases (since Monday, August 23, 2021 – 7 day average: 71.6 per day)501
Total Lorain County Cases  21,867
Total in Zip Code 44074 (+8 since Monday, August 17, 2021)604
Current Lorain County Positivity Rate, rising11.25%
Total Deaths, age ranges 20-29 • 1; 30-39 • 3; 40-49 • 7; 50-59 • 22; 60-69 • 71; 70-79 • 138; 80+ • 212459
Total Deaths in Long Term Care Settings (updated weekly, last 8/25/2021, +1)239
Lorain County Vaccinations Started 173,018 or 55.8% of population

Cuyahoga County (as of 8/23/2021)

Cuyahoga County (excluding Cleveland)          87,816
Cleveland Cases 35,280
Total Cuyahoga County Cases123,096
New Cases (since Monday, August 23, 2021)            1,617
Total Cuyahoga County Deaths 2,449
Total Deaths in Long Term Care Settings (updated weekly, last 8/25/2021)865

State of Ohio (as posted on 8/30/2021)

New Cases in the Last 24-hours  3,091
21-day Average of New Cases3,399
Total Cases 1,214,986
Age Range all Cases
Median Age of all Cases41
Total Hospitalizations (cumulative)65,453 or 5%
Total Hospitalizations Last 24-hours104
21-day Average of Hospitalizations 137
Median Age of all Hospitalized66
Total ICU Admissions (cumulative)8,807 or 1% 
Total ICU Admissions last 24-hours 19
21-day Average of ICU Admissions 13
Total Health Care Workers Diagnosed 68,736 6%
Total Tested in Ohio14,916,297
Total Ohio Resident Deaths20,799
Median Age of Deaths 79
Ohio Resident Deaths in Last 24-hours0
21-day Average of Deaths12
Total Deaths in Ohio Long Term Care Settings (updated weekly, last 8/25/2021 – ODH adjusted this number) 7,697
Statewide Vaccinations Started6,059,839 or 51.8% of population

Contact Information


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