Focus on prevention of COVID-19 virus establishes new procedures.   COVID-19 Updates

Community Updates Week of 8/31/2020

September 4, 2020: Update to Residents

Calm, Proactive Preparedness

Ohio Has Been Downgraded from a Level Three (Red) to a Level One (Yellow)

The Level One (Yellow) designation indicates active exposure and spread of the CORONAVIRUS, all precautions are to be maintained.  

Senior – Shopping

Independent Living Kendalites may shop at “Senior Shopping Hours at local retailers; however, please note shopping during “Senior Shopping” at Walmart and Discount Drug Mart is not permitted as they do not limit entrance, limit the number of shoppers, nor continually sanitize carts. IGA Senior Shopping is only on Tues-Wed-Thurs 6-7 am

Walmart Grocery Delivery 9/3/20

Apologies for those who had an excessively long wait on Thursday. Polly was working with Walmart to determine what happened. The hold-up was partially due to a resident who uses two different names for her orders. This creates problems!

Monday is Labor Day

Thank You Kendal at Oberlin Staff for all of your hard work on behalf of our community every day, but even more especially through this pandemic. Your efforts are extraordinary and the care and support you provide our residents and your coworkers is admirable! THANK YOU and please enjoy your holiday safely (whether on Monday or another day)!

No CORONAVIRUS Update Monday

With the Labor Day Holiday many staff will be away resulting in no Monday CORONAVIRUS Update. Our next update, unless an urgent matter happens, will be Wednesday, September 9.

Northwest Bank ATM is Out of Order

Our Northwest Bank ATM remains out of order. Northwest Bank is working to rectify this situation. Online banking remains available at www.northwest.com and our Northwest Bank Branch is available by appointment by calling 775-1361.

Fitness Videos Next Week

There will be no exercise video run on Monday, September 7, Labor Day (No Information Technology Staff will be here on Labor Day.)

Wednesday, September 9 – balance…Friday, September 11 – chair…Videos run at 9:30am and 4:00pm

Fitness Center

The Fitness Center is closed on Monday; no pool time or equipment will be available.

Pool Scheduling – You may only sign up for 2 lap pool days per week. If you have signed up for more than 2, please let Fitness Center know which days to take you off the schedule by calling 775-9851.

Pool and Fitness Center Reminders Enforced for Everyone’s Safety

For the Pool:

  • Please shower before you arrive. showers and lockers WILL NOT be in use at this time. After swimming, you will be asked to shower at home. Restrooms WILL BE available.
  • Please arrive at your designated arrival time. Pool users will arrive 15 minutes before their scheduled time. Example: All swimmers scheduled for 10:00am would arrive at 9:45am.

For the Equipment Room:

  • Please arrive at your designated arrival time. All Equipment Room users will arrive 10 minutes before their scheduled time. Example: All users scheduled for 10:00am would arrive at 9:50am. All Fitness Room users will arrive 5 minutes before their scheduled time. Example: All users scheduled for 10:00am would arrive at 9:55am.

For Both the Pool and Equipment Room:

  • Please wear your mask into the area. You will be able to take it off while working out.
  • You will enter from the eastern door near the pool and relaxation room.
  • Sanitize your hands upon entering.
  • Stop at check-in station and report to staff. There will be spaces marked, 6 feet apart.
  • Staff will direct you when it is your turn to enter the area. Pool users will be provided a towel.
  • Showers and lockers WILL NOT be in use at this time. Restrooms WILL BE available.
  • Please leave through the western door near the Equipment Room.
  • Please wear your mask out of the area.

From Dining Services

  • We had a good turnout for the Farmer’s Market today and sold quite a bit of produce. Everything looked good, and the peaches are very ripe; only one more week before they will be done. 
  • Dining Services Hotline – If you have a question or a problem with a meal or delivery, you should call us at 440-775-9801. This phone is monitored during business hours by on-duty staff every day. This is your best method to have your issue solved quickly!  

Reminder of Movies for the Weekend:

  • Friday – Outdoors, Bocce Ball Lawn, showing Harvey at 8:15pm
  • Saturday – On KOTV, Milagro Beanfield War at 7:15pm
  • Sunday – Outdoors, Bocce Ball Lawn, showing Norma Rae at 8:15pm
  • Monday – Outdoors, Bocce Ball Lawn, showing Babe at 8:15pm

In Honor of the Holiday Weekend MOVIE EXTRAVAGANZA:

Which Alfred Hitchcock film starred Grace Kelly as Lisa Carol Fremont? Do you know how many films have Kate Winslet and Leonardo DiCaprio starred in together? Or the first word spoken in Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back? What about the name of the second James Bond film? Can you name the classic film from which the iconic line ‘Frankly my dear, I don’t give a damn’ came?

These are just a few examples from RadioTimes.com “55 film questions and answers for your virtual home pub quiz.” 

COVID has given all of us way too much time to catch up on TV programming and movies. Now might be the perfect time to put all that knowledge to good use through hosting a virtual trivia night. The Stream Geeks show you how to host a virtual party with live trivia

EverSound shares a trivia worksheet – open-ended and multiple choice.

Giraffe at the Cleveland Zoo
Last Friday’s Wind Storm
Elephant at Cleveland Zoo

While we had the unfortunate result of losing lots of branches and trees last Friday, Rachel Duncan’s connection with the Cleveland Zoo (her husband works there) helped us connect a very useful purpose to have the zoo cart away branches and leaves for the animals’ enjoyment and to enhance their natural habitat.


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 9/2/2020, 2 day average: 15.5)29
Total Lorain County Cases 2,209
Total Deaths, age ranges 30-39 • 1; 50-59 • 4; 60-69 • 11; 70-79 • 19, 80+ • 4378
Total Deaths in Long Term Care Settings (updated weekly, last 9/3/2020)39

Cuyahoga County

Cuyahoga County (excluding Cleveland) Not Updated since 8/28/202011,224
Cleveland Cases5,613
Total Cuyahoga County Cases16,837
Combined New Cases (since Wednesday, 9/2 – 2 day avg 287.5. updated today 9/4)                  575
Total Cuyahoga County Deaths640
Total Deaths in Long Term Care Settings (updated weekly, last 9/3/2020)274

State of Ohio (as of 2PM)

New Cases in the Last 24-Hours 1,332
21 Day Average of New Cases1,032
Total Cases 128,444
Age Range all Cases<1-109
Median Age of all Cases41
Total Hospitalizations (cumulative)13,731 or 11%
Total Hospitalizations last 24 hrs 68
21 Day Average of Hospitalizations 76
Median Age of all Hospitalized64
Total ICU Admissions (cumulative)3,022 or 2%
Total ICU Admissions last 24 hours 19
21 Day Average of ICU Admissions 13
Total Health Care Workers Diagnosed 14,100 or 11%
Total Tested in Ohio2,342,906
Total Deaths  4,248 or 3%
Median Age of Deaths 80
Deaths in Last 24 hours 22
21 Day Average of Deaths 22
Total Deaths in Long Term Care Settings (updated weekly, last 9/3/2020)2,341

September 2, 2020: Update to Residents

Calm, Proactive Preparedness

No COVID in August 24 Stephens Care Center Staff Testing

We are pleased to share that all the results are now in for the August 24 Stephens Care Center associated staff COVID-19 testing, over 140 members were tested, representing all staff that work in or may be called to assist with an emergency or other concern in the Stephens Care Center. Our next round of COVID-19 testing took place today with that same staff.

Thursday- Stephens Care Center Resident Voting Procedures – Zoom Meeting

Election Day is quickly approaching and with it a number of questions, especially about how our Stephens Care Center residents will be able to engage in this process during the COVID-19 Pandemic. Please join us this Thursday, September 3, at 7pm Eastern Time on a Zoom Meeting as we share the procedures we have planned with the Lorain County Board of Elections to ensure voter integrity and opportunity this year.  

Join the Stephens Care Center Zoom Meeting, Thursday, September 3, at 7pm ET
One tap mobile, +16465588656,,94786663366# US (New York)
By phone: +1 646 558 8656 US (New York) – Meeting ID: 947 8666 3366

Outdoor Movies start Friday Night

Equipment has been secured for a Holiday Weekend with Movies Outdoors and Indoors at Kendal. Location: Apartment Lawn used for croquet and bocce ball. Thanks to our resident and staff leaders making this possible. 

Please bring your own lawn chair for outdoor movies, if possible. Kendal will have a limited supply of our new folding chairs purchased for outside visiting. 

Harvey, a 1950 movie starring Jimmy Stewart, will be shown on Friday night starting at 8:15pm. Stewart shines in this Pulitzer Prize-winning play as the good-natured Elwood P. Dowd, whose constant companion is a six-foot tall rabbit that only he can see.

Saturday- Movie “IN” on your Kendal TV channel 920. Milagro Beanfield WarA Chicano farmer attempts to irrigate his land despite the objections of townspeople and land developers. 

Sunday- Movie will be OUTSIDE, starting at 8:15 pm. “Norma Rae” (1979), Sally Field won an Oscar for her role as a single mom who reluctantly becomes a leader of an effort to unionize the workers of her cotton mill. This is based on a true story.

Monday- Movie will be OUTSIDE, “Babe”, a pig who doesn’t conform to the farm’s social hierarchy and avoids being the Christmas dinner. 

Pet Salon at Kendal on Saturday

Kerry Trent will be at the front gate on Saturday, September 5, to trim the nails of cats and small dogs. Please call or email Priscilla Steinberg to set up a time. Appointments for each only take about 10 minutes. 

New Kendal Early Learning Center Website is now LIVE

KELC website bannerThe Kendal Early Learning Center updated website is live. Great work Jeni Hoover, Terry Kovach and everyone involved! 

Requests to Transport Voters to Board of Elections

We will do our best to transport residents that do not drive who are part of a household to the Board of Elections to drop off their ballots. Our preference is that you get it in the mail early or follow the procedures to have Kendal’s deputies help you do your voting here. If you do not drive and your choice is to take your ballot to drop it off at the Board of Elections, please sign up near the mailboxes so we can plan the trips. Only 5 persons can travel at one time, and we are offering this only for households that do not have a driver. We will schedule trips based on signups and alert you when you are scheduled. 

REPEAT ITEM – With Corrections

VOTER DEADLINES for the 2020 General Election on November 3 

(Note: Bolded dates are suggested for Kendal voters)

  • September 7 – Register to vote by mail or online by September 7. (Actual deadline of October 5 is too late for Absentee Ballot voters.)
  • September 15 – Mail Applications for Absentee ballots by September 15. (Deadline is October 31, but that does not allow enough time to receive and return the ballot by U.S. mail.)
  • October 6 – Board of Elections will begin mailing ballots to Absentee Voters on October 6.
  • October 24 – Mail your completed Absentee Ballot from Kendal by October 24. (This allows time for Board of Elections to receive ballot without an ‘official’ Post Office postmark.)
  • October 25 – November 2 – Period to mail your Absentee Ballot through the Post Office (their post-mark is considered official.) (Absolute deadline is post-marked in-person at the Post Office on November 2.)
  • October 31 – Hand-delivered Absentee Ballots may be brought to the Board of Elections directly by October 31. (Absolute deadline is 7:30pm on Election Day, November 3, but best to avoid last-minute voting.)

REMINDER: Meal Delivery Times Are Changing

Labor Day is upon us! The majority of the staff are students and will be returning to school, forcing us to make adjustments to what we have done thus far. In response to the overwhelming poll results from last week, we will be maintaining our current meal selection and delivery system by moving our delivery times to later in the day. Starting next Tuesday, September 8, meal distribution will begin around 3:30pm and we hope to have all meals delivered by 5:30pm.

The Week’s Exercise Videos on Channel 19

Exercise videos will run at 9:30am and 4:00pm.

  • Friday, September 4 – chair

Outdoor Classes are going WELL and have openings:

Monday/Fridays: yoga/stretch/balance at 10:15am:

     Low impact Aerobic/bodyweight at 11:30am and Multi-level chair at 2:30pm

Tuesday/Thursdays: Aerobic/bodyweight class at 10:15am:

     Stretch/balance at 11:30am and Multi-level chair at 2:30pm

Lost and Found

What have you been looking for and can’t figure out where it went?????

While we don’t have auditorium programs to catch folks looking for their “lost items,” they will be displayed on a card table in the Heiser Lounge if you are missing anything.


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, 8/31/2020, 2 day average: 3)6
Total Lorain County Cases 2,180
Total Deaths, age ranges 30-39 • 1; 50-59 • 4; 60-69 • 11; 70-79 • 19, 80+ • 4378
Total Deaths in Long Term Care Settings (updated weekly, last 8/28/2020)39

Cuyahoga County

Cuyahoga County (excluding Cleveland – not updated since 8/28)10,689
Cleveland Cases5,573
Total Cuyahoga County Cases16,262
Combined New Cases (since Mon 8/31/2020, 2 day average: 20.5 – Cuyahoga County not updated since 8/28)                  41
Total Cuyahoga County Deaths611
Total Deaths in Long Term Care Settings (updated weekly, last 8/28/2020)266

State of Ohio (as of 2PM)

New Cases in the Last 24-Hours 1,156
21 Day Average of New Cases1,025
Total Cases 125,767
Age Range all Cases<1-109
Median Age of all Cases42
Total Hospitalizations (cumulative)13,574 or 11%
Total Hospitalizations last 24 hrs 95
21 Day Average of Hospitalizations 80
Median Age of all Hospitalized64
Total ICU Admissions (cumulative)2,989 or 2%
Total ICU Admissions last 24 hours 14
21 Day Average of ICU Admissions 13
Total Health Care Workers Diagnosed 13,869 or 11%
Total Tested in Ohio2,286,138
Total Deaths  4,176 or 3%
Median Age of Deaths 80
Deaths in Last 24 hours 11
21 Day Average of Deaths 21
Total Deaths in Long Term Care Settings (updated weekly, last 8/28/2020)2,262

August 31, 2020: Update to Residents

Calm, Proactive Preparedness


Meal Delivery Times Are Changing

Labor Day is upon us! The majority of the staff are students and will be returning to school, forcing us to make adjustments to what we have done thus far. In response to the overwhelming poll results from last week, we will be maintaining our current meal selection and delivery system by moving our delivery times to later in the day. Starting next Tuesday, September 8, meal distribution will begin around 3:30pm and we hope to have all meals delivered by 5:30pm.

Our apologies to those who have become accustomed to eating a large mid-day meal. One suggestion I have heard from several residents is to hold one day’s meal in the refrigerator so you are actually eating the meal delivered the day before. Because the meals are blast-chilled and delivered cold, this is a safe practice provided you keep your meal refrigerated. Questions? Call Greg Zehe at 775-9806. 

Courtyard Garden - tall sunflower

Courtyard Garden Tours Available

If you missed a chance to tour the Courtyard Garden on Monday, you can still tour on Saturday, September 5, from 9-12pm. Correction: Thanks to Tom Taylor (and Mary Behm), helpers for David. Phil Pritchett was incorrectly mentioned. Phil serves as the SCC KORA representative. Tom Konkoly caught a picture of the 12-foot sunflowers before the big rainstorm last Friday.

Results of Stephens Care Center Staff COVID-19 Testing on Monday, August 24

Most of the results from our Stephens Care Center Staff COVID-19 testing have been received, as of mid-day today, all results returned have been negative for COVID-19. We are waiting for a few more test results to be returned.  Our next Stephens Care Center Staff COVID-19 Testing will take place on Wednesday, September 2, as part of our mandatory two-week testing cadence with the Ohio Department of Health.

Stephens Care Center Resident Voting Procedures Zoom Meeting

Election Day is quickly approaching and with it a number of questions, especially about how our Stephens Care Center residents will be able to engage in this process during the COVID-19 Pandemic. Please join us this Thursday, September 3, at 7pm Eastern Time on a Zoom Meeting as we share the procedures we have planned with the Lorain County Board of Elections to ensure voter integrity and opportunity this year.  

Join this Stephens Care Center Zoom Meeting, Thursday, September 3, at 7pm ET
Meeting ID: 947 8666 3366, One tap mobile +16465588656,,94786663366# US (New York)
Dial by your location – +1 646 558 8656 US (New York), Meeting ID: 947 8666 3366

VOTER DEADLINES for the 2020 General Election on November 3

  •  September 7 – Register to vote by mail or online by September 7.
  •  September 15 – Mail Applications for Absentee ballots by September 15. (Deadline is October 31, but that does not allow enough time to receive and return the ballot by U.S. mail.)
  • October 6 – Board of Elections will begin mailing ballots to Absentee Voters on October 6.
  • October 24 – Mail your completed Absentee Ballot from Kendal by October 24. (This allows time for Board of Elections to receive ballot without an ‘official’ Post Office postmark.) 
  • October 25 – November 2 – Period to mail your Absentee Ballot through the Post Office (their post-mark is considered official.) (Absolute deadline is post-marked in-person at the Post Office on November 2.)
  • October 31 – Hand-delivered Absentee Ballots may be brought to the Board of Elections directly by October 31. (Absolute deadline is 7:30pm on Election Day, November 4, but best to avoid last-minute voting.) 

Pet Salon at Kendal on Saturday

Kerry Trent will be at the front gate on Saturday, September 5, to trim the nails of cats and small dogs. Please call or email Priscilla Steinberg to set up a time. 

The Week’s Exercise Videos on Channel 19

  • Wednesday, September 2 – balance; Friday, September 4 – chair
  • Exercise videos will run at 9:30am and 4:00pm.

Free Documentary Playlists on YouTube

YouTube has a plethora of free documentaries that allow you to explore a wide variety of topics, adventures, countries, cultures, and activities. Here’s just a taste of what you will find:

  • Mystery Places: Most Unique Roundabout and Whole Village in a Cave – Visit the world’s smallest island that takes 15 minutes to drive across. 
  • Most Impressive Journeys and Roads: Traveling Iran by train; Deadliest journeys – Java Volcano; Extreme jobs – Bridge Rigger
  • Engineering and Science: Manufacturing an Airbus A350, the world’s first time machine, how submarines work, sinking a destroyer

Other Playlists include: How It Works; Climate Change; Wildlife & Nature; All Aboard East Coast Trains; Best History Documentaries; UFOs; Travel.

Maps used to check for COVID activity in Ohio Counties and Nationwide

US Map  Ohio Map     

graphic - Teamwork

Thank you Staff and Residents for doing everything you can to keep Kendal at Oberlin safe!

Today’s Statistics

Kendal at Oberlin

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 8/28/2020, 3 day average: 10)30
Total Lorain County Cases 2,174
Total Deaths, age ranges 30-39 • 1; 50-59 • 4; 60-69 • 11; 70-79 • 19, 80+ • 4378
Total Deaths in Long Term Care Settings (updated weekly, last 8/28/2020)39

Cuyahoga County

Cuyahoga County (excluding Cleveland) Not Updated10,689
Cleveland Cases5,532
Total Cuyahoga County Cases16,221
Combined New Cases (since Friday 8/28/2020, 3 day averagw: 22.3 – Cuyahoga County not updated)                  67
Total Cuyahoga County Deaths588
Total Deaths in Long Term Care Settings (updated weekly, last 8/28/2020)266

State of Ohio

New Cases in the Last 24-Hours 895
21 Day Average of New Cases1,020
Total Cases 123,157
Age Range all Cases<1-109
Median Age of all Cases42
Total Hospitalizations (cumulative)13,376 or 11%
Total Hospitalizations last 24 hrs 59
21 Day Average of Hospitalizations 83
Median Age of all Hospitalized64
Total ICU Admissions (cumulative)2,961 or 2%
Total ICU Admissions last 24 hours 71
21 Day Average of ICU Admissions 13
Total Health Care Workers Diagnosed 13,627 or 11%
Total Tested in Ohio2,237,613
Total Deaths  4,138 or 3%
Median Age of Deaths 80
Deaths in Last 24 hours 10
21 Day Average of Deaths 22
Total Deaths in Long Term Care Settings (updated weekly, last 8/28/2020)2,262

Contact Information


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