Calm, Proactive Preparedness
August 11, 2021: Update to Residents
Update on the Stephens Care Center
We continue through our protocols as a follow up to a positive COVID case associated with the Stephens Care Center (SCC) which was discovered during outbreak testing conducted on Thursday, August 5. We are following federal requirements from the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services and guidance from Lorain County Public Health. The concern we have with the positive COVID19 case discovered last Thursday is that the staff person that tested positive was vaccinated and had been throughout the Stephens Care Center (SCC) performing routine duties prior to the discovery. As part of our standing protocol, that staff person was wearing appropriate Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to protect others.
As we shared on Friday, August 6, no additional cases were discovered. Yesterday, August 9, a PCR test was given to all SCC residents and SCC staff members, along with housekeepers, Transportation and Facility Services personal. The results of these tests should be received this week. In addition, another round of the quick antigen tests are scheduled for the same group on Thursday, August 12. These tests provide immediate (15-minute) results.
Our health officials have shared with us that the 4-5 day mark is an important marker in determining if there has been additional community spread of COVID-19. Our discovery was on Thursday, August 5, and on Monday, August 9, the PCR tests were given. This would be counted as Day 5. Once we get these results back from the laboratory later this week, coupled with our planned antigen testing on Thursday, August 12, we will have high confidence in assessing if there has been any spread and, if not, moving forward to the lifting of outbreak COVID safety protocols currently in place for the SCC.
Last week, we announced that SCC residents that could safely go outside on the Kendal grounds could sign themselves out and do so, while remaining socially distanced from others. As of today, residents living within the Stephens Care Center can meet in small groups of 4 or less, while masked and socially distanced.
We continue to daily assess this outbreak situation. If all this week’s PCR (Monday) and antigen (Thursday) tests come back negative, then on Friday, August 13, the following will resume:
- Indoor visitation with family and friends. Visits will 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 will be able to sign-out and access public spaces on the Kendal at Oberlin campus.
- Non-SCC Kendal residents will be 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.)
- Compassionate care visits for end of life, mental health, and other life-changing concerns continue.
It is important that you remain connected with your family member/friend living in the Stephens Care Center while we have paused visitation. Please be in touch with Michele Tarsitano-Amato, Director of Creative Arts Therapy, at firstname.lastname@example.org to set up electronic, audio, and/or video methods to connect with your loved ones living in the Stephens Care Center.
Shared by Don Parker
NYT article on COVID and vaccinated people: This answers many questions people are asking. It’s informative and authoritative reporting.
An Update on Boosters for Immunocompromised Individuals: Here is an article quoting Dr. Fauci and others on the need for booster vaccinations for immunocompromised individuals (the sooner the better) and older people who got their shots in the early role out of the vaccine.
Projected Course and Timeline of Delta: Medscape interviews the top epidemiologists across the country on the projected course and timeline of the Delta variant and what comes next. There is good information on the importance of behavioral factors (masking, etc.), effect of Delta making herd immunity harder to reach and the types of vaccines we might see coming down the road.
Shared by Kathy Hazelton
Center Pond Tours
Nick Long reports that summer tours of Center Pond to view the native wildflowers up close have been offered since 2016. Residents may tour on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday (Aug. 11-13) from 9:30 a.m.11 a.m. each day. You do not need an appointment. Just come to the raft landing at the northeast end of the pond and someone will take you to the island on the raft and give you a tour. Unfortunately, we are not able to accommodate motorized wheelchairs. I hope you will enjoy this opportunity to see native Ohio blooms up close!
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
Upcoming Zoom Invites
When: Wednesday, August 11, at 04:00pm
With webinars, you register in advance by using this link. 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.
Meeting ID: 921 4392 7958; One tap mobile: +13126266799,,92143927958# US (Chicago)
Agenda: COVID Updates; Kendal Affiliate Updates; How does Kendal resemble a Kibbutz Model? (Gary Olin); Kendal’s First Solar Project; KORA Announcements; Q&A; Kendal Poll
Kendal at Oberlin (KaO)
|Independent Living Resident Cases||0|
|Stephens Care Center (SCC) Resident Cases|
|Residential Care Facility||2|
|Skilled Nursing Facility||0|
|KaO Residents Total||2|
|KaO SCC Staff Cases||16|
|KaO Other Staff Cases||19|
|KaO Staff Total||35|
|Kendal at Oberlin Total||37|
|***In Quarantine, COVID Positive||3|
|Kendal at Oberlin Vaccination Overall Rate||533 of 567, or 94.0%|
|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 223, or 84.7%|
Lorain County (as of 8/8/2021)
|New Cases (since Monday, August 1, 2021 – 7 day average: xx per day)||192|
|Total Lorain County Cases||20,696|
|Total in Zip Code 44074 (+8 since Monday, August 1, 2021)||581|
|Current Lorain County Positivity Rate, rising||5.6%|
|Total Deaths, age ranges 20-29 • 1; 30-39 • 3; 40-49 • 7; 50-59 • 22; 60-69 • 71; 70-79 • 138; 80+ • 212||456|
|Total Deaths in Long Term Care Settings (updated weekly, last 7/28/2021, +1)||238|
|Lorain County Vaccinations Started||167,448 or 54.0% of population|
Cuyahoga County (as of 7/26/2021)
|Cuyahoga County (excluding Cleveland)||83,974|
|Total Cuyahoga County Cases||118,279|
|New Cases (since Monday, August 1,2021)||1,026|
|Total Cuyahoga County Deaths||2,431|
|Total Deaths in Long Term Care Settings (updated weekly, last 8/3/2021)||858|
State of Ohio (as posted on 8/8/2021)
|New Cases in the Last 24-hours||1,269|
|21-day Average of New Cases||1,230|
|Age Range all Cases||<1-111|
|Median Age of all Cases||41|
|Total Hospitalizations (cumulative)||62,575 or 5%|
|Total Hospitalizations Last 24-hours||55|
|21-day Average of Hospitalizations||66|
|Median Age of all Hospitalized||66|
|Total ICU Admissions (cumulative)||8,537 or 1%|
|Total ICU Admissions last 24-hours||8|
|21-day Average of ICU Admissions||7|
|Total Health Care Workers Diagnosed||66,666 or 6%|
|Total Tested in Ohio||14,276,532|
|Total Ohio Resident Deaths||20,556|
|Median Age of Deaths||79|
|Ohio Resident Deaths in Last 24-hours||0|
|21-day Average of Deaths||6|
|Total Deaths in Ohio Long Term Care Settings (updated weekly, last 8/3/2021 – ODH adjusted this number)||7,650|
|Statewide Vaccinations Started||5,852,623 or 50.1% of population|
If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Stacy Terrell, Chief Health Services Officer, at 440-775-9811