Community Updates Week of 8/9/2021

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 to set up electronic, audio, and/or video methods to connect with your loved ones living in the Stephens Care Center.

Interesting reads:

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

Different COVID Symptoms in Older Adults

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!

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.

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:

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

Annual Disclosure Statement Presentation: A Zoom Webinar Register Ahead.

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.

Thursday, Aug. 12, Afternoon Exchange at 4 p.m. by ZOOM

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

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 19
KaO Staff Total35
Kendal at Oberlin Total37
***In Quarantine, COVID Positive3
Kendal at Oberlin Vaccination Overall Rate533 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, rising5.6%
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 167,448 or 54.0% of population

Cuyahoga County (as of 7/26/2021)

Cuyahoga County (excluding Cleveland)          83,974
Cleveland Cases 34,305
Total Cuyahoga County Cases118,279
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 Cases1,230
Total Cases 1,143,599
Age Range all Cases<1-111
Median Age of all Cases41
Total Hospitalizations (cumulative)62,575 or 5%
Total Hospitalizations Last 24-hours55
21-day Average of Hospitalizations 66
Median Age of all Hospitalized66
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 Ohio14,276,532
Total Ohio Resident Deaths20,556
Median Age of Deaths 79
Ohio Resident Deaths in Last 24-hours0
21-day Average of Deaths6
Total Deaths in Ohio Long Term Care Settings (updated weekly, last 8/3/2021 – ODH adjusted this number) 7,650
Statewide Vaccinations Started5,852,623 or 50.1% of population

Contact Information

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