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Community Updates Week of 9/14/2020

September 18, 2020: Update to Residents

Calm, Proactive Preparedness

Lorain County Moves up to Level 2, Orange

Lorain County has moved up to Level 2 indicating increased exposure and spread. Lorain County citizens are instructed to exercise increased caution. This increased Level is being driven by a tight Intensive-Care capacity in county hospitals and continued positive COVID cases confirmed during outpatient visits.

This change in Level does not impact any current protocols at Kendal at Oberlin.

Level One – Yellow, Level Two – Orange, Level Three – Red, Level Four – Purple. 

For more data specific to Lorain County, visit Lorain County Public Health.

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Voting

Kendal encourages everyone to exercise your right to vote this fall! Many Kendalites are making the decision to vote by mail.

Absentee Ballot Request Form

Boards of Elections in Ohio are not permitted to begin mailing out regular Absentee Ballots until October 6 for the November 3 General Election. Link to the Absentee Ballot Request Form 

Forms will also be available in the Heiser Lounge. Return Absentee Ballot Request forms to: ​

  • Lorain County Board of Elections
  • 1985 North Ridge Road East
  • Lorain, OH 44055

The United States Postal Service estimates first class mail may take 2 to 5 days for delivery. Please keep this in mind when mailing election-related materials.

Kendal does not endorse in-person voting due to the pandemic. However, in-person voting at the Lorain County Board of Elections does begin on October 5. Our local poll on November 3 is now located at The Lodge of New Russia Township, 46300 Butternut Ridge Road.  

Stephens Care Center residents are being assisted by a team under the Supervision of the Lorain County Board of Elections.

Absentee Ballot Lookup: After mailing a request for an absentee ballot in the November 3, 2020 General Election to the Lorain County Board of Elections, people can verify receipt of their requests online. Click here to verify receipt of your ballot and fill in the three question boxes on the webpage. Then hit the submit button. The results pop up instantly. P.S., If no record shows up on the first check, try again in a few days to allow more time for posting.

How to Protect Yourself from COVID-19 While Traveling

This is one of the best articles published covering all modes of travel in this pandemic that everyone should read. Thanks to the resident who passed it along but wishes to remain unnamed!

Governor DeWine incorrectly points blame at nursing homes for visitation frustrations:

During a press briefing (1 hour 02 minute mark) Thursday, Sept 17, Governor DeWine stated: “If you have a loved one, and you cannot get into a nursing home, that is the nursing home that is stopping you from going in. It is not the Health Department.” This is incorrect. LeadingAge Ohio has advocated for months for the reopening of safe indoor visitation and is currently working with association partners and the DeWine Administration on guidance for that reopening. Neither the Governor nor the Ohio Department of Health have given providers guidance or permission to resume indoor visitation, and the Administration later clarified that indoor visitation has not yet been reopened by the state. Kathryn Brod from LeadingAge Ohio stated the following in response to the statement: “When the Governor stated that nursing homes were to blame for ongoing visitation restrictions, we heard an immediate outcry from providers around the state. Our members continue to follow state and federal regulations pertaining to visitation, and at no point have Ohio providers been given guidance or permission to offer indoor visitation from the Administration.”

Watch Battery/Cleaning

Reminder to have your watch to the receptionist by Monday, 9/21, in an envelope with $10 cash or check (made out to Mary Fowler) that is sealed closed. If your watch needs more than a battery, the Fowlers will contact you. Please put your email/phone number on the envelope.

League of Women Voters of Ohio

One more important program on voting will be presented by the League of Women Voters of Ohio and the Ohio Voter Rights Coalition on Zoom this month, set for 7pm and requires registration.

September 21 — Panel Discussion on Equitable Voter Access: The Long Road to Access – Are We There Yet? Register for this event here.

Lorenzo’s Pizza Orders Delivered Next Week

Monday’s news update will give you what delivery days to what unit numbers.

Johnny Comes Calling Next Week

You can place your favorite beverage orders with Johnny’s this Monday and Tuesday for delivery on Thursday, September 24, at 10am. Call Terry at 440-774-8215.

Quick Updates

  • The Kendal Marketing Team showed a cottage today–in-person–to prospects. This is the first time we have had prospects come to Kendal since the pandemic began. It worked very well. The couple was met in the parking lot closest to the cottage. Everyone kept their distance, and all wore masks.
  • The Education Center Conference Room is being prepared as an indoor visitation station for Stephens Care Center residents as the cooler weather approaches.
  • The William Penn is being prepared as an indoor visitation station for Independent Living residents as the cooler weather approaches…more details to follow.
  • With nighttime coming earlier, please watch for pedestrians if you are riding your bike or trike around the campus. Bike riders should dismount and walk their bikes on the covered walkways and on Buttonbush Bridge for safety when approaching pedestrians.
  • Good Read: Zoom Security Awareness

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 Wednesday 9/16/2020, 2 day average: 9.0)18
Total Lorain County Cases 2,312
Total Deaths, age ranges 30-39 • 1; 50-59 • 4; 60-69 • 11; 70-79 • 21, 80+ • 4380
Total Deaths in Long Term Care Settings (updated weekly, last 9/17/2020)39

Cuyahoga County

Cuyahoga County (excluding Cleveland – updated on Fridays, last updated 9/18)11,736
Cleveland Cases5,872
Total Cuyahoga County Cases17,608
Combined New Cases (since Wednesday 9/16/2020 – Cuyahoga County is updated every Fri, skewing data)                  310
Total Cuyahoga County Deaths681
Total Deaths in Long Term Care Settings (updated weekly, last 9/17/2020)308

State of Ohio (as of 2PM)

New Cases in the Last 24-Hours 1,011
21 Day Average of New Cases1,070
Total Cases 142,596
Age Range all Cases<1-109
Median Age of all Cases40
Total Hospitalizations (cumulative)14,687 or 10%
Total Hospitalizations last 24 hrs 62
21 Day Average of Hospitalizations 70
Median Age of all Hospitalized64
Total ICU Admissions (cumulative)3,161 or 2%
Total ICU Admissions last 24 hours 12
21 Day Average of ICU Admissions 10
Total Health Care Workers Diagnosed 15,297 or 11%
Total Tested in Ohio2,745,431
Total Deaths  4,608 or 3%
Median Age of Deaths 80
Deaths in Last 24 hours 28
21 Day Average of Deaths 24
Total Deaths in Long Term Care Settings (updated weekly, last 9/17/2020)2,548

September 16, 2020: Update to Residents

Calm, Proactive Preparedness

Watch Battery/Cleaning a GO!

We’ve had a great response from residents who need a watch battery/cleaning by Mary and Malcolm FOWLER* who operated Herricks for so many years. Please bring your watch to the receptionist BY MONDAY, 9/21, in an envelope with $10 cash or check (made out to Mary Fowler) that is sealed closed. If your watch needs more than a battery, the Fowlers will contact you.

*CORRECTION:  In Monday’s update, we inadvertently misnamed the recent owners of Herrick’s Jewelry.  This former Oberlin business was most recently owned by Malcolm and Mary Fowler.  There was indeed a Mr. Herrick who owned and named the business, but he died several years ago. Many thanks to the many Kendalites that caught this error! 

ZOOM Exchange or KOTV on Thursday

Join us for various updates and the most recent adaptions on campus to address COVID risks. This is an exchange, so if you want to join in and  “chat,” join by ZOOM. Meeting ID: 921 4392 7958 – One Tap Mobile: +13126266799,,92143927958# US (Chicago)

Washington Post – Live Updates (free to all)

  • Coronavirus vaccine might not slow the pandemic for 6 to 9 months, experts say;
  • Maine wedding ‘super-spreader’ event is now linked to seven deaths. None of those people attended.

Oberlin CVS Good for Senior Hours

Periodically we have commented on the stores that offer Senior Shopping Hours and what steps they take to assure safety of their customers. The ability of management to manage senior hours in the stores varies which is why we will sometimes not recommend some stores. Oberlin’s CVS has been evaluated to be safe for your use. The Senior Hour is Wednesdays from 9am-10am.

Oberlin Library

Many of you have been using the Oberlin Library’s generous service of bringing books, movies, and tapes to Kendal thanks to the initiative of Joe Colucci, working with director Darren McDonough. We would like to pilot offering “browsing” in the library for a capped 15-minute period on Monday-Friday 1-3pm. The library limits capacity at 20 patrons and has 4 staff on the floor to be sure masks are worn, distancing is kept, and patrons are not socializing. They remind patrons of this when they enter. We would appreciate your feedback on how this is working from your observation and use. Happy Browsing!

The ATM Machine at Northwest Bank is Working…Slowly

The Kendal Northwest Bank ATM is currently working, but patience is encouraged, as it is working slowly. Online banking remains available at www.northwest.com and our Northwest Bank Branch is available by appointment by calling 775-1361.

K-Car Rentals

Many residents are aware we have outfitted our Kendal Prius that transports for residents for medical purposes with a plexiglass divider for added separation protection. We are doing the same for the K-Car. This will enable someone who rents the vehicle to be driven safely by another resident/family member as long as certain protocols are followed. We are writing up the protocols that will need to be followed. Example: enjoying the radio rather than conversation that could put aerosols in the air; Passenger in the back not the front for separation; The vehicles will be required to be aired out and cleaned thoroughly by Kendal staff in-between uses. Stay tuned for details on reserving the K-Car with these added protections.

League of Women Voters of Ohio

One more important program on voting will be presented by the League of Women Voters of Ohio and the Ohio Voter Rights Coalition on Zoom this month, set for 7pm and requires registration.

September 21 — Panel Discussion on Equitable Voter Access: The Long Road to Access – Are We There Yet?  Register for this event here.

Lorenzo’s Pizza Orders Taken This Week for Delivery Next Week

Order forms are now available in Heiser with Pizza and Lasagna $7 & $8 (frozen Margarita Pizza) and salads ($2). Orders will be finalized and picked up on Friday at 5pm. 

State of American Democracy Project to Premiere Thursday, September 17, 7pm

Episode One features Van Jones, David Brooks, Jill Lepore, and others, to explore the question: “What are the moral foundations of democracy?” It premieres September 17, 2020, at 7:00pm EST and 4:00pm PST.

(Washington, D.C.) – The State of American Democracy Project—a nonpartisan collective of thought leaders and non-profit organizations and foundations who are passionate about rebuilding politics and U.S. government for the benefit of all Americans—is premiering the first episode of its new series, “Democracy Unchained: A Conversation Series,” on Thursday, September 17, 2020, at 7:00pm EST and 4:00pm PST. The first episode, to be streamed on Facebook, YouTube, Vimeo, Roku and Fire TV, brings together journalists, politicians, religious leaders, and others to answer the question, “What are the moral foundations of democracy?”

Oberlin College COVID Testing

We are pleased to see the transparency of the College posting their weekly testing results. With 3,800 tests processed and only 9 positives, that is a .24%. Oberlin College is doing well!

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 9/14/2020, 2 day average: 7.0)14
Total Lorain County Cases 2,294
Total Deaths, age ranges 30-39 • 1; 50-59 • 4; 60-69 • 11; 70-79 • 21, 80+ • 4380
Total Deaths in Long Term Care Settings (updated weekly, last 9/9/2020)39

Cuyahoga County

Cuyahoga County (excluding Cleveland – updated on Fridays, last updated 9/11)11,467
Cleveland Cases5,831
Total Cuyahoga County Cases17,298
Combined New Cases (since Monday, 9/14/2020 – Cuyahoga County is updated every Fri, skewing data)                  25
Total Cuyahoga County Deaths656
Total Deaths in Long Term Care Settings (updated weekly, last 9/9/2020)292

State of Ohio (as of 2PM)

New Cases in the Last 24-Hours 1,033
21 Day Average of New Cases1,092
Total Cases 140,518
Age Range all Cases<1-109
Median Age of all Cases41
Total Hospitalizations (cumulative)14,560 or 10%
Total Hospitalizations last 24 hrs 79
21 Day Average of Hospitalizations 72
Median Age of all Hospitalized64
Total ICU Admissions (cumulative)3,134 or 2%
Total ICU Admissions last 24 hours 23
21 Day Average of ICU Admissions 10
Total Health Care Workers Diagnosed 15,105 or 11%
Total Tested in Ohio2,682,008
Total Deaths  4,555 or 3%
Median Age of Deaths 80
Deaths in Last 24 hours 49
21 Day Average of Deaths 24
Total Deaths in Long Term Care Settings (updated weekly, last 9/9/2020)2,428

September 14, 2020: Update to Residents


With Great Appreciation to our entire Kendal staff for all the heroic efforts they exemplify every day!

table with gifts - housekeeping week

This week, we recognize our Housekeepers for their extraordinary work, especially during this pandemic by keeping everything clean and sanitized! Thank you and well-done Housekeeping Team!

Need a New Watch Battery or Cleaning?

Mary and Malcolm Herrick have made the generous offer to collect watches from residents who need a battery and/or cleaning. Interested? Sign up at the open mailboxes with your name, email, and phone number. We’ll be in touch to make arrangements to get the watches to the Herricks. It will be $10 cash or check for the new battery. If it needs more, the Herricks will contact you.

What if I need to renew my Driver’s License or Vehicle Registration?

If your license, ID card, or vehicle registration (including plates and stickers) expired on or after March 9, 2020, your expiration date has been automatically extended until December 1, 2020.

However, in order to prevent long lines at the BMV in the days leading up to December 1, 2020, please consider renewing your vehicle registration online now and renewing your license or ID card in person soon. Please know things might look a little different at your local BMV, and staff will be enforcing social distancing and facial covering requirements for everyone’s safety. You can minimize the time you’ll physically spend at the BMV if you:

Use the online checklists for a federally-compliant or standard credential to make sure you bring the right documents with you. Get in line online before you go.

NOTE: This information and relevant links are available on the State of Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles website.

Recordings from Zoom Exchange

At resident request, last week’s Zoom Exchange was recorded. You can listen to it by going to the KORA calendar, September 10, and clicking on the event. It will open and you will see a “Recording” tab. Click on it and you can download the file to listen to the meeting. It may be silent for a few minutes to start but it is a 1-hour, 15-minute session. Google Chrome and Fire Fox recognizes the file, but if you use Microsoft Edge for your browser, you may not be able to listen to it.

eCheck

If your car is due for eCheck (Emissions Check), you will have to complete it prior to your online registration renewal, but once you do that and your car passes, it will be in the Ohio Registration system automatically and you can go online and complete your registration renewal with ease. There is an eCheck station in Amherst at 205 Sandstone Blvd., and in Elyria at 128 Reaser Ct. Both are open and are following strict protocols due to the COVID virus. 

The ATM Machine at Northwest Bank is Working…Slowly

The Kendal Northwest Bank ATM is currently working, but patience is encouraged, as it is working slowly. Online banking remains available at www.northwest.com and our Northwest Bank Branch is available by appointment by calling 775-1361.

Temperature Checks

The debate continues about the value of temperature checking. While the practice will continue while under study, we do know these three things are not to be debated: Wearing masks, physical distancing, and washing hands frequently. Keep up the good work.

Read the full article about the questionable value of using fever checks to screen for the virus.

Cosmic Train Wrecks: When Galaxies Collide

September 17, 7:15pm; Zoom and broadcast also on KOTV 920,19-2 or 95-101.

Speaker: Dr. Jillian Scudder – Professor Scudder will discuss how we search for collisions between galaxies, how a collision changes the galaxies involved, and what we still hope to learn. Shared by Barbara Pierce

Join Zoom Meeting – Meeting ID: 946 3454 8537          

Kendal Enrichment: Have you stayed in any of these places?

The most unique places to stay…in. the. world. If you’re thinking about where you want your first trip to be when we can safely start traveling again, here are some of the most unique places to stay around the world.

  • SpitbankbFort in Portsmouth, England is a sea fort built in 1867 that was renovated for use as a small luxury spa hotel and retreat.
  • If you like Arabian Nights, then the Abali Gran Sultanato in Palermo, Italy might be for you.
  • Head to Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort in Saariselka, Finland to watch the Northern Lights from your very own glass igloo.
  • For animal lovers, “responsible pets arriving with their well-behaved humans are welcome to stay with prior approval” at the Dog Bark Park Inn in Cottonwood, Idaho.
  • Or lodge with live animals at Giraffe Manor in Kenya.
  • For Art Lovers check out the Angad Arts Hotel in Missouri.
  • The real Buckingham Palace is temporarily closed. This new mobile home modeled after the Queen’s residence, however, is now open and taking reservations.

Have something uplifting, encouraging, positive or happy to share? Write a few words, record a message, or send a photo. Dmassey@kcorp.kendal.org

League of Women Voters of Ohio

One more important program on voting will be presented by the League of Women Voters of Ohio and the Ohio Voter Rights Coalition on Zoom this month, set for 7pm and requires registration.

September 21 — Panel Discussion on Equitable Voter Access: The Long Road to Access – Are We There Yet? Register for this event here.

What Being/Having an LGBT+Ally Means

Wednesday, September 23, at 3pm – Zoom & Kendal TV 95-101

Four Kendal at Oberlin residents will share personal stories of the significance of being or having an LGBT+Ally. Postponed from June Pride month, we will gather electronically on Wednesday, September 23, at 3pm. Two ways to participate: Zoom or Kendal TV Channel 95.101.

The program will include Tina Graf (moderator), Barb Benjamin, Gary Olin, Anne and Ed Wardwell. They will tell their stories for the first half of the program. Those on Zoom will be divided into smaller (6-8 person) groups for discussion and further sharing for the second half of the program. Important: Only those attending on Zoom will be able to be assigned (randomly) for small group discussion. The Zoom chats will not be broadcast on Kendal TV and so will be private for each separate six-person Zoom discussion group. Please plan to Zoom and do participate in the small group discussion. Thanks!

All Kendal at Oberlin residents and staff are most welcome to participate. This is a program sponsored by the KORA LGBT+ Interest Group

Gather to See the Harvest Moonrise and Celebrate Kendal

SAVE the DATE: October 1 at 7:15pm; Let’s join together around Heiser Pond to show our gratitude for what we, as a CommUnity, have accomplished while sheltering in place. Details to follow.

New Resident Interviews

Join us on on Wednesday, September 16, at 4pm to get acquainted with 3 new residents: Donna and Larry Steele and George Cyphers will be interviewed.

Lorenzo’s Pizza Orders This Week for Delivery Next Week

Order forms will be out by Tuesday.


Calm, Proactive Preparedness

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 Friday 9/11/2020, 3 day average: 5.3)16
Total Lorain County Cases 2,280
Total Deaths, age ranges 30-39 • 1; 50-59 • 4; 60-69 • 11; 70-79 • 20, 80+ • 4379
Total Deaths in Long Term Care Settings (updated weekly, last 9/9/2020)39

Cuyahoga County

Cuyahoga County, excluding Cleveland (updated on Fridays, last updated 9/11/2020)11,467
Cleveland Cases5,806
Total Cuyahoga County Cases17,273
Combined New Cases (since Friday, 9/11/2020 – Cuyahoga County is updated every Fri, skewing data)                  319
Total Cuyahoga County Deaths656
Total Deaths in Long Term Care Settings (updated weekly, last 9/9/2020)292

State of Ohio (as of 2PM)

New Cases in the Last 24-Hours 1,079
21 Day Average of New Cases1,087
Total Cases 138,484
Age Range all Cases<1-109
Median Age of all Cases41
Total Hospitalizations (cumulative)14,378 or 10%
Total Hospitalizations last 24 hrs 64
21 Day Average of Hospitalizations 72
Median Age of all Hospitalized64
Total ICU Admissions (cumulative)3,097 or 2%
Total ICU Admissions last 24 hours 9
21 Day Average of ICU Admissions 10
Total Health Care Workers Diagnosed 14,878 or 11%
Total Tested in Ohio2,616,007
Total Deaths  4,419 or 3%
Median Age of Deaths 80
Deaths in Last 24 hours 4
21 Day Average of Deaths 21
Total Deaths in Long Term Care Settings (updated weekly, last 9/9/2020)2,428

Contact Information


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