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Community Updates Week of 9/28/2020

October 2, 2020: Update to Residents

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Lorain County Remains Level 2, Orange

Lorain County remained at Level 2/Orange this week. Lorain County citizens are instructed to exercise increased caution. This Level is continued due to a high percentage of cases outside of congregate settings, a continued increase in positive COVID cases and a sustained increase in outpatient visits for COVID-like symptoms. 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

Summary Statistics – Lorain County: The September 29, 2020 Lorain County Public Health Summary Report can be found here.

Grocery Pick-up Times are Changing

IGA and Walmart grocery deliveries will be shifting to an earlier timeframe in the day. Beginning Monday, October 5, IGA groceries will be delivered at 1:15pm in assigned parking lots. Walmart groceries will be delivered at the Heiser main entrance at 3:00pm. All other processes and procedures for ordering groceries and contact methods will remain the same. Grocery pick-up time is the only change. The new times will remain Monday through Friday for the foreseeable future. There are no changes in the Langston meal delivery and will continue every day as usual. This new schedule will allow a fluid transition from IGA to Walmart, and finally to complete the meal deliveries from Langston. We greatly appreciate your patience and flexibility as we strive to accommodate schedules to provide efficient services.

Langston Market Coming Next Week!

We are planning to do a Langston Market for next Wednesday, October 2. The hours will be 11:30am – 1:30pm. We will be featuring Fresh Produce, Ice Cream, Fresh-baked Pastries and Breads from Blue Rooster Bakehouse, and other assorted grocery items. More details to come next week!

The 1833 has Re-opened with Curbside Service Available

Chef Barnhart’s COOL|CRAFTED|CLASSICS are now available for Curbside Service.  Call 440-775-7001 to order. Click here for the 1833 Menu.

This Overlooked Variable Is the Key to the Pandemic

There’s something strange about this coronavirus pandemic. Even after months of extensive research by the global scientific community, many questions remain open. Why, for instance, was there such an enormous death toll in northern Italy, but not in the rest of the country… –The Atlantic, shared by Tom Morgan

Glasses + Mask + Cold Weather = Increased Risk for Falls

Many fellow wearers of glasses have noticed that they are prone to fog over when you are masked, and it is chilly outside. Make sure your mask fits tightly over your nose using tape if necessary. Keep exhaled air from blowing up over your glasses and ruining your vision. That is a sure recipe for a fall. We all know how dangerous they are. If your glasses fog, stop, hold onto someone or something if possible. Lorain County Health Department’s advice is: “Masks are mandatory across the state. (Ohio State Order) Everyone in Ohio ages 10+ must wear masks: Outdoors when you can’t keep 6 feet away from others” Shared by Alan Lockwood

Quick Updates from Facility Services

  • Air Quality Update –SafeHouse Indoor Environmental Solutions visited Kendal on Monday, September 28, and captured ten (10) air samples in the following spaces: Education Building Conference Room and Training Room, Fitness Room, Relaxation Room, Auditorium, Fox and Fell, and the William Penn Room. They will return to conduct a post survey when duct cleaning is complete. ServPro is scheduled to begin cleaning duct work on Monday, October 5.
  • The Buttonbush Bridge re-staining project is now complete.

Patio Visits Approved

With inclement weather upon us, the New Normal Committee is agreeable to allow patio visits from family or friends using the same principles as for outside plus a couple of additional requirements. You must be able to create 6-feet distance between parties unless they are part of your household (bubble included). Those who use their patio for storage may not be able to create the space. Screen panels must be open to create cross ventilation. In addition, you are asked to have a fan positioned to bring in fresh air constantly. The door to your home should be closed. Masks should be worn except for brief moments when sipping a beverage, but no food consumed during this kind of visit, please.

Another Correction on Senior Hours Shopping

Manager of Giant Eagle Amherst has confirmed there are no longer senior shopping hours at this store.

Indoor Visits in the Penn Dining Room

 – The packet of updated information is now available in the Lounge and on the KORA Website. Visits start on Monday and for the first two weeks are only for outside resident visits. We will further evaluate availability for resident-to-resident visits. Visits may not exceed six (6) persons, and one (1) hour. There is a 30-minute break in between for airing. Visits outside on your patio are still possible for up to two (2) hours and 90 minutes in the covered tents.

Trivia Answer

It was August, 2004 when Kendal had a hot-air balloon launched as part of the Ice Cream Social. Nina Love got it correctly!


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, 9/30/2020, 2 day average: 16)32
Total Lorain County Cases 2,480
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 9/30/2020)39

Cuyahoga County

Cuyahoga County (excluding Cleveland – updated on Fridays, last updated 9/25)12,349
Cleveland Cases6,065
Total Cuyahoga County Cases18,414
New Cases (since Wednesday, 9/30/2020, Cuyahoga County is updated every Friday, skewing data)                  350
Total Cuyahoga County Deaths711
Total Deaths in Long Term Care Settings (updated weekly, last 9/30/2020)315

State of Ohio (as of 2PM)

New Cases in the Last 24-Hours 1,495
21 Day Average of New Cases1,023
Total Cases 156,809
Age Range all Cases<1-109
Median Age of all Cases40
Total Hospitalizations (cumulative)15,688 or 10%
Total Hospitalizations last 24 hrs 82
21 Day Average of Hospitalizations 69
Median Age of all Hospitalized64
Total ICU Admissions (cumulative)3,312 or 2%
Total ICU Admissions last 24 hours 15
21 Day Average of ICU Admissions 11
Total Health Care Workers Diagnosed 16.715 or 11%
Total Tested in Ohio3,262,736
Total Deaths  4,905 or 3%
Median Age of Deaths 80
Deaths in Last 24 hours 88
21 Day Average of Deaths 24
Total Deaths in Long Term Care Settings (updated weekly, last 9/30/2020)2,677

September 30, 2020: Update to Residents

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This Week’s Thursday Exchange

The meeting address is below for those not watching on KOTV.

Join Zoom meeting – Meeting ID: 921 4392 7958; One tap mobile +13126266799,,92143927958# US (Chicago)

Come learn about an upcoming community-wide wellness survey in light of COVID as part of our membership in Vitalize 360: What’s the water quality here at Kendal? Results shared directly from a lab test; Interested in evaluating “accessibility” at Kendal? We need volunteers!

Note – Our speaker from last week, Lena Smart, was very generous to send 4 copies of “Scam Me If You Can” by Frank Abagnale. They are now in our library to borrow.

New Menu Rollout Next Week

With the change in seasons, we will be offering a new 4-week menu cycle. Our team has been working on this for several weeks and you will see the first menu next week when you order for the week of October 12.  

Forms Updated for Adoption Bubble – Maximum 4 People

If you are ready to join a bubble or are changing your bubble in some way, we ask you to resubmit new paperwork now available in the Heiser Lounge. The updated bubble goes into effect on Thursday, October 1. Questions submitted have been addressed in our description materials in the found in the Lounge.

Celebrate Kendal and Harvest Moonrise FRIDAY

Due to inclement weather, this event is moving to Friday, October 2, at 7:15pm on Heiser Circle (keeping socially distanced) when we celebrate the Harvest Moon and share our gratitude for accomplishments during our sheltering in place. Make a poster to bring, telling us what you are most grateful for; supplies will be available in the Art Studio for your use from September 24 – October 1. IF there should be inclement weather on Friday, the show will go on via ZOOM. If you have any questions, please contact Carol Harvey.

Kudos to Precision Auto in Oberlin

We continue to get written feedback about the good service from area businesses really looking out for the seniors and other vulnerable individuals. Here is a note from this past week: “I did not need a folding chair I had taken because there was a bench in front. It had been freshly painted and had a beautiful pot of flowers at either end just made for customers to sit outside and enjoy. It was so nice. The mechanic took my car at precisely 8am and car and paperwork were completely done by 8:50. The experience was contact-less. In front of counter at the garage was a big table upon which you left and picked up keys and the credit card machine and hand sanitizer. I never was in contact with anyone and the owner of the garage was masked and 7-8 feet from where I stood at table to request service. Because it was senior hours, there was one person only. I never saw anyone else. Really safe. Best of all, my car was checked and should be OK for winter. It was a beautiful day and beautiful experience.” 

Ruth Bader Ginsburg: A Law Clerk’s Perspective by Jonathan Entin

Ruth Bader Ginsburg and staff 1980

Thursday, October 8, 7:15pm, Zoom and KOTV, featuring new resident Jonathan Entin. Join Zoom Meeting  Also broadcast on KOTV (920 or 19-2 or 95-101

Photo – Jonathan Entin- top row on end.

Northwest Bank

We urge you to communicate the importance of this Kendal branch to Northwest. We would love to see some changed minds on this decision. Contact is Kevin Nelson, Ohio Region President, Northwest Bank, 457 Broadway, Lorain, OH 44052.

Kendal Community Drivers: Please Slow Down!

Reports have been received of residents and staff members who are not observing our 20mph speed limit lately (You know who you are.). This is unsafe and needs to stop now. This is a friendly reminder and request. Those who choose to ignore this advisory will be contacted directly. Please keep our community of drivers, bikers, and pedestrians safe by slowing down and respecting our roadway rules.

Good Reads

THE NEW OLD AGE: Getting Wise to Fake News – Older adults are particularly vulnerable to misinformation on social media. But resources have emerged to help them learn to discern true from false. –New York Times, Shared by Tom Morgan

FAQ: What you need to know about masks and COVID-19 – At this stage in the novel coronavirus pandemic, masks are a fact of life. A majority of states and businesses have mask mandates, and mounting scientific evidence supports wearing them. Below we’ve compiled answers to some of the most commonly asked questions surrounding masks and how to navigate pandemic life in them. These recommendations are drawn from previously published Washington Post articles and new interviews with medical professionals and public health experts who have been on the front lines of this pandemic. –The Washington Post

Important Correction on Senior Hours

  • Trader Joe’s in Westlake- Two Days only, Wednesday and Sunday, 9-10am
  • More Senior Hours: Oberlin IGA: Tuesday, Wednesday,Thursday 6-7am

Kendal Enrichment: Up, Up and Away – Hot Air Balloons

  • Who here has taken a hot air balloon ride?
  • Who here has seen a hot air balloon hanging high in the sky and watched in wonderment or fascination as it slowly float away?
  • Who here has ever wanted to end up somewhere over the rainbow, even just for a minute or two?
  • Who has wondered just how high can a hot air balloon go? When were they invented? Can a hot air balloon fly in the rain? And who invented them anyway?

A hot air balloon is a fairly impractical vehicle if you actually need to get somewhere, that is, since you can’t steer it and it’s only as fast as the wind that blows it. But if you’re looking for a calm, serene, awe-inspiring experience, then a hot air balloon ride might just be for you. If you’re afraid of heights, maybe it’s not. How it works: air balloons are based on a very basic scientific principle, warmer air rises in cooler air. To keep the balloon rising, you need a way to reheat the air. Hot air balloons do this with a burner positioned under an open balloon envelope. To lift the balloon, the pilot moves a control that opens up the propane valve. This lever works just like the knobs on a gas grill or stove. As you turn it, the flow of gas increases, so the flame grows in size.

The pilot can increase the vertical speed by blasting a larger flame to heat the air more rapidly. To move in a particular direction, a pilot ascends and descends to the appropriate level, and rides with the wind. A lot of the work in hot air ballooning comes at the beginning and at the end of the flight, when the crew inflates and deflates the balloon, which is an amazing thing to experience in and of itself.

  1. Traditionally, each time a hot air balloon lands, champagne is shared. As hot air balloons became a fad, French aristocracy soon learned that local farmers didn’t much like rich people setting balloons down on their land. So champagne was used to help smooth things over and a tradition was born.
  2. Hot air ballooning is not possible in the rain because the heat inside of the balloon can bring rain to boiling temperatures, destroying the fabric.
  3. The Civil War had a Balloon Corps. Established by Abraham Lincoln, the Balloon Corps had seven balloons, at least 12 gas generators, and a flat-top balloon barge that used to be an old steamboat.
  4. 68,986 feet is the record height, and to accomplish this, the pilots had to wear oxygen masks to stay alive.

Trivia Question: In what year was a hot air balloon launch featured at the North Pleasant/Maple Lot during Kendal’s Neighborhood Ice Cream Social?


Today’s Statistics

Kendal at Oberlin (KaO)

Independent Living Resident Cases  0
Stephens Care Center (SCC) Resident Cases
     Residential Care Facility  0
     Skilled Nursing Facility
KaO Residents Total 0
   KaO SCC Staff Cases
   KaO Other Staff Cases  2
KaO Staff Total 3
Kendal at Oberlin Total 3

Lorain County (as of 2PM)

New Cases (since Monday, 9/28/2020, 2 day average: 10) 20
Total Lorain County Cases 2,448
Total Deaths, age ranges 30-39 • 1; 50-59 • 4; 60-69 • 11; 70-79 • 21, 80+ • 43 80
Total Deaths in Long Term Care Settings (updated weekly, last 9/23/2020) 39

Cuyahoga County

Cuyahoga County (excluding Cleveland – updated on Fridays, last updated 9/25) 12,030
Cleveland Cases 6,034
Total Cuyahoga County Cases 18,064
New Cases (since Monday, 9/28 – Cuyahoga County is updated every Friday, skewing data)          25
Total Cuyahoga County Deaths 703
Total Deaths in Long Term Care Settings (updated weekly, last 9/23/2020) 313

State of Ohio (as of 2PM)

New Cases in the Last 24-Hours 1,080
21 Day Average of New Cases 1,001
Total Cases 153,987
Age Range all Cases <1-109
Median Age of all Cases 40
Total Hospitalizations (cumulative) 15,516 or 10%
Total Hospitalizations last 24 hrs 103
21 Day Average of Hospitalizations 68
Median Age of all Hospitalized 64
Total ICU Admissions (cumulative) 3,157 or 2%
Total ICU Admissions last 24 hours 14
21 Day Average of ICU Admissions 11
Total Health Care Workers Diagnosed 16.454 or 11%
Total Tested in Ohio 3,157,139
Total Deaths 4,804 or 3%
Median Age of Deaths 80
Deaths in Last 24 hours 21
21 Day Average of Deaths 23
Total Deaths in Long Term Care Settings (updated weekly, last 9/23/2020) 2,619

September 28, 2020: Update to Residents

Calm, Proactive Preparedness

A Word About Quarantines

Imbedded in who we are as a community is our concern for one another at all times, but especially throughout the course of this pandemic. Part of this mutual care we have pledged to each other when we became part of this community, as a resident or as a staff member, was to look out not only for our own interest, but also to look out for the interest of others. We continue to learn more and more about COVID-19, which is a good thing. At the same time, there continues to be a number of unknowns. Our challenge throughout the pandemic is how we keep everyone safe, especially the most vulnerable that live here. Following the directives and guidance of Lorain County Public Health, there have been times when Kendal at Oberlin has required residents and staff to self-quarantine. This serves two purposes: to ensure the person being asked to self-quarantine, who is often in a compromised condition such as after a medical procedure, is kept in a safe bubble during the initial time of recovery; and second, to prevent any potential spread through an asymptomatic carrier after being off our campus. Quarantine is about caring for oneself and caring for our neighbors at Kendal.

We fully acknowledge that quarantine can be difficult, as this entire pandemic has been. The toll the pandemic has taken on each resident and their family is extremely significant. However, we also acknowledge that to drop our guard opens vulnerability for this entire campus. Some of our quarantines have been challenged severely as of late. The quarantines are not meant as a punishment, as some are perceiving them. They are meant as a means of liberty to keep this campus safe and to prevent more stringent restrictions on everyone should we have a case of COVID-19 on campus.

The Health Care staff at Kendal at Oberlin are working in collaboration with Lorain County Public Health on all situations under quarantine, including when testing is added as part of a quarantine episode. Lorain County Public Health is our guiding resource. They are informed by the Ohio Department of Health and by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Each quarantine situation is unique and is assessed through the lens of number of criteria and risks. What you will be asked to do may not be what your neighbor will be asked to do because of the various risks associated with your off-campus experience. When neighbors compare their quarantine situation to another, they are not always comparing apples-to-apples because of all the unique factors considered.

Thank you for your patience as we continue to navigate these pandemic waters together. Thank you for caring about yourself and others and following the quarantine restrictions when they are applied. Please remember they are meant to protect you and your neighbors and prevent any case of COVID-19, which would result in more restrictive measures on campus having to be initiated.

Get better acquainted with Rep. Joe Miller by way of a fun Bingo Game

Tuesday, September 29, at 2pm – Bingo Cards are in front of the in-house mailboxes if you want to play.

State Representative Joe Miller is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting. Meeting ID: 883 5884 3921; One tap mobile +13126266799,,88358843921# US (Chicago)

Good Reads

Live updates: U.S. coronavirus cases top 7 million, as global death toll nears milestone and Cases continue to rise in Europe, worrying leaders trying to avoid new shutdowns. From The Washington Post (Live Updates free to all)

Celebrate Kendal and Harvest Moonrise

Come gather Thursday, October 1, at 7:15pm on Heiser Circle (keeping socially distanced) when we celebrate the Harvest Moon and share our gratitude for accomplishments during our sheltering in place. Make a poster to bring, telling us what you are most grateful for; supplies will be available in the Art Studio for your use from September 24 – October 1. If you have any questions, please contact Carol Harvey.

Northwest Bank

We continue to urge you to communicate the importance of this Kendal branch to Northwest. We would love to see some changed minds on this decision. Contact is Kevin Nelson, Ohio Region President, Northwest Bank, 457 Broadway, Lorain, OH 44052.

Visitors to Kendal?

Yes, we continue to want you to send the “visitor packet” to your family/friends who visit you at Kendal. You don’t need permission ahead to schedule this if they are from Ohio as long as the county they are coming from is not purple-rated (the highest). They just need to bring their pass that is part of the packet. Visitors are welcome for two-hour periods from 9am to 9pm.

Watch Battery and Cleaning Now Complete

The receptionist has about 50 watches that were taken care of by Malcolm and Mary Fowler. You may pick up yours at the receptionist when you get a chance. 

Lorain Country Recovery Graph

The Recovery Graph gives a complete picture of confirmed cases in Lorain County. It demonstrates how many people could still potentially spread COVID-19 as an existing case. It also demonstrates cases that have recovered. Displaying the data in this way allows us to see the proportion of existing cases to recovered cases at a quick glance. It also helps us learn about how long it is taking for confirmed cases to recover. Visit the Lorain County Health website for more data.

Recovery Graph of Confirmed COVID-19 Cases in Lorain County

Virtual 2020 OCCN Candidates in Conversation

From October 1 to November 3 in the comfort of your own home, on your preferred device via social media or on the Oberlin Cable Co-op Community Channel, you can see a recorded Candidates in Conversation. Who? Candidates for United States Congress, 4th District; Ohio State House District 56; Lorain County Commissioners; Judge, 9th District Court of Appeals; Lorain County Prosecutor; and Lorain County Recorder. Plus information on issues on the Oberlin Ballot: Oberlin Schools, Lorain County JVS and Lorain County Children Services. Candidates for the Ohio Supreme Court will appear in a debate scheduled for October 9, 2020, sponsored by the Ohio Debate Commission. Recordings of this debate will be available October 13, 2020. This year the Oberlin Community Candidates Night Committee recorded “Candidates in Conversation” so you can listen to the candidates on your own schedule. Just tune in to the OCCN YouTube channel 2020 playlist, linked from the OCCN Facebook page or the League of Women Voters Oberlin Area Facebook page or the LWVOA website. Cable Co-op may also carry this.

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.

Find the Absentee Ballot Request Form here.

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 polling place 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 check your absentee request and fill in the three-question boxes on that webpage. Then hit the submit button.

Senior Hours Shopping

Things continue to change out there! Be aware, but we will post things we have checked out personally and have reliable information. Some options to consider along with curbside and online shopping. More examples:

  • CVS in Oberlin on Wednesday, 9-10am continues to be a good option with few shoppers.
  • Target, Tuesday and Wednesday, 8-9am is reserved for vulnerable persons.
  • Giant Eagle, Amherst 6-7am daily
  • Costco- Monday-Friday, 9-10am
  • Trader Joe’s- Westlake, 9-10am daily

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 9/25/2020,  3 day average: 12.3)37
Total Lorain County Cases 2,428
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 9/23/2020)39

Cuyahoga County

Cuyahoga County (excluding Cleveland – updated on Fridays, last updated 9/25)12,030
Cleveland Cases6,009
Total Cuyahoga County Cases18,039
New Cases (since Friday, 9/25/2020. Cuyahoga County is updated every Friday, skewing data)                  39
Total Cuyahoga County Deaths703
Total Deaths in Long Term Care Settings (updated weekly, last 9/23/2020)313

State of Ohio (as of 2PM)

New Cases in the Last 24-Hours 993
21 Day Average of New Cases975
Total Cases 151,802
Age Range all Cases<1-109
Median Age of all Cases40
Total Hospitalizations (cumulative)15,307 or 10%
Total Hospitalizations last 24 hrs 91
21 Day Average of Hospitalizations 68
Median Age of all Hospitalized64
Total ICU Admissions (cumulative)3,261 or 2%
Total ICU Admissions last 24 hours 10
21 Day Average of ICU Admissions 11
Total Health Care Workers Diagnosed 16.199 or 11%
Total Tested in Ohio3,097,655
Total Deaths  4,746 or 3%
Median Age of Deaths 80
Deaths in Last 24 hours 5
21 Day Average of Deaths 22
Total Deaths in Long Term Care Settings (updated weekly, last 9/23/2020)2,619

Contact Information


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