COVID-19 Prevention: Community Updates Week of 4/12/2020

April 18, 2020: Update to Residents

Calm, Proactive Preparedness

“The struggle of today is not altogether for today—it is for a vast future also.”—Abraham Lincoln

Pandemic Humor

Shared by Malcomb Peel

  • Since we can’t eat out, now’s the perfect time to eat better, get fit, and stay healthy. We’re quarantined! Who are we trying to impress? We have snacks, we have sweatpants – I say we use them!
  • Does anyone know if  we can take showers yet or should we just keep washing our hands?
  • I never thought the comment “I wouldn’t touch him/her with a 6 foot pole,” would become a national policy, but here we are!
  • Me: Alexa what’s the weather this weekend? Alexa: It doesn’t matter – you’re not going anywhere.
  • Can everyone please just follow the government instructions so we can knock out this coronavirus and be done?!  I feel like a kindergartner who keeps losing more recess time because one or two kids can’t follow directions.

Good Reading

Article:  Our Smartphones May Become the Newest Tool Against Coronavirus 

From The Washington Post

More Mask Crafters and Contributors Recognized

Our heartfelt gratitude to everyone that contributed material and crafted masks to protect our residents and staff…Thank you!  Today we recognize Polly Carroll and Helene Aarons. If we have inadvertently missed your name, please let us know.

Mask Ear Guard in Production by Another “Kendal Angel

face mask comfort holderOn Saturday, Toni Merleno had a face time call with her sister who lives in Switzerland and learned her brother-in-law was making an ear guard for face masks that use loops behind the ears. For persons who have to wear these masks all day long, it can be very painful to the ears. Toni’s brother-in-law sent this picture, and within a couple of hours, Kyle Michalek was producing them on his 3-D printer for Kendal. He’ll be dropping them off on Monday for those that need them. Kyle is the son of former resident founder Joyce Michalek. Kyle was a policeman in Oberlin as well as paramedic before he retired. We hope to do a story soon on his use of this printer to voluntarily make hands for third world children who were born with deformities or maimed by war explosions.

ZOOM  Exchange with Barbara and Ann on Thursday

Mark your calendar for Thursday, April 23rd at 4 pm “Speaking Financially in Light of COVID-19

If you would rather just call in and listen use this phone number: 646-558-8656 

Meeting number: 963-7070-1026

Census Bureau

We want to remind you how important it is that you respond to the 2020 Census. We continue to see lots of packets thrown away. If you have already responded to the online questions, no problem. These may be extra reminders being mailed out. If you have NOT responded to the census bureau for your address, it is important that you do. Please be in touch with Administration if you are unsure how to do this.

From Governor’s Press Conference: “Ohio’s thoughtful, fact-based restart

Friday, April 17

“Assume everyone you meet is carrying the virus.” –Governor Mike DeWine, April 17, 2020

“Coronavirus is going to be with us for a while; we need to learn to live with it safely…COVID-19 is just as dangerous as it has ever been.”– Lieutenant Governor Jon Husted, April 17, 2020

“It is that ‘art of the possible’ spirit that will take us through this next phase…where all of us are creating new possibilities…new innovations.”– Amy Acton, MD, MPH Director Ohio Dept of Health, April 17, 2020

Three-pronged approach to restarting the economy in Ohio, as we enter this next phase:

  • Public Health Measures and Compliance
  • Protecting the Most Vulnerable
  • Businesses Operating Safely with Safeguards

Businesses (retail, wholesale and manufacturing) that may be permitted to open after May 1 will be different than when they closed. Key will be the ability to protect both employees and customers.  Protocols that will be commonplace include:

  • Limited number of customers at any one time (retail)
  • Six-foot distancing
  • Masks for employees
  • Barriers
  • Touch surfaces frequently sanitized
  • Hand washing and hand sanitizer stations
  • Health Screening of all employees
  • Staggered arrival times for employees
  • Staggered lunch times for employees

The Governor will provide more details next week during his 2pm, Monday-Friday press conference.


(Kendal detail added to meet State of Ohio reporting requirements) 

Kendal at Oberlin (KaO)


State of Ohio (as of 11am)

Independent Living Resident Cases 0 | New Cases Since Yesterday Higher number attributed to increased testing 1,115
Stephens Care Center Resident Cases | Total Cases 10,222
                  Residential Care Facility 0 |
                  Skilled Nursing Facility 0 | Age Range all Cases <1-106
KaO Residents Total 0 | Median Age of all Cases 53
KaO Stephens Care Center Staff Cases 0 | Total Hospitalizations 2,519 or 25%
KaO Other Staff Cases 0 | Total Hospitalizations last 24 hrs 95
KaO Staff Total 0 | Median Age of all Hospitalized 65
Kendal at Oberlin Total 0 | Total ICU Admissions 760 or 7%

Lorain County (as of 2pm)

| Total Health Care Workers Diagnosed 1,934 or 19%
New Cases Since Yesterday 31 | Total Tested in Ohio 83,131
Total Cases, age range 16-100 278 | Total Deaths 451 or 4%
Total Deaths, age range 60+ 16 | Median Age of Deaths 79

For more information: Lorain County Public Health and Ohio Department of Health

Note: Content that appears on this website may differ from what is distributed in print and email.

April 17, 2020: Update to Residents

Calm, Proactive Preparedness

Caring for our Staff – Employee Benefits Expanded During Pandemic

Kendal, although exempt as a health care provider and less than 500 employees, is voluntarily participating in the Emergency Paid Sick Leave Act (EPSLA) under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA).  This permits Kendal to expand leave benefits as a result of COVID-19.  Staff members received details about this benefit enhancement today.

“Hero Pay” Enacted for Kendal Employees, Effective April 5

We continue to explore additional ways to show our appreciation to our staff members’ excellent teamwork throughout this Pandemic. Much of our discussion has been delayed waiting to see how the Federal government’s pandemic Acts would impact Kendal. We have decided, with Board approval, to implement our own “Hero Pay”, a temporary measure. All Kendal staff members (except the Executive Team) will receive adjusted compensation as a way to express our gratitude for their dedication through this crisis. Hero Pay became effective with the April 5 pay period and is projected to continue through April and possibly into May. This program will be reviewed in two-week intervals.

More Mask Crafters and Contributors Recognized

We want to make sure we have thanked everyone that has crafted and donated beautiful masks being worn throughout our campus:

Other Resident crafters and contributors not previously recognized – Janet Bolland, Marilyn Burns, Eileen Dettman, Margaret Ann Ellis, Gay Fischer, Joyce Parker, Eileen Payton, Dan Reiber, and Mary Louise VanDyke

Staff crafters and contributors – Carla Cuson, Michelle Hall, Diane Kasper, Michele Tarsitano-Amato,  Brittany Luttman, Melanie Lee, Julia Smith, and Amanda Hooley

Ten Percent Happier App

Shared by Doris Jankovits, our Nurse Practitioner

Ten Percent is a meditation website and App as featured in The New York Times and The Washington Post available now for a free 3-month trial.  Ten Percent Happier includes teachings and insights from our world-renowned meditation experts. Free access is available at
When you’re responding and not reacting to life’s challenges through meditative practices, you are building a better, safer environment for the people who spend time with you.

You can also access the Ten Percent completely free resources outside the app, including Ten Percent Happier LIVE, The Percent 20-minute Sanity Breaks every weekday with Dan Harris and other meditation teachers; the Coronavirus Sanity Guide; and the Ten Percent Happier podcast at any time.

IGA Order Process Renewing

We are entering a new two-week ordering process with IGA. We now have smaller groups stretching orders over 10 days (M-F for 2 weeks).  With the new schedule, you will have a consistent order day, but you must wait until you get a call from Priscilla Steinberg to actually place your IGA order. It can ONLY be done by email. You will order on your designated  day and get delivery the next day.

Thank You!

Quick Updates

  • Ohio has expanded its reporting for Nursing Homes and Assisted Living facilities for confirmed or probable COVID-19 cases for regulatory compliance.  Today we are still at “0” cases.
  • COVID-19 Care Package from the American Nurses Association was sent to all nurses that included free CEUs revolving around prevention of burnout, resiliency, and compassion fatigue.
  • The Stephens Care Center is finalizing orders for Reusable Fluid-Resistant Jacket/Gowns for all health care staff members.


Kendal at Oberlin (detail added to meet required state reporting requirements)

0 Total Kendal Cases of COVID-19 (confirmed and probable diagnosis)

0 Cases Stephens Care Center – Residents

0 Cases Residential Care Facility; 0 Cases Skilled Nursing Facility

0 Cases Independent Living-Residents

0 Cases Kendal Staff Members

0 Cases Stephens Care Center Staff Members

Lorain County

  • 247 cases in Lorain County, 19 new cases since yesterday (as of 2pm), age range 22-98


  • 9,107 cases in Ohio, 693 new cases since yesterday (as of 11am) age range less than 1 to 106 years, median age 54
  • 77,877 total number tested in Ohio
  • 418 deaths included in Ohio, median age 79
  • 2,424 total hospitalizations-median age 64; 740 total ICU admits; 93 hospital admits last 24 hrs
  • 1,853 healthcare workers diagnosed
  • Ohio Department of Health

April 16, 2020: Update to Residents

Calm, Proactive Preparedness

Good Reading

Article:  Food Expiration Days You Should Actually Follow– New York Times

Shared by Joe Colucci

Webinar on “Resilience

A good friend of the Kendal System is Judy Sorum Brown who has done leadership workshops for Kendal for many years. Kendal at Home has arranged for a series of 3 Zoom sessions with Judy starting on FRIDAY, April 17, at 11:00am and continuing for 3 consecutive Fridays.

Download this into your calendar to get all three webinars:

Weekly Webinars:

To join the webinar on Friday, April 17 at 11:00 am:

Or iPhone one-tap: US: +13126266799,,595711392# or +16465588656,,595711392#

Or Telephone: Webinar ID: 595 711 392

Oberlin Public Library Wants to Serve YOU!

Joe Colucci and Vern Wettersten have been working behind the scenes with the Director of OPL to get DVDs and library books to you at Kendal.  Email Joe or put a note in his box (#4) with your name, unit #, date, library card #, book(s) title and author, and/or DVD title. Once a week Joe will get this to OPL.  When delivered to Kendal, they will be delivered to you.  Check-out is for the usual 3 weeks. We will advise where to return your books soon. This is the time to catch up on all your reading!

Zoom Afternoon Exchanges

The second afternoon Zoom worked out well today with many participants. Today’s guest speaker with Barbara was Joyce Benjamin whose Resident Engagement title is too long to fit here. She was assisted by Judy Miller and Dennis Cook to learn about the evolving technology now in use and soon to be expanded here at Kendal. On Thursday, April 23, at 4pm, Barbara promises a look at Kendal’s Financial Position and a Broader look at the Economy, gleaned from our financial partners. This session will be taped if you’re busy at that time.

LeadingAge Ohio Art and Writing Contest

This year’s LeadingAge Ohio Art and Writing Contest has been cancelled. Since 1994 when the Art and Writing Contest was first led by a group of residents and staff, it has been a focal point for the LeadingAge Ohio Annual Conference.  Five regions of Ohio would host art and writing shows  culminating in top picks in multiple categories which then proceeded to compete at the state level.  Kendal has been a leading participant in these annual shows and has had the honor of taking prizes at both the regional and state levels. Cancelling the contest is a disappointment for sure, but with the social distancing it is understandable that trying to collect over 150 pieces of art and writing for a regional show is just not feasible.  We hope you will take this time to create new works of art and plan to submit them in the 2021 show.

COVID-19 Stats for Nursing Homes and Assisted Living

Kendal affiliates have been very transparent on their reporting COVID-19 confirmed cases to their residents, families and staff. Effective at this time, however, Ohio has passed legislation that requires all long-term care facilities to report confirmed cases of COVID-10 to residents, staff and families within 24 hours. You will likely see the media publishing facility names by county. Some of this information can be misinterpreted and out of date, so please beware.

Testing for COVID-19

The Kendal System continues to research the availability of lab tests that can be done onsite or with a partner lab to test for COVID-19.  The research has not yet confirmed the right reliable product or partner, but this continues to be explored. Medical Directors who have been asked to advise on this for Kendal affiliates do not think the right source or test is there yet for us. We will continue to report on progress for this goal. When a source is found, we need to be clear on the objectives and implications of the results. We are currently working very closely with our county resources and feel more confident on the increased availability and improved turnaround times of COVID-19 tests. We have more positives in the county due to more tests being done. That is progress!

Highlights of Governor’s Press Conference Today

Where are we today?  Winston Churchill on November 10, 1942, after the north Africa campaign shared this with the British who were anxious for the war to be over: “Now this is not the end, it is not even the beginning of the end, but it is perhaps the end of the beginning.” Ohio is entering a new phase:

  • Ohioans have done a great job!  We have flattened the curve.
  • Focus is on hospital admissions; we want them to remain flat and go down.
  • We all must live in a state and a country that will live with COVID-19 until we have an immunization. That could still be a year or more away. It will last forever.
  • Our focus is to keep people healthy and to slowly, methodically, based on facts and science, reopen the economy.
  • When the economy goes down there are bad consequences, including medical consequences.
  • May 1 is the target date to begin to slowly reopen the economy in Ohio, as follows:

Start with companies that can demonstrate they can reopen while keeping their employees and customers safe. The world we see will be different, including: Masks, Barriers, 6-feet distancing, Sanitizer, PPE and more.  We are entering a new reality until we have a vaccine.

  • Ohio will continue to be fact-driven.
  • Variables as we move forward as a state will be watched very closely:

Where are we in flattening the curve?  Are we keeping the curve flat or lowering it? Eye on hospital admissions:  Is PPE available?  Are we increasing our testing capacity?

  • Two Fronts for the State of Ohio:

Keeping people healthy and safe, while protecting the most vulnerable.

Get economy going again to prevent consequences.

Your Questions Answered

  • The COVID-related recommendations are still pretty new, and sometimes people forget and/or apply their own judgment. What are your views on this?

As one Kendal community, we each must be vigilant and continually remind each other of our commitment to each other to keep our community safe. This means, when we see others not practicing 6-feet social distancing and other safe practices, we need to remind each other in a respectful fashion, and if we are the one being reminded, we must receive it in a respectful fashion and act upon it.


Kendal at Oberlin

  • 0 Confirmed Cases of COVID-19

Lorain County

  • 228* ** cases in Lorain County, 24* new cases since yesterday (as of 2pm), age range 22-98
  • 11 deaths in Lorain County, age range 68-95


  • 8,414* ** cases in Ohio, 623* new cases since yesterday (as of 11am) age range less than 1 to 104 years, median age 54
  • 74,840 total number tested in Ohio
  • 389* deaths included in Ohio, median age 79
  • 2,331 total hospitalizations-median age 65; 707 total ICU admits; 94 hospital admits last 24 hrs
  • 1,729 healthcare workers diagnosed
  • *The CDC expanded this number beyond those with a lab test confirmation to include those with clinical and epidemiological evidence that it is COVID-19, with known exposure and no other likely diagnosis.
  • **Lorain County and Ohio totals are increasing due to increased testing.
  • For information, Lorain County Public Health and Ohio Department of Health 

April 15, 2020: Update to Residents

Calm, Proactive Preparedness

Good Reading

Article:  Saving Your Health, One Mask at Time – by Peter Tippett MD, PhD, CEO careMESH, graduate Case Western Reserve School of Medicine

Shared by Phyllis Gorfain

More Thanks to our Kendal Mask Makers

Dick and Nancy Cecil, Caroline and John Brandenberger; Enid and Nelson Cleary; Jeanne and Tom Berger; Michi and Tom Morgan; Gayle Sherry; Diane Haley; Sheila Eckstein; and Barbara Eckstein.

Worried about Your Flower Order with Falling Temperatures?

Kara Phillips has reported all the flowers on the spring order are frost-tolerant, some more so than others. Osteospermum are probably the most sensitive but can still tolerate a light frost.  Pansies and violas and even snapdragons can tolerate a hard frost or even a freeze. Not to worry!

Thermometer Batteries

if your digital thermometer takes a really tiny battery and you need a new one, Bruce Richards ordered 8!  His battery package gives several model numbers. Call if you need one: L736 or LR41

Unauthorized Library Visitor During Quarantine

chipmunkWith fewer patrons in the library, we had an unauthorized visitor, Mr. Chipmunk who lives on Kendal Circle. He sneaked inside and found our stacks of books and paper most attractive over the course of a day. When Mr. Chipmunk saw we were serious with a friendly rodent trap, he took a fast escape back out the Heiser entrance, the same way he entered. No damage done!

ZOOM with Barbara on Thursday, April 16, 4-4:30pm

Click the link above to join by computer.

Or just listen in by calling the phone number, 1-646-558-8656, and pressing in the meeting number:  94894795031

Joyce Benjamin will be her co-host talking about her appointed role in Resident Engagement.

Your Questions Answered

  • Although you say there are no confirmed cases at Kendal, how many ”self-quarantined” and/or “suspicions” are there (or at least do you know of)?

This number fluctuates daily and has been and continues to be very low. We have had residents “self-quarantined” as a safety precaution for various reasons, including new move-ins and residents dealing with symptoms such as fevers and cold-like symptoms.  Kendal is monitoring each unique situation daily through our formalized surveillance protocol and reporting updates daily to Lorain County Public Health and The Kendal Corporation. This surveillance includes residents, staff members, and contractors as necessary. 

  • Kendal independent living residents who live alone and may have mobility issues are suffering psychologically from isolation.  Can Kendal design some safe activities near several independent living cottage clusters, perhaps outside in good weather, which will restore some sense of community?  Online programs and Zoom work for some, but many residents do not know how to access them and cannot entertain folks who could help with the technology.

Yes, as warmer weather returns, we encourage all Kendalites to get outside and engage with each other in creative ways from a safe social distance. Look for more announcements as our weather changes. Technology help is available by way of many instructive resources including friends, by way of phone and iPad, YouTube, and self-help resources online. Please let us know if you are having specific issues related to engaging with others through technology and we will be happy to provide some guidance.

Reminders for Keeping a Healthy Mindset

Source IMA (our staff health insurance broker)

  • Stick to Your Familiar Routine

We have heard this 1,000 times already, but it truly is an extremely important component in supporting your mental well-being.

  • Get a Good Night’s Sleep

Good night's sleep cartoonThis goes hand-in-hand with sticking to your normal routine – try to go to bed at the same time (if not earlier) and try not to sleep late too much. Sleep is tied to so many factors in our health and mental well-being, so it is important to stick to your “normal”.

  • Enjoy Getting Outdoors

Unless we are specifically instructed not to go outside, the outdoors can do wonders for your mental health. Do a quick walk around the block, wander around the back yard.

  • Use Technology to Connect

Social distancing, self-isolation, and quarantine can take a toll and make us feel lonely. Fortunately we are living in a tech-friendly world that allows us to interact. Connect with people on social media.

  • Share Positivity and Gratitude

Whether this is done via a meditation app (Calm and Headspace have created content for our current situation) or simply writing in a journal, practicing gratitude has been proven to reduce stress and improve our mood.

  • Avoid Information Overload

While it is important to stay informed, there is such a thing as too much news. Although easy to fall victim to the all-day news cycle, it is recommended that we try to limit our intake to once in the morning and once in the evening to avoid feeling overwhelmed.

Quick Updates

  • Northwest Bank ATM has been serviced and is working again!
  • Northwest Bank Night Deposits – The Deposit Box is being serviced by Northwest at least 3 times per week.
  • Dash and RunDining staff will be ringing doorbells or knocking after they leave your meal outside your cottage. Their intent is not to be rude, but to maintain 6 feet of social distancing.
  • Caution: New Speed Bumps InstalledWhen leaving for an approved medical appointment, slow down so you can have your exit pass reviewed. When returning, hand off your paper pass.
  • Second TV In-House TV ChannelWe are one step closer today with installation of an ethernet cable between the Auditorium and WKAO Room.
  • Governor’s Press Conference

Hospitals currently are creating plans to accommodate “delayed health care” once we begin to unwind mitigation strategies.

Each Ohio business is expected to develop a plan to protect employees and customers once we begin to unwind mitigation.  We need to learn from currently open essential businesses.

  • TelehealthOur Zoom licenses to meet the requirements for HIPAA compliance, allowing our own Health and Wellness Clinic to provide more telehealth.


Kendal at Oberlin

  • 0 Confirmed Cases of COVID-19

Lorain County

  • 204* cases in Lorain County, 10* new cases since yesterday (as of 2pm), age range 22-96
  • 8 deaths in Lorain County, age range 68-95
  • Lorain County Public Health


  • 7,791* cases in Ohio, 511* new cases since yesterday (as of 11am) age range less than 1 to 104 years, median age 54
  • 2,237 total number tested in Ohio
  • 361* deaths included in Ohio, median age 79
  • 2,237 of total cases are hospitalized-median age 65; 677 of cases are in Intensive Care.
  • 1,606 of all cases are healthcare workers
  • Ohio Department of Health

 *The CDC expanded this number beyond those with a lab test confirmation to include those with clinical and epidemiological evidence that it is COVID-19, with known exposure and no other likely diagnosis.

April 14, 2020: Update to Residents

Calm, Proactive Preparedness

I look not to myself, but to that within me, that has to my admiration proved to be my present help, and enabled me to do what I believe of myself I could not have done.
~ Elizabeth Fry, Quaker, Social Reformer, 1780-1845

Resident Shared Pandemic Humor

  • 2019: Stay away from negative people. 2020: Stay away from positive people.
  • Day 7 at home and the dog is looking at me with the expression, “See? This is why I chew the furniture!”
  • Do not call the police on suspicious people in your neighborhood! Those are your neighbors without makeup and hair dye!
  • I was so bored I called Jake from State Farm just to talk to someone. He asked me what I was wearing.

2 Videos on Kendal TV Channel – Gentle Yoga Exercise and Face Masks

The first exercise video to run on the Kendal TV channel will start with “Gentle Yoga” with Danna Mitchell for Wednesday, April 15.  The Kendal TV channel switch of daily programming will take place tonight at 11:58pm instead of its normal time of 8:00pm to accommodate the new video.

The video will be in the slide rotation for the day extending the full slides to almost 30 minutes. It will run all day in the slide loop. In order to hear the sound of the instruction, no music will be played tomorrow during the run of the slides.  Be patient if you are looking for other slides for the day, such as the daily menu. The slides run continuously after the exercise video has completed each time.

Make sure you have ample space to move, you do not need a mat.  It is best to do yoga in your bare feet or with “non-slip” socks.  If you have never tried yoga before, give it a try!

More exercise and meditation videos to come soon.  If you have questions, please call the Fitness Center at ext. 5851.

The second short video is one on Face Masks. Also see today’s New York Times full page article (page 6) on the RIGHT and WRONG way to wear masks. It is posted on the Administration bulletin board.

Be Well, Be Calm, Be You!!

Your Zoom Questions Answered and Tutorials

Zoom is becoming a popular platform at Kendal for resident and family gatherings.  Many people have questions on how to get the most out of their Zoom experience.  Here are two helpful links:

Zoom Frequently Asked Questions:

Zoom Tutorials:

Watch for more information on Zoom being prepared by Joyce Benjamin as our Resident  Engagement Coordinator.

Your Questions Answered

  • I have a friend in Oberlin who has offered to bring things to me – would he be able to drop something off at the front gate for me?

This sounds like an easy thing to do; however, with over 340 residents Kendal staff would be accepting items all day long at the entrance and ferrying them to Heiser, a cottage, or an apartment.  We would ask a resident to consider how urgent the item is needed. Is the item something that can be mailed? That might be easiest in most cases, to simply have the item mailed to you.  If not and the item is needed, we will consider it.  Please email Stacy Terrell  or Barbara Thomas with your request.  If approved, we can then arrange a day and time for delivery.

  • Concerning books, newspapers, and magazines in the Kendal library: Is it prudent to handle these items while reading them in the library and then return them to the pile of newspapers or shelves? Should we wear gloves while handling them or simply wash our hands after handling them?

The best practice before and after reading shared material, or even material that has been delivered to our homes, is to wash your hands thoroughly for minimum 20 seconds prior to reading and to wash your hands thoroughly for minimum 20 seconds after reading.  Please assure you do not put your fingers in your eyes, nose, or mouth without first washing your hands. 

Mercy Health Updates

  • Kashif Khan, MD, is leading the Mercy Geriatrics Team in COVID preparedness for our local Mercy Health System (Mercy Allen and Mercy Lorain).
  • The local Mercy Health system’s COVID patient census is far below an earlier estimate.  It was anticipated at one time that Mercy would be taking care of 400 COVID patients at this point in time near the peak. Today there are only 10 patients hospitalized at Mercy Lorain Hospital with COVID-19.
  • Mercy Health System has capability to double/triple its capacity if needed.
  • Mercy Health System now has in-house COVID-19 tests and receive approximately 20-30 new test kits every day. These test kits have a 5-minute, negative-result turnaround and a 15-minute, positive-result turnaround. Test kits are being utilized for in-house patients as well as for healthcare workers.
  • Seventy percent of Mercy physician visits are being done virtually at this point, mitigating avoidable exposure into post-acute facilities.
  • Only one Mercy clinician has tested positive so far with COVID-19.
  • Mercy Hospital system will inform post-acute facilities when test kits are available to communities like Kendal at Oberlin.  They recognize our need and the vulnerability of our population.

*This information was provided by virtue of Kendal’s being a Mercy Post-Acute Network Provider.  We know that other local hospital systems stand just as prepared with plenty of capacity.

Quick Updates

  • Auditorium Deep Clean- Night Housekeeping will be wax-sealing the Auditorium floor this week followed by cleaning the service corridor.
  • Stress Reduction- Social Services continues to facilitate Indira Palekar’s Centering Stress Reduction program.  Over 40 people are registered. There is one final program this Monday, April 20, at 3:30pm.  Please reach out to Kim Preston or Kim Peters to receive the Zoom link.
  • Day to focus on Advance Directives is on Tuesday, April 21, presented by Kim Preston and Kim Peters.  Over 30 residents have signed up for this program. Kim and Kim will be using the WebEx interface and will be sending instructions on how to join along with the invitation. Registered residents will be invited to practice logging on to a WebEx meeting this Thursday, April 16, at 1:30pm.  Please reach out to Kim Preston or Kim Peters to participate.
  • Walmart Groceries- We are now picking up groceries every weekday that there are confirmed orders. Orders are being pushed out as many as 5-6 days.  Next week, we will pick up orders from the IGA Monday through Friday restricted to those 130 residents who registered.

If you do not have email, lean on a friend for your grocery needs.

  • Drug Mart non-food orders being accepted. We have hired a part-time person to do Drug Mart shopping for us. Please consider only essential sundries. Order forms may be found at the Heiser entry table. First shopping day will be Thursday and reoccur every few days.


Kendal at Oberlin

  • 0 Confirmed Cases of COVID-19

Lorain County

  • 194* cases in Lorain County, 8* new cases since yesterday (as of 2pm), age range 22-96


  • 7,280* cases in Ohio, 305* new cases since yesterday (as of 11am) age range less than 1 to 101 years
  • 67,874 total number tested in Ohio
  • 324* deaths included in Ohio, median age 79
  • 2,156 of total cases are hospitalized-median age 65; 654 of cases are in Intensive Care.
  • 1,530 of all cases are healthcare workers
  • Ohio Department of Health

*The CDC expanded this number beyond those with a lab test confirmation to include those with clinical and epidemiological evidence that it is COVID-19, with known exposure and no other likely diagnosis.

April 13, 2020: Update to Residents

Calm, Proactive Preparedness

State of Ohio Announces Strive for Five Challenge!

Lori Criss, Director of Mental Health and Addiction Services for the State of Ohio has announced a statewide “Strive for Five Daily Challenge”.  The “Strive for Five” encourages every Ohioan to reach out to 5 others every day over the next 30 days via telephone, text, social media, etc. as a caring and loving means of reducing feelings of social isolation, fear and anxiety.  It is especially important to reach out to those that we know may have limited contact with others.  Together, Let’s Strive for Five!

 What is the Difference between Quarantine and Isolation?

  • Quarantine is used to keep someone who might have been exposed to COVID-19 away from others. Someone in self-quarantine stays separated from others, and they limit movement outside of their home or current place. A person may have been exposed to the virus without knowing it (for example, when traveling or out in the community), or they could have the virus without feeling symptoms. Quarantine helps limit further spread of COVID-19.
  • Isolation is used to separate sick people from healthy people. People who are in isolation should stay home. In the home, anyone sick should separate themselves from others by staying in a specific “sick” bedroom or space and using a different bathroom (if possible).

Meal Options April 15-29

We want to remind everyone that the current meal plan opt-out period ends Wednesday, 4×143-1.png  If you wish to continue your plan or  opt-out from the meal delivery service, please sign up on the list by the mailboxes.  There is also sign-up to opt-in for the two meal a day plan for an additional charge of $61.50 for each additional two week period.  As a reminder to all, if you do not sign up for these, you will automatically be included in the daily meal delivery program.

In-House Groceries continue to be very brisk.  We may “bump” your order to deliver it a day early or you may experience an afternoon delivery.  Whenever possible, we are sending only completed orders.  If you receive a partial order, it is because we won’t have the item in stock for another 48 hours.

Your Questions Answered

  • Some Kendal residents have been in isolation from the outside world for 14-15 days. Many experts feel that length of time is enough to indicate these residents do not harbor the virus. The weak links are the employees who come and go from the outside and may have been exposed. Is Kendal confident that the current daily tests definitively rule employees out as carriers?

COVID-19 is a new virus of which there are still unknowns. Kendal is following the recommendations and directions from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the Ohio Department of Health, and Lorain County Public Health for all pre-screening and monitoring of our employees. We know people can be asymptomatic and still be carriers. This has everyone concerned, and we are working with diligence to educate and empower our staff to practice safe COVID-19 prevention habits here at Kendal and when away from Kendal. Additionally, we have residents leaving campus for approved and necessary medical needs. They are equipped with masks, reminded about necessary hand washing, and advised to return to Kendal without any “side trips”.  All of these departures from Kendal bring risk back to our community.

  • I am concerned about our mental and emotional stability in hard closure. Not being able to leave KaO is suffocating and frightening at times. We are fortunate to have so much but on some list I hope there a plan to let us get out to see a family member or a friend or go for a ride even if it requires social distancing. Has there been a discussion about this?

Kendal is concerned about not only keeping everyone physically healthy, but also staying emotionally and socially healthy, too. This continues to take creativity on everyone’s part to discover ways to stay socially engaged and active even from a distance.  As we move through this pandemic and begin to lift restrictions, we will be considering how residents begin to leave campus safely.  We are still in a critical phase of the pandemic’s impact here in Ohio. We hope we move through this phase soon, but it will take time.  We would urge everyone to take advantage of the many opportunities using Zoom and other forums for social and psychological supports, including sessions by our psychologist Indira Palekar and reaching out to Kim Preston and Kim Peters .

 Quick Updates

  • Easter was special- Many warm thanks to Dining Services for the special meals distributed to all staff members working Easter Sunday including all the staff who made special efforts to bring enjoyment and cheer to our residents.
  • Update with IGA – Donna Baznik and Priscilla Steinberg are preparing for the new 2-week cycle to start the week of April 20. Our goal is to have you order every two weeks, the same day.
  • Lawn mowing begins tomorrow, a sure sign of spring!
  • Garden flower orders will be delivered on Tuesday, April 22.  Kara Phillips will announce times for delivery.
  • KUDOS- to Ron and Chris Price for initiating the new package delivery and recruiting volunteers. They even delivered on Easter!  Monday’s US Mail delivery of packages coming to Kendal seemed to be a new record!

ZOOM Meetings with Barbara

There were over 107 participants on Monday afternoon. Many were visible with their pictures, some were not, some just listened in and happy to be on the call. Your choice, just join us.

NEXT MEETING OPTION:  Thursday, April 16, 4:-4:30

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We will provide a telephone number to call as an option later this week.

ZOOMING, here are some helpful tips:

Go to  Sign up for free or just join a meeting without signing up for an account.

Joining a meeting

Notes: You do not need an account, nor do you need to be logged in to join a meeting from a link in an email message. If you don’t have the app installed, you will be prompted to download and install the Zoom app when you click a join link.

Audio – if you don’t have a microphone on your computer, you can dial into the meeting.

  1. On your phone, dial the teleconferencing number provided in your invite.
  2. Enter the meeting ID number when prompted using your dialpad.
  3. Note: If you have already joined the meeting via computer, you will have the option to enter your 2-digit participant ID to be associated with your computer. If you have not joined on your computer, simply press # again when prompted to enter in your participant ID.

(A note from Tech Republic: Increased demand on Zoom servers during the COVID-19 outbreak means that phone dial-in functions may be limited—it may be preferable if your computer or device has a microphone and/or camera to use Zoom to its fullest.)

Visual – if you are using a smart phone, tablet, or most laptops, your device likely has a camera. If it does, participants on the conference will be able to see you. If you don’t have a camera, you can still participate, see what is on the presenter’s screen, but the other participants will not be able to see you.

Beautiful Masks in Abundance 

fabric face masksJanet Michal, daughter of SCC Resident Nancy Gray has been providing an excellent model of homemade mask, particularly great for the nursing team. These masks are very comfortable and preserves medical PPE for when it will be most needed.  We are delighted to have plenty of masks at the front desk so please come get one if you need one. We can thank again our residents sewing experts for being so generous with their time. And do remember to wash them daily.


Kendal at Oberlin

  • 0 Confirmed Cases of COVID-19

Lorain County

  • 186* cases in Lorain County, 11* new cases since yesterday (as of 2pm), age range 22-96
  • 8 deaths in Lorain County, age range 68-95
  • Lorain County Public Health


  • 6,975* cases in Ohio, 371* new cases since yesterday (as of 11am) age range less than 1 to 101 years, median age 54
  • 65,112 total number tested in Ohio
  • 274* deaths included in Ohio, median age 79
  • 2,033 of total cases are hospitalized-median age 64; 613 of cases are in Intensive Care.
  • 1,449 of all cases are healthcare workers
  • Ohio Department of Health

 *The CDC expanded this number beyond those with a lab test confirmation to include those with clinical and epidemiological evidence that it is COVID-19, with known exposure and no other likely diagnosis.

April 12, 2020: Update to Residents

Calm, Proactive Preparedness

Interesting Reading

Next Year May We Be Together, from the Washington Post

For all those delayed or cancelled gatherings, here is hope for the future seasons of Passover and Easter.

Cheers and Appreciation Expressed

Easter Bunny with treats
The Easter Bunny brings treats to Kendal residents.

What bunnies were responsible for those colorful eggs around us?  Please pass along a hearty salute and a cheery wink to those cottontails!  –Bob Longsworth

More Pandemic Humor

SHELTER in PLACE: This sums up the predicament

  • Day 6 of Home-schooling: My child just said “I hope I don’t have the same teacher next year”… I’m offended.
  • Classified Ad: Single man with toilet paper seeks woman with hand sanitizer for good clean fun.
  • This morning I saw a neighbor talking to her cat. It was obvious she thought her cat understood her. I came into my house, told my dog…We laughed a lot.
  • Quarantine Day 7: Went to this restaurant called THE KITCHEN. You have to gather all the ingredients and make your own meal. I have no clue how this place is still in business.
  • My body has absorbed so much soap and disinfectant lately that when I pee it cleans the toilet.

Your Questions Answered

What criteria will Kendal use to end and/or maintain the closed campus?

As we move through the other side of this healthcare crisis, our mitigation initiatives will be individually evaluated and considered.  There will not be a “hard open” declared and everything returns how it was on January 1, 2020.  The “hard close”, as we know it, will be slowly and prudently unwound. A number of factors would be used when unwinding our initiatives, including:

  1. The State of Ohio ending the “Stay-at-Home” order;
  2. Further direction given by the Ohio Department of Health specific to senior living, nursing home, and assisted living communities (It may be that the “Stay-at-Home” order ends; however, senior living communities may be asked to continue to shelter-in-place for a continued length of time.);
  3. Any active COVID-19 cases on the Kendal campus with consideration to how widespread they are and where they are;
  4. Direction and guidance from Lorain County Public Health;
  5. Learned experiences from other Life Plan Communities, including other Kendals, that have had a “hard close” in place.

Barbara’s “Trial” Afternoon Exchange via Live ZOOM for Monday, April 13, 1:30pm

– Now Password Protected.

If you have become experienced doing ZOOM meetings or want to try your first session using your computer, Barbara will trial a live 30-minute session sharing responses to questions submitted by residents this past week. Our ZOOM License does not limit the number of participants, so everyone is welcome. There now will be a password for this session. Hopefully it will not complicate signing in.  This will be a one-way communication meeting without your having the chance to talk back to her!  We look forward to scheduling more of these.

Join URL: http os://

Contact Judy Miller, phone 440-776-5011, for assistance for future Kendal ZOOM gatherings.

No Package Delivery to your Home on Sunday 

This will resume with Volunteers on Monday.

Shopping Document for Comparison

  • The comparison document has been sent out electronically or put in your in-house mailboxes if you do not receive Kendal email blasts. Be sure to pick it up and save it for reference.
  • Monday – Walmart Groceries- Don’t forget to let Donna Baznik know if you have been successful at putting in an order for Walmart to be picked up MONDAY. If we do not have confirmed orders, we will not need to send the bus out.

State of Ohio Update

The Greater Columbus Convention Center became the first of the six selected Alternate Care Sites to become operational. The convention center has a 1,000-bed capacity and is ready to support any medical surge needs within its area of responsibility. The Case Western Reserve University Health Education Campus is also being built out as an Alternative Care Site. Hospitals in Cuyahoga and Lorain counties remain below capacity. The latest projections from The Ohio State University show Ohio hitting its peak around April 19. Ohio continues to do well in flattening the curve. Thank you to everyone for doing your part!


Kendal at Oberlin

  • 0 Confirmed Cases of COVID-19

Lorain County

  • 175* cases in Lorain County, 10* new cases since yesterday (as of 2pm), age range 22-96
  • 6 deaths in Lorain County, age range 68-93
  • Lorain County Public Health


  • 6,604* cases in Ohio, 354* new cases since yesterday (as of 2pm) age range less than 1 to 101 years, median age 54
  • 60,471 total number tested in Ohio
  • 253* deaths included in Ohio, median age 79
  • 1,948 of total cases are hospitalized-median age 64; 595 of cases are in Intensive Care.
  • 1,325 of all cases are healthcare workers
  • Ohio Department of Health

*The CDC expanded this number beyond those with a lab test confirmation to include those with clinical and epidemiological evidence that it is COVID-19, with known exposure and no other likely diagnosis.