COVID-19 Prevention: Community Updates Week of 4/26/2020

April 27, 2020: Update to Residents

Calm, Proactive Preparedness

“If we will be quiet and ready enough, we shall find compensation in every disappointment”,

–Henry David Thoreau

Lorenzo’s Pizza

Delivery on Tuesday for units 1-88. They will be delivered to your home in two waves of roughly 26 pizzas each in numerical order. Anticipate the first half arriving soon after 2:00 and the 2nd about 3 pm (estimated). We will publish Wednesday’s delivery in the Tuesday news update, and Thursday’s in the Wednesday’s news update.

NEW: Oberlin Market

We are working toward your being able to place an order by email with the Oberlin Market next week with orders on Thursday and delivery on Friday morning.

Governor’s Press Conference Today

The press conferences can be viewed online.

Key to Ohio’s slow reopening will be:

  • Continued social distancing of 6 feet
  • Continued frequent hand-washing
  • Continued frequent sanitization of high-touch surfaces
  • Continued wearing of mask/face covering.

In addition, more available testing and increased contact tracing

Ohio’s Plan for May

Ohio is putting in place improved testing capacity and contact tracing.

Ohio will begin to reopen the economy with comprehensive guidelines for the safety of all employees and customers, recognizing as we do this there are associated risks: the coronavirus is still out there and just as “dangerous as ever”:

Statewide Stay-at-Home Order Remains in Place.

  • May 1 – Diagnostic testing and same-day procedures at hospitals and surgery centers will be permitted.
  • May 1 – Dental Offices may reopen (no decision on Kendal’s dentist at this time).
  • May 4 – Manufacturing, distribution and construction businesses may begin operations again.
  • May 4 – Office workplaces may reopen.
  • May 12 – Retail and Service businesses may reopen.

 Ohio will be watching numbers closely as these areas of the economy begin to reopen. The goal is to do so with empowered education to prevent as many flare-ups of the virus as possible and avoid putting restrictive guidelines back in place.

What this Means for Kendal

Logo - In this Together Ohio - Kendal at Oberlin

Governor Mike DeWine shared that the state is very concerned about the most vulnerable citizens of the state, and he specifically mentioned those over age 65.  Kendal will be watching the results of the lifting of these state restrictions very closely.  Barbara Thomas is forming the “New Normal” Planning Committee for Resident Life comprised of four Kendal residents in consultation with KORA President Gary Olin and key Kendal staff to brainstorm just how we might re-acclimate Kendal as our quarantine can become less restrictive. This committee will begin to identify areas of mitigation which we can begin safely to lift on campus.  More news on this committee and its work will be forthcoming.

As the region begins to open up again, our cloistered Kendal community enters a slightly more dangerous phase: staff members are more exposed outside of Kendal and thus the entire community is more exposed. Kendal is committed to lifting mitigation strategies in a prudent, wise, and methodical fashion.

Stephens Care Center and Today’s Announcements

The State of Ohio has not indicated when visitation will be permitted again in licensed long-term care settings such as our Stephens Care Center. Given the vulnerability of this population, this will not be very soon. Please continue to visit our Stephens Care Center residents via telephone, texts, eCards available at the Kendal at Oberlin website, FaceTime or other social media. If you need assistance connecting to a Stephens Care Center resident, please contact Michele Tarsitano-Amato at or 440-775-9890.

Julie Carpenter, RN, Earns Infection Preventionist Certificate through CMS

Julie Carpenter has earned a certificate of Infection Preventionist through the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.  She joins RN Kim Leek with this certificate, and at a great time, too.  Congratulations Julie!

Your Questions Answered

Is it ok to go into New Russia Township Park if nobody else is there?

The Park is closed as was previously announced.  During our “Shelter in Place”, residents are restricted to the Kendal at Oberlin campus unless they have a pass for a medical appointment.  Going to the New Russia Township Park is not permitted.  Passes for medical appointments are for going to a medical appointment only with no other stops anywhere in-between, including at drug stores. This is to mitigate the risks that exist outside Kendal to the COVID-19 virus.  We are all responsible to safeguard ourselves and our neighbors with this limited access pass. 

Is it ok for good friends (unmarried) to walk and associate closer together than 6 feet? Should there be a double standard for married residents as opposed to unmarried residents when it comes to interacting and visiting in each other’s homes?

Social distancing is effective in keeping the virus at bay. The guidance from the Ohio Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention do not differentiate between people whether close friends or unmarried or married. Those living together are not expected to keep a social distance in their home or outside.  For those who do not share a home, please protect your neighbors and your friends by maintaining at minimum 6 feet of social distance at all times and in all places. 

What are some ways residents can address concerns to one another without being met with an “I’ll do whatever I want” attitude?

The best way is to respect and encourage the social responsibility we have for protecting the health integrity of the entire Kendal at Oberlin campus. We are all responsible for practicing and using all the tools we have been discussing since late January as referenced at the beginning of the Governor’s press conference update today. Thankfully, we live in a day of great connecting technology, let’s use it. And now that it is warming up in northern Ohio, and we can get outdoors more, let’s do so with neighbors and friends while maintaining the minimal 6 feet of social distancing. We do this not only for ourselves, but for the sake of our neighbors and friends at Kendal as well.

This includes wearing a face covering every time we know we are going to encounter other people, even when outside in close quarters, such as on the covered walkways.  Protect yourself and your neighbors:  always wear a face covering.

Quick Updates

  • Thank You Residents – Kendal staff were treated to cookies and scones prepared by Oberlin’s Slow Train!  Thank you Dining Services and THANK YOU RESIDENTS!
  • May Flowers – Kara Phillips, Grounds Supervisor is planning for a second batch of flower ordering in late May, details, and order forms will be available soon.
  • Financial Support #1 – Kendal at Oberlin received a stimulus payment from Health and Human Services that is focused on assisting with healthcare-related matters focused on Covid-19 Prevention, Care and Loss of Revenue.
  • Financial Support #2 – Kendal also received an Ohio Workers’ Compensation rebate and notice that the 2020 premiums will be 20% lower than what was originally planned.
  • Exercise Video- The exercise videos will run every Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Today  was chair exercise, Wednesday it will be intermediate chair exercise. A meditation video may be imbedded into PowerPoint and run for 6-8 minutes.  Please note, there is no classical music playing in background when videos run M-W-F; there is nothing wrong with your television. 
  • Resident Contract Signed During Quarantine! – A contract was signed today with a future Kendalite! Way to go Marketing Team!
  • Barbara’s Zoom Meetings will be Recorded beginning this week with guests Greg Zehe and Toni Merleno.




Kendal at Oberlin (KaO)


State of Ohio (as of 11am)

Independent Living Resident Cases0  New Cases Since Yesterday362
Higher number attributed to increased testing
Stephens Care Center (SCC) Resident Cases   Total Cases16,325
          Residential Care Facility0    
          Skilled Nursing Facility0  Age Range all Cases<1-106
KaO Residents Total 0 Median Age of all Cases51
     KaO SCC Staff Cases0  Total Hospitalizations (cumulative)3,232 or 20%
     KaO Other Staff Cases0  Total Hospitalizations last 24 hrs54
KaO Staff Total 0 Median Age of all Hospitalized65
Kendal at Oberlin Total 0 Total ICU Admissions (cumulative)978 or 6%

Lorain County (as of 2pm)

   Total Health Care Workers Diagnosed2,652 or 16%
New Cases Since Yesterday 14 Total Tested in Ohio119,391
Total Cases, age range 16-100 395 Total Deaths753 or 5%
Total Deaths, age ranges 50-79 8 deaths;       80+ 18 deaths 26 Median Age of Deaths79

April 26, 2020: Update to Residents

Calm, Proactive Preparedness

“But I know, somehow, that only when it is dark enough can you see the stars.”
― Martin Luther King, Jr.

Exercise on WKAO on Monday 9:30am and 4:00pm

Be assured we will be running various exercise videos every Monday-Wednesday-Friday. We are pleased how much you have liked what we have been creating and they will repeat. Monday’s is the same video we showed on Friday by Saun Howard featuring Beginner-Intermediate Chair Exercise. It lasts just a few minutes over 40 minutes so you’ll get a good workout.

Good Reading

Foggy Eyeglasses When Wearing a Mask?

Lynn Ayres has passed along tips from the AARP publication to reduce foggy eyeglasses and get the best fit from the mask design that uses ties. 

A Familiar Landscape, Now Strange and Emptied by the Virus, as Seen from Above

–The Washington Post

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention COVID-19 Symptoms Update

We continue to learn more about COVID-19.  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has updated their list of COVID-19 symptoms for which we all need to be aware.  People with COVID-19 have had a wide range of symptoms reported, ranging from mild symptoms to severe illness. 

These symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the COVID-19 virus:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Chills
  • Repeated shaking with chills
  • Muscle pain
  • Headache
  • Sore throat
  • New loss of taste or smell

If you have any of these symptoms, immediately call the Health and Wellness Clinic 440-775-9819 during business hours Monday-Friday or the RN Nurse Manager at 440-775-9800 at all other times.

No Evidence’ Yet That Recovered COVID-19 Patients Are Immune, WHO Says

from National Public Radio

CARES Act Provision

from Ann O’Malley

According to the letter from TIAA, the CARES Act includes a provision that you can waive the Required Minimum Distribution (RMD) for retirement investments in 2020. This is significant because some residents do not need their RMD to live on, so this can reduce their taxable income in 2020 and also provide them with the opportunity to keep it invested, not realize the loss in market value, and have the potential to earn more than what could be earned in a regular savings account.   Please consult your professional investment or tax advisor.



Kendal at Oberlin (KaO)


State of Ohio (as of 11am)

Independent Living Resident Cases0  New Cases Since Yesterday376
      Higher number attributed to increased testing
Stephens Care Center (SCC) Resident Cases   Total Cases15,963
          Residential Care Facility0    
          Skilled Nursing Facility0  Age Range all Cases<1-106
KaO Residents Total 0 Median Age of all Cases51
     KaO SCC Staff Cases0  Total Hospitalizations (cumulative)3,178 or 20%
     KaO Other Staff Cases0  Total Hospitalizations last 24 hrs63
KaO Staff Total 0 Median Age of all Hospitalized65
Kendal at Oberlin Total 0 Total ICU Admissions (cumulative)952 or 6%

Lorain County (as of 2pm)

   Total Health Care Workers Diagnosed2,596 or 16%
New Cases Since Yesterday 7 Total Tested in Ohio115,783
Total Cases, age range 16-100 381 Total Deaths728 or 5%
Total Deaths, age ranges 50-79 7 deaths;       80+ 17 deaths 24 Median Age of Deaths79

Contact Information

If you have any questions or concerns,  please contact us:

Stacy Terrell, Chief Health Services Officer