Focus on prevention of COVID-19 virus establishes new procedures.   COVID-19 Updates

COVID-19 Prevention: Community Updates Week of 5/17/2020

May 23, 2020: Update to Residents

Calm, Proactive Preparedness

Mark Twain was leaving church one Sunday morning with a friend, and it began to pour. His friend asked Twain, “Do you think it’ll stop?” And Twain looked up at the sky and said, “Well, it always has in the past.”

Shared by Barbara Gordon-Lickey

Illumination Night–Kendal Style–Honoring Oberlin Graduates 

Sunday Night, May 24 at 9pm — shared by Kim Preston

In the spirit of a beloved Oberlin tradition, please join in an Illumination Night on Sunday evening. Send light to each other and the world and add a cheer at 9pm. May we always “hold each other in the light.” Illumination photos will play Sunday on WKAO. Oberlin College has shared a wonderful gallery of photos, video, and the story of the tradition. Enjoy!

paper luminariaA simple luminaria idea: Roll paper into a cylinder, tape it, place it over an electric tealight (Some are enjoying poking pinprick designs into the paper before rolling it.).

Reminder! As part of the Oberlin tradition around Illumination Night, Dining will be distributing a piece of cherry pie to every resident to eat as they distantly socialize! The pie will be delivered as an extra dessert with your meal on Sunday. We will also drop off pie to those residents who have opted out of the meal plan so they too can join the celebration.

Miscellaneous

Joe Colucci shared a short, thought-provoking video comparing automobile crash fatalities to those from COVID-19, created by one of his former colleagues.

Remembering Nancy Roth, a great friend to Kendal at Oberlin, who recently passed away. Nancy was very involved from our earliest years, and was “family”. Her mother resided in our Stephens Care Center and husband Bob had rehab stays at Kendal. Nancy was in conversations just before the pandemic began looking to volunteer and bring more programs to the SCC.  Her love of dance was particularly impactful. She and Eileen Dettman helped promote dance experiences for Kendal residents and community members. Read Nancy’s very descriptive obituary.

Anthony Fauci: ‘Now Is The Time…To Care Selflessly About One Another’, –National Public Radio

Fauci addressed both Johns Hopkins University and his alma mater, the College of the Holy Cross.

Salon PS Re-Opening

Kayla will be back in our campus salon Tuesday through Friday mornings offering “just haircuts” for cottage and apartment residents. Unfortunately, our SCC residents cannot access this space at this time, and we are working on other arrangements. Only one person can be served at a time in the salon, and there must be time to clean between clients so appointments are spaced 45 minutes apart. Residents are required to be screened with temperature and key questions before entering the salon. You may secure an appointment by using Sign-Up Genius to find a time convenient for you. For those without a computer, you may ask the front desk for assistance.

Haircuts are being discounted 25% for the first two weeks through June 5.

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 Cases0
     KaO Other Staff Cases0
KaO Staff Total0
Kendal at Oberlin Total0

Lorain County (as of 2PM)

New Cases Since Yesterday11
Total Cases, age range 16-100644
Total Deaths, age ranges 30-39 • 1; 50-59 • 1; 60-69 • 5; 70-79 • 11, 80+ • 3452
Total Deaths in Long Term Care Settings (updated every Wednesday)27

State of Ohio (as of 11AM)

New Cases Since Yesterday614
Total Cases31,408
Age Range all Cases<1-109
Median Age of all Cases50
Total Hospitalizations (cumulative)5,437 or 17%
Total Hospitalizations last 24 hrs58
Median Age of all Hospitalized64
Total ICU Admissions (cumulative)1,429 or 5%
Total Health Care Workers Diagnosed 4,833 or 15%
Total Tested in Ohio314,374
Median Age of Deaths 81
Total Deaths  1,956 or 6%
Total Deaths in Long Term Care Settings (updated every Wednesday)680

Worldwide

TOTAL CONFIRMED CASES – 5,105,881  |  333,446  CONFIRMED DEATHS

Source-World Health Organization, updated May 22, 2020, 20:00 GMT-4


May 22, 2020: Update to Residents

Calm, Proactive Preparedness

I’ll lift you and you lift me, and we’ll both ascend together.

John Greenleaf Whittier

Vacation from Kendal – On the Road Again…

road-street-forest-treeWe are all committed to protecting ourselves and each other during the COVID-19 Pandemic. We also know that everyone on this campus is vulnerable to some degree; however, a “hard closure” is difficult work for everyone. It is exhausting and long, and at times filled with anxiety, fear, and even loneliness. We are working hard with the New Normal Planning Advisory Committee to safely reopen portions of the campus, such as the Pool and Fitness Center and to create new ways to be in community, such as outdoor socially distanced gatherings, “Two Household Adoption Bubbles” and Zoom Meetings.

We also realize that some may simply need a break from Kendal. If you need to get away from Kendal, be it for a few days, a week or two or even more, that is possible. The only stipulation in addition to practicing good pandemic hygiene is that upon you return, for your protection and for that of your neighbors, you will be required to self-quarantine in your Independent Living home for 14 days. For some that time will be worth the trek to visit family, friends, or just get away to any locale. Simply fill out your Away slip at the Front Desk as you would at any other time, and you will be provided a pass to leave campus for your designated time away. When you return you will self-quarantine to ensure you are not a carrier of the coronavirus. Know in advance this does considerable coordination and help from your friends, neighbors, and staff as things such as mail, garbage, meals, and other details must be arranged through others.  

Success! Today’s Anti-Social Ice Cream Event

We want to first thank all of the resident volunteers and then all of the 170 residents who participated for their efforts to help make this “New Normal” event safe for all. We will use what we learned today to improve and then repeat this event sometime soon. If you have a comment or suggestion about the event, please pass it along to Greg Zehe.

Salon PS Re-Opening

Kayla will be back in our campus salon Tuesday through Friday mornings offering “just haircuts” for cottage and apartment residents. Our SCC residents cannot access this space at this time. Only one person can be served at a time in the salon, and there must be time to clean between clients so appointments are spaced 45 minutes apart. Residents are required to be screened with temperature and key questions before entering the salon. You may secure an appointment by using Sign-Up Genius to find a time convenient for you.

For those without a computer, you may ask the front desk for assistance.

Cuts are being discounted 25% for the first two weeks through June 5.

Avoid Coronavirus Scams

Don’t respond to texts, emails or calls about checks from the government. Here’s what you need to know.

  • Ignore online offers for vaccinations. There are no products proven to treat or prevent COVID-19 at this time.
  • Be wary of ads for test kits. The FDA recently announced approval for one home test kit, which requires a doctor’s order. But most test kits being advertised have not been approved by the FDA, and aren’t necessarily accurate.
  • Hang up on robocalls. Scammers are using illegal robocalls to pitch everything from low-priced health insurance to work-at-home schemes.
  • Watch for emails claiming to be from the CDC or WHO. Use sites like gov and usa.gov/coronavirus to get the latest information. And don’t click on links from sources you don’t know.
  • Do your homework when it comes to donations. Never donate in cash, by gift card, or by wiring money.

There are lots of scams happening every day, now using COVID. Be wary and don’t fall for them! Hang up robocalls and delete unfamiliar email messages.

–-From the Federal Trade Commission, shared by Toni Merleno, Risk Manager

Illumination Night–Kendal Style–Honoring Oberlin Graduates

Oberlin illumination - lanterns at nightSunday, May 24, 9pm Reminder! We will be having an event on Sunday Night to celebrate Illumination! As part of the Oberlin tradition around Illumination Night, Dining will be distributing a piece of cherry pie to every resident to eat as they socialize distantly! The pie will be delivered as an extra dessert with your meal on Sunday. We will also drop off pie to those residents who have opted out of the meal plan so they too can join the celebration.

Good Reads

Amid the Pandemic, People are Paying More Attention to Tweets. And not the Twitter Kind, The Washington Post

In a strange new world where the volume was suddenly turned down — empty sidewalks, less traffic and fewer early-morning leaf blowers — people stuck in their homes are tuning their ears to a sweet natural sound they’ve long taken for granted: bird songs.

Canadian War Posters Have Been Given A COVID-19 Update & They’re Amazing

The Toronto Public Library asked Canadian designers armed with Photoshop to choose one of the many wartime posters held in the Baldwin Collection of Canadiana and adapt it to help message (verb, meaning “to communicate”) this historic pandemic. The call has had dozens of submissions that are now showcased online. According to Toronto Public Library, “All the signs of support in our city during the pandemic have been truly inspiring.” Read more about the initiative.

David Sprague, the digital content lead in the Preservation and Digitization Department at Toronto Public Library, was parsing the library’s online collection and was struck by how many posters were devoted to cautioning and disciplining Canadians on the homefront during the two World Wars. He had an idea to remix these images as positive propaganda aimed at COVID-19.  Shared by Dick Baznik.

Quick Updates:

  • Future Residents to Select Cottage/Apt Finishes: Marketing and Facility Services are creating innovative ways for contracted residents to make their finish selections while not entering our campus (all socially distanced and masked).
  • Lorenzo’s Pizza Orders for next week is off the charts! A total of 190 pizzas were ordered and another 222 for a contribution to Oberlin Community Services. Wow, what a wonderful and generous showing for Oberlin families! The number of orders were so high we will spread them over 3 days on deliveries Tues-Wed-Thurs but have MORNING deliveries. More information coming which day you can expect your delivery.

Noting the COVID stats for May in Lorain County

There has been a high of 18 new cases and one other day with 17 new cases. We’ve had one day with as few as one and another with just 2 cases. Most days have been up and down from the days before many hovering around 6-9 or so. We’ll be carefully studying stats in two-week periods of look-back. We continue to hear from Lorain County Public Health the numbers don’t tell enough with many folks not getting tested due to a lack of symptoms.

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 Cases0
     KaO Other Staff Cases0
KaO Staff Total0
Kendal at Oberlin Total0

Lorain County (as of 2PM)

New Cases Since Yesterday6
Total Cases, age range 16-100633
Total Deaths, age ranges 30-39 • 1; 50-59 • 1; 60-69 • 5; 70-79 • 11, 80+ • 3452
Total Deaths in Long Term Care Settings (updated every Wednesday)27

State of Ohio (as of 11AM)

New Cases Since Yesterday627
Total Cases30,794
Age Range all Cases<1-109
Median Age of all Cases50
Total Hospitalizations (cumulative)5,379 or 17%
Total Hospitalizations last 24 hrs84
Median Age of all Hospitalized64
Total ICU Admissions (cumulative)1,416 or 5%
Total Health Care Workers Diagnosed 4,771 or 15%
Total Tested in Ohio305,764
Median Age of Deaths 81
Total Deaths  1,872 or 6%
Total Deaths in Long Term Care Settings (updated every Wednesday)680

May 21, 2020: Update to Residents

Calm, Proactive Preparedness

In the confrontation between the stream and the rock, the stream always wins, not through strength but by perseverance.


H. Jackson Brown Jr., American author

Exactly HOW and WHEN will Kendal Re-Open? And what does “re-open” mean?

We know THIS is much more on your mind than a special event or even ice cream. Some say it can’t be soon enough to “get out of jail” while others are afraid it is happening too soon. So far we have been talking about a “soft-open,” the easing of restrictions on campus that have held you hostage for almost 12 weeks. While there is currently almost a frenetic pace of planning for use of campus spaces once again based on Ohio’s re-opening, there is also the need for the longer term view of life outside our campus walls for something besides a medical appointment. In the coming couple of weeks we will be sharing a comprehensive, focused plan that will not only provide details of what data is driving, but also what planning has to happen before we can lessen more serious restrictions. Uppermost is simultaneously mitigating risk based on external or campus factors. This phased reopening plan will be put to paper for sharing widely so you too can plan and know what to expect. Some of you have external travel already planned and know a quarantine will be needed. Our New Normal Planning Committee remains a vital link to you as we carry out this work and get Kendal as near the “old normal” that we possibly can while this pandemic continues.

Reminder! Anti-Social Ice Cream Event at the Langston on Friday, 5/22, from 1pm – 5:30pm

Residents who are interested in purchasing Toft’s ice cream are invited to come to the Langston at their scheduled mail pickup time. The pints are $2.25 each and we are asking residents to limit their purchases to 2 pints to ensure we have enough for everyone. There will be NSA (no sugar added) ice cream and frozen yogurt available also. To make this a success, everyone must wear a mask and maintain social distancing. One goal of this “event” is an early staging of practicing social distancing, and wearing masks in common areas like the Langston with more people than the smaller numbers we have been experiencing so far since closure.

Illumination Night–Kendal Style–Honoring Oberlin Graduates

Oberlin illumination - lanterns at nightStarting at dusk on Sunday, May 24, let us light up our Kendal at Oberlin campus to honor the Oberlin Class of 2020. Put tea lights or holiday lights in your windows, on your patios, or along the sidewalk in front of your cottage to honor and celebrate their accomplishments. Tea lights will be made available!

At 9:00pm that evening, let’s step outside our dwellings to give a cheer! Those with cell phones can shine their flashlights and add some sparkle to the celebration.

Be creative. Let’s illuminate the night on this special day!

And There is More in Keeping with Tradition…Pie!

As part of the Oberlin tradition around Illumination Night, Dining will be distributing a piece of cherry pie to every resident to enjoy as they socialize with the necessary distance! The pie will be delivered with your meal as an extra dessert with your Sunday meal. We will also drop off pie to those residents who have opted out of the meal plan so that they can join the celebration.

Oberlin College Updates

Carmen Twillie Ambar, President of Oberlin College, shared some updates to Obies that included:

  • We are planning and working towards an on-campus, in-person fall opening. 
  • We are committed to a rigorous academic and musical on-campus experience that prizes excellence. 
  • We believe that delivering rigor and excellence is best done on campus and in person. We may be required to make some classes smaller, or to alter sections, or have hybrid options for some courses based on health standards, but the goal will still be a fall opening with on-campus, in-person courses.

We are delighted that live student music will soon be returning to Oberlin!

Salon PS

PS Salon will be reopening next week. Watch for details to make an appointment.

Quick Updates

  • COVID TESTING – Zoom meetings have been held weekly with our Stephens Care Center residents led by Stacy, Michele and others. This coming Wednesday, May 27, at 4pm, the topic of COVID-19 testing will be discussed. They would like to invite the rest of the Kendal community to listen to their meeting. Thus far testing is extremely controlled in Ohio and not under the control of employers. What is changing is that priority attention is being given to nursing homes with COVID cases. Medical Director Georgia Newman MD will be a part of the meeting and can help distinguish the various types of testing and implications when results are known. This Zoom meeting will be available to all residents and can be viewed by Zoom or the inhouse TV channel.

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 Cases0
     KaO Other Staff Cases0
KaO Staff Total0
Kendal at Oberlin Total0

Lorain County (as of 2PM)

New Cases Since Yesterday8
Total Cases, age range 16-100627
Total Deaths, age ranges 30-39 • 1; 50-59 • 1; 60-69 • 5; 70-79 • 11, 80+ • 3452
Total Deaths in Long Term Care Settings (updated every Wednesday)27

State of Ohio (as of 11AM)

New Cases Since Yesterday731
Total Cases30,167
Age Range all Cases<1-109
Median Age of all Cases50
Total Hospitalizations (cumulative)5,295 or 18%
Total Hospitalizations last 24 hrs97
Median Age of all Hospitalized64
Total ICU Admissions (cumulative)1,397 or 5%
Total Health Care Workers Diagnosed 4,682 or 16%
Total Tested in Ohio297,085
Median Age of Deaths 81
Total Deaths  1,836 or 6%
Total Deaths in Long Term Care Settings (updated every Wednesday)680

May 20, 2020: Update to Residents

Calm, Proactive Preparedness

You give 100 percent in the first half of the game, and if that isn’t enough, in the second half you give what’s left.

Yogi Berra, Hall of Fame baseball player and manager

Anti-Social Ice Cream Event Revised Times

We will be open to purchase ice cream on Friday 5/22 from 1pm – 5:30pm

bowl of ice creamWe have learned that we were using the wrong information yesterday. Please come at your scheduled mail pickup time. We are asking residents to limit their purchases to 2 pints to ensure we have enough for everyone. There will be NSA (no sugar added) ice cream and frozen yogurt available also. To make this a success, everyone will need to wear a mask and keep social distancing.

IGA

If you are ordering groceries from IGA, you must wait until getting a call from Priscilla Steinberg before you move ahead with an email order to IGA. We are now in our 4th rotation and have recently added 25 more people. With some folks moving ahead without that call from Priscilla, there have been orders placed on the wrong day causing stress at IGA. They are working so hard for you at IGA, please accept the procedures of when you should proceed with an order by waiting for your call. If you are unsure of your order day, you can call or email Priscilla. Donna Baznik always needs to know when you have placed your order. Please, there are reasons for these steps and we ask you to follow them.

Revised Kendal Grocery Deliveries

As warmer weather begins, we will be ending our deliveries at noon to avoid groceries sitting outside in the heat of the day. Our new schedule will be Monday through Saturday, 8am to 12pm. We are striving for next-day delivery, but occasionally you may encounter a delay to the following morning. Our inventory is constantly changing, so if there is something you did not receive, please don’t hesitate to order it again. We may have it back in stock.

Thursday Zoom: Zoom Afternoon Exchange

Barbara, Maggie Stark, and Terry Kovach

Time: May 21, 2020 4:00pm Eastern Time – Join Zoom URL, or call 1-646-558-8656, meeting ID: 936 0145 3149 

Quick Updates

  • Kendal at Oberlin Board – Met for the first time yesterday since January via Zoom. Look for a report on the board’s focus in the upcoming June Kendalight.
  • Planning is underway for spaces at Kendal to be reopened using Guidelines from the Governor. This will take time and immense changes. Stay tuned.
    • Reopening the Pool and Fitness Center with restrictions
    • Reopening the Kendal Resale Shop
    • Two-Household Adoption Bubbles
    • Illumination Night, Sunday, May 24
    • July 4th Celebration
    • Sourcing Fresh Produce
    • Stephens Care Center Outside Visitation Booth
    • Heiser Auditorium considerations
    • Planning Committee for new Kendal TV Channel
    • Key FOB Security System for Exterior Community Doors
    • And more (i.e. musicians)

Salon PS

While we cannot authorize passes for salon appointments, we can urge you to make an appointment with Kayla, our Salon PS stylist. We have had many happy customers under her scissors. There is a tentative plan to have the Salon open next week ½ days, mornings, Tuesday through Friday. We are working on an automated appointment program to accommodate your appointment request. Prior to be admitted for an appointment (1 customer at a time) a person will have to have their temperature taken and answer screening questions (like staff and other visitors do). Salon has to be cleaned between customers as well. We hope to report tomorrow how appointments may be made. There will be a promotional discount on haircuts for May. (A resident told Barbara she would get in line after Barbara if she wanted to be “first”. Barbara is willing but doesn’t know if anyone can fix her personal “quarantine trims”.

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 Cases0
     KaO Other Staff Cases0
KaO Staff Total0
Kendal at Oberlin Total0

Lorain County (as of 2PM)

Independent Living Resident Cases0
Stephens Care Center (SCC) Resident Cases0
          Residential Care Facility 0
          Skilled Nursing Facility0
KaO Residents Total0
     KaO SCC Staff Cases0
     KaO Other Staff Cases0
KaO Staff Total0
Kendal at Oberlin Total0

State of Ohio (as of 11AM)

New Cases Since Yesterday484
Total Cases29,436
Age Range all Cases<1-109
Median Age of all Cases50
Total Hospitalizations (cumulative)5,198 or 18%
Total Hospitalizations last 24 hrs81
Median Age of all Hospitalized64
Total ICU Admissions (cumulative)1,369 or 5%
Total Health Care Workers Diagnosed 4,590 or 16%
Total Tested in Ohio287,609
Median Age of Deaths 80
Total Deaths  1,781 or 6%
Total Deaths in Long Term Care Settings (updated every Wednesday)680

May 19, 2020: Update to Residents

Calm, Proactive Preparedness

Come what may, all bad fortune is to be conquered by endurance.

Virgil

Proposed “Two-Household Adoption Bubble”

As drafted by Mary Behm, member of the New Normal Planning Advisory Committee

Shared on our Zoom meeting Today, here is the proposal for the “Two-Household Bubble”:

clear bubbleOne Kendal household (1 or 2 residents) can join with another Kendal household (1 or 2 residents) to form a two-household adoption bubble.  The joined households could not also adopt another household: like a real bubble, close interaction with another household would break the border with possibly disastrous repercussions.

One Kendal household (1 or 2 residents) can join with another Kendal household (1 or 2 residents) to form a two-household adoption bubble.  The joined households could not also adopt another household: like a real bubble, close interaction with another household would break the border with possibly disastrous repercussions.

These adoption bubbles were first used in New Zealand (started March 25) and the Canadian province of New Brunswick (started April 24.) These adoption bubbles have not increased Covid-19 cases. As of May 4, New Zealand had zero new Covid-19 cases. As of May 5, New Brunswick had zero new Covid-19 cases. As long as people keep to their two-household bubbles and follow physical distance guidelines with others, they will not spread COVID-19 to the larger population.

How the bubble works:

Household adoption bubbles allow residents in one cottage or apartment to choose one other household to spend time with, assuming both agree to the arrangement and don’t have close contact with anyone else. It is an exclusive relationship and not interchangeable. Once a decision is made to join into a two-household bubble, they are stuck together.

This would allow you to visit, have a meal, and enjoy the company of another household within a safe environment. It will effectively create a joined family unit that will allow physical distancing requirements to be dropped between them. 

Making this choice may be difficult, like picking a favorite child, so it is best to talk it over with all parties before making the decision.

Do I have to join another household?

Forming a two-household adoption bubble is completely voluntary. You may not want to make an exclusive choice for an indeterminate amount of time. You may have health concerns both for yourself and for others (especially if you are allowed to leave the Kendal campus). You may not be interested in this idea.

Summary:

  1. Each household could adopt only one other household.
  2. The choice is completely up to each Kendal resident and has to be mutually agreeable to everyone involved.
  3. The two households have to agree to connect in this way with NO other residents. It is an exclusive relationship. Households are not interchangeable.
  4. This will allow you to visit, have a meal, and enjoy the company of others in your household bubble.

The New Normal Planning Committee will finalize this proposal at its next meeting on Thursday.  Other considerations for this program will be appropriate Infection Control protocols for those participating.  Forms will be created to keep track of which households are paired as a “Two-Household Bubble”.

Please send questions and suggestions to any member of the New Normal Planning Committee:

Residents: Judi Bachrach, Joyce Benjamin, Carol Bojanowski, Nancy Lombardi, Charlotte McGowan, Gary Olin, Don Parker, Robert Taylor

Staff: Rey Carrion, Shenell Hinton, Maggie Stark, Stacy Terrell, Barbara Thomas, Greg Zehe


The Pros and Cons of Social Bubbles, National Public Radio, shared by Joyce Benjamin

NPR’s Lulu Garcia-Navarro speaks to MIT Technology Review’s Gideon Lichfield about self-contained bubbles or pods that aim to keep the pre-pandemic rules of socialization.

Ice Cream Anti-Social This Friday 5/22!

bowl of ice creamA group of Kendal residents and the Dining Team are working together (6-feet apart) to provide residents with the opportunity to purchase Toft’s ice cream by the pint. There will be a variety of flavors, your choice for $2.25 each. 

To minimize the wait times and congestion, and to maintain proper social distancing, interested residents should arrive at the Langston at their assigned mail pickup time, between the hours of 1:00pm and 3:00pm.  Residents must arrive wearing a mask, and we will have hand sanitizer available.

All purchases will be charged to your account, no cash will be accepted.  Please bring your nametag so we can keep the line moving and the transaction touchless.

Walmart and IGA Grocery Order Reminder

Residents PLEASE contact Donna Baznik by email or phone immediately after you have successfully placed an order with Walmart or IGA. (The request for “immediate” is so you don’t forget!)  The residents who are not taking that step are causing problems at the delivery end of the operation.

Johnny’s – Delivery

Wednesday at 10am in front of Heiser. Don’t forget to pick up your order.

New Kendal TV Channel

We now have a second Kendal TV Channel in place. The new Television Committee will be meeting Friday to make plans for its usage. We have been trading e-mails gathering information about the capabilities of the Auditorium and television channel with some preliminary ideas about policies and procedures for using the Auditorium to broadcast on the channels. Stay tuned (😊) for more information. (Shared by Joyce Benjamin)

Facility Services Work in your Home

Facility Services staff are reporting concern that some residents have been “hovering” over the staff as they do their job completing work orders in cottages and apartments. PLEASE, do your best to stay out of the area where the work is being done and if you are home, you are expected to wear a mask during that time, just like staff. If someone does not give you 6 feet or more of space, or you give them less space, they are advised to say “I need more space, please”.

14-Day Quarantine Not Mandatory for Off-Campus Medical Appointments

On today’s Zoom meeting, it was mentioned that some Kendal communities are requiring residents to self-quarantine for 14 days following an off-campus medical appointment. Please know that is not the practice at Kendal at Oberlin. Yes, we are reviewing requests for off-campus appointments, and Kendal staff are then verifying appropriate protocols to be in place at the off-campus site. Since we are doing this extra step, we do not feel it is necessary in our current situation to require a 14-day self-quarantine. 

Good Read

Scientists in China Believe New Drug Can Stop Pandemic ‘Without Vaccine’

A Chinese laboratory has been developing a drug it believes has the power to bring the coronavirus pandemic to a halt. (Shared by Kari Inglis)

Lorenzo’s Pizza

There are a few tweaks for the May Lorenzo Pizza Party. All orders will be delivered over two (2) days, May 27 and 28, but order slips must be submitted by tomorrow, May 20 for their planning. They are adding an option for you to consider a frozen Margherita or Pepperoni Pizza for $8.00. This is a pizza soon to be marketed in area stores. Directions for cooking are on the packaging. Based on Anne Helm’s suggestion, you may also choose to add to your order as many frozen pizzas ($8) you’d like that will be donated to Oberlin Community Services for their families. Executive Director Margie Flood was delighted to hear of this planning. Wouldn’t it be great to come up with 100 donated pizzas? Order slips will be available Friday on the Heiser table. Billing for pizzas will once again go on your monthly bill.

Thursday Zoom: Zoom Afternoon Exchange – Barbara, Maggie Stark and Terry Kovach

  • May 21, 2020 04:00 PM Eastern Time
  • Join Zoom Meeting – or phone 1-646-558-8656, meeting ID: 936 0145 3149   

Girl Scout Cookies Available to Order at Kendal

Support Oberlin GS Troop 50349: GSNEO Troop 50349 is a 3rd– and 4th-grade Girl Scout troop out of Prospect School in Oberlin.  Many of the girls went to preschool at Kendal, and several others have performed in the Auditorium with the Community Music School.  They sell cookies to fund their adventures!  Their favorite thing to do is camping.  They camp once a month at the Girl Scout camp on the edge of town.  They love to hike, make s’mores, and make up skits. They also love service projects.  Their favorite is making Birthday Bags for Oberlin Community Services.  They fill a gift bag with cake mix and frosting, candles and birthday decorations.  No one should go without a birthday party!  Thank you for considering support of this Oberlin troop.  Through sales this year, buyers can also donate cookies for area first-responders and hospitals.

boxes of Girl Scout cookiesSupport Oberlin GS Troop 50349: GSNEO Troop 50349 is a 3rd– and 4th-grade Girl Scout troop out of Prospect School in Oberlin.  Many of the girls went to preschool at Kendal, and several others have performed in the Auditorium with the Community Music School.  They sell cookies to fund their adventures!  Their favorite thing to do is camping.  They camp once a month at the Girl Scout camp on the edge of town.  They love to hike, make s’mores, and make up skits. They also love service projects.  Their favorite is making Birthday Bags for Oberlin Community Services.  They fill a gift bag with cake mix and frosting, candles and birthday decorations.  No one should go without a birthday party!  Thank you for considering support of this Oberlin troop.  Through sales this year, buyers can also donate cookies for area first-responders and hospitals.

Order Forms and Payment: Order forms are available on the round table in Heiser.  Put completed order forms in box on table. Write checks payable to: GSNEO Troop 50349 and give to Receptionist at Front Desk. Deadline for orders is Wednesday, May 27.  Direct questions to Ann Francis.

Quick Updates

  • PS Salon – We are working hard with PS Salon and hoping to announce a reopening sometime next week.
  • Kendal K-Car – A reminder, Kendal’s K-Car is available for rental if needed for an off-campus medical appointment. Please contact Ed Harder, Transportation Coordinator, 440-775-9832.

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 Cases0
     KaO Other Staff Cases0
KaO Staff Total0
Kendal at Oberlin Total0

Lorain County (as of 2PM)

New Cases Since Yesterday5
Total Cases, age range 16-100611
Total Deaths, age ranges 30-39 • 1; 50-59 • 1; 60-69 • 5; 70-79 • 10, 80+ • 3451
Total Deaths in Long Term Care Settings (updated every Wednesday)27

State of Ohio (as of 11AM)

New Cases Since Yesterday498
Total Cases28,952
Age Range all Cases<1-109
Median Age of all Cases50
Total Hospitalizations (cumulative)5,117 or 18%
Total Hospitalizations last 24 hrs119
Median Age of all Hospitalized64
Total ICU Admissions (cumulative)1,357 or 5%
Total Health Care Workers Diagnosed 4,504 or 16%
Total Tested in Ohio277,602
Median Age of Deaths 80
Total Deaths  1,720 or 6%
Total Deaths in Long Term Care Settings (updated every Wednesday)674

May 18, 2020: Update to Residents

Calm, Proactive Preparedness

We must build dikes of courage to hold back the flood of fear.

Martin Luther King, Jr.

Kendal at Oberlin Zoom Meeting on the Concept of a “Two-Household Adoption Bubble”

This meeting is inviting all residents (and staff) to learn about a New Zealand concept to lessen isolation during a pandemic. Residents who use Zoom are asked to participate by Zoom. Those who do not use Zoom can turn their Kendal TV channel on and observe the presentation and discussion. Barbara Thomas will have invited guest Mary Behm who made the proposal. Also, Robert Taylor and Carol Bojanowski are part of the New Normal Committee and have been working with Mary who initiated a study of this concept. KORA President Gary Olin will be participating as well. Tune in to learn more.

Time: May 19, 2020 10:00am

Join Zoom Meeting, or call in +1 646 558 8656 US (New York), Meeting ID: 939 6204 4093

Please Zoom if you can, but if you are not doing Zoom you may follow the meeting by turning on your KENDAL TV Channel.

Avoid the Congestion:  Stay 6 Feet Away!

Please remember 6’ social distancing, especially in areas prone for high traffic congestion like the forms table in Heiser. Two 6-foot form tables will be set up in Heiser away from the main entrance.

Keep six feet apart - social distancing

New First-Name Name Tags for Social Distancing

“First-Name” name tags have been created for Independent Living residents to help people to recognize each other while keeping socially distanced at 6 feet and masked. If you are an Independent Living resident and did not receive a new “First-Name” Name Tag, please let Carol Groo know. (Suggested by the Suggestions and Concerns Committee.)

Stephens Care Center Courtyard Garden

David Benzing is making great progress in the SCC Courtyard Garden. We are appreciative of his vision and hard work.  Thank you, David!  Photos by Mary Behm.

Johnny’s – Come Calling

You can still place orders for Johnny’s on Tuesday for delivery on Wednesday at 10am in front of Heiser. Call Terry at 440-774-8215.

Good Reads

New Coronavirus Vaccine Candidate Shows Promise In Early Limited Trial, –National Public Radio

A vaccine manufacturer is reporting preliminary data suggesting its COVID-19 vaccine is safe and appears to be eliciting in test subjects the kind of immune response capable of preventing disease.

14 of the Past Week’s Best Photos, –The Washington Post

National Academy of Sciences: Join the Board on Atmospheric Sciences and Climate for a Webinar on Air Quality, Climate Variability, and COVID-19, Shared by Alan Lockwood

This webinar will feature recent atmospheric, climate, and epidemiological research that is contributing to our understanding of the virus transmission, as well as a discussion of how agencies across the federal government are building upon existing efforts to address linkages between environmental conditions and health to understand the pandemic.” May 28,1:00pm – 3:00pm EDT. Free, registration required.

Tick Alert:  A few ticks have been spotted on campus!

And remember, the easiest prevention for tick bites is to wear long pants and tuck the cuff into your socks. Visit CDC for additional precautions. (Shared by Ken Cheek )

Quick Updates

  • Second TV Channel – Kendal now has a second in-house TV Channel…more details to come.
  • Pool and Fitness – We are exploring ways to reopen the pool and fitness center within state requirements.
  • Resale Shop – We are exploring ways to reopen the Kendal Resale Shop.
  • Hand Sanitizers – are being added to the Trash Rooms this week.
  • Dog Waste Stations – have been added at Wildflower Hill and along the perimeter walkway.

Today’s Statistics

Kendal at Oberlin (KaO)

Independent Living Resident Cases
Stephens Care Center (SCC) Resident Cases 0
          Residential Care Facility  0
          Skilled Nursing Facility 0
KaO Residents Total0
     KaO SCC Staff Cases 0
     KaO Other Staff Cases
KaO Staff Total0
Kendal at Oberlin Total0

Lorain County (as of 2PM)

New Cases Since Yesterday5
Total Cases, age range 16-100606
Total Deaths, age ranges 30-39 • 1; 50-59 • 1; 60-69 • 5; 70-79 • 10, 80+ • 3451

State of Ohio (as of 11AM)

New Cases Since Yesterday531
Total Cases28,454
Age Range all Cases<1-108
Median Age of all Cases50
Total Hospitalizations (cumulative)4,998 or 18%
Total Hospitalizations last 24 hrs77
Median Age of all Hospitalized64
Total ICU Admissions (cumulative)1,328 or 5%
Total Health Care Workers Diagnosed 4,413 or 16%
Total Tested in Ohio270,041
Median Age of Deaths 80
Total Deaths  1,657 or 6%
Total Deaths in Long Term Care Settings 
(updated every Wednesday)
674

May 17, 2020: Update to Residents

Calm, Proactive Preparedness

Did I offer peace today? Did I bring a smile to someone’s face? Did I say words of healing? Did I let go of my anger and resentment? Did I forgive? Did I love? These are the real questions. I must trust that the little bit of love that I sow now will bear many fruits…

Henri Nouwen

“New Normal” Planning Advisory Committee

Lessening Isolation: We are looking at having a special Zoom Meeting on Tuesday morning, possibly broadcast on our TV–a first–so EVERYONE can participate to learn about a development intended to bring less isolation on campus for all households. More information being gathered. Monday’s bulletin will bring more details and necessary instructions. 

Indira Palekar’s Centering Program at New Time

Indira Palekar, PhD, Psychologist, continues to host a weekly “Centering Program”. Please find the Zoom link below.

As of tomorrow, May 18, the new time will be from 11-11:30am. This Zoom is hosted by Social Services’ Kim Peters, who is the first contact. Please let her know if you have any questions.

Indira continues to offer this free-of-charge and it’s open to all Kendal residents and staff. Kim Peters will be recording these half-hour programs. This invitation ends June 29 and will be re-evaluated at that time. Centering will meet on Memorial Day with Michele Tarsitano opening up the Zoom meeting. Join Zoom Meeting

Plenty to Discover at Oberlin Stage Left!

Oberlin Stage Left banner

Tune in as Oberlin Stage Left concludes spring semester with fascinating new programs this Tuesday and Thursday! Catch them both—live or on demand—on the Stage Left website

KaO TV channel provides this information.

TUESDAY, MAY 19 (6:30pm)
MAKING SENSE OF PANDEMIC ACADEMICS

Music-making and virtual learning certainly aren’t natural partners. But as students and faculty wrap up a spring semester that ended very differently than it started, the time seems right to take stock of our shared experience: What went well, what could be better—and what have we learned so far?

THURSDAY, MAY 21 (7:30pm)
SURROUND SOUND, OBERLIN STYLE

The conclusion of spring semester marks a time for celebration—and the perfect time to be reminded of the incomparable musical energy that flows through all of Oberlin! In the fall of 2018, musicians representing the college, conservatory, and community came together for a “prism concert” inside (and outside!) Finney Chapel.

Table Tennis in the Apartment Building is Still Prohibited

Playing table tennis in the Apartment Building by individuals not sharing a home has not been approved as an authorized activity at this time. There are concerns about 6-feet distancing, use of masks, ball handling, and droplet exposure. Please be patient until such an activity has a nod with procedures in place to assure safety for participating individuals.

Girl Scout Cookies Can Be Ordered at Kendal

boxes of Girl Scout cookies

Support Oberlin GS Troop 50349: GSNEO Troop 50349 is a 3rd– and 4th-grade Girl Scout troop out of Prospect School in Oberlin. Many of the girls went to preschool at Kendal, and several others have performed in the Auditorium with the Community Music School. They sell cookies to fund their adventures! Their favorite thing to do is camping! They camp once a month at the Girl Scout camp on the edge of town. They love to hike, make s’mores, and make up skits. They also love service projects. Their favorite is making Birthday Bags for Oberlin Community Services. They fill a gift bag with cake mix and frosting, candles and birthday decorations. No one should go without a birthday party! Thank you for considering support of this Oberlin troop! Through sales this year, buyers can also donate cookies for area first-responders and hospitals.

Order Forms and Payment: Order forms are available on the round table in Heiser. Put completed order forms in box on table. Write checks payable to: GSNEO Troop 50349 and give to Receptionist at Front Desk. Deadline for orders is Wednesday, May 27. Direct questions to Ann Francis, Cottage 49.

Good Reads

What We Know About Your Chances of Catching the Virus Outdoors, The New York Times, shared by Arlene Dunn

‘A Lot To Be Hopeful For’: Crisis Seen As Historic, Not Another Great Depression, -National Public Radio

With the U.S. economy in free-fall, a lot of forecasters have been digging deeply into the history books, looking for a guidepost of what to expect. Often, they’ve turned to the chapter on the 1930s. “Clearly people have made comparisons to the Great Depression,” said former Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke. “It’s not a very good comparison,” he cautioned.

On the Lighter Side: Your Quarantine Experience, Reviewed Like a Hotel, The Washington Post

We asked our readers and staff to review their homes like a vacation. Their parodies did not disappoint.

Tick Alert: A Few Have Been Spotted on Campus

Before You Go Outdoors

  • Know where to expect ticks. Ticks live in grassy, brushy, or wooded areas, or even on animals.
  • Treat clothing and gear with products containing 0.5% permethrin. Permethrin can be used to treat boots, clothing and camping gear and remain protective through several washings.
  • Use Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)-registered insect repellents containing DEET or other approved products. Always follow product instructions.
  • Avoid contact with ticks
  • Avoid wooded and brushy areas with high grass and leaf litter.

After You Come Indoors:

  • Check your clothing for ticks. Any ticks that are found should be removed and destroyed.
  • Examine gear and pets.
  • Check your body for ticks after being outdoors.

The CDC offers additional precautions.

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 Cases0
     KaO Other Staff Cases0
KaO Staff Total0
Kendal at Oberlin Total0

Lorain County (as of 2PM)

New Cases Since Yesterday9
Total Cases, age range 16-100601
Total Deaths, age ranges 30-39 • 1; 50-59 • 1; 60-69 • 5; 70-79 • 10, 80+ • 3451
Total Deaths in Long Term Care Settings updated every Weds27

State of Ohio (as of 11AM)

New Cases Since Yesterday449
Total Cases27,923
Age Range all Cases<1-108
Median Age of all Cases50
Total Hospitalizations (cumulative)4,921 or 18%
Total Hospitalizations last 24 hrs51
Median Age of all Hospitalized64
Total ICU Admissions (cumulative)1,305 or 5%
Total Health Care Workers Diagnosed 4,358 or 16%
Total Tested in Ohio262,759
Median Age of Deaths 80
Total Deaths  1,625 or 6%
Total Deaths in Long Term Care Settings
(updated every Wednesday)
674

Contact Information


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