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

COVID-19 Prevention: Community Updates Week of 5/24/2020

May 30, 2020: Update to Residents

Calm, Proactive Preparedness

You know it’s Monday when you wake up, and it’s Tuesday.”(or even Saturday) 😊

Garfield the Cat

A COMMUNITY AT SERIOUS RISK!

Yesterday we annouced that Kendal at Oberlin residents were now permited to enjoy the New Russia Township Park as long as they “followed all park rules including face masks and maintaining 6-feet social distancing from all others encountered. Please be ready to pull up your mask when encountering any other walkers in the park. When walking alone, the mask can be pulled down.”Coronavirus warning symbol

Today, a Kendal resident was witnessed in the New Russia Township Park “with a person from town, standing well inside six feet, taking selfies of themselves. The townsperson was wearing a mask, the resident was not.”

As Kendal at Oberlin begins to cautiously reduce the mitigation measures that have been in place since March, each of us must recognize the role we must each play to keep ourselves and our community safe. It is very easy for each and everyone of us, since we have been COVID-19 free, to let our guard down and not consider the COVID-19 virus the real threat that it remains. It is too easy for us to have a false sense of security. However, as you look at the statistics that are shared with this community daily, the evidence is clearly there that COVID-19 is a real threat to older adults. In Lorain County there have been 56 deaths attributed to COVID-19, 49 of those deaths were individuals age 70 and over and 32 of those deaths over half, have taken place in Long Term Care Communities. Those numbers are concerning and notably sobering.

So, the question for every one of us at Kendal at Oberlin, residents and staff members alike, is how serious are we going to be in protecting ourselves and others when out in the community? Unless everyone of us is willing to practice all of the infection control practices we have been talking about for months, we threaten the most vulnerable among us. Friends, we are only as strong as our weakest link.

There is real fear, that was we begin to loosen some of our mitigation precautions, some will take liberties beyond what is permitted and put our community at risk. If we cannot follow the basic guidelines provided to keep our community and everyone who lives here safe, such loosening of our community-wide protocols will have to be reconsidered in the pursuit of keeping everyone and this community safe.

SUNDAY MORNING VISIT- Courtyard Garden Transformation

Cottage and apartment residents may visit the courtyard garden tomorrow, May 31 from 8 am -12 pm to see the amazing progress being made by David Benzing. Capacity is limited to 10 at a time, socially distanced, and masked. Pool area doors unlocked. Please remember, you may not enter through the Stephens Care Center.

Outdoor Visitation for Assisted Living

Garden patio Stephens Care CenterSince the Governor’s annoucement on Thursday regarding outdoor visitation for Assisted Living residents, many of us are predictably getting anxious about how this will be managed. We do not have specific protocols from the Ohio Department of Health as of today. As we shared yesterday, we are going to take a slow thoughtully and scientificially informed approach to ensure we do this properly the first time and that everyone is kept safe. Please be patient as we wait for specific State protoocols, develop our own Kendal procedures and then annoucement them.  We do know that: 1) Visitation will be permitted outdoors only; 2) All visitors will need to be health-screened prior to the visit; 3) Visits will need to be scheduled; 4) The visitors and the resident will be required to wear a mask and be socially distanced; and 5) All visitors will need to receive COVID-19 prevention education prior to their visit.  

Benches in front of pondMaintaining the integrity of our “healthy bubble” at Kendal at Oberlin will be our highest priority as we work through this planning. This will be a template for us as plans are slowly expanded to Independent Living assuring a limited number of outside visits in similar ways while assuring visitors come screened, educated, masked and practicing social distancing outside. We thank everyone for their patience as we work through the implementation of this critical change for our campus. COVID-19 is still very much with us and a threat to this population.

New Russia Park Preserve

Kendalites have reported the picnic pavilion is now open, please maintain 6’ social distancing. Consider a good time to be carrying a small container of hand sanitizer, use frequently. We also learned the tennis courts are open, too. We urge you to play singles unless your partner is a household/bubble member.

Good Reads

Coronavirus Live Updates: Major U.S. Cities Move to Reopen, but New Outbreaks Persist, The New York Times

Latest in Science: How Much Virus does it Take to Make you Sick?, The New York Times

Saturday Night Pandemic Humor

Source: Psychology Today

In the spirit of amusing and immune-ing ourselves, I thought I’d share a sampling of our attempts at overcoming negativity in the time of coronavirus:

  • Definition of irony: When the Year Of The Rat starts with a plague.
  • Has anyone let the Amish know what’s going on yet?
  • Oh nowwwww everyone wants to know what introverts do for fun.
  • Guys will stand 5’8” from you and call it 6 feet.
  • Moment of silence for the people who agreed to live with annoying roommates because they wouldn’t be spending much time at home anyway.
  • Day 7 at home: The dog is looking at me like “See? This is why I chew the furniture.”
  • My house got TPed last night. It’s now appraised at $875,000.
  • Never in my whole life would I imagine my hands would consume more alcohol than my mouth.

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 16-100678
Total Deaths, age ranges 30-39 • 1; 50-59 • 1; 60-69 • 5; 70-79 • 11, 80+ • 3856
Total Deaths in Long Term Care Settings (updated every Wednesday)32

State of Ohio (as of 11AM)

New Cases Since Yesterday468
Total Cases35,034
Age Range all Cases
Median Age of all Cases49
Total Hospitalizations (cumulative)6,011
Total Hospitalizations last 24 hrs64
Median Age of all Hospitalized64
Total ICU Admissions (cumulative)1,548
Total Health Care Workers Diagnosed 5,183 or 15%*
Total Tested in Ohio367,526 *
Median Age of Deaths 81
Total Deaths  2,149
Deaths in Long Term Care Settings (updated every Wednesday)877
* not updated today

May 29, 2020: Update to Residents

Calm, Proactive Preparedness

Don’t worry about the world coming to an end today. It is already tomorrow in Australia.

Charles M. Schulz, creator of Peanuts

Thank You Kendal Residents!

Today, Kendal staff members received a generous check from the Kendal at Oberlin Resident Association’s Employee Appreciation Fund. Fund raising hit an all time high of more than $87,000 in response to the Kendal residents’ desire to extend their sincere thanks and appreciation tangibly to our Kendal staff members’ dedicated services during this challenging pandemic. Thank you Kendal residents for such an outpouring of generosity and love expressed to our Kendal staff. Feeling the love…

New Russsia Township Park Preserve is Partially REOPENED!

New Russia Township parkOur northern neighbor, New Russia Township Park, is partially reopened! The park has reopened the walking trail and the pond for fishing only. All other facilities in the park remain closed, such as the picnic pavilions. A recent request was made to consider allowing an extended walk to the New Russia Township Park Preserve. If you choose to do this you must follow all park rules including face masks and maintaining 6-feet social distancing from all others encountered. Please be ready to pull up your mask when encountering any other walkers in the park. When walking alone, the mask can be pulled down.

Outside Visitation Phased Approach

The New Normal Planning Advisory Committee is working on a slow and phased approach for outside family and friends visiting for Residential Care Facility/Assisted Living Residents. This is in light of the Governor’s announcement yesterday that such visiting will be permited after June 8th. We are still waiting for specific parameters from the Ohio Department of Health. We do know that: 1) Visitation will be permitted outdoors only; 2) All visitors will need to be health-screened prior to the visit; 3) Visits will need to be scheduled; 4) The visitors and the resident will be required to wear a mask and be socially distanced; and 5) All visitors will need to receive COVID-19 prevention education prior to their visit.  

Maintaining the integrity of our “healthy bubble” at Kendal at Oberlin will be our highest priority as we work through this planning and establish the necessary protocols. We want to ensure we do this right the first time; thus a slow, thoughtful approach based on science and model infection control standards will be utilized. This will be a template for us as such plans are slowly expanded for Independent Living to have family visitation from the current phase of Independent Living Kendalites visiting each other while socially distancing and wearing masks outside. It’s coming; we ask for your patience!

Two-Household Adoption Model – Forms began to arrive Thursday afternoon for Administration to formalize the agreement for those signing up for the two-household adoption program. When you turn in your forms, be sure to ask for a copy of your own. If you forget, a copy will be put in your mailboxes.

Other Plans in the Offing

The New Normal Planning Advisory Committee is also working on specific protocols and time durations for Gate Passes to handle necessary tasks, i.e. purchasing dog medication, picking up online grocery orders that don’t require going into stores, scenic drives, and more. The key to success of these parameters under development will be everyone following all of the COVID-19 prevention strategies that we have been discussing for months: wash your hands frequently; wear a clean face mask; don’t touch your face, your eyes, your nose, your mouth; maintain 6 feet social distancing at all times…Specific protocols are being developed for different off-campus tasks. Trust is key: with each pass will come the responsibility to safeguard your health and vulnerability in order to safeguard the health and vulnerability of every resident on this campus, some who are at very high risk for contracting COVID-19. More details will be coming in the next week.

Flower Orders

Basket of flowersKara Phillips placed your orders and was notified our wholesale supplier, Casa Verde, was no longer able to fill them. Retail flower sales have skyrocketed in Ohio, and all wholesale operations are only supplying retail locations to meet the demand. Kara Phillips and Ryan Stalzkowski have been working with other suppliers to fill your orders. Petitti Garden Centers and Green Circle Growers are working with us over the weekend to fill our orders as best they can. If certain flowers are not available, you will be notified or some flowers may be substituted for something very similar or in the same family of flowers. There also may be a slight price increase on certain flowers as we are paying retail prices but are still getting a 30% discount and sales tax-free. More to come next week!

Newspaper Subscriptions

  • Please notify Teresa Maynard-Pais and/or Donna Baznik when you cancel your newspaper or start a new subscription. If Teresa and Donna do not get timely information, they will not be able to alert the resident volunteers who deliver your newspapers. The result of having inaccurate information means that there might not be enough newspapers to go around and someone will get shorted.
  • Also, please be aware of your newspaper’s subscription renewal date and mark it on your calendar. Some have missed this date and only realize this when they suddenly do not receive a newspaper. (More than one resident has found the emailed renewal notice in their Spam folder.)
  • And, please do not remove the crossword puzzle page from the Library’s edition of a newspaper. Some who pay for a newspaper and mistakenly didn’t get it were disappointed to find this missing. 😊 Thank you!

PS Salon is Open for Independent Living

(We continue to work for a solution for our Stephens Care Center Residents.)

We have 139 appointments on the calendar! It’s time to treat your feet and get them ready for sandals. Tuesday, June 2nd – additional services will be added:

Manicures and Pedicures

Or call the front desk where Veronica and Sue are willing to help. If you have any questions or concerns please contact Michele.

Recorded Zoom Meetings

Judy S. Brown did a beautiful session for marketing prospects this week. We are working it out how to put them on KORA’s website to view. Maggie and Terry’s session was also recorded. Not all meetings are recorded, such as the one with Georgia Newman, MD. We will do our best to remember to schedule a recording when the meeting is set up.

Good Reads

Health Experts Warn “Silent Spreaders” a Bigger Risk as U.S. Reopens, The Los Angeles Times, shared by Judy Appleton

There’s increasing concern that people infected with COVID-19 who show no signs of illness are playing a large role in the transmission of COVID-19.

Could Common Cold Antibodies fend off the Coronavirus? See the latest Scientific Research, Cleveland.com, shared by Carol Conti-Entin

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 Yesterday4
Total Cases, age range 16-100673
Total Deaths, age ranges 30-39 • 1; 50-59 • 1; 60-69 • 5; 70-79 • 11, 80+ • 3856
Total Deaths in Long Term Care Settings (updated every Wednesday)32

State of Ohio (as of 11AM)

New Cases Since Yesterday651
Total Cases34,566
Age Range all Cases
Median Age of all Cases49
Total Hospitalizations (cumulative)5,947 or 17%
Total Hospitalizations last 24 hrs136
Median Age of all Hospitalized64
Total ICU Admissions (cumulative)1,533 or 4%
Total Health Care Workers Diagnosed 5,183 or 15%
Total Tested in Ohio367,526
Median Age of Deaths 81
Total Deaths  2,131 or 6%
Total Deaths in Long Term Care Settings (updated every Wednesday)877

May 28, 2020: Update to Residents

Calm, Proactive Preparedness

Gratitude can transform common days into thanksgivings, turn routine jobs into joy, and change ordinary opportunities into blessings.

William Arthur Ward, poet

Governor Announces Outside Visitation for Assisted Living Communities

Today Governor Mike DeWine announced during his 2pm Press Conference that the Ohio Department of Health is developing protocols to permit outdoor visitation for residents of Residential Care Facilities/Assisted Living. Our Stephens Care Center is comprised of 67 Assisted Living Rooms and 12 Nursing Home Rooms. Outdoor visitation with Assisted Living Residents will be permitted beginning June 8th. We will quickly develop policies in accord with the State protocols when they become available. At minimum we know these will include:

  • 1) Visitation will be permitted outdoors only;
  • 2) All visitors will need to be health-screened prior to the visit;
  • 3) Visits will need to be scheduled;
  • 4) The visitors and the resident will be required to wear a mask and be socially distanced; and
  • 5) All visitors will need to receive COVID-19 prevention education prior to their visit.  

The Governor indicated that this will be a first phase for permitting visitation in licensed congregate settings in Ohio. There has been no announcement yet on a timeline for allowing nursing home visitation.  

In light of this announcement, the New Normal Planning Advisory Committee will be exploring how such visitation can also be orchestrated for Independent Living residents…please stay tuned as these procedures are being developed.

COVID-19 Testing

Dr. Georgia Newman, medical directorMedical Director Georgia Newman MD spoke yesterday at our weekly Stephens Care Center Resident Zoom Meeting. Some of the highlights she shared included:

Medical Director Georgia Newman MD spoke yesterday at our weekly Stephens Care Center Resident Zoom Meeting. Some of the highlights she shared included:

  • We are continuing to learn much about COVID-19; what we thought earlier this year may not true. What we do know is those at highest risk are over age 65, and this risk is increased with a history of respiratory problems, diabetes, and obesity. We also have learned that symptoms are not limited to cough, sore throat, and shortness of breath. Symptoms also include confusion, diarrhea, fatigue, and even lost taste and smell.
  • Treatments are being developed, and since this is a worldwide pandemic, we are benefiting from scientists working on this around the world. There is a great focus on the development of a vaccine, perhaps this fall or by year-end some experts are saying.
  • The medication Ritonavir is shortening the recovery time and is showing limited promise as a treatment.
  • We are watching very closely as we open things back up across the state and the country to see where we may have more outbreaks. The virus may wane over the summer; however, many are predicting that fall will bring a resurgence of the virus. As we move forward, we need to exercise caution because we are a vulnerable population, but also we do need to move forward because we are going to be living with this virus for some time.
  • To protect ourselves we need to continue to remain socially distanced of 6 feet or greater, wear masks, not touch our faces, wash our hands often and avoid large groups. There are some studies that show increased effectiveness of handwashing at least 5 times a day and even more at 12 times a day…wash your hands!
  • The real contagion is from coughing, sneezing, and talking loudly; hard surfaces may not be as infectious as initially thought.
  • The PCR (polymerase chain reaction) test is now highly accurate. While Georgia has confidence in this test, she believes no COVID test is 100% accurate. The PCR test detects the virus itself.
  • The Antibody test is not as accurate and is only somewhat reliable, more like 50-50. This test discovers antibodies, indicating that the patient’s body has responded to the virus.
  • Testing is available at Mercy Allen to residents and staff with a physician’s order when:
    • Someone is symptomatic.
    • Someone has been exposed to a confirmed case.

Outside is the Place to Be

With more and more emphasis on the place to visit is OUTSIDE, socially distanced, wearing masks and no more than 10 people, we have put in an order of easy-to-carry, folding chairs that can be moved around for visits. Many of you already have such chairs used for the lawnchair drill team.

Oberlin Market

The market is scheduled to make a delivery of any orders made on the morning of June 11. You can place orders at theoberlinmarket@gmail.com next week for the following week. Refer to the bulletin board for their poster of available products. Remember, you can pay by check or use a credit card with a service charge.

Hospitality Services is offering residents several options for meal plans.

We want to remind everyone the current meal plan opt-out period ends Sunday, 5/31.  

IF you wish to continue on the plan you have already selected, no response is required, do nothing.

If you have decided to opt-out from the meal delivery service plan and receive the $7.50 daily credit, please sign up on the list by the mailboxes. IF you have decided to opt-in for the two-meal-a-day plan for an additional charge of $61.50 for the two-week period, please sign up on the list by the mailboxes.

If you have questions or need assistance Monday through Friday, please contact Stephanie Sutton at 775-9805. Marita George will be available to answer questions or provide assistance over the weekend at 775-9067.

Kendal’s New KOTV Channel

The channel number(s) for the new KOTV channel are as follows: 920 if you have a cable box; 19-2 or 95-101 if you do not have a cable box.

For those of you that do not have a cable box, you may have to “rescan” your TV channels in order to find the new channel. We have asked Oberlin Cable Co-Op to provide written instructions; however, the process is different depending upon the make and model of your individual TVs. If you need assistance with this process, Oberlin Cable Co-Op is happy to help. You just need to give them a call at (440)-775-4001.

If you have any questions, please do contact Judy Miller (440-776-5011) or Don Mulica (440-775-9875).

A Good Read

What’s the Risk of Catching Coronavirus From a Surface?, The New York Times

Fears about catching the coronavirus from contaminated surfaces have prompted many of us to spend the past few months wiping down groceries, leaving packages unopened, and stressing about touching elevator buttons. But what’s the real risk of catching Covid-19 from a germy surface or object?

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 Yesterday7
Total Cases, age range 16-100669
Total Deaths, age ranges 30-39 • 1; 50-59 • 1; 60-69 • 5; 70-79 • 11, 80+ • 3856
Total Deaths in Long Term Care Settings (updated every Wednesday)32

State of Ohio (as of 11AM)

New Cases Since Yesterday476
Total Cases33,915
Age Range all Cases
Median Age of all Cases49
Total Hospitalizations (cumulative)5,811 or 17%
Total Hospitalizations last 24 hrs111
Median Age of all Hospitalized64
Total ICU Admissions (cumulative)1,516 or 4%
Total Health Care Workers Diagnosed 5,117 or 15%
Total Tested in Ohio357,722
Median Age of Deaths 81
Total Deaths  2,098 or 6%
Total Deaths in Long Term Care Settings (updated every Wednesday)877

May 27, 2020: Update to Residents

Calm, Proactive Preparedness

There are no problems we cannot solve together, and very few that we can solve by ourselves.

President Lyndon B. Johnson

“New Normal” Planning Committee

Members have been very busy acting as representatives to many initiatives getting underway at Kendal to assure safety, and necessary sanitation while lessening restriction at Kendal, bringing back more of our meaningful interactions and much loved ways of spending time.

  • The proposal for the Two-Household Adoption Bubble was moved to Administration to certifiy its approval and implement with the necessary description and commitment forms for those choosing to participate. The program description and commitment form will be available on Thursday mid-day in the Heiser Lounge near other sign-up forms. It will not be distributed to all mailboxes but instead will need to be picked up if interested. These will also be available in the Stephens Care Center.
  • Expanded use of Auditorium and New TV Channels have lots of logistics underway and need for new forms and coordinated scheduling. This still has a ways to be worked through, but progress is being made. The Resale Shop was approved to begin final steps to reopen operating under limited hours, limited shoppers at one time, and volunteers. Stay tuned for those details.
  • The PS Salon opened on Monday and already is scheduled to see 100+ residents for haircuts in the coming weeks using Sign-Up Genius for appointments.
  • Eureka is very close to its next publication and after delivery it will “rest” in quarantine for a few days.
  • Musicians will be glad to know an excellent proposal was reviewed that still has some loose ends tied to using the Auditorium space’s procedures and sanitation. These will receive our focus in the next week as other groups do their homework.
  • 4th of July will be special at Kendal even in 2020. Detailed planning is well underway and will be shared in the weeks ahead.
  • Fresh Fruit and Vegetables – You Bet! Lots of planning is looking at the best way to make them available from local sources.
  • Campus Seating – Sources and style of chairs are being studied for additional seating in various locations for small groups to gather. It is likely chairs will be portable, weatherproof, and can be picked up and moved around. At the present time, our grounds are extremely wet and such seating would likely be used preferably on hard surfaces, in and out of the sun as desired.
  • Kendal at Oberlin pool
    The Pool and Fitness
    areas have a target opening date of June 15th.  Careful planning is essential and necessitates being done in accordance with guidance from the Ohio Department of Health.  Reservations will be required through “Signup Genius” (details to be provided).  Each room will be limited to a set number of users at any particular time.  Equipment in the Exercise Room is being moved around and distributed to provide assurance of 6-feet social distancing at minimum.  Users will be expected to sanitize equipment before and after usage. Those exercising will be expected to wear a cloth face mask and fans cannot be circulating.  The locker rooms will only be for restroom usage–no showering and no clothing storage.  Pool users will be expected to shower ahead at home and be ready in swim attire (use of coverups) upon arrival to the pool.  

Many more details to come on many of these topics with necessary elaboration. The devil is in the details!

Look Again!

salmon and asparagus in pan

We want to remind residents that we continue to expand the Kendal Grocery Program with new offerings every few days. So if you haven’t taken a look at what is available lately, you are missing out. Just this week, we have added a 4oz portion of Salmon for $2.95…

The menus are available by the front desk or the resident website, as a button on the menu page.

Good Reads

Amid the Coronavirus Crisis, a Regimen for Re-entry, by Atul Gawande, in The New Yorker, shared by Georgia Newman, MD

In places around the world, lockdowns are lifting to various degrees—often prematurely. Experts have identified a few indicators that must be met to begin opening nonessential businesses safely: rates of new cases should be low and falling for at least two weeks; hospitals should be able to treat all coronavirus patients in need; and there should be a capacity to test everyone with symptoms. But then what? What are the rules for re-entry?

The Quarantine Bubbles Are Coming and I, for One, Am Stressed, The New York Times, shared by Mary Behm

How do you decide who belongs in yours? What if you join and find it’s not working out? And what if you aren’t invited to one at all?

Thursday’s Zoom Meeting with Barbara Thomas

Thursday at 4pm: Barbara with Judy Miller and Don Mulica (Information Technology) – call in        +1 669 900 9128 US (any previous long distance numbers in our bulletin will work), meeting ID: 936 0145 3149

PS Salon is Open for Independent Living Residents

We continue to search for options for Stephens Care Center Residents.

If you would like to make an appointment for a haircut, please use the “Signup Genius” or contact the front desk. (Please do not call PS Salon directly.)

Note! Kayla, salon stylist, will also now be available on Wednesday & Thursday afternoons, and Saturdays may be added soon too!  We are up to over 100 haircuts reserved! 

New – Added Services! —- Starting Tuesday, June 2nd— during afternoons – pedicures, manicures, and facial hair removal services will be offered! These services are not eligible for the Kendal discount currently being offered for haircuts. If you would like these services, you will need to use this sign-up link (different from haircut signup).

PS Salon is hoping to offer additional services after June 20th – such as perms, coloring, and shampooing.

Please remember, for your safety and others: There can be only ONE client in the Salon at a time. Therefore, Kayla will not be able to accommodate “walk-ins” – with questions or to schedule appointments.  Thank you!

Quick Updates

  • CRACKED!- It’s coming back. Michele Tarsitano-Amato and the Dementia Education Group will be offering a trial experience on running a ZOOM Dementia Training on CRACKED with some nursing staff that need to complete the training. More information to follow.
  • Lorenzo’s Pizza Delivery on Thursday – Thursday Distribution starts about 11am. Thursday – Units 88-268 and a small order from staff.

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 16-100662
Total Deaths, age ranges 30-39 • 1; 50-59 • 1; 60-69 • 5; 70-79 • 11, 80+ • 3856
Total Deaths in Long Term Care Settings (updated every Wednesday)32

State of Ohio (as of 11AM)

New Cases Since Yesterday433
Total Cases33,439
Age Range all Cases
Median Age of all Cases49
Total Hospitalizations (cumulative)5,700 or 17%
Total Hospitalizations last 24 hrs121
Median Age of all Hospitalized64
Total ICU Admissions (cumulative)1,492 or 4%
Total Health Care Workers Diagnosed 5,067 or 15%
Total Tested in Ohio347,477
Median Age of Deaths 81
Total Deaths  2,044 or 6%
Total Deaths in Long Term Care Settings (updated every Wednesday)877

May 26, 2020: Update to Residents

Calm, Proactive Preparedness

I suggest taking the high road and have a little sense of humor and let things roll off your back. I think that’s very important.

Sally Ride, first American woman in space whose birthday is today

Governor Announces Statewide Nursing Home Testing

Governor Mike DeWine announced the National Guard will begin testing statewide all nursing homes. Testing will include all nursing home staff and a clinical determination of which nursing home residents should be tested. Kendal at Oberlin will be contacted by Lorain County Public Health when our nursing home in the Stephens Care Center is scheduled for such testing, and Kendal will inform the Kendal community.

Wednesday at 4pm: Zoom with Stacy Terrell–All Residents Invited–and with Medical Director Georgia Newman MD on the latest about testing for COVID-19. Join Zoom Meeting – meeting # 998 5827 8016 and then “Join”

Wednesday starts Lorenzo’s Pizza Delivery

Orders are split between Wednesday and Thursday. Distribution starts about at 11am.

  •           Wed. – Unit #’s 1-88 and all Frozen Orders
  •           Thurs. – All other units and a small order from staff

Oberlin Market Planning

Orders will be taken for delivery the week of June 8.

Housekeeping Options

bucket of cleaning suppliesWe want to remind residents of the three housekeeping options available to them:

  • The standard service with enhanced infection-control procedures to ensure effective disinfection of floors, bathrooms, kitchens and all high-touch surfaces.
  • The express clean service plan to minimize in-unit time while we focus on cleaning and disinfecting the essential areas and high-touch surfaces.
  • Opt-out of service and eliminate all in-unit cleaning. We will still drop off and pickup linen to allow you to change your bedding weekly.

Residents will remain on the plan they have currently selected unless they contact Crystal Hall at 775-9199 or to notify us of your wish to change.

And another best practice for social distancing…

While your unit is being cleaned, we ask that each/both of you consider remaining in your bedroom, preferably with the door closed. Weather permitting, you may prefer to leave the unit instead. Once the rest of the unit has been cleaned, the housekeeper will knock on the door to alert you. You should then step into another room of your home to allow the housekeeper entry into the bedroom. The housekeeper will then enter the bedroom to complete the cleaning. This will ensure that 6-feet physical distance is maintained between each person. Housekeepers will wear appropriate personal protective equipment, which includes a mask. You should also wear a mask during the time the housekeepers are in your home.

Grocery Orders from Walmart

We ask you to give some thought to what are “essential groceries”. IGA has a limit to your order, once every two weeks, but for Walmart you can order smaller amounts more frequently. It is getting difficult to manage the number of bags on the bus, and with an excessive number of one item (i.e. 7 bags of spinach), we are filling up the bus. Staff asks you to consider smaller orders and what is essential. (Comfort items like chocolate are excepted! Just remember, outdoor temperatures may melt that chocolate.)

COVID – The Rate of Risk of Summer Activities

This is a terrific article from NPR that is being shared with staff and residents on how much risk is associated with various activities and how the risk can be lessened or increased. The link also offers the option to listen to the original interview that lasts 6 minutes.

“Romancing The Wind”

Ray Bethell,  shared by Tom Morgan – Thanks to Anne Helm, I re-discovered a wonderful video I saw many years ago. Many of you will enjoy this. 

From Wikipedia: Ray Bethell (March 1, 1928 – December 18, 2018) was a professional kite flyer who resided in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. He holds multiple endurance world records related to simultaneously flying three stunt kites, one from each hand and one from his hips. 

Spend Time at the Theater this Week

Then Join the Virtual After-party Conversation on June 5! Shared by Harol Pursuit

The Stratford festival in Canada is holding a film festival featuring many of their productions available on film. Viewing the selections is free and open to the public. The Tempest is available for viewing on your computers until June 4. On June 5, Phyllis Gorfain will lead a performance-based discussion via Zoom.

To participate, go to www.stratfordfestival.ca and click on ‘Film Festival.’ Then click on ‘The Tempest’ and watch at your leisure. Related content is also available, including a talk with Shakespeare scholar Stephen Greenblatt. Simply click on the links shown on the same site as the play:

THE TEMPEST, STREAMING May 14 to Jun 4 (2h 25m)

WATCH NOW  – In Shakespeare’s great drama of loss and reconciliation, a long-deposed ruler uses magical arts to bring within her power the enemies who robbed her of her throne and marooned her on a remote island. But what revenge does she mean to take?

THE TEMPEST PRE-SHOW, WITH MARTHA HENRY & MAMIE ZWETTLER, IN CONVERSATION with WITH STEPHEN GREENBLATT

We hope to present Zoom pre- and post- discussions after a few of the other performances being offered. Meanwhile, enjoy this virtual trip to Stratford, Ontario! (A message from the Lifelong Learning Committee.)

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 Yesterday4
Total Cases, age range 16-100657
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 Yesterday529
Total Cases33,006
Age Range all Cases
Median Age of all Cases49
Total Hospitalizations (cumulative)5,579 or 17%
Total Hospitalizations last 24 hrs68
Median Age of all Hospitalized64
Total ICU Admissions (cumulative)1,450 or 4%
Total Health Care Workers Diagnosed 4,983 or 15%
Total Tested in Ohio337,221
Median Age of Deaths 81
Total Deaths  2,002 or 6%
Total Deaths in Long Term Care Settings (updated every Wednesday)680

May 25, 2020: Update to Residents

Calm, Proactive Preparedness

Perpetual optimism is a force multiplier.

Colin Powell, former Secretary of State and 4-Star Army General

Memorial Day 2020

tomb of the unknown soldierToday we remember with intense gratitude those fallen who gave their lives for the causes of peace, freedom from tyranny and liberty. For those who have lost relatives and friends in the armed services, our hearts are with you today.

People are Talking! All Good!

Responses to information sent out and written by both Robert Taylor and Judi Bachrach has been most appreciated. We will continue to engage members of this community as we take steps forward, adjusting to the “new normal” while always having the safety of this community as our number-one priority. A written pandemic plan is in development detailing our current stage and potential future stages with lessening restrictions on campus toward even other stages influenced by “outside conditions” that appear to be a ways off. We can still talk about it and recognize what makes for a safe environment and how to best live with those risky conditions.

Zoom Meetings This Week

There are Two (2) Zoom meetings to note for your Calendar that is likely filling up:

Wednesday at 4 pm: Zoom with Stacy and the SCC Residents with Medical Director, Georgia Newman. M.D. on the latest about Testing for COVID.

Join Zoom Meeting, Meeting ID: 998 5827 8016 and then “Join”

Thursday at 4 pm: Barbara with Judy Miller and Don Mullica (Technology)

Meeting ID: 936 0145 3149

Some Coping Skills during COVID

Shared by Linda Bell

Meditation: Find a place where you can sit quietly and undisturbed for a few moments. Plan to meditate for 5, 10, or 15 minutes. Noticing your breathing. Pay attention to your breath as it enters and then leaves your body. Before long, your mind will begin to wander. Notice your thoughts and feelings as if you are an outside observer watching what’s happening in your brain. Let the thoughts “float away” and return your attention to your breath. Thoughts will come over and over; just notice them and let them be, then return to the breath. Be non-judgmental. Treat meditation as a practice, like brushing your teeth…don’t evaluate it, was it a good meditation, etc. Just do it.

Gratitude Journal: Start a journal where you write down a couple of things every day that you’re grateful for. It would be something from the past, a teacher for instance, or seeing a special bird, sunshine, a friend…whatever.

In the News

Video: What The U.S. Is Doing About Its Testing Swab Shortage, National Public Radio

Widespread testing for the coronavirus is key to safely reopening the country, but the U.S. has struggled for months to get to the level of testing many experts say we need—even as states and cities begin to loosen restrictions.

Stay Hydrated

Source: National Institute of Aging

It’s important for your body to have plenty of fluids each day. Water helps you digest your food, absorb nutrients from food, and then get rid of the unused waste. Water is found in foods—both solids and liquids, as well as in its natural state. With age, you might lose some of your sense of thirst. To further complicate matters, some medicines might make it even more important to have plenty of fluids.

Try these tips for getting enough fluids:

  • Don’t wait until you feel thirsty to drink water or other fluids.
  • Take sips of water, milk, or juice between bites during meals.
  • Add liquids throughout the day.
  • Drink a full glass of water when you take a pill.
  • Have a glass of water before you exercise.
  • Drink fat-free or low-fat milk, or other drinks without added sugars.
  • If you drink alcoholic beverages, do so sensibly and in moderation. That means up to one drink per day for women and up to two drinks for men.
  • Don’t stop drinking liquids if you have a urinary control problem. Talk with your doctor about treatment.

Exercise and Hydration Reminders

  • Begin exercise well hydrated, drink 16-20 oz. of water at least four hours before exercise, drink 8-12 oz. of water 10-15 minutes before exercise.
  • During exercise, drink 3-8 oz. of water every 15-20 minutes.
  • After exercise, rehydrate with 16-24 oz. of water.
  • Fruit juices and sports drinks are good hydration options as well.

Art Studio News

Clay Workshop—Decorating BowlsTuesday, May 26

making art outsideIt is supposed to be mostly sunny and 88 degrees. The four card tables/chairs are at the south end of the new garage in Parking Lot #11(roofed). MEET THERE at 10:30am – 12 noon if you would like to glaze designs onto already-made bowls. Please:

  • Contact Joyce Parker at 440-935-5079;
  • Tell me your glaze color preferences;
  • Wear cool clothes, even in shade, masks;
  • Bring water to drink;
  • We will provide the bowl ($2) and glaze;
  • Bring ideas for design or use provided stencils, etc.
  • Each person will have a bag of supplies such as brushes, water container, sponge;
  • We attempt to follow all the Kendal and COVID safety precautions, use of sanitizers, etc.!

Painters/Drawers/Pastels – Wednesday, May 27

It is supposed to be 84 degrees and sunny. The four card tables/chairs are at the south end of the new garage in Parking Lot #11. MEET THERE at 10:30am – 12 noon! (rain due in pm):

  • Call Joyce at 440-935-5079;
  • Bring your own supplies if you have them; OR
  • Call and tell me what you need from the Art Studio;
  • Bring your water to drink, cool clothes;
  • We attempt to follow all the Kendal and COVID safety precautions, sanitizers, etc.!
  • Please, if some can help put chairs and tables away afterwards, thanks!

The Only Flag That Doesn’t Fly

flag made of flowersBetween the fields where the flag is planted, there are 9+ miles of flower fields that go all the way to the ocean. The flowers are grown by seed companies It’s a beautiful place, close to Vandenberg AFB.

Between the fields where the flag is planted, there are 9+ miles of flower fields that go all the way to the ocean. The flowers are grown by seed companies It’s a beautiful place, close to Vandenberg AFB.   

Check out the dimensions of the flag. The Floral Flag is 740 feet long and 390 feet wide and maintains the proper Flag dimensions, as described in Executive Order #10834.

This Flag is 6.65 acres and is the first Floral Flag to be planted with 5 pointed Stars, comprised of White Larkspur. Each Star is 24 feet in diameter, each Stripe is 30 feet wide. 

This Flag is estimated to contain more than 400,000 Larkspur plants with 4-5 flower stems each, for a total of more than 2 million flowers.

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 Yesterday7
Total Cases, age range 16-100653
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 Yesterday566
Total Cases32,477
Age Range all Cases
Median Age of all Cases50
Total Hospitalizations (cumulative)5,511 or 17%
Total Hospitalizations last 24 hrs35
Median Age of all Hospitalized64
Total ICU Admissions (cumulative)1,443 or 4%
Total Health Care Workers Diagnosed 4,949 or 15%
Total Tested in Ohio330,334
Median Age of Deaths 81
Total Deaths  1,987 or 6%
Total Deaths in Long Term Care Settings (updated every Wednesday)680

May 24, 2020: Update to Residents

Calm, Proactive Preparedness

Optimism is a strategy for making a better future. Because unless you believe that the future can be better, you are unlikely to step up and take responsibility for making it so.

Noam Chonsky

Oberlin College Commencement 2020

Commencement Celebrationfrom Oberlin College

Oberlin College graduate with Congratulations mortar boardTo mark Commencement day, Monday, May 25, we will honor our graduates with a virtual celebration featuring President Ambar and Board of Trustees Chair T. Chris Canavan ’84. We will also release the Class of 2020 Time Capsule & Virtual Yearbook. This event will be prerecorded and posted online at 10 a.m. EDT on Monday, May 25.

Watch live or visit the link that will be posted here at 10:30 a.m. Oberlin College President Carmen Twillie Ambar’s State of the College Address and today’s Baccalaureate are posted already at this website.

FINAL STRETCH—Do You Want to Order Girl Scout Cookies?

REMINDER (Staff also included) – $900 of cookies ordered; to date; 35 boxes donated.

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

Order Forms and Payment: Order forms are available on Heiser round table. 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.

Good Reads

Coronavirus is evolving. Knowing how could help us stop the pandemic, New Scientist shared by Louise Luckenbill.

Viruses, like the coronavirus causing COVID-19, can evolve rapidly. Knowing how and why they change should help us beat this pandemic and prevent future ones. To read article you may need to sign up with email but it is FREE to receive their weekly publication.

What I Learned From Writing Letters To Strangers Across America, National Public Radio

A week into California’s stay-at-home order, when our now-familiar mix of anxious, lonely, and restless feelings were still brand-new, I craved connection. But not the kind available from a screen. Inside my wallet I found 10 stamps leftover from the holidays, and I put out a tweet: “Today I am going to write letters…”

Coronavirus cluster traced to High School Pool Party Amid Concerns about Second Wave, Washington Post

Please note, we are trying to provide access to stories that do not require a subscription. The above article should be available subscription-free.

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 Yesterday2
Total Cases, age range 16-100646
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 Yesterday503
Total Cases31,911
Age Range all Cases
Median Age of all Cases50
Total Hospitalizations (cumulative)5,476 or 17%
Total Hospitalizations last 24 hrs39
Median Age of all Hospitalized64
Total ICU Admissions (cumulative)1,438 or 5%
Total Health Care Workers Diagnosed 4,887 or 15%
Total Tested in Ohio322,419
Median Age of Deaths 81
Total Deaths  1,969 or 6%
Total Deaths in Long Term Care Settings (updated every Wednesday)680

Contact Information


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