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current District Weekly Bulletin (updated 11/19/2020)
(scroll down through the bulletin for
features: Thanksgiving holiday information, including trash collection,
indoor recreation buildings closing, and where you can get Guest IDs;
frequently asked questions & answers, including how you can update your
contact information, WiFi Internet access locations, reminders of CDC
guidelines and how you can avoid catching or transmitting the virus, along
with getting the flu shot and protecting friends and family this holiday
season; full list of recreation center and executive golf course closures,
current District Weekly Bulletin
for a full list of closures):
- Executive Golf Courses:
Chula Vista closed until further notice for renovation of tee
- De La Vista closed until further notice for renovation of the
Ladies Book Club
Reminder that if you want to donate to the club's
Books for Children
Joyce Tisovec will be collecting donations up
until Wednesday, December 2nd, and will be
announcing how much members donated in 2020 on December 3rd.
Friday, November 20th
Another shortage of surgical
gloves as COVID-19 cases surge again.
The synthetic rubber "nitrile" gloves are a critical barrier to infection
for health care workers on the front lines, but experts say the United
States is poorly positioned to get ahead of a global shortfall of more than
200 billion. “Gloves are just needed everywhere,” Mary Denigan-Macauley, the
Government Accountability Office’s director of health care, said. She said
her team recommended the federal government come up with a plan to "mitigate
these critical supply needs," but that no such plan materialized. In
Florida, a truckload of 6 million medical gloves bought by Medgluv, a
Florida based distributor for local hospitals, was brazenly stolen from a
CDC emphatically says to stay home this Thanksgiving, and
if you are traveling, wear as mask. And if you are feeling sick, have
recently tested positive even if not feeling ill,
or have had contact with
someone with COVID-19 in the past 14 days, DO NOT travel at all, and do not
travel with someone who is sick. If traveling, the CDC provides guidelines
for preparing for your trip, during your trip, and breaks it down to your
mode of transportation. It also provides tips for being out, using the
bathroom or travel stops, getting gas, stopping for food, staying at a hotel
or motel, when to get tested afterward, and more.
Pfizer and BioNTech requested emergency authorization from FDA for
vaccine today. If Pfizer’s application is approved, the vaccine will likely be
limited and rolled out in phases.
emergency use of a COVID-19 vaccine mean? It's when regulators allow
shots to be given to certain people while studies of safety and
effectiveness are ongoing. During a health crisis, the FDA can loosen its
normal scientific standards to allow emergency use of experimental drugs,
devices, vaccines and other medical products. Instead of the usual
requirement of "substantial evidence" of safety and effectiveness for
approval, the FDA can allow products onto the market as long as their
benefits are likely to outweigh their risks. Full approval of a vaccine will
likely require 6 months of safety follow-up, as well as extensive
inspections of company manufacturing sites. The leading vaccine makers are
not expected to complete that process until next spring or summer. Only then
is the FDA expected to grant full approval, which would allow vaccinations
of the general population.
However, even with a vaccine,
you will still need to social distance and
wear masks. Dr. Anthony Fauci warns "it's not going to be a light switch"
to normalcy, even when a COVID-19 vaccine becomes available to the public.
In fact, he recommends people still wear masks and practice social
distancing even after getting the vaccine. Even if it is 90% to 95%
effective to the general population, it may not be that effective for you
and you may still get the virus. "In addition, the protective effect of a
vaccine may take at least one month, if not slightly longer." Dr. Bruce
Hirsch, another infectious disease specialist, adds that many people have
strong feelings about vaccines and may not take them, which may prevent the
general population from becoming immune and prolong the threat of the
pandemic. It is worth noting that as the trials for both vaccines (Pfizer's
& Moderna's) progress, their effectiveness numbers could change. It's also
not yet clear how long any immunity would last.
study, has found that
may be an early warning sign of Covid-19 infection in older adults, and in some
cases, it was the only symptom.
More than a quarter of older patients in the study arrived in
hospital ERs with delirium, and 37% of them had no typical
Covid-19 signs. Delirium, confusion, inattention, disorientation, and other cognitive
change is a common sign of any infection in older people.
A pulmonologist and critical care physician at Vanderbilt
University, who was not involved in the study said, "The message to get to the lay public and medical personnel is that
if people are confused, pay attention, because right now they could have Covid. When they came to hospital emergency departments,
less than half were screened and diagnosed using a test such as the
Confusion Assessment Method,
a tool developed by a team including Vanderbilt’s Ely and Sharon Inouye of
Harvard Medical School, who is a co-author of the current study. The
remaining patients’ symptoms were compared to checklists from the Centers
for Disease Control and Prevention and the World Health Organization to
confirm the delirium diagnosis.
Jodi Doering, an ER nurse in Woonsocket, South Dakota, made news this week
as she lamented in tweets and on
network and cable shows the number of Covid patients going to their deaths,
refusing to believe they have the virus. "Their last dying words are, 'This can’t be happening. It’s not
real.' " She says patients insist they must have pneumonia, even lung cancer,
anything but the disease they’ve been persuaded doesn't exist. When they
should be spending time on Facetime saying goodbye to their families,
they’re filled with anger and hatred. She's overwhelmed, exhausted, frustrated,
and infuriated with patients who "scream at you for a magic medicine and that Joe Biden is going to ruin
the USA, all while gasping for breath.... They tell you there must be
another reason they are sick, call you names, and ask why you have to
wear all that 'stuff' because they don’t have COVID, it’s not real."
Nearly two weeks ago,
Dr. Dave Burkard woke with fatigue, a cough and shortness of breath. The
28-year-old emergency medicine resident knew exactly what it was: COVID-19.
After months of living and working through the pandemic, he had somehow
caught it. Yet, he was surprised by how sick he became even though he was
healthy and active. For two days, Burkard’s fever wouldn’t break, but
then he started improving and feeling closer to his "normal self." But
around day 6, things took a turn for the worse, and he had to go to the
ER. If we don't take COVID-19 seriously, it will affect all of us, not just
health care providers or patients, it'll reach farther. While he doesn’t want to shame people who don't wear masks or think COVID-19
is a hoax, he hopes that his story inspires them to take precautions because
they want to be kind to people in their communities. It's not about fear
mongering. It's about just having love for the people around us and respect
As usual, I am showing statistics from two dashboards/data portals:
Florida's Dept. of Health (DOH) statistics and Florida's COVID Action statistics (both developed by Rebekah Jones).
(Click on images
to enlarge them.)
their accuracy may be off since testing is down and there were reporting
issues, but you still should be able to see the trends.
Department of Health's dashboard*
as of Friday,
the state now has
910,065 residents testing positive
for COVID-19, with
53,091 hospitalized, and
As you can see, the number of cases are on the rise again.
of confirmed cases in our tri-county area is:
3,248 cases (3,229 residents, 19 non-residents), 310 hospitalizations,
with 92 deaths
(median age still: 56, 57% males, 43% females)
9,946 cases (9,867 residents, 79 non-residents), 796 hospitalizations
(14 non-residents), with 243 deaths (median age
still: 44, 46% males, 52% females)
12,220 cases (12,185 residents,
1,142 hospitalizations (2 non-residents), with 375 deaths (median age
still: 43, 41% males, 59% females)
* The new data includes the number of test results the department
receives from the counties, along with additional demographics and
graphs that show hospital admissions for patients complaining of
cough, fever or shortness of breath.
Previously, that data was only provided for larger counties.
Still not included is how many infected people have
recovered from the virus and, unlike other states, Florida does not report
from the virus.
** The newest reported deaths are the latest logged into the DOH
system, and that process could take as long as two weeks or longer
before they show up.
as of Friday,
the state now has
1,009,562 residents testing positive
cases today, 53,157 cases this past week,
82,103 K-12 pediatric/staff cases this week);
deaths (80 deaths today, 451 deaths this past week).
The breakdown of confirmed cases in our tri-county area is:
3,483 cases (18 cases today, 116 this
week), 152 K-12 Pediatric cases (62 students/16 staff),
15 hospitalizations this week, and 92 deaths
(1 death today,
County: 10,546 cases (74 cases today, 373 this week), 847 K-12
Pediatric cases (139 students/83 staff),
this week, and
246 deaths (0 deaths today,
2 this week).
12,625 cases (159 cases today, 632 this week), 965 K-12
Pediatric cases (191 students/82 staff),
44 hospitalizations this week, and 375 deaths
(3 deaths today,
13 this week).
None of these counties meet the criteria for the next phase of
all folks! Hoping you all have a Happy & Safe Thanksgiving.
be happy, be kind, and
SPREAD THE SMILES!
all begins with
YOU & ME...
make this the friendliest hometown.
aren't we lucky to live in Lynnhaven?
And keep washing your hands frequently, wearing your mask, and
practicing social distancing.
time is running out! Medicare
known as the annual election period)
ends Monday, December 7th.
can reevaluate your Medicare Part C &/or Part D coverage for 2021 (advantage
plan & supplemental drug coverage) and make a change. By now, you should have
2021 Medicare & You handbook, which tells you what is new this year.
Use the Medicare.gov website to compare
plans without sign-up pressure.
you looking for a worthy charity where
YOU can make a difference in a child's life
this Holiday season?
SHP Tarpon Springs is
planning to deliver
more than 90 beds by Christmas
and they urgently need linens to go on
those beds. Beds-in-Bags are perfect for providing theme-oriented linens
(sheets, pillow case, and comforter) that kids love.
Florida Consumer eNewsletter for November is available.
features: November as the National Veteran & Military Families Month, and
damage their reputations and their branch of the military, with common identifiers of an
imposter account using their names; International Fraud Awareness Week,
November 15th — 22nd, promoting fraud awareness and education;
iPhone 12 chatbot
scam via text message
tips so you can avoid falling victim to a phishing scam;
scams targeting parents and immigrants, along with tips for avoiding them,
including the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) video, Let's Say Goodbye to
Phone Fraud; food safety this holiday season; as well as food recalls and
consumer product recalls.
New Vision for Independence,
sole provider of support services for people with low vision or
blindness here in The Villages
and the tri-county area
has issued the October 21st issue of the
New Vision News.
newsletter features: the organization's plan as Gov. DeSantis starts
reopening the state for Phase 3; a recording of New Vision's White Cane Day
— Zoom Edition; an announcement of its upcoming Gift Guide, with ways you
can help; information about voting in 2020; its big sale on gently-used
video magnifiers and readers in November; how you can donate to the
organization's services when renewing your vehicle tag; support services and
of Non-24-Hour Sleep-Wake Disorder
(Non-24 for short),
a problem many blind people have to deal with; how you can order White Cane
Coffee online, a delicious, fair trade, organic coffee that is packaged by
and supports people with disabilities; how you can support the
organization when shopping on Amazon; and the announcement that large-print
2021 calendars will be available December 1st.
season is here and the
practical tips to help you prepare for, deal with, and recover from a
also explain how to
prepare with the COVID-19 pandemic and what might be different, as
well as what you need to know
if you have to go to a hurricane shelter or feel safer going to
one.we feel safer going to a hurricane shelter.
Submissions & Posting Requests Deadline
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If you'd like
something published on the website, you
must have it
no later than Wednesday.
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