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AARP Fraud Watch articles
been added to the Crime Watch pages and the
links updated. The articles include 7
scams reported on the Fraud Watch Network,
8 red-hot frauds, $1 billion lost to cryptocurrency scams,
Amazon reimburses victim of tech support scam, criminals target Medicare
benefits, and how to stop cybercriminals in their tracks.
current District Weekly Bulletin (updated
(click on link & scroll down through the bulletin for
features: District office information; Independence Day office, recreation,
trash collection, decoration policy information;
what a fire district means for The Villages; billing and paying utilities
Resident Academy to learn about our local government
July 18th, 8:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Savannah Center)
how to register; safety tips
so you aren't tricked
into letting crooks access your system and information
(click on flier on left);
employee spotlight on Diane Edwards;
signs not allowed
on stop, street signs; about Community Watch;
do NOT put hazardous waste in your trash,
you can drop it off & next mobile collection amnesty day
courtesy phones around The Villages; registration for
Villages summer camp now open, catalog & register;
July 6th, 8 a.m., Seabreeze)
to discuss amending Deed Compliance, reimbursement of attorneys fees,
pressure washing & hedge trimming, etc.; using multi-model paths;;
a complete list
of recreation facility closures & maintenance,
current District Weekly Bulletin
for a full list of closures):
Lake Miona Recreation Complex
closed for maintenance
June 10th until further
Pimlico Recreation Center
will be closed for resurfacing
June 20th — Sunday, July 10th.
will be closed for remodeling
July 1st — Saturday, July 23rd.
Time is running out.
up for Wild Card Bingo & Dessert
Friday, July 8th.
a super FUN game where anyone can win. Again, we'll be playing for
CASH prizes, and the more people sign up, the
bigger the prize payouts.
DEADLINE is coming up.
COVID-19 News in
- Cases of
COVID-19 are on the rise again (more than 100,000
reported new cases across the country each day, nearly double the rate a
month ago and 4 times higher than this time last year), but
COVID-19 deaths from those
are about a third lower than a year ago. The virus, for now, is causing
milder symptoms, and that may have a lot to do with our rising immunity
level caused by both vaccinations and previous infections, and the real
number is likely much higher than that because many people now rely on
at-home tests. At the start of the pandemic, cases went undetected because
tests were unreliable and supply was limited (1 in 10 or 12 actually being
captured), which aren't reported to health departments. "For people to have
that information at their fingertips to be able to get the results that they
need so that they can act on them immediately —
totally worth it, but it comes at the expense of the data."
But even if case counts are much higher than
they appear, this summer may not see a health care crisis like previous
surges. Beyond vaccination, if the virus is spreading a lot in your
community right now, anyone who's high-risk because of age or underlying
conditions — or lives with someone who is — would be smart to dial up on
personal COVID-19 precautions: being selective about time in public spaces
indoors and wearing a high-quality, well-fitting mask when you do.
New research published Thursday found that nearly
20 million lives were saved by COVID-19 vaccines
their first year, but even more deaths could have been prevented if
international targets for the shots had been reached. Researchers used data
from 185 countries to estimate that vaccines prevented 4.2 million COVID-19
deaths in India, 1.9 million in the United States, 1 million in Brazil,
631,000 in France and 507,000 in the United Kingdom. The main finding — 19.8
million COVID-19 deaths were prevented — was based on estimates of how many
more deaths than usual occurred during the time period. Using only reported
COVID-19 deaths, the same model yielded 14.4 million deaths averted by
vaccines. Oliver Watson of
College London led the new modeling study. The findings "quantify just how
much worse the pandemic could have been if we did not have these vaccines."
An additional 600,000 deaths would have been prevented if the World Health
Organization target of 40% vaccination coverage by the end of 2021 had been
met. Another modeling group used a different approach to estimate that 16.3
million COVID-19 deaths were averted by vaccines. That work, by the
Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation in Seattle, has not been
published. "We may disagree on the number as scientists, but we all agree
that COVID vaccines saved lots of lives," he institute’s Ali Mokdad said.
A recent survey conducted by Affordable Health Insurance found that more
of Americans adults owe medical debt, whether they had insurance or not. The
survey of 1,250 U.S. adults found that 56% owe health-related debt and
almost 1 in 6 people with medical bills aren't currently paying it off.
A large chunk of the debt came from Covid-19 treatment and testing.
nearly 1 in 4 owe more than $10,000 in medical bills. One striking finding
from the survey is that having insurance made little difference. In fact,
61% of respondents who have employer-provided insurance, largely due to a
confusing and patchy coverage system that includes co-pays, deductibles and
out-of-network coinsurance, often leading to denials of claims. A problem
more pervasive than previously reported is because
much of that debt that patients accrue is hidden as credit card
balances, loans from family, or payment plans to hospitals and other medical
providers, and is blocking patients
hospital, doctor, or other provider care because of unpaid bills. Hospitals
recorded their most profitable year on record in 2019, notching an aggregate
profit margin of 7.6%, according to the federal Medicare Payment Advisory
Committee, with many hospitals thriving even through the pandemic. As of
last year, 58% of debts recorded in collections were for a medical bill.
Even Medicare coverage can leave patients on the hook for thousands of
dollars in charges for drugs and treatment,
SPREAD THE SMILES!
That's it for this week. I'm quitting
good weekend and stay safe and healthy.
all begins with
YOU & ME...
make this the friendliest hometown.
aren't we lucky to live in Lynnhaven?
your tickets to The Villages POPS Chorus' next concert,
That's When the Music Takes Me.
You may see some of your Lynnhaven friends and neighbors in the chorus.
hurricane preparedness tips (things to do),
about price gauging & contaminated fuel, home repairs,
& generator safety & insurance; meaning of a hurricane & tropical
storm warning vs. watch; June is
Month, with tips for you or your grandchild using the Internet
safely to avoid being a scam victim, including safe browsing,
careful about what you post, etc.;
Bed Bug Awareness
Week (June 5-11), how to ID a bed bug, avoiding them & choosing
about Florida’s state consumer protection agency, food and product
Wild animals have been spotted in Lynnhaven, so beware.
Always stay alert to
your surroundings and keep your pet on a
short leash when going out after dark and never let them stay on your
screened lanai unattended after dark. Read about how you can cut down on these
encounters and what to do if you come
upon a bobcat or coyote. Be aware... 'tis the season and they have
babies to feed....
Gary Kadow has passed along a press release about
mosquito season and the
Alert system, how to sign up to get notices of when they will be spraying in
your neighborhood, how you can cut down on mosquitoes, how to protect
yourself from them, the reasons spraying may have been cancelled, and how to
call Sumter County Mosquito Control if there is a problem in your area.
Gary Kadow shared an article
in the Daily Commercial about his latest
Project SOS endeavor,
Villages' Project SOS has created a lifeline for Ukrainian soldiers.
Gary said that "although Project SOS is dedicated to helping our U.S.
military and their families,
we also recognize that the courageous military
in Ukraine are defending the same principles that we do, mainly their
freedom and liberty. In light of that, we began a
Ukrainian Relief Fund...."
Project SOS is also creating an underground railroad to get supplies bought
with those funds across the border to those Ukrainian soldiers. The article
tells you how you can contribute to the fund.
Navigator, which rates legitimate, fiscally efficient and accountable
nonprofit charities, has a page on their site
dedicated to the Ukrainian-Russian crisis. Here you will find
highly-rated charities involved in humanitarian relief, recovery and
3 & 4-star ratings
(max. is 4 stars),
categorized under medical services, medical supplies, non-medical supplies
(e.g., food, water, sanitation, and hygiene), emergency housing, long-term
assistance, other (e.g., cash/cash vouchers, logistic supply, animals), with
many nonprofits overlapping into multiple categories.
on the name of a highly-rated nonprofit to see how the charity was scored,
with details about how the charity uses your donation. You can also donate
to your selected charity or multiple charities through its
Giving Basket page to make
your giving easier, safer, and more impactful.
Want to help Ukraine
and provide Ukrainian refuge relief?
with any crisis, the scammers come out in droves, set up fake charities that
look and sound authentic to trick you into sending your money to them instead of
a real organization that is helping. The
FTC provides some
guidelines for making sure your money goes where you want it to go... to do
some good. To help us decide, the TODAY show verified
7 charities working to help Ukrainians, NPR identified
9 charities, and
The Washington Post
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