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  • The current District Weekly Bulletin (updated 11/19/2020) is available (scroll down through the bulletin for details). It 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, and more.
     
  • Closures (see current District Weekly Bulletin for a full list of closures):
    • Executive Golf Courses:
      • Chula Vista closed until further notice for renovation of tee boxes.
      • De La Vista closed until further notice for renovation of the fairway.

Ladies Book Club

  • Reminder that if you want to donate to the club's Books for Children fund, Joyce Tisovec will be collecting donations up until Wednesday, December 2nd, and will be announcing how much members donated in 2020 on December 3rd.

Coronavirus/COVID-19 Information

     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 warehouse.
     
  • The 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 their Covid vaccine today. If Pfizer’s application is approved, the vaccine will likely be limited and rolled out in phases. But what does 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" back 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.
     
  • A new study, has found that delirium 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 several 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 for them.
     
  • 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.)  However, their accuracy may be off since testing is down and there were reporting issues, but you still should be able to see the trends.
  • Per the Florida Department of Health's dashboard* as of Friday, November 20th, the state now has 910,065 residents testing positive for COVID-19, with 53,091 hospitalized, and 17,889 deaths.** As you can see, the number of cases are on the rise again. The breakdown of confirmed cases in our tri-county area is:
    • Sumter County: 3,248 cases (3,229 residents, 19 non-residents), 310 hospitalizations, with 92 deaths
      (median age still: 56, 57%
       males, 43% females)
        
    • Lake County: 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)
       
    • Marion County: 12,220 cases (12,185 residents, 35 non-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 "probable" deaths from the virus.
     

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    * 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.

     

    Per the Florida's COVID Action dashboard as of Friday, November 20th, the state now has 1,009,562 residents testing positive (9,085 cases today, 53,157 cases this past week, 82,103 K-12 pediatric/staff cases this week); with 3,439 requiring hospitalization; and 18,110 deaths (80 deaths today, 451 deaths this past week). The breakdown of confirmed cases in our tri-county area is:

    • Sumter County: 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, 3 this week).
        
    • Lake County: 10,546 cases (74 cases today, 373 this week), 847 K-12 Pediatric cases (139 students/83 staff), 52 hospitalizations this week, and 246 deaths (0 deaths today, 2 this week).
        
    • Marion County: 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 reopening.

That's all folks! Hoping you all have a Happy & Safe Thanksgiving.

Remember... be happy, be kind, and SPREAD THE SMILES!

It all begins with YOU & ME... WE make this the friendliest hometown.
And... aren't we lucky to live in Lynnhaven?

And keep washing your hands frequently, wearing your mask, and practicing social distancing.

  • HURRY, time is running out! Medicare open enrollment (also known as the annual election period) ends Monday, December 7th. You 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 received your 2021 Medicare & You handbook, which tells you what is new this year. Use the Medicare.gov website to compare plans without sign-up pressure.
     
  • Are 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. Please help!
     
  • The Florida Consumer eNewsletter for November is available. Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer ServicesIt features: November as the National Veteran & Military Families Month, and how imposters 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; extortion 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, the 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. The 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 meetings; raising awareness 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.
     
  • Hurricane season is here and the FTC provides practical tips to help you prepare for, deal with, and recover from a weather emergency. They 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.
     
     

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