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  • The next driveway concert where The Villages Celtic Show Band will be performing is THIS Thursday, May 6th.
     
  • The current District Weekly Bulletin (updated 4/29/2021) is available (scroll down through the bulletin for details). It features: first Firefighter/EMT Cadet Scholarship was awarded to Glenndy Sierra, a senior at The Villages High School, to help him achieve his goal of becoming a Firefighter/EMT himself; Mother's Day boat tours; notice that participation in clubs, activities and events throughout The Villages may be photographed/recorded and distributed; May is Water Safety month, steps you can take to prevent drowning, pool & hot tub safety, swimming in lake, rivers, streams & at the beach, and what to do if someone is drowning; springtime renewal practices of golf courses and updates on golf course projects; a complete list of closures, and more....
     
  • Closures & Re-openings (see current District Weekly Bulletin for a full list of closures):
    • Knudson, Saddlebrook, Buffalo Glen & Everglades Softball Complexes will reopen THIS Sunday, May 2nd.
    • Bridgeport Village Recreation Center outdoor facilities and family pool will be closed for maintenance Sunday, May 2nd.
    • Bonita Pass Executive Golf Course will close THIS Saturday, May 1st, for infrastructure improvement of the timber bridge on Monday, May 3rd, and will reopen Tuesday, May 4th.
    • Hill Top Executive Golf Course will close until further notice for a utility infrastructure improvement project THIS Monday, May 3rd.
    • Turtle Mound Water Tower work to replace the stand pipes started Tuesday, April 6th, will take 2—3 weeks, when golf cart traffic will be rerouted.
    • Bacall Village Recreation Center parking lot, handicapped parking & golf cart entrance will be closed for pavement Thursday, April 22nd — Friday, May 7th.
    • Laurel Manor Regional Recreation Complex indoor & outdoor facilities, fitness center, and sports pool will be closed for maintenance Sunday, May 9th.
    • Bridgeport Village Recreation Center indoor facilities will be closed for maintenance Saturday, May 17th — Friday, May 21st.

Lynnhaven Neighbors

  • Register for May's event, the 9-Hole Golf Scramble & Oakwood Dinner, on Friday, May 18th. We'll be playing Pimlico and Belmont. Tee times begin at 11:08 a.m. and is limited to 76 participants. Print and complete the registration form, make your check out to Lynnhaven Neighbors, and send or deliver them to Jack Warner. As of THIS Saturday, May 1st, this event is open to guests.
     
  • Read about and see some pictures that were taken at April's Golf Cart Poker Run.

Ladies Book Club

  • We'll be discussing The Girl with the Louding Voice by Abi Daré THIS Thursday, May 6th. Sunny Wilt will be leading the discussion. See you then, even if it's just through Zoom. If you want to sit in, be sure you give Peg Tabor your email address and she'll send you a link beforehand so you can join us. See you Thursday....

Lynnhaven Ladies

  • The club's annual peanut butter & jelly drive is THIS Thursday & Friday, May 6th & 7th. With kids living in the Ocala National Forest losing lunches once school is over, often the only full meal they may get, members load up on peanut butter and jellies in May to help feed these children over the summer months. For those who want to help but don't want to shop, Sue Peregrine has volunteered to accept checks made out to her and shop for you.


COVID-19 News of 2021

Friday, April 30th

  • After toilet paper shortages, now wipes are clogging sewer systems. Utility companies warned people to not flush premoistened wipes down the toilet, but people keep using and flushing the wipes. One utility system that serves 1.8 million people says it dug 700 tons of wipes from its waste last year. The Washington Post says the problems recently sent sewage into a Maryland creek. Utilities say the wipes twist into ropy wads, either in a home’s sewer pipe or miles down the line, then congeal with grease and other cooking fats improperly put down drains to form sometimes massive "fatbergs" that block pumps and pipes, sending sewage backing up into basements and overflowing into streams. The word "fatberg" became big news in London when workers found a 40-ton wad of grease, wipes and other materials stuck in the sewer system. The collection was as big as a two-story bus. Bloomberg reports that some cities report a 50% pandemic-era increase in sewer backups and have become a costly headache across the nation. Watch video explaining the problem and blaming paper companies for convincing people to buy the product.
     
  • When will COVID-19 vaccines get full FDA approval? Normally it might take years for the FDA to approve a drug as safe and effective, but when faced with an emergency like the COVID-19 pandemic, the FDA can grant emergency use authorization when there are no alternatives for life-threatening diseases, allowing manufacturers to produce a vaccine for distribution. Even an emergency license is based on tens of thousands of doses administered in drug trials, but now that the Moderna and Pfizer vaccines have been distributed by the millions, the drug companies have even more evidence to present to the FDA. UNC Health produced a useful graphic showing the two lines of approval. Full approval likely includes a lot more data on safety, how long the vaccine will last, whether booster shots will be needed, whether they protect against variants, whether the vaccines can stop the pandemic by inhibiting both infection and transmission, etc. Infectious disease expert William Haseltine wrote a piece for The Hill and explained what else the FDA might want to know. Since the virus, its variants, efficacy (performance under ideal and controlled circumstances) of the vaccines and their effectiveness (performance under 'real-world' conditions) are still being studied and determined, none of the manufacturers are applying for full approval.
     
  • On Wednesday, the CDC said it's possible for cruises to resume in mid-July, if certain conditions are met. And, as with most travel guidelines during the pandemic, vaccinations will be key. Ships will be able to skip "simulated" test voyages if the cruise line can attest that at least 98 percent of the crew and 95 percent of passengers are fully vaccinated. Fully vaccinated people will now be able to take a simpler test like an antigen test when they embark, and local passengers who need to self-quarantine on shore may now pass that time at home if they live within driving distance. Instead of departing from the United States and heading to the Bahamas, Bermuda and Caribbean islands, ships will be starting their trips in those destinations beginning in June and July and working with health authorities there.
     
  • The CDC updated its masking guidelines on Tuesday. If you're fully vaccinated, you can go outside without a mask, but even fully vaccinated people should keep their distance and wear a mask if they are mingling with unvaccinated people. A new model from MIT researchers underscores why 6 feet of separation may be insufficient in many indoor settings. "Efficient mask use is the most effective safety measure, followed by room ventilation, then filtration," one of the study authors said. (Click on charts to enlarge them.)
     
  • The CDC says 5 million Americans have skipped getting the second dose of a COVID-19 vaccine. Some people say they are concerned about side effects, others say the supplies were too tight for them to get a second shot, and still others are frustrated after learning they may need a booster and annual shot. The CDC said the second shot is critical in helping protect people from the virus. We do not know yet how long one dose of the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines will protect against the coronavirus. The double dose is estimated to offer protection for at least six months, probably longer. So if you don't get the second dose, you may be at risk for COVID as soon as a few months after your first shot. How the vaccine is supposed to work: the first shot is like showing your body a picture of a spike protein that it needs to fight (primes your body to fight it); the second shot is like a practice run that tricks your body into seeing that spike protein again, and your body jumps into action to fight it off (activates your immune system).
     
  • Some who have had the virus may think that they are already immunized, but there is no firm evidence that the antibodies that develop in response to SARS-CoV-2 infection are protective. If these antibodies are protective, it's not known what antibody levels are needed to protect against reinfection, so still get the vaccine. If you’ve had COVID-19, you’ll still need the vaccine for full protection from the virus. But it’s looking more and more as if your previous infection, and your body’s robust immune response, might have left behind a significant level of immunity — though, unfortunately, not quite enough to skip the vaccine. The vaccine reduces all the high-risk and high-mortality issues and puts us more into the flu-like illness category if we catch it.
     
  • Per the Florida Community Action dashboard as of Friday, April 30th, the state now has 2,503,683 residents testing positive for the first time (5,666 cases today, 37,172 cases this past week); 35,777 deaths since March 1st, 2020 (when this dashboard started up) (55 deaths today, 399 deaths this past week); 28,727 new people having been tested today, with a 17.825% positivity rate (DOH reported just a 5.66% positivity rate), with 6,073,726 residents being fully vaccinated.
     
    The breakdown of confirmed cases in our tri-county area is:
     
    • Sumter County: 11,324 cases since March 1st (15 cases today, 86 this week), 9 current hospitalizations, and 276 deaths since March 1st, 2020 (0 deaths today, 2 this week), 85 residents have been tested for the first time today, with a 17.6% positivity rate (DOH reported a 14% positivity rate), with 70,131 being fully vaccinated.
        
    • Lake County: 33,102 cases since March 1st, 2020 (88 cases today, 582 this week), 59 current hospitalizations, and 636 deaths (1 death today, 3 this week), 510 residents have been tested for the first time today, with a 17.3% positivity rate (DOH reported a 4.02% positivity rate), with 123,604 being fully vaccinated.
        
    • Marion County: 33,019 cases since March 1st, 2020 (62 cases today, 438 this week), 40 current hospitalizations, and 952 deaths (0 deaths today, -1 this week [someone must have come back from the dead]), 293 residents have been tested for the first time today, with a 21.2% positivity rate (DOH reported just a 6.36% positivity rate), with 97,451 being fully vaccinated.
       

    Click on the Florida Department of Health's (DOH) dashboard if you'd like to compare this dashboard/data portal with the DOH's.

That's all for this week. Stay safe and stay well.

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?

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

  • Sue Peregrine found a set of keys near the Churchill Street Recreation Center.
     
  • Ron Kalmin has a Dell Desktop Computer FREE to a good home.
     
  • Someone asked Marian Getzes about what happens to their cash donations or checks made out to her. Absolutely 100% of people's donations go to buy linens for the beds made by SHP that are given to kids so they no longer have to sleep on the floor.
     
  • Stay alert. There's been a break-in in the neighborhood... in broad daylight. Fred Heidemann found out about it and I've added some tips for keeping your home and car safer from break-ins. Keep in mind that most break-ins and burglaries happen between 10:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.

     

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