Below is the latest message from our attorney, please read it. I will keep posting this information as I receive it. I know there is a lot of information here but I think it is worth your time to read. Please do not hesitate to call the office if you need assistance with anything. Dave Zeller

In an earlier email he mentioned that communities have asked their residents not to invite anyone to visit them, this makes perfect sense considering how quickly this is spreading.

Also Publix has announced that they are having special shopping hours for seniors over 65. Winn Dixie has special hours also. I recommend that you call our local stores to confirm days and time.

Publix Supermarkets will begin offering special hours for senior citizens to shop without additional crowds in the store. Beginning Tuesday, March 24, Publix will open two mornings a week from 7 AM to 8 AM for customers age 65 and up. The special hours will be available on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Additionally, Publix is suspending refunds on products purchased during the declared emergency over the COVID-19 pandemic. This is to encourage shoppers to purchase only what they need, and to deter hoarders. That being said, Publix will continue to honor refunds or exchanges for products that do not meet company quality standards.

The Florida Department of Health has a “COVID-19 Data and Surveillance Dashboard” (you can click the blue letters to view the link ) it is updated at about 11 AM and 6 PM each day.

EMAIL from Attorney from Sunday March 22, 2020 at 7:01 PM

Good evening, everyone,
A few things to bring to your attention tonight:

As of 6 p.m., there are now 1007 confirmed positive COVID-19 cases in Florida. That’s almost 250 more than yesterday at this time.

The President of the community where one of the residents had tested positive emailed me today that the Board had received a lot of complaints on the community’s Facebook page because the Board did not identify the resident in its notice to the community. Privacy issues and other legal questions aside, the residents posting these complaints are missing the point: it should be clear by now that each one of us has to assume that we and anyone we may come into contact with may be carrying the virus that’s the whole purpose of maintaining that social distancing, avoiding gatherings of more than ten persons, and frequently and thoroughly washing our hands. We can all do our best to “flatten the curve” and minimize the effects of this pandemic by following the CDC and WHO guidelines—and by assuming that all of us have already come into contact with the virus—but not panicking about that and using common sense and the advice of our health care providers before we further overburden our health care system by trying to be tested for the virus.

I was also provided with a link to a story that helps explain why pool closures in all resident owned communities in our state are probably going to be a reality sooner rather than later. We’ve discussed the difficulties and dangers of allowing pools to remain open with a number of our communities and I think closing pools sends an important message to residents and guests that this pandemic must be taken seriously—it’s not an exaggeration to say the lives of each resident and guest may depend on that. Apparently, too many of our neighbors still haven’t gotten the message. Here’s the link with the disclaimer on my part that it is not my intent (nor that of the person who provided this link to me) to make any political judgments—and it should be noted that earlier today, New York’s Governor Cuomo spent a portion of his COVID-19 update scolding and pleading with the “millennials” in NYC who were still playing basketball, congregating in parks and on sidewalks and otherwise acting as if we weren’t dealing with a very dangerous virus that’s already taken too many lives throughout our country and the world to wake up and face reality. Anyway, here’s the link: Orlando Weekly

We are all in this together: young and old, Democrats, Republicans, and Independents. Let’s do our best to protect ourselves and our neighbors.

Hopefully, I won’t be bothering you again today—I am going to put on some music and try to read a good book!

Stay safe and healthy!