Coronavirus in The Villages

I’ve been documenting and compiling all the latest news and updates as it relates to coronavirus in The Villages since this saga began.

I’ll update this page as often as I can to get the information out to you.

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October 9, 2021

Even though things seem to be getting better, I think this is a smart idea. This event tends to get pretty crowded:

September 21, 2021

“At UF Health Central Florida’s two hospitals, 66 patients were being treated for COVID-19 on Monday. That includes 30 at The Villages Hospital. Both numbers are down by about 60% since each peaked in mid-August.”

September 14, 2021

More (potentially) good news:

September 6, 2021

The recent uptick in coronavirus cases seems to be letting up:

September 4, 2021

While most events around The Villages continue full speed ahead, there are a couple of events getting the ax:

September 1, 2021

Sumter County still leads the way as far as vaccination rates go:

August 28, 2021

A monoclonal antibody treatment center opened inside the Barnstorm Theater at Brownwood Paddock Square this week:

August 20, 2021

There’s more discouraging news this week on the local COVID-19 fight:

August 13, 2021

As is the case in most of the country, coronavirus cases are on the rise here:

Opinions on where we stand seem mixed though.

On one hand there are residents protesting the vaccine at Lake Sumter Landing:

And on the other hand, there are residents wondering why nobody wants to wear a mask:

August 6, 2021

July 23, 2021

Delta Variant fuels rise in hospitalizations (The Villages Daily Sun)

June 12, 2021

Traveler sues Orlando airport, TSA for ‘stranding’ him in The Villages over mask mandate (Click Orlando)

Friday, June 4, 2021

After this update, unless something crazy happens and we start sliding backwards, I’m going to start doing these coronavirus updates on an as needed basis only. It’s been a crazy year (see below!) and I’m hoping that the future coronavirus updates are few and far between!

Curtain up: Amenities returning to normal (The Villages Daily Sun)

Friday, May 28, 2021

Next week will be a big week! Golf, as well as indoor & outdoor recreation facilities return to normal operations on Tuesday, June 1. District Government offices return to normal operations as well, with walk-in visits welcome. (The Villages Daily Sun)

Friday, May 21, 2021

The Villages is now up to 4,653 total positive cases since the beginning of the pandemic. If my math is correct, that’s only about 21 fresh cases in a two week period.

Another COVID-19 case at Villages Charter School as Florida adds 96 deaths (Villages-News)

Also, grocery stores are getting back to normal…

Publix relaxes policy on face masks as fears about COVID-19 continue to fade (Villages-News)

Friday, May 14, 2021

I didn’t see any updated numbers come through Friday but I’ll add them here as soon as I see them.

Villages restauranteurs react to CDC’s loosening of COVID-19 protocols (Villages-News)

Lake, Sumter COVID vaccines surpass 256,000 (Daily Commercial)

Friday, May 7, 2021

This week The Villages again saw an increase of 21 positive coronavirus cases, bringing the total since the beginning of the pandemic to 4,632.

7 more local COVID-19 deaths as cruise ship chief threatens to leave Florida (Villages-News)

Friday, April 30, 2021

This week The Villages again saw an increase of 22 positive coronavirus cases, bringing the total since the beginning of the pandemic to 4,611.

3 more local COVID-19 deaths as Florida tops 8.8 million residents vaccinated (Villages-News)

State surgeon general says fully vaccinated Floridians can go maskless in public, despite CDC (Daily Commercial)

Friday, April 23, 2021

This week The Villages saw an increase of 22 positive coronavirus cases, bringing the total since the beginning of the pandemic to 4,589.

More than 1 in 10 Floridians diagnosed with deadly COVID-19 virus (Villages-News)

On the bright side though, Sumter County is leading the state in percentage of residents who have been vaccinated, beating most other counties in Florida by a country mile.

Sumter County, FL COVID-19 Vaccine Tracker

Friday, April 16, 2021

This week The Villages saw an increase of 33 positive coronavirus cases, bringing the total since the beginning of the pandemic to 4,567.

Study shows higher COVID-19 rate among younger people endangers elderly residents (Villages-News)

COVID vaccinations in Lake, Sumter: Here’s what you need to know (Daily Commercial)

Friday, April 9, 2021

This week The Villages saw an increase of 35 positive coronavirus cases, bringing the total since the beginning of the pandemic to 4,534.

12 more local COVID-19 deaths as virus continues to plague Villages Charter School (Villages-News)

COVID vaccines in Lake, Sumter exceed 210,000; 1 new area death reported (Daily Commercial)

Friday, April 2, 2021

This week The Villages saw an increase of 39 positive coronavirus cases, bringing the total since the beginning of the pandemic to 4,499.

5 more local deaths and spike in Florida cases as CDC relaxes travel guidelines (Villages-News)

82 percent of Sumter County seniors have received COVID-19 vaccinations (Villages-News)

Friday, March 26, 2021

This week The Villages saw an increase of 75 positive coronavirus cases, bringing the total since the beginning of the pandemic to 4,460.

10 more local COVID-19 deaths as deadly virus hits Villages Charter School again (Villages-News)

Starting Monday, anyone 40 or over in Florida can get the vaccine, and starting April 5, anyone over 18 can get it.

State opens vaccines to all adults April 5 (The Villages Daily Sun)

Let there be light water!

COVID-19 restrictions will be lifted on water fountains in The Villages (Villages-News)

How our community faced the pandemic (The Villages Daily Sun)

Recreation options get up and running (The Villages Daily Sun)

Friday, March 19, 2021

This week The Villages saw an increase of 78 positive coronavirus cases, bringing the total since all of this began to 4,385.

DeSantis drops COVID-19 vaccination age to 50 as two more local residents die (Villages-News)

For anyone having a hard time finding a vaccine near The Villages, you might like to know that on Monday Orange County (Orlando Area) will begin allowing anyone over 40 to get vaccinated at the Orange County Convention Center. You can learn more and sign-up here.

See also: Orange County Convention Center to lower vaccine age to 40 beginning Monday: How to sign up (WFTV)

Friday, March 12, 2021

One year after we started tracking the coronavirus’ effects on The Villages, the community has seen 4,307 positive cases of the virus. That’s an increase of 88 cases from last week.

Florida and tri-county area hit milestones in delivery of COVID-19 vaccinations (Villages-News)

Keep in mind, not everyone who wants the vaccine in The Villages can get it right now, as distribution is currently limited to those 65 and over. But that changes on Monday.

Florida’s vaccine age drops to 60 Monday. You can sign up now. (Tampa Bay Times)

Friday, March 5, 2021

This week The Villages saw an increase of 101 positive coronavirus cases, bringing the total since all of this began to 4,219.

DeSantis vows to lower COVID-19 vaccine age as 20 more local residents succumb to virus (Villages-News)

Friday, February 26, 2021

This week The Villages saw an increase of 164 positive coronavirus cases, bringing the total since all of this began to 4,118.

15 more local COVID-19 deaths as deadly virus smacks Villages Charter School again (Villages-News)

That’s quite a bit more than last week, but it sounds like vaccines are flowing pretty good now so hopefully that helps:

County giving vaccine doses to Villages hospital and Florida Cancer Specialists (Villages-News)

Friday, February 19, 2021

This week The Villages saw an increase of 88 positive coronavirus cases, bringing the total since all of this began to 3,954.

Florida tops 30,000 COVID-19 deaths as virus hits Villages Charter School again (Villages-News)

I know we can’t complain too much about our weather, considering what many others throughout the country are going through right now, but it sure is hampering our coronavirus vaccine efforts.

The first problem was rain, which turned the vaccination site at Buffalo Ridge Plaza we’ve been talking about the last few weeks into a mud pit.

This forced an emergency move of the site to The Villages High School, which apparently did not go smoothly.

Then it moved to the Wildwood Community Center, and things seemed to have improved.

But by Wednesday the site had been moved all the way to Lake-Sumter State College.

Global Medical Response sets up shop far outside The Villages (Villages-News)

Then, on top of that, the weather in other parts of the country is making it tough for vaccines to even get to Florida, so places like Publix have had to cancel many appointments this week.

DeSantis: Florida still waiting on Moderna vaccine due to weather delays (News 4 Jax)

Friday, February 12, 2021

This week The Villages saw an increase of 127 positive coronavirus cases, bringing the total since all of this began to 3,866.

Local COVID-19 death toll rising as virus continues to slam tri-county area (Villages-News)

The vaccine seems to be flowing a little better, and Publix is now offering them in Lake and Sumter counties (previously was just Marion county).

Publix expands COVID-19 vaccine appointments to all Central Florida counties (Click Orlando)

Friday, February 5, 2021

This week The Villages saw an increase of 181 positive coronavirus cases, bringing the total since all of this began to 3,739.

32 more local residents die of COVID-19 as new cases spike across Florida (Villages-News)

Governor DeSantis was back in The Villages this week (might have to start charging him the amenities fee soon!) with the promise that the shuttered vaccination site would reopen soon with an initial stockpile of 4,000 doses, and he said it would remain open as long as the flow of vaccines to Florida continued.

Gov. DeSantis gives COVID-19 update in The Villages (WFLX)

And just like that, the site reopened on Thursday:

COVID-19 vaccine site in The Villages reopens after previously facing supply issues (Fox 35)

Friday, January 29, 2021

This week The Villages saw an increase of 209 positive coronavirus cases, bringing the total since all of this began to 3,558.

36 more local COVID-19 deaths as virus strikes Villages Charter School again (Villages-News)

It still remains difficult (ok, nearly impossible) to get a vaccine, though some people that had reservations at the vaccination site touted by the Governor are now getting shots from the Sumter County Health Department:

Sumter County vaccinates 1,000 registrants left behind by Global Medical Response (Villages-News)

I’ve read that some Villagers are traveling to other parts of the state to try to get the vaccine, including the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando (Talk of the Villages).

Some Publix stores in Florida are providing the vaccine (if you are one of the lucky ones to secure an appt. online) but none of the Lake or Sumter County Publix stores are doing this yet.

The Daily Commercial (out of Leesburg) has a guide to securing a shot for residents of Lake and Sumter:

COVID vaccinations in Lake, Sumter: Here’s what you need to know (Daily Commercial)

Just this week, the state launched a new website where residents can supposedly pre-register for the vaccine, and be notified when it’s their turn to go get it. It’s far too early to say whether this site will accomplish what it is intended to do, but I don’t see how it could hurt to put your name on the list if you qualify:

https://myvaccine.fl.gov/

This week, The Villages Recreation and Parks Department announced that it would cancel a number of events and postpone others, including the February Camp Villages event, Lake Sumter Line Excursions, Recreation-sponsored February socials at recreation centers, February Resident Lifestyle Volunteer Group Showcases, the February Outdoor Expo, February outdoor concerts and movies and the Senior Games in April.

As of the time of this writing, the entertainment department has not made any adjustments to their schedule.

Friday, January 22, 2021

This week The Villages saw an increase of 366 positive coronavirus cases, bringing the total since all of this began to 3,349.

Massive spike in Villages COVID-19 cases as virus hits charter school again (Villages-News)

The topic on everyone’s mind is vaccines.

A week after Gov. DeSantis was in The Villages promoting a new vaccination site, the site is (currently) shut down.

No answers as vaccination site in The Villages shut down until further notice (Wesh 2)

Frustration boils over as COVID-19 vaccine provider abandons makeshift Villages clinic (Villages-News)

This article offers a few answers, and suggests the shutdown might be temporary as they wait for the nationwide supply of vaccines to increase:

Florida Must Wait on U.S. Government for Vaccines (The Villages Daily Sun)

And the Governor chimes in on the shortage:

Florida governor blames feds for vaccination shortage in The Villages (Wesh 2)

Friday, January 15, 2021

This week The Villages saw an increase of 266 positive coronavirus cases, bringing the total since all of this began to 2,983.

15 more local COVID-19 deaths as state reports more than 849,000 vaccines given (Villages-News)

Governor DeSantis was in The Villages again this week at a new vaccination site that officials hope will be able to serve 800 to 1,000 people per day.

This week a few articles like this one from the Wall Street Journal talked about people from out of state and even out of the country coming to Florida to get vaccinated.

While in The Villages, Governor DeSantis sought to downplay those reports.

DeSantis says ‘we’re not doing any tourists’ at vaccine sites (Orlando Sentinel)

Friday, January 8, 2021

The Villages is now up to 2,717 total positive cases since this all began, an increase of 427 since last week.

22 cases of mutated Coronavirus found in Florida as 2 more local residents die (Villages-News)

Some residents have been able to get the vaccine, but many more are frustrated by how slow the roll-out has been.

Villages residents angry over COVID-19 vaccine distribution (WFTV)

Residents will have two more opportunities this week to get the vaccine.

Sumter County Health Department offers two more dates for COVID-19 vaccinations (Villages-News)

Friday, January 1, 2021

Florida ended 2020 with a bang, reporting its highest single day of positive coronavirus cases…17,192…on Wednesday.

As of that day, The Villages stood at 2,290 positive cases since all of this began, a weekly increase of 277.

Florida ends 2020 with biggest spike in COVID-19 cases since pandemic first reported (Villages-News)

Florida did not report Thursday’s cases on Friday because of the New Year’s holiday.

Meanwhile, residents are frustrated by the clunky vaccine distribution process so far.

Villagers frustrated as they try to secure spot in line for COVID-19 vaccine (Villages-News)

While they wait for the vaccine, experts are urging residents to be diligent.

Experts: Be diligent as COVID cases surge (The Villages Daily Sun)

Saturday, December 26, 2020

As of Christmas Eve, The Villages stood at 2,013 positive cases since everything began back in March.

This is a roughly 230 case increase week over week, but reporting seems a little delayed due to the Christmas holiday.

Christmas Eve brings milestone in number of COVID-19 cases in The Villages (Villages-News)

Covid-19 vaccinations have begun in Florida and The Villages.

Governor: Seniors go first on vaccines (The Villages Daily Sun)

Friday, December 18, 2020

This week The Villages saw an increase of 219 positive coronavirus cases, bringing the total since all of this began to 1,783.

DeSantis at odds with government leaders as COVID-19 cases rise rapidly (Villages-News)

The director of the local health department is urging residents to protect themselves.

Sumter County residents warned to take precautions as COVID-19 cases skyrocket (Villages-News)

Friday, December 11, 2020

This week The Villages saw an increase of 205 positive coronavirus cases, bringing the total since all of this began to 1,564.

DeSantis lambastes reporter as Florida tops 1.1 million COVID-19 cases (Villages-News)

This week, Jeffrey Lowenkron, MD, the Chief Medical Officer of The Villages Health put out a statement on what they’re seeing with the numbers of both infections, and hospitalizations right now. Here’s an excerpt:

Hospitalization has been climbing with average daily totals moving from the 20s to 30s to 40s over the last three weeks and now at 50. Hospitalization peaked on July 21 with a total of 81 patients at the two hospitals. While it is true that the number of positive cases is related to more widespread testing, the increase in percentage testing positive indicates an actual increase in spread.

You can read the full statement on The VHA Facebook page.

See also:

Officials urge diligence to ease COVID-19 risk (The Villages Daily Sun)

One CDD Supervisor is urging residents to “do their research” on the coronavirus vaccine and stating that she does not plan to get it. The article does not mention if she is a doctor or has any medical training.

CDD 1 supervisor advises Villagers to do research on COVID-19 vaccine (Villages-News)

Friday, December 4, 2020

This week The Villages saw an increase of 140 positive coronavirus cases, bringing the total since all of this began to 1,359.

8 more local residents die of COVID-19 as virus continues to slam tri-county area (Villages-News)

As will be the case throughout most of the country, residents of long-term care facilities in and around The Villages will be among the first to receive the vaccine.

Long-term care residents will be first to receive vaccines in Sumter County (Villages-News)

Friday, November 27, 2020

This week The Villages added 245 new positive coronavirus cases, bringing the total since all of this began to 1,219.

8 more local COVID-19 deaths as local cases increasing at rapid pace (Villages-News)

From what I’ve read, it sounds like the larger than normal increase is owed at least in part to a “data dump” from the Florida Department of Health, but it is nonetheless concerning.

We also learned this week that more than 20% of local cases can be attributed to either long-term care centers or correctional facilities.

21% of local COVID-19 cases in long-term care centers and correctional facilities (Villages-News)

Friday, November 20, 2020

This week The Villages added 67 new positive coronavirus cases, bringing the total since all of this started to 974.

4 more local COVID-19 deaths as tri-county area sees hefty spike in cases (Villages-News)

We haven’t seen numbers like this since July.

Leaders of The Villages Health say that they are prepared to ramp up testing as needed.

Pre-holiday testing plentiful in Villages (The Villages Daily Sun)

Five Florida hospitals have been named as the first in line to receive Covid-19 vaccine doses, and despite the governor’s multiple coronavirus related news conferences from The Villages, and recent visits from both Vice President Pence and President Trump, UF Health The Villages isn’t one of them.

This kind of surprised me, considering the priority supposedly being given to protecting the most vulnerable populations.

But maybe someone can snag a few doses from UF Health Jacksonville, which was one of the chosen hospitals.

Governor: Florida hospitals likely to begin receiving COVID-19 vaccine within weeks (WESH2 News)

While we wait for the vaccine, a new UF Health program in The Villages will test the use of blood thinners to reduce bad outcomes in COVID-19 patients, part of a study tied to Operation Warp Speed.

UF Program In The Villages Will Do Research Focused On Seniors Health (Health News Florida)

Friday, November 13, 2020

This week The Villages added 40 new positive coronavirus cases, bringing the grand total since all of this began to 907.

Another local resident dies of COVID-19 as Villages tops 900 cases of deadly virus (Villages-News)

Despite the fact that new weekly positive cases are still relatively high, it sounds like capacity restrictions that have been in place for nightly entertainment at the town squares is going away soon:

Town squares resuming normal operations despite spiking COVID-19 cases (Villages-News)

Friday, November 6, 2020

This week The Villages added 42 new positive coronavirus cases, brining the total since all of this started to 867.

6 more local COVID-19 deaths as cases continue to rise in and around The Villages (Villages-News)

The Villages Health is offering rapid testing, but availability seems to be very limited.

When you visit The Villages Health’s Covid-19 testing website you are greeted with this message:

As (sic) this time, scheduling for Rapid COVID-19 screening tests is not currently available.

Testing slots re-open each Sunday to Thursday morning at 8am at this web address for the scheduling of rapid tests the following day (i.e. testing opens Sunday at 8am for testing slots available on Monday).

Friday, October 30, 2020

This week The Villages added 46 new positive covid-19 cases, which brings the total since the beginning of all of this to 825.

Villages sees spike in COVID-19 cases as state tops 800,000 positive results (Villages-News)

Various services continue to reopen. This week, pools go back to 100% capacity.

Swimming pools in The Villages will return to 100 percent capacity (Villages-News)

Friday, October 23, 2020

This week The Villages added 28 new positive coronavirus cases, bringing the grand total since all of this began to 779.

2 more local residents die of COVID-19 as cases mount across tri-county area (Villages-News)

The Villages Health began offering free COVID-19 rapid tests this week, and you do not have to be a TVH patient to get one.

You do, however, need to make an appointment. You can do that here.

Friday, October 16, 2020

This week The Villages added 47 new positive coronavirus cases, bringing the grand total since all of this began to 751.

5 more local COVID-19 deaths as Villages-area cases continue to rise (Villages-News)

The virus seems to be making the rounds at The Villages Charter School, and this week the school stopped reporting the number of cases there to the local school district.

Villages Charter School stops reporting COVID-19 cases as outbreak hits (Villages-News)

While researching this week’s update I realized it had been a little while since I’d seen anything about coronavirus from The Villages Health.

Their chief medical officer did give an update to the media earlier this month on the number of covid-19 related hospitalizations, but the most recent coronavirus update on their website is from mid-August.

Friday, October 9, 2020

This week The Villages added 42 new positive coronavirus cases, bringing the grand total since all of this began to 704.

The Villages tops 700 COVID-19 cases as six more local residents succumb to virus (Villages-News)

Gov. DeSantis was in The Villages earlier this week to talk about a delivery of 400,000 coronavirus test kits Florida received recently.

Speaking about The Villages, the Governor said:

“The Villages has shown you have to have a sustainable approach to this,” DeSantis said. “You just can’t say that people can never leave their house. That is not viable, that causes a lot of problems as well.”

Governor ushers in era of rapid test kits (The Villages Daily Sun)

The Villages is a popular place this week, and Vice President Pence will be in The Villages Saturday. But some people are wondering if fears of coronavirus will keep people from coming out.

(I kinda doubt it.)

Coronavirus fears could cast pall over VP’s event in The Villages (Villages-News)

Friday, October 2, 2020

This week The Villages added 44 new positive cases of coronavirus, bringing our total since this all began to 662.

3 more local residents die of COVID-19 as local area reports 120 new cases (Villages-News)

It’s can be difficult though to look at those numbers (which date to the beginning of all this) and get a fair sense of how we’re doing right now.

The number of people currently being treated in local hospitals might be a better barometer.

Villages Health chief medical officer says 25 COVID-19 patients at local hospitals (Villages-News)

Unless you just crawled out from under a rock, you probably know that President Trump was hospitalized Friday, October 2, positive with coronavirus.

Just one year ago (October 3, 2019) he was here in The Villages to give an address on Medicare at the Sharon L. Morse Performing Arts Center.

Friday, September 25, 2020

This week The Villages added 24 new positive cases of coronavirus, bringing the total since all of this began to 618.

13 more local COVID-19 fatalities as tri-county area reports 67 new cases (Villages-News)

On Friday, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis said Florida would now move into Phase 3, lifting all restrictions on restaurants and other businesses.

Here’s what that means:

Phase 3 in Florida: Here’s what it means (Wesh2 News)

Now, just because the governor says its o.k. to open restaurants and bars at full capacity, it does not mean that everyone will all of a sudden do away with the precautions they’ve put in place.

Villages restauranteurs vow caution despite DeSantis greenlighting 100% capacity (Villages-News)

Friday, September 18, 2020

20 new positive cases in The Villages this week puts us at 594 total positive cases since all of this began.

8 more local residents die of COVID-19 as tri-county area continues to add cases (Villages-News)

The pastor of a local church, his family all being survivors of Covid-19, have started a support group for those struggling with various aspects of the virus.

Couple begins local virus support group (The Villages Daily Sun)

And last week I mentioned bars in Florida were reopening. This week I’m hearing a rumor that the “bait shacks” (bars) in the town squares will reopen, and entertainment will start back on October 5.

A post I read said that town square restaurants, shops, and entertainers have been notified, but I’ve yet to verify that from a reputable source. I’ll keep my ears open and keep you posted though!

UPDATE: This rumor is now confirmed as TRUE!

The Villages’ social lifestyle comes back (The Villages Daily Sun)

Friday, September 11, 2020

Just 14 new positive cases this week brings The Villages to a total of 574 positive coronavirus cases since this all began.

5 more local residents die of COVID-19 as tri-county area tops 18,000 cases (Villages-News)

Also this week, it was announced that Florida bars can serve alcohol again starting Monday at 12:01 a.m.

Florida to reopen bars starting Monday after monthslong COVID-19 shutdown (Orlando Sentinel)

Friday, September 4, 2020

34 new positive cases of coronavirus this week brings us to 560 total since everything started back in March.

Eleven more local residents lose battle with deadly COVID-19 virus (Villages-News)

This week Florida Governor Ron DeSantis paid another visit to The Villages, in part to talk about what a great job the community has done.

He was joined by Dr. Scott Atlas, a member of President Trump’s coronavirus task force, who said “The Villages is something, a huge success story. And it’s a model for other senior-frequented facilities.”

DeSantis, White House Coronavirus Task Force doctor talk at UH Health in The Villages (WFTV)

Friday, August 28, 2020

A week ago today we were at 494 positive cases, and today we sit at 526. That’s similar to the amount of growth we saw the week prior, so if nothing else, we’re staying steady.

8 more local residents die of COVID-19 as new Villages-area cases identified (Villages-News)

Last week I mentioned that school was starting back. Unfortunately, one student has already tested positive for covid-19.

Villages High School student tests positive for COVID-19 virus (Villages-News)

Friday, August 21, 2020

Last week The Villages saw a rise in cases of around 15. This week we crept back up to about 30.

As seems to be the case throughout much of the country, long-term care facilities continue to be the hardest hit.

COVID-19 strikes employees at Villages-area long-term care centers (Villages-News)

To date, 75 people have died at the local UF owned hospitals, though you can assume that not all of those who died were Villages residents.

Villages Health’s chief medical officer says 75 have died of COVID-19 at local hospitals (Villages-News)

Like most schools around the country, The Villages Charter School is back in session, though things look just a bit different than pre-covid-19.

First day of VCS’ very different school year (The Villages Daily Sun)

Friday August 14, 2020

After several weeks of 50+ new positive cases of coronavirus in The Villages, this week we only saw around 15. There has been a similar decline around the state, though The Villages’ drop in positive cases seems to be more pronounced.

9 more local deaths connected to COVID-19 as tri-county area nears 14,000 cases (Villages-News)

Another bright spot in the fight is faster test results.

Faster test results help make decisions (The Villages Daily Sun)

Friday, August 7, 2020

Like the rest of Florida, this week The Villages seemed to be trending down just a tad as far as the number of new positive coronavirus cases is concerned, ending the week at around the 450 positive cases mark. Long-term care facilities continue to be the hardest hit.

5 more die of COVID-19 as virus sweeps through local long-term care facilities (Villages-News)

Friday, July 31, 2020

The Villages added just over 60 new cases this week, bringing the number of residents to have tested positive for Covid-19 since this all began to just over 400.

3 Sumter County residents among 7 local victims of COVID-19 virus (Villages-News)

Friday, July 24, 2020

The Villages added about 50 new positive coronavirus cases this week, bringing the number of residents to have tested positive to 340.

More than 1,700 COVID-19 cases in and around The Villages as state tops 400,000 (Villages-News)

The Villages was the focus of an article in The New York Times about the rise in coronavirus cases among retirees this week:

‘If It’s Here, It’s Here’: America’s Retirees Confront the Virus in Florida (The New York Times)

The Villages was also featured in an article in the LA Times this week:

With a COVID-19 death in Florida every 8 minutes, this community fears who will be next (Los Angeles Times)

While we learn to live with coronavirus, cleaning will be a top priority for keeping businesses open and minimizing the spread as much as possible. Here’s how some local businesses are going about that.

Constant cleaning is good for business (The Villages Daily Sun)

That said, what a business does is only part of the equation. Customers have to be of the same mindset for it to work.

Villager troubled by lack of masks in Villages restaurant (Villages-News)

Friday, July 17, 2020

Villages-News is now reporting 290 positive coronavirus cases in The Villages.

3 more local residents die of COVID-19 as virus slams long-term care facilities (Villages-News)

A Dr. from the first office n The Villages to offer coronavirus testing is reminding everyone to “Be safe, wear a mask, be safe for your fellow man.”

The Villages doctor urges people to take precautions as COVID-19 cases continue to rise (ClickOrlando.com)

It is possible though, to enjoy much of what The Villages offers while also staying safe.

Villages Residents Find Ways to Keep Things Socially Distanced (The Villages Daily Sun)

Friday, July 10, 2020

Another record setting week for positive coronavirus tests in The Villages. According to Villages-News we are now up to almost 240 positive cases.

Summerfield man dies of COVID-19 as 22 more Villagers test positive for virus (Villages-News)

According to hospital officials, the number of patients being treated for the virus at UF The Villages Hospital and UF Health Leesburg Hospital is up 60% from the same time last week.

‘People need to take this seriously’ (The Villages Daily Sun)

Judging from the lines of people waiting for tests, as well as the amount of positive cases being seen, the availability of testing seems pretty important.

So you kind of have to scratch your head at the decision to remove the mobile testing lab from The Villages a day earlier than originally scheduled.

Mobile COVID-19 testing lab to be pulled from The Villages one day early (Villages-News)

No word just yet on if/when/where testing might take place next week but as soon as I hear I’ll update this page.

Friday, July 3, 2020

According to Villages-News, we are now up to around 130 positive coronavirus cases in The Villages as we roll into the holiday weekend.

Lake County resident succumbs to COVID-19 as virus continues to slam The Villages (Villages-News)

Florida is not doing too hot either, having crossed a new milestone with more than 10,000 new positive coronavirus cases reported on Thursday.

Florida shatters records with over 10,000 new COVID-19 cases in single day (Reuters)

Walk-up testing will be available in the Laurel Manor Recreation Center parking lot Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday (July 6-8), and then Thursday and Friday (July 9-10) at Rohan Recreation Center parking lot. Testing hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day.

Friday June 26, 2020

Today, Florida reported another record for daily new coronavirus cases, with more than 8,900 new cases.

Florida Smashes Coronavirus Case Record: Nearly 9,000 Positive Cases on Thursday (NPR)

It was a rough week in The Villages too, which now has more than 100 cases.

Seven more Villagers test positive for COVID-19 (Villages-News)

As you might expect, with numbers rising like they are, the brakes are being pumped on our “re-opening”, starting with bars.

All alcohol consumption at Florida bars suspended effective immediately (WESH)

Some businesses that have been open, are now shutting back down, either as a precaution, or as a result of their employees or customers contracting the virus.

Village Dental shut down due to COVID-19 (Villages-News)

Testing will be available this week at the New Covenant United Methodist Church in The Villages from Monday, June 29th through Thursday, July 2nd from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM.

Registration is required and you can do that here: http://sumter.floridahealth.gov/events/index.html

Friday June 19, 2020

While the state of Florida set a record for new daily coronavirus cases this week, The Villages only picked up a couple more cases.

COVID-19 claims 3 Lake County residents as virus hits The Villages again (Villages-News)

I thought this Channel 9 news report was worth checking out in which health officials in Sumter County said unlike most of the state, COVID-19 cases have not gone up in the county.

Sumter County health officials push for vulnerable groups to be tested for COVID-19 (WFTV)

Two of The Villages’ movie theaters, Old Mill Playhouse and Barnstorm Theater opened this week, albeit at just 25% capacity.

Villages movie theaters reopen today (The Villages Daily Sun)

Also, The Sharon announced their reopening plans which include stringent safety measures and very limited seating

The Sharon L. Morse Performing Arts Center is Re-Opening! (The Sharon)

Friday, June 12, 2020

The number of identified coronavirus cases in The Villages crossed the 80 mark this week, but it does not seem to be growing as fast as some other parts of the state.

State’s COVID-19 cases rising fast since DeSantis OK’d Phase 2 reopening plan (Villages-News)

While our numbers remain low, experts stress not to let our guards down just yet.

Coronavirus numbers at The Villages remain low, but experts worry (Orlando Sentinel)

One bright spot…the Brownwood Farmer’s Market is back open!

Brownwood farmers return to sell wares (The Villages Daily Sun)

Also, softball is back!

Villages softball gets back in full swing (The Villages Daily Sun)

Friday, June 5, 2020

Depending on which site you pull from and which day you do it, The Villages has somewhere in the range of 70 to 80 current coronavirus cases.

Lake, Sumter report 6 new cases of COVID-19 (Daily Commercial)

This week in The Villages, bars are starting to open and movie theaters (at least two of them) aren’t far behind.

Bars opening today; cinemas coming soon (The Villages Daily Sun)

Meanwhile, on Thursday, Florida logged the largest single-day increase in reported cases since this all began.

Florida’s reported coronavirus cases jump 1,419 in biggest daily increase yet (Orlando Sentinel)

Friday, May 29, 2020

To mask, or not to mask. That is the question.

When the community’s amenities began to reopen in early May, face masks were required.

This week, that policy has shifted to face masks being requested.

However, for activities where 6 ft. of social distance cannot be maintained, face masks are still required.

Villagers have strong opinions about face masks (Villages-News)

Also this week we learned that The Enrichment Academy will resume select courses on June 1 with limited availability.

Antibody testing for virus comes here (The Villages Daily Sun)

Friday, May 22, 2020

The Villages continued to open back up this week.

Gyms join eateries, retail in reopening (The Villages Daily Sun)

More churches are opening doors, setting plans (The Villages Daily Sun)

17th Sumter County resident dies of COVID-19 as Florida tops 47,000 cases (Villages-News)

Sumter County wins approval for plan to reopen short-term vacation rentals (Villages-News)

Friday, May 15, 2020

Another week in the books, and thankfully it was another slow week for growth of the coronavirus, as the number of reported positive cases in The Villages held steady.

Six new COVID-19 patients in tri-county area as Florida tops 44,000 cases (Villages-News)

In fact, Don Henderson, CEO of UF Health Central Florida said, “We haven’t seen a new positive COVID-19 case in our hospitals for the last three weeks.”

UF hospitals resume medical procedures (The Villages Daily Sun)

There is one famous casualty to report this week. It was published that Katie Belle’s, the once popular restaurant and dance hall in Spanish Springs would not reopen after the coronavirus closures.

Like most victims of the coronavirus, Katie’s as it was affectionately known had some underlying conditions.

Once a private club for residents and their guests, Katie Belle’s was shut-down and remodeled a few years ago and then reopened to the general public. She never quite regained her step after that.

RIP Katie Belle’s.

Legendary Katie Belle’s will not reopen after Coronavirus closure (Villages-News)

Governor DeSantis announced today that Florida will take further steps toward reopening beginning Monday, May 18. These steps include restaurants moving from 25% to 50% capacity for indoor seating and the reopening of gyms and fitness centers with proper social distancing.

In The Villages, some of the openings happening on Monday include:

  • Beach Tennis
  • Pickleball
  • Platform Tennis
  • Sand Volleyball
  • Tennis
  • Softball – Practice Only
  • Savannah Center Computer Lab
  • Mark Twain Library
  • Table Tennis

Friday, May 8, 2020

This week, Villagers began taking their first steps to get back to “normal” or what many are calling the “new normal”.

Recreation center staff, residents follow guidelines to enjoy first day back (The Villages Daily Sun)

According to the latest numbers, there are 77 reported positive cases of coronavirus in The Villages.

New COVID-19 cases slow dramatically in tri-county area as state tops 38,000 (Villages-News)

Friday, May 1, 2020

According to the latest information available, the number of Villagers testing positive for coronavirus is still under 80.

In last week’s update I mentioned that President Trump had tweeted about The Villages success in keeping the virus from spreading, and Governor Ron DeSantis made similar statements this week during his press conference with Trump at the White House.

As I mentioned last week, Monday May 4 is the day that The Villages will begin the process of slowly reopening some recreation centers, pools, and other facilities.

Getting ready to reopen: What you should expect (The Villages Daily Sun)

Residents venturing out to any of the community’s amenities are being asked to bring their own water, hand sanitizer, disinfecting wipes, and to wear a face mask for ALL indoor and outdoor activities:

In addition, residents are also being asked to limit their time at any facility or pool to 60 minutes at a time.

Lots of new rules in place when pools reopen Monday in The Villages (Villages-News)

Also this week, Governor DeSantis said that starting Monday restaurants can re-open at 25% capacity inside.

Villages restaurants eyeing measures to slowly reopen amid COVID-19 crisis (Villages-News)

Friday, April 24, 2020

According to the last update I read from Villages-News, The Villages continues to more or less hold steady with 76 cases of the Coronavirus.

The Villages also got some free publicity this week when President Trump sent this tweet to his 78.3 million Twitter followers:

If you’ve been following the news, the government has proposed opening the country back up in three phases. According to the District government, here’s how that might look for The Villages:

Phase I – April 27th through May 3rd 

  • District Recreation & Parks staff will return to work the week of April 27 to May 3 to further clean and prep facilities.  
  • Efforts will include utilizing tables and chairs to establish 6 foot buffers in room layouts and swimming pool areas, so social distancing may be actively practiced. 
  • While residents will not have access to additional facilities this week, it will provide District staff the opportunity to prepare for Phase II.

Phase II – begins May 4th (if approved by local, state and federal agencies) and will continue through the month of May

Recreational activities that meet criteria of specific health department guidelines will begin opening.  Some of the criteria taken into consideration will include limited exposure, high respiration activities, activity interaction and the interaction of persons/objects.  While we are still evaluating which facilities will open, you can expect to see the following:

  • Limited facility use
  • Special social spacing accommodations
  • All facilities will close by 8:00 p.m. to afford staff time for next day cleaning and preparation
  • Villages IDs will be checked and cashless Trail Fee services will continue
  • The District Administrative Offices at Lake Sumter Landing will open on an appointment only basis beginning May 11th. 

Phase III – Not anticipated to take effect until after the month of May (dependent upon health guidelines from local, state & federal agencies)

  • Will include opening non-regional recreation centers, additional outdoor facilities and a full opening of District Administrative offices.
  • At this time, it is not anticipated that there will be any recreation sponsored or co-sponsored large events.  

Local, state leaders eye safe, strategic reopening (The Villages Daily Sun)

Friday, April 17, 2020

More than 70 Villagers are now positive with coronavirus.

The Wall Street Journal published an article today about coronavirus in The Villages:

Watching and Waiting for a Coronavirus Surge at The Villages in Florida (The Wall Street Journal)

Earlier this week, Villages-News published a staff editorial about the problems residents have experienced with testing at The Villages Polo Fields:

Arrogant UF Health failed miserably in handling of Villages COVID-19 testing site (Villages-News)

Testing did open back up briefly on Friday, but as of 6:15pm this evening, scheduling is not available beyond this date.

Friday, April 10, 2020

Entertainers from around The Villages came together (but apart) to sing this great rendition of We Are the World.

At least 60 Villagers are now reported to have coronavirus (Villages-News)

Saturday, April 4, 2020

Sadly, coronavirus has claimed its first victim in The Villages.

Villager dies of Coronavirus after health rapidly declines (Villages-News)

Daughters fondly remember Villager who died after contracting Coronavirus (Villages-News)

Villages takes big steps to help small businesses (The Villages Daily Sun)

Friday, April 3, 2020

Florida is now on a statewide stay at home order, but with some exceptions, most Villagers have been staying at home as much as possible anyway.

Recreation and sports courts, including pickleball and tennis, are now closed. Nature trails, walkways, cycling areas, golf courses and fishing ponds will remain open.

Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Drive thru testing starts back Wednesday at The Polo Fields. You can request an appointment here: https://ufhealthcovid.com/

These results show evidence of initial community spread; however, it does not appear to be widespread, at least so far. We are continuing to closely monitor the situation,” Michael Lauzardo, a doctor and deputy director of the UF Emerging Pathogens Institute, said in a prepared statement.

Study shows evidence of rapid COVID-19 spread in the Villages (Orlando Weekly)

Villagers comprise 34 percent of all COVID-19 patients in tri-county area (Villages-News)

Monday, March 30, 2020

UFHealth has announced that drive-thru testing will begin again at The Polo Fields as soon as supplies are available.

38 Villagers test positive for Coronavirus (Villages-News)

The Villages has also been mentioned in some national publications over the last few days:

Florida retirees grapple as coronavirus cases soar (LA Times)

‘It’s Morbidly Quiet.’ Popular Florida Senior Living Community Finally Embraces Social Distancing (TIME)

Coronavirus spreading in The Villages (Politico)

Saturday, March 28, 2020

According to The Villages Daily Sun Facebook page:

Results of the first three days of UFHealth drive-thru testing at the Polo Club found only eight positive virus cases among 420 people with symptoms who received FDA-approved clinical tests (1 in Lake County, one in Marion County and 6 in Sumter County). Results of the first two days of another 600 asymptomatic people who received tests through a research arm showed zero positive results – a critical finding to learning how the virus spreads. Results of the last few days of testing will be published as they become available, and officials hope to resume testing as supplies become available.

Officials urge diligence amid promising results (The Villages Daily Sun)

27 Villagers living in Sumter County have tested positive for COVID-19 virus (Villages-News)

Waterfront Inn shuts down at Lake Sumter Landing (Villages-News)

Friday, March 27, 2020

Villagers coming together in new ways during a time of uncertainty (The Villages Daily Sun)

24 Sumter County residents have tested positive for Coronavirus (Villages-News)

Coronavirus mutes happy hours in The Villages, but golf goes on (Orlando Sentinel)

Villager with Coronavirus remains hospitalized but showing improvement (Villages-News)

Tuesday, March 24, 2020

As of 8pm last night, all recreation centers and dog parks in The Villages will be closed until further notice. For now, Parks, Fenney Putt & Play, outdoor exercise equipment and sports courts remain open.

Monday, March 23, 2020

Gov. DeSantis gives update at mobile testing center in The Villages. (WFTV)

Sunday, March 22, 2020

Monday appointment slots for drive-thru coronavirus testing at The Villages Polo Club went pretty quick but you can make an appointment for future dates here:

http://UFHealthCovid.com

Hospitalized Villager tests positive for Coronavirus as wife self-quarantines (Villages-News)

Ghosted: The Villages town squares empty out as coronavirus strikes close (Daily Commercial)

Villagers raising money to try to help out-of-work restaurant workers (Villages-News)

Saturday, March 21, 2020

From The Villages Daily Sun:

University of Florida Health is teaming up with The Villages Health and state health and emergency management officials to bring drive-thru virus testing to the region Monday.

The large-scale effort expects to test hundreds of people daily for the next five days at a site now in place at The Villages Polo Club. 

Participants are asked to arrive by golf cart, but those in cars also will be tested.

Read the full article here.

Friday, March 20, 2020

Today Gov. DeSantis ordered the closure of all bars and restaurants in Florida for on-site consumption.

Some restaurants have closed completely, but some remain open for to-go orders.

Villages restaurants’ dining rooms shut down following governor’s order (Villages-News)

Gov. DeSantis cited The Villages as an example of responsible social distancing:

People out golfing, but wiping down carts, not shaking hands, not touching flagstick. Says it’s a more “sustainable model” of social distancing.

Governor: ‘Golf cart’ drive-thru coronavirus test site at The Villages possible (Channel 6 News Orlando)

Here’s a video update from The Villages District Manager.

Thursday, March 19, 2020

The Villages was mentioned in an article in the Miami Herald today:

DeSantis said the state was also working with the University of Florida to provide more testing in The Villages, the nation’s largest retirement community. He spoke with Gary Lester, vice president of The Villages, on Wednesday morning, according to DeSantis’ calendar.

“They’re playing golf, but they’re social distancing,” DeSantis said, referencing precautionary measures taken by Villages residents. “They’re taking their own cart.”

Miami Herald

The Villages was also mentioned in an article in The New York Times:

In The Villages, a sanctum of sunshine, golf and afternoon happy hours, the first nearby case was reported on Tuesday in Lake County, though most of the retirement community is in neighboring Sumter County.

Catherine Hardy, 64, a Villages resident, said her weekly card game was canceled, though her husband was still golfing. Her friend Cindy Comer, 64, who returned home from Cincinnati last week, placed herself in isolation to protect her 87-year-old parents who live down the street.

A Deadly Coronavirus Mix in Florida: An Aging Population and Lots of Young Visitors (The New York Times)

Wednesday, March 18, 2020

The first Sumter County resident has tested positive for COVID-19 at UF Health Leesburg Hospital. At the present time there are conflicting reports as to whether or not the person is a resident of The Villages.

Like the case of the first Lake County person to test positive, this case has also been deemed travel-related.

Pools in The Villages shut down after controversy over 10 participant limit (Villages-News)

Field hospital deployed near The Villages as part of massive effort to battle Coronavirus (Villages-News)

Tuesday, March 17, 2020

A Lake County woman is confirmed as the first case of the coronavirus in the Lake-Marion-Sumter “Tri-County” area. The case is believed to be travel-related.

Also, Gov. Ron DeSantis has announced that all bars and nightclubs in Florida will close for 30 days beginning at 5 p.m. tonight. Restaurants will be limited to 50% capacity, with staggered seating.

Villages restaurants trying to adjust to reality of COVID-19 outbreak (Villages-News)

Monday, March 16, 2020

Update posted on the District Government website at Noon today:

The safety of residents, guests, staff and visitors in The Villages community continues to be of utmost importance to the District.  As the guidance provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Florida Department of Health and Governor DeSantis on the prevention of COVID-19 continues to update, the District is implementing the following facility and schedule changes that will take effect on Tuesday, March 17, 2020:   Recreation Activities – the following changes will be in effect until March 31, 2020

  • The operating hours of the Recreation Centers will be 7:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. 
  • All scheduled indoor activities in the recreation centers are cancelled.
  • All Sports Pool activities other than Combo Swim are cancelled. 
  • All scheduled outdoor activities of 50 or more people are cancelled. 
  • The Enrichment Academy (TEA) courses scheduled between March 14th and March 31st are postponed and will be rescheduled.  Participants will be notified by email of alternate course dates.  
  • The Irish American Parade scheduled for Tuesday, March 17th is cancelled.
  • Outdoor Excursions and Lake Sumter Line Boat Tours are cancelled. 
  • Parks, Dog Parks, Fenney Putt & Play, Outdoor Exercise Equipment, Sports Courts & Swimming Pools remain open.  
  • All Fitness Clubs will be closed. 
  • The Southside Hot Tub will be closed. 
  • The Mark Twain Library will be closed.

District Board & Committee Meetings are cancelled for the month of March:

  • Architectural Review Committee
  • Amenity Authority Committee Budget Workshop 
  • Project Wide Advisory Committee Budget Workshop
  • North Sumter County Utility Dependent District (NSCUDD) 
  • Sumter Landing Community Development District 
  • Brownwood Community Development District 
  • Village Community Development District No. 5 
  • Village Community Development District No. 6 
  • Village Community Development District No. 8 
  • Village Community Development District No. 9 
  • Village Community Development District No. 10 

The following other District Meetings and Events are cancelled through March 31, 2020:

  • NSCUDD Solid Waste Management Plan Special Workshop
  • CDD Orientation
  • Resident Academy
  • The Villages Public Safety Department
    • Smoke detector changes
    • CPR classes 

As additional information is received by the CDC and the Florida Department of Health, event cancellations and facilities closures will continually be reassessed.

Florida Senior Communities Try to Maintain Normalcy While Preparing for Coronavirus ( The Wall Street Journal)

Saturday, March 14, 2020

Here’s what I shared in my weekly email to readers:

Just when you think you’ve seen it all. 

Readers have been writing in all week asking what’s going on right now in TheVillages?

My answer can be summed up in just one word: CANCELLED

Trisha Yearwood Show at The Sharon: Cancelled

Matches at The Villages Polo Club: Cancelled

St. Patrick’s Day Festival: Cancelled

All nightly entertainment on the Town Squares: Cancelled

Farmers Markets in Brownwood: Cancelled

Spanish Springs Car Cruise In: Cancelled

Something tells me that over the coming weeks and months we’re all going to be alittle less focused on what lawn ornaments in our neighbors yards might be againstthe deeds and restrictions, and a little more focused on what we can do to protect our health and that of those we love. 

Here’s what I’m reading this week:

It seems like early in the week, some residents were kind of skeptical of the media reporting about the virus.

‘I’m a hand-shaker’: Many older Americans are playing down the coronavirus threat while others opt for safety

But by the end of the week, people were busy getting ready to hunker down:

Bare shelves in The Villages as fear spreads

Care facilities in and around The Villages limiting visitors

Friday, March 13, 2020

Local hospital statement, provided Friday afternoon:

To date, to the best of our knowledge, no patients have tested positive for the novel coronavirus, or COVID-19, at UF Health Leesburg Hospital, UF Health The Villages® Hospital or anywhere else in Lake or Sumter counties,” said Don Henderson, CEO of UF Health Central Florida. “Both hospitals have implemented extensive policies and procedures to counter the threat of COVID-19.

Coronavirus Resources

Here are links to a few articles and websites I’ve found useful.

Florida Department of Health Coronavirus Resource Page

Florida Department of Health Coronavirus Dashboard – Track the number of cases by county

Florida Department of Health COVID-19 Toolkit

18 thoughts on “Coronavirus in The Villages”

  1. What about 6′ seperation of social distancing. The championship golf courses has all seniors working inside and out. Taking monies and credit cards exposes those seniors to other seniors within inches of one another. Let alone the new federal recommendation is no more than a group of 10. There are up to 20 – 25 people I side the golf shop in close quarters at one tome and as many as 225 people within 2 hours, all seniors.
    This should be closed

  2. People down here are idiots! Way to cavalier about this whole thing. Restaurants are packed, the bars in the restaurants are packed. The squares stopped the bands playing last week but people still show up in the squares. Groups of way more than 10. Saw a guy give some one the elbow bump and
    Then they laughed and hugged. He did this to at least three people. Everyone thinks it is a joke. We stopped going to the pool because last count I did 3 days ago was 20 people in the pool and about the same number in chairs surrounding the pool. The governor needs to be more like Wolf and not make this a joke.

  3. Great job Ryan and “thank you” for all this important information you are providing to us. What a blessing you are to many of us. Be well.

  4. thanks for perspective and summary without fluff, great job!

    Now if local constable could enforce no gathering at the City Fire bars, possible pull liquor license.

  5. Why are they still doing open houses in the Villages? That is a nonessential business with the coronavirus at this time. And why is Combo Swim still available?

    Thanks!

    Carol Lyons

  6. Governors golf report is not accurate.
    No concern at all of the Senior Empoyees at the Villages being in close proximity to more than 200 senior golfers everyday, taking their money, credit cards and Villagers I’D. Don’t understand how no one can see what really is happening.
    I watch golfers all day long not distancing themselves from one another and golfers are not wiping down the flag sticks.
    DON’T talk to someone, ride the courses and see what is really happening.

  7. This has nothing to do with The Villages, but the Governor of Florida should have ordered all of Florida’s beaches closed. The videos of spring breakers partying on the beaches was pretty scary. Now they will return to their homes and can spread the virus. 🤬

  8. Not sure if the residents being asked to come home and baby sit the grandkids is well thought out. But at the end of the day we would do anything for our kids.

  9. Efrain Izaguirre

    We do have to hunker for a while down to ensure our quality of life that we as Americans truly enjoy.

    We are strong and will move on forward and will be different but better people.

    God bless us all and our Country.

  10. Too bad you can’t read the WSJ article (link in the update for april 17) without subscribing to their site.

  11. If you google the LA Times article it says The Villages has a CORONA death every 8 minutes as a headline, but does not contain any facts backing this claim up in the actual article. In fact, it does say something about the STATE having a death rate of 1 every 11 1/2 minutes. This is a typical overstatement of the COVID situation in The Villages. Another headline says over 1700 cases in and around The Villages, but when you actually read the details within the article you find out that 340 cases are actually in The Villages over the past 5 months (many of them in surrounding nursing and assisted living homes). I think people in The Villages have been very sensible and careful with the COVID situation. Of course, there are always some “special” people who feel they do not need to change their habits to protect others.

  12. Margery Gail Greene

    I am in total shock and disgrace that Florida is opening to the extent that it is. But I guess I really shouldn’t be with some on the decisions the state makes. I was starting to feel safe enough to go out shopping and to restaurants because of the safety restrictions that were is place and knowing that I would wear my mask and keep a distances from others that I do not know or from “my circle”. Now I don’t feel safe again to leave my house with these restrictions removed. This isn’t over. I do wish places would list on their web pages and doors if they have lifted their restrictions or that they still have restrictions so I would know before entering an establishment. Good grief.

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