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Coronavirus spreading in The Villages

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Posted By: momoftwinteens, 3/28/2020 8:19:38 AM

TALLAHASSEE — At least five residents from The Villages have contracted the coronavirus through community spread or close contact with someone else who had the virus, according to the Florida Department of Health in Sumter County. The Villages is a rapidly growing retirement community of more than 50,000 residents that spans three north central Florida counties.


Some reports say that Florida isn't testing nearly as much as they should be. With the majority of my immediate family living in Florida, this scares me.

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Reply 1 - Posted by: Smoolie 3/28/2020 9:01:41 AM (No. 360635)
I have been waiting for this story. Many people, in the worst target age group, many with pre-existing health issues, living in close proximity. It is inevitable. But not to worry, here in the North east, we are seeing an influx of Seasonal Residents from away showing up months early to escape hot zones. Potentially bringing this plague with them.
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Reply 2 - Posted by: mobyclik 3/28/2020 9:12:08 AM (No. 360653)
Interesting. The Villages was also the hotspot in Florida several years back with the AIDS problem. Lots of 'socializing' going on there.
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Reply 3 - Posted by: LadyVet 3/28/2020 9:20:44 AM (No. 360672)
#2, there is a reason that the stats, as reported, show that men are more likely to be a victim of Covid-19. The correlation of these two viruses to this specific population sub set, may also help explain how Mardi Gras tourists helped spread the disease.
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Reply 4 - Posted by: unionriverman2316 3/28/2020 9:23:38 AM (No. 360678)
"Community spread" is a catchy phrase being used by leftist outfits like Politico to frighten people even more. The panic is America's worst problem and the Dem media has/is spreading that as fast as they can. All of the data I have seen indicated this disease is NOT airborne like influenza, it is spread by direct contact. That is why quarantines have been very effective. Living in one of these elder places is not for me, for reasons evident here. Many of folks this age travel a lot and if you read the story many caught it traveling and brought it back to the community they live in. When groups eat together and recreate together they are at much higher risk. Good sanitation and caution in dealing with other folks, is still the best preventive. No dem media outlets want to tell you that, "we are all going to die" is their current theme!
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Reply 5 - Posted by: HotRod 3/28/2020 9:43:02 AM (No. 360707)
Guess where a large part of the Villages residents come from? That's right, you got it. A retirement center made for those transplants! Those that were home visiting in New York, and environs, are fleeing back.
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Reply 6 - Posted by: kreeger 3/28/2020 10:05:58 AM (No. 360740)
As a full time resident of The Villages, the curve here should flatten pretty quickly as they have shutdown all of the gatherings spots. Retirees tend to be avid news consumers so will be more paranoid than most to self isolate. And as retirees they have the luxury to do so. The only likely spread locations would be the grocery stores and medical providers. Just to give you an example of how sensitive they are to catching disease, at the Catholic Mass, when it comes time to greet others nearby they have never shaken hands.
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Reply 7 - Posted by: Toby Ten Bears 3/28/2020 10:13:12 AM (No. 360749)
God's waiting room. Nothing to see here folks. The elderly die. The elderly get sick.
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Reply 8 - Posted by: Strike3 3/28/2020 10:13:22 AM (No. 360750)
Most people are doing what it takes to slow the spread of this virus but the few that are being incredibly stupid and selfish are just enough to keep it going. The temptation to visit a relative in a nursing home or senior community should not override the risk of contaminating the whole place. It's like those morons boarding planes and cruise ships knowing they were sick. This is my concern once workplaces, restaurants and shops are open again, one idiot will not be able to resist going out because he is tired of being shut in and will present a risk to everyone present.
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Reply 9 - Posted by: moebellini3 3/28/2020 10:15:28 AM (No. 360755)
So what, how many people in the Villages get the Flu every year. Does anybody keep count of that. The panic continues. Think about it.
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Reply 10 - Posted by: Krause 3/28/2020 10:26:54 AM (No. 360770)
50,000 people? Somebody didn't do much research. Try 135,000+
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Reply 11 - Posted by: Daisymay 3/28/2020 2:45:18 PM (No. 361083)
I guess I'm not surprised by this Article. The Author didn't even take the time to get his FACTS straight. I've lived in The Villages for over 17 years. It's a wonderful place to live. But there are always those who would love to see something terrible happen here. Apparently, this Author is one. Out of the 120,000 + Residents here, is it really News that a few people, who had been traveling abroad, have the Virus. And Yes, there are going to be a few more who will test Positive, but we do not have a Hot Spot like NY or LA in The Villages. We have been under Quarantine for almost two weeks now. Everything is closed but Grocery stores and Pharmacies. All of the Facilities (Pools, Town Squares, Movie Theaters, Restaurants and Bars) are closed. Our Hospitals are not over crowded with Virus patients. Things are pretty quiet. This is not a Retirement community who just sits around and plays cards. There are Tennis courts, Pickleball Courts, Swimming pools, and many, many golf courses to get exercise on. People here very Healthy! I wish more folks would do their research on The Villages and see it's a great place to retire. And no, we did not have an AIDS problem here. I lived here when that rumor was started by a disgruntled female doctor. It wasn't true. Churches are closed and have service online. Trust me! Nobody is trying to go North! Even the Seasonal residents who usually go back in March and April are not in a hurry to get up there! Better to wait it out where it is 85 degrees!
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Reply 12 - Posted by: ColonialAmerican1623 3/29/2020 12:39:21 AM (No. 361354)
How many Village resident currently have STDs ? It's a huge place. Do they really have more than anywhere else? Maybe if all FL residents weren't so greedy buying out the shelves in Publix, they wouldn't have to keep going out looking for basics and it would be easier to self isolate.
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