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Friends And Family 2020-04-04T17:53:50+00:00

Sad News

Ancient Oaks friends, I’m sharing a message from Janet Crow “It is with a heavy but also grateful heart that I let you know that Dudley Crow went home to be with his Lord and Savior. He was surrounded by family who loved him very much. We are thankful he did not have to suffer long. We appreciate each and every prayer said on our behalf. The service for Dudley will be held at a later time when we can get together without breaking the law!”

Important Update from Governor DeSantis

Stay-At-Home Executive Order

  • This order is effective for 30 days starting Thursday, April 2nd at midnight.  
  • This order will end on April 30th, 2020 unless extended.
  • Essential activities are permitted during the duration of the statewide shutdown

What are “Essential Activities?”

Some of the essential activities that will be permitted during this statewide shutdown include:

  • Attending religious services
  • Going to grocery stores
  • Going to gas stations
  • Going to healthcare facilities
  • Going to pharmacies
  • Going to childcare centers
  • Taking care of pets and caring for or otherwise assisting a loved one or friend

A social gathering in a public space is NOT an essential activity. 

To see a comprehensive list and read today’s Executive Order in its entirety, click here.

To see a list of all of Governor DeSantis’ Executive Orders, visit here.

Can I Still Go for a Walk or Run?

According to the office of Governor DeSantis, outdoor exercise is still permitted as long as social distancing guidelines are being followed. However, public beaches remain closed.

Are Restaurants Open for Takeout?

Yes, restaurants and bars are still permitted to be open for takeout and delivery.

Are Non-essential Businesses Closed?

All businesses and organizations are encouraged to work from home.

If you have any additional questions, please contact my office.

For more information about current Coronavirus cases in Florida and resources in your area, click here.

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Modification To Other Restrictions

12:24 p.m.   3-30-20

After further research and discussion with the Attorney, the pool will be open to Residents to use at your own risk.  Please be respectful of the Social Distancing suggestion while in the pool area.

The Library will be opened throughout the day with a strong suggestion of no more than 2 people in the Library at a time.

All other activities are participate at your own risk while applying the Social Distancing and less than 10 people rule.

Thank you all for your patients and cooperation.

 The Board and Management

Attention Members

10:30 a.m.   3-30-20

Due to the increase in the spread of the Coronavirus in Florida and all surrounding counties that border Okeechobee, we have been strongly urged to close the Park and all facilities in Ancient Oaks.

Therefore, the Park is closed to all Visitors and facilities such as the pool, billiards room, library, equipment for shuffle board, pickle ball supplied by the park.

We are asking that all Residents be patient and cooperative and considerate of your neighbors.

The Board and Staffs sole goal is to protect all the Residents of Ancient Oaks to the best of our ability.

This also includes all employees.  Please be considerate of the office and one (1) person in the office at a time.

Thank you for your cooperation during this stressful time.


Why is CoVid-19 a bigger deal than Seasonal flu

Feeling confused as to why CoVid-19 is a bigger deal than Seasonal flu? Here it is in a nutshell.
It has to do with RNA sequencing…i.e., genetics.
Seasonal flu is an “all human virus.” The DNA/RNA chains that make up the virus are recognized by the human immune system. This means that your body has some immunity to it before it comes around each year and you get immunity through one of two ways…either through exposure to the virus (herd immunity) or by getting the seasonal flu shot.
Novel viruses, on the other hand, come from animals…the World Health Organization (the WHO) tracks novel viruses in animals (sometimes for years watching for mutations). Usually these viruses only transfer from animal to animal (pigs in the case of H1N1 and birds in the case of the Spanish flu). But once one of these animal viruses mutates and starts to transfer from animals to humans… then it’s a problem… But, why? It is because we have no natural or acquired immunity. The RNA sequencing of the genes inside the virus isn’t human, therefore the human immune system doesn’t recognize it, and so our immune systems basically have to work from square one in order to fight it off.
Now sometimes the mutation only allows transfer from animal to human and for years its only transmission is from an infected animal to a human before it finally mutates so that it can transfer human to human. And, once that happens, we have a new contagion phase. Then, depending on many factors of the new mutation, attributes like “how contagious” or “how deadly” vary in the new mutation. Those effects take time to measure.
H1N1 was deadly…but it did not mutate in a way that was as deadly as the Spanish flu. Its RNA was slower to mutate and it attacked its host differently, too.
Fast forward.
Now, here comes this CoVid-19… it existed in animals only (for who knows how long) but one day, at an animal market in Wuhan China, in approximately November/December of 2019, it mutated and made the jump from animal to human. At first, only animals could give it to a person. But here is the scary part. In merely TWO WEEKS it mutated again and gained the ability to jump from human to human. Scientists call this quick ability, “slippery”.
CoVid-19, not being in any form a “human” virus (whereas we would all have some natural or acquired immunity), took off like a rocket. And this was because humans have no known immunity and doctors have no known medicines for it. And this particular mutated animal virus changed itself in such a way that it causes great damage to human lungs.
That’s why CoVid-19 is different from seasonal flu, or H1N1 or any other type of influenza. This one is slippery AF. And it’s a lung eater… And, it’s already mutated AGAIN, and we now have two strains to deal with, strain S and and strain L.
We really have no tools in our shed to deal with this. History has shown that fast and immediate closings of public places has helped in the past pandemics. Philadelphia and Baltimore were reluctant to close events in 1918 and they were the hardest hit in the US during the Spanish Flu.
Factoid: Henry VIII stayed in his room and allowed no one near him, till the Black Plague passed. Just like us, he had no tools in his shed, except social isolation.
And right now it’s hitting older folks and the immunosuppressed harder…and this genome is so slippery…if it mutates again (and it will) who is to say what it will do next.
Be smart people…acting flippant is not sexy right now. And panicking is equally as gross.
#flattenthecurve. Stay home, stay clean, stay positive…and share this with those that are curious to learn more, and to those that are not catching on yet.