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CORONAVIRUS UPDATE

By now, I'm sure we have all been well educated on COVID - 19. 
In the past two weeks, a number of South Shore residents from Sun City Center, Apollo Beach, Ruskin and even as far as Valrico have taken their valuable time to hand make masks for our team at Sun Towers Retirement Community. We are all so very grateful and humbled by the kind act of caring. 
If you had a hand in making masks, please know you are a blessing to many. Thank you, thank you. Debbie Caneen 



United we stand...  If you are able, all residents please fly the American Flag to show support for our country while under siege of this virus. Your participation is appreciated! 


TEST POSITIVE FOR COVID- 19 AND WANT TO PROTECT YOUR FAMILY?
Hillsborough County, Fla. (April 1, 2020) - Hillsborough County will open quarantine and isolation sites at 10 a.m. on Thursday, April 2 to house residents and family members impacted by COVID-19 coronavirus. The sites will allow isolation of residents who have tested positive for coronavirus or quarantine of those exposed.
The sites will help prevent further spread of the virus by providing shelter, food, telemedicine options, and basic services such as laundry and sanitation for residents who are able to care for themselves but unable to stay in their own home.
The sites - two adjacent hotels on East Fowler Avenue in Tampa with a total of 362 rooms - will be managed by Hillsborough County and the Department of Health in Hillsborough County (DOH - Hillsborough). By stepping up to assist the community and leasing these facilities to Hillsborough County, 111 jobs have been preserved.
Residents eligible to use the sites must first be pre-screened by DOH - Hillsborough. Those housed at the sites could include single individuals or family members like a spouse and child.


Safer-at-Home - What does it mean?
What you can do
Go to the grocery, convenience or warehouse store
Commute to and from work if your employer is an essential business or has ensured you can maintain at least 6 feet from your co-workers or customers
Go to the pharmacy or other medical establishments to pick up medications and other healthcare necessities
Go to medical appointments (but first, check with your doctor or medical provider)
Go to a restaurant for take-out or drive-thru
Care for or support a friend or family member in need
Take a walk, run, or exercise outside - just remember to practice social distancing -- that means at least 6 feet between you and others in the community
Walk your pets or take them to the vet
For more information logon to https://www.hillsboroughcounty.org/en/residents/public-safety/emergency-management/safer-at-home


All CA Facilities, Office & Library will remain closed until further notice and the April CA Board Meeting and Workshop have been cancelled.


AVOIDING CORONAVIRUS SCAMS FROM THE BETTER BUSINESS BUREAU:
https://www.bbb.org/council/coronavirus/


HCSO Community Resource Officer Deputy Jeff Merry who continues to be watching over the safety of our Sun City Center residents.  
He has asked that the following scams be communicated with your staff, clients & patients:

1. Phone calls about the stimulus checks in an attempt to get the victim's bank account information.  It begins by saying they are the Treasury and they need to direct deposit the money.  
2. There are people going door to door claiming to be with Homeland Security and offering at-home testing.  This is a Medicare scam and the cons charge Medicare thousands of dollars for non existing Medicare services.  


HELP FOR PETS DURING CORONAVIRUS THREAT: SEE UNDER "FURRY COMPANION COMMUNITY RESOURCES (All About Pets)" 


SUN TOWERS RETIREMENT COMMUNITY EVENTS CANCELLED IN AN EFFORT TO PROTECT OUR RESIDENTS FROM THE THREAT OF CORONAVIRUS. STAY TUNED FOR FUTURE EVENTS


VETERANS UPDATE FOR SOHI/Riverview Clinic patients
From George Denby Section Chief SOHI Clinic in an update to Bill Hodges:
So far, SOHI is still open for appointments, but no one under 18 can enter the building and patients can only have one escort with them
Many of our services have stopped right now, -NO Audiology, NO Podiatry, NO Pulmonary unless scheduled or CPAP issue, NO Prosthetics, 
We have sent all of our Volunteer staff home until further notice. There are many more updates and they are changing by the minute.
God speed and be careful,
George L. Denby, Jr
Section Chief (HAS)
South Hillsborough (SOHI) VA Clinic


MILITARY UPDATE:
As of March 31, all military treatment facilities and dental treatment facilities will postpone elective surgeries and procedures for 60 days, the Department of Defense announced today.  The policy applies to all beneficiaries: active-duty service members and their families, retirees, and Reserve and National Guard service members on active duty or a delayed effective date active-duty order.  Exceptions to the policy will be made for procedures a service member needs in order to be ready to deploy, as well as procedures a provider has determined cannot be delayed without causing harm. For these cases, the hospital or dental facility commander will determine if there is adequate capacity to safely authorize the procedure. 


SAVE THE DATE

FEATURED EVENTS! SAVE THE DATE!

Veteran's Ongoing Event


Since Veterans are our Country's Caregivers by providing us with our freedom, it is only right that we preserve their memories for future generations. From philosopher George Santayana: "Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it."


With this thought in mind, Sun Towers Retirement Community along with the American Red Cross and The Library of Congress will be capturing the memories of Veterans to be preserved for all time on the website of the Library of Congress. 

If you are a veteran, please contact Sun Towers to schedule your appointment in order to have your account of your military history preserved. This recording will take place on the third Friday of each month from 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. and will take approximately 45 minutes for each Veteran so appointments are nexessary and may be made by calling Sun Towers at 813-634-3347.

For more information, please visit: http://www.loc.gov/vets/ 

  
Warmest regards,

 

Debbie Caneen

Director of Admissions

Sun Towers Retirement Community

101 Trinity Lakes Drive

Sun City Center, FL 33573

813-892-2990

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