A Canadian gets some answers about life in Florida today.

Another Canadian friend, a friend today because we met them in Florida during their “away”, lives in the Canadian Maritimes. She and her husband are early Snowbirds, arriving there in October and staying until April. She’s a FB aficionado, and recently posted a question to her FB friends still at our park. “What are conditions really like there?” she wrote.

Unsurprisingly the responses were as contradictory as the political reality of Florida today appears to be.

Our Florida park is in Highlands County. We are blessed to be a good distance from major cities and their denser populations. As a result, the incidence of Covid in our Florida county is less than other Florida centers.

The following information is taken from the Florida Dept. Health statistics site as of 11:50 a.m., September 13/20.

CASE DATA FOR HIGHLANDS

Total Cases: 1,996
Residents: 1,987
Residents Not in Florida: 0
Non-Residents: 9

Conditions and Care
Deaths: 77
Hospitalizations*
Residents: 209
Non-Residents: 2

Demographics of Cases

Age:
Age Range: 0 to 99
Median Age: 47

Gender:
Male: 918 (46%)
Female: 1,068 (54%)
Unknown/No data: 1 (<1%)

Race:
Black: 300 (15%)
White: 1,178 (59%)
Other: 309 (16%)
Unknown/No Data: 200 (10%)

Ethnicity:
Hispanic: 547 (28%)
Not-Hispanic: 1,150 (58%)
Unknown/No Data: 290 (15%)

I show these statistics to show how some of the year-round residents at our park in Florida can feel comfortable about carrying on life as if there was no pandemic. They feel no sense of urgency or threat it seems. They say that they are going to church, don’t wear masks, are shopping (but refuse to enter stores where masks are required), going out to restaurants regularly, in short, doing as many of the things they did before Covid that are available to them during this difficult time.

Others rigorously maintain social distancing,  wear masks when in closer proximity to others and avoid the 25% of the park inhabitants that don’t do either,  only shop where masks are demanded, and don’t go out to eat in restaurants, though they are picking up food and eating it at home.

As we move closer to Snowbird season in Florida, it will be interesting to see how these percentages (case counts and attitudes) change. For now, we’re on the fence as to when we’ll go or even if we’ll go this Snowbird season. More to come as the Snowbird season approaches. Wondering what your thoughts are too?

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