Presently the Delta variant, also known as B.1.617.2 has been increasing in West Michigan. Although we were hoping to go back to a normal lifestyle, we have a bit of a setback on the COVID-19 front. Cases are popping up at Sandy Pines. Presently the State of Michigan and Allegan County Health Dept. do not have Mask Mandates for private businesses. It is recommended/suggested that persons wear masks when inside or in close contact with persons.

Presently hospitals are reaching capacities with persons that are ill with COVID-19 . If you are unvaccinated take special care and precautions to prevent contracting the virus. Unvaccinated persons are very vulnerable to contracting the virus and having a severe illness. If you are vaccinated, you have less of a chance to become ill and have a severe illness.

Protect yourself by:

  1. Get vaccinated
  2. Washing your hands frequently and refrain from touching your face
  3. Wear a face mask when inside
  4. Avoid crowds or close contact with people.
  5. Social distance
  6. Refrain from handshakes, hugs, close contact
  7. Do not share personal items
  8. Socialize outside
  9. Maintain social distancing.
  10. Limit close contact (within 6 feet) to less than 15 minutes with persons not in your household

Some COVID-19 Facts

The Delta strain of the COVID-19 virus is the cause of more than 99% of new U.S. COVID-19 cases.

Delta is unique in how quickly it has spread.

The original coronavirus strain had an estimated infection rate to people without masks and unvaccinated at rate of 2.5 people. Delta has an estimated spread rate from one person to maybe 3.5 or 4 other people. The Delta variant is highly contagious, more than 2x as contagious as previous variants.

The greatest risk of transmission is among unvaccinated people who are much more likely to get infected, and therefore transmit the virus. Unvaccinated persons are at risk. The most important thing you can do to protect yourself from Delta is to get fully vaccinated.

Once vaccinated your risk is significantly lower than someone who has not been vaccinated. Most of the hospitalization and death caused by COVID-19 are in unvaccinated people.

The COVID-19 vaccines approved or authorized in the United States are highly effective at preventing severe disease and death, including against the Delta variant. But they are not 100% effective, and some fully vaccinated people will become infected (called a breakthrough infection) and experience illness.

If you become ill and have symptoms associated with the Covid-19 virus stay home and contact your physician. Please consider the health of others and quarantine if you suspect you have contracted the Covid virus. If you develop symptoms such as difficulty breathing, shortness of breath or any other debilitating condition call 911.

Preparing for the Fall/Winter Storage Mode

  1. Secure and place outdoor items in shelter or storage.
  2. Winterize your trailer prior to freezing temps and have your holding tank pumped before freezing temps
  3. Remove items that will freeze in cupboards. Remove alcoholic beverages from the park.
  4. Defrost and clean your refrigerator. Place baking soda in the refrigerator to absorb odors.
  5. Place moth balls under your trailer to deter critters. Place deacon or mouse proofer down to deter mice.
  6. Place golf carts in storage or affix to a stationary object or your second golf cart with chain and padlock to deter theft. A wheel can also be removed to deter theft.
  7. Disconnect batteries.
  8. Turn off your propane tanks. Have your propane tanks filled if you plan to visit in the winter months. Have a furnace technician check your furnace for proper operation.
  9. Have your watercraft winterized and place in storage. Outboard motors should be secured with chain and padlock.
  10. Contact your lawn service for fall leaf removal.
  11. Close vents, windows, and roll up awnings. Place pop up campers in storage mode. Have a technician check around roof vents for proper weather seal.
  12. Turn off electric at the pedestal at the road.
  13. Place stabilizer gas treatment in golf carts, lawn mowers, watercraft, and mopeds.
  14. Remove boat dock from the lake. Place boat dock on site. Boat docks may not be stored in the green area. Watercraft may not be stored on the beach or in the green areas.
  15. Turn off your water at the water riser, disconnect your water line and mark your water line.
  16. Make sure that Sandy Pines has your winter address and phone number. Update the park if you move in the winter. Leave an emergency contact name with the park if you plan to be out of state or a distance away in the winter months.
  17. Remember to replace your smoke detector batteries before leaving this fall.
  18. Remember to turn off your thermostat before leaving this winter. Some furnace blower motors will run if the furnace is left on and temperatures drop.
  19. Remove valuables and valuable items from your trailer for the winter months.
  20. Fall weather can have brisk winds. Please take the time to secure golf cart covers, lawn furniture, and other small items. Winds have blown golf cart shelters over resulting in damage. Please check the anchoring of these golf cart shelters and secure.

Lawn & Leaf Cleanup

Across the street from the Security Station is a leaf dump for vegetation disposal. You may haul leaves and brush to this area in the back of a truck or by trailer. If you do not have a truck or trailer you may purchase paper yard waste bags at the Security Station and haul to the leaf dump or leave beside the road for maintenance pickup. Please do not bring items from home to dispose of at the park. The dumpsters within the park are for items from the park.

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