This week we became aware of at least three more cases of COVID-19 among Happy Trails residents and staff. Again, to our knowledge, all of them have mild symptoms and are recovering. We will continue to perform the deep cleaning of the buildings or meeting rooms where the residents may have spent some time.
We want to clarify our stance on vaccination status. We do not require any resident to disclose their vaccination status in order to participate in any Happy Trails functions.
This new Omicron variant of the COVID-19 virus appears to be easily transmitted even among those who are vaccinated.
Masks are optional throughout the Resort, but are advised for both vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals while indoors in large groups. This is consistent with recommendations from the CDC and Arizona Department of Health Services during times of substantial or high transmission.
We ask that if any resident tests positive for COVID to report it to the office. Your confidentiality will be maintained. All Club (chartered and non-chartered) officers/leaders are reminded that they must report any positive cases within their clubs to the Association within 24 hours so our staff will deep clean affected areas.
We just learned that a number of residents have recently tested positive for COVID. To our knowledge, all of them have mild symptoms and are recovering.
While we do not have details of where these residents may have been, we were proactive and had our staff perform deep cleaning of the Activities office, the Mail Center lobby, the Performing Arts Center, NC1, and NC2.
If you feel you have been exposed to COVID-19, here are the latest CDC recommendations.
· If not fully vaccinated:
o Stay home until 14 days after last exposure and maintain physical distance (at least 6 feet) from others at all times
o Self-monitor for symptoms
o Check temperature twice a day
o Watch for COVID-19 symptoms
o Avoid contact with people at higher risk for severe illness (unless they live in the same home and had the same exposure)
· If you are fully vaccinated:
o be tested 5–7 days after exposure and
o wear a mask in public indoor settings for 14 days or until they receive a negative test result.
· Those who have had COVID-19 within the past 3 months do not need to quarantine unless they developed COVID-19 symptoms.
· Watch for COVID-19 symptoms
o Take temperature if symptoms develop
o Practice physical distancing (at least 6 feet) from others
o Stay out of crowded places
Masks will continue to be optional throughout the Resort, but are advised for vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals while indoors in large groups. This is consistent with recommendations from the CDC and Arizona Department of Health Services during times of substantial or high transmission.
We ask that if any resident tests positive for COVID to report it to the office. Your confidentiality will be maintained. Chartered Club officers are reminded that they must report any positive cases within their clubs to the Association within 24 hours so our staff will deep clean affected areas.
COVID-19 SAFETY MEASURES FOR HAPPY TRAILS PERFORMING ARTS CENTER
Happy Trails Performing Arts Center has put in place preventative measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19 and its variants; however Happy Trails Community Association cannot guarantee that you and your party will not be exposed if you choose to enter the facility. Carefully following the CDC guidelines does not fully mitigate the risk for visitors to the Center. Happy Trails Performing Arts Center assumes no liability for this potential exposure.
Happy Trails Performing Arts Center is committed to providing healthy and safe facilities for audiences, artists, volunteers and staff. Be assured that all decisions regarding the necessary protocols and policies for the health and safety of our guests will be guided by medical and public health advice and will comply with CDC guidelines on the date of the performance.
Please be aware Happy Trails Performing Arts Center will operate at 100% capacity and that you will be seated with patrons directly in front of, next to, and behind you. We will continue to update our website as more information becomes available.
Please note: These policies are subject to change without notice as the situation demands. Happy Trails Performing Arts Center is committed to providing a safe environment and asks for your help in making this a great experience for everyone.
Booster COVID-19 vaccine doses recommended for 65 and older, certain others
Also an option for those in high-risk occupations and settings, based on individual’s situation
IMPORTANT NEWS FOR THOSE 65 AND OLDER:
If you received the Pfizer vaccine at least six months ago, federal officials are recommending a booster dose of Pfizer to enhance your protection against COVID-19. Booster doses of Pfizer are available for free at hundreds of locations around Arizona. Please read on for more information.
PHOENIX – Federal officials are recommending that Arizonans 65 and older, along with residents of long-term care facilities and those ages 50 to 64 with underlying medical conditions, get a booster dose of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine if they are at least six months past their second Pfizer shot.
This recommendation involves only those who were vaccinated with the Pfizer vaccine at least six months ago. Decisions are pending whether boosters will be recommended for those who received the Moderna and Johnson & Johnson/Janssen vaccines.
For most people, getting a free booster dose is as simple as visiting a healthcare provider or one of the hundreds of pharmacies and other providers around Arizona that offer the Pfizer vaccine, now offered under the brand name COMIRNATY. The Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS) has an interactive map listing providers and the types of vaccine they offer at azdhs.gov/FindVaccine. The left side of the map gives you an option to select “Pfizer” to see only locations offering Pfizer vaccine.
The ADHS COVID-19 hotline – 844.542.8201 (select Option 8) – provides assistance in English and Spanish from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. seven days a week, except for major holidays. Information on boosters also is posted at azdhs.gov/Boosters.
Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System (AHCCCS) members who cannot provide or arrange their own transportation can contact their health plans to coordinate transportation to a vaccine provider or call 1-855-345-6432 to reach the transportation line. Transportation referrals are also available through some county health departments or by calling 844.542.8201 (Option 8).
For those needing guidance on whether they should get a booster dose at this time, ADHS recommends consulting your healthcare provider.
Those in long-term care settings should check whether their facility plans to offer transportation to vaccination providers or offer on-site vaccinations. Most long-term care facilities provided Moderna vaccine, which is not included under the current booster dose recommendations. Those needing to be vaccinated at home can contact their home health provider or seek information through their county health department.
Those seeking Pfizer boosters and first doses of any COVID-19 vaccine should consider getting their flu vaccine at the same time. Having as many people as possible vaccinated against seasonal flu will help reduce the potential for severe illness and reduce strain on Arizona’s healthcare system.
For more information on COVID-19 vaccines, boosters and provider locations, please visit azdhs.gov/COVID19Vaccines or call 844-542-8201 and select Option 8. To learn more about ways to protect yourself from COVID-19, please visit azdhs.gov/COVID-19.
Your health and well-being remain our top priority. Happy Trails continues to monitor and follow government regulations and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines. As it presently stands, there are no restrictions in place. Proof of vaccination cannot be required by HTCA or by individual clubs at this time. As always, we encourage residents to consult their healthcare provider regarding safeguards based on their individual and family needs. We will alert residents of any changes.
Busting Common COVID-19 Myths
Updated Guidance from CDC on Masks and Social Distancing
As many of you are aware, yesterday the CDC announced changes to their guidance on the use of face coverings and social distancing. They now state any one who is fully vaccinated does not need to wear a face covering or social distancing when either indoors or outdoors. This is good news for those who are fully vaccinated. For those who are not fully vaccinated, restrictions still apply.
We can not and will not require residents to verify their vaccination status. As adults, we expect you will follow the honor system.
At Happy Trails we endorse this newest guidance with one exception. Regardless of your vaccination status, residents are required to wear a mask when encountering a Happy Trails employee face-to-face. If there is a plexiglass divider between the employee and the resident (i.e., front desk), a mask is not required if the resident is fully vaccinated.
You Are Vaccinated. Now What?
The CDC recently issued their first set of guidelines on how fully vaccinated people can visit safely with others.
Below is a summary of the recommendations. For a full copy of the recommendations, go to:
The CDC states the vast majority of people need to be fully vaccinated before COVID-19 precautions can be lifted broadly. A person is considered fully vaccinated two weeks after receiving the last required dose of vaccine. Everyone – even those who are vaccinated – should continue with all mitigation strategies when in public settings.
In your own homes you may:
- Visit with other fully vaccinated people indoors without wearing masks or staying 6 feet apart.
- Visit with unvaccinated people from one other household indoors without wearing masks or staying 6 feet apart if everyone in the other household is at low risk for severe disease.
- Refrain from quarantine and testing if they do not have symptoms of COVID-19 after contact with someone who has COVID-19.
- Wear a well-fitted mask.
- Stay at least 6 feet from people you do not live with.
- Avoid medium- and large-sized in-person gatherings.
- Get tested if experiencing COVID-19 symptoms.
- Follow guidance issued by individual employers.
Face Covering / Mask expectations (revised at April 8, 2021 Board meeting)
- Face coverings at all outdoor common areas are now recommended (no longer required.
- Indoor setting capacity limits have been set to account for social distancing. As long as social distancing capacity limits are not exceeded, masks are recommended rather than required. However, efforts must be made to respectfully accommodate those residents who prefer to wear a mask.
- Face coverings are required when in contact with any Happy Trails or Mail Center employee. Service may be refused.