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UF Health pulls plug on Coronavirus testing site at Villages Polo Fields

UF Health has shut down its Coronavirus testing site in The Villages even though frustrated area residents are desperately seeking appointments.

Letters

Response to letter calling our governor a ‘coward’

In a Letter to the Editor, a Wildwood resident takes on a previous letter writer who was critical of Gov. Ron DeSantis.

Carry-out restaurants’ kitchen staff and masks

A Village LaBelle North resident, in a Letter to the Editor, says he would be interested in knowing about face masks being used in carry-out restaurants.

Around Florida

Leesburg man nabbed after allegedly trying to burglarize businesses and vehicle

Leesburg Police arrested a man late Tuesday night who allegedly was attempting to burglarize two downtown businesses and a vehicle.

Obituaries

Donna Kay Slider

Donna Slider and her husband, Vic, retired in 2007 and moved to The Villages, where Donna almost immediately took over the job of Kitchen Manager of the Wildwood Soup Kitchen. They traveled extensively, played golf, joined numerous social organizations and made many lifelong friends.

Health

Singer-songwriter David Olney died onstage of heart attack

The death of singer-songwriter David Olney, who suffered a heart attack and died while performing onstage, reminds us of the value of knowing CPR. Dr. Gabe Mirkin offers his thoughts.

Business

Barnes & Noble in The Villages latest business to shut its doors

The Barnes & Noble bookstore in The Villages has closed its doors due to the fears of the spread of the Coronavirus.

Villagers back home after cruise ship goes off course due to coronavirus scare

Two women from The Villages are relieved to be back home after their cruise ship went off course due to a coronavirus scare.

Meg Moretsky, left, and Joan Bernbach.

Meg Moretsky and Joan Bernbach of the Village of Liberty Park were among the more than 1,000 passengers on the MS Westerdam, a ship from the Holland America line.

After their ship was finally allowed to dock in Cambodia, the women finally were able to secure travel back to Florida’s Friendliest Hometown.

They flew from Phnom Penh, the capital of Cambodia, to Tokyo, then to Houston and finally to Orlando.

“So glad to be back in the U.S.,” Moretsky said.

Because of the coronavirus scare, the cruise ship had been denied docking privileges in Thailand, Japan, Taiwan, the Philippines and Guam. Cambodia finally allowed the cruise ship to dock last week and disembarking passengers were greeted by Cambodia’s prime minister.

An 83-year-old American passenger who had been on the ship was thought to have the coronavirus, but it has since been determined she did not.

“I have confirmed that all the passengers were tested, and they have come back negative for coronavirus, including the person who initially tested positive,” said CDC spokesperson Richard Quartarone. He added that the hospitalized woman “may have had a respiratory illness, but if she did, it was not COVID-19.”

COVID-19 is the official name given to the ailment initially tagged the coronavirus.

Holland America has maintained that no one on board the MS Westerdam had symptoms or tested positive for coronavirus.

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