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ACC Coronavirus Update - April 4th, 2020

SHELTER-AT-HOME EMERGENCY ORDER CLARIFICATION
  • The Shelter-At-Home Emergency Order (EO) prohibits any number of people gathering in a public or private setting/residence. Meaning, you are in violation of the EO if you host friends/guests inside your residence of any number.
    • The EO does not prohibit the gatherings of members of the same household or living unit.
    • You may host a gathering in an open-aired setting such as your patios, driveways, etc. while maintaining Social Distancing.
      • To engage in outdoor activity, provided the individuals comply with SOCIAL DISTANCING including maintaining six-foot social distancing from each other, washing hands with soap & water at least twenty seconds often or using hand sanitizer; covering coughs or sneezes; cleaning high-touch surfaces; not shaking hands.
    • 10 or less individuals are prohibited in a dwelling and is no longer accepted per the EO.
      • Alamo Police Department provided erroneous information to our residents regarding the expired 10 individuals or less rule. The Board rectified this erroneous statement with the City Manager, the Mayor & the Police Chief.
    • 14 Day Self-Quarantine is required for out of town guests/family.
    • EO expires on April 10th, 2020.
      • Per Hidalgo County Public Health Officials, a new restrictive order will be issued.
Projected Disease Model & Apex
  • Per Hidalgo County Public Health Officials, the projected disease model peak will occur sometime in late May or early June.
  • The City of Alamo & HC Public Health Officials are making every effort to minimize the impact on the RGV’s health system, health professionals and health facilities.
City Hall Lobby Closure – Effective Monday April 6th, 2020
  • Online water bill payment is now available.

The Board of Directors is very grateful for our community’s cooperation & assistance to keep our club safe and the Board will continue to provide accurate and timely information to our community. Be safe all.

ACC Coronavirus Update - April 2nd, 2020

Hidalgo County Sheriff’s Message - April 1st, 2020

On April 1st, 2020, The Hidalgo County Sheriff’s Office announced Wednesday afternoon that it will begin stepping up enforcement of the shelter-in-place order immediately.

“Our community is law enforcement’s biggest and most important partner and

today we need you more than ever to combat this virus and keep our families

safe by simply staying home,” Sheriff J.E. “Eddie” Guerra says in a release.

  • HCSO says that it has made every effort to educate and keep the public

             informed but now it believes a stronger tactic is in order.

  • Those who are found not to be in compliance could receive a citation or be

              arrested for Violation of the Emergency Management Order.

  • Penalties include a fine of up to $1,000 or 180 days in jail.
  • Residents may not leave their household unless visiting a doctor or for obtaining supplies needed for a household.
  • Those with jobs deemed essential are allowed to continue working.
  • Anyone with questions can call the Hidalgo County Information Line at (956) 292-7765.

 

SHELTER-AT-HOME EMERGENCY ORDER & Sheriff Guerra’s Main Takeaways:

  • Residents are permitted to leave ACC for doctor’s appointments or for obtaining supplies needed for their household. However, Public Health Officials are requesting for ACC utilize online ordering and/or HEB Favor delivery service.
  • To engage in outdoor activity, provided the individuals comply with SOCIAL DISTANCING including maintaining six-foot social distancing from each other, washing hands with soap & water at least twenty seconds often or using hand sanitizer; covering coughs or sneezes; cleaning high-touch surfaces; not shaking hands.
  • Emergency Order - Sub-Section M “Self-Quarantine” (page 8): It is recommended and highly encouraged that any residents of the County of Hidalgo returning from travel outside of the jurisdictional boundaries of the County are to remain in self-isolation…
  • Emergency Order - Sub-Section O, 1 (page 8): This Order allows travel into or out of the County to perform Essential Personal Activities, Healthcare Operations, etc.
  • Emergency Order - Sub-Section vi. “Essential Services Necessary to Maintain Essential Operations of Residences or Other Essential Business” (page 6)
    • The Board of Directors & EO per this subsection have deemed the following individuals as essential personnel & essential departments: GM Kristin Knutson, Superintendent Michael Casares, Security Supervisor Rick Martinez, Maintenance personnel, & Security personnel.
  • As of April 1st, 62 positive cases have been reported.
  • Hidalgo County Hotline for COVID-19: 956.292.7765 (Monday-Friday 8am to 5 pm).

 

Travel Diary Suggestion:

After much discussion with Public Health Officials, it is being recommended for individuals/households to keep a travel diary when you depart ACC for doctor’s appointment or shopping for household goods. This will aid investigators who are trying to track & trace the activities of infected individuals to determine if there was potential exposure & further transmission of the virus. This is a recommendation and not a requirement, but this may further protect our community when we’re participating in outside activities.

 

In closing, the Board of Directors is requesting our community’s cooperation & assistance to keep our club safe and abide by the rules & recommendations provided by the Federal, State & Local Governments.

Be safe all.

Billiards Room Closed - April 1, 2020
Effective April 1, the billiards room is closed.

Many Golf Courses Remain Open, with Restrictions - March 31, 2020

Please click the link below to read an article from The Monitor:
https://www.themonitor.com/2020/03/29/many-golf-courses-open-restrictions/

ACC Coronavirus Update - March 27th, 2020

Pool Closure Authorities
On Thursday March 26th, 2020, the Board of Directors was given another unprecedented task to review, evaluate & interpret Emergency Order (EO) titled “Shelter-At-Home”.  The Board did not act hastily, and the Board worked with our City & County Health Officials to determine authorities, responsibilities & best course of action per the EO. The Board focused upon continuity of operations of ACC, essential personnel vs non-essential personnel and the most paramount objective was how to keep our community safe. The Board communicated our preventive measures for our amenities to include the golf course & pool.  After much deliberation & planning, City & County Officials with appropriate authorities decided to close the pool based upon their concerns about the transmission of the virus in the pool water. With the appropriate authorities, City & County Officials decided to keep the golf course open if the golfers practice social distancing. As directed by our City Officials, if social distancing is not practiced on the golf course, the golf course will be shutdown.

In closing, the Board of Directors did not shutdown the pool nor did they have the authority to shut it down. The Board’s objective is to keep our community safe & virus-free. Let’s continue to be a Community of kindness & helping one & another. 

Be Safe All.


ACC Coronavirus Update - 
March 26th, 2020

Hidalgo County Emergency Order / SHELTER-AT-HOME ORDER
EFFECTIVE AS OF 11:59 PM ON MARCH 26TH, 2020

“All individuals currently living within Hidalgo County, Texas are ordered to SHELTER-AT-HOME in their residence. For the purposes of this Order, residences include hotels, motels, shared rentals, and similar facilities. To the extent individuals using shared or outdoor spaces, they must at all times as reasonably as possible maintain social distancing of at least six feet from any other person when they are outside of their residence.”

The Emergency Order has been posted on the website, clubhouse bulletin boards, Facebook and disseminated in an ACC blast email. Please see the below key points & takeaways from the Emergency Order as follows:

  • Sub-section iii. “Definitions” (page 3): To engage in outdoor activity, provided the individuals comply with SOCIAL DISTANCING including maintaining six-foot social distancing from each other, washing hands often with soap & water for at least twenty seconds or using hand sanitizer; covering coughs or sneezes; cleaning high-touch surfaces; not shaking hands.
  • Sub-Section vi. “Essential Services Necessary to Maintain Essential Operations of Residences or Other Essential Business” (page 6)
    • The Board of Directors & EO per this subsection have deemed the following individuals as essential personnel & essential departments: GM Kristin Knutson, Superintendent Michael Casares, Security Supervisor Rick Martinez, Maintenance personnel, & Security personnel.
      • Employee Essential letters have been posted on the website and provided to the City of Alamo & Alamo Police Department.
      • Office & Golf Shop personnel have been deemed as non-essential and will continue to telework from their residences.
      • Office Teleworking hours will be from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm and the ACC physical office will be closed. 
  • Sub-Section M “Self-Quarantine” (page 8): It is recommended and highly encouraged that any residents of the County of Hidalgo returning from travel outside of the jurisdictional boundaries of the County are to remain in self-isolation…
  • Sub-Section O, 1 (page 8): This Order allows travel into or out of the County to perform Essential Personal Activities, Healthcare Operations, etc.

ACC Amenity Operations:

The Board of Directors is currently working with City & County Public Health Officials for further interpretation and guidance per the Emergency Order: SHELTER-AT-HOME Order.  Per the recommendation & guidance from the City of Alamo, the following amenities will be suspended & closed until further notice:

  • Pool Area
  • Tennis Courts
  • Patio Area
  • Shuffleboard Courts
  • Gym
  • Pavilion

Per the recommendation & guidance from the City of Alamo, the following amenities will remain open under limited operations & maintain proper Social Distancing:

  • Clubhouse
  • Library (1 person only)
  • Golf Course
  • Driving Range
  • Putting Green

The following precautionary steps have been instituted:

  • Raised cups on the golf course & putting green.
  • Removal of the sand boxes from tee boxes.
  • Removal of rakes from sand traps.
  • Disabled ball washing units.
  • Only same household residents may ride in golf cart.
  • Touching of golf balls and/or golf equipment by owner only.
  • New tee-time signup procedures at kitchen window for safe social distancing. 
  • Couples & Scramble Events have been canceled.

The Board of Directors is requesting our community’s cooperation & assistance to keep our club safe and abide by the rules & recommendations provided by the Federal, State & Local Governments. The Board is currently inundated with calls, texts and emails regarding the virus and the Board will continue to provide accurate and timely information to our community. Your patience and understanding are greatly appreciated. Be safe all.

ACC Coronavirus Update - March 24, 2020


Pool Operations

10-Person Limit & Signup Required

Per Executive Order GA-08 & effective as of 03-20-2020, every person in Texas shall avoid social gathering in a group of more than 10 people. Violation of this Executive Order is punishable by a fine up to $1,000 or confinement in jail for a term that does not exceed 180 days.

The ACC pool area is defined as the pool deck, cabana, pool, & hot tub and is limited to 10 individuals or less. A required sign-up has been posted at the Golf Shop window with 30-minute increments with 10 individual slots. The west pool gate & south pool gate have been closed and the only entry gate into pool is through the north gate. Please limit your pool time and your pool time shall not exceed 2 hours per person.

The Board of Directors is requesting our community’s cooperation & assistance to keep our club safe and abide by the rules & recommendations provided by the Federal, State & Local Government. The BOD is making every effort to keep the pool open and requesting our membership to self-enforce ineligible members who are violating the 10-person rule. If violations continue, ACC will be forced to notify authorities of such violations and/or close the pool indefinitely.

Office & Golf Shop Limited Operations & Closures

Week of 03/24-29/2020

Due to public health issues and effective immediately, ACC’s office staff will be teleworking from their residences. The office staff (Monica, Rosie & Rose) will have access to their ACC email accounts & ACC’s website from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm and ACC telephonic coverage from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm.

Office will be opened from 8:00 am to 11:00 am and the office will be manned by the General Manager & Board members.

Couples & Scramble Signup Procedures

Office Signup Hours 8:00 am to 11:00 am

Due to the Golf Shop being closed, couples & scramble signup will be handled in the office from 8:00 am to 11:00 am.

Gym Closure

Effective 03-23-2020

Based upon recommendations & guidance from Hidalgo County Public Health Officials & Epidemiologist, the gym has been closed effective 03-23-2020. The closure notice was disregarded, and a lock was installed to prohibit members from entering the gym.

ACC Coronavirus Update - March 23rd, 2020

  1. First Hidalgo Case Reported
    1. The Board of Directors will continue to disseminate accurate and updated information throughout this pandemic and on March 21st, a McAllen resident tested positive for the virus. Hidalgo County Public Health Officials are in the process of retracing her steps & it was reported that the resident is in her 20’s.
  2. Hidalgo County Public Health Officials
    1. The Board of Directors is currently working with city & county officials to include an Epidemiologist who is monitoring our health risks, requirements and self-quarantine recommendations.
    2. The Epidemiologist & Public Health officials will be handling all travel related “self-quarantine” cases and provide “self-quarantine” recommendations.
    3. If you have any questions and/or self-reporting, please contact the Hidalgo County’s Coronavirus Hotline at 956.292.7765 (M-F 0800-5:00 PM).
  3. HEB – Favor Program – Senior Program
    1. Seniors only (60 years old or older)
    2. Same day delivery (delivery service fees have been waived for the first 30 days.)
    3. $10.00 tip will be added to your order.
    4. Orders must be placed between 9:00 am to 1:00 pm.
    5. Place orders via telephone number 1.833.397.0080 or through the Favor App. 
    6. The HEB Favor letter may be found on the website.
    7. Free essential grocery delivery service offered by HEB & Favor App.
  4. Walmart – Seniors Only Shopping Opportunity
    1. Starting Tuesday March 24th from 6:00am-7:00pm, seniors only will be permitted to shop.
    2. This senior shopping opportunity will be available every Tuesday until Tuesday April 28th, 2020.
  5. General Dollar – Seniors Only Shopping Opportunity
    1. A daily seniors-only shopping opportunity is available from 8:00 am to 9:00 am only..
  6. Costco – Seniors Only Shopping Opportunity
    1. Beginning March 24 on Tuesdays and Thursdays, from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m., Costco will temporarily implement special operating hours for members who are 60 and older and those with physical disabilities. The pharmacy will also be open during this hour.
    2. These hours apply to all locations except the Business Centers, which will remain open during regular hours.
  7. ACC Volunteer Program
    1. There will be NO PHYSICAL CONTACT with the person in need or the volunteer. Delivery & pick up service only.
    2. The ACC Volunteer program will deliver essential items such as food, water, medicine &/or paper goods and address an individual’s needs to include mail pick up, pet care/dog walking, etc.
    3. Please contact the office if you need help & assistance. A volunteer will contact you telephonically to address your essential items (food, water, medicine, paper goods, etc.), your critical needs and prescription pick up schedule.
    4. If you would like to volunteer, please contact the office.
    5. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact GM Kristin Knutson, LJ Gioeni or Eric Danielson.
ACC Compliance with Texas Executive Order GA-08 - March 20, 2020

Per TX Executive Order GA-08 & Order No. I, In accordance with the Guidelines from the President and the Center of Disease Control (CDC), every person in Texas shall avoid social gatherings in group of more than 10 people. Violation of this EO is punishable by a fine up to $1,000 or confinement in jail for a term that does not exceed 180 days.
 
ACC Operational Changes/Garage & Estate Sales Ban effective 03-20-2020:
  • Signs have been posted in the pool area, patio & clubhouse rooms (view room, card room, kitchen and library). 
  • Per Mayor Martinez, all garage sales & estate sales have been banned in the City of Alamo's RV parks & ACC until further notice. Garage sale permits will be reactivated & renewed following the ban. 
  • Golf shop doors will remain closed. 
  • Per management, golf shop spend down accounts will be waived until January 31st, 2021.
Pool Operations:
  • A pool signup sheet will be posted at the Golf Shop window with 30 minute increments with 10 slots. Please limit your pool time and your pool time shall not exceed 2 hours per person.
Golf Operations:
  • Scramble, Couples, Ladies & Men's Leagues will continue.  
  • Tee time sheets will be placed outside of Golf Shop window. 
  • To reduce the amount of contact on the golf course, the maintenance staff will be removing rakes on all sand bunkers and raise cups on all greens. 
  • Raised cup operations - if you hit the cup with your ball and if it remains within one putter length, call it a sunk putt. 
Thank you for your understanding & please stay safe.

Alamo Walmart Open 6-7 am on Tuesdays for Elderly Shopping - March 20, 2020

Please see attachments below for letter from Mayor Diana Martinez with information concerning Elderly shopping hours at Walmart.

ACC Coronavirus Update - 
March 19th, 2020

  1. Hidalgo County has established Coronavirus Hotline 956.292.7765 (0800-5:00 PM).
  2. The Center of Disease Control (CDC) is requiring 14-day self-quarantine after international & cruise travel as follows:

COVID-19 and Cruise Ship Travel

Warning - Level 3, Avoid Nonessential Travel

Alert - Level 2, Practice Enhanced Precautions

Watch - Level 1, Practice Usual Precautions

Warning - Level 3, Avoid Nonessential Travel—Widespread Ongoing Transmission

Key Points

  • CDC recommends that travelers defer all cruise travel worldwide. 
  • Widespread ongoing spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) has been reported in some countries. Other countries have reported sustained community spread.
  • Cruise passengers are at increased risk of person-to-person spread of infectious diseases, including COVID-19, and outbreaks of COVID-19 have been reported on several cruise ships.
  • Cruise travelers should stay home for 14 days after returning from travel, monitor their health, and practice social distancing.
  1. CDC Link: https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/notices/warning/coronavirus-cruise-ship

ACC Coronavirus Update - March 18th, 2020

  1. The President issued the White House’s Coronavirus Guidelines to include a 15-days to slow the spread of disease. Please see the attached document.
  2. On March 17th, 2020, the City of Alamo issued & approved a Mayoral Declaration of Local State of Disaster Due to Public Health Emergency to limit mass gathering not to exceed 50 or more individuals for 14 days. Violation of this Declaration is punishable by a fine of $1,000.
  3. The City of Alamo & ACC is working on plan to address ACC’s critical needs & essential items (food, water, medicine, paper goods, etc.) to prevent the transmission of the virus.
    1. Currently, the City is working with HEB & Walmart to designate a time allotted for seniors to shop to pick up essential items.
      1. It was conveyed that Dollar General allows seniors-only to shop from 8:00-9:00 AM in Alamo.
    2. The City & Hidalgo County is currently working with the State to obtain testing kits for the virus.
  4. At the City Meeting, LJ Gioeni & Eric Danielson presented ACC’s Volunteer Program to assist & support ACC’s shut-ins, individuals with compromised immune systems and/or “self-quarantine” individuals.
    1. The ACC Volunteer program will deliver essential items such as food, water, medicine &/or paper goods and address an individual’s needs to include mail pick up, pet care/dog walking, etc.
      1. There will be NO PHYSICAL CONTACT with the person in need or the volunteer. Delivery & pick up service only.
    2. Please contact the office if you need help & assistance. A volunteer will contact you telephonically to address your essential items (food, water, medicine, paper goods, etc.), your critical needs and prescription pick up schedule.
    3. If you would like to volunteer, please contact the office.
    4. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact GM Kristin Knutson, LJ Gioeni or Eric Danielson.

Canceled events / activities (as of 3/25/2020)

Wizard (Friday mornings)
Help (Friday nights)
Karaoke (Sunday evenings)
Quilting (Tuesdays and Fridays)
Pinochle (Tuesdays)
Bunco (Tuesdays)
Duplicate Bridge (Wednesdays)
Soup & Salad Dinner (3/25)
Investors' Club Fish Fry (3/27)
Activities Burger Feed (3/28)
Spring Round Up Dance (3/28)
Piano Concert (3/29)
Choir Practice (3/30)
RV and Travel Club Happy Trails (4/1)
Tees for Tails (4/04)
Drama Club Potluck (4/04)
DJ Dance (4/06)


Dear ACC Members (3/16/2020),

Due to the Coronavirus Pandemic (COVID-19), the Center of Disease Control (CDC) in accordance with its guidance for large events and mass gatherings, recommends that for the next 8 weeks, organizers cancel or postpone in-person events that consist of 50 people or more throughout the United States. ACC Board of Directors has voted & approved to suspend & prohibit any mass gatherings of 50 or more individuals until further notice. 
 
Please refer to the ACC Website page titled "COVID-19 Updates for ACC" for updated information. 
 
Sorry for any inconvenience and thank you for your understanding. 
 
Board of Directors

Updated March 16, 2020

Coronavirus & Center of Disease Control Guidance (3/15/2020)

As our country is preparing for the Coronavirus pandemic, I believe it is essential for our Community to be equipped with information to prepare & prevent the further transmission of the virus.  To note, there has not been a documented case reported in the RGV area. However, prevention & preparation is key, and the Center of Disease Control (CDC) guidance includes three categories: I. Take Actions to Reduce Your Risk, II. Practice Everyday Preventive Actions and III. Have Supplies on Hand (Medications, etc.).

ACC is in the process of developing a plan of action with our General Manager & her staff to include purchasing disinfectant dispensers, increase frequency of cleaning & disinfecting frequently touched surfaces, offering virtual meeting capabilities/teleconferencing for committees & clubs and assist & support individuals with compromised immune systems or individuals who declared themselves as “self-quarantine”.  Additionally, ACC will be meeting with City Officials to discuss the city’s plan & available services for adult communities within Alamo & the RGV.

Lastly, the Board is working with Care-Givers Committee, First Responders and volunteers who are prepared to help, assist and support individuals who have compromised immune systems or “self-quarantine” with grocery & medicine deliveries, mail pickup and/or any other requirement without making any individual contact. If you would like to volunteer or if you have a medical need for assistance, please contact the office.

Thank you for your help and consideration. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact GM Kristin Knutson or LJ Gioeni

Updated March 15, 2020



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