RV Coronavirus News Update, April 26, 2020

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The Iowa Department of Natural Resources has extended its closure of state park facilities and campgrounds through May 14th due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The DNR has also waived cancellation fees for visits with arrival dates through May 31st. For more information, call (877) 427-2757.

The temporary closure of all campgrounds within Door County, Wisc., that was issued last week has been revised. Officials announced Wednesday that campgrounds would be allowed to open and remain in operation to campers in self-contained RVs. Public facilities at the campgrounds remain closed.

Kampgrounds of America Inc. (KOA) gave out $5.2 million in reimbursements to its franchisees for deposit and cancellation fees that park owners were refunding to campers during the months of March and April due to the COVID-19 crisis.

Two pet cats in New York state have tested positive for the coronavirus, marking the first cases in companion animals in the United States, federal officials said Wednesday. U.S. authorities say that while it appears some animals can get the virus from people, there’s no indication the animals are transmitting it to human beings.

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Texas State Parks have reopened for day-use April 20 as part of a broader effort to begin reopening the state of Texas. New restrictions include requiring visitors to wear face coverings and maintain a six-foot distance from individuals outside of their party, and prohibiting the gathering of groups larger than five.


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Lippert Components, which manufactures products for the RV industry in Elkhart, Indiana, plans to reopen its factories May 4.

FMCA has cancelled all its regional rallies through the end of September.

Airxcel, Inc., a Wichita, Kansas, manufacturer tied to the RV industry, is following a temporary shutdown with what will now be permanent layoffs of 203 workers amid COVID-19. The company makes climate control products such as air conditioners, heat pumps and furnaces used in RVs. Read more.

Xanterra operations in Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks, which includes lodges, campgrounds, dining and tours, have suspended operations through Sunday, June 14. However, given the fluid situation, current plans, dates and service levels are subject to change based on the situations and circumstances that develop. Based on current guidance, lodging and services are set to begin June 15. Yellowstone and Grand Teton Parks are currently closed.

The Milton-Freewater (Oregon) Drive-In Movie Theater opened in April and tickets for weekend shows sold out immediately. The theater is in its 59th season. If you’re nearby, this would be a fun way to see a movie. No masks required if you stay in your car.

Betty and Dave Castick of New Castle, Pennsylvania, were living their retirement dream as they traveled the country in an RV. They bought the RV in December and hit the road, but soon after returning home they fell ill to the coronavirus and soon died. They had stopped to attend Mardi Gras in New Orleans, where the virus was easily spread and killed many who attended.

Both federal and British Columbia parks are tentatively aiming to reopen parks and campgrounds by June 1, though that could change. For now, all B.C. provincial and national parks and campgrounds are closed, and there are fines for violating the closures. B.C. Provincial parks and campgrounds were scheduled to reopen April 30, but that date has been pushed back to May 31. Parks Canada has likewise extended a closure on national parks until May 31.


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RVing Women’s National Convention scheduled in Sarasota, Florida, September 13-20, has been cancelled because of the pandemic.

Minnesota RV resorts can be used by people who rely on their site as a primary residence, or for those who are seasonal renters and maintain their personal property at their site. Campsites can also be used for temporary shelter required for work or social distancing. Campsites that are reserved for temporary use or for recreational use on a rotating basis are not allowed. Private and public campgrounds remain closed to recreational camping.

Michigan’s Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore has announced that park officials are delaying the seasonal opening of many park facilities and services until July 1 on account of the COVID-19 pandemic. Included in the delayed openings are all park campgrounds.

👎 GoRVing.com, the RV industry’s public relations website to promote RVing, does not offer a single word of information or advice about RVing during the current pandemic. Nor do the majority of RV manufacturers’ websites.

Certain of the Sun Communities RV resorts remain open, where government regulations permit, however all indoor and outdoor activities have been suspended to encourage social distancing. Forty-four RV resorts in the northern United States and Canada, that normally would commence operations in early spring, have had their openings delayed and do not yet have confirmed opening dates from local municipalities.

The city of Elkhart, Indiana, where 80 percent of all American RVs are made, has set up a coronavirus resources and assistance guide at elkhartcitycovid.org.


RV Travel Newsletter Issue 857Refrigerator bars ensure nothing moves while driving
It’s happened to most RVers – you open the fridge (even slowly) after a day of driving and a heavy jar falls on your toe – “Ouch!” Never have that happen again with these easy-to-install spring-loaded refrigerator bars. They’re also useful in cupboards and closets. Order for a good price.


Other Coronavirus News

Two coronavirus studies released last week — one involving almost 2,000 people from Florida and the other from a Washington state nursing home — came to the same conclusion: Many of the people who tested positive for the virus didn’t know they had it because they showed no symptoms. The findings add to a growing body of evidence suggesting that people who don’t feel sick are contributing to the spread of the deadly virus that has swept the world.

So far in April the number of deaths from the coronavirus has increased more than eleven-fold, from 4,780 at the beginning of the month to more than 53,000 on Saturday.

If wiping down your groceries and take-out food has become part of your coronavirus survival mode, it might be time to reconsider, especially if that extra effort is adding to your daily stress. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration says there is no need to wipe down groceries or takeout. But do wash your hands properly, it says.

According to a poll last week, only 42 percent of RVtravel.com readers believe the NFL season will start as scheduled. How many readers reported that they believe the season will be cancelled altogether? 37 percent, 22 percent or 13 percent? The answer is here.

The Walmart Supercenter in Aurora, Colorado, was ordered to shut down Thursday after a 72-year-old worker, her 63-year-old husband, and a 69-year-old third-party security contractor for the company died from coronavirus. The department said it closed the store after the health department received complaints from employees and shoppers about the “lack of social distancing, too many people in the store at one time, and employees not wearing masks or face coverings.”

DID YOU KNOW? In the 1918 Pandemic, the age group most severely affected by the virus were those 20-29 years old. The over-60 crowd fared far better than younger people.


ON THE LIGHTER SIDE:
“This morning I saw a neighbor talking to her cat. It was obvious she thought her cat understood her. I came into my house, told my dog….. we laughed a lot.”


HOW TO WASH YOUR HANDS
From the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), this short video shows you the most effective way to wash your hands to get rid of germs.


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pursuits712
5 months ago

As to wiping down groceries, etc. We were also initially told not to wear masks, now to wear masks. Pets won’t get it; now pets are getting it. The truth is that what we actually know for certain about this disease is that it kills people, and those who don’t die can go through a lot of suffering.

Why would I even take a chance? It is more stressful to me to wonder if the can I pick up might be susceptible. I feel safer knowing I have done whatever I can do, proven or unproven, to alleviate as much risk as possible. Since I haven’t heard yet that the practice is actually harmful, then I will continue to be safe vs. sorry.

John R Crawford
5 months ago
Reply to  pursuits712

Very good reply.

Raymond
5 months ago

This is nothing more than a scare tactic, The scarf lady said on national tv who ever dies and has Covid are determined to have died from Covid! These masks are not capable of protecting anyone from squat! A wall mart cashier had on one but not covering her nose! I mentioned that and she spouted the wall mart policy that instructed her it was ok! Wake up RV ers and smell your rights being destroyed

Diane Mc
5 months ago
Reply to  Raymond

“Scarf Queen”. Dr Deborah Birx. 28 year Army veteran. Rank…Colonel. You may or may not believe what she says, but she has served our country and is a medical doctor and deserves respect. And yes, I emailed the person who came up with this nickname, with same message.

Tommy Molnar
5 months ago

Love the idea of the drive-in movie theatre. Didn’t know there were any left. Sure was great in my teens and 20’s.

Brad Teubner
5 months ago

“U.S. Food and Drug Administration says there is no need to wipe down groceries or takeout”
However they do recommend “wipe down the handles of the shopping cart or basket”
Source: https://www.fda.gov/food/food-safety-during-emergencies/shopping-food-during-covid-19-pandemic-information-consumers
What is the difference between food packaging and shopping cart handles?

Brad
5 months ago
Reply to  Brad Teubner

I think there is a huge difference. The shopping carts are handled 100’s of times a day, by people who may have coughed or sneezed into their hands…Although there is a chance someone with germ covered hands has handled a food package, I would think it would be much less than a shopping cart handle.