Coronavirus Safer Vacation Travel

For Your Peace of Mind – Coronavirus Safer Vacation Travel

We are open this summer, as we are in a unique position to be able to provide a coronavirus safer vacation travel environment for families!

In fact, compared to the beaches, to Disney, cruises or even Yellowstone, there is no question that we are your first choice for a healthy get-away.

Come get dirty and tired! Under the supervision of two RN’s, here are some of the ways that we are protecting you and ourselves:

1. We wear masks when we get close or inside a building – when mounting & dismounting horses, when watching the safety video, when paying. Guests, please bring and wear masks whenever we get close or inside of buildings.

Coronavirus is transmitted by people who have no idea that they are contagious! Most people who are infected are contagious long before they have any symptoms. One out of three of the folks who are contagious never show any symptoms!

Without testing, it is impossible to know if another person is contagious! Also, without testing, it is impossible to know if YOU are contagious! So we treat everyone, including ourselves, as contagious.

Masks do not protect the person wearing the mask. Masks protect everyone else in the area from our “micro-spit” if we are laughing, yodeling or clearing our throats.

2. We practice social distancing of at least 6 feet with a smile. We practice “no touch” handling of money and credit cards.

3. We clean & disinfect “high touch” common areas frequently. Day guests, please use ONLY the public powder room near the dining room (the recreation room bath is now closed). Overnight guests, please use the bathroom in your suite.

4. Please bring your hand disinfectant and use as often as you desire. We have large dispensers located in all public areas of the ranch. We are happy to refill your personal sized bottles of sanitizer if you need.

5. Our wranglers disinfect all saddles and tack after each ride. Yes, even your bottom will experience Coronavirus Safer Vacation Travel!

6. “The dining room seating will remain very limited, with all meals served in family picnic baskets and enjoyed in rooms or one of the outdoor picnic areas, on the deck in the sun or beneath the shady pines.

7. Families will also enjoy riding, shooting, rock climbing and hikes in their own private groups.  We will not be square dancing but are looking into line dancing!

8. All staff are screened daily for fever or symptoms of Coronavirus. We are happy to take your temperature at any time without charge.

9. Our housekeepers focus on “high touch” areas when cleaning/disinfecting rooms: door knobs, light switches, faucets, drawer pulls, counter and furniture tops and handles of any kind.

10. Each guest suite has a spray bottle of disinfectant & clean disposable rags for guest use if desired. (We do NOT flush disinfectant wipes in toilets – this destroys septic systems! Throw rags in the trash.)

11. Our Rider Profile and Waiver are now paperless! Easy to find at sundancetrail.com/waiver

[Click here to go to Profile & Waiver]

12. Guests who do not wear masks or follow our Coronavirus safer practices can not be served. We will not risk the health of our staff or other guests to meet political or religious beliefs.

Coronavirus Safer Vacation Travel

Staff Preparing to Rob a Stagecoach – in a Coronavirus Safer Vacation way!

If you have any questions about having aCoronavirus Safer Vacation Travel experience here, please do not hesitate to email (office@sundancetrail.com) or call/txt us (970-224-1222).
Warm regards,
Ellen Morin, RN, MSN
Dan Morin, RN, MPH

Come breathe the mountain fresh air on horseback! Come make memories to last a lifetime! We are all in this together!


I will post updates about Coronavirus Safer Vacation Travel as they arise:

Yes, Wearing Masks Helps. Here’s Why

National Public Radio, June 21, 20207:00 AM ET

Quick Summary of long article: “I think we need a combination of [masks,] distancing, avoiding crowds, avoiding poorly ventilated spaces,” says Marr. Even if each of those individual measures is only partially effective, she says, “by the time you add them all on top of each other, you can achieve better numbers for reduction of transmission.”

This month, the real world provided anecdotal evidence to back that assessment: The head of the local health department in Springfield, Mo., reported that after two hair stylists tested positive for the coronavirus, none of the 140 clients and six co-workers potentially exposed came down with COVID-19. As The Washington Post reports, officials said the two hair stylists wore cloth masks. According to a statement from the health department in Springfield, the salon also had other policies in place, such as distancing salon chairs and staggering appointments.

Mask wearing has become a topic of fierce debate in the United States.

People opposed to mask mandates have staged protests, and one local health official in Orange County, Calif., quit her job after receiving a death threat for a mask order. Not long after, California Gov. Gavin Newsom ordered Californians to wear face coverings in public.

Meanwhile in Texas, Gov. Greg Abbott recently allowed some counties to impose mask mandates on businesses, despite an earlier order forbidding penalties on individuals for not wearing masks.
While politicians spar over the topic, a growing number of scientific studies support the idea that masks are a critical tool in curbing the spread of the coronavirus.

Take, for example, a meta-analysis of 172 studies that looked at various interventions to prevent the transmission of COVID-19, SARS and MERS from an infected person to people close to them. The analysis, which was published in The Lancet on June 1, found that mask wearing significantly reduces the risk of viral transmission.

Now, most of the studies in the analysis looked at face mask use in health care, not community, settings. And they were observational, not the gold standard of science, a randomized controlled trial, which would be “very unethical in a pandemic,” says Jeffrey Shaman, an epidemiologist at Columbia University. Still, he says the fact that there is a benefit from masks is clear.

“I personally think that face masks are a key component of the non-pharmaceutical arsenal we have to combat COVID-19,” says Shaman.

It’s understandable if some people remain skeptical, since, at the beginning of the pandemic, public health officials in the U.S. said the general public didn’t need masks. But that changed as it became clear that infected people can spread the coronavirus before they even show symptoms of COVID-19 or even if they never show symptoms.
Researchers emphasize there are two main reasons to wear masks. There’s some evidence of protection for the wearer, but the stronger evidence is that masks protect others from catching an infection from the person wearing the mask. And infected people can spread the virus just by talking.

“If you’re talking, when things are coming out of your mouth, they’re coming out fast,” says Linsey Marr, a researcher at Virginia Tech who studies the airborne transmission of viruses. “They’re going to slam into the cloth mask. I think even a low-quality mask can block a lot of those droplets.”

Marr points to a study published in Nature Medicine in April that looked at people infected with the flu and seasonal coronaviruses. It found that even loose-fitting surgical masks blocked almost all the contagious droplets the wearers breathed out and even also some infectious aerosols — tiny particles that can linger in the air.

Other recent studies offer indirect evidence for universal mask use, even if worn by people who are feeling healthy. One study, published in late May in BMJ Global Health, looked at people in households in Beijing where one person was confirmed to have COVID-19. At the time, explains study co-author Raina MacIntyre, research was already showing that the majority of transmission of the virus was happening inside households, and China already had a culture of mask wearing. The study found that in households where everyone was wearing a face mask indoors as a precaution before they knew anyone who lived there was sick, the risk of transmission was cut by 79%.
“The more people that were wearing a mask, the more protective it was,” says MacIntyre, head of the biosecurity program at the Kirby Institute at the University of New South Wales in Australia. In other words, when everyone wore a mask, it protected the whole household.

Another study, published in late May in the journal Cell, suggests that the coronavirus may first establish itself in the nasal cavity, before sometimes moving down to the lungs to cause more serious damage. If that’s the case, the authors conclude, the findings “argue for the widespread use of masks” to prevent the virus from exiting an infected nose or entering an uninfected one.

And a modeling study, published this month in Proceedings of the Royal Society A, concluded that if the majority of a population wore face masks in public — even just homemade ones — that this could dramatically reduce transmission of the virus and help prevent future waves of the pandemic. (Remember, we’re still in the first wave in the U.S.)

Researchers will tell you that masks won’t provide full protection. And teasing out the science of masks will take time. But Marr says there’s enough evidence already to say that, combined with measures like social distancing, masks really do help.

“From what I’ve seen, I would be comfortable sending my kids back to school if everyone’s wearing masks and they’re staying as far apart as possible,” Marr says.

Of course, how much protection a mask provides — both to the wearers and to the people around them — depends on the type of mask and whether you are wearing it properly. (Note: It has to cover your nose as well as your mouth.) N95 respirators are designed to fit tightly around the nose and mouth so that the air you breathe has to go through the mask; when worn correctly, they block at least 95% of small airborne particles. N95 masks protect both the wearer and other people, but they’re still in short supply and should be reserved for health care workers and emergency responders.

Surgical masks are designed to protect people from the wearer. Because they fit loosely, the wearer can still breathe in unfiltered air from the sides. Even so, surgical masks provide some benefit to the wearer as well: Laboratory testing has found that surgical masks block out 75% of respiratory-droplet-size particles.

As for cloth masks, the protection depends on what they’re made out of and how well they fit. But with the right combination of materials, you can create a cloth mask that offers protection to the wearer in the 30% to 50% range or more, says May Chu, an epidemiologist at the Colorado School of Public Health who co-authored a paper published on June 2 in Nano Letters on the filtration efficiency of household mask materials. That’s far from full protection, but combined with social distancing and hand-washing, she says, it’s certainly better than nothing.

“I think we need a combination of [masks,] distancing, avoiding crowds, avoiding poorly ventilated spaces,” says Marr. Even if each of those individual measures is only partially effective, she says, “by the time you add them all on top of each other, you can achieve better numbers for reduction of transmission.”

Coronavirus Safer Vacation Travel is easy!

Easy Rules for Coronavirus Safer Vacation Travel !!!

This month, the real world provided anecdotal evidence to back that assessment: The head of the local health department in Springfield, Mo., reported that after two hair stylists tested positive for the coronavirus, none of the 140 clients and six co-workers potentially exposed came down with COVID-19. As The Washington Post reports, officials said the two hair stylists wore cloth masks. According to a statement from the health department in Springfield, the salon also had other policies in place, such as distancing salon chairs and staggering appointments.

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As Larimer County reopens, how do health officials know if a coronavirus surge is coming?

Jacy Marmaduke, Fort Collins ColoradoanPublished 7:35 a.m. MT June 6, 2020 | Updated 12:28 p.m. MT June 6, 2020

Yes, this is life post-quarantine — and if you’re feeling a bit hesitant about venturing out, you’re not the only one. For some, concern spiked this week as they eyed thriving restaurant patios or read Colorado health officials’ predictions of a second, worse surge come fall.

The Coloradoan interviewed Larimer County Health Director Tom Gonzales to talk about why he felt comfortable reopening businesses, how county leaders are keeping tabs on the community with the hope of stopping a spike before it happens, and what the coming summer may look like.

The main takeaways: Although businesses are reopening, this isn’t business as usual. Larimer County’s coronavirus numbers improved between April and early June, but the local coronavirus outbreak is far from over.

“Larimer County has flattened the curve and done a fantastic job, and everybody deserves the credit,” Gonzales said. “But the curve doesn’t go away. We’re going to have to stay diligent, and we’re going to have to be ready and prepared when the fall comes … to make sure we don’t increase the spread. If we get back to community-wide spread, we will have to roll things back, and we don’t want to do that.”

As of Friday afternoon, Larimer County had recorded 742 confirmed, suspected and probable coronavirus cases and 28 deaths, according to the health department’s data dashboard. The county reports its confirmed infection rate at about 169 cases per 100,000 people, which is the second-lowest infection rate among Colorado’s 11 counties with a population over 100,000.

It’s important to note that it’s too soon to tell exactly how the reopening of non-essential businesses and dine-in service at restaurants has affected Larimer County’s case count. There’s lag time between someone becoming infected with the coronavirus, starting to show symptoms if they’re not asymptomatic and getting a positive test result. Gonzales predicts early next week’s data will paint a clearer picture of how changed policies affected the county’s case count.

Why Larimer County reopened

Gonzales said he used several public health metrics and input from area hospitals to determine whether it was safe to reduce coronavirus-related restrictions in Larimer County. The county applied for and was granted a variance from state restrictions May 23, days before the state rolled back its own safer-at-home order and allowed many businesses to reopen at limited capacity, including restaurants.

The most important metric was the prevalence of infection in the community, Gonzales said. That includes the number of positive test results and, crucially, the rate of positive test results. Gonzales spent months begging for a denominator — pleading with providers to share the total number of tests processed, not just the positives, so the county could know the rate of infection. Those numbers started to come through about three weeks ago, revealing that between 5% and 7% of people tested for the coronavirus in Larimer County get a positive test result.  As of Friday, the confirmed positive rate for Larimer County was 4.7%.

The state’s three-day average of positive test results has been hovering between about 4% and 6% for the last 10 days. One benchmark provided by the World Health Organization is a positive rate under 5%, which shows an area has adequate testing capacity and a sufficiently low infection rate to consider reopening the economy. Meeting that goal doesn’t mean the outbreak is waning; it just means the community and its health care system may be better equipped to respond to the new coronavirus infections that will inevitably result from reducing social distancing restrictions.

Larimer County’s new daily cases have been on the decline since late April. The county’s three-day average of new cases was 3.7 between May 31 and June 2, 4.7 between May 28 and May 30, and 4 between May 25 and May 27. Guidelines from the White House and others have advised states to ensure that cases have been consistently declining for at least two weeks before officials consider partially reopening the economy.

The news explainer website Vox offered four new cases per day per 100,000 people as a useful benchmark for gauging whether the volume of new cases is low enough for an area to consider reopening, citing public health experts such as Cyrus Shahpar, a director at the public health policy group Resolve to Save Lives.
For Larimer County, that benchmark would be fewer than 14 new cases per day.

Yet another benchmark is the number of occupied intensive care unit beds at hospitals, both for the coronavirus and other illnesses. Local hospital ICU occupancy had been declining for about three weeks straight before Larimer County applied for its variance from the safer at home order in early May, eventually reaching 50% to 55%, Gonzales said. The idea is to make sure enough ICU beds are open to handle a possible surge in cases.
“To be honest, it was a conversation with our hospitals, UCHealth and Banner, to make sure they felt they could handle us stepping down,” he said.

Gonzales said he was also happy with the progress of Larimer County’s contact tracing team and outbreak task force. Public health experts consider contact tracing an integral accompaniment to widespread testing, and the use of both is credited for wrangling coronavirus outbreaks in South Korea and Singapore.
“That’s the most effective way we’re going to keep the number of people in our hospitals down, is by not having people out spreading the virus,” Gonzales said.

Here’s how it works: When Larimer County is notified of a positive test result, it contacts that person and have them fill out a questionnaire about where they’ve been and who they’ve interacted with during the past 14 days. That person is issued a mandatory isolation order, and the county contacts everyone they’ve been within 6 feet of for more than 10 minutes during the last two weeks. The contact tracing team issues mandatory quarantine orders to those close contacts and has them take a free coronavirus test. If any of them test positive, the quarantine order shifts to an isolation order, and the process repeats itself.

For some people who work from home and haven’t had much recent social interaction, contact tracing can be as simple as a handful of phone calls. For others, the call load is much higher. The team had to make 35 calls for two positive cases over a recent weekend, for example.

The contact tracing workload can grow exponentially, but Gonzales said his current team has it under control. The team grew from about two dozen workers to 30 workers when the statewide safer-at-home order went into effect, and the combination of increased staffing and significantly expanded testing capacity has made the contact tracing timeline much shorter. At the end of March, the county’s testing capacity was 20 tests a day, and it took eight or nine days for the contact tracing team to learn about a positive test result. The county’s daily testing capacity is now upward of 1,000, and the contact tracing team is notified of a positive test result within 24 hours. They can issue an isolation order to the person who tested positive within two hours and quarantine orders to their close contacts within another 24 hours, often via text. A compliance team checks in with contacts daily to make sure they’re adhering to the requirements and see if they’ve developed any coronavirus symptoms.

Early warning signs

Contact tracing is also one of the county’s “early warning indicators” — a metric they’re monitoring to gauge whether cases are starting to spike. If a case surge appears to be looming, more social distancing restrictions and closures could return.

The contact tracing team is currently responding to about eight to 14 positive cases over a three-day period, sometimes less. If that number increases to 20 or more, “that would probably exceed our ability to do contact tracing,” Gonzales said. That’s a sign that the rate of new cases is getting too high.

Other early warning indicators are the number of coronavirus patients at local hospitals, the number of ICU beds and ventilators in use, and the number of positive test results. The county has also started monitoring 911 calls for chest pain and shortness of breath. They’re compiling all early warning indicator data into an online dashboard so the community can understand the virus’ trajectory in Larimer County.

Through the summer, Gonzales expects that some coronavirus-related closures will continue to be lifted, allowing some summer fun as long as people follow social distancing requirements. Gonzales predicts social distancing guidelines and face covering requirements are here to stay for the foreseeable future, as evidenced by Fort Collins’ and Larimer County’s recent extensions of their policies requiring face coverings inside businesses and other public facilities. The orders were set to expire May 30 and are now in effect indefinitely.
Outdoor transmission of the coronavirus is still a risk, although the presence of wind, humidity and sunlight can somewhat inhibit the spread of respiratory droplets compared to indoors, Gonzales said. Respiratory droplets don’t stay airborne as long in warmer, wetter air compared to cooler, drier air.

People shouldn’t get complacent this summer, though, because the return of fall carries the threat of another case surge as temperatures drop and people start spending more time inside, he said.

Gonzales predicts people will “need to be reminded” about the importance of social distancing, hand-washing and other preventative measures in September. He’s hoping a reminder will be enough, but if a surge is on the horizon, the county will look at introducing restrictions again.

Jacy Marmaduke covers government accountability for the Coloradoan.

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Fort Collins ColoradoanCoronavirus Safer Vacation Travel Includes Pets!
Published 2:22 p.m. MT May 23, 2020 | Updated 3:32 p.m. MT May 23, 2020

Restaurants, health clubs, movie theaters, churches and indoor malls in Larimer County will be allowed to reopen with limited capacity, effective immediately, under a partial variance Larimer County received Saturday to the state’s safer-at-home public health order to slow the spread of the coronavirus.

The variance allows Larimer County to be less restrictive than the state’s public health order, said Katie O’Donnell, a spokeswoman for the Larimer County Department of Health and Environment.


 

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