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July '20

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42 • RV PRO • July 2020 RV PRO SPECIAL SECTION Good Deeds Amid COVID-19 Florida Campgrounds Donate Free Housing for Medical Staff Some 62 RV parks and resorts across Florida agreed to provide a month's worth of free housing to doctors and nurses who cannot safely stay in their own homes because of their exposure to patients with COVID-19. The charitable effort is being coordinated by the Cen- tral Florida Disaster Medical Coalition and the Florida Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds. "Our members obviously recognize the magnitude of the COVID-19 crisis and want to help out in any way they can," says Bobby Cornwell, executive director and CEO of the Florida Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds. He says 62 parks offered to provide 30 days' worth of housing to hospital doctors and nurses at no cost and he continues to receive emails from park operators willing to participate. The majority of the parks willing to provide free accommodations are affiliated with Sun Communities. Lynne Drawdy, executive director of the Central Florida Disaster Medical Coalition, says the tempo- rary housing is intended for Florida-based health care professionals who need a safe place to stay while they treat COVID-19 patients. "These are people who can't risk going home and exposing their family members to the coronavirus," Drawdy says. She said the idea of using RV parks as temporary housing came from Fay O. Pappas, an attorney in Winter Park, Fla., who was worried about her brother, a local trauma surgeon who was having to live apart from his family — in an isolated bedroom above their garage with its own entrance and exit — for fear of contaminating his family if he unknowingly came into contact with the coronavirus. Pappas has been spearheading the col- laborative efforts involving the Florida Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds and the Central Florida Disaster Medical Coalition. RV parks often have park model RV rentals, which are self-contained, free-standing, cottage-like units with their own private kitchens, bathrooms and air con- ditioning systems. RV parks are also laid out over many acres and give people the ability to maintain social distancing easier than hotel facilities. RV parks often have park model RV rentals, which are self-contained, free-standing, cottage-like units with their own private kitchens, bathrooms and air con- ditioning systems. RV parks are also laid out over many acres and give people the ability to maintain social distancing easier than hotel facilities. Drawdy says hospitals in the greater Tampa and Orlando areas already have indicated they have health- care professionals who want to take advantage of the free housing offer. The Florida Association of RV Parks and Camp- grounds prepared a list of RV parks and resorts that have agreed to provide 30 days of free housing to hos- pital-based health care professionals. Several Florida RV parks made park model rentals like the ones pictured above and below available to medical providers so they can self-isolate after treating COVID-19 patients.

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