We resumed club activities on 5/2/20, with a focus mostly on drives and outdoor events. We want everyone to be safe at all times. We use a zero-contact approach for waivers and other things. Please use social distancing (6 ft or more) at all times and follow the mask mandate. Persons with health issues are encouraged to consult with their doctor when considering to attend events.
Frequent hand washing, social-distancing, and use of face masks continues to be very important. Experts also say people are significantly less likely to get Covid-19 while outside. One Doctor indicated the risk exposure for an indoor event is 19-times higher than an outdoor event. We are focusing on outdoor events. I’m not comfortable holding a typical indoor Business meeting or indoor lunch event. Instead information and updates are sent via email and lunches are held outside. We monitor guidelines and recommendations from the CDC, Gov.Ivey, and local government. Statistics for the state and counties are monitored in considering club events.
A couple of important comments from the CDC to keep-in-mind: (1) About 33% of covid-19 infected persons have ‘no symptoms’ (e.g. asymptomatic) and (2) About 40 - 50% of transmissions occur before an infected person has symptoms. This is what makes Covid-19 so easy to spread. World-wide stats put the mortality rate at 3.4% and US at 3.7% and are dropping as the age-range for new cases is dropping. It's a dangerous virus, esp to individuals age 50 and higher, and others with health issues.
Since the AL mask mandate went into effect on 7/16: (1) The average for new cases has mostly trended down. (2) The positivity rate for AL has also trended down. However, there has been some upticks on both since reopening of schools, universities, etc. AL has been in the top two states with a highest 'positivity rate' of all states in the Southeast. We can't let our guard down. See the chart below. We need to be vigilant and proactive by focusing on activities that are lower-risk and following safe-practices.
Governor Ivey announced the statewide mask mandate on 7/15/20 that went into effect on July 16. Gov Ivey extended the mask mandate to continue till at least Nov 8th. The order states a face covering must be worn in public when in close contact with other people. Specifically, must wear a mask/face covering when: (1) within 6 feet of a person from another household, (2) an indoor space open to the public, (3) a vehicle operated by a transportation service such as Uber, (4) or an outdoor public space where 10 or more people are gathered - this applies to CAMS events.
Finally, on October 1 and 2, covid-19 positive results were reported for Hope Hicks, Donald Trump, and Melania Trump. The count of WH and administration testing positive for covid-19 is at or above 22.
Bill Glenn October 23, 2020
CAMS is a Birmingham, Alabama based Miata club. It was organized in March of 1991 and has grown steadily since. The membership of CAMS represents a wide variety of personalities, professions, and ages with one common interest: theMiata
At least once a month, more frequently when the weather is good, we go and do that for which the Miata was built - we drive. Drives are usually within the Jefferson-Shelby-St. Clair county area, though joint drives with our friends in Huntsville or Atlanta will take us farther afield. Frequently, we will take an overnight trip; Mardi Gr
At least once a month, more frequently when the weather is good, we go and do that for which the Miata was built - we drive. Drives are usually within the Jefferson-Shelby-St. Clair county area, though joint drives with our friends in Huntsville or Atlanta will take us farther afield. Frequently, we will take an overnight trip; Mardi Gras at Fairhope, Angels on the Bluff in Natchez, Ms., Miatas at Mentone, Miatas at the Gap, Camp Miata. Sometimes we have a group that goes even further - Miatas at Moab in Utah or Miatas in the Ozarks are examples.
We take trips, near and far, and enjoy the driving and the company we are with. We sometimes get together locally for necessary and optional work days - named “Tech Day”. Motor vehicles of all persuasions can use some extra loving. Miatas have a record of “needing” less than most but they do accept modifications.
"I really enjoy the variety of events we do, from drives in the twisties to hanging out at Cars and Coffee or Magic City Octane."
"Our AL state highway signs say, "Alabama The Beautiful". CAMS members go out and explore it!"