Along with grocery stores, pharmacies are also classified as essential businesses. Stores like Walmart, Raley's, and Rite Aid will stay open, as will other area pharmacies, including Yreka Pharmacy, Owens CVS, and all medicinal marijuana dispensaries.
Grocery stores throughout the county are working to ensure seniors and those at higher risk from COVID-19 have a designated time to shop to more easily practice “social distancing.”
The first hour of operation at Ray’s Food Place in Mount Shasta and Weed are intended for seniors and those who are immunocompromised. The same is true at Dollar General stores in Dunsmuir and Weed, as well as Berryvale Grocery in Mount Shasta.
Along with grocery stores, pharmacies are also classified as essential businesses. Stores like Walmart, Raley’s, and Rite Aid will stay open, as will other area pharmacies, including Yreka Pharmacy, Owens CVS, and all medicinal marijuana dispensaries.
Currently, the Owens CVS has a special coronavirus hotline in place, where people can call in ahead of time and get some questions answered, eliminating some contact with the employees inside.
Raley’s pharmacy will be offering a curbside pickup option as part of their already available E-Cart program for groceries. According to Chelsea Minor, Media Relations for the Raley’s corporation, their stores are concerned about customers in the susceptible age range.
“Customers can place prescription orders and refills, and let staff know if they are uncomfortable in public spaces, or are immune-compromised.” Raley’s will also begin offering two specialty shopping services for those who are in the 65 and older age range. There will be a choice of $20 bag containing a mix of fresh items and pantry staples, as well as a $35 bag containing ready-to eat meals, including entrees and salad options. Both bag options will depend upon availability. It is recommended that those interested in these services call 48 hours ahead to ensure availability, and it is recommended that customers shopping online “allow substitutions,” if an item is not available.
The Green Heart Collective, a medicinal marijuana dispensary, will also remain open. Being labeled as an essential business, the Green Heart provides an alternative option to average pharmaceuticals. According to Store Manager, Joni Henrickson, The Green Heart has begun offering a curbside service option as of March 19. “Customers can place orders with us in-store from our online menu.” The customer would be told a total for product, and “a name, driver’s license number, and birthday are required for order placement, and we verify the information upon curb delivery,” stated Henrickson. There are signs posted on the door that ask customers who are currently feeling ill, such as those stricken with a runny nose, cough or fever, to simply stay outside. “Things are being double and triple checked, we are following CDC guidelines, the store has been cleaned, and we are already beginning to limit exposure,” Henrickson stated.
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