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Pharmacy operating changes

The cornavirus continues to impact how businesses operate. One pharmacy shares some of its changes for public health.

Posted: Aug 5, 2020 12:30 AM
Updated: Aug 5, 2020 9:16 AM

CALHOUN CITY, Miss. (WTVA) -- Like most businesses, the coronavirus continues to affect how pharmacies operate.

Community Pharmacy is one of only two pharmacies in Calhoun City. The pharmacy’s owner said like other businesses during the pandemic, the pharmacy has additional practices to keep customers and employees as safe as possible.

“This is the first time I’ve had to come through the window,” said customer Lovie Westmoreland.

The pharmacy is operating a little differently than normal during the pandemic. Customers can expect a slightly different experience when they go to get medicine refills.

Westmoreland is retired and lives in Bruce. She helps her sister run a daycare. She recently switched over to using Community Pharmacy from her old pharmacy in Bruce.

“This is my first, actually my first day coming here to get my prescription refilled,” she said.

Pharmacy owner April Fitts said the pharmacy doesn’t use its lobby right now.

“We are lucky to have a drive-through window, so that has helped out a lot,” Fitts said.

The lobby’s closed for safety concerns, and the drive-through is customers’ only option for now. Fitts said older customers especially like the drive-through window because using it makes them feel safer than they would if they went inside.

Fitts added that customers can still get prescriptions filled, medicines refilled, and whatever else they need fast-food style.

“They don’t have to sign for their medicine now, we sign for them, to keep, you know, things safe,” Fitts said.

“Any type of over-the counter medication they need, we just come out here and get it for them.”

For Westmoreland, the drive-through is more convenient.

“I like it better than going inside. I do, because right now it’s a little hot.”

Fitts said customers can get the same type of service in the drive-through that they would if they went inside. She added this is the safest way for the pharmacy to operate for now.

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