As people all over the country adjust to the new normal that is COVID-19, local businesses are doing their part to practice the guidelines issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. These CDC guidelines include social distancing, staying home if you do not feel well to offset the possibility of community spread, covering coughs and/or sneezes with a tissue then throwing said tissue away and regularly washing your hands with soap and water for 20 seconds.
Since Oklahoma Governor Kevin Stitt declared Oklahoma under a state of emergency on March 15, cities across the state, Guthrie included, have declared a state of emergency. The information provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, World Health Organization and Oklahoma State Department of Health all reveal that the most high-risk populous for developing more serious complications from COVID-19 are older adults and people who have severe underlying chronic medical conditions like heart or lung disease or diabetes. In response to this, several local businesses are doing their part to provide for and protect those groups.
Grocery stores such as Cash Saver, Dollar General and Walmart have all reserved their first hour of operation for senior citizens and immune-compromised individuals. Cash Saver’s current hours of operation are from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m., which means from 7 to 8 a.m. only those groups may shop in the store. Dollar General’s current hours are from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m., which means from 8 to 9 a.m. only those groups may shop in the store.
Walmart’s current hours of operation are 7 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. and from March 24 through April 28, they are reserving Tuesdays from 6 to 7 a.m. for customers aged 60 and older. In addition, stores will have limits for customers in certain categories including paper products, milk, eggs, cleaning supplies, hand sanitizer, water, diapers, wipes, formula and baby food. Their auto service department is temporarily closed but all other departments are open.
Restaurants all over town are implementing their own safety practices. The following restaurants have curbside orders available: Stables, Señor Lopez, Rick’s Fine Chocolates & Coffees, Gage’s Steakhouse and Boomarang Diner. Stacy’s Place now closes at 7 p.m., has a maximum capacity of 30, has curbside orders, but is also offering free delivery for orders over $25, and Sam’s Southern Eatery is offering free delivery throughout Guthrie. The following restaurants have closed their dine-in option and are operating via drivethru only: Missy’s, Arby’s, Golden Chick, Taco Bell, Mcdonald’s and Braums.
Restaurants are not the only businesses that have adjusted their lobby policies. InterBank and Oklahoma State Bank have temporarily closed their lobbies but the drive-thrus and online banking options are still functioning. If your banking needs cannot be met by either option, please call as they will be more than happy to help. Cornwell Pharmacy is now offering free delivery and Vision Source has curbside.
Even with the temporary statewide closure of public schools and libraries, both Guthrie Public Schools and Guthrie Public Library are still doing their part to insure they provide the community with the resources they need. Guthrie Public Schools compiled a list of free educational resources on their website with curriculum options for all ages and subjects. Guthrie Public Library’s online collection is still available through OverDrive and all items checked out before the closure are due back on May 12, per Mayor Gentling’s proclamation.
As we all make adjustments to our daily lives during this confusing and sometimes scary time, the role that local businesses play is an invaluable one. To access the list of free educational resources provided by Guthrie Public Schools, please visit: www.guthrieps.net and to access the Guthrie Public Library’s online collection, please visit: www.overdrive.com.
At the time of press, Oklahoma had 49 confirmed cases of COVID-19, which is five more than the day before, and one of those confirmed cases is in Logan County. The State of Oklahoma has established a partnership with Diagnostic Labs of Oklahoma (DLO) that will allow for increased testing capacity and 300 testing kits were sent to DLO’s facility in Dallas yesterday for completion. If you or anyone you know is experiencing symptoms, please contact your health care provider. The Oklahoma State Department of Health is currently asking residents to reserve emergency room visits, and therefore beds, for those higher risk groups. For those currently uninsured but experiencing severe symptoms, please call 211 for assistance. Anyone with COVID-19 related questions is being asked to call the OSDH call center, open 24/7, at 877-215-8336.