Coronavirus updates

As developments occur in the ongoing fight against the spread of the coronavirus we will provide updates to you on a national, state and local scale and help you see how they impact us locally right here Randolph County.

As of the end of the day Thursday, no coronavirus cases had been confirmed in Randolph County.

Here were the some locally important developments from the first day of spring, March 19, 2020.

Nationally

Despite those empty shelves, there is no food or supply shortage.

The Alabama Department of Emergency Management sent out this reminder yesterday:

According to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), “There are no nationwide shortages of food, although in some cases the inventory of certain foods at your grocery store might be temporarily low before stores can restock. Food production and manufacturing are widely dispersed throughout the United States and no widespread disruptions have been reported in the supply chain.”

Covid 19 is not a natural disaster like a hurricane. It hasn’t stopped trucks from moving or orders from being filled. The only reason that store shelves may be empty is because people have bought everything. This inconveniences everyone, but it hurts people who didn’t have the ability to stock up beforehand, like healthcare workers and first responders that have been going full speed since the cornavirus response started.

When shopping, please only get what you need, and leave at least one item for the next person.

Local application: Shop as you normally would. Stocking up may seem prudent for those worried about a worst-case scenario, but truthfully it's unnecessary panic buying. This is a great way to practice the “don't panic” message that is critical to making sure we all do well in this unusual time.

Statewide

Governor Kay Ivey issued a statewide public health order yesterday. It officially limits gatherings to groups of 25 or fewer and prohibits restaurants from serving dine-in customers, among other things. (The specifics can be found by clicking here.)

Local application: Honestly, this is just an official order that reinforces what we all should have been doing already. It should not stop you from patronizing your favorite local restaurant. You just get to eat their food at home instead of in their dining room!

Locally

Roanoke City Schools continues to offer free grab and go lunches that are available to all local children ages 18 and under every Monday through Friday while school is closed. (This will not include spring beak week, March 23-27.)

Lunches are available for pickup between 11 a.m. and noon at both Handley Middle School and Handley High School. You do not have to have a child that attends those schools to pick up meals at those locations. Just choose whichever location is more convenient for you.

Local application: Some folks were confused that the meals were not for elementary-aged children since there is no pickup at Knight-Enloe, but that is not the case. According to Roanoke City Schools superintendent Chuck Marcum, “We want Knight Enloe students to participate. We did not set up a distribution point at Knight Enloe because we could not provide a drive through service for pick up.”

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