A staff member at Rimbey Value Drug Mart bags up a customer’s order, behind a protective window. The store has taken steps to keep you and their staff safe and healthy during the COVID-19 health crisis. Leah Bousfield/Rimbey Review

Pharmacy answers COVID concerns with delivery + curbside pickup

Rimbey Value Drug Mart taking steps to keep patients and staff protected during health crisis

When it comes to maintaining your health while facing the challenges of the COVID-19 restrictions, do you have a plan in place?

Like many local retailers who have adjusted their operations to keep people safe, your Rimbey pharmacists are working creatively to ensure they receive medications in a timely fashion, in a way that protects patients and their store staff.

“We’re doing deliveries in town and encouraging people to take advantage of our curbside service for pickups,” says Rimbey Value Drug Mart pharmacist William Poggemiller. Give them a call at 403-843-2020, and keep in mind the store’s reduced hours, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday, when you’re ordering.

Stay home if you’re sick!

With health officials insisting that retailers help reduce personal contacts, Value Drug Mart now limits the number of customers in the store to 10. And if you’re showing any symptoms of COVID-19, such as coughing, fever or sore throat, call in your order rather than visiting the store, William says. “It’s important for all of us to maintain social distancing, stay home if we’re sick and respect the needs of others in the community. This virus can spread fairly easily and we don’t want anybody else infected.”

Changes to medication limits

To prevent stockpiling and ensure everyone has access to much-needed medications, Alberta Health limited purchases of pills, inhalers and other prescriptions to 30 days’ supply at a time. Ask your pharmacist how that affects you.

Pharmacists on the front lines

While most residents in and around Rimbey are staying close to home, many retail workers continue to provide valuable services, with pharmacists an important part of that group. As part of the health-care team working to keep the community healthy and safe, pharmacists are also risking their own health.

Tips to avoid spreading the virus:

  1. Stay apart – Practice social distancing; keep at least two metres, or two arm lengths apart from others.
  2. Practise good hygiene – Wash your hands often with hot water and soap for at least 20 seconds, cough or sneeze into your sleeve and avoid touching your face.
  3. If you’re getting sick – Potential COVID-19 symptoms include a cough, fever, shortness of breath, runny nose or sore throat. If you have any of those symptoms and they are not related to an pre-existing illness or health condition, you must self-isolate for 14 days.
  4. Self-assessment – If you’re concerned you may have contracted the virus, take a COVID-19 self-assessment while following Alberta’s public health orders.

If you have other questions about the virus or how best to protect yourself and others, visit the Province of Alberta’s COVID-19 page or the Health Canada prevention and risk page. You can also call the pharmacy at 403-843-2020 and monitor the Rimbey Value Drug Mart Facebook page.

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