As COVID-19 continues to dominate the news cycle, it’s easy to stress out. Late last week, the County officially placed restrictions on the number of people allowed to gather in one location (10 until March 31st, maybe longer). Also during this time, they asked restaurants to close in-house dining but still cater to curbside, drive-through, and to-go orders. And they ask citizens to keep a six-foot distance between themselves and other people around them to limit exposure to COVID-19. The County Commission Office opened up a Camden County Coronavirus Hotline to help the most vulnerable members of our community with getting essentials.
Camden County Coronavirus Hotline
What We Know So Far
Information about COVID-19 continues to pour in every day. As of the writing of this post, officials report more than 400,000 confirmed cases around the world. The United States accounts for more than 54,000 cases. Just two days ago, the first confirmed case of COVID-19 was reported in Camden County. County officials ask that anyone who feels ill (flu, cold or otherwise) stay in self-isolation for at least 14 days. If you think you might have been exposed to the virus, call your doctor immediately and follow their advice.
Even those individuals with “mild” symptoms of COVID-19 can experience severe respiratory distress. For our elderly community, anyone with a compromise to their immunity system (heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, etc.), and pregnant women run a higher risk of contracting and dying from this disease. That makes running errands even more dangerous for these folks.
To help limit their exposure even more, officials created the Camden County Coronavirus Hotline. If you fall in this vulnerable category, simply call (573) 346-6145 between 8:30 am and 4:30 pm Monday through Friday. First, contact the store of your choice to schedule and pay for a grocery or medicine pickup. Then, contact the hotline to let them know which store/pharmacy has your order and when it will be ready. A volunteer goes to the store for you. Then, they deliver it right to your home at no cost.
In order to combat the spread of this deadly disease, we all need to make some sacrifices in the short term. By working together, we will get through this as quickly and safely as possible.