Pharmacy Dilemma; Pediatric Vaccination Clinic; COVID-19 Case Update; Get Your Cookie Dough; Water Safe to Drink – Coast Radio – Florence Oregon News

Pharmacy dilemma

If you’ve tried to fill a prescription at a local pharmacy, you’ve probably faced long wait times and varying opening times. A situation that will not change any time soon. Even before the sale and closure of the Bi-Mart pharmacy, staffing issues were a concern. Rite-Aid Pharmacy has used pharmacists from its workforce, but coastal shortages have limited hours. Diana Pimlott, director of pharmacy operations at Peace Harbor Hospital, is concerned for patients in the Florence area.

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“This is a very serious situation. it affects our patients’ ability to obtain new prescriptions and prescription refills in a timely manner.”

Pimlott says the workload at local pharmacies has doubled in many cases as patients rush to move prescriptions to a new point of sale, sometimes even changing multiple times in one day.

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“Frustration and just a general uncertainty about the situation has pushed patients in our community to request an unprecedented number of prescription transfers.”

Pimlott says that while the Peace Harbor pharmacy isn’t a prescription point of sale right now, she hopes that will change somewhere down the road.

Child vaccination clinic

Another pediatric vaccination clinic is scheduled for Saturday, December 4 in Florence. This will not be a Lane County sponsored clinic, but a Peace Harbor hospital. Operations Director Cheri Payne says the clinic will provide injections for the 5-11-year-old patient. Payne says the older folks still have an open chance.

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“People 18 and older we still do every Wednesday. We have walk-in opportunities, and when you visit your providers for appointments, you can request to be added to that schedule.”

Payne says they have an adequate supply of Moderna vaccines for the age group 18 and older.

Update of COVID-19 case

COVID-19 cases in Florence are always 785 with the addition of 4 new cases yesterday, bringing the number of cases in the last two weeks to 43. Lane County reported 67 new cases yesterday as part of Oregon’s 862 cases. The OHA reported another 50 deaths yesterday. OHA Director Patrick Allen says more than 4,000 Oregonians have died since last Thanksgiving. Allen says the best way not to repeat such numbers is to get vaccinated. While weekly deaths have risen, hospitalizations continue to fall. Last week there were 88 fewer hospital admissions.

Get your cookie dough

One big perk of the approaching holiday season is the treats that come with it and this year the Interact Club at Siuslaw High School is bringing home the Yumm with the option to purchase a tub of cookie dough. The Interact Club sells tubs of chocolate chips, peanut butter, molasses, ginger, and oatmeal raisins. All the dough is ready to bake and the proceeds go to Interact Clubs community and international service projects. You can order directly from an Interact club member or by emailing Bob Teter at bob.teter@gmail.com. The cost is only 20$.

Water safe to drink

After a week of dry tanks and boiling water, the Mapleton Water District is noting its customers that the water is now safe to drink. The district suffered a catastrophic failure of the filtration system due to sediment clogging the filters and they were unable to fill their tanks. The water has been flowing for several days now and yesterday everything was clear.

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