Coronavirus fears on the minds of the community

 Rose Drug Company is sold out of hand sanitizer. (Photo by Donna Summerall, DTL)
Staff Writer

Fears of the spreading coronavirus have prompted many to stockpile certain products across the nation and West Point is no exception.

Judy Littlefield with Sunflower Food Store, said the store sold out of hand sanitizer and Clorox and Lysol Wipes more than a week ago.

"Those are the only things we cannot get right now," Littlefield said. "We have plenty of bottled water, toilet paper, those sorts of items. I honestly think people are going a little overboard."

Littlefield said the trucks with items are continuing to roll on schedule to keep the shelves stocked.

"Be planning to be here to provide groceries and other items for as long as the trucks continue to bring us the stock we order,” Littlefield said.

Teresa Henley, who also works at Sunflower said the virus is out of our control.

"It is ridiculous to panic at this point," Henley said. "We just have to have faith. I've heard the colleges and universities are giving students an extended Spring Break and are turning away ticket holders for the basketball tournaments. I think that’s just silly. How do they plan to recoup those millions of dollars?"

Brittany Benson with Rose Drug Company said the only thing they are out of is hand sanitizer.

"We can't get hand sanitizer anymore," Benson said. "We didn't have a lot of sanitizer to begin with, but we sold out pretty quickly. We still have plenty of everything else."

City of West Point Chief Administrative Officer Randy Jones said there wasn't a set plan in place at the moment.

"We won't be shutting the city down," Jones said. "But we are encouraging our employees to be vigilant about hand washing."

All of the employees at City Hall have hand sanitizer and antibacterial wipes at their desks.

"We are doing all we can to keep our employees healthy," Jones said.

Dorothy Ryland with the city of West Point said city attorney Orlando Richmond had a medical professional come and speak at Northside Church Sunday.

"She answered questions that people had," Ryland said. "She explained how to do what we can to keep the virus from spreading. She made people feel better by telling us that healthy people can get over the virus. That we need to protect the elderly, sick and small children from being infected."