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To prevent the spread of COVID-19 during this pandemic, it’s best to practice social distancing. With movie theaters, shopping centers and night clubs/bars closed, this gives us more reason to stay at home and stay in proximity to our family.

Besides washing hands and practicing social distancing, there are other ways to help during this unusual time such as: supporting local businesses, donating to food banks, checking on your neighbors, and avoid overbuying items.

Local businesses during this time are working hard to provide the necessities people may need. Whether they are supplying food, cleaning supplies, toilet paper and more, they are staying open to make sure you’re well taken care of. For businesses that are currently closed, the best way to support them is to buy gift cards to use for a later time. This will help them get through during this challenging time.

Donating to food banks in your community is also something you can do to help families in need. Meat, canned goods, fruit, dairy products, and vegetables are a few things that can be donated. With only a limited supply from grocery stores and local businesses, donating can help make a difference and provide a meal on someone else’s dinner table. Before you make donations, make sure to call ahead to see if they’re open.

Making a call to check on your neighbors and friends about how they’re doing can also be a great help. If they are low on supplies and you have extra to provide them with, it can help them not make the extra drive to the nearest store. If your friend or neighbor has a low immune system and are at greater risk, pick them up some supplies on your way to the store. Be a great neighbor and make a difference in someone else’s life.

The last thing you can do to help during this pandemic is to avoid overbuying. With limited supplies in stores and sold out items online, it’s hard to find any supplies people need. Many sold out items such as toilet paper, disinfectant wipes, water and other products can be hard to find. Buying 10 packs of water or toilet paper will not benefit you or anyone with that much supply. Limit your purchases and think about the rest of the community who also need those supplies for themselves.

For more information about COVID-19, visit www.myclearwater.com for further updates in the Clearwater area.

As always, be safe and make sure to wash your hands regularly.