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Local Pharmacists are Unsung Heroes During the Pandemic

From doctors to nurses, health care workers have faced so many hurdles during this pandemic. But there is another group that doesn't often get the credit. Local pharmacists, just trying to keep up with the demand for medication customers desperately need. 44news takes a look at the unique challenges behind the counter.

Posted: Sep 17, 2021 5:26 PM
Updated: Sep 17, 2021 6:18 PM

Mark Haywood opened Nations Medicines, a pharmacy on the East Side of Evansville, just a few months before the shut down.

The pandemic quickly took a toll on the small business.

"How do we keep our people safe and how do we keep our customers safe?" Haywood said.

They even had employees contract the virus.

Another big struggle has been keeping up with the medication demand from customers. While they've bounced back from a tough spot they were at last summer, the Delta variant is threatening their stock again.

"Right now, the supplies are going OK, but as the numbers continue to rise, it does make us a little more nervous," Haywood said. 

In order to help keep customers safe, Haywood worked leaps and bounds just to get vials of all three Covid-19 vaccines at Nation's Medicines.

"We got through the red tape and finally started getting them in," Haywood said. "It felt like once we got connected and we started doing it and they saw we could do it and they saw we could give shots, everything was OK."

While they are back operating in person after months of doing drive-thru only, they just want to be able to connect with their community members, no matter how difficult the challenges of the pandemic are.

"The biggest thing we kind of just put into perspective, you know this is how we can get through," said pharmacy technician Matt Williams. "We push through and keep as many people health as we can."

"With an independent pharmacy anyway, the human connection portion of it is what we value above most other stuff," Haywood said.

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Temperatures dipped back into the upper 30s and low 40s for many of us early this morning, marking our coldest start to a day in Evansville (where we fell to 41°) in more than a week. Fortunately, the chilly start to the day didn't mean that our afternoon would be a loss, it was anything but - in fact, after seeing temperature around 57° by our lunch hour, afternoon highs crept back into the mid to low 60s area-wide; we hit 63° in the River City - while that's still 2° shy of the norm for October 27th, we'll take a 3° increase over yesterday's high of 60°. The clear skies that allowed temperatures to climb as high as they did earlier on however, are on their way out as our next round of rainfall inches ever closer. The remainder of the evening ahead should remain dry, but isolated rainfall will return to the Tri-State as early as the overnight and predawn hours Thursday.
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