GLASGOW – Gov. Andy Beshear is encouraging Kentuckians to remain vigilant against the spread of COVID-19, as a phased approach to reopening the state’s economy is underway. Beshear gave places of worship the go-ahead to open their doors to the public starting May 9, and industries such as pet grooming and boarding, photography and construction were reopened at some capacity on May 11. As additional dates have been set for a variety of reopenings, local businesses are restocking protective supplies with which to provide the Barren County community.

South Pointe Wholesale, a nationwide wholesaler, is supplying businesses statewide with a variety of medical supplies to help ensure that both employees and patrons stay safe. Wendy Fahrenholz, director of sales, said the company had taken extra steps to ensure that in-state businesses have supplies they need before shipping products elsewhere in the country.

“Let’s make sure Kentucky is taken care of,” Fahrenholz said.

Steve Jessee, general manager of Ely Drugs, informed Glasgow Daily Times that the pharmacy on 415 Happy Valley Road has face masks, digital thermometers and hand sanitizers all available for purchase. Face coverings range from procedural masks that sell 10 for $15, to KN95 medical-grade masks that are $6 apiece.

Digital oral thermometers are $12.95 at Ely’s and were available at the time of the interview. Jessee said he is expecting to receive another shipment of infrared thermometers that sell in the price range of $60, though he is unsure of their arrival date.

“I’m hoping next week some more will trickle in,” he said.

Ely’s has hand sanitizer in a variety of sizes, starting at $3 per bottle, with refills for $12 on a 16 oz. bottle. They also have a limited supply of gloves in a variety of sizes.

The Medical Arts Pharmacy, at 1220 N. Race St., has both digital and infrared thermometers in stock, as well as hand sanitizers. Pharmacist Tori Kelley said that the location was currently offering not only paper surgical and N95 masks, but the Medical Arts Pharmacy has a person on-site taking orders for reusable cloth masks for $5 to help ensure that businesses are able to retain supplies as needed.

“We wanna be able to accommodate their needs as they slowly begin to reopen”, Kelley.

Healthy at Work essentials can also be found at Park Avenue Pharmacy, 131 Park Ave.

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