CLOVIS (KSMX)- Officials confirmed the first positive case of COVID-19 in Curry County. Clovis Mayor, David Lansford, commented on the issue advising, “it was inevitable there would be cases in the area, but we must remain calm and think of our neighbors.”
In interviews with different grocery store officials and corporate media contact representatives, the same statement was the first thing out of everyone’s mouth, “there is no reason to worry about running out of supplies and a reminder to be mindful of the rest of the community”.
Store Director for Farmers Market in Portales, Martin Delgado, stated that he hasn’t sensed a lot of panicking but that since the confirmed case he has noticed many citizens from Clovis and Farwell traveling through to pick up some supplies they may not have been able to find at other places”.
“Our deliveries are still on a regular schedule and we are stocking through many different hours of the day to make sure there are enough supplies to go around.”
The sale of limited numbers for specific numbers have been put into effect throughout New Mexico and stores in the area are adhering to the public order.
Nancy Sharp, Communications & Community Relations for United Supermarkets, stated that Albertsons and the rest of the chain will be supplying visual support to remind costumers to practice social distancing while shopping. Every store is using enhanced measures throughout the day to clean and disinfect all departments in high-touch points of the store, as well as a deep cleanse at the end of each business day. Cart wipes are available at the front of the store.
When asked about the stores in Lubbock (her base of operations) she commented, “there was a real panic and hoarding from shopping customers when the first couple of cases came out but we are seeing more customers adhering to the orders and specific limits that are put into place. We just want to make sure that everyone is taken care of.”
Walmart officials directed questions concerning supplies and COVID-19 to the website.
“As more cases are likely to occur, we’ll continue to take precautions and actions to keep our stores, clubs and other facilities clean and ensure the well-being of our associates, customers and members, following the protocols from our own health experts and relevant federal and state agencies. We are in close communication with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), as well as other health organizations, and have plans and procedures in place.”
As we see more cases across New Mexico, store employees want to remind us they are here to get the job done and just ask for patience and “buying what you need instead of what you can” in return.