While the State of Michigan has an active COVID-19 (coronavirus) Emergency Operations Center and Task Force, medical cannabis provider Compassionate Care By Design (CCBD) will deliver medications to patients free of charge beginning immediately, founder Kristen Bearup announced today.

“It’s important to us to make sure our clients have continual access to the medicine they need without unnecessarily risking potential exposure to the virus,” according to Bearup. “We are waiving delivery fees so clients can continue to get their medication to support their good health during this time.”

While COVID-19 has so far only been confirmed in Oakland and Wayne Counties (one positive case each as of March 9, 2020) in Michigan, (CCBD) is encouraging its clients to follow the Center for Disease Control’s (CDC) prevention tips, which include encouraging people at high risk for contracting the virus to stay home as much as possible.

“Free delivery means patients who are at high risk for contracting the virus, those who would be likely to suffer complications from catching it, and simply those who want to minimize their risk of exposure to it have a convenient, free option for continuing to get their medications,” Bearup continues.

In addition, both CCBD locations, in Kalamazoo and Watervliet, are following the CDC recommended strategies for minimizing the risk of COVID-19 for businesses, including:

  • routinely cleaning all frequently touched surfaces in the workplace, such as
    workstations, countertops, doorknobs, tables, cupboards, cash registers, ATM machines,
    and phones;
  • providing disposable wipes so that commonly-used surfaces (for example, phones,
    doorknobs, keyboards, remote controls, desks) can be wiped down by employees before
    each use; and
  • continuing to provide anti-bacterial hand sanitizers throughout the provisioning centers
    for customers’ use.

“Because Michigan is currently a low-risk state, the CDC does not recommend additional disinfection beyond routine cleaning and proper use of regular cleaning agents at this time, and there’s no indication the provisioning centers have any association with the virus,” Bearup says.

“Nevertheless, we are taking every precaution,” Bearup added, noting that her staff regularly checks with the Michigan Emergency Operations Center for COVID-19 updates to make sure they are in voluntary compliance with the latest recommendations, “so there’s no reason not to visit.

“But for clients who have any concerns about being exposed to the virus at all, offering free delivery within our regular 60 mile radius is our way of helping reduce their risk and continuing to support their good health,” Bearup says.

Additional helpful links. 

State of Michigan emergency update platform:

https://www.clickondetroit.com/news/michigan/2020/03/10/michigan-government-launches-virtual-platform-to-share-emergency-coronavirus-updates/ 

Michigan’s first confirmed cases:

https://www.clickondetroit.com/news/2020/03/11/first-2-cases-of-coronavirus-confirmed-in-michigan-what-we-know-dont-know/

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