Delivery Helps You Keep Your Distance

As the novel coronavirus, or “COVID-19” continues to spread, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and local health authorities have asked that everyone limit their exposure by staying home as much as possible. This “social distancing,” as it’s called, is meant to slow the transmission of COVID-19.

While anyone can get this respiratory virus, the CDC notes that older adults and people with severe underlying health conditions are considered to be at increased risk for severe illness and complications if they do contract this respiratory disease. Because of this, it’s important that everyone stay home as much as possible, practice good hand hygiene, and avoid crowds.

So, what to do about those necessities like food and medicine? Not to worry — there are resources out there to help. While the current situation may feel overwhelming, there are ways to get what you need while keeping the social distance that is being recommended. Whether it’s for yourself, your children, or perhaps an older adult in your life, now is the time to learn about options for getting those necessities in a way that maintains recommended distancing guidelines. Let’s not panic — let’s be prepared.

Delivery is an Option

Many are turning to delivery services to help bring groceries, prescriptions, and other items directly to their doorsteps. Also, curbside pick-up is being offered at many stores and restaurants to enable people to get what they need without leaving their cars. Many are advertising “interaction-less” pick-up, where items are deposited directly in your trunk, and, at many places, you can even pay online to avoid an interaction.

Here are a few resources* that may help meet your needs:

Groceries and Curbside Pick-up

These grocery stores offer same-day pick-up and also home delivery services:

Central Market and HEB also offer drive-up curbside grocery pick-up and home delivery.

In addition to drive-up services and delivery, some grocers are also offering special hours dedicated to the elderly or those with underlying health conditions:

  • Target – The first hour of shopping each Wednesday at stores nationwide is reserved for vulnerable guests, including elderly and those with underlying health concerns.
  • Fiesta – Opens at 7 a.m. to seniors aged 65 and up, allowing them to shop for the first hour before opening to the general public at 8 a.m.

Other options for grocery delivery include:

  • Shipt, which deliveries items including groceries, household essentials, personal items, baby necessitates and more to your front door.
  •, which offers diapers, wipes and grocery delivery through Amazon Fresh.


It’s important to ensure that you are not missing prescribed medication while you are limiting your exposure to others. Many pharmacies offer delivery options, so don’t let social distancing keep you from taking the medications your doctor has prescribed.

Here are a few options for prescription delivery:

  • CVS, which is offering complimentary delivery of prescriptions through May 1.
  • Walgreens, which is also offering complimentary delivery on all eligible medicines, and free standard shipping on, with no minimum order.
  • Walmart Pharmacy, which offers free standard shipping, second-day delivery for $8, and overnight delivery for $15 on mail-order prescriptions.
  • Depending on your insurance, you may receive complimentary delivery from Scripx and Pill Pack.

Pet Food 

We can’t forget about Fido! For your pets’ food and care needs, many retailers offer delivery, including:

Many local pet retailers are also offering complimentary delivery or curbside pick-up. Give your favorite shop a call to see how they can help meet your pet’s needs.


Many restaurants are offering curbside pick-up just outside of their restaurants, since many of them are closed for in-restaurant dining right now (give your favorite restaurant a call to see if curbside to-go is available). Additionally, third-party food delivery services make it easy to “dine out” while staying in. Here are a few options:

Practice social distancing to keep yourself and your family well. Don’t forget to check in on friends, neighbors and elderly relatives — a simple phone call or e-mail will help you to stay in touch, and let them know that you care. If you are used to using online ordering or third-party delivery services, remember that others around you may not be familiar with the process and they may need help.

Stay safe, and be well.

*Texas Health Resources does not endorse, nor is affiliated with, these third-party companies. Offers are subject to change, so check that company’s website for the latest information.

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