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Northern Inyo Hospital Preparing for ‘Surge’ of COVID-19 Cases

Northern Inyo Hospital gave its weekly COVID-19 update on Monday afternoon, March 30, 2020, with Dr. Stacey Brown taking the lead in updating the media.

“We have eight total positive cases of COVID-19 in the county. Six of the eight cases were confirmed at NIHD, while Toiyabe confirmed the other two. In addition, thirteen of the eighty-one total tests administered are pending,” Brown told members of the media.

There is good news for Inyo County when it comes to testing. The Rural Health Clinic Director said the hospital is receiving coronavirus testing results from a LabCorp facility based in Phoenix, which will greatly reduce the amount of time it takes to determine if a patient has the virus. On average, test results will be available in 2-3 days. Up until recently, NIHD had to send their samples to a testing location in North Carolina, which took about seven days on average for the hospital to receive the results.

Brown also added that testing is expected to get even faster in the coming weeks when the FDA approves use of a high-tech machine called the “Cepheid Xpert Xpress SARS-CoV2 test.”

The RHC director spoke about the new machine saying, “The hospital is still waiting for approval for our in-house COVID testing machine that will be able to do tests in an hour. Approval for testing should happen by around mid-April.”

This does not mean that testing will be available for the general public. Brown says the new testing system will target essential workers first, then vulnerable populations second. “We are going to follow a priority scheme, so the testing for the general public is going to be reduced.  If it looks and smells like COVID, it is probably COVID, so we are not going to use those tests on general public. We are saving the tests for healthcare workers, first responders, and critically ill patients. They are priority number one. Next would be high risk individuals like people with underlying medical conditions and older people.”

Antibody testing is expected to be readily available across the country soon as well. This type of testing will be used to see if those who have already had COVID-19 have built up an immunity to the virus.

Inyo County already has its fair share of coronavirus cases, but Brown expects a surge of cases to happen in the near future. With that being said, Dr. Brown says the hospital is doing everything it can to prepare.  “We are looking at a surge plan for when things get much busier. Right now, though, we are working well within our capacity as a hospital.”

Though there is an expectation from local medical professionals that there will be a vast increase in cases, Dr. Will Timbers, who works in the hospital’s Emergency Room, says the general public is doing a nice job of staying home. This is lessening the amount of viral cases, and also preventing other acute injuries not related to coronavirus. “There are two things that I think should be said,” Timbers remarked. “I think the community at large should be commended for staying home. We have seen a drop in acute injuries also, because people are not going out and instead electing to stay home.”

Mammoth Hospital Seeking Medical Equipment Donations

Mammoth Hospital is asking for donations of medical personal protective equipment (PPE) and other equipment to help with its treatment of COVID-19 cases.

The hospital is requesting donations of N95 or surgical masks, unopened boxes of nitrate gloves, oxygen tanks and oxygen concentrators that plug into the wall and unused vacuum cleaner bags.

Hospital employees will be at the Cast Off to collect donations on the following dates:

  • Monday, March 30 between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.
  • Wednesday, April 1 between 8 a.m. to 10 a.m.
  • Friday, April 3 between 3 p.m. and 5 p.m.

Mammoth Hospital is also looking for volunteers to sew masks. Anyone wishing to volunteer should send a private message to the hospital here.

Teamwork and Preparation Most Important in NIHD’s Response to COVID-19

It is an overused analogy, the war against novel coronavirus, but as any employee at Northern Inyo Healthcare District will tell you, the battle is real. Ironically, it is a battle most have prepared for throughout their respective careers.

“Every team member brings something to the fight,” says Dr. Stacey Brown, Medical Director of NIHD’s Rural Health Clinic and current Vice Chief of Staff. “Every department plays a role.”

For NIHD Board President Jean Turner, the show of teamwork fits right into the District’s operational design. “When I came onto the Board, I was told our basic structure is that of an inverted pyramid,”
Turner says. “Leadership at the bottom, the workforce at the top. The top is where the real work goes on; it’s where things really matter. If I wanted our community to remember one thing at this point in time, it’s this: Our staff is disciplined, well-trained, and ready for this challenge.”

The District’s fight against coronavirus began in mid-January. For weeks, Infection Preventionist Robin Christensen, RN BSN HIC, kept an eye on what was transpiring in China. On January 28, she called the first team meeting to talk about coronavirus and its potential impact on NIHD and the community. Everyone in the room knew the odds, had watched the numbers coming in from China.

“It is safe to say we wished for the best, but as healthcare workers, we always prepare for the worst,” Christensen says. “It’s who we are; it’s what we do; it is what the community expects from us at a time like this.”’

As the NIHD team developed needed plans, they carried on with providing day-to-day care. Hallway conversations and internal emails began to refer to coronavirus more frequently. The District conducted a pandemic disaster drill on February 13. The tipping point came March 6 when a two-hour coronavirus meeting gave way to a day-long review of staffing levels, supplies, policies, plans, and shared concerns.

The group met the next afternoon again for several hours. They got a late start, beginning at noon. It gave those who volunteered to help at the Eastern Sierra Cancer Alliance’s Blue Ribbon Walk & Run a chance to meet their commitment. For many at NIHD, it was the last “normal” day of the month.

NIHD initiated an internal Incident Command on March 10 and continues working under it today. Incident Commands use a standardized approach to direct, control, and coordinate emergency response. More importantly, it brings people together to reach a common goal.

Like her co-workers, this was not the first time Allison Partridge, RN MSN, worked under an Incident Command. Partridge, the Director of Nursing for the Emergency and Medical-Surgical departments, knows the system well and aids Chief Nursing Officer Tracy Aspel in keeping the daily meetings on task.

Partridge now spends much of her days working with others to put together workflows for the departments that will be most affected. With guidance from Infection Preventionist Christensen, Partridge
and others closely watch the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the California Public Health Department for direction. No area or service escaped review.

“We track daily our current availability of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), and the recommendations for use,” Partridge says. “Additionally, we have made modifications in how we provide services and how visitors access the campus. All of these measures are in place to protect our teams and community. We encourage all employees to adhere both while at work and at home to the recommendations issued by national, state, and local government.”

Carefully crafted plans address the care of Patients Under Investigation (PUIs). Partridge says the standardized workflows are based on the patient’s level of care, whether that be critical care at the hospital or self-isolation at home. Care of multiple positive COVID-19 patients within the hospital remains an area of concern for the small 25-bed hospital.

“A great amount of planning and preparation has gone into every action, and it’s still ongoing,” Partridge says. She notes that just this week, the team was searching every square inch of the facility for places to place more beds. No space is overlooked. An unused and unfinished room located in the two-story hospital was turned into a four-bed safe patient care area within hours.

As for staffing, the level is adequate at this time. The District is working closely with the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees Union on staffing plans should the virus take hold of the community.

As non-essential services are scaled back, staff in those areas become available for use in others. Nurses and caregivers were surveyed to see if they would be OK to serve in other departments they were cross-trained to work in. Recently retired nurses may be considered for voluntary return to bolster staffing numbers. The dedicated care given by generations of NIHD nurses is legendary in the community.

They were also asked who would be willing to work with critical coronavirus cases. No one will be asked to step into a situation they are uncomfortable with — and to date, no one has opted out.

As for the physicians, Dr. Brown and Dr. William Timbers, NIHD’s Chief of Staff, are relying on the aid and advice of many of the District’s Medical Chiefs – Dr. Richard Meredick (Orthopedics), Dr. Charlotte Helvie (Pediatrics), Dr. Sierra Bourne (Emergency), and others. The Medical Support Staff office issued emergency credentials for other physicians in the area should their aid be required at bedsides.

The Rural Health Clinic team launched drive-in coronavirus testing well before some larger, urban hospitals did. The move was based on when the RHC offered drive-in flu shots more than a decade ago.
“Hometown health care can work anywhere, even in the big city,” Dr. Brown smiles.

Dr. Brown’s reliance on RHC Directors Paul Connolly and Jannalyn Lawrence, RN, is evident. Both work closely with the District’s outpatient clinics and played critical roles in clearing barriers for drive-in testing. When offered kudos for the work, Lawrence scoffed. “One Team, One Goal,” she says, incurring the closing line of the District’s mission statement.

Later, as Director of Nursing Partridge studies the endless worklists that paper the walls of Incident Command, she agreed with Lawrence. “Teamwork has played a huge role in managing every aspect of this situation,” she says. “This collaboration has taken place across all disciplines and has included a multiagency approach across Inyo and Mono counties. This great work truly exemplifies our mission of ‘One Team, One Goal, Your Health.’”

Meanwhile, as another day ends for the District team, Infection Preventionist Christensen is in her office. It is quiet in the usually bustling hallway; the result of the District’s temporary telework plan. Almost 80 employees are working from home, practicing social distancing.

Laying across Christensen’s desk are signs of a community lending its support to its healthcare workers: Packages of the valued N95 masks recovered from businesses and home garages, plus several handcrafted face masks. The handcrafted masks, with bright patterns of cacti, cats, and paisley, are especially touching
to Christensen.

NIHD is looking into options that could allow the homemade masks to be used as covers for approved personal protective equipment. That would occur if, and only if, NIHD’s supply of approved masks is
depleted. The covers would help keep the N95 masks free of transferred hand oils, possibly extending the life of the N95s.

“One team,” Christensen says, circling her index finger, gesturing from east to west, north to south. “It’s all of us in the community. Together, we will get through this.”

NIHD BIlling Office Temporarily Closed to the Public

Per Governor Newsom’s Declaration, Northern Inyo Healthcare District announces that due to the COVID-19 virus, the NIHD Billing Office, which accepts payments from the public, will temporarily close to patients. The office will remain open to receive telephone calls for billing questions and payments. Hours are Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. The direct telephone number is (760) 873-2190.

Payments may also be made by:

  • Mail: NIHD, Credit and Billing Office, 150 Pioneer Lane, Bishop, CA 93514,
  • Telephone: (760) 873-2190, or,
  • NIHD’s website: www.nih.org

Correspondence and Documents may be sent one of two ways:

  • Mail:NIHD, Credit and Billing Office, 150 Pioneer Lane, Bishop, CA 93514, or
  • Email:credit.billing@nih.org

These measures are to keep you, our customers, as well as our employees, at minimal exposure to the virus by social distancing. Stay home, be safe.

James Irving Ellis Obituary

Born on January 5, 1923 in Los Angeles to Martha and Earl Ellis, James (Jim) Irving Ellis died March 20, 2020 in Bishop. He was 97.

Jim was a devoted son, husband, father, and grandfather who never missed the opportunity to share his wisdom and knowledge with anyone who asked. His grandchildren, especially, were blessed with many years of stories and discussions about the secrets to life, living, and loving. Jim had a mischievous sense of humor, strong sense of duty, a firm handshake and a green thumb, and took pride in both his work and his large family. He was known for his honesty, integrity, ingenuity, loyalty, and generosity, and was a much-respected member of the Eastern Sierra business community.

Jim grew up in Los Angeles during the Great Depression. He left home at age 17 and eventually went to work the nightshift at Lockheed Martin, dividing his daylight hours between college, the beach, and playing for semi-pro baseball teams in the L.A. area. He later volunteered for active duty in the military and was given the choice of going to flight training in either Las Cruces, N.M. or Lone Pine, CA, both of which were entirely unfamiliar to him. As fate would have it, Jim chose Lone Pine and on December 1, 1942 he was dropped off at midnight at the bus stop, where he looked up and saw a sign that said “Ellis Motors.” Less than 20 years later, he would own it.

It was in Lone Pine where Jim met the love of his life, Juanita Ruiz, a beautiful young woman working as a soda jerk at the pharmacy. On July 22, 1944, they were married in a very small ceremony in Kinston, N.C. Their love would endure many trials and tribulations, and they were only separated after 72 years when Juanita passed away in 2016. The couple renewed their vows four times – on their 25-, 50-, 60-, and 70-year anniversaries.

Not long after they married, Jim was shipped off to the Pacific Theater. Flying the Corsair, with Marine Fighter Squadron VMF251, he participated in the invasions of the Admiralty Islands, Philippine Islands, and Okinawa, earning the Distinguished Flying Cross for his service.

Jim returned to the States in 1945, meeting his then-six month old daughter, Nita Marie, for the first time. In 1947, they relocated from Las Vegas to Pine Creek, where Jim secured work at the Vanadium Mine. The couple’s first son, James, was born not long after. Three years later they were back in Lone Pine and welcoming their third child, Robert.

Jim went to work for Howard Miller at Miller Chevrolet before being recalled to the service in 1952 for the Korean War, which required relocating the family to Santa Ana. When a career opportunity presented itself in Lone Pine in 1955, Jim retired from the Marine Corps at the rank of Captain in order to move his family home. He went to work for Ellis Motors and its owner, Howard Ellis. With help from business owners in Lone Pine and a lot of long hours, Jim was able to put together the money to partner with Howard’s widow in 1960 and to buy her out in 1961.

The couple moved to Bishop in 1969 when Jim opened Eastern Sierra Motors. He operated the Bishop dealership and his son, James, ran the Lone Pine dealership until they sold Ellis Motors in 1977. Jim retired in 1988 after selling Eastern Sierra Motors to son Robert, who went to work for his dad after college.

Throughout his career and well into retirement, Jim’s love for community and desire to help others manifested itself through service. He was past President of the Lone Pine Lions Club, past President of the Bishop Rotary Club, past Auto Club Advisor for Inyo-Mono counties, past Vice President of the Bishop Chamber of Commerce, former City of Bishop Mayor and Mayor Pro-tem while serving on the Bishop City Council; a member of Inyo Associates, the Bishop City Planning Commission (twice), Bishop Elks Lodge, Knights of Columbus, and Lone Pine VFW and American Legion; served on the Inyo County Board of Education; and conceived of the idea for the Foundation for Excellence.

In addition to community service, Jim enjoyed flying his plane all over the Eastern Sierra and state of California for both business and pleasure; spending many hours in his woodshop creating treasures large (hutches and baby cradles) and small (jewelry boxes and coin banks) for his family and friends; traveling with Juanita; gardening; and golfing. At one point, he launched a “secret shopper” business to assist business owners with customer service issues and challenges. A devout Catholic, Jim also attended daily masses at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church for as long as his health allowed.

Jim will be missed immensely, but the family knows how blessed they were to have had him in their lives for as long as they did, and takes comfort in knowing he is at peace and with his beloved Juanita back in his arms.

He has also now reunited with his brothers- and sisters-in-law Pete and Pauline Aigner, Al and Vina Aigner, Carl Ruiz, Vernon “Ollie” Olson, and Gracie and Bud Miller; and son-in-law, Sonny Lindsey.

Jim is survived by his sister, Geri Olson of Bakersfield; sister-in-law, Rosalie Ruiz of Redding; three children and their spouses, Nita Marie Lindsey of Bakersfield, and James and Linda Ellis and Robert and Cathy Ellis of Bishop; his eight grandchildren and their spouses, Mark and Misty Lindsey of Bakersfield, Julie and Drew Hanson of Bakersfield, Rick and Alix Ellis of Ely, NV, Debbie and Jason Wethern of Reno, NV, James and Cami Ellis of Bishop, and Tyrell, Darcy, and Jennifer Ellis of Bishop; and his 16 great-grandchildren and their spouses, in Mississippi, Kansas, California, Hawaii, and Japan.

A funeral mass, with full graveside military honors, will be held later this year, when conditions permit.

“There is more than one way to solve a problem. It’s like going around a mountain: either side will get you there.”  – James Irving Ellis

Inyo County Confirms Third COVID-19 Case

INYO COUNTY, March 27, 2020 – Inyo County’s Public Health Officer, Dr. James Richardson, received notification during the evening of March 26 from Northern Inyo Healthcare District regarding a third positive COVID-19 test for an Inyo County resident.

The patient presented to Northern Inyo Healthcare District’s Rural Health Clinic with symptoms associated with COVID-19, and was tested for COVID-19 based on symptoms and other risk-factors.

Two of the current positive COVID-19 cases in Inyo County are associated; Inyo County Public Health is continuing to conduct thorough investigations to identify potential additional exposures and notify contacts. At this time the patient is currently isolated at home. As of March 26, NIHD currently has 26 COVID-19 tests pending, and Toiyabe Indian Healthcare Project has 3 COVID-19 tests pending. Due to the volume of tests being analyzed currently in California, the turnaround time can take several days.

“In order to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 all individuals who have been diagnosed with, or who are likely to have, COVID-19 must isolate themselves,” stated Dr. James Richardson. “Additionally, all household contacts – including intimate partners, caregivers, and other close relations of an individual diagnosed with, or likely to have, COVID-19 must quarantine themselves for 14-days.”

On March 20, in an effort to limit the spread of COVID-19, Governor Gavin Newsom ordered California residents to stay home. Additionally, on March 20 an Inyo County Public Health Order was released prohibiting non-essential public gatherings, closure and limitations of certain businesses, and required social distancing measures. The full Inyo County Public Health Order can be located here: https://www.inyocounty.us/sites/default/files/2020-03/ORDER_3.20.20_0.pdf

The public must continue to practice appropriate preventative measures, such as avoiding contact with sick individuals, wash hands often with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds, practicing social distancing, and adherence to State and County Orders. If you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, such as fever, coughing or shortness of breath, and think you may have had contact with a person with COVID-19, call your health care provider before seeking medical care so that appropriate precautions can be taken.

The County of Inyo, Northern Inyo Healthcare District, and Unified Command partners are committed to keeping Inyo County residents up to date with the most accurate information. You are encouraged to visit https://www.inyocounty.us/covid-19  for the most recent press releases and community updates.

City of Bishop Adopt Ordinance to Protect Citizens from Eviction

The Bishop City Council this afternoon adopted the attached Urgency Ordinance placing a moratorium on commercial and residential evictions. As the global COVID-19 emergency persists, the economic impacts of the federal and state orders to prevent the spread of the virus such as social distancing, school closures, and restaurant and bar closures has left many city business and individuals unable to pay their rent.

On March 16, 2020, the Governor issued Executive Order N-28-20.  The order suspends any state law that would preempt or otherwise restrict the city’s exercise of its police power to impose substantive limitations on evictions based on nonpayment of rent resulting from the impacts of COVID-19.

Under the Ordinance, both commercial and residential tenants who notify their landlords before their rent is due, and provide documentation to their landlord within thirty (30) days of their rent due date, that they are unable to pay all or a portion of their rent, due to substantial financial hardships resulting from COVID-19 may not be evicted during the pendency of the Governor’s Order N-28-20 or an extension thereof.

To be protected from eviction by the ordinance, tenants will need to notify their landlords and provide documentation evidencing their inability to pay all or portion of their rent during the effective dates of the ordinance are due to COVID-19 impacts.  Tenants will also be required to pay whatever part of the rent they were able.

Landlords will not be permitted to begin eviction proceeding against tenants who qualify during the term of the ordinance, nor will Landlords be able to charge late fees to eligible tenants.  However, tenants will still be legally responsible for paying all rent due within four months after the expiration of the ordinance. A version of the ordinance in Spanish will be placed on the City website tomorrow.

Inyo County has Second Case of Coronavirus

INYO COUNTY, March 26, 2020 – Inyo County’s Public Health Officer, Dr. James Richardson, received notification during the evening of March 25 from Northern Inyo Healthcare District regarding a second positive COVID-19 test for an Inyo County resident. The patient presented to Northern Inyo Healthcare District’s Rural Health Clinic with symptoms associated with COVID-19, and was tested for COVID-19 based on symptoms and other risk-factors.

 

Inyo County Public Health is working to determine the source of the infection, and conducting a thorough investigation to identify potential exposures and notify contacts. At this time the patient is currently isolated at home. As of March 25, NIHD currently has 29 COVID-19 tests pending, and Toiyabe Indian Healthcare Project has 2 COVID-19 tests pending. Due to the volume of tests being analyzed currently in California, the turnaround time can take several days.

 

“I want to emphasize the importance of adhering to the Inyo County Public Health Order; compliance is mandatory,” stated Dr. James Richardson. “At this time nobody should be leaving their homes unless it is for essential purposes only. There should be no social gatherings, and every person who feels ill should be in contact with their physician and self-isolating at home.”

 

On March 20, in an effort to limit the spread of COVID-19, Governor Gavin Newson ordered California residents to stay home. Additionally, on March 20 an Inyo County Public Health Order was released prohibiting non-essential public gatherings, closure and limitations of certain businesses, and required social distancing measures. The full Inyo County Public Health Order can be located here: https://www.inyocounty.us/sites/default/files/2020-03/ORDER_3.20.20_0.pdf

 

The public must continue to practice appropriate preventative measures, such as avoiding contact with sick individuals, wash hands often with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds, practicing social distancing, and adherence to State and County Orders. If you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, such as fever, coughing or shortness of breath, and think you may have had contact with a person with COVID-19, call your health care provider before seeking medical care so that appropriate precautions can be taken.

 

The County of Inyo, Northern Inyo Healthcare District, and Unified Command partners are committed to keeping Inyo County residents up to date with the most accurate information. You are encouraged to visit https://www.inyocounty.us/covid-19  for the most recent press releases and community updates.

Mule Days Release Statement About COVID-19 Crisis

In 1970, Bishop Mule Days Celebration rose from humble beginnings to bring a world-class mule show to the Eastern Sierra. We have become the premier mule show in North America. Our annual event brings visitors from all walks of life: RV enthusiasts, campers, equine enthusiasts, contestants, celebrities, fans and friends. Mule Days has endured through recessions, high fuel prices, devastating equine diseases and the loss of many dedicated, dear friends and volunteers. Our all-volunteer Board has continued to promote the legacy of our founders: “Anything a horse can do, a mule can do better.” And, we have continued to promote and enhance the local community and tourism-dependent economy. Mule Days has become a vital part of our local economy by bringing packed hotels and campgrounds during a time that had previously been slow, foot-traffic and visitors raising revenues in our local businesses and government. Mule Days is estimated to bring multi-millions of dollars in direct spending to the Bishop area. For a tourist-driven economy, this equates to $7 million in economic value for every $1 million spent. Our humble show is honored and proud to be such a vital part of our local economy.While Mule Days has succeeded, Tri-County Fairgrounds has been struggling. The State has cut much of the funding for county fairs leaving them struggling to remain open. Unfortunately, this has resulted in many fairs closing. Mule Days has long been a partner of Tri-County Fairgrounds providing much needed capital improvements, sponsorships and assisting with repairs. Mule Days is the single largest financial contributor to the Fairgrounds. Mule Days provides labor and facilities for hosting the State High School Rodeo Finals and the Tri-County Fair. Despite our partnership and the fair hosting events generating much needed income and city and county TOT funds, the fairgrounds is struggling. The reality is, Mule Days cannot exist without Tri-County Fairgrounds and Tri-County Fairgrounds cannot exist without Mule Days. The economic and social benefit of Mule Days and Tri-County Fairgrounds cannot be replaced and should not be ignored. Mule Days is primarily a volunteer-run event; but, we do have a few employees who rely on the success of our event for their income and benefits. Mule Days is a private, not-for-profit entity and may not be eligible for the stimulus programs related to this pandemic. While we recognize the economic and social benefits of our event, we are cognizant of the impact such an event can have on the health and welfare of the citizens of our small community. Mule Days has been contacted by many contestants, participants and fans. We have heard your concerns and agree the well-being of our community is paramount. To that end, Mule Days is giving the local, state and federal government time to address this pandemic. We will continue to do our part to produce a quality event while it is our hope, solutions will be forthcoming and we can ultimately move forward.In the meantime, Mule Days continues to monitor the situation. We realize the decision to continue with our 51st event may be taken out of our hands. If such a decision is made, we will do our mule-minded best to save Mule Days and the fairgrounds for the future. We want to assure our competitors, fans, campers, RVers, ticket holders and volunteers we have a policy in place to ensure refunds will be made fairly and appropriately. We have also developed a procedure whereby reservations and payments are fully credited to our event in 2021 – our “pay-it-forward” option.

Mule Days wishes to thank our community, fans, competitors, volunteers and attendees for your patience and understanding while we work through this unprecedented time of uncertainty. Your dedication to our beautiful American mule is our strength.

-Mule Days Board of Directors

Local Businesses Have Teamed Up to Deliver Groceries for Free

Local businesses are joining forces to deliver groceries to Owens Valley residents during the COVID-19 crisis.

Manor Market, Steve’s Auto & Truck Parts, and Pilot Thomas Logistics have decided to establish a grocery delivery system. Manor Market is supplying the food, Steve’s Auto & Truck Parts is delivering the orders, and Pilot Thomas Logistics is providing Steve’s Auto & Truck Parts with the fuel.

Owner of Manor Market, Kyle Oney said a lot of customers were asking for home delivery in an effort to reduce their chances of being exposed to coronavirus. “We were having requests from people because they are scared during this time. They wanted home delivery and curbside services,” Oney said.

Oney expressed that he was not keen on the idea of having his employees deliver groceries. “We were worried about the delivery aspect, because of the liability of the vehicles without having the proper insurance coverage. Steve’s Auto Parts are kind of quiet right now, so they contacted me and offered to use their drivers and vehicles. So far, it is working out really well and it is a great thing for the community.”

Steve’s Auto & Truck Parts Owner, Robert Dowers discussed how he came up with the idea to help people out during this pandemic. “I got the idea because I had some elderly friends called me who are stuck in their house. One day, I offered to drop off some stuff on their door step. Then I got the idea to reach out to Kyle to see if he wanted to have us do delivery. We have delivery vehicles and are taking advantage of our resources. We are doing whatever we can for people in this time of need.”

After hearing about the service Robert Dower’s company is providing for local residents, Jim McDade, Owner of Pilot Thomas Logistics found out about the efforts from his wife, who works at Manor Market. McDade felt inspired to do what he can to help out, so he is donating the fuel to Steve’s Auto & Truck Parts.

“My wife works at Manor Market and told me what Steve’s was doing. I offered to jump on board, because they are doing this out of the goodness of their heart. Bishop is pretty tight knit community and supporting each other is what we do. When an opportunity arises to help out, I thought it was the right thing to do,” McDade remarked.

Oney said they didn’t have a lot of time to put together the plan. “We are kind of learning as we go along, we threw this together really quickly, but we want to make sure we get this right. We enacted an email address for orders and it is called orders@manormarketbishop.com.”

To put the icing on the cake, delivery is completely free.