Wednesday, June 3, 2020
Online Ordering Platform Could Streamline Takeout Orders During Pandemic
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Perry’s and other restaurants have gone to takeout, curbside pickup and delivery during the current lockdown.
 
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STORY AND PHOTO BY KAREN BOSSICK

When the Coronavirus pandemic shut Sun Valley restaurants down, Hailey resident Tracy Lyon wanted to support local restaurants by ordering takeout.

But she quickly learned it wasn’t as easy to do so as it was in her former home in Seattle where she could easily call up an app, choose a restaurant and immediately be directed to the restaurant’s online ordering page to order and complete a transaction.

She also realized that many local restaurants had closed their doors and, of those that remained open, very few had the capability to conduct safe contact-free transactions.

 
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Paul Ries' graph of coronavirus cases reported in Blaine County shows an uptick, with four cases reported on Wednesday.
 

So, Lyon has enlisted the help of SpotOn, a technology company, to quickly and inexpensively provide online ordering for any restaurant in the valley that was interested. She is also working on a new platform to make online ordering, takeout and delivery much easier.

“Online food and beverage ordering was already experiencing tremendous growth in cities across the country before shelter-in-place restrictions kicked in,” she said. “Now, online ordering is mission-critical.”

SpotOn has offered to set up all food and beverage businesses in the Wood River Valley with online ordering with no set-up costs or commitment. Restaurants will have the ability to include custom branding, leverage their menus and offer curbside pickup or delivery. They can also choose to offer gift cards or other revenue-generating opportunities.

The goal is to keep restaurant staff working and increase revenue for restaurants while providing a convenient way for customers to access the food. And it’s all free—there will be no monthly cost for the next few months to help out restaurants.

Lyon has enlisted the help of the Sun Valley Restaurant Association, Local Food Alliance and Visit Sun Valley to get restaurants set up. She hopes to create a custom website that brings together online ordering for all the restaurants in valley.

For more information or to get online ordering set up within 48 hours, contact Lyon at tracylyon4@gmail.com or nickd@spoton.com.

BLAINE COUNTY ADDS FOUR MORE CASES

Blaine County added four new cases of coronavirus on Wednesday for a total of 484. Idaho now has 1,802--36 new. Ada County has 630 cases.

The state has 54 deaths--the latest coming in Nez Perce County, which now has recorded 13 deaths from COVID-19.

RAPID TESTING WORKS THROUGH GLITCH

Abbott Laboratories, which has developed a rapid coronavirus test widely used across the United States and, most recently, in St. Luke’s hospitals, has warned that 15 percent of its tests have involved false negatives.

The false negatives are occurring because health care providers are using a solution to move or store patients’ samples. Instead, spokesman say, lab technicians should only place swabs with samples directly in the device directly from the patient to the machine.

FREE PIZZA AGAIN TODAY

The Fuel Youth group of the Presbyterian Church of the Big Wood will pass out free large take-and-bake pizzas prepared by Wise Guy Pizza from 3 to 5 p.m. today at The Commons, 131 N. Main St.

DAVIS EMBROIDERY OFFERS A NEW LINE

Davis Embroidery is back up and running with curbside business. And, yes, they are now sourcing face masks, neck gaiters, buffs and bandanas—decorated and blank.

FLOUTING ORDERS GETS WOMAN ARRESTED

A Meridian woman was arrested Tuesday after she and a large group of people went to a closed playground at Kleiner Park and refused to leave. She was charged with misdemeanor trespassing.

The City of Meridian closed its playgrounds last month to keep people from using playground equipment, which can host coronavirus for a few days.

A family in North Idaho has been cited for repeatedly holding yard sales during the stay-home order. But officials in Southern Idaho have said they will not move in as a Middleton gym owner reopens his fitness center, even though the governor’s stay-home order specifically prohibits such businesses being open.

VIRUS KILLED EARLIER THAN THOUGHT

Santa Clara County health officials say two people died with the coronavirus in California weeks before the first reported U.S. death. The people died at home Feb. 6 and 17. Tissue samples sent to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention tested positive for the virus.

Previously, the first U.S. death was reported as taking place on Feb. 29 in Kirkland, Wash.

The new information means that the virus was in the United States by January, hiding under the guise of influenza. Neither of the first cases had been to China--or elsewhere, for that matter, indicating that there was already community spread.

CALIFORNIA TOWN TESTS ALL RESIDENTS

Bolinas, Calif., is attempting to test all of its residents for COVID-19 antibodies for a study by the University of California-San Francisco. Tests for the 2,000 residents are voluntary. Researchers are also testing 6,000 residents in San Francisco’s Mission District.

SKI RESORT REOPENS

Mt. Baldy ski resort, which lies 45 miles from Los Angeles, has become the first ski resort in the United States to reopen following the COVID-19 lockdown. It closed on March 20, a few days after Sun Valley and Snowbasin resorts closed.

Resort officials say they will operate at less than 10 percent occupancy at this time as spring segues into summer.

USING PEPPER SPRAY TO KEEP THE VIRUS AWAY

A woman using an elevator to Walmart’s parking garage in Washington, D.C., used pepper spray on others who tried to board the elevator. The resulting tussle certainly ended up with all parties less than six feet apart.

TREEHOUSE LIVING AMIDST THE PANDEMIC

An ER doctor in Texas is quarantining in his children’s treehouse to keep his family safe while he treats patients with COVID-19. He has equipped it with a bed, water, food and a portable toilet—everything but his family.

“PERHAPS THE END OF THE BEGINNING”

As an American dies every 32 seconds of the coronavirus, Dr. Michael Osterholm, an epidemiologist with the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy, says that the virus will likely have to infect at least 60 to 70 percent of America’s 320 million people before there is a major reduction in transmission.

About 80 percent will have no symptoms or mild to moderate illness not requiring medical care. The other 32 million will need medical care, and half of those will be hospitalized with half of those receiving critical care.

Currently, he told CNN, we are in the second inning of a nine-inning battle. And he’s reminded of a quote from Sir Winston Churchill: “This is not the end. It is not even the beginning of the end, but it’s perhaps the end of the beginning.”

Osterholm is the author of the critically acclaimed “Deadliest Enemy: Our War Against Killer Germs.”

USC data of antibody testing on nearly 900 adults living in Los Angeles County indicates COVID-19 death rates may be lower than expected. When factor in probable cases the mortality rate is less than 0.2 percent.

 

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