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Centerville businesses seeing impacts from COVID-19

Small businesses have had to temporarily close due to the virus impacting staff.
Published: Aug. 30, 2021 at 3:11 PM CDT
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CENTERVILLE, Texas (KBTX) - The Leon County community continues to see challenges with COVID-19.

Businesses in Centerville have had to close temporarily as staff have been infected with the virus. Country Cousins Barbecue posted on Facebook Monday they’d be closed until further notice due to two cases of staff having COVID-19.

Guys Lumber & Hardware just reopened their Centerville location Monday after being closed more than week due to COVID issues with staff.

‘Well businesses are suffering especially small business. Employees get sick, owners get sick. They’re having to curtail hours, shut down,” said Walter Smith, MS Smith Commercial Janitorial Owner.

Smith owns several businesses as well as a janitorial company that cleans Centerville Schools.

His next door neighbor Guys Lumber & Hardware just reopened Monday after being closed for more than a week and a half. Staff and their owner have been dealing with cases of COVID.

“We’re not even into fall and I foresee that you know even getting worse before it gets better. And of course the boosters are coming out maybe in September and I encourage everyone to get vaccinated,” said Smith.

His employee Rocky Nichols is doing what she can to keep the store clean, from offering hand sanitizer to scrubbing down the register.

“I think we all need to take the precautions with it because it is a serious situation and it’s everywhere and it’s not going to go away until we all take the precaution and do our parts,” said Rocky Nichols, Mary’s Dry Cleaning and Florist Clerk.

The state dashboard shows nearly 44 percent of those eligible to get the vaccine in Leon County have received at least one dose.

“Our cases have risen in the last three and a half weeks from basically three. Right now I think we have a 174 and we have 48 deaths in our county which is quite a few. That’s total... I think they need to take heed of everything,” said Byron Ryder, Leon County Judge.

“But my advice is just be cautious and be cognizant of the fact that there are people around you that that may have other medical issues,” said Ryder.

Country Cousins posted on Facebook that they will reopen once their employees return a negative test result.

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