Dade County deputies will start making grocery deliveries for elderly amid coronavirus outbreak

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Dade County Sheriff Ray Cross said Thursday that his deputies will start to help vulnerable citizens across the county pick up groceries and medications as a way to help them stay inside during the ongoing coronavirus outbreak.

Cross spoke with State Rep. Colton Moore Thursday and discussed ways the county could help those in need. After the talk, Cross instructed his deputies to assist the county's most vulnerable citizens - namely the sick and elderly - with picking up their pre-paid groceries and medication from local grocery stores and pharmacies.

The service will be on an "as needed" basis.

Residents in Dade County who would like to take advantage of the service should call Detective Chad Payne at 706-944-3329.

Contact Patrick Filbin at or 423-757-6476. Follow him on Twitter @PatrickFilbin.