Pharmacies across the country took a hit in recent days when some of the protests over the death of George Floyd caused damage to stores.
"About 400 CVS Pharmacy locations across 25 states have experienced varying levels of damage over the past several days," said Amy Lanctot Thibault, a spokesperson for CVS Health, in an email.
Thibault confirmed 18 CVS stores in San Francisco and six in Oakland are currently closed. Walgreens has also shut or reduced the hours at many of its locations in urban centers spanning from Sacramento to Los Angeles.
Jesus Guillen found out Wednesday morning that his local CVS on San Francisco's Haight Street was closed when he called the store to renew a prescription and his call was transferred to a location that is a 30-minute drive south in San Bruno.
Guillen panicked. The 65-year-old can't just zip down Interstate 280 to retrieve his medicine. He doesn't have a car, he lives with his aging mother, and public transit is spotty because of the pandemic. He also suffers from chronic, debilitating pain.