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Grocery Stores Report Coronavirus Deaths as Workers Say They Are Not Receiving Adequate Protection

HeadlineApr 07, 2020

As infections mount across the country, deaths among grocery store workers — who are exempted from stay-at-home measures — are being reported. At least four people — employees of Walmart, Trader Joe’s and Giant — have died from the coronavirus in recent days. Workers have reported dangerous and stressful working conditions, in some cases being forced to work without gloves or face masks, or being unable to take paid sick leave. Colorado, Minnesota and Vermont have declared grocery store employees to be “essential workers,” extending free child care and expanded paid sick leave.

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