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Grocery store workers are dying from coronavirus—new laws are forcing companies to protect them

9 Apr 2020

They’re keeping the country fed during the crisis. Law makers are saying they shouldn’t die to do it.

Within the first week of April, a Trader Joe’s worker in Scarsdale, New York died from COVID-19, along with two workers from a Chicago-area Walmart and an employee at a Giant supermarket in Largo, Maryland. As millions of other “essential retail” workers continue to risk their lives to stock shelves and run cash registers, they are often doing so completely exposed, without being provided gloves or masks to protect them from all the human contact they have while performing their duties. Across the country, some lawmakers are working to force the stores to provide more protection, so keeping America fed doesn’t mean workers have to get infected.


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