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As anxiety surrounding the coronavirus continues to mount, grocery stores and other retailers nationwide have cultivated ways to help ease fears of shoppers, especially amongst the population most at risk for contracting COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus.
Stores are now designating shopping times reserved exclusively for the elderly and those with underlying medical conditions in an effort to help protect those most at risk for developing a more serious case of COVID-19.
For most people, the rapidly spreading virus causes mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough. However, for older adults and people with pre-existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness, including pneumonia.
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Eight out of 10 reported deaths from the outbreak across the United States have been in adults 65 and older, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Here is the list of stores implementing shopping times for those most vulnerable for contracting COVID-19.
Albertsons Companies Inc.
The company, which operates more than 2,200 grocery stores in the U.S., is reserving every Tuesday and Thursday from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. for senior citizens and "other at-risk populations, such as pregnant women or those with compromised immune systems," the company announced.
Albertsons Companies operates stores across 34 states and the District of Columbia including Albertsons, Safeway, Vons, Jewel-Osco, Shaw’s, Acme, Tom Thumb, Randalls, United Supermarkets, Pavilions and Star Market. Click here for the full list of stores.
GROCER OFFERS CORONAVIRUS HOURS FOR SENIORS, AT-RISK SHOPPERS
On Tuesdays and Thursdays, stores will open at 8:30 a.m. and dedicate the first shopping hour to at-risk customers such as senior citizens, expectant mothers and those with underlying health concerns, the company announced on Facebook.
All Big Lots stores are reserving the first hour of each workday for "senior citizens and those most vulnerable to this virus," Big Lots CEO Bruce Thorn announced.
Costco Wholesale Club
On Tuesdays and Thursdays, Costco reserved an hour from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. for members who are 60 years old and over, the retailer said in a Facebook post.
The pharmacy will also be open during this time, however, the food court will operate on its normal schedule.
DeCicco & Sons
Every day starting at 8 a.m., DeCicco & Sons is dedicating the first half-hour of the shopping day for elderly and immune-compromised shoppers only.