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At Least Five Michigan Grocery Store Workers Have Died From COVID-19

Grocery store workers are considered essential under the stay-at-home order, placing them at greater risk for exposure to the novel coronavirus

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Michigan grocery stores confirm employees died from coronvirus-related complications

At least five Michigan grocery store workers are dead from novel coronavirus-related illnesses, the Detroit Free Press reports. Representatives for Kroger confirmed to the paper that four employees at locations in Northville, Troy, Grosse Pointe, and Livonia have died. Meijer reported one death at an undisclosed location.

While the stay-at-home order has limited in-person work for many people in Michigan, but grocery stores are considered an essential service. As front-line workers, these employees are particularly at risk for the novel coronavirus. Some stores have offered additional hazard pay and protective gear to keep employees safe. The most recent update to the state executive order outlined multiple measures grocery stores should take to limit customer and employee contact and maintain proper social distance.

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