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Grocery workers stay on the job Grocery and Delivery Workers By JASON C AMPBELL Th e Bu lletin

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Jamal Saeed didn’t get any days off to catch on any shows was lagging on areup doing theirhepart when the COVID-19 shelter-in place hit. to keep theany economy There weren’t days of sitting at home in his sweatpants or clearing the and Americans afloat backlog of books that have been stacking grocers, upare on the counter. delivery He had work to do. people, pharmacists Saeed, whose family owns and operates

and long haul truck drivers. Not only do individuals need these people, but the economy does, too.

Manteca Foods at the corner of Main and Alameda Streets, has been working steadily at the family’s grocery business trying to take care of customers that became even more reliant on businesses like the one his family operates when other retail businesses shuttered for the pandemic. While his day-to-day duties didn’t change all of that much when became an “essential” worker, what he was responsible for tracking down changed tremendously.

“I like doing this job because I get to help people find what they’re looking for and what they need,” said Saeed, a recent graduate of Cesar Chavez High School in Stockton. “That meant going to find things like hand sanitizer and masks and toilet paper so that we could provide those things to our customers. “We had to go all over the place – from Fresno to Oakland – to try and get things from our distributors so that we could provide them for our customers.” While the store does not yet carry a full-service meat department, discount produce, sundries, and dry goods have been a big part of their business – augmented by the rush to buy things related to the pandemic. That’s not to say that it’s been an easy road. Because of the massive demand on things like hand sanitizer and masks, purchasing enough to meet demand has meant paying a higher price from distributors, which in turn means charging more for

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Grocery stores have seen unprecedented floods of people coming in to buy essential items to tide them over during mandatory stay-at-home orders or true quarantine. They also deal with attempted hoarders who try to buy more than their fair share of items in high demand. Many grocery retailers have decided to close earlier to help keep shelves stocked for the next day’s influx of purchasers. Checkers, stockers, custodians and managerial staff have to face a nervous clientele each and every day and still manage to do so with a positive attitude. Grocery workers’ dedication to keeping their shelves stocked and customers safe makes them heroes of the coronavirus pandemic.

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Announcing the Opening of the Gladstone Clinic ples of the workers who are supplying needed items to the home-bound. Special care is being utilized by many of these services to keep goods contaminant-free. They’re also playing a key role in keeping small businesses afloat, including many restaurants that are only offering delivery and takeout services. Many people who can eat at home are ordering in to help keep their favorite restaurants in business during this extremely unusual time when dining rooms are closed and the option to eat out is impossible.

Many of us have that favorite restaurant where the ambiance is perfect, the wait staff is wonderful, and we make some of our happiest memories. Delivery people allow consumers to help out in the only way they can to keep those businesses operational during this difficult time.

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Toilet paper, medical supplies, groceries and pet supplies are just a few of the items that are brought to Americans by truck drivers. There are so many things long-haul and local drivers

the products to recuperate the investment – something that Saeed says not every customer understands. But while there was an immediate shortage of things like eggs in most chain grocery stores as people bought in bulk to try and stock up and limit their exposure to the outside world, Manteca Foods has managed to keep those – and many other daily essentials – in stock for customers. And for some of their customers, the store is the only place to get what they need. In addition to most mainline American produce, the store stocks unique international items that are specific to Indian and Middle Eastern cuisine – carrying items that most regular grocery stores don’t. “We want to be able to provide what people need when they come in here,” Saeed said. “And part of that is providing things that people can’t find in every store – that’s something that we try to do. “That’s what I enjoy about doing this – SEE GROCERY, PAGE 8

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Doctors and Nurses Even in normal times, doctors and nurses play a heroic role in saving lives. Now, however, they are working tirelessly to protect citizens who are susceptible to the COVID-19 virus while working under, in some cases, unthinkable conditions.

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Of course, socialand distancing is strongly air purifiers in the office. “The air in here practiced here, from the limited number Second Harvest Food Bank is now better than ever,” said Mas’ood. of people allowed in the waiting area to P.O. Box 4039, Manteca, CA  95337 Each patient follows the new-normal the floor markers placed six feet apart to www.localfoodbank.org protocol.  the counter. Take the check-in process – visitors SEE DENTISTS, PAGE 5

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Doctors and Nurses said. For him and others, in 2020, added face shields to the mix has provided yet another turning point for the profession. “You get used to wearing the face shield with the N95 respirator mask. It’s difficult getting used to and it’s not pleasant (to wear),” said Mas’ood. What’s possibly on the horizon in terms of COVID-19 safety? Mas’ood and Nabeel Cajee are looking into possibly acquiring Powered Air Purifying Respirators. This spaceman-like suit – as they described it – when worn, will provide protection against toxic fumes, airborne particles, or chemicals. PAPR uses a blower to pass contaminated air through filter to deliver breathable air fee of contaminants or airborne particles. “Who knows? We may someday have the look of a biohazard lab,” said Mas’ood Cajee who is also looking into high-velocity air purifiers and suction units. However, he noted these items for manufacturers remain in high demand while supplies are limited. With no relief in sight on the coronavirus, Mas’ood and Nabeel Cajee continue their practice while adapting to the challenges and maintaining a friendly environment.

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Mas’ood Cajee helps out at the front desk with the COVID-19 safety precautions in place.

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Emergency Medical Technicians While people working inside hospitals are clearly playing a heroic role, the first interaction many people have with the health care system happens in their own homes and offices.

Emergency Medical Technicians

While people working inside hospitals are clearly playing a heroic role, the first interaction many people have with the health care system happens in their own homes and offices. Emergency medical technicians (EMTs) are in the middle of it all, out in the community as a first line of defense against a potentially deadly virus. CHANGING JOB According to reports in the New York Times, first responders in New York City are playing different roles than their usual routine. Always a high-stress job with life-orSEE EMERGENCY, PAGE 11

Emergency medical technicians (EMTs) are in the middle of it all, out in the community as a first line of defense against a potentially deadly virus.

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death consequences and tremendous time pressure, New York’s EMTs took on the added task of screening who should and shouldn’t go to the hospital in the heat of While people working the coronavirus pandemic. Some callers even fake are symptoms, or inside hospitals exaggerate their conditions, in hopes clearly playing a newspaper of getting better care, the reported. heroic role, the first EMTs now have the uncomfortable role of telling some patients they shouldn’t go interaction many to the hospital.

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ments for treating medical conditions, EMTs have to work in the real world. That means they’re dealing with unknown variables. In addition to working through all kinds of weather and fighting traffic to quickly get to patients, they have to be prepared for the possibility that every person they interact with could potentially be carrying the COVID-19 virus. They are also dealing with the same supply shortages as hospitals. Personal protective equipment is in high demand all around the globe, and EMTs are forced to make the best of a less-thanideal situation in many cases. HAZARD PAY? United States Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin has suggested that corona-

virus first-responders deserve hazard pay because of the extraordinary conditions they are working through during the pandemic. According to EMS1.com, which covers the emergency medical industry, the idea gets a mixed reaction among medical employees. “Many say the pay isn’t necessary, arguing, ‘we knew what we signed up for when we climbed onto the rig,’ while others note the extraordinary circumstances, contending, ‘while the job of paramedics and first responders has its inherent risks, the COVID-19 pandemic is outside the scope of everyday risks,’” an editor’s note reads. DISPATCHERS While they are not physically on the

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Grocery and Delivery Workers Among those who are doing their part to keep the economy and Americans afloat are grocers, delivery people, pharmacists and long haul truck drivers. Not only do individuals need these people, but the economy does, too. GROCERS

Grocery stores have seen unprecedented floods of people coming in to buy essential items to tide them over during mandatory stay-at-home orders or true quarantine. They also deal with attempted hoarders who try to buy more than their fair share of items in high demand. Many grocery retailers have decided to close earlier to help keep shelves stocked for the next day’s influx of purchasers. Checkers, stockers, custodians and managerial staff have to face a nervous clientele each and every day and still manage to do so with a positive attitude. Grocery workers’ dedication to keeping their shelves stocked and customers safe makes them heroes of the coronavirus pandemic.

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Advice in staying safe The American Public

Finally, while there are plenty of heroes who are helping in big Finally, there ways — thewhile pastors comforting grieving families and many are plenty of heroes people who continue to work in essential who are—helping professions one heroin is making a major the ordinary big difference: ways — the citizen. pastors comforting Many of the well-known virusfighting heroes don’tand have the grieving families option to stay home in a pandemic. manynurses, people who workers Doctors, hospital and other medical professionals continue to work in are working harder than ever. essential professions By following the advice of public health experts, everyone else can — one hero is making help them do their jobs.

a major difference: DISTANCING the SOCIAL ordinary citizen.

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break. For those measures to work, everyone has to do their part by allowing America’s medical system to avoid being overloaded at the peak of the infections.

AVOID EXPOSURE According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the best way to stop the coronavirus illness is to avoid being exposed in the first place. As the CDC states, because COVID-19 may be spreading by people who don’t show any symptoms of illness, Americans may unknowingly be spreading the disease every time they go out in public. Keeping your public outings to a minimum will help slow the virus’ circulation.

GUIDELINES In addition to avoiding close contact with other people when unnecessary, the CDC also has these recommendations that can help us all fight the coronavirus pandemic: ► Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. ► If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry. ► Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands. ► Cover your mouth and nose with a cloth face cover when around others. ► The cloth face cover is meant to protect other people in case you are

in a pandemic. Doctors, nurses, hospital workers and other medical professionals are working harder than ever. By following the advice of public health experts, everyone else can help them do their jobs.

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infected. ► Do not use a face mask meant for a healthcare worker. ► Continue to keep about 6 feet between yourself and others. The cloth face cover is not a substitute for social distancing. STAYING INFORMED Finally, one of the best ways to help bring an end to the pandemic is by staying informed with accurate, trusted information. Look directly to public health officials — not your friends, unknown news sources or social media posts — for up-to-date details about COVID-19 activity. By paying attention to the public health experts and heeding their warnings and advice, everyday citizens can literally be life-saving heroes.

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