‘It’s their lives’: California’s grocery workers navigate COVID outbreaks, fears

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. — More than 2.5 million people have been infected with coronavirus in California, the latest epicenter of an unceasing pandemic. In Southern California, a person dies of COVID-19 roughly every 8 minutes in Los Angeles County where overrun county hospitals are considering rationing medical care after an after-holiday surge in new cases.

John Grant's voice breaks as he talks about it.

"It's overwhelming to us. The stories leave all of us weeping," Grant said. "We've never had to make calls to workers who survived their husband's death or their wife's."

Grant is president of United Food and Commercial Workers Local 770, the union that represents thousands of Los Angeles-area grocery employees, hundreds of whom have been infected and sickened by the virus in a string of workplace outbreaks in recent weeks.

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