Staff gathered outside a Hollywood Ralphs store on Friday were 21 people screened the coronavirus positively.
The organization called on the store to take more proactive measures while the virus is being screened by staff and to step up efforts to protect the employees of the grocery store, who are perceived to be critical workers at the front lines of the pandemic.
They said they’re concerned about thousands of staff who worry they won’t get enough security as the virus continues to spread throughout the region, infecting more than 24,000 people as of Friday.
The Ralphs are at W 7257. According to the Los Angeles Department of Public Health, which reports businesses and institutions with confirmed outbreaks, Sunset Blvd. has had an outbreak involving multiple employees who have tested positive for the virus.
It is the largest known cluster of viruses in a county grocery store.
Workers at a Ralphs store in Koreatown earlier this month gathered to demand more protective gear from the supermarket chain, who said they were afraid for their safety.
At the time Ralphs told KTLA in a statement that the chain is working to increase their protective equipment supply.
For our 18,000 workers, the chain said, we are working tirelessly to secure masks, adding that the chain is now proving employees with gloves and sanitizer, as well as installing plexiglass partitions at all checkout lines.
When the coronavirus first started to spread throughout the state and strict home-stay orders came into effect, shoppers crowded grocery stores to stock up on supplies.
Crowded markets packed to the brim with long queues and shopping carts became synonymous with the early beginning of the California pandemic.
And while others were hunkering down at home to protect against infection, workers at the grocery store kept on going to work.
Since then, other retailers such as Walmart, Costco, Target, and others have introduced changes, restricting the number of people in stores, including face coverings, adding plexiglass partitions, and spacing customers 6 feet apart.