Shelves at a Jewel Osco, 1340 S. Canal St., are empty amid the coronavirus outbreak. Credit: Pascal Sabino / Block Club Chicago

CHICAGO — Jewel-Osco and Mariano’s are immediately hiring at all of their Chicagoland locations.

Jewel-Osco, which has several stores on the North and Northwest sides, is looking for cashiers, stockers and people to work in the deli section. In a tweet, Jewel-Osco said it needs people for all shifts and it “WILL be flexible with any needs you have at home.”

Those interested can apply online or in person at their nearest store.

Individuals interested in working at Mariano’s can apply online here or stop by a store from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Friday for an on-site interview.

Stores have been filled with shoppers in recent days as people try to prepare for the coronavirus outbreak. Many people are working from home, and restaurants and bars have been closed to prevent spread of the virus.

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The surge has left store shelves barren of even staples like pasta, beans, eggs and milk.

Officials have asked people not to stockpile, as that can lead to food shortages for others.

“Please do not hoard food,” Pritzker said during a Sunday briefing on the virus. “Buy what you need, but please be reasonable. Think of your friends and your neighbors.

“There is enough food to go around, but we need people to not be selfish.”

Despite those pleas, stores remain busy: On Monday evening, the Jewel-Osco near Western Avenue and Addison Street didn’t have any milk, eggs or bread, and its pasta and soup sections were largely empty.


Coronavirus can be deadly, but the vast majority of cases have been mild. Those most at risk from the virus are people who are elderly or who have underlying health conditions.

Symptoms of coronavirus can appear two to 14 days after a person has been exposed to the virus, according to the Centers for Disease Control. People with no symptoms may have the virus and spread it to others.

The virus spreads between people through coughing and sneezing, according to the Illinois Department of Public Health.

The symptoms:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath

If you or someone else has difficulty breathing, persistent pain or pressure in the chest, become confused, cannot be roused or develop a bluish face or lips, get immediate medical attention, according to the CDC.

How To Protect Yourself

The CDC only recommends those are already sick wear facemasks because they help you avoid spreading the virus.

Here’s what you can actually do to prevent getting ill:

  • The CDC and other officials have said people should wash their hands often, including before, during and after eating; after using the bathroom; and after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing.
    The CDC has a guide here for how to properly wash your hands. Remember: Wash with soap and water, scrubbing your hands for at least 20 seconds.
  • If you can’t wash your hands with soap and water, you can use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer, according to the Illinois Department of Public Health.
  • Avoid touching your face, especially your eyes, nose and mouth, with unwashed hands.
  • Clean and disinfect objects and surfaces you touch frequently, like cellphones and light switches. Here are tips from the CDC.
  • Stay home when you’re sick and avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • If you have to sneeze with a tissue, throw it out immediately after using it, according to the CDC.

What To Do If You Think You’re Sick

Even if you’re not showing symptoms, the Chicago Department of Public Health recommends people coming from high-risk countries (here’s a CDC list) self-quarantine for 14 days after returning home.

If you do have symptoms of coronavirus, contact your primary doctor or a health care facility before going in. Explain your symptoms and tell them if you’ve come into close contact with anyone with coronavirus or traveled to an area where corona is widespread (here’s a CDC list) within the last 14 days, according to the Illinois Department of Public Health.

From there, the experts will work with your local health department to determine what to do and if you need to be tested for coronavirus, according to the Illinois Department of Public Health.

And, of course, if you think you’re sick with coronavirus, don’t risk exposing other people to the virus. Anyone who feels unwell has been advised to stay home.

Those with questions and concerns about coronavirus can call the Illinois Department of Public Health at 800-889-3931.

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