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Evanston Jewel Limiting In-Store Customers To Help Stop Local Coronavirus Outbreak

The move comes as West Ridge seeks to contain its coronavirus outbreak.

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WEST RIDGE — In an effort to halt West Ridge’s coronavirus outbreak, the nearby Jewel-Osco across the border in Evanston will be limiting the number of customers who can be in the store at one time, officials have announced.

The move comes as neighborhood leaders and public health officials grapple with a West Ridge coronavirus outbreak that is the largest known cluster of cases in the state. Ald. Debra Silverstein (50th) said she asked Jewel-Osco’s corporate officers to help in the efforts, resulting in the measures taken at the store at 2485 Howard St. in Evanston.

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“Thank you also to the management of this store, and the owners of the many essential stores in the 50th Ward, for being so cognizant of the safety and health of our community,” Silverstein said in an email to constituents.

West Ridge’s 60645 has the largest number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in the state. Neighboring Skokie has the highest cases of any Cook County suburb, and Evanston is also among the suburbs with the highest number of cases, according to the Park Ridge Herald-Advocate.

The coronavirus cluster has shocked some residents, and neighborhood businesses are taking every precaution possible to help halt the spread.

Other neighborhood leaders, including State Rep. Yehiel ‘Mark’ Kalish, a West Ridge Democrat, are trying to help local South Asian market and Kosher grocery stores adapt to online shopping and other precautions to help avoid crowding.

Representative for Jewel-Osco could not immediately be reached for comment.

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