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How to grocery shop safely during the pandemic and safely reenter your home

Posted at 6:13 AM, Apr 08, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-08 10:06:13-04

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — 13 Action News has learned multiple Las Vegas valley grocery stores have one or more employees that have tested positive for COVID-19.

Grocery store workers have been on the frontlines of this public health emergency.

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Some of the most recent positive cases involve an employee at the Vons at Windmill and Pecos, a Smith's worker off Durango and Elkhorn and Costco confirmed multiple cases in late March.

A question on a lot of people's minds now, if you have to go out how do you safely reenter your home?

Dr. Taz Bhatia says there are steps you can take to stay safe while getting the food your family needs.

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Start by bringing your own bag and something to cover your face.

Another tip, leave the family at home.

"Keep it down to maybe just you going to the grocery store," said Dr. Bhatia. "Or designate one family member to do so."

She also says to keep your phone in your phone in your pocket.

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"Our phones - we're on them all the time - but they are a vector for viral transmissions," said Dr. Bhatia. "Just stick that phone in your purse so you're not constantly touching it."

Once at the store, wipe down your cart, touch only what you need and look for prepackaged options.

Dr. Bhatia says to wash your hands as soon as you get home and disinfect cans and other containers, but rinse produce with just water. And if you want to be extra careful, peel it before you eat it.