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Costco Offering Priority Access To Healthcare Workers, First Responders

Apr 10, 2020, 7:44 AM
Customers wait in line to enter a Costco store on March 14, 2020 (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Im...
FILE: Customers wait in line to enter a Costco store on March 14, 2020 (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
(Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – Those on the front lines of the coronavirus battle are being given priority access at Costco stores, according to a company statement.

Costco members who are healthcare workers or first responders will be allowed to move to the front of the line to enter any warehouse.

First responders include police officers, EMTs and firefighters, the company said. A Costco membership card and an official ID will need to be presented.

It’s one of the many changes the warehouse has made during the coronavirus pandemic, including offering special operating hours for members ages 60 and older, limiting the number of members into a store on a single membership card, and limiting the amount of certain products a member can purchase at a time.

All Costco warehouses in the U.S. will also be closed for Easter Sunday.

Click here for more information on Costco’s updates and coronavirus response.


Coronavirus Resources  

  • Have you or a family member been affected by coronavirus issues in Utah? KSL TV wants to hear from you. Contact KSL by emailing social@ksl.com 

How Do I Prevent It?  

The CDC has some simple recommendations, most of which are the same for preventing other respiratory illnesses or the flu:  

  • Avoid close contact with people who may be sick  
  • Avoid touching your face  
  • Stay home when you are sick  
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue and then throw the tissue in the trash  
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom, before eating, and after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing. Always wash your hands with soap and water if your hands are visibly dirty.  
  • If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.  

How To Get Help  

If you’re worried you may have COVID-19, go to TestingUtah.com to schedule a test, or contact the Utah Coronavirus Information Line at 1-800-456-7707 to speak to trained healthcare professionals. You can also use telehealth service through your healthcare providers.   

Additional Resources  

If  you see evidence of PRICE GOUGING, the Utah Attorney General’s Office wants you to report it. Common items in question include toilet paper, water, hand sanitizer, certain household cleaners, and even cold medicine and baby formula. Authorities are asking anyone who sees price gouging to report it to the Utah Division of Consumer Protection at 801-530-6601 or 800-721-7233. The division can also be reached by email at consumerprotection@utah.gov. 

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Costco Offering Priority Access To Healthcare Workers, First Responders