Dollar General Offering Discount to Medical Personnel, First Responders and National Guardsmen Amid Coronavirus Outbreak

Dollar General will give all medical personnel, first responders, and activated National Guardsmen a 10 percent discount from today.

To qualify for the discount, the workers should present their employment badge or ID at any Dollar General store. The discount will be valid until April 30 but could be extended based on the changing circumstances surrounding the coronavirus outbreak.

The offer will apply to qualifying purchases and is not valid with additional Dollar General coupons or toward the purchase of gift cards, all phone cards, prepaid Visa cards, prepaid wireless handsets, lottery tickets, Rug Doctor rentals, tobacco and alcohol beverages.

Todd Vasos, CEO of Dollar General, said in a statement: "At Dollar General, we are deeply appreciative [of] the ongoing and brave work that our medical professionals, first responder communities and National Guard activated continue to perform during these unprecedented times.

"To demonstrate our heartfelt gratitude for these individuals' tireless service to their communities, we are proud to help support them with this discount.

"On behalf of the entire Dollar General family, we would like to thank all of the physicians, nurses, pharmacists, paramedics, police officers, firefighters, Guardsmen and other health care and front-line professionals working to support and care for our neighbors and communities."

Dollar General is also investing approximately $35 million in bonuses for all eligible store, distribution center, and private fleet employees who work during a six-week period from mid-March. Dollar General will also give its employees an ongoing 30 percent digital discount on its private brands through May 4, 2020.

To cope with the demand during the coronavirus outbreak, Dollar General is looking to hire 50,000 employees by the end of April.

Kathy Reardon, Dollar General's senior vice president and chief people officer, said in a statement: "We invite individuals looking to start or grow a career, as well as for those whose job may be temporarily impacted by COVID-19, to apply for opportunities to help further our mission of Serving Others."

Multiple grocery store chains, including Albertsons, Kroger, and CVS are also hiring during the coronavirus pandemic, and taking on people who have lost their jobs due to the outbreak.

Dollar General, along with other major grocery store chains such as Walmart, Target, and Trader Joe's, has also responded to the coronavirus pandemic by dedicating the first hour of shopping to senior customers to allow them access to the store without crowds.

Additionally, Dollar General is closing its stores an hour early to give staff time to clean and re-stock the store.

World Health Organization advice for avoiding spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19)

Hygiene advice

• Clean hands frequently with soap and water, or alcohol-based hand rub.
• Wash hands after coughing or sneezing; when caring for the sick; before, during and after food preparation; before eating; after using the toilet; when hands are visibly dirty; and after handling animals or waste.
• Maintain at least 1 meter (3 feet) distance from anyone who is coughing or sneezing.
• Avoid touching your hands, nose and mouth. Do not spit in public.
• Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or bent elbow when coughing or sneezing. Discard the tissue immediately and clean your hands.

Medical advice

• Avoid close contact with others if you have any symptoms.
• Stay at home if you feel unwell, even with mild symptoms such as headache and runny nose, to avoid potential spread of the disease to medical facilities and other people.
• If you develop serious symptoms (fever, cough, difficulty breathing) seek medical care early and contact local health authorities in advance.
• Note any recent contact with others and travel details to provide to authorities who can trace and prevent spread of the disease.
• Stay up to date on COVID-19 developments issued by health authorities and follow their guidance.

Mask and glove usage

• Healthy individuals only need to wear a mask if taking care of a sick person.
• Wear a mask if you are coughing or sneezing.
• Masks are effective when used in combination with frequent hand cleaning.
• Do not touch the mask while wearing it. Clean hands if you touch the mask.
• Learn how to properly put on, remove and dispose of masks. Clean hands after disposing of the mask.
• Do not reuse single-use masks.
• Regularly washing bare hands is more effective against catching COVID-19 than wearing rubber gloves.
• The COVID-19 virus can still be picked up on rubber gloves and transmitted by touching your face.

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