Kroger adding more jobs in Nashville amid COVID-19 business closures

Posted at 11:16 AM, Mar 17, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-17 13:21:02-04

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — Kroger is adding new positions to help support those in the community whose jobs have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic in Middle Tennessee.

The grocer said the new positions will also help with the unprecedented levels of business grocery stores are seeing amid the outbreak.

"We have positions available in most all of our stores," said Melissa Eads, corporate affairs manager for the Kroger Nashville division. "We are expediting the hiring process in order to get people to work quickly."

Read more: Grocery stores react to COVID-19 outbreak, increased shoppers

There are both full and part-time positions available at local Kroger stores. Candidates can visit in order to apply.

Kroger said candidates could be placed for employment within a matter of days.

The Nashville Mayor's Office said they are exploring options to provide business owners and employees relief.


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What is COVID-19 (a.k.a. the new coronavirus?)

According to the World Health Organization, coronaviruses (CoV) are a large family of viruses that cause illness ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases. Examples include the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS-CoV)and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS-CoV). A novel coronavirus (nCoV) is a new strain that has not been previously identified in humans. COVID-19 stands for "Coronavirus disease 2019," which is when this strain of the coronavirus was discovered.

What are the symptoms?

The CDC says patients confirmed to have the 2019-nCoV reportedly had mild to severe respiratory illness with:

  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing

Or at least two of the following symptoms:

  • Fever
  • Chills
  • Repeated shaking with chills
  • Muscle pain
  • Headache
  • Sore throat
  • New loss of taste or smell

At this time, the CDC believes symptoms could appear as soon as two days after exposure, or as long as 14 days.


The CDC is recommending "common sense" measures such as:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a cloth face cover when around others.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.