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With a COVID Cluster in Brandon Do We Need This Store?

By: Tyler Glen
Posted: August 7, 2020 05:47

Where there is a need, there's someone there to sell you something.


(Image: US Centers for Disease Control)

There are 30 newly confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Manitoba Thursday, the second-highest single-day jump since the start of the pandemic.  And it included 18 connected to a cluster in Brandon. Needless to say, this has created a great deal of concern in the community.  But if we keep doing what health officials tell us; social distance, wash your hands regularly, and avoid large gatherings, we should soon return to flattening the curve.  And to help in that effort, maybe we need a store like this?  It's a COVID-19 Essentials pop-up store!

COVID-19 Essentials is now open on the second floor of Aventura Mall in Miami, Florida. It is described as a one-stop-shop for all your Covid-19 needs. From hand sanitizers and disinfectants to portable UV light sterilizers and shoe cover dispensers, this specialized store really has it all. According to the entrepreneurs behind Miami’s currently most talked about business, the demand was there and all they had to do was give the people what they wanted, but the shop has been getting some criticism online, with people calling it an opportunistic cash-grab.

COVID-19 Essentials isn't exactly cheap. A two-ounce bottle of simple sanitizer costs $5.99, and if you’re looking for something special you can spend $9 on a bottle of grapefruit-scented sanitizer. Simple face masks go for $29, but if you want to stand out, you can spend $45 on a Black Lives Matter mask, or customize one however you see fit. The owners of the store say it will remain open as long as there is a demand for what they sell.

As for Manitoba's update from Winnipeg yesterday involving the cases in Brandon; here is the announcement:

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