Local hardware stores out of masks amid coronavirus preparations

As America becomes more aware of the dangers of coronavirus, local stores are trying to keep up with the demand for masks and other products.
Local Hardware Stores Out Of Masks Amid Coronavirus Preperations

As America becomes more aware of the dangers of coronavirus, local stores are trying to keep up with the demand for masks and other products.

“Most people when they come into our store, they’re looking for a dust mask for drywalling, for painting, for cleaning,” said Lori Johnson, a manager for Glenn’s True Value. “I am unable to even meet the demand of that customer.”

As the coronavirus continues to spread, many local hardware stores are running out of masks and respirators because of such a high demand for them.

Johnson says she and the owner at True Value stocked up on as many masks as they could for the burst of customers trying to prepare for coronavirus, but, they sold out and have been unable to restock like many stores because warehouses are behind on orders.

“We really thought it would get us through and the crisis of all of this and we’d be able to provide our community with their needs,” said Johnson. “Unfortunately we’ve run out.”

The U.S. Surgeon General urged the American public on Saturday to stop buying masks, tweeting, “if healthcare providers can’t get them to care for sick patients, it puts them and our communities at risk.”
Even Walgreen’s and CVS announced there may be brief shortages of hand sanitizer.
Bath and Body Works have seen a jump in sales for the product.
For now, many stores around Lincoln are just trying to restock.

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