Customers looking to stock up on supplies keep running into empty shelves

Posted at 10:54 PM, Mar 11, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-12 08:07:19-04

SOUTHFIELD, Mich. (WXYZ) — WIth the coronavirus is here in Michigan, people are preparing and stocking up on food and supplies just in case. Store shelves at several major retailers are empty or nearly empty of tissues, toilet paper and sanitizer wipes.


If you do test positive for the coronavirus, doctors say you will be quarantined for at least 14 days. People say if they have to stay home that long, it’s better to be over prepared than under prepared.

"They’re out of sanitizer and wipes, so I’m using bleach," said shopper AJ Leath.

Store shelves at several major retailers from Downriver to Sault Ste. Marie are empty or nearly empty after word of the coronavirus was reported in the state.

"I am a little afraid, but I’m also a believer," Leath said. "We lasted through some other things. I think we’ll get through this."

A slew of photo posts were submitted to 7 Action News in one hour. Folks sent pictures of empty shelves where hand sanitizer, soap, toilet paper, wet wipes, you name it, were all in very limited supply.

"I was going to get some Clorox wipes because I don't have any of those left, but they don't have any of those left on the shelves either," said shopper Mike Johnson. "They said there’s a limit of five per customer, which I think is a bit excessive."

People say with two people infected in Michigan, more cases of COVID-19 are expected to be reported. They say everyone needs to be ready.

"I try not to get too freaked out about that stuff but seeing other people kind of get amped up is a little concerning," said Brandi Butler.

Michigan is under a state of emergency. People say this virus is controlling a lot of their daily activity and decision making. One thing they can all agree on is not taking this virus lightly.

"Really it takes participation from everyone to do methods, whatever they can to keep themselves germ free as possible and to at least minimize the further spread of it," Leath said.

Stores are working hard to restock all their shelves as soon as possible. Some are also limiting the amount of supplies customer can purchased at a time.