Paper products at retail stores dwindle as COVID-19 cases surge in Allen County

As COVID-19 cases rise, so does the demand for items like toilet paper and disinfectant wipes. In response, stores like Walmart are asking customers to limit their purchases to one per item.

Posted: Nov 18, 2020 3:53 PM
Updated: Nov 19, 2020 10:10 AM

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) -- If you go grocery shopping, you may notice barer shelves in paper product aisles.

The Associated Press reports 21 percent of shelves that stock these items are empty nationwide - the highest level in at least a month.

Retail stores are asking customers to not hoard toiletries in response to the surge in COVID-19 cases. 

“I have noticed at Walmart that the supplies are dwindling down,” Fort Wayne resident Tom Fishbach said. 

 Fishbach says fortunately for him, he lives alone and purchases very little supplies.

“If I buy a bulk package at Sam’s Club, it’ll last me all year,” he said. 

New Haven resident Melissa Peppler isn’t as lucky.

She has to worry about supplies for her whole family.

“We were at Costco last week and they had signs out that said that they didn’t have any more toilet paper and paper towels,” Peppler said. 

Retail corporations have been having trouble keeping up with high demand.

Walmart announced on Tuesday that they’re limiting toilet paper and disinfectant wipe purchases to one per customer.

Peppler says she’s been preparing for this since she saw what happened when the pandemic first hit.

“We already started over the summer," she said. "Every other week I buy one paper towel or toilet paper so I wouldn't be hoarding, but at least I have a little stockpile at home.”

Health officials urge consumers against hoarding toiletries, as it creates unnecessary hysteria.

Toilet paper sales across the country are down 62 percent since the pandemic first hit.

They are currently six percent higher than they were before mid-March, but if stockpiling continues, that percentage will rise.

Indiana Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Cases: 701971

Reported Deaths: 13187
CountyCasesDeaths
Marion958051716
Lake51105939
Allen38867670
Hamilton34212404
St. Joseph33638539
Elkhart27021431
Vanderburgh22016393
Tippecanoe21602212
Johnson17408373
Porter17157297
Hendricks16711310
Clark12640190
Madison12287337
Vigo12139244
Monroe11336166
LaPorte10760204
Delaware10288184
Howard9606211
Kosciusko9051113
Hancock7922139
Bartholomew7839153
Warrick7671155
Floyd7533176
Wayne6871198
Grant6755168
Boone6517100
Morgan6362138
Dubois6068117
Marshall5743108
Dearborn566975
Cass5668102
Henry5558100
Noble536983
Jackson491869
Shelby476895
Lawrence4324118
Gibson426889
Harrison426070
Montgomery416286
Clinton415053
DeKalb405483
Huntington376480
Whitley374939
Miami371365
Knox364889
Steuben361357
Putnam351760
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Jefferson310779
White307154
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Greene269985
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Scott259853
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Washington230329
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Sullivan207342
Starke201152
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Jay185529
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Pike130034
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Newton102834
Brown99340
Crawford96914
Benton95613
Martin82215
Warren78715
Switzerland7698
Union69510
Ohio55511
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Ohio Coronavirus Cases

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Cases: 1045945

Reported Deaths: 18917
CountyCasesDeaths
Franklin1214131352
Cuyahoga1060882061
Hamilton778281165
Montgomery49815988
Summit45000907
Lucas39675760
Butler37582568
Stark31296894
Lorain24038472
Warren23805291
Mahoning20777583
Lake19885362
Clermont19387228
Delaware17933130
Licking16066206
Fairfield15618196
Trumbull15500459
Medina14787259
Greene14593236
Clark13542288
Wood12664184
Portage12277194
Allen11281229
Richland11001198
Miami10500212
Muskingum8676127
Wayne8523209
Columbiana8515226
Pickaway8414120
Tuscarawas8347239
Marion8342135
Erie7509153
Ross6687145
Hancock6666123
Geauga6520146
Ashtabula6436164
Scioto6271100
Belmont5578158
Union555147
Lawrence5454102
Jefferson5271147
Huron5265113
Darke5256121
Sandusky5158119
Seneca5084118
Washington5056107
Athens497454
Auglaize473984
Mercer470084
Shelby454689
Knox4363108
Madison420458
Putnam419398
Ashland411586
Fulton406266
Defiance399496
Brown384855
Crawford3848100
Logan371976
Preble369298
Clinton359359
Ottawa354278
Highland345759
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Champaign317856
Jackson306151
Guernsey305348
Perry289249
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Morrow274139
Henry262866
Hardin262663
Coshocton257857
Holmes252399
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Gallia232946
Pike232331
Adams227152
Wyandot225553
Hocking208458
Carroll188547
Paulding168238
Meigs141138
Noble132537
Monroe128741
Morgan106423
Harrison104936
Vinton81314
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