CHAMPAIGN — Good luck finding hand sanitizer around town.
On Tuesday, it was gone from the shelves at area Walgreens, CVS, County Market, Lowe’s, Schnucks, Walmart, Target and Meijer stores.
Also either sold out or low in stock at some stores Tuesday: face masks, disinfecting wipes, rubbing alcohol and toilet paper.
Just a day earlier, County Market parent company spokesman Gerry Kettler described supply as “OK,” adding, “There’s been a little bit of a rush on some hand sanitizer, but I think we’re back in stock today. But that could change tomorrow.”
Beginning now, with the goal of completion by March 23, the University of Illinois announced it will 'immediately begin migrating to online or alternative delivery mechanisms.'
It did. The County Market on West Kirby Avenue in Champaign was expecting a shipment of hand sanitizer Tuesday, but it didn’t arrive, store director Gary Jumper said.
At the Schnucks in Urbana, local barber Joe Taylor was unable to find sanitizer.
“I need it for my customers, to protect them,” he said.
Taylor said he wasn’t particularly concerned about the coronavirus but wanted to be cautious.
“I’m in the middle,” he said.
Taylor said he’d checked with Meijer, CVS and Walmart before stopping at Schnucks, where he instead settled for disinfecting wipes that were still in stock.
'We have had a plan for something like this since H1N1 in 2009,' said Lara Conklin, executive director of college relations at DACC. 'At this point, we are not doing social distancing because that would be an over-abundance of caution.'
At the Champaign Meijer and Walmart, a handful of toilet paper rolls were all that remained Tuesday afternoon. Target still had plenty.
At the Champaign Lowe’s, signs warned customers that “due to current high demand, select products are limited to 10 per customer.”
And a sign on the door at the Walgreens on East University Avenue in Urbana let customers know that “We Are Sold OUT Of Masks and Hand Sanitizer.”