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Smith's grocery stores limiting orders of sanitizer and other items

Posted at 4:46 PM, Mar 04, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-04 20:00:34-05

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — Smith's grocery store is advising customers on its app that it is limiting the number of sanitization, cold and flu-related products that can be ordered for pickup or delivery.

"Attention Customers: Due to high demand and to support all customers, we will be limiting the number of Sanitization, and Cold and Flu related products to 5 each per order. Your order may be modified at time of pickup or delivery," the alert reads.

According to ABC News, there have been reports from around the country of people stocking up on hand sanitizer, face masks, cleaning supplies and shelf-stable pantry items like fruit snacks and dried beans because of the fear of coronavirus.

Percentage of increase in sales:

Medical face masks -- 319%
Household maintenance masks -- 262%
Hand sanitizer -- 73%
Thermometers -- 47%
Aersol disinfectant -- 32%
Oat milk -- 300%
Dried beans -- 10%

Additionally, sales have also increased for bottled water and supplements.

13 Action News reporter Jeremy Chen observed shoppers at a local Costco this week eagerly buying whatever water was available and there have been reports of empty shelves around the valley.

Medical professionals and the Centers for Disease Control have asked people to stop buying face masks and recommend old-fashioned hand washing with soap and water over hand sanitizers.

If soap and water are not available, then the CDC recommends using an alcohol-based sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.