Officials Urging People Not To Hoard Items; Shortages Being Reported Locally On Things Such As Toilet Paper & Hand Sanitizer

Thu 3-12-2020

(Emmetsburg)-- With COVID19, and more importantly the weather we can have this time of year, officials say it's a good idea to make sure you have the proper supplies on hand. Likewise, Bob Reganski of Palo Alto County Health System in Emmetsburg is also urging people NOT to be hoarding...Reganski01 

"Basically the Federal Emergency Management Agency, or FEMA, and CDC both recommend that all households have atleast a two-week supply of non-perishable food at all times just in case something like this happens or living in Iowa, if we have weather events, tornadoes, blizzards, what have you. It's just a good idea to always be prepared. So stockpiling, especially perishable stuff, is really not recommended."

Locally shortages have been reported on toilet paper and hand sanitizer. Reganski says the significance of hand sanitizer is something that's been blown somewhat out of proportion...Reganski02 

"Any type of soap, whether it's bar, liquid, even dish soap, are just as effective and actually sometimes even more effective in washing your hands than hand sanitizer."

As of late Wednesday, the Iowa State Hygienic Laboratory reported a total of 14 cases of confirmed coronavirus in the state, with the newest case being an older adult between 61 and 80 years of age in Johnson county. The patient was on the same Egyptian cruise as other positive cases, all of which so far have been in Johnson county.