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Toilet paper, supply rationing returns as COVID-19 cases surges in Utah

Posted at 2:53 PM, Nov 06, 2020

SALT LAKE CITY — The second wave of COVID-19 looks an awful like the first when it comes to finding toilet paper and other supplies in Northern Utah.

Store shelves are already looking sparse around Salt Lake City. A Shipt "shopper" sent their customer a photo Thursday showing the lack of toilet paper at a downtown Smith's Thursday.

Just as when the pandemic first started, Kroger, which owns the Smith's franchise, is once again telling customers they may only purchase a maximum of two products of items such as tissue paper, paper towels and disinfecting wipes, according to KTVT.

Shoppers have told FOX 13 that Target locations in Salt Lake City are also limiting certain products, including toilet paper and paper towels.

A study released last week showed 57 percent of people planned on rebuilding their stockpile of supplies as cases surge around the world.

In the months following the beginning of the pandemic, cleaning supplies and toilet paper disappeared from store shelves as quickly as they were stocked. A large 64 percent of shoppers said they took part in the spring stockpiling.

In March, nearly 1,200 people poured into the Costco in South Jordan on a Thursday — a 450% rise in shoppers over a similar day before the coronavirus.

On Friday, Utah reported 2,897 new COVID-19 cases and 17 deaths, the highest numbers in the state since the beginning of the pandemic.