A source with intimate knowledge of the kosher supermarket industry told TLS that some groceries are running low on certain disinfectants and sanitary products like tissues and gloves.
“There is still an abundance of food coming in, but we are definitely seeing a massive spike in the number of shoppers buying Lysol wipes and other products,” the source said. “While we are not concerned about running low on food, there is a distinct possibility that we will run out of Lysol, tissues, gloves, and some other products.”
The source also told TLS that some kosher grocery stores in New York state have already run out of many non-food products.
Three Jewish schools closed today due to confirmed coronavirus cases in their communities, prompting shoppers to grab all the supplies they could before it spreads further.
“Not only are there no more of these products on the shelves, but even the suppliers have none left,” the source said.
There are currently no confirmed or suspected cases of coronavirus in New Jersey, and the Health Department says the risk to the public is still “very low” and that there is no reason to panic. However, health officials are urging people to wash their hands frequently and do all they can to keep themselves sanitary in order to avoid a possible coronavirus breakout.