Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Local Sit Rep

Thank you to those who took the time share their reports. At some point anecdotes become data points. We'll do this again in a few days. Your sharing seems to me to be worth more for getting a feel for how things are around the country as any mainstream news reporting.

From the readers, a snapshot of America the week of 3/22/2020, in the early days of the COVID19 pandemic.

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Blogger Jess said...
Southeast Texas is about the same, except the traffic is around 50% of the usual volume. Most people are looking for paper goods, but they can be found at local outlets for a Texas grocery chain. Supplies are limited, so customers are only allowed small amounts.
March 23, 2020 at 4:49 PM
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Blogger Richard said...
Tried the senior shopping hour. Cluster. Too many people and they were limiting access so you had a crowd of old people standing in the rain and violating social distancing. Bailed and went to Wal-Mart which didn't have senior shopping today. Less crowded, decent but not great stock. No onions for some strange reason. Got my perishable stuff otherwise.
March 23, 2020 at 4:52 PM
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Blogger Tim Wolter said...
Wisconsin. Spring has arrived and the birds sound a little happier with less traffic noise about. Bars and restaurants closed. Grocery and liquor stores well stocked. General mood is Resolute. Patience will last about two more weeks, after that, not sure.

TW
March 23, 2020 at 4:56 PM
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Blogger JustPeachy said...
Rural N. FL here. Hot. Sunny. Without the usual trips into town, I'm getting so much done at the house! Planted fig trees, doing a little gardening and yard cleanup. Neighbors have seized the opportunity and low-traffic quiet to buzz around our dirt-road neighborhood racing their souped-up go-karts.

No idea what it's like in town: haven't been there in nearly two weeks!

Unfortunately, Mr. Peachy works in the medical field, so we get exposed to all the bugs anyway-- we're self-isolating for everyone else's benefit, and have been passing around a nasty cold. The plague? Who knows? Only way we'll be going in and getting tested is if someone needs to be hospitalized.
March 23, 2020 at 5:06 PM
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Blogger NITZAKHON said...
Southern NH.

Went to get OJ and a few other things but meandered around to check it out.

Pasta, rice, beans, paper goods, canned goods, soups, pasta & sauce - still more-or-less bare. Meats, low. Fruits and veggies at normal. Milk was well-stocked and they've made a good comeback on bread. Cleaning supplies were still essentially nil.
March 23, 2020 at 5:11 PM
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Blogger Greybeard said...
PHX AZ-
No panic. But our son just started "ride-sharing" and the impact on his fares is dramatic... reduced by at least 60%.
No paper products on shelves. No ammo for the AR-15 I just bought.
And our flight back to the MidWest in a week is questionable.
March 23, 2020 at 5:16 PM
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Blogger Comrade Misfit said...
SE CT: Flour and yeast are almost unobtainable. Some days, there was no meat in one store, another store would have some. Canned goods vary. Paper towels and TP are spotty.

Gasoline has dropped a lot. At some stations, it's headed towards two dollars a gallon.
March 23, 2020 at 5:33 PM
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Blogger TommyG said...
North West Georgia restaurants are carry out only but are allowed to sell take out alcohol with food. Grocery stores still out of paper goods low on cleaners, meat , beans and flour. Local ammo reloaded was out of 223 and 45’s Saturday. They had 4 500 round boxes 9 mm 3 250 round cans of 308, 1 250 round can 300 blackout and a spam can of 7.62X39. The counter guy said they normally had between one hundred and one hundred fifty thousand round in stock. They sold their last AR last Thursday.
March 23, 2020 at 5:35 PM
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Blogger Jerky Dave said...
Here in northern Michigan, nothing unusual. But we still have snow on the ground and folks don't get around too much anyways. Biggest difference is bars and churches are closed.
March 23, 2020 at 5:35 PM
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Blogger Borepatch said...
Maryland, Home Depot. Open (Governor just closed all "non-essential" businesses; don't know if THD is essential or not).

I asked if they had any dry wall masks. The guy said that they get them in small deliveries, but somehow doctors and nurses happen to be there when they come in and buy the whole stock. That actually made me feel better.

Grocery store: no paper products, half the meat gone but a lot still there. Produce aisle looks normal. No butter or milk or juice.
March 23, 2020 at 5:47 PM
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Blogger Beans said...
Gainesgrad, capital of the Democratic People's Republic of Alachuacountystan, State of Florida.

Mostly things are back on the shelves, even some toilet paper. Bottled water is being limited, which sucks, because I normally buy 3 cases of water at Walmart and use it all month long.

Overall, Florida is looking better and better, except... We just got the countywide Lockdown Order, starting at midnight tonight, because the Univerisdad de Beijing, located in Gainesgrad, FL (otherwise known as the University of Florida) has a small but not insignificant population of Communist Chinese students who have either come back from Wuhan from winter break, or had relatives come here from Wuhan in front of the quarantine there. Yay open borders, ya rat bastiges.

And to top it off, a not-so-small (but utterly intellectually insignificant) number of regular students participated in Spring Break activities and went drunken-sexin-partying and... now we have supposedly adult students with Wuhan Communist China Corona Covid-19 Flu symptoms.

What is it about entitled leftist posterior orifices that makes their 'fun' so much more important than my safety, at the same time said posterior orifices are wanting to take my guns, my right to self-defense, my ability to drive a private vehicle and and and. They can partay and drink and drunk and mess around because it's their right to drink to excess while underage (which, nowhere in the Constitution I can find a right for) while my 2nd Amendment rights are already hosed and are being more hosed every day.

Other than that, gee, stay inside and hide from the world. Sounds like a normal day to me.

I just now have to make sure that when I go out amongst the great unwashed and intellectually challenged and socialist leftists (but I already said that by saying 'unwashed and intellectually challenged,') I make sure to take a shower and wash all over and rinse out my mouth and sinus passages with salt water.
March 23, 2020 at 5:55 PM
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Blogger Goober said...
We don't have Coronavirus tests, so the news keeps saying that there are no confirmed cases here, but I've got multiple employees out with Dr recommended quarantine periods with illnesses that have very much COVID19 symptoms. It looks like there's likely hundreds of cases here, but since there's no tests available, no confirmations.

Supplies are easy to come by, we never had a panic buy here in North Idaho.
March 23, 2020 at 6:18 PM
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Blogger Ed Bonderenka said...
Ypsilanti MI.
Went to the store Saturday.
No paper goods
No "shortages" of anything else.
I was only buying some fruits and vegetables and yogurt.
And chips. Must have chips.
The food shelves had some bald spots, but not East Germany yet.
I'm waiting on a call from work to see if I come back in tomorrow in response to Governess Whitmer's over reactive, unconstitutional "stay in place" order.
March 23, 2020 at 6:21 PM
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Blogger drjim said...
Northern Colorado

I haven't been out much, but my wife informs me things are returning to normal. Stores are getting stocked again, and she hasn't seen any "bad behavior" by anybody in the markets. I went down to the little convenience store near here to grab a Reese's "Fast Break" candy bar and a bag of Chili-Cheese Fritos, and the owner said his business was about normal. We laughed about the Great Toilet Paper shortage, and then he looked around and asked me if I needed any! I'm a semi-regular customer there, and he said he was keeping some hidden in the back for "good customers" like me.

And the patriarch of the DIL's side of the family just had a new calf yesterday up at the ranch, so life goes on....
March 23, 2020 at 6:30 PM
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Blogger Unknown said...
Michigan,lower peninsula, right in the middle of the mitten,but on Lake Michigan. I have been pleasantly surprised at the way that most people have been handling things. While some stores have been more cautious than others, with X taped in blue on the floor, and 6 feet between them, to separate people, most of them have not gotten that serious yet.
The people themselves have been showing nothing but kindness,generosity, and patience with each other and with the workers in the businesses that I have been in. It makes it really stand out if you happen across the odd one who is less than nice and positive with someone. But one runs across that type on occasion during normal times,so this is no different.
Supply chains seem to be holding up pretty well. The people have stopped meeting the stock people at the door with the carts of toilet paper, and taking it before it hits the shelves. The Governor of Michigan, Gretchen Whitmer,has announced today that at midnight tonight, the state will be under another step in our quarantine. This is meant to keep us home unless we simply must go out. The food stores,medical and other places determined to be needed for maintaining life and limb,sort of,will continue to remain open. Gas stations will be open,as will restaurants, with only take out or deliveries still being ok.
One interesting thing, we have a convenience store on our corner,a pretty big one, and they are only letting one person in at a time. They have a line outside the door, and let one person in,and wait until they leave, before letting the next one in. Like I said,some are taking this more seriously than others.

Pigpen51
March 23, 2020 at 6:32 PM
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Blogger libertyman said...
Southern NH here as well. Just got back from WalMart, some things in low stock, I didn't bother looking at paper goods, but got a few staples. (Inadvertent pun, I guess)

The dog likes "Frosty Paws" -- dog ice cream -- none was to be had. Are people hoarding dog treats now?

I might go to local Market Basket for "old people" hours tomorrow morning, as I have the credentials. They open at 05:30.

Our college has put academic courses on line, but we will still have labs, albeit with fewer students per lab. Snowing here just now, do online courses get snow days? Last week was spring break for us, so that was a help to get ready for this week.

Hanging in there, hoping this ends well, and soon.


March 23, 2020 at 6:37 PM
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Blogger BobF said...
Central Florida, this morning:
Publix grocery, changed hours to 8-8; no refunds; special age 65+ only from 0700-0800 Tue & Wed. Plenty of meat, milk and other dairy, eggs, veggies, fruit, seafood. No water, TP, paper towels, alcohol, sanitizer of any type, VERY little pasta, rice, flour. Weird -- no Campbell's soup but plenty of Progresso. (?) So much beer shelves and coolers were full and it was stacked in the aisles. Frozen items probably 80% stocked.
Hospital physical therapy: therapist had not heard of governor's executive order that no non-essential/emergency procedures are to be performed. My dentist has closed the office; oral surgery cancelled.
Restaurants: Dining rooms closed by governor's edict. Take-out and delivery only.
Gun shops: Open. CCW approval system shut down; sneaky bastards.

If this shows anything it is why so many idiots have no hurricane prep.

NO theme parks (Disney, Universal, etc.) are open, so few tourists. Can't blame jackass driving on tourists now, can we? Left turn lane, accelerates across three travel lanes to his right and makes a right turn into CVS. Not unusual here, believe it or not. But a FL plate and not a rental.
March 23, 2020 at 6:43 PM
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Blogger B said...
NW Indiana here, about 60 miles outside Chicago. Straight south of Lake Michigan.

Stores are pretty much stocked. Few shortages. TP and other products available. Meat, veg, etc all available in pretty good quantity, if not as much as before.

Home Depot/Menards/Lowes all open. No paper masks (I looked, but I don't need any, having stocked up before the ebola event that didn't happen).

Some other stores open, limited hours. Some clothing stores that have an online presence closed, Best Buy online only..no Geek Squad.

Restaurants are take out only, or delivery, and in the city they can deliver booze too. Likker stores open, but some stock getting low.

Gas stations/Convenience stores open. Oddly they are not selling their locally produced donuts and cookies, all other items available.

The governor has issued a "No Travel Unless You REALLY Need To" order, but it has no force of law until he declares an statewide emergency. Folks are pretty much staying home in my area. I did have to go to menards to get a fitting for my Hand Sanitizer experiment...

The other day my local meatmonger was out of their house brand thick cut bacon, so that is an issue...

Other than that, things are really not too bad. Traffic in town is about 1/2 of normal, at least for the time I was out.

March 23, 2020 at 6:57 PM
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Blogger lee n. field said...
Rural NWIL. We have one case (as of today) in the county.

I'd call conditions "almost normal" at this point. Spotty shortages at the grocery stores I've been in. No one seems to be panicking.

Walmart seems normal when shopping there.

Gun shop (when I was by Saturday) was busy, but had good stock.

I will probably go back in to work tomorrow. My job (computer tech) is specifically singled out in our dear governor's decree, as necessary, and I do have some customers that I certainly would provide that level of care for (sheriff and county 911). Half the business is working from home.
March 23, 2020 at 7:16 PM
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Blogger LL said...
Rural Northern Arizona - The regular grocery stores are stocked adequately. Big Box is doing even better with literal mountains of toilet paper.

There have been reports of hoarders arriving from California and emptying the shelves in other Arizona locations such as Kingman and Wickenburg, but we're a little too far removed from that.

Most people here have 10K+ rounds for each caliber that they shoot already so the demand has been steady and reasonable. Supply of illegal weapons, claymore mines, RPG-7's delivered by cartel types still remains steady even though the demand is constant. Availability of Ruchnaya Granata Oboronitel'naya, also delivered by drug cartels requires a wait time because demand is strong on the Rez., where they will be needed for fishing when the ice clears in the high country.
March 23, 2020 at 7:41 PM
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Blogger LSP said...
N. Central TX -- Everyone walking around with a gun despite no shortage of goods on the shelves, we're prepared, but DFW metrosprawl a disaster.

Supermarkets limiting to 15 customers a time. Neiman Marcus shut, except for my sisters who have to "pull stock" bizarrely.

Highland Park Village shut. A DISASTER for 30k millionaires everywhere, and the real ones.

Baynets fixed.
March 23, 2020 at 8:15 PM
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Blogger ProudHillbilly said...
Near Harpers Ferry, WV, which is a commuter area for D.C. Haven't been out for anything but a dog walk today. Yesterday I was in 2 grocery stores. Both were good on fruits and veges but meat and tp were, as they have been for days, stripped. Also no rice or beans, minimal soups. Pet food very thin. I keep wondering how certain shelves could be stripped so bare so soon after deliveries.

We are out every day on long walks but despite the largely good weather few people seem to be outdoors.
March 23, 2020 at 8:35 PM
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Blogger Observer said...
SW GA
Voldamart run today to replace defunct toaster oven and some fresh vegs.
Food: Lots of empty space on fresh meats but still plenty of meat; no fresh whole chicken. Lots of empty space on canned meats but plenty of canned meats, but little canned chicken or tuna. Normal fresh vegetables and fruit.
Outside of the grocery area store was virtually deserted.
Supplies: NO tp, few rolls paper towels, plenty of Kleenex, minimal detergents, No hand sanitizers.
Ammo: Very minimal 22LR, No 223, No 7.62x39, small amount 308. Plenty of common hunting ammo: 243, 6.5 Cred, 270, 280, 30-30, 30-06, 7mm mag, 300 win mag; even 45-70 and 338 Lapua.
March 23, 2020 at 8:43 PM
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Blogger Differ said...
Suburban north Metro Atlanta. Stores have most of everything except TP; wife did a top-up shop this afternoon on rumors that gov Kemp was going to enact statewide lockdown; he didn't.
Drove 60 miles north to Resaca to hike on the Pinhoti trail Saturday afternoon. The folks we met were the usual cheerful and cordial hiker and dog walker types.
Lots of vehicles with Ontario tags northbound on I-75; heading home from Florida no doubt.
Working from home is odd, but at least I have a job. Brother-in-law and all three of his adult sons have been laid off from various businesses in TX.
Things may be from in a few more weeks.
March 23, 2020 at 9:15 PM
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Blogger Rick C said...
Just outside Dallas, to the north. I went to Kroger yesterday and Walmart today. Typical crowds. A handful of people with masks. Half the store empty: nearly no meat (except steak and sausage), no bread, cereal, baking stuff, canned goods, frozen aisles nearly empty.

There's small signs at the register telling people to limit items (it doesn't say which) to one, but no enforcement.
March 23, 2020 at 9:16 PM
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Blogger ambisinistral said...
Central Gulf coast of Florida. Went out today, less traffic than usual. Stores are pretty well stocked except for the bizarre toilet paper hoarding. People were all calm. Restaurants are all carry out or delivery. Entertainingly -- in the local strip mall a comic book/video game store was open, I guess they self-identify as a vital industry.

As an aside, a little over a month ago my son opened a food truck. It was going OK and he was about to hire a part time cashier for it. Well, that's all on hold now. Bad timing for him (and the poor coed who have got some spending money).
March 23, 2020 at 9:34 PM
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Blogger Antibubba said...
Sacramento, California: It's a ghost town. Virtually no traffic, very few people on the street--even most of the homeless and shamblers have disappeared as indoor accommodations are found for them. The stores have gone back to regular-to-light shoppers. Availability of items vary--tonight my neighborhood grocery store had no eggs, prepared meat and cheese products, and juice. Fresh meat was available, which was unexpected. There were paper towels, but no TP. I was fairly well stocked beforehand, so I didn't panic buy, though I did pick up a package of toilet paper because I could.

Some restaurants are still open, carryout only. Food delivery services are very busy. My workplace is open but deserted. The owner does not want to close, but we're already down to no overtime. Given that I am exposed to customers and their cars I wear a mask and gloves (and put down a seat cover) when dealing with them. I'm not paranoid about getting Covid-19, but my wife is in home health care, and it'd kill me (and my wife) if something happened to them because I was careless. Most middle aged and older folks are maintaining a safe distance; younger ones are either clueless, or amused by precautions.
March 24, 2020 at 12:11 AM
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9 comments:

terrapod said...

Similar to what Bonderka says. SW Michigan is pretty calm other than PO'd folks unable to attend the bars and restaurants. Food plentiful, even paper products. Some meat sections a bit bare but the more pricy cuts plentiful. Give this one more week before folks get cabin fever and bust the curfews.

Murphy(AZ) said...

Allow me to add my thanks for the up-dates. Being elderly, we learned young that you NEVER allow yourselves to run low on any necessity. We may eventually have to go out foraging, but we're doing okay right now and staying safe at home.

A Reader said...

Fort Bend County, Texas: Schools, public and post-secondary, are generally on break through the 30th, if not longer, but some seem to be pivoting to providing homeschooling materials to the parents of their students. One of my co-workers from my department, but elsewhere in the state, indicated on a conference call yesterday that he's doing his work early because he's become a homeschooler. My college is working out how to keep working, because we have a whole bunch of students who are just about to graduate and enter the workforce. We want them to finish on time, and we need them working.

Folks seem generally calm around here. Some churches have cancelled services entirely, while others are now 100% online. Some, like my local church here and my folks' church in central Texas, have had to figure out how to do that, but they are working it out. My Sunday school class met using Google Hangouts Meet this week. I think it was a morale boost for everyone. The parking lots in my apartment complex have been basically full all day every day, with kids playing outside.

The paper goods aisle at most stores has seemed like a grocery store in Soviet Russia for the last week, and other aisles are catch-as-can. Aldi has been shortening their hours progressively. I've heard that Kroger isn't bad, but haven't seen the inside of the walmart in about a week.

Ed Bonderenka said...

My dad was not a "prepper".
But his cabinets and freezer were always stocked.
His philosophy was, if it's on sale, buy a lot of it.

Rick C said...

BTW, something I forgot to mention was that both trips were around 7PM. The Walmart was closed from 8:30PM to 7AM, so it's possible that if I went in the morning there'd be more stock, but I haven't had a chance to go there in the morning yet.

GuardDuck said...

Sorry I didn't get to post earlier, was out of town.

Portland, OR area.

Wife and I are "essential workers" so neither of us are at home much. Wife works in emergency room, I drive trains.

Oregon governor gave "stay home or get arrested" order in effect last night, Washington governor gave similar order that goes in effect tonight. These are probably in response to everybody treating being off work and out of school as special vacation time. Everyone headed to the mountains or the beaches. Would have been OK if they had brought their own supplies, tents/campers and stayed away from other people. Instead they descended upon small towns, bought all their stuff and mingled too close.

Saturday I saw the local big box home improvement stores packed full. Like everyone woke up that morning with a shiny new honey-do list.

This morning the local Walmart had empty shelves of toilet paper, cleaners, eggs, butter, flour, cooking oils, rice, beans, pasta and ramen. Canned goods, instant potatoes, powdered and evaporated milk, bacon, tuna, deli meat, milk and cheese were picked through pretty well.

We're good. Two freezers, a large pantry and other supplies in stock. Wife's biggest problem is remembering to pack a lunch for work as they closed down the cafeteria where she normally eats. I have to pack extra supplies for work as the out of town stores keep limiting their hours.

The railroad has placed bleach water bottles in all of our offices and locomotives to spray the heck out of them. So we got that going for us.

My wife keeps complaining that the hospital's policies for PPE usage keeps changing and that it appears to change not based upon current Covid-19 knowledge, but rather upon the hospitals inventory of supplies. A lot of upset staff members. They are also urging all staff to not wear scrubs to or from work as there have been reports of people in scrubs being harassed at stores or in drive-thrus. Either a 'eww you are spreading covid, go away' or 'why aren't you people doing xxxx?' types of harassment.

Unknown said...

I have to thank you for the post here listing where everyone is from and them telling what things are like in their neck of the woods. Not only is it interesting to know how things are like in places other than my AO, but it is also fun to know just where everyone is from, and to be able to put an area with a name.
I am not saying that like a stalker, just as an interested blog follower. I see that a couple of others are living her in Michigan. It makes me feel better, knowing that if our governor gets out of line, there will be others who will go to Lansing, and take care of her, so that I can stay at home, wishing I had 8 cases of toilet paper, instead of just 7.
Seriously, does anyone know just why the huge buy on toilet paper? I would understand if the coronavirus were a stomach problem, but this is a respiratory issue. I guess that toilet paper is just one of those things that people think automatically will be in short supply, and they can see stockpiling it, since it won't spoil, it has a shelf life of forever.
pigpen51

Jester said...

Wyoming here, I live in Laramie which is a college town. Stores have veggies and stuff, not a lot of canned goods when I went last week. Not much for paper products there either. Cheyenne is similar. Wyoming is under a lock down of which folks can still work but bars, eating places are down to take out only. Same as breweries and the like. Personal contact places like tattoo shops and massage parlors are shuttered as of today. Schools are all out too.

NITZAKHON said...

Local sitrep, as of afternoon 3-25. Southern NH.

Local store was looking better. Soups, rice, beans, and even some pasta and sauce on the shelves. Paper aisle and cleaning supplies still utterly denuded. Talking to the stocking staff seems to indicate things are "getting better"... after all, you can only stockpile so much TP. (Says the man with over 500 rolls in his garage - but then, I was doing this for over a year.)