If you're shopping for Clorox wipes, cleaners, or even toilet paper in Central New York, you might find bare shelves.

From Walmart to Hannaford, shoppers are finding nearly bare shelves as they look for cleaning supplies and hand sanitizers. Some stores, including Lowe's, reportedly still have Clorox wipes available.

The North Utica Walmart has instituted purchasing limits on certain items as a result of the shortage.

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Online retailers are taking measures to prevent price gouging: eBay has banned the sale of hand sanitizer and face masks, and Amazon says they've already removed over 500,000 listed items over gouging concerns, according to USA Today.

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As of this writing, coronavirus (COVID-19) has not yet reached Central New York. The CDC is providing recommendations to prevent the spread of illness.

Remind everyone in your household of the importance of practicing everyday preventive actions that can help prevent the spread of respiratory illnesses:

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home when you are sick, except to get medical care.
  • Cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue.
  • Clean frequently touched surfaces and objects daily (e.g., tables, countertops, light switches, doorknobs, and cabinet handles) using a regular household detergent and water.
    • If surfaces are dirty, they should be cleaned using a detergent and water prior to disinfection. For disinfection, a list of products with Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)-approved emerging viral pathogens claims, maintained by the American Chemistry Council Center for Biocide Chemistries (CBC), is available HERE.  Always follow the manufacturer’s instructions for all cleaning and disinfection products.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Always wash your hands with soap and water if your hands are visibly dirty.

To get all the details of the current status of coronavirus in the United States, and across the globe, check with the CDC.

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