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Empty shelves and long lines over coronavirus fears in the Victor Valley

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VICTOR VALLEY, Calif. (VVNG.com) — Fears over Covid-19 or more commonly known as the coronavirus are leaving many stores in the Victor Valley with empty shelves and long lines as residents continue to panic buy.

Panic buying happens when consumers buy unusually large amounts of a product in anticipation of a shortage due to a perceived disaster. Panic buying is a type of herd behavior.

On Friday, Apple Valley resident Nina Blank decided to go shopping for her basic essentials in the Town of Apple Valley. Within a few hours, Nina stopped at Target, Walmart, Winco, 99 Cent Store, Albertson’s, and all of them were out of toilet paper.

Aside from the obvious shortage of products, people are also reporting very long lines that have taken 2-4 hours. Mothers with small children have shared on Facebook about not being able to find baby wipes.

Nina said she was scared by the way people were taking everything and it made her a bit scared. “It’s almost like we are going to be left without nothing and things are getting worse and worse,” she stated.

On Friday afternoon President Trump declared a National Emergency. “The action I am taking will open up access to up to $50 billion of a very important and a large amount of money for states and territories of localities in our shared fight against this disease,” stated the President during a press conference.

No cases of coronavirus have been reported in San Bernardino County.

Target in Apple Valley with many empty shelves. (Photo by Nina Blank)
The Kleenex shelve at Walmart on Highway 395 in Victorville.  (photo by Shanon Margolis-Hernandez)
The Kleenex shelve at Walmart on Highway 395 in Victorville. (photo by Shanon Margolis-Hernandez)
(Stater Brothers on Bear Valley and Amethyst Roads in Victorville 3/13/20. Photo by Christine Bronsart)
(Stater Brothers on Bear Valley and Amethyst Roads in Victorville 3/13/20. Photo by Christine Bronsart)
Walmart (photo by Nina Blank)
stater brothers phelan
No toilet paper or bleach at stater brothers. 🤦‍♀️ (Photo by Summer Vanaken)
99 Cent Store in Jess Ranch shopping center. (Photo by Nina Blank)
Target in Apple Valley. (photo by Nina Blank)
long lines at winco foods
I’m in WinCo Apple Valley store the line is all the way to the back of the store in dairy…about 70 customers long. Photo by Jaelyn Gutierrez)
winco victorville long lines
Went to Winco on Roy Rogers & it took me 2 hours to checkout. No Tp or water. (photo by Gloria Acevedo)
(Photo by Catherine M. Haney.
The lines are out the door at Vons in Victorville. (photo by Tracy Warthan-Aiken)
I’ve never seen the Victorville Costco run out of shopping carts! 😮(photo by Steve Millikin)

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