Fred Meyer limits sales of cold and flu, sanitation products during COVID-19 outbreak.
The nation’s largest supermarket chain is limiting the sales of some medicines and sanitizing products amid a growing outbreak of the coronavirus in the U.S.
The Kroger Co. (NYSE: KR) issued a notification on its mobile app alerting customers that it is limiting the sale of sanitation and cold and flu related products to five per order because of increased demand. The notice comes as cases of the coronavirus pass 100 in the U.S., with patients being treated in 15 states and six deaths due to the virus.
“Due to high demand and to support all customers, we will be limiting the number of sanitization, and cold and flu related products to five each per order,” the company wrote. “Your order may be modified at time of pickup or delivery.”
It was not immediately clear whether the notice applied to all of Kroger’s 2,758 supermarket locations, or just orders made online. Representatives for Kroger did not respond to requests for comment as of this posting.
Fred Meyer limits sales of cold and flu, sanitation products during COVID-19 outbreak
It’s not just Kroger. Listings on Target’s and Walgreens’ websites showed multiple sanitization products such as hand sanitizer and sanitizing wipes listed as sold out online and in many store locations.
The coronavirus reportedly originated in China and has since spread to 67 countries across the world, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Symptoms include fever, cough and shortness of breath. According to the CDC, the mortality rate for the coronavirus was 2.3%, based on cases reported through Feb. 11.