Corona Virus California
WOW! What a difference a month makes! Last month we were enjoying spring weather early. This month the Corona Virus California quarantine is the big news along with the toilet paper and milk wars in the grocery stores!
Corona Virus Roseville CA Shopping
Here in Roseville California, we are definitely in the midst of the major quarantine caused by Corona Virus. California has definitely been hit hard. Sadly, Roseville, itself, was home to the first Corona Virus death, with Sacramento following close behind.
Roseville Shopping Woes
When we go grocery shopping in Roseville and the Sacramento area, we have discovered that our stores are missing huge amounts of hand soap, hand sanitizer, cleaning supplies and toilet paper along with other necessities like:
- baby formula!
- and more!
Grocery Store Smiles
Happily, the grocery stores in our area are stepping up to this major upheaval. They have instituted shorter hours, are receiving new supplies daily and working hard to get them on the shelves as quickly as possible, and are rationing necessities. Many are continuing OR beginning to offer delivery options or order from home and pick-up options. And hooray! Many are also offering special times for boomers and seniors (best to call to confirm times and age requirements).
I went to Sam's Club – SamsClub.com – last week and discovered they were limiting the number of people inside AND limiting how many go in at one time – in order to keep the needed “social distance.” The line to get in was over half an hour, per a nice couple who warned me as I got out of the car. I heard there were quite a few supplies but opted to head for Walmart instead.
Walmart was totally open then (hopefully still is), though they have adjusted their times. They were rationing items to one package of toilet paper and one milk per person. With kids who have big families, that made me sad, though I understand the reasons why. It also penalizes families who have limited time to shop, need to use public transportation and can only carry so much, etc.
Corona Virus Price Gougers Getting Got!
I know there is a lot of frustration at people who have stocked up. And there is a difference between stocking up and going wayyyy overboard! But my anger is directed at the many who bought thousands of items when this started and then started to sell them at exorbitant prices! I'm glad to see that measures are starting to be put into place to deal with them appropriately!
According to Vox, “At times, two-packs of Purell hand sanitizer have been selling for hundreds of dollars, causing outrage from customers and politicians alike. In response, Amazon restricted who can sell certain in-demand items and said it pulled more than 500,000 high-priced listings and banned more than 2,000 sellers.”
The government is also taking vital steps to end this practice!
Hopefully all these steps, along with manufacturers ramping up their production, will make things easier for all of us!
Roseville Stores Corona Virus Information
Many of the Roseville stores have websites with resources and information to help us shop in the midst of our Corona Virus California quarantine! Here are some:
Raley's – Raley's website is very user friendly and has announcements on the front page. Currently, some of their recommendations include allowing 48 hours for online shopping to be delivered so be sure to plan ahead. Also special options for seniors – though I recommend you call before going as I know they have run out at least once.
Safeway – they too are experiencing delays in delivery. You'll need to sign in or change your location to get phone numbers.
Walmart – They have a page that they are updating regularly so scroll down for hours adjustments, senior shopping times, etc.
Sam's Club – Sam's Club members should have received an email explaining changes they are making due to Corona Virus, including hours, as well as reminding us of options available to us. I have the Sam's Plus membership which provides for online ordering and free shipping on almost everything. It's GREAT! Of course, they are out of stock on many things right now, but I will keep checking it for my needs before I head to the store. If you also do that, watch carefully. I have actually been able to put items into my cart, BUT when I go to pay, THAT'S when I find out it's out. It's not bad, but if you were putting a lot of items in there, it could be frustrating to discover they are all out. 😉
Costco – CEO letter regarding Corona Virus
Winco – I've heard great things about them having hard-to-find items in stock. But be forewarned – they don't accept credit cards – only ATM cards, checks (some), or cash.
Others to check include all the drug stores – Rite Aid, Walgreens, CVS; Nugget, Whole Foods, Big Lots (they carry Toilet Paper, if it's in 😉 ),
Also, don't forget our area Farmer's Markets.
Whole Foods has one every Tuesday and it's still going on during this Corona Virus California quarantine. And Denio's is taking the extra step to stay open seven days a week for now.
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Food for Thought…About Food
I am not a food expert. And I can be a bit OCD at times (which can be really good for a REALTOR dealing with all our forms 😉 ). So I did some research on what needs to be washed and how long it is safe before you touch something. Here are a couple of good articles with tips to help us all in this area.
Personally, I am now being uber cautious about getting my mail and boxes, letting most sit for three days or washing them if possible and if I need them sooner. I do go grocery shopping, with sanitizer in my pocket. And I'm washing fruits, veggies, and other grocery items way more than in the past. How about you?
Things Looking Up for Roseville California Shoppers
Just talked to a sweet friend out shopping and she has been able to buy most items on her list. They were limiting eggs BUT at her store she was able to buy one each of regular and organic (they have a big family so that's a definite need). They were also limiting milk, but at least some stores are allowing you to buy one whole and one 2%. If you have kids or grandkids who HATE one or the other, try mixing them (and be sure to wash and save the favorite container to keep using). Hopefully they won't even notice the difference. 🙂 Don't forget to touch base regularly with friends and family. Both to encourage each other as well as to compare notes AND to see if they need any help with their grocery shopping – especially if they are older or have health issues that puts them at greater risk. As we bless others, we will be blessed as well. And oh my, won't we be glad when we can go back to enjoying cute dog photos instead of more toilet paper jokes! 😉
P.S. You might also want to check out some of my YouTube playlists for current Corona Virus California news in general as well as specific to Roseville Sacramento and more – KayeSwain.com/Kaye-On-YouTube 🙂