Photos posted to social media show empty shelves across Tiffin stores due to growing fears of the coronavirus pandemic.
Dyllan Evans, of Tiffin, shared a dozen photos of empty shelves across Walmart Saturday evening, adding that he “did not participate in this.”
“I went to take pictures,” Evans said. “I believe everyone is overreacting and I highly agree people are leaving nothing else for those who actually need it.”
Several local social media users chimed into the comments section agreeing with Evans.
“It’s really not funny especially for those who actually need,” Tiffin resident Jillian Conley said.
“So ridiculous,” Sabrina Stamm said.
“So f**k all the people who actually need groceries in their homes to feed their families right?” local man Ty Slemmer commented.
The photos were posted the same day Walmart announced that it would cut store hours nationwide in order to restock and sanitize stores to keep up with the heavy demand caused by the coronavirus pandemic.
Walmart announced Saturday that beginning Sunday, March 15, Walmart stores and Neighborhood Markets will be open from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. until further notice.
In addition to Walmart, Kroger has announced that all of its stores will be open from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. “until further notice,” according to a release from the company.
Officials announced Saturday that there are now 26 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the state of Ohio.
The Ohio Department of Health says there are 264 people under investigation for the virus and 85 people who tested negative in the state.
Of the 26 confirmed cases in Ohio, the ages range from 31 years old to 86 years old, the health department said. There are 12 females and 14 males, with seven hospitalizations and no deaths.