Essential Items in High Demand as More People Stay Home


PALM BEACH COUNTY, Fla. (WDEF) — It may not be hurricane season yet, but it feels like one is coming to South Florida.

I’m self quarantined here for the next few days, after getting off a cruise ship on Sunday.

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I’m still doing great, with no signs of any sickness.

But I’ve noticed it’s getting a little chaotic going shopping in Palm Beach County, just like I’m sure it is in the Tennessee Valley.

It almost feels like people are preparing for a hurricane.

Hand sanitizer is in very high demand.

That’s why one Bath and Body Works store in West Palm Beach was very busy on Monday.

This is, of course, before they closed all of their stores.

Many of those people were stocking up on hand sanitizer before the store ran out.

Some Walmart, CVS, and Walgreens stores here were already out of stock earlier this week.

Other items like paper towels, toilet paper, and some basic foods are even getting hard to find.

Many stores and local businesses are also shortening their hours or closing their dining rooms, and only doing drive-thru or takeout.

Some movie theaters have even closed.

Right now some beaches in Palm Beach County are still open, with a good amount of people still taking advantage of them.

It’ll be interesting to see if they’ll also close in the next few days.

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You can watch Emily Cassulo weeknights on News 12 Now at 6 and Prime News at 7 with John Mercer. Emily also does stories on different tech products and issues for Tech Byte, which airs Mondays on News 12 Now. She joined the WDEF news team in September 2016 from News 12’s sister station in Columbus, Mississippi, where she worked as an anchor, producer and reporter. Emily is no stranger to the Volunteer State. Before moving to Mississippi, she worked at WBBJ-TV, covering crime and severe weather throughout West Tennessee. She loves living in Chattanooga, and exploring what the Scenic City has to offer. Emily is a Florida native, graduating from the University of Central Florida with a degree in broadcast journalism and minor in political science. While in college, Emily worked part-time as a reporter/web producer at News/Talk 96.5 WDBO. She broke her first news story there, which made national headlines, and covered the 2010 Central Florida congressional elections and the high-profile Casey Anthony trial. When she’s not busy reporting, Emily enjoys shopping, reading, playing the piano, and spending time with family and friends. Feel free to e-mail her at if you have any story ideas or just want to say ‘Hi.’