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Rush on paper products still underway in Columbia grocery stores

COLUMBIA, Mo. (KMIZ)

Many essential food, beverage and household items are returning to store shelves after the coronavirus outbreak sparked a massive rush this month. 

Fewer than 48 hours after a stay-at-home order took effect in Columbia, paper towels, napkins and toilet paper appear to be the products toughest to keep in stock, according to multiple store managers.

Many area grocery stores modified their hours of operation to allow employees more time for stocking shelves and sanitizing surfaces. Several are also offering special early hours for people at highest risk for severe complications from COVID-19.

The stay-at-home order expires April 24 but could be extended.

Boone County health authorities reported 27 positive cases of COVID-19 on Thursday morning, with 356 cases confirmed by the state. Eight people have died in Missouri from COVID-19, including one in Boone County.

Deaths nationwide from COVID-19 have topped 1,000.

Check back for more on this developing story and watch ABC 17 News at 5.

Boone / Columbia / Coronavirus / Health / Top Stories

Joe McLean

Joe reports stories all across mid-Missouri, including our WasteBusters series of reports, and co-anchors ABC 17 News at 9 a.m. with Zara Barker.

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