The rippling impact of Coronavirus on Minot businesses

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The coronavirus is impacting the health of tens of thousands of people in China.

Chinese manufacturers are hurting as well, and it's creating a ripple effect around the globe, including here in North Dakota.

Duffy's Hockey & Sports has been a staple in Minot for nearly 15 years. Athletes in the community depend on it for equipment like hockey sticks, helmets and ice skates.

“We do a lot with Minot Public Schools and a lot with the outline area rinks whether it is Rugby, Watford City or Crosby,” said owner Duffy Doubek.

Doubek said he depends on China for many of his orders, and with the coronavirus impacting manufacturers, his business may suffer the consequences.

“Most of the hard goods, your sticks, your skates, your protective gear, and stuff like that, that comes out of China,” said Doubek.

Data from Dun & Bradstreet found that areas in China with 100 or more confirmed cases of the virus are also home to more than 90 percent of all active businesses in China. Those businesses export goods all over the world.

"So much of it winding down right now, but that would be my biggest concern is if we were doing custom uniforms for somebody right now. It may be a problem getting them in a timely fashion," said Doubek.

Doubek says most of his orders have already been processed for the season, but retailers in the electronic and auto industries say the coronavirus, combined with recent tariffs places on Chinese goods, have made it more difficult to import products from the country.

“It's actually coming across issues with all of it doesn't matter if its auto parts, semi tires, car tires, rims for pickups, and cars , and semis, you're seeing it across the board,” said James Lockhart, Harry's Tire salesmen, at Harry’s Tire.

Lockhart says he now gets his parts from the U.S. which cost more for his customers.

“We are so used to as consumers wanting to go for a cheaper line. Most of our stuff nowadays come from overseas, but now the overseas stuff with the tariffs and everything else, the shipping is lagging behind so much that we are buying U.S. stuff but paying more for it,” Doubek said.

As of today the World Health Organization reports more than 79,000 cases found around the globe.