COVID-19 Update

By now you have received much information from reliable sources like the CDC, Ohio Department of Health, and Delaware General Health District regarding the Coronavirus, or COVID-19.

 
At this point, we’d like to let you know some immediate precautions that we are making here at the Delaware County District Library. These reasonable measures are being made to ensure that we continue our basic services as long as we safely can, while still making good choices for our staff and public.

 
Precautions to begin immediately (Tuesday, March 10): 

  • Have a staff member begin programs or gatherings by dispensing hand sanitizer into each attendee’s palms, do not pass the bottle.
  • Pull all toys from the children’s play areas, disinfect and store until notified otherwise.
  • All Paws for Reading programs are canceled for the months of March-May.

Precautions beginning tomorrow (Wednesday, March 11): 

  • Programs that prepare, dispense or serve food within the library may no longer have food. However, if the group would like to meet to continue the discussion of a cookbook or techniques demonstrated, please continue to meet.
  • Programs taking place at offsite establishments may continue to meet. The liability of food and beverage preparation is upon those businesses and their licenses through the ODH and DGHD. 
  • If the weather allows it, and the programming makes sense, consider hosting programs outside, when and if you can. 

Other tips: 

  • Consider using storytimes to teach proper handwashing techniques while singing songs (Happy Birthday, Twinkle Twinkle, etc.).
  • Encourage patrons to use reliable news sources for their updates. The ODH has launched a call center open from 9am-8pm to answer questions. The call center can be reached at 1-833-4-ASK-ODH (1-833-427-5634).
  • If you know patrons who are in a high risk category (older adults, people with underlying health conditions or weakened immune systems), please encourage them to stay home to protect themselves. 
  • Our phones and emails will be answered on a regular basis. Encourage the use of the askdelaware@delawarelibrary.org and other “ask us” emails. 
  • Encourage the use of our digital collections. 

Finally, please know that this is not meant to induce panic or fear. Now is our chance to make good choices to reduce any spread of this virus and lean into preventative tactics. We will continue to monitor the situation at a local, state, and federal level and make recommendations for reasonable precautions as we are advised.