Library Statement Concerning COVID-19
UPDATE - 3/15/2020:
Due to concerns over the potential spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19), the Ohio County Public Library is closed until further notice, effective Sunday, March 15, 2020.
Read more at https://www.ohiocountylibrary.org/news/7216.
OCPL PRESS RELEASE - MARCH 13 2020:
Dear Library Friends and Cardholders,
The Ohio County Public Library (OCPL) is closely monitoring information about the Coronavirus (COVID-19). The health and safety of our patrons and staff is a top priority. At this point in time, the Library’s main concern is keeping our patrons and staff safe. This is a rapidly changing situation and the Library will continue to provide updates on how we are supporting community safety while continuing to provide services.
EXTRA SAFETY MEASURES NOW IN PLACE:
While the OCPL is open and operating under normal hours, we are implementing the following measures, effective immediately, to help safeguard the health and safety of our patrons, staff, and community:
- Signage with recommendations on how to stay healthy and prevent the spread of COVID-19 will be displayed at the Library.
- Cleaning and sanitizing measures have been elevated in all public areas with frequent disinfection of “high touch” areas including desk and table surfaces, door handles, keyboards, and mouse controllers at computers.
- Small toys in the Children's Department and other “high touch” items have been removed.
- Book exteriors will be disinfected upon return.
- Staff members have been directed to wash their hands at the end of a shift or when going on break and will receive ongoing communications on ways to help prevent the spread of the flu, colds, and coronavirus.
- Until further notice, the Library will not be accepting donations. This includes all books, magazines, CDs, DVDs, VHS tapes, and archival materials. If you were planning on donating, please consider holding on to the items until a time when we are able to accept them.
- Starting Monday, March 16, OCPL will be suspending public attendance to all Library-sponsored programming. This includes all planned Lunch With Books, People’s University, Story Times, and Toddler Times. Our staff works hard to plan these programs and we know you enjoy participating in them, so we are working on developing online solutions to continue to provide ways that the public may still participate.
- The Lunch With Books programs scheduled for March 17 and March 24 have been canceled indefinately.
- Our Children’s Specialist plans to video the reading of Story Time books and make the videos available online. Crafts that can be easily done with household items will also be posted online.
- The Library’s meeting rooms are still available to outside agencies and individuals who have booked our rooms. Please check with organizations hosting meetings in the immediate future for the possibility of cancelation.
- The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program will continue to operate as usual. If you have an appointment on Saturday and are unable to make your appointment, please call the VITA volunteers directly at 304-232-8985 to cancel your appointment.
CIVIL SERVICE TESTING:
- The West Virginia Division of Personnel will continue to provide civil service testing on Wednesdays at 3:15 pm.
The situation with the Coronavirus (COVID-19) is evolving daily. We will continue to keep you informed of changes to our services. We encourage you to frequently check for updates via our website, our smartphone app (OCPL Connect – available on iPhones and Android devices), and our Facebook page.
If you are not feeling well, please stay home and do not visit the library. We invite everyone to explore everything we have to offer on our website, www.ohiocountylibrary.org. The Ohio County Public Library offers remote access to resources for all ages 24/7, including e-books, audiobooks, magazines, video (including movies, TV, concerts, lectures, etc.), music, and streaming tutorials. If there are e-books or audiobooks that are not available through our online services, we encourage you to call the Library (304-232-0244) to request titles, and we will do our best to add them to our online collections.
All of the above mentioned measures will be implemented until further notice.
WHAT YOU CAN DO:
It's important that everyone take action to slow the spread. This will help relieve pressure on medical resources and health care providers.
We encourage the public to stay informed about COVID-19 by referring to credible sources of information, such as the National Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Prevention's website. And remember that one of the best ways to prevent the spread of viral illness is to limit contact and practice good health hygiene as recommended by the CDC:
- Wash your hands frequently with soap and water or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer. Recommended time for washing hands is 20 seconds. That's about the length of time it takes to sing "Happy Birthday" twice, hum “The Imperial March” from “Star Wars,” or recite the preamble to the U.S. Constitution.
- Avoid touching your face, especially with unwashed hands.
- Clean frequently touched surfaces like doorknobs, light switches, tables, phones, and keyboards daily using a regular household detergent and water.
- Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue, then immediately throw it away. If you don't have a tissue, cover your cough with your elbow rather than your hand.
- When you're sick, avoid school, work, and public places. Stay home except to get medical care.
- Avoid close contact with those who are ill.
- CDC’s COVID-19 website: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV/
- West Virginia Department of Health & Human Services’ COVID-19 website: https://dhhr.wv.gov/COVID-19/Pages/default.aspx
- WV Coronavirus Hotline: 1-800-887-4304
- Wheeling-Ohio County Health Department: 304-234-3682
- NPR Article: What Kids Want To Know About Coronavirus