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Special Message from Library Director

The Portage County District Library is closely monitoring information about the Coronavirus (COVID-19). The health and safety of our customers and staff is a top priority. Currently all of our locations are open and operating under normal schedules. At this time, the library will continue to offer all regularly scheduled events and programs.  

We're working with local health officials and following directions from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the Ohio Department of Health (ODH). Right now, we are taking additional steps beyond regular practices and cleaning and sanitizing all libraries as advised. We're also making hand gel sanitizers available for library users.

Everyone has a role to play in reducing the spread of COVID-19 and staying healthy. Please stay home and do not visit the library if you are exhibiting signs of illness or if you are not feeling well. We invite you to explore everything we have to offer on our website. You can download eBooks and audiobooks on Overdrive, stream movies and checkout eBooks and audiobooks on Hoopla. If you have library materials with impending due dates, you can renew those by phone or online.  As a reminder, with the exception of a few materials, Portage County District Library does not charge daily overdue fines.  If you have questions, please contact your preferred library location.

To stay healthy, the CDC and other health agencies recommend:
1.    Washing your hands frequently. Wash your hands for 20 seconds or more with soapy water. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available.
2.    Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.
3.    Avoid contact with people who are sick.
4.    Stay home and away from others if you are sick.
5.    Clean and disinfect objects and surfaces frequently.
6.    Cover your mouth/nose with a tissue or sleeve when coughing or sneezing.

Trusted Information Sources
Sharing accurate information from trusted sources is critical to reduce misinformation. Find reliable and current information about the outbreak from local and national agencies below.

Portage County Combined General Health District
Visit: https://www.portagehealth.net

 

Ohio Department of Health
The Ohio Department of Health (ODH) maintains a website with the up-to-date information on the outbreak, current risk to the public, and links to helpful resources. Visit:

https://odh.ohio.gov/wps/portal/gov/odh/know-our-programs/Novel-Coronavirus

ODH has also set up a call center to address questions regarding COVID-19. It is open seven days a week from 9 a.m.-8 p.m. and can be reached at 1-833-4-ASK-ODH (1-833-427-5634).

 

Centers for Disease Control
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has set up a website with a range of information about the current risk to the public, symptoms to watch for, prevention, testing, and advice for schools, communities and businesses. Visit: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

The situation with the Coronavirus (COVID-19) is evolving daily. We will keep you informed of any changes to our scheduled events. For the latest information, please continue to check our website.

Sincerely,

Jonathan Harris
Library Director
Portage County District Library