Over the past several weeks, the administration of the Orange County Library System has been monitoring the outbreak of COVID-19. As of this writing, the state of Florida has a small number of confirmed cases of the virus in several counties. Gov. Ron DeSantis has declared a state of emergency in Florida, a common practice that protects public health by freeing up resources and personnel to respond to incidents if needed.
We believe it is in the public’s best interest to continue to provide the community with resources and information, so we are encouraging our staff and customers to follow best practices for hygiene, as recommended by the CDC. We clean and sanitize work surfaces, restrooms and equipment daily, and we are asking staff and customers to refrain from shaking hands and practice frequent hand-washing using soap and water.
We do not disinfect books or other borrowed materials, as this practice is not currently recommended by the Centers for Disease Control.
We encourage concerned customers, especially those in high-risk populations, to stay home if they are feeling ill or concerned about potential exposure. According to the CDC, people who are at higher risk for developing serious illness from COVID-19 should take some precautions to protect their health. You can visit the CDC’s website for more information.
To arm our customers with facts about the illness, the library is sharing information about coronavirus in a resource guide.
The Florida Department of Health has established a call center to answer questions about coronavirus. The number is 407-723-5004. The call center is open Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Department of Health is also operating a COVID-19 hotline, which can be reached Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. at 866-779-6121. Questions can also be emailed to COVIDfirstname.lastname@example.org.
If the situation changes, and the library must take measures to cancel or postpone events, or close facilities, we will keep the public notified. Check our website at ocls.info and follow us on social media for the most up-to-date information. In the meantime, we have many digital services available to library cardholders for free. You can log into our website to browse e-books and audiobooks; stream TV, movies and music; read magazines and newspapers online. Our home delivery service, which delivers library materials to your door, is also available to cardholders living in our service area.