COVID-19 Public Health Procedure
Phoenix Public Library
Adopted by the Library Board of Trustees on March 13, 2020
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the coronavirus disease 2019, or COVID-19, causes respiratory illness in people. It can spread from person to person through “respiratory droplets” that occur when an infected person sneezes or coughs. Symptoms range from mild to severe. Common symptoms that present 2-14 days after exposure include fever, cough, and shortness of breath. The virus was first reported from Wuhan, China on December 31, 2019, but is now confirmed in 70 locations internationally, including in the United States. The World Health Organization declared a global health emergency on January 30, 2020. In order to help keep both staff and patrons from spreading the infection, the following procedures have been put into place.
- Staff should wash hands upon arriving at work, throughout the shift, and at the end of his/her shift. Hand washing is encouraged following programming and after using library equipment.
- After programming and at the end of the work day toys, computer keyboards, door knobs, desk tops, countertops, and any other hard surfaces should be wiped down with disinfectant. This can be done more frequently during the day as needed.
- The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched surfaces (e.g., door knobs, tables, computer keyboards, toys, counters).
- Staff should use a disinfectant on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s list of Antimicrobial Products for Use Against Novel Coronavirus, an alcohol solution with at least 70% alcohol, or a 10% bleach/water solution to disinfect hard, non-porous surfaces. The library can also use single-use disinfectant wipes for touch points within their work spaces.
- Please avoid putting disinfectant gels or liquids on electronics and other equipment unless they have been indicated as safe to use on those devices.
- Staff will, when possible, scan patron library cards while the card is in the patron’s hands.
- Staff will, as often as possible, wipe down returns with disinfectant.
- Staff are encouraged to stay home if they are sick.
- Staff are encouraged to limit physical touching of patrons and other staff members.
- Glove wearing while handling returns or completing daily tasks is encouraged but not mandatory.
- Staff members should not confront any patrons who appear sick as there are other diseases and disorders that have similar symptoms to COVID-19.
- Staff members should not spread any misinformation or gossip concerning COVID-19. Patrons should be referred to the organizations and websites listed on the Phoenix Public Library’s page for information.
- The library will follow the direction of the local, county, and state government concerning cancellations and closings. Should the library be closed with limited function for staff, staff who work will be paid. Should the library building be closed entirely with no staffing, the Library Director will be able to work from home.
- The library will temporarily eliminate restrictions on library card registration for students aged 5 to 18 - including [parent signature, identification, and/or proof of address] - through the end of the 2019-2020 school year and agrees to forgive all overdue fines and fees for Juvenile items on existing cards for students aged 5 to 18.
- The library will assist patrons with renewing library materials and forgiving overdue fines if they are the result of an extended library closure.
- The library will operate with basic services (i.e. restricted programming) until situations call for further changes.