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Re: Preparing for Coronavirus?
« Reply #691 on: July 30, 2020, 09:03:48 AM »
Our administration, which MONTHS ago said that we should "work remotely if possible" during the Summer has just now sent out a memo saying that we have permission to remove campus-owned items so we can work from home (e.g. computers, office chairs, etc.).
The restrictions?  No chemicals, no equipment over $5000.  And please don't remove any items that are built-in (like your desk).
I'm off to post-date some paperwork . . .

I'm kind of surprised they didn't say "no live plants or animals", but the Admin folks don't realize how many of us maintain living organisms.

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Re: Preparing for Coronavirus?
« Reply #692 on: July 30, 2020, 06:44:13 PM »
apl-- I get that your current decision to remain open is based on sound science and the recommendation of relevant public health officers, but how quickly could and would this change?  A pub library is dealing with patrons in and out many times daily, so how often and in what manner are you continuing to attempt to ascertain whether this situation would have changed, such that a closure would then become appropriate?  You did mention that your state and local area,  for instance, were currently in the midst of a serious covid outbreak...

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Re: Preparing for Coronavirus?
« Reply #693 on: July 31, 2020, 05:11:20 AM »
The NY Times today has a map of the infection risk to reopening schools.

The Northeast, home to many colleges and universities, shows very low infection numbers. That is including NYC, not just the bucolic rural LACs.

Texas is in big trouble, with TAMU being the hottest hotspot in the country and a gigantic university. Florida, likewise is a swath of high risk.

Those vast differences will definitely inform decisions about how many students to have on campus, or in the the local community.

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Re: Preparing for Coronavirus?
« Reply #694 on: July 31, 2020, 07:23:37 AM »
apl-- I get that your current decision to remain open is based on sound science and the recommendation of relevant public health officers, but how quickly could and would this change?  A pub library is dealing with patrons in and out many times daily, so how often and in what manner are you continuing to attempt to ascertain whether this situation would have changed, such that a closure would then become appropriate?  You did mention that your state and local area,  for instance, were currently in the midst of a serious covid outbreak...

If any additional staff members test positive, we would probably have to close.  We're down one person out under quarantine, and another elderly staff member with a husband who has health issues staying close to home for their own protection.  One more down, and we can't feasibly stay open until somebody is able to come back.

As far as managing risk to the public goes--remember that a public library isn't a classroom.  Individuals aren't here in close contact with each other all day.  Since reopening we've seen a marked tendency for patrons to come in, take care of business, and be on their way.  This means that we don't have many people here at any one time.  And our facility is large enough to accommodate quite a few people while remaining socially distant.  Our patrons have also been good to wear masks since the governor finally issued a mask mandate.  Of course we haven't been running or hosting any face-to-face programming events.

All this, plus the fact that we wipe down seats and computer stations after use and quarantine returned library materials, means that nobody here is getting any sort of close exposure to anybody else.  The chances of spreading COVID-19 in such an environment are remote.  We're probably overall the safest public place in town.  The only scenario I could see besides additional staff cases of COVID-19 that would close us down would be a state or local shelter-in-place order.
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Re: Preparing for Coronavirus?
« Reply #695 on: July 31, 2020, 12:38:22 PM »
From today's MMWR. I give you exhibit A of how easily COVID is transmitted among young children:
https://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/volumes/69/wr/mm6931e1.htm?s_cid=mm6931e1_e&deliveryName=USCDC_921-DM34023

Masks were not required (thanks Georgia!), and there were singing and cheering sessions. They went from 0 to 260 confirmed positives in 3 days.

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Re: Preparing for Coronavirus?
« Reply #696 on: July 31, 2020, 12:58:11 PM »
From today's MMWR. I give you exhibit A of how easily COVID is transmitted among young children:
https://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/volumes/69/wr/mm6931e1.htm?s_cid=mm6931e1_e&deliveryName=USCDC_921-DM34023

Masks were not required (thanks Georgia!), and there were singing and cheering sessions. They went from 0 to 260 confirmed positives in 3 days.

This state is an embarrassment.

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Re: Preparing for Coronavirus?
« Reply #697 on: July 31, 2020, 02:55:41 PM »
If any additional staff members test positive, we would probably have to close.  We're down one person out under quarantine, and another elderly staff member with a husband who has health issues staying close to home for their own protection.  One more down, and we can't feasibly stay open until somebody is able to come back.

As far as managing risk to the public goes--remember that a public library isn't a classroom.  Individuals aren't here in close contact with each other all day.  Since reopening we've seen a marked tendency for patrons to come in, take care of business, and be on their way.  This means that we don't have many people here at any one time.  And our facility is large enough to accommodate quite a few people while remaining socially distant.  Our patrons have also been good to wear masks since the governor finally issued a mask mandate.  Of course we haven't been running or hosting any face-to-face programming events.

All this, plus the fact that we wipe down seats and computer stations after use and quarantine returned library materials, means that nobody here is getting any sort of close exposure to anybody else.  The chances of spreading COVID-19 in such an environment are remote.  We're probably overall the safest public place in town.  The only scenario I could see besides additional staff cases of COVID-19 that would close us down would be a state or local shelter-in-place order.

We have a cleaning contractor who cleans the public computer stations after use--we have 4 available.  She comes at quarter to the hour. (Our computer sessions start on the hour and are for 45 minutes)
No meeting and study rooms for patron use until further notice. Same for public programming--all of it is virtual and streaming on our library Facebook Live page.

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Re: Preparing for Coronavirus?
« Reply #698 on: July 31, 2020, 05:34:01 PM »
The NY Times today has a map of the infection risk to reopening schools.

The Northeast, home to many colleges and universities, shows very low infection numbers. That is including NYC, not just the bucolic rural LACs.

Texas is in big trouble, with TAMU being the hottest hotspot in the country and a gigantic university. Florida, likewise is a swath of high risk.

Those vast differences will should definitely inform decisions about how many students to have on campus, or in the the local community.

Corrected that for you.

I work at a Texas university, although not at TAMU. I’m not so sure that infection numbers will make a difference here.
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Re: Preparing for Coronavirus?
« Reply #699 on: July 31, 2020, 08:27:53 PM »
I'm troubled by the thought of tens of thousands of college students traveling to college towns all over the U.S. in the coming weeks.  Is this really going to happen?  Some places are doing relatively well and this will mess that up.

I'm struggling to remain cheerful some days.  What are you best tips for maintaining optimism and pushing forward with mental strength during this time?  What gives you hope and motivates you to adopt a winning attitude rather than a defeated one?

Some good stuff:  1.  Science is in a much better place than it was in March and they'll know even more a few months from now.  2.  Just as fast as things turned ugly, they can take a sharp turn for the better.

That's good username/comment synergy right there ;) Thank you for the suggestions!

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Re: Preparing for Coronavirus?
« Reply #700 on: August 01, 2020, 05:18:22 PM »