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Get the latest in Current Events: currently featuring factual information about the Coronavirus.

Our home delivery service resumed on May 11, and as of Monday, June 1st, all locations, except Herndon, have reopened at 25% capacity for essential services.  Hours are currently limited to 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Monday through Saturday.

Essential services will be limited to returns, grab-and-go service and computer usage for up to one hour. Seating areas, charging stations and meeting rooms will not be accessible. All customers will be required to wear face coverings while in the building. 

Questline operators are available for customers for calls and chat Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

For information the dates for the re-opening of other branches and what steps are being taken to protect customers and staff, please visit the library's website.

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Those concerned about exposure to the virus while traveling or about the spread of the disease may have questions. These official organizations have the latest news that you can rely on.

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Use these health databases to find articles and fact sheets about coronavirus.

COVID-19 Coronavirus Facts

Coronaviruses (CoV) are a large family of viruses that cause illness ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases.  COVID-19 is a new strain that originated in Wuhan, China and has spread around the globe. Common signs of infection have appeared 2-14 days after exposure and include respiratory symptoms, fever, cough, shortness of breath and breathing difficulties. Person-to-person spread has been confirmed and is thought to occur mainly through people in close contact with one another (within about 6 ft) via respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or exhales.  Currently the Florida Department of Health recommends you protect yourself and others with frequent hand washing, avoiding touching your face, and social distancing.  Here are some other key facts to know*:

  • The governor has announced that the statewide stay-at-home order ended Monday, May 4th.  It has been replaced with a phased reopening of businesses.  An FAQ page has been published by the Orange County Government.
  • The Orange County Government has issued an executive order guiding businesses and residents on Phase 1 Reopening policies.  For more information and future updates, visit the Orange County Government Coronavirus (COVID-19) information page and the Economic Recovery Task Force page.
  • As part of the Federal CARES Act, local small businesses can apply for grants at http://www.ocfl.net/OrangeCares.
  • Multiple testing sites are open in Orange County  Check the Orange County government page for testing criteria, a location map, and updates. 
  • The Orange County Public School system is offering Grab-and-Go meals for students.  Details can be found on the OCPS website.
  • Check local responses to the virus and latest recommendations on the Florida Department of Health website, the Florida Governor's website, the Orange County Government website, and the City of Orlando website.
  • Check the current status of spread in the US on the CDC website and the spread in Florida on the FDOH 's Florida COVID-19 Data and Surveillance Dashboard.
  • CDC guidelines for protecting yourself from getting sick can be found on their Prevention and Treatment page.  The CDC is now recommending the use of cloth face masks.  Details on how to create and properly use these mask can be found here.
  • Those suspecting they may be sick with the virus should follow the CDC's guidelines
  • If you are sick and exhibiting symptoms, including fever, cough, and shortness of breath, you should seek treatment with your primary care physician or urgent care center.  It is recommended that residents call their provider before visiting their clinic.  Check the Orange County newsroom for latest updates on local health care. 
  • There is no specific treatment or vaccine currently available, however research is currently ongoing.  Check the WHO website for updates.
  • You may have heard terms such as "social distancing", "flattening the curve", and "self quarantine" recently.  Learn what the terms mean and why they are important with this article from John Hopkins Medicine.
  • The CDC is currently recommending that travelers avoid non-essential international travel. Further details can be found on the CDC website page for travelers.  Older travelers and those with chronic medical conditions should reconsider all non-essential travel.
  • The Florida Department of Health has established a COVID-19 Call Center to answer general questions residents and visitors may have. The phone number is 407-723-5004. The Call Center is available Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.  Residents can also email questions to COVID-19@flhealth.gov
  • Residents of Orange County Florida can also call 407-723-5004 with questions or concerns.

If you are concerned about your risk of becoming infected, the CDC has a useful questions and answers page addressing common concerns.

*Information on COVID-19 was obtained from the CDC, WHO, FDOH, and John Hopkins Medicine websites.
(Last updated on 6/3/2020)

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