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All library locations are open for essential services, Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.  All customers are required to wear face coverings over their nose and mouth while in the building.

Essential services are be limited to returns, grab-and-go service and computer usage for up to one hour. Seating areas, charging stations and meeting rooms are not accessible.

Beginning April 1, the Melrose Center will be open for Melrose members to use editing bays and editing workstation computers. Each of the Center’s two editing bays will be available once per day for a maximum of three hours, with sessions available by reservation up to one week in advance.  The five Mac and five Windows editing workstation computers will be available for three-hour sessions on a walk-in basis. The Melrose Center will open at 10 a.m. Monday through Saturday. All sessions must be concluded no later than 5:15 p.m.  As with all OCLS locations, face coverings must be worn while in the Melrose Center.

For information on what steps are being taken to protect customers and staff, please visit the library's website.

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South Trail Branch Vaccination Site

The Library is partnering with the Orange County Office of Emergency Management and the Florida Division of Emergency Management to offer a COVID vaccination site at the South Trail Branch. State eligible persons can be vaccinated at no cost.

  • South Trail Branch – 4600 S. Orange Blossom Trail
  • Staffed and operated by Curative
  • Walk-up only
  • Open 7 days a week
  • 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., or until daily supply is exhausted

COVID-19 Latest Information and Updates

  • All persons age 18 and older are now eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine in Florida. Orange County residents can sign up for appointments to receive the vaccine at Select Health Care Providers in the county.  The Pfizer vaccine is authorized for persons age 16 and up.
  • To sign up for a COVID-19 vaccine appointment in Orange County, visit www.ocfl.net/Vaccine.  You can also check the FDOH website for state eligibility details and a list of vaccination locations near you.  Supplies are limited.
  • Three vaccines have been been given Emergency Use Authorization by the Food and Drug Administration and are in the process of being distributed to high risk populations.  Check the CDC websiteFDA website, and FDOH website for updates.
  • If you have questions about the COVID-19 vaccines, the CDC maintains an FAQ page that can be accessed on their website and the Orange County Government has created a common myth vs. facts page.
  • As part of the Federal CARES Act, residents can apply for the COVID-19 Eviction Diversion Program. Those needing rental assistance can apply for the Orange County Emergency Rental Assistance program.
  • Due to the number of COVID-19 cases in Florida, all those working, living, visiting, or doing business in Orange County are required to wear a Face Covering consistent with the current CDC guidelines while in any public place.  You can view the executive order here and view the FAQ page for the order here.. Details on how to create and properly use these masks is available from the CDC.
  • Those in Orange County needing to be tested after potential COVID-19 exposure can find a list of testing locations on the Orange County Government Testing Page.
  • 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 cases of COVID-19 in the US on the CDC website and cases in Florida on the FDOH 's Florida COVID-19 Data and Surveillance Dashboard.
  • 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.

(Last updated 4/13/2021)

COVID-19 Prevention and Treatment Information

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 first appeared in Wuhan, China and has since 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, wearing a mask in public, and social distancing.*

  • 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 government Coronavirus webpage for latest updates on local health care. 
  • Those suspecting they may be sick with the virus should follow the CDC's guidelines. ‚Äč
  • Multiple testing sites are open in Orange County  Check the Orange County government page for testing criteria, a location map, and updates. 
  • The CDC website has a comprehensive list of symptoms associated with COVID-19 and includes an interactive self-checker that can help you decide when to seek medical attention if you suspect you may be sick.
  • To reduce your risk of becoming ill, follow these guidelines shared by the CDC.
  • One vaccine has been been given Emergency Use Authorization by the FDA and is in the process of being distributed to high risk populations.  Other vaccines are currently undergoing testing and approval by the Food and Drug Administration.  Check the CDC website and FDA website for updates.
  • Answers to more common questions on COVID-19 can be found on the CDC questions and answers page.

*Information on COVID-19 was obtained from the CDC, WHO, FDOH, and John Hopkins Medicine websites.

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Travel Advisories

  • Before deciding to travel nationally or internationally, the CDC is advising that you take the considerations listed on their website into account.
  • Many countries are requiring mandatory quarantines on arrival and you may be required to quarantine upon return to the US.  Some countries are also currently restricting the entry of travelers from the US.  Further details can be found on the US Department of State website and the CDC website page for travelers.
  • For information on traveling to Florida during this time, consult the Visit Florida and Florida Department of Health websites.

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