We want to make sure we keep you informed and share what information we can as it relates to COVID-19. We have had another employee test positive for COVID-19. We have addressed the contact tracing and have contacted anyone that may have had close contact with that individual as defined by the CDC. As a reminder, a close contact is defined by the CDC as “Someone who was within 6 feet of an infected person for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period* starting from 2 days before illness onset (or, for asymptomatic patients, 2 days prior to test specimen collection) until the time the patient is isolated.” More information for close contacts can be found at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/php/contact-tracing/contact-tracing-plan/appendix.html#contact.
The two positive cases of COVID-19 are not related and we strongly believe were contracted outside of the library. We have been fortunate that we have not had much of an impact resulting from a positive COVID-19 test until recently. That is in large part to you all doing your part in maintaining your personal health and safety practices.
We were fortunate in another case to receive a negative test result. We had taken precautionary measures of asking staff that possibly had close contact with someone who was undergoing testing to stay home until we got the results of that test. Fortunately, that test came back negative. Based on that, security and many maintenance staff were able to return to work and are back in the building.
With the increase in cases in Shawnee County and nationwide we strongly encourage all employees to remain vigilant in your personal health and safety practices. The most important of those is to make sure you are wearing a face mask covering your nose and mouth at all times in the library. We also strongly encourage all of you to wear a mask anytime you are in public and limit your time spent with others outside of your household, particularly small or large group gatherings.
As a reminder those safety and health practices are:
- Staying home if you are sick.
- Maintaining social distancing of at least six feet.
- Washing your hands frequently or use hand sanitizer.
- Covering your nose and mouth when sneezing or coughing.
- Wearing a face mask covering your mouth and nose (required at work and strongly recommended away from work).
- Avoiding touching your face.
- Replacing handshakes with head nods and waves.
- Avoiding large crowds and gatherings. Following Shawnee County or your local health department’s recommendations at all times.
- Be kind to others. All of us are under stress with everything that is going on. Please be kind to each other and understanding that we are all facing many challenges.
Lastly, based on the uptick in cases in Shawnee County and some of the new information from the CDC regarding contact tracing, we are making some changes to the questionnaire that you complete weekly. Please make sure that you read the questionnaire thoroughly and are actually reviewing the symptoms information prior to completing the questionnaire.