COVID-19 Info Sources

Hi! I’m creating this intranet post for sharing sources of information for Personal Risk Assessment and Personal Best Practices as a human in this current pandemic. I worked in the Health Information Librarian role starting in 2010 and I am more than a little bit professionally obsessed with accurate information and evaluating information sources. So if you add more sources in the comments (and please do) please provide links and if you can, share why you recommend the source!

The weekly Shawnee County Covid-19 Response Team Scorecard Update is shared here or view the current weekly scorecard on the Shawnee County Health Department website along with the Shawnee County Weekly update, which I also always read.

Shawnee County COVID-19 Cases Dashboard

I check this once a day after 5 pm to see current updates. It doesn’t archive the previous day’s numbers so if you want to track the trends yourself, take a screenshot so you can compare later that week.

Useful updates from Shawnee County COVID Response in your Facebook newsfeed if that is a site you use!

Stormont Vail Daily Updates

This page on the Stormont Vail website contains useful updates about their business model changes and most importantly to me , the “COVID-19 Scorecard: English / Spanish” link transparently shares things like % of patients testing positive for COVID-19, number of COVID-19 inpatients, and their ventilator capacity.

What other sources of local COVID information are you checking regularly?

What sources of information are you using to determine your personal risk assessment and your own best practices?

Share your sources (with links!) in the comments.

5 thoughts on “COVID-19 Info Sources

  1. Lissa Staley on said:

    (So….the new WordPress block editor is a bit trickier than I anticipated, even though I’ve used it at home personally. Sorry for the ugly post!)

  2. Lissa Staley on said:

    I also like this Facebook page my sister recommended to me. I view it as a news round-up more than anything, since it is frequently linking to news articles I’ve already read from other sources. But sometimes they contact experts directly for answers to community questions, becoming more of a direct news source.
    I would describe the tone as “practical older sister who is a smart scientist”

  3. Scarlett Fisher-Herreman on said:

    Thank you Lissa for this information and for the links to community resources. It’s very helpful to have an intranet post with this type of information. Also, I appreciate that you created multiple tags for it so it’s easy to locate again on the staff intranet.

  4. Natalie Moreland on said:

    Lissa, thank you for getting this important conversation started. Two of my trusted sources for health information are Healthline and Mayo Clinic:

    Here are a few articles I’ve found particularly helpful:
    If 50% of People Take These 3 Simple Steps, We Might Be Able to Stop the Spread of COVID-19 (
    The Simple Science Behind Why Masks Work (
    Safety tips for returning to school during COVID-19 (
    COVID-19: How much protection do face masks offer? (
    COVID-19 safety (

    Based on these resources, I’m using the following risk mitigation practices at work to protect you all, myself, and all our library customers:
    1. Enforce mask wearing. Yes, even when it’s the 40th or 50th time today I’ve put on my smile and said “Please pull your mask up over your nose.” (Interestingly, I can count on one hand the number of times I’ve had to remind a kid. Why is it always the adults who should know better?)
    2. Wash my hands at least every shift change, with frequent hand sanitizer use in between, including after every customer or staff interaction that is not physically distanced.
    3. Wear safety glasses, especially on the greeter shift, where I am most likely to encounter mask evaders.
    4. Prioritize taking breaks and lunch outside.
    5. Avoid bringing personal items onto the service floor.
    6. Don’t walk down an aisle where someone is browsing, instead go to the next aisle.

    A few things we could improve on as a library:
    1. Ensure that ALL staff are always enforcing correct mask usage. My unscientific observation is that MOST staff will USUALLY correct a customer who has their mask down under their nose.
    2. Improve access to handwashing stations for staff and customers. We have a centrally located, publicly accessible handwashing station in the Learning Center, but the current arrangement of the furniture in that space communicates that customers should not use it. We should make that sink accessible and inviting, and consider the feasibility of adding portable handwashing stations anywhere we’ve put a glove/mask station. (Fun fact: Standard Operating Procedure on the Learn & Play Bus when it is in service is to have visitors wash their hands as soon as they arrive!)
    3. Consider adjusting schedules so that tasks which require spending time on the service floor but do not require customer interaction (i.e. shelving, pulling holds, personalized browsing) can be completed when the library is closed. This would allow for physical distancing to be maintained more easily.

  5. Natalie Moreland on said:

    The latest AARP bulletin (print) had a really easy-to-digest feature article with concrete action steps. Highly recommended! Among those immune-boosting steps:
    wash your hands every hour when out in public
    exercise daily
    eat plenty of fruits and veggies
    take your vitamins