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Free resources RCLS library staff and patrons can access during the COVID-19 outbreak.

What Is COVID-19?

LAST UPDATED: AUGUST 24, 2020 AT 2:33 PM

What You Need to Know

  • Governor Cuomo has partnered with New Jersey Governor Murphy and Connecticut Governor Lamont to create a joint travel advisory for individuals traveling from states with significant community spread of COVID-19, requiring a quarantine for 14 days when visiting their states.  

  • Based on each region's infection rate, schools across New York State are permitted to open this fall but each school district must have a testing and tracing plan and will decide if an in-person v. hybrid model works best for them while following strict Department of Health Guidance. 

  • Beginning September 21, lower-risk school sports may begin statewide; with travel for practice or play prohibited outside of the school's region or contiguous regions until October 19.

  • The State Police and State Liquor Authority are leading a task force to investigate and shut down establishments not complying with the safety standards of the state.

  • To report violations of health and safety restrictions and requirements for businesses, gatherings and individuals, please choose the appropriate link below:

  • Go to forward.ny.gov to find out: Which phase of reopening your region is in; the industry guidance for each phase; regional dashboards for monitoring how the virus is being contained; and information on loans for small businesses.

  • New Yorkers without health insurance can apply through NY State of Health through September 15, 2020; must apply within 60 days of losing coverage.

  • Health care workers can text NYFRONTLINE to 741-741 to access 24/7 emotional support services. Any New Yorker can call the COVID-19 Emotional Support Hotline at 1-844-863-9314 for mental health counseling.

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For the latest measures being taken in New York State, visit: https://coronavirus.health.ny.gov/home

 

From the NYS Department of Health Website: https://www.health.ny.gov/diseases/communicable/coronavirus/

Explaining COVID-19

Thank You

Thank you to the many people who provided links and ideas to add to this guide. Many resources were gathered from Facebook groups, including Storytime Underground, Teen Librarians, and ALA Think Tank. Several NYS Youth Services Consultants also shared resources, which have been gathered here. If you see a resource that you created but is not credited to you, please contact me.

Additional Information

Know how it spreads

  • There is currently no vaccine to prevent coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).
  • The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus.
  • The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person.
    • Between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet).
    • Through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs, sneezes or talks.
    • These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs.
    • Some recent studies have suggested that COVID-19 may be spread by people who are not showing symptoms.

Everyone Should

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Wash your hands often

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
  • It’s especially important to wash:
    • Before eating or preparing food
    • Before touching your face
    • After using the restroom
    • After leaving a public place
    • After blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing
    • After handling your mask
    • After changing a diaper
    • After caring for someone sick
    • After touching animals or pets
  • If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.

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Avoid close contact

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Cover your mouth and nose with a mask when around others

  • You could spread COVID-19 to others even if you do not feel sick.
  • The mask is meant to protect other people in case you are infected.
  • Everyone should wear a mask in public settings and when around people who don’t live in your household, especially when other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain.
    • Masks should not be placed on young children under age 2, anyone who has trouble breathing, or is unconscious, incapacitated or otherwise unable to remove the mask without assistance.
  • Do NOT use a mask meant for a healthcare worker. Currently, surgical masks and N95 respirators are critical supplies that should be reserved for healthcare workers and other first responders.
  • Continue to keep about 6 feet between yourself and others. The mask is not a substitute for social distancing.

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Cover coughs and sneezes

  • Always cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze or use the inside of your elbow and do not spit.
  • Throw used tissues in the trash.
  • Immediately wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not readily available, clean your hands with a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.

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Clean and disinfect

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Monitor Your Health Daily

  • Be alert for symptoms. Watch for fever, cough, shortness of breath, or other symptoms of COVID-19.
  • Take your temperature if symptoms develop.
    • Don’t take your temperature within 30 minutes of exercising or after taking medications that could lower your temperature, like acetaminophen.
  • Follow CDC guidance if symptoms develop.

Information and images from the Centers for Disease Control Website: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prepare/prevention.html

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NYSDOH COVID-19 Tracker

 
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