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Advisories from the CDC for:
Travelers: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/index.html 
Pregnant women & children: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/specific-groups/pregnant-women.html 
Businesses & Employers: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/specific-groups/guidance-business-response.html 

Latest Research on COVID-19:
Social Science Research Network: https://www.ssrn.com/index.cfm/en/coronavirus/ (SSRN) reports (Free registration required)
CDC Morbidity & Mortality Weekly Report: https://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/Novel_Coronavirus_Reports.html


Libraries: In preparing for the Coronavirus (COVID 19), your library's Board of Trustees and staff may be reviewing your library's policy on closing the library or cancelling events. This American Library Association resource lists topics to include in an individual library policy, as well as other helpful information about the pandemic. See below for “Topics to include in an individual library policy,” and for more information, visit  http://www.ala.org/tools/atoz/pandemic-preparedness.

 Topics to include in an individual library policy (from http://www.ala.org/tools/atoz/pandemic-preparedness): Below are some topics to include in an individual library policy on illness and/or pandemic prevention and preparedness - after ensuring (if necessary) that they are consistent with the policies of the library's governing body: 

  • Criteria for closing the library
  • Employee policies for sick leave, payroll and banking/financial issues, working from home
  • Mandated documentation of procedures or cross training so others can take over for sick employees.
  • Policies for social distancing -- that is, removing a number of chairs so people aren't sitting close to each other, or limiting the number of people who can come in at any one time, or taking out coat racks, and similar things that keep people and their belongings separate from each other.
  • Criteria for suspending story times and other library programs.
  • Provision of masks and gloves along with the training of staff in their removal and disposal.
  • Standards for the cleaning of bathrooms, railings and door knobs, telephones, keyboards, counters, and cleaning of workstations/offices of employees who go home sick, emptying of wastebaskets, etc. etc. etc.
  • Setting a schedule for seeing to the critical needs of the facility if the library is closed for an extended time (boiler and building checks by custodians, book drop, payroll and banking considerations).
  • Communications plan for reaching staff and for communicating with the public
  • Means for continuing to provide information services for the public, such as online ordering of materials and pick up from a table in the lobby at certain times, or expansion of online services
  • Accommodation of the needs of poor people in the community who may not have a home subscription to the local newspaper or a working home computer
  • Education of the public in advance of an epidemic