Top of mind for all of us right now is the COVID-19 virus. Like many organizations, the Edmonton Public Library is focused on the health and safety of our customers and staff.
As of Wednesday, March 11, Dr. Deena Hinshaw, Chief Medical Officer of Health, announced there are now 19 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Alberta. These cases appear to be travel-related, and Dr. Hinshaw acknowledged the high risk associated with travel outside the country.
This morning, the World Health Organization announced that the novel coronavirus has become a global pandemic.
EPL is taking several steps to prepare for and respond to the evolving situation, and to mitigate the risk of this virus and its impact. We are increasing the frequency and intensity of custodial services in public and staff areas, which includes disinfecting technology (such as computers and iPads), furniture, equipment, and children’s toys. We will also be expanding the availability of hand sanitization stations and will be distributing disinfecting wipes to encourage customers to wipe surfaces such as keyboards and workstations before and after each use.
To help prevent the spread of COVID-19, we encourage everyone to follow recommended hygiene practices, such as washing your hands frequently, coughing into a tissue or your elbow, and to avoid touching your face. If you are feeling unwell, please stay home and take care of yourself.
We will continue to closely monitor this situation as it continues to evolve. We recommend you keep informed with reliable sources for additional information.
If you believe that you may have been exposed to COVID-19, please call Health Link 811.
We thank you for your understanding and cooperation during this time.
Chief Executive Officer
Edmonton Public Library