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Library Response to Coronavirus

March 16, 2020 
The Aurora Public Library will close all library locations effective 6:00pm on March 17, 2020 through April 5, 2020* in response to coronavirus. A state of emergency was declared by Mayor Irvin to help prevent the spread of coronavirus. The health and safety of our community and our staff is our top priority.
 
Please be assured that for the past few weeks we have been actively monitoring the ongoing coronavirus disease (COVID-19). We’ve been in constant contact with the City as well as other local agencies and libraries. At this time, there are no indications that any of our locations are affected. These safety measures are as a precaution, not due to any known exposure. 
 
We encourage you to use the library‘s online resources including ebooks, downloadable audiobooks and databases for homework help.
This is a constantly evolving situation and we will continue to monitor and adjust our plan as things develop. For any updates and to find information regarding coronavirus please visit aurorapubliclibrary.org/Coronavirus
Thank you for your support and for working with us to minimize the potential spread of this virus.


Sincerely,
Michaela Haberkern
Executive Director
Aurora Public Library

What is COVID-19?

According to the World Health Organization, COVID-19 is an infectious disease caused by the most recently discovered coronavirus, which first emerged in Wuhan, China in December 2019. Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that may cause illness such as respiratory infections in humans and animals. 

How does COVID-19 spread?

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 or sneezes.

  • These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs.

To help prevent the spread of COVID-19 and stay safe

  • Avoid contact with people who are sick.

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.

  • Avoid touching your face, especially your eyes, nose, and mouth.

  • Cough and sneeze into a tissue if possible, then throw that tissue in the trash and wash your hands for at least 20 seconds. If no tissue is available then cough or sneeze into the crook of your elbow

  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

Symptoms

  • Reported illnesses have ranged from mild symptoms to severe illness and death for confirmed coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) cases.

    The following symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure.*

    • Fever

    • Cough

    • Shortness of breath