AS A PREVENTATIVE MEASURE TO STOP THE SPREAD OF COVID-19 (CORONAVIRUS) THE EVANSDALE PUBLIC LIBRARY IS NOW OPEN ITS REGULAR HOURS BUT WITH OCCUPANCY RESTRICTIONS, LIMITED COMPUTERS AND USAGE TIMES AND THE PUBLIC RESTROOMS ARE CLOSED. MASKS ARE ENCOURAGED BUT NOT REQUIRED.
Page updated 9/08/2020
What is the Coronavirus?
COVID-19, commonly called the coronavirus, is a respiratory infection that can spread from person-to-person. The virus that causes COVID-19 is a novel coronavirus that was first identified during an investigation into an outbreak in Wuhan, China. The reported illnesses have ranged from mild symptoms to severe illness and death.
What are the symptoms of COVID-19?
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), symptoms include:
- Shortness of breath
Symptoms may appear anywhere from 2-14 days after exposure.
How does the infection spread?
The virus is thought to mainly spread 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.
It seems to be spreading easily and sustainably in some affected geographic areas.
We will keep information updated here as we see it. The latest information about cornoavirus in Iowa, including the number and location of cases, can always be found on the Iowa Department of Public Health website.
Who is at risk of contracting COVID-19?
Everyone is at risk, but certain parts of the population are at higher risk of contracting COVID-19. This includes:
- Older adults
- People who have serious chronic medical conditions like:
- Heart disease
- Lung disease
What are the best ways to prevent contracting the disease?
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
- Stay home when you are sick.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
The CDC recommends that only people who show symptoms of COVID-19 wear facemasks in public. People who are well are not recommended to wear a facemask.
What should I do if I have symptoms?
Call your healthcare professional if you feel sick with fever, cough, or difficulty breathing, and have been in close contact with a person known to have COVID-19, or if you live in or have recently traveled from an area with ongoing spread of COVID-19.
Your healthcare professional will work with the Iowa Department of Public Health and CDC to determine if you need to be tested for COVID-19.
What is the Evansdale Public Library doing in response to COVID-19?
The library re-opened to the public on May 20th but with restrictions. Occupancy limits, limited computers and use time and closed restrooms are currently in place. Masks are encouraged but not required. The WiFi is still on and the password is 123library. Our electronic Ebook, audiobook and databases are available for your use. All accounts will be looked at and overdue fines during the closure will be waived. The drop box is open if you would like to return any items you may have. All returned items are quarantined for a specific amount of time as recommended by the CDC until returned to the shelves.
Where do I get more information?
To learn more about the coronavirus, visit these websites:
- World Health Organization
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
- COVID-19 Event Risk Assessment Planning Tool
- COVID-19 Projections
- COVID-19 in Iowa
- Black Hawk County Health Department COVID-19
- Iowa Department of Public Health
- Coronavirus Comic: Helping kids understand
*Information about COVID-19 contained in this post has been provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the World Health Organization websites.
New Legal Hotline added at state level
Iowans experiencing any type of legal problem due to the pandemic, such as facing eviction, being denied unemployment benefits, experiencing employment issues, or being a victim of identity theft, can call 1-800-332-0419.
Callers will leave a message and Iowa Legal Aid staff will call them back to screen them for eligibility. Those who are eligible for Iowa Legal Aid’s free legal services will be connected with an attorney.
Those who are not eligible for services will be connected with volunteer attorneys through the Iowa State Bar Association and the Polk County Bar Association.