We’re getting a lot of questions about the coronavirus, and as librarians it’s our job to find you reliable answers! So we have compiled some essential information to help you make informed decisions about your health.
Will the Library be open to the public?
All Amarillo Public Library locations are now closed to the public. We will continue to assist with inquiries over the phone and via email.
What is COVID-19, or novel coronavirus?
The novel coronavirus is a flu-like respiratory illness. While there are many types of human coronaviruses, COVID-19 is a new disease, caused by a novel (or new) coronavirus that has not previously been seen in humans.
Trusted information sources
The City’s Public Health department has released a resource on COVID-19 called Amarillo Prepared that provides tips on preventing the spread of the disease and how to recognize its symptoms. Citizens can check for updates on the department’s website or on the City’s dedicated website for COVID-19 information and alerts.
The Texas Department of State Health Services maintains an information page with up-to-date details on the outbreak, the current risk to the public, and links to helpful resources.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has set up a website — accessible in English and Spanish — with a range of information about the current risk to the public, symptoms to watch for, prevention, testing, and advice for schools, communities, and businesses.
What can you do now to stay healthy?
At this point, the risk to the general American public is still low. But to prevent any possible spread of the virus, people are being asked to:
- Wash their hands frequently. Wash with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60 percent alcohol if soap and water are not available.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Stay home and away from others if you are sick.
- Clean and disinfect objects and surfaces frequently.
- Cover your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze.
Can I still visit my library?
All Amarillo Public Library locations are closed to the public to try to reduce the spread of COVID-19 and to support the stay at home order issued by Mayor Ginger Nelson.
Checkout times have been extended until the library resumes normal operations.
We invite you to explore everything we have to offer on our website. You can download ebooks and audiobooks on CloudLibrary, download thousands of digital comic books and graphic novels through ComicsPlus, browse magazines on Flipster, and stream thousands of award-winning independent and classic films through IndieFlix.
We at Amarillo Public Library want you to know that we are taking your health seriously. Our staff are following any recommendations announced by the City’s Public Health department, and we will respond appropriately to any directives released by local, state, and federal authorities.