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After monitoring the rise in COVID-19 cases and in consultation with officials at the Tulsa Health Department, TCCL is suspending all in-branch service offerings and will return to curbside service at all locations effective Friday, November 20th until further notice.

This decision has been made out of an abundance of caution and to ensure the health and safety of our staff and customers while also doing our part to reduce community spread.

We will continue to provide the many digital services, such as e-books and e-audiobooks; streaming moviesTV and music services; free access to magazines and newspapers; and more. Our Ask Us telephone service is also still actively taking calls and providing information for our customers including enhanced support for accessing our digital services.

This is an unprecedented time and we are grateful for your continued support and patience. Please continue to monitor our website and social media pages for further information including digital programming and activities.

Curbside holds pickup is now offered at all TCCL locations! To use curbside pickup, simply place an item on hold online and you will receive a notification when your hold is ready. You can then go to the TCCL location you have selected to pick up your item and follow instructions on the signage to call and notify staff of your arrival. Materials will be brought out to you. For more information on this service including revised business hours, you can contact us at 918-549-7323. 

Extended curbside services available! Copy, print and fax services will be offered at all locations and 3D printing pickup service will be offered at select locations. For printing, email your file to AskUs@tulsalibrary.org and include the number of copies you need and whether you want them in color or black/white. AskUs will reply back with any additional questions and work out a TCCL location to pick up the prints. For copying and faxing, bring your items to any TCCL location and call the number on the holds pickup signage. A staff member will come out and pick up your physical items to copy or fax and bring them back out to you. 3D printing pickup service is available at Central Library, Hardesty Regional Library, Martin Regional Library, Rudisill Regional Library and Zarrow Regional Library. Submit your 3D print files using our online portal.  Cost for all extended curbside services will be applied to your library account. Contact AskUs for more details.

Starbucks at Central Library is currently open for walk-in service! Starbucks is open Monday-Friday from 7 a.m.-3 p.m. 

 

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FAQs

What is coronavirus?

Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is a respiratory illness 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.

Source: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/downloads/2019-ncov-factsheet.pdf

What are the symptoms of coronavirus ?

Coronavirus often appears similar to the common cold or influenza.  The most common symptoms include:

  • Fever
  • Coughing
  • Shortness of breath

According to the CDC, symptoms may appear between 2-14 days after being exposed.

How does coronavirus spread?

Coronavirus is thought to spread through close contact (within about 6 feet). Respiratory droplets are produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes. These droplets can be inhaled into the lungs through the nose or mouth.

It is possible to spread by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it. However, this is not thought to be the main way of spreading the virus.

Infected people are believed to be the most contagious when they display the most symptoms. Spread is possible before showing symptoms, but this is less likely.

How is coronavirus prevented and treated?

There is currently no vaccine to prevent the disease. The best way to prevent illness is to avoid exposure. Preventative measures to prevent the spread of disease include:

avoid contact
Avoid close contact with people who are sick.

avoid touching face
Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.

stay home
Stay home when you are sick.

cover mouth
Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue. Throw the tissue in the trash.

disinfect
Clean and disinfect frequently used objects and surfaces.

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

sanitize hands
Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.

Information for International Travel

U.S. Department of State Travel Bans and More

See recently updated travel bans, recommendations for international travelers and assistance for U.S. citizens abroad.

How to Evaluate Coronavirus Information as Credible

With the ever-changing landscape of Coronavirus information, it is more important than ever to verify the information you read is credible and authoritative. 

Follow this link to learn how to spot misinformation.

Community Resources

Local Helping Agencies

Para obtener una lista de recursos en español, por favor visite la página del Centro Hispano.

211
211 Eastern Oklahoma is a free, confidential link to help and hope for those in need, whatever the need, 24/7. Get connected to thousands of community resources and services near you, including crisis support.

Family and Children’s Services Hub for Resources in Response to COVID-19 
This site includes iimportant community links, helpful information and resources for food, childcare, utilities, unemployment and modified services.

 

Employment

Tulsa City-County Library’s Career Center
Get resources for your job search including résumé tools and interviewing tips.

Tulsa City-County Library’s Online Learning Options
Find online classes to enhance your skills.

Apply for Unemployment

Apply for the Tulsa Restaurant Employee Assistance Fund

Career One Stop
Sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor, use this resource for career exploration, training and to find jobs.

Overcoming Job Transition
Get free résumé help, networking assistance, interview coaching and job board guidance from seasoned Oklahoma business leaders and hiring experts.

Talent Exchange for Employers
Oklahoma Works is working to quickly connect job seekers to employers who need new workers right now. Complete the Employer Information form to alert Oklahoma Works to your current job openings.

Food Assistance

Hunger Free Oklahoma 
Includes information about available food resources, changes to nutritional programs and opportunities to help.  

Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma 
Use this resource tool to find food assistance near you. 

Support for Businesses

U.S. Small Business Administration Small Business Guidance and Loan Resources
Oklahoma small businesses are now eligible for the SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loan program. The program provides small businesses with working capital loans of up to $2 million to help overcome the temporary loss of revenue they are experiencing.

FAQs for Businesses Closed during a Civil Emergency
(City of Tulsa)

Kiva Tulsa
Community-funded zero percent loans for small businesses.

Talent Exchange for Employers
Oklahoma Works is working to quickly connect job seekers to employers who need new workers right now. Complete the Employer Information form to alert Oklahoma Works to your current job openings.

US Department of Labor New Sick Leave and Family and Medical Leave Act Benefits
Paid sick leave and FMLA related to COVID-19 are now required for some businesses with under 500 employees. Refundable tax credits will help employers pay for the new, required benefit.
Families First Coronavirus Response Act: Questions and Answers

COVID-19 Industry Webinars With Secretary Kouplen
The Oklahoma Department of Commerce is holding a series of COVID-19 guidance and economic recovery webinars for Oklahoma industry sectors with Oklahoma Secretary of Commerce Sean Kouplen. Business leaders are encouraged to attend webinars for sectors in which they do business.

Resilience and Recovery Fund
The City of Tulsa and the Tulsa Economic Development Corporation have partnered to offer zero interest loans to small businesses and entrepreneurs affected by COVID-19.

Preventative Measures and Information for Patients

CDC Guidance for Preventing the Spread of Coronavirus

Centers for Disease Control Guidance on Preventing Spread of Coronavirus in Homes and Residential Community
Interim guidance, as provided by the CDC, is based on what is currently known about coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) and transmission of other viral respiratory infections. CDC will update this interim guidance as needed and as additional information becomes available. 
 
 

City of Tulsa Mask Ordinance

The Tulsa City Council approved a mask ordinance on July 15, 2020, signed by Mayor Bynum, mandating masks to be worn in public within the Tulsa city limits. The ordinance to Title 27of the Tulsa Revised Ordinances comes at the recommendation of Dr. Dart of the Tulsa Health Department.

Go to City of Tulsa's Mask Mandate Information page

Hand-washing Technique Video

Hand-washing PDF

Sanitizer Application Technique

Information for Patients with Coronavirus

MedlinePlus-Consumer Health Information
Clear, simple information for patients with novel coronavirus. 

MedlinePlus in Spanish: Infecciones por coronavirus
Información en español para pacientes de nuevo coronavirus

CDC Coronavirus Updates

Recommendation Regarding the Use of Cloth Face Coverings

The CDC now recommends wearing cloth face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain, such as at grocery stores and pharmacies.

Go to CDC's Recommendations for Use of Cloth Face Coverings

 

Travel Recommendations by Country

Includes information about transmission levels and restrictions on entry into the United States for all countries.

Go to CDC’s COVID-19 Travel Recommendations by Country

Coronavirus Disease 2019 Information for Travel

Includes up-to-date advisories and travel alerts for domestic and international travel.

Go to CDC’s COVID-19 Travel page

Interim Guidance for Businesses and Employers

Includes information about steps employers and businesses can take that may help prevent the spread of COVID-19 in the workplace. The guidance offered on this page is intended for non-healthcare settings.

Go to CDC’s Interim Guidance for Businesses and Employers

Cases in the U.S.

Includes detailed information and daily updates on the total number of COVID-19 cases in the United States.

Go to CDC’s Cases in the U.S. page

Resources for Hospitals and Healthcare Professionals

Includes preparedness checklists for hospitals and healthcare providers caring for patients with potential or confirmed COVID-19.

Go to CDC’s Resources for Hospitals and Healthcare Professionals page

Workplace and Home Guidance

Includes basic tips for helping prevent the spread of COVID-19 in your workplace, home, school or commercial establishment.

Go to CDC’s Workplace and Home Guidance page

CDC Guidance for Schools and Childcare Programs

coronavirus prevention

Social Distancing and Self-Quarantining FAQs

What is Social Distancing?

Social distancing starts with a recommendation to stay at home as much as possible, going out only for essential needs such as medicine and food. Working from home, attending classes virtually, cancelling and/or postponing trips and gatherings, and visiting friends and family by electronic device are measures we can all take to flatten the curve of COVID-19. Staying at least 6 feet away from other people lessens your chances of transmitting and catching COVID-19 from others.

What is Flattening the Curve?

Flattening the curve refers to protective practices individuals can follow to slow the rate of COVID-19 infection, ensuring hospitals have rooms, supplies and doctor availability for individuals needing care.

Can I go outside?

Yes, you still can exercise and enjoy the outdoors in open spaces while maintaining a 6-foot distance from other people. Going on hikes, walking the dog and riding your bike are safe activities to enjoy outdoors. Experts are quick to point out the objective is not to remain indoors, but to avoid close contact with other people.

What is Self-Quarantine?

Self-quarantine measures include staying at home, using different utensils and towels than other household members, not having visitors and maintaining a 6-foot distance from other people in the home. Self-quarantining is recommended for individuals who have contracted COVID-19 or might be at risk for infection. Health experts recommend self-quarantining for 14 days if you believe you have been exposed to COVID-19.

What is Isolation?

For people who have been confirmed to have COVID-19, isolation is appropriate. Isolation is a health-care term that means keeping people who are infected with a contagious illness away from those who are not infected. Isolation can take place at home or at a hospital or care facility. Special personal protective equipment will be used to care for these patients in health-care settings.

What if I feel fine? Should I still practice social distancing and/or self-quarantine?

Yes, studies reveal asymptomatic (persons carrying the COVID-19 virus but not experiencing any signs or symptoms) carriers accounted for 86 percent of infections in China. After implementing social distancing and travel restrictions, the spread of COVID-19 slowed considerably. For every confirmed case of Coronavirus, there are likely five to 10 people with undetected infections. Young people, with low risk of becoming seriously ill from COVID-19, are often the unwitting factor in the spread of a pandemic virus with the higher potential to kill older persons and those with conditions compromising immune system defenses.

Some states are instituting a shut down. What does a shut down mean for me?

Some states such as New York and California are ordering nonessential businesses to close to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. Essential businesses, including grocery stores, laundromats, pharmacies, gas stations, restaurants offering takeout and delivery, are permitted to stay open. Officials encourage individuals to buy in bulk when visiting grocery stores, but hording supplies puts an undue stress on the supply chain and needlessly deprives others of essential items.

And though residents are advised to stay inside as much as they can, officials and health experts encourage solitary exercise such as walking, running, hiking and bicycling while maintaining a 6-foot distance from other people.

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How You Can Help

The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted the lives of Tulsans and created unprecedented need in our community. While volunteer opportunities are limited, donations of all types are needed to assist health care workers, restaurant workers, community organizations and vulnerable populations throughout this crisis. This page includes a list of organizations serving Tulsa that are seeking help.

Shelter & Supplies

Domestic Violence Intervention Services provides intervention and prevention services to men, women and children affected by domestic violence. A $150 donation funds a four-week stay at their shelter. Donate online or call 918-508-2709.

Go to Domestic Violence Intervention Services

John 3:16 Mission is accepting item and monetary donations. Lists of needed items are available on the organization’s website. Monetary donations may be made on the organization’s website. Call 918-587-1186 for more information.   

Go to John 3:16 Mission

The Salvation Army of Tulsa is accepting item and monetary donations to support its coronavirus relief efforts. Item donations are being accepted at the Salvation Army Tulsa Metro Area of Command at 924 S. Hudson Ave. from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday. Monetary donations are being accepted online.   

Go to the Salvation Army

The Tulsa Day Center is accepting item and monetary donations. Financial support is currently its most critical need. Needs lists can be downloaded from the Tulsa Day Center’s website. Item donations can be delivered to 415 W. Archer St. any day from 7:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Monetary donations can be made on the organization’s website. Call 918-583-5588 for more information.

Go to Tulsa Day Center

Food

The Bixby Outreach Center provides food and financial assistance to residents of Bixby, Jenks, Glenpool, Kiefer, Leonard, Haskell and Liberty Mounds in South Tulsa County. The organization is accepting monetary, food and item donations. Visit the Bixby Outreach Center’s website or call 918-366-9226 for more information.

Go to Bixby Outreach Center

Broken Arrow Neighbors provides basic needs emergency assistance to residents of Broken Arrow. Visit the organization’s website or call 918-251-7781 for more information.

Go to Broken Arrow Neighbors

Caring Community Friends provides food pantry and emergency assistance to residents of Sapulpa and the surrounding communities. Donate online or call (918) 224-6464 for more information.

Go to Caring Community Friends 

The Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma is requesting financial support for its coronavirus relief efforts. Donate online or call 918-232-7717 or 918-630-1143 for more information.  

Go to Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma

Jenks Community Food Bank provides food assistance to residents of the Jenks School District. Donate online through PayPal or AmazonSmile, or send a check to the address listed on the organization’s website. Call 918-210-0317 for more information.

Go to Jenks Community Food Bank

Meals on Wheels of Metro Tulsa has set up an emergency COVID-19 crisis fund in order to provide enough meals to seniors during this time of need. Donate online or call 918-627-4105 for more information.

Go to Meals on Wheels of Metro Tulsa

Owasso Community Resources provides basic needs assistance to residents of Owasso and Collinsville. Donate online or call 918-272-4969 for more information.

Go to Owasso Community Resources

Sands Springs Community Services provides basic needs assistance to individuals and families. While the organization accepts food, item and monetary donations, monetary donations are currently its most critical need. Call 918-245-5183 for more information.

Go to Sands Springs Community Services

The Tulsa Dream Center provides a variety of services aimed at addressing both immediate and long-term needs in our community, including food assistance. The organization accepts food, item and monetary donations. Donate online or call 918-430-9984 for more information.

Go to Tulsa Dream Center

 

Blood Donation & Health

The American Red Cross is encouraging healthy donors to donate blood, platelet and plasma to ensure continued supplies through the COVID-19 pandemic. Make an appointment online.

Go to American Red Cross

Counseling and Recovery Services of Oklahoma provides counseling, behavioral health and substance abuse services to individuals and families. Access to mental health services is especially important during this time of uncertainty. Donate online or call 918-392-5809.

Go to Counseling and Recovery Services of Oklahoma

The Oklahoma Blood Institute is urging continued donation of blood during the COVID-19 pandemic. Make an appointment online or call 1-877-340-8777 for more information.   

Go to Oklahoma Blood Institute

Mask Making & Donation

The Billings Clinic in Montana is providing free 3D mask files and instructions on its website.

Go to Billings Clinic

Emerson Orthodontics is accepting donations of N95 masks at its Broken Arrow office. Drop off N95 masks at 800 W. Mission St. in Broken Arrow from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Monday through Friday. Call 918-284-5207 for more information.

Go to Emerson Orthodontics

The Instructables Craft site is offering a free A.B. mask pattern and sewing instructions.

Go to Instructables Craft

The Oklahoma Heart Institute is accepting mask donations. Drop off masks at 1265 S. Utica in Tulsa or call 918-574-9744 for more information.

Go to Oklahoma Heart Institute

Families and Children

No Kid Hungry is working to provide children facing food insecurity with three meals a day during school closures. Donate online or call 1-800-222-1767 for more information.

Go to No Kid Hungry

The Tulsa Area COVID-19 Response Fund is part of a collaborative effort between Tulsa Area United Way and the Tulsa Community Foundation. It provides support to local nonprofit organizations that assist individuals and families impacted by COVID-19. Donate online or call the Tulsa Community Foundation at 918-494-8823 for more information.

Go to Tulsa Area COVID-19 Response Fund

Business

The Blue Bear Employee Relief Fund provides short term financial assistance to HCSC employees experiencing hardship due to unexpected and unavoidable emergencies. Donate online or call the Tulsa Community Foundation at 918-591-2427 for more information.   

Go to Blue Bear Employee Relief Fund

The Tulsa Restaurant Employee Relief Fund was developed by the Lobeck Taylor Family Foundation and Mother Road Market in partnership with the Oklahoma Restaurant Association. It provides direct financial assistance to restaurant workers to help with their immediate needs. Donate online or call 918-984-9001 for more information.  

Go to Tulsa Restaurant Employee Relief Fund

Recreational & Cultural

While temporarily closed to the public due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Philbrook Museum of Art is offering online programming and accepting donations online for continued support.

Go to Philbrook Museum of Art

The Tulsa Botanic Garden is accepting donations to support its continued operation during this time. Make a one-time donation or purchase/renew a membership online. For more information, call 918-289-0330.

Go to Tulsa Botanic Garden

The Tulsa Zoo has established an emergency operating fund to help it continue to care for its animals while it is closed to the public. Donate online through the zoo’s website.

Go to Tulsa Zoo

The Red Dirt Relief Fund provides more than $170,000 to 50+ music people in 21 Oklahoma cities and towns since its inception in 2012. Grant recipients' situations range from loss of work after accidents, chronic illness or medical emergencies to loss of property due to fire and tornado.

Go to Red Dirt Relief Fund

Additional Resources

Tulsa Health Department

The Tulsa Health Department (THD), along with Oklahoma State Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), is closely monitoring this outbreak. Local public health experts in Oklahoma are communicating with and educating health care providers and other public health partners about the current situation.

Go to Tulsa Health Department

Oklahoma State Department of Health

A coronavirus disease 2019 situation summary that includes information for travelers, FAQs, what to do if you’re sick and more is frequently updated by the Oklahoma State Department of Health.

Go to Oklahoma State Department of Health-Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Situation Summary

Oklahoma COVID-19 Testing Sites

Follow the link below to learn where COVID-19 testing sites are located in your community.

Go to Oklahoma State Department of Health COVID-19 Testing Site Information page

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is closely monitoring an outbreak of respiratory illness caused by a novel (new) coronavirus first identified in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China. The site provides situational updates and guidance to state and local health departments and health care providers.

Go to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention-Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

PubMed

A preformulated search brings together the most recent research, including treatment developments, via the National Library of Medicine’s PubMed Database. 

Go to PubMed Research Articles Pertaining to Novel Coronavirus

Disaster Lit

Disaster Lit: Database for Disaster Medicine and Public Health is the National Library of Medicine (NLM) database of links to disaster medicine and public health documents available on the internet at no cost. Documents include expert guidelines, research reports, conference proceedings, training classes, fact sheets, websites, databases and similar materials for a professional audience.

Go to Disaster Lit: Database for Disaster Medicine and Public Health 

Wiley Online Library

Free articles, book chapters and entries in major references are available from December 2019 to present. Find regional government links and more. 

Go to Wiley Online Library-Novel Coronavirus Outbreak, December 2019-Present

Coronavirus and Children

For frequently asked questions and answers concerning the coronavirus and children, please visit:

Go to CDC.gov

A online comic has been put together by NPR to explain what kids need to know about coronavirus. A print version is also available (with folding directions).