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Tulsa City-County Library locations are currently closed in response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. With an average of 7,000 visitors who enter our libraries every day throughout Tulsa County, we want to limit the potential for exposure for both our customers and staff, out of the abundance of caution. TCCL takes the health and wellbeing of our customers and staff seriously. Closing the library is an extraordinarily difficult decision that we have made only because of these extraordinary circumstances. However, this does not mean a complete shutdown of library services. We will continue to provide the many digital services, such as e-books and e-audiobooks; streaming movies, TV and music services; free access to magazines and newspapers; and more.

Book drops are open! For those of you who have borrowed library materials in your possession – the wait is over. All TCCL book drops are now open for you to return your materials. They will continue to be open 24/7 going forward as they’ve been in the past. There will be a 3-day delay on materials being checked in while items are being quarantined. We will not be charging late fees on any items through May 31.

Curbside holds pickup is now offered at all TCCL locations beginning Monday, May 18 during regular business hours! (However, curbside services at Central Library, Hardesty Regional Library, Martin Regional Library, Rudisill Regional Library and Zarrow Regional Library will close at 8 p.m. Monday-Thursday.) 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 or about returning your items, you can contact us at 918-549-7323.

Extended curbside services available starting June 1! 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. Cost for all extended curbside services will be applied to your library account. Contact AskUs for more details.
 
Starbucks at Central Library is open for call ahead curbside service! Offered daily from 7 a.m.-3 p.m., this service is provided on Fifth Street in front of Central Library. Call 918-549-7698 when you arrive to place your order and items will be brought out to you. 

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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.

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. 
 
 

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, School 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, School and Home Guidance page

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.

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

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).

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