HCLS Response… an updated message from our CEO
Library branches are closed until further notice. All classes and events are canceled during this time.
Remember HCLS has a vast collection of free, online digital materials that are easily accessible from home with your library card, including:
- eBooks and downloadable audiobooks
- streaming music, TV, and movies
- online classes for personal and professional development
- national and international newspapers and magazines
- organizations or individuals with needs related to COVID-19
- people who are unemployed or in need of assistance due to COVID-19
- K-12 students
LINKS YOU CAN TRUST
Coronavirus (COVID-19) has been the subject of many recent news and social media reports. With the increase of fake and unreliable news, we suggest going to the following trusted sources to learn more about this topic.
First, practice healthy habits:
- wash your hands (don’t forget your thumbs!) with soap and water for 20 seconds
CDC video on handwashing
CDC Handwashing – Show Me the Science
CDC Handwashing: A Family Activity (info on baby wipes is a good reminder)
- cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze or cough/sneeze into your elbow;
- stay home if you are sick.
World Health Organization (WHO)
The World Health Organization (WHO) is a trusted, authoritative source for public health information. The WHO announced the official name for the disease that is causing the 2020 outbreak of coronavirus disease: COVID-19.
- Coronavirus (health topic)
This landing page for the Coronaviruses family of viruses includes background, select news on the outbreak, and links to Questions and Answers on Coronaviruses.
- Advice for the Public
This WHO page on Coronavirus disease has practical information for dealing with the outbreak on a personal level. The page includes video, graphics, myth-busters, and even tips for coping with related stress.
Centers for Disease Control (CDC)
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are our nation’s premier authority on public health information.
The page that the CDC has developed for American citizens is a one-stop shop for background on the strain, COVID-19, as well as the class of coronaviruses; CDC-authored news monitoring the situation, including all the statistics on cases; and a wealth of resources for professionals, travelers, and the general public.
- CDC COVID-19 Information Page
- Strategies to Prevent the Spread of COVID-19 in Long Term Care Facilities
- COVID-19 Guidance for Older Adults
MedlinePlus offers up-to-date information in language you can understand. MedlinePlus is a service of the National Library of Medicine (NLM), the world’s largest medical library, which is part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH).
- Coronavirus Infections
- Also available in Spanish: Infecciones por coronavirus: MedlinePlus en español
The Associated Press (AP) is a not-for-profit news cooperative that is widely considered the least biased reporting in the U.S.
- Coronavirus Topic: AP articles
Government and business response to the outbreak is well covered.
Johns Hopkins University
- Coronavirus COVID-19 Mapping by Johns Hopkins CSSE
The Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) at Johns Hopkins University is mapping the number of global cases, deaths, and recoveries from COVID-19. The data is updated throughout the day.
Maryland Department of Health
- Maryland Department of Health: Coronavirus Outbreak
The Maryland Department of Health’s page provides a document for Guidance for Schools about the Coronavirus outbreak as well as other general and Maryland-specific information.
Howard County Health Department
- Howard County Health Department: Coronavirus Disease
Howard County Health Department’s page provides frequently asked questions, slides from recent presentations, and information about the virus.
- Facebook Video from March 4 Information Session at HCLS
Mental Health Care and Resources
- We understand that many families and individuals are under a lot of stress and pressure right now, especially given the social circumstances of COVID-19.
- The CDC has several resources and recommendations for managing anxiety & stress during this difficult time, which can be found here.
- NAMI has also published a resource guide for mental health services and information related to COVID-19. Visit here.
- The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline provides 24/7, free and confidential support for people in distress, prevention and crisis resources for you or your loved ones, and best practices for professionals. Find more information here, or call 1-800-273-8255.
Donate to Community Service Organizations
- Our community service organizations will be working through this crisis to ensure that Howard County residents have access to food, shelter, and services when needed.
- Several philanthropic organizations have joined together to form HoCoRespond, which aims to raise $100,000 for urgent needs in Howard County. You can learn more and donate here.
- Please consider donating to the Community Action Council, which runs Howard County’s Food Bank and provides food to thousands of our neighbors-in-need. Donate here.
- Please consider donating to Grassroots Crisis Intervention Center, which provides assistance with personal, mental health, family, or shelter crisis in Howard County. Donate here.