Library staff member tests positive for COVID-19

Earlier today we learned that one of our public desk staff had tested positive for COVID-19. We have been working diligently throughout the day to deep clean and to work with affected staff to ensure proper quarantine procedures. We want to assure everyone that we continue to keep the safety of our staff and patrons as our top priority.

Since the beginning of this public health emergency, we have been taking the utmost precautions to protect our staff and the public:

  • We require all staff and visitors to wear masks.
  • We clean high-touch surfaces frequently, including multiple cleanings of bathrooms every day and sanitation of meeting room furniture and computers after they are used. 
  • We have installed hand-sanitizing stations.
  • We quarantine library materials for 72 hours before returning them to the shelves. 

Because we have been taking these precautions, we believe that the risk to the public is very low. At the same time, we want library users to have the facts about the situation.

If you were in the library on Tuesday, October 27, and Wednesday, October 28,  between 8:45 a.m. and 5:15 p.m. and you interacted directly with our front desk staff, we encourage you to monitor yourself for COVID symptoms. If you would like to get tested, you can find a free testing site here:

If you do not feel comfortable coming into the library to get materials, we have curbside pickup available during all open hours. Please call the library at 260-356-0824 for more information.

We also have a free home delivery service for anyone who lives in the library district. To sign up for delivery, visit

Please remember that wearing a face covering in public is the most effective way to stop the spread of the virus.

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