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Letter from the Director

Dear ACPL Patrons, 

I wanted to provide an update on library services and where we are right now with COVID. As of May 10 of this year, all operating hours have been fully restored for all locations, Monday through Thursday, 10 – 7, as well as Friday and Saturday, 10 – 5.  In addition to a return to full hours, we are also continuing with curbside service at all locations.
After more than a year of studies about COVID and its ability to live on surfaces like library materials, libraries have concluded that there’s a very low risk of transmission through library materials, with no documented cases of this actually occurring. Due to these conclusions, we made the decision to end quarantine periods for returned items. You might still be experiencing some delays in receiving your items, but this is due to the State of Ohio switching delivery contractors, as part of the required bidding process. COVID has significantly affected the new contractor’s transition in taking over delivery duties. They are currently catching up on the backlog.  

We are paused, at the moment, in our return to indoor children’s programming and events, and we have continued to focus on outdoor programming. The Delta Variant of the virus has raised some concerns, given the county’s current rate of vaccination and high transmission rates. In reviewing numerous cases of the Delta Variant, the CDC has concluded that this variant is much more transmissible among the unvaccinated and that there are a number of breakthrough infections among the vaccinated. In addition, it appears that vaccinated folks can still carry and spread, even if they don’t become seriously ill.  

Our most recent case rate is 220.2 cases/100k. This places Adams County in the High range of transmission according to the CDC. It’s twice the threshold, in fact. As you may have heard, the CDC updated their mask guidance on Tuesday. They are encouraging individuals to wear masks indoors, regardless of vaccination status, in areas of substantial (50-99 cases/100k) or high(100+ cases/100k) community transmission.  

We were already in the High category during the previous week, and it nearly doubled in the stats released on July 29.  Currently, there are no orders or mandates regarding masking. These are public health recommendations and mitigation strategies. Please consider wearing a mask indoors while transmission is high, whether vaccinated or unvaccinated. For more information regarding the updated CDC Guidance, please click here
As of the end of last week, all staff at Adams County Public Library, both vaccinated and unvaccinated, must now return to wearing masks indoors, as long as vaccination rates are low and transmission rates are high. As of July 29, in fact, Adams County had the highest rate of transmission and one of the lowest rates of vaccination in Ohio.  

As you can see, Adams County is just over the 27% vaccination mark. Adams County Health Department and other providers are continuing to offer the COVID-19 vaccine. Get more information at their website. Adams County Health Department 

Please be safe and keep reading! 
Nick Slone 

Executive Director 
Adams County Public Library