The COVID risk has increased in Washington County, and we are now back in the Red Zone. That means that the Bayport Library will be open for curbside pickups only beginning Monday, November 9.
Pickup hours are:
Monday: 10:00 – 8:00
Tuesday-Friday: 10:00 – 5:00
Saturdays: 10:00 – 2:00
To aid in decision making, the Library Board and library director are using the model “The Path to Zero” from the Harvard Global Health Institute.
They use four risk levels to recommend action on suppressing the virus.
Here are the four levels:
Green: On Track for Containment – Less than one case per 100,000 people
Yellow: Community Spread – 1-9 cases per 100,000 people
Orange: Accelerated Spread – 10-24 cases per 100,000 people
Red: Tipping Point – 25+ cases per 100,000 people
You can read more about the model here: https://globalepidemics.org/key-metrics-for-covid-suppression/
We are specifically looking at the numbers in Washington County.
Here are our service levels:
Green: We will offer normal library services.
Yellow: We will allow for limited appointments and for people to be in our Library building. As we move toward Green, we will expand services offered and allow more people to be in the Library at one time.
Orange: We will provide access to all of our materials via contactless pickups.
Red: We will limit the hours for contactless pickups and follow any local guidance on shutting down service completely if necessary.
While we would prefer not to go back and forth between opening, offering appointments and doing curbside only, the safest option in that case would be to stay closed and only offer curbside pickups until we know it is safe to reopen. As this pandemic is showing, we won’t have that certainty for the next few months. We want to provide access to our building if cases start decreasing, but know we also may need to limit access again if cases start to rise. We hope this model will provide us the flexibility to adapt our services as needed throughout this pandemic.
If there is a service you need, please contact director Jill Smith, email@example.com or 651-275-4416, and we will do our best to help.
Please check our website, Facebook page, or subscribe to our newsletter for the latest information.
Due dates have returned to normal. If you have items to return, please use the bookdrop on the north side of the building, available 24 hours a day. We have no daily overdue charges. All fines and fees incurred during our closure will be waived. Please contact staff if there is an issue with your account.
Washington County Library continues to offer limited services, find details here: WashCoLib/COVID19
Details about services at the Stillwater Public Library are here.
Remember we also have a vast library of electronic resources, including eBooks, eAudiobooks, digital magazines and more available 24/7 through our our partnership with Washington County Library: https://www.washcolib.org/463/Library-Apps
We thank you for your patience and understanding as we make these decision to keep staff and patrons safe in these uncertain times.