Cass County Public Library has been paying close attention to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak in our country and recommendations from local, state, and national health offices so that we may ensure the health and safety of our staff and patrons. We have been in contact with the Cass County Health Department and Missouri’s Department of Health and Senior Services to have the most accurate and up-to-date information for the roughly 100,000 people we serve throughout the county.
- All library branches, having closed on March 17th, will re-open with limited hours on October 5th. Read more.
- The Bookmobile is not in service until further notice.
- Every branch will offer curbside service for available holds starting Monday, May 18th. Find out more about curbside here.
- Items, including media, can be returned in outside bookdrops starting Monday, May 18th.
- Our digital library is available 24/7. You can find eBooks, eAudiobooks, magazines, and read along books for children.
- We have curated some of our resources for you to access during this time. Just log in with your library card number, if prompted.
Get the Facts
The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services has established a toll-free 24-hour hotline for the novel coronavirus: 877-435-8411
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) provides information as soon as it is available.
The CDC’s YouTube Channel includes multiple useful videos, including 5 Things to Know about COVID-19, Should I Wear a Facemask, and Stop the Spread of Germs.
The World Health Organization (WHO) has guidance, reports, online training videos, and more.
Help Prevent the Spread of Germs
There are steps people can take to reduce their risk of getting any viral respiratory infections. These include:
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.
- Practice social distancing.
- Avoid close contact (at least 6 feet) with others.
- Adopt the Vulcan salute.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze, then throw the tissue in the trash and wash your hands. If you do not have a tissue, cough or sneeze into your sleeve.
- If you go out in public, wear a mask of some type of face protection over your nose and mouth.
- Clean and disinfect objects and surfaces.
- If you are sick, stay home and away from others. You can still access our digital collection 24/7.
According to the CDC, washing your hands is one of the most effective ways to prevent the spread of germs. Clean hands can stop germs from spreading from one person to another and throughout an entire community—from your home and workplace to childcare facilities and hospitals.
The CDC recommends you follow these five steps every time.
- Wet your hands with clean, running water (warm or cold), turn off the tap, and apply soap.
- Lather your hands by rubbing them together with the soap. Lather the backs of your hands, between your fingers, and under your nails.
- Scrub your hands for at least 20 seconds. Need a timer? Hum the “Happy Birthday” song from beginning to end twice.
- Rinse your hands well under clean, running water.
- Dry your hands using a clean towel or air dry them.