Public Library’s Thomas Branch closed for a deep cleaning Monday, and all
Library buildings will be closed to the public for the rest of the week,
following another staff member testing positive for COVID-19, Library
Director Lisa Stamm told the Chesterton Tribune.
The Thomas Branch
closed for a deep cleaning on Aug. 8 following the first positive case among
staff, Stamm reported at last week’s Library board meeting. In-person
programs with added precautions were also slated to start this week, but
another employee has tested positive, she said.
In response, WPL
will remain open but will only offer curbside pickup this week. Research and
tour reservations at the Westchester Township History Museum are also
There are no
positive cases affecting the Hageman Branch, the Baugher Center, or the
Westchester Township History Museum, Stamm reported, but all WPL buildings
will be closed this week and all in-person programs canceled in the interest
of patron and staff safety.
Stamm said she’s
assessing whether or not to continue allowing the public in the Library, and
it’s possible that WPL will go back to offering curbside pickup only. The
planned outdoor, in-person programs may or not be rescheduled.
“WPL safety and
cleaning protocols are robust; however, there are no guarantees, and, like
everybody, we’re navigating as we go,” Stamm said. “As with everything
COVID-19, things are subject to change. WPL is doing the best we can to plan
ahead as much and as safely as possible and to handle every situation as it
continue to enjoy curbside pickup as well as the online offerings WPL has
implemented since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic.