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Westchester Library closed after two staff members test positive for C19

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The Westchester 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 suspended.

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 happens.”

Patrons can continue to enjoy curbside pickup as well as the online offerings WPL has implemented since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic.


Posted 8/18/2020




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