Vernon Area Library cancels public programs

Vernon Area Public Library in Lincolnshire has proactively canceled all public programs through the end of the month in response to recent public health recommendations. The move is not due to any known exposure, but rather is intended as a preventative measure. On Wednesday, the Lake County Health Department and Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) announced that a Lake County resident tested positive for coronavirus disease (COVID-19). This latest development, along with ongoing news of additional Illinois cases and the declaration of a global pandemic from the World Health Organization (WHO), affirmed Vernon Area Library officials’ decision to step up the library’s response. “Social distancing” is a tactic urged by health experts including Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. Isolating people and canceling gatherings is a highly effective solution to stem the rapid spread of this infectious disease. Slowing the rate of infection will help “flatten the curve” of new COVID-19 cases and keep the healthcare system from becoming overwhelmed. All patrons registered for the affected library programming are being notified. The library remains open to the public. Visitors will notice additional adjustments designed to minimize exposure risk to both patrons and… Read full this story

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