Service Updates

New: CDC Recommends Everyone Wear a Mask Indoors

As the number of COVID-19 cases has continued to increase with the spread of the B.1.617.2 (Delta) variant, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) updated their guidance on July 27, 2021. They now recommend that everyone, including individuals fully vaccinated against COVID-19, wear a mask in public indoor settings in areas of substantial or high transmission.

Effective September 7th, the service plan below will be implemented.

New service levels are tied to the CDC’s levels of community transmission for Rensselaer County.

All 4 phases include high-demand, in-person library services such as:

  • picking up and checking out material
  • browsing
  • computer use
  • copy/print/fax/scan
  • notary
  • seating
  • in-person programming.

Social distancing always recommended.

Why?

We have been operating in a pandemic for more than 18 months now and have a much better understanding of the services our patrons want and how to deliver them in a way that is safer for everyone. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) now provides guidance on community transmission of COVID-19. Tying our services to CDC county transmission rates reflect that guidance and metrics. https://covid.cdc.gov/covid-data-tracker/#county-view

The goal is to provide core services to patrons in person, even during times of higher COVID-19 transmission in our area.

Services at Each Level of Transmission

Low Transmission

Face Masks

None

Suspended Services

None

Moderate Transmission

Face Masks

Recommended

Suspended Services

Limited indoor programming (75% max. room capacity).

No outside group use of meeting rooms.

Substantial Transmission

Face Masks

Required indoors

Suspended Services

Limited indoor programming (50% max. room capacity)

No outside group use of meeting rooms

Limited seating

Restrooms limited

High Transmission

Face Masks

Required indoors

Suspended Services

Limited indoor programming (25% max. room capacity)

No outside group use of meeting rooms

Limited seating

Restrooms limited