Monday, August 3, 2020

Library to Pause Computer Reservation Service

Dear Ottumwa Public Library Patrons,

Due to the statement below released by Wapello County Public Health and Wapello County Emergency Management this morning, the Ottumwa Public Library is going to discontinue computer appointments for this week. We will reevaluate again next Monday, and when Wapello County moves back out of the Red Zone we will start them back up. We apologize for the inconvenience. The health of our community, patrons, and staff is our top priority. Our curbside pickup will continue and patrons can also check out Wi-Fi hotspots.

Sonja Ferrell, Director
641-682-7563 ext 202


Lynelle Diers, Wapello County Public Health
Tim Richmond, Wapello County Emergency Management

According to White House reports and county data, Wapello County moved into the White House identified red zone for cases indicating more than 100 new cases per 100,000 population last week, and the red zone for test positivity, indicating approximately 10.4 % positivity. The county has also experienced a sharp increase in COVID-19 hospitalizations.

Wapello County has seen dramatic growth in new cases over the past two weeks across all age ranges including the 0-17 age group; and both symptomatic and asymptomatic positive cases throughout all ages have contributed to the spread of COVID-19 in our community.

Aggressive mitigation strategies will disrupt the spread of COVID-19. In accordance with CDC and IDPH recommendations, residents of Wapello County should be vigilantly social distancing and wearing a mask when outside the home. When possible, limit social gatherings and reduce public activities and social interactions. White House reports, CDC and IDPH warn to protect anyone with serious medical conditions at home by social distancing and using high levels of personal hygiene, including hand washing and cleaning surfaces.

If you are sick or don't feel well, stay home and isolate from other individuals in the household. Call your health care provider to determine a treatment plan. If symptoms are severe, call 911. If you have been tested for COVID, stay home until test results are received. If you have been exposed to someone with COVID-19, be aware that people may develop COVID up to 14 days after exposure, and can shed the virus 48 hours before symptoms appear. Exposed individuals should quarantine to prevent transmission of the virus.