COVID-19 Resources

COVID-19 Resources

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What is coronavirus and COVID-19?

Coronaviruses are a group of common viruses. They are named for the crown-like spikes on the surface of the virus. Some coronaviruses only affect animals, but others can also affect humans. Most people get infected with human coronaviruses at some time in their life.

Human coronaviruses cause respiratory illnesses. There are several different types of coronaviruses, including those that cause severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS), Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS), and coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).

Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is a new type of coronavirus. It causes respiratory illness in people. It was first identified in Wuhan, China. It has spread to many countries around the world.

What can I do to protect myself from COVID-19? 

There is currently no vaccine to prevent COVID-19. The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus. The CDC recommends everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases, including:

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
  • If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.

How do I make a mask?

Many tutorials are available online. This guide from the CDC provides information on simple face coverings. 

 Where can I learn more?

Where can I find local resources?

How long will Crandall Public Library be closed?

The Library currently open for Curbside Pickup only. We are following local, state, and federal safety guidelines in preparation to reopen the building to the public. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for updates as well as information on resources you can access from home.

What should I do with my library books?

The Library book drops are open for returns. Due dates for existing checkouts (i.e. items originally due while the Library was closed) have been extended through July 20. Late fees will start accruing on July 21, 2020.

What can I read, watch, or listen to from home?

The Library offers a variety of eResources that can be found on our website under the Digital Library tab. Video tutorials are available from Niche Academy.

What if I don’t have a library card?

  • Anyone 18 and older, who resides in our Library district, and who does not already have an account, is eligible for a temporary library card. A parent/guardian must fill out and submit the application for anyone 17 or under. 
  • Submit a completed Library Card Application to crandallinfo@sals.edu.
  • Cards will be available at the Customer Service Desk when the Library reopens. Photo ID with current address OR photo ID and another document with proof of address will be required to pick-up your card.
  • Temporary cards will expire 3 months after we reopen.

What if I have other questions about my account?

Email us at crandallinfo@sals.edu with as much information as you can, and staff will do our best to assist you.

What about resources for kids?

Our Children's and Teen Librarians are doing story time from home, as well as posting valuable resources to keep kids engaged and entertained. Find them on Facebook at Crandall Public Library Children’s Department  and CPL Teen

What if I have questions about unemployment?

Information on NYS Unemployment and the CARES Act can be found on the NYS Department of Labor webpage. 

What if I have questions about health insurance?

NY State of Health special enrollment period is open through April 15. 

I’m feeling stressed out. Where can I get help?

  • The NYS Office of Mental Help has provided some guidelines for managing stress and anxiety
  • OMH Emotional Support Line: 1-844-863-9314
    The Emotional Support Line provides free and confidential support, helping callers experiencing increased anxiety due to the coronavirus emergency. The Help Line is staffed by volunteers, including mental health professionals, who have received training in crisis counseling. 

How can I help local businesses?

What about Tax Day?

The deadlines to FILE and PAY federal income taxes are extended to July 15, 2020. Find out more from the IRS.

Will I get a stimulus check from the government?

  • Information regarding stimulus checks (CARES Act) is forthcoming, and will be posted on https://www.irs.gov/coronavirus as soon as it is released.
  • This article from NPR provides an overview of the bill.

Is the Census still going on?

Yes! The Census Bureau is adapting or delaying some of their operations, but they are still collecting information on who is or will be living with you on April 1, 2020. There are 3 ways to respond:

  • Online: my2020census.gov
  • Phone: Call 844-330-2020(English) or 844-468-2020 (Spanish) Other language support can be found online.
  • Paper (Mail) Response Guide: Mail back the paper questionnaire sent to your home. You can also respond online or by phone.