Library materials are available sooner due to a shift to shorter quarantine times this fall. BPL, along with other Arrowhead Library System library members, reduced quarantines to 24 hours in accordance with the latest recommendation by the Wisconsin Department of Health Services.
This recommendation was made after state officials evaluated the results of the REALM Project research and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s statement on how the SARS-CoV-2 virus is most often transmitted, which is through inhaled respiratory droplets.
Patrons browsing or borrowing materials are encouraged to wash their hands before and after use and to avoid touching their mouth, nose, or eyes after touching a library item. These preventative measures, in addition to the 24-hour material quarantine help to mitigate the risk of virus transmission through contact with a potentially contaminated item. Any patron who is quarantining or awaiting a COVID-19 test result is asked to not return their materials until their quarantine is over or they have received a negative test. In the meantime, patrons can renew materials by phone, online through the catalog, or using the BookMyne app.