An employee of The Indianapolis Public Library’s Wayne Branch is under quarantine after testing positive for COVID-19. The staff member stayed home from work on September 29 and was tested for Covid-19, and has not returned to The Library since. Library administration was notified of the staff member’s positive test on Friday, October 2, initiated contact tracing protocols, and the staff member immediately began a 10-day self-quarantine. Internal contact tracing showed that other staff members were found to have possibly had close contact with the individual (defined as within six feet for ten or more minutes), and they will also self-quarantine.
Wayne Branch was closed to the public quickly after learning of the positive case, and will remain closed through October 3 and 4 for deep cleaning. The Branch is tentatively planned to reopen to the public on Monday, October 5.
All Indianapolis Public Libraries have had a face mask requirement in place since reopening in June. Other precautions include capacity limits at libraries, one-hour time limits for patrons when necessitated by building capacity limits, accessible hand sanitizer, regular surface cleaning, and 96 hour quarantining of returned books and other library materials. Those who visited the Wayne Branch Library on or around September 26-29 are encouraged to self-monitor for any symptoms.
“This is only the second Library staff member to test positive, and we are confident that our safety protocols have mitigated risk,” said Jackie Nytes, Library CEO. “The Library is essential for residents who need access to information, materials, wi-fi, and computers, and we aim to fulfill our mission of providing access to these services as safely as possible.”
Any future incidents of potential COVID-19 exposure at libraries will be posted at the Indianapolis Public Library website.