From the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:

“What to do if you think you are sick: Call your doctor. If you think you have been exposed to COVID-19 and develop a fever and symptoms, such as cough or difficulty breathing, call your healthcare provider for medical assistance.”

If the situation develops into an emergency, dial 911.

The links listed below are resources pertaining to the pandemic of COVID-19, also known as the Coronavirus. Included are documents from Michigan government ordering the shut down of certain institutions, information from the CDC about what the Coronavirus is and how to spot the symptoms, and other information about what to expect during this state of emergency and how to prevent the virus from spreading.

Coronavirus (COVID-19)

From the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, everything to know about the Coronavirus, from symptoms, how it can affect the elderly and those with autoimmune conditions, and what you can do to prevent the worldwide pandemic from getting worse.

COVID-19 Local Testing Sites

The following page lists local testing sites in the Kalamazoo and Grand Rapids areas. Please note requirements for each site as they may not offer walk-in services.

Governor Whitmer Announces Statewide Closure of All K-12 School Buildings

In this press release from the office of the Governor, Gretchen Whitmer ordered the closure of all K-12 schools on March 12, 2020 in order to prevent the spread of Coronavirus.

Executive Order 2020-35 (COVID-19)

On Thursday, April 2, 2020, Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer announced the closure of all face-to-face learning institutions for the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year.

Executive Order 2020-09 (COVID-19)

On March 16, 2020, Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer used her authority enact “temporary restrictions on the use of places of public accommodation.” These places included restaurants, bars, libraries, museums, recreation centers, theaters, and any other place where large public gatherings might take place.

Coronavirus Resource Center

From Harvard Health Publishing (part of the Harvard Medical School), frequently asked questions about the Coronavirus.

Why Outbreaks Like Coronavirus Spread Exponentially and How to “Flatten the Curve”

This article from the Washington Post demonstrates with visuals how the Coronavirus can quickly spread if social distancing and periods of quarantine are not demonstrated by those who have been exposed to the virus.

Be Careful Where You Get Your News About Coronavirus

Robert H. Shmerling, MD, as part of Harvard Health Publishing, breaks down how to spot fake news when it comes to the Coronavirus outbreak. “Where should you turn for the latest information on a rapidly changing situation? It’s hard to beat the convenience of the internet, and we know there’s a lot of useful and reliable information online. But there’s also a lot of misinformation. The trick is to figure out which is which.”

Fraudulent Face Mask Flyers/Cards Alert from the ADA

The United States Department of Justice – Civil Rights Division has updated their Information and Technical Assistance on the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) page to keep people, businesses, and other entities aware of fraudulent face mask exempt flyers and cards going around during the COVID-19 pandemic. Some of these documents include the Department of Justice’s seal, but are not endorsed or covered by the ADA. The notice can be viewed below, along with the most common example, coming from an organization called The Freedom to Breathe Agency. This agency is not endorsed by the American government.

Per the ADA website, “the Department urges the public not to rely on the information contained in these postings and to visit ADA.gov for ADA information issued by the Department. For more information and technical assistance about the ADA, please contact the ADA Information Line at 800-514-0301 (voice) and 800-514-0383 (TTY).”

Please be aware that any person who presents this card or flyer, wearing no mask, and tries to enter the library at this time may be asked to leave. Thank you for your continued patience and cooperation as we work to reopen safely to the public.

MI Safe Start: A Plan to Re-Engage Michigan’s Economy

Published in May 7, 2020 by Governor Gretchen Whitmer, this document serves as a guide to reopening the Michigan economy steadily and safely in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

MI Safe Schools: Michigan’s 2020-21 Return to School Roadmap

Published June 30, 2020 by Governor Gretchen Whitmer and the COVID-19 Task Force on Education Return to School Advisory Council, this document serves as a guide to reopening Michigan’s schools steadily and safely for the 2020-2021 school year i n=response to the COVID-19 pandemic.