During the COVID-19 global pandemic, libraries find themselves serving in the role of second responders by providing services such as accurate, timely information about the pandemic; broadcasting WiFi in parking lots to support virtual learning and working; and providing services that ensure the health and recovery of community life.
The information on these pages is curated to assist public libraries with those services.
All Arkansans 16 and older are now eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.
Vaccines are available throughout the state of Arkansas at community pharmacies and scheduled clinics.
Vaccine call-line: 1.800.985.6030
Arkansas Department of Health Directives & Guidances
The statewide mask mandate has expired.
Businesses and local government buildings can continue to require customers to wear masks. The Arkansas Department of Health continues to recommend every person in Arkansas to wear a face covering completely over the mouth and nose in all indoor environments, excluding private residences.
Guidance on Face Coverings from the Arkansas Department of Health effective April 1, 2021.
Other Directives from the Arkansas Department of Health regarding COVID-19 have been changed to Guidances effective February 26, 2021.
ADH continues to recommend:
- Limiting the number of people who can enter a facility at any one time to ensure that 6 feet social distancing can be maintained.
- Posting signage about COVID-19 symptoms and exclusions at the entrance to the facility.
- Providing an alcohol-based hand sanitizer for employee and customer use.
Guidance & Resources from the AR Department of Health
- Self Home Quarantine
- Quarantine Handout — simple explanation of quarantine for posting in break room or staff area
- No Entry Signage | Spanish — for posting on doors and entryways
- COVID-19 Resources for Hearing Impaired
- Public Health Recommendations in Marshallese
Resources for Health and Well-Being
- How to Wear Masks
- Fabric Mask Pattern with Three Layers
- Instructions for No Sew Face Masks
- AR Connect Mental Health Call Center 501.526.3563 or 1.800.482.9921; available 24/7
- Disaster Distress Helpline 1.800.985.5990; Talk with a trained crisis counselor at SAMHSA’s hotline
- Coping with Stress during Infectious Disease Outbreaks
For more information, contact:
- Jennifer Wann
- Manager of Library Development
- firstname.lastname@example.org or (501) 682-5288