Wednesday, December 16, 2020
The Pleasantville branch of the Atlantic County Library System will remain closed until further notice following the identification of someone who had been in the facility and tested positive for Covid-19.
The Atlantic County Division of Public Health began conducting contact tracing following notification of the positive test result. The library branch was closed on December 15 and employees of the branch were instructed, as per federal and state health protocols, to remain at home to self-quarantine and monitor their health for symptoms. Anyone who is identified through contact tracing as having had “close contact” with the individual is being asked to self-quarantine and monitor their health for symptoms including fever, cough, shortness of breath, nausea, muscle aches, new loss of taste or smell and to get tested and/or seek medical care as needed.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s current definition of “close contact” is anyone who has been within 6-feet of an infected person for 15 minutes or more during a 24-hour period. Unless you are contacted by public health officials, you are not considered a close contact.
In an abundance of caution, additional deep cleaning and thorough sanitization of the library facility is being conducted while it remains closed.
Patrons may visit any of the library’s other eight branches during this time. Locations and hours are available at www.atlanticlibrary.org.
County and health officials remind the public to remain vigilant and to continue to wear face masks, maintain social distancing, wash hands frequently and avoid gatherings as the number of cases in the county, state and country has seen a recent uptick following Thanksgiving travel and gatherings and with the arrival of colder weather driving more people indoors.