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COVID-19 forces Indianapolis library branch to close

Wayne Branch may reopen Monday
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Posted at 5:22 PM, Oct 02, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-02 17:22:35-04

INDIANAPOLIS — The Wayne Library Branch on the Indianapolis west side, will be closed until Monday at the earliest after an employee tested positive for COVID-19.

A library employee is under quarantine for 10 days after testing positive for COVID19. According to a library spokesperson, internal contact tracing showed that other staff members were found to have possibly had close contact with the individual, 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 the weekend for deep cleaning. The hope is to reopen the building on Monday.

All Indianapolis Public Libraries have had a face mask requirement in place since reopening in June, in addition to other precautions.

Those who visited the Wayne Branch 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.”