The ability to trace the recent contacts of a patient who has tested positive for the virus is critical. It is one of California’s
indicators for readiness
to modify stay-at-home orders.
Contact tracing is a natural fit for librarians, said Supervising Librarian Amanda Myers. I'm ready to use the tools I've learned to contact trace. I think it’s incredibly helpful in ‘flattening the curve’ and helping connect people to resources when they're having to isolate.
Library staff have also helped city departments get personal protective equipment to first responders and others in the field; deliver meals to seniors; assist with services for those who are unhoused; review grant applications for Berkeley’s fund to aid small businesses; help businesses comply with public health orders; provide IT support; and assist in Berkeley’s Emergency Operations Center.
Most staff echo the sentiment of librarian Ann Hotta:
I am glad to be able to be useful in a difficult time like this.