Revised Cluster Action Initiative Response Plan

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Authored on Friday, December 18th, 2020 at 5:26pm, updated December 21 at 11:48am
A revision and expansion of the the library's Cluster Action Initiative Response Plan.

At a special meeting on Friday, December 18, the Library's Board of Trustees approved a revision and expansion of its "Cluster Action Initiative Response Plan" that adds additional health metrics that will affect decisions relating to the library's phased reopening. The new plan is below:

Revised Cluster Action Initiative Response Plan

Library administration will monitor the New York Forward website (forward.ny.gov) for data regarding Covid-19 hot spots and daily and 14-day-rolling-average Covid-19 test positivity rates posted on the "Percent Positive Results Dashboard."  

  • If the14-day-rolling-average positivity rate in Saratoga County is greater than 5% for 10 consecutive days, or Saratoga Springs is declared to be within a Yellow Zone, as defined by the New York State Cluster Action Initiative, the library will temporarily eliminate appointment-based services such as computer use and local history research, close public restrooms, and operate according to Phase 3 of its Business Reopening Safety Plan.
  • If the14-day-rolling-average positivity rate in Saratoga County is greater than 6% for 10 consecutive days, or Saratoga Springs is declared to be within an Orange Zone, as defined by the New York State Cluster Action Initiative, the library will operate according to phase 2 of its Business Reopening Safety Plan, temporarily eliminating browsing. In this phase the only in-building service offered will be pick up of items placed on hold.
  • If the14-day-rolling-average positivity rate in Saratoga County is greater than 7% for 10 consecutive days the library will operate according to Phase 1 of its Business Reopening Safety Plan, close the building to the public, and limit the number of staff working onsite.
  • If the14-day-rolling-average positivity rate in Saratoga County is greater than 8% for 10 consecutive days, or a pandemic-related state of emergency is declared by the City of Saratoga Springs, or Saratoga Springs is declared to be within a Red Zone as defined by the New York State Cluster Action Initiative, all services will be delivered virtually, and only essential administration and operations department staff will be allowed in the building.

Transitions between phases will be effective within 72 hours of when the metric for each phase is met.

At the discretion of the Library Director or the Library Board President, the Saratoga Springs Public Library may close, reduce its operating hours, or limit services temporarily in the event that:

  • There is not sufficient staff to maintain basic library service levels
  • Public visitation is too low to warrant keeping the library open
  • Any other condition exists which prevents the Library from operating safely and effectively.

As of December 13, the 14-day-rolling average positivity rate was above 5%, creating the possibility that appointment-based services such as computer use, Saratoga Room research, and Friends Book Shop shopping could be paused beginning Monday, December 28.