Things to know about the Coronavirus outbreak

This blog post is a compilation of information provided by the Pima County Health Department, Dr. Bob England, Dr. Francisco Garcia, and the Centers for Disease Control. 

[Last updated: March 24, 2020; for the most current information, please see the Pima County Health Department briefings, which are updated daily]

What is the coronavirus disease 2019?

COVID-19 (previously known as 2019 novel coronavirus or 2019-nCoV), is a new respiratory virus first identified in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China.

It is part of a larger family of viruses called coronavirus, some of which are in circulation normally and can cause illnesses like the common cold. You can learn more about coronavirus disease 2019 at the CDC websiteopens a new window.

How can I protect myself?

Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.

  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

These are everyday habits that can help prevent the spread of several viruses, not just COVID-19.

What's the latest Pima County news?

There are several ways you can stay informed of local news: Pima County Health Department website | YouTube | Facebook | Twitter.

What is the status of our libraries?

All libraries and library bookdrops are currently closed, as is the Friends of the Library Bookstore, until further notice.

  • Don't worry about overdues -- we've extended all due dates to May 1, 2020. If you are moving away please call Infoline for assistance, 520-444-8741.
  • We won't put your holds back! They will be here when we re-open.
  • Please do not return books in our bookdrops or drop off donated goods at our libraries. Hang on to them for us!
  • At this time we are still staffing Infoline, our phone reference desk. The number is 520-791-4010. You can also email your questions to
  • Our online library collections are still here for you! The latest eBooks, magazines, movies, and music are all available for download with your library card.
  • We do not issue library cards over the internet, however, OverDrive's Libby app, our largest eBook vendor, has made it very easy to get access to their collection of free eBooks through the billing address of your cell phone. 

Here are links to some articles that may be of interest: