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COVID-19 Resources & Information

The Wells Branch Library is a place of community activity, and we are increasing our effort to protect the health of the library patrons, volunteers, and staff.  Look below for reliable, up-to-date information about Coronavirus and resources to help you stay healthy and safe during the outbreak.
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COVID-19 VIRUS INFORMATION:

  1. MedLine Plus (National Library of Medicine):
    https://medlineplus.gov/
  2.  CDC Summary:
    https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV/summary.html
  3.  CDC (expanded information):
    https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html 
  4.  National Library of Medicine:
    https://www.nlm.nih.gov/
  5.  Texas Health & Human Services:
    https://dshs.texas.gov/coronavirus/ 
  6.  A guide to COVID-19 for Public Libraries:
    https://news.nnlm.gov/gmr/2020/02/covid-19-coronavirus-for-public-libraries/
  7. Coronavirus myths & facts from the World Health Organization:
    https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019/advice-for-public/myth-busters

FINANCIAL RESOURCES:

  1. Beware of Coronavirus Scam Attempts:
    https://www.consumerfinance.gov/about-us/blog/beware-coronavirus-related-scams/?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=wc&utm_term=April12020
  2. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau:
    https://www.consumerfinance.gov/about-us/blog/protect-yourself-financially-from-impact-of-coronavirus/
  3. 2-1-1 Referral Service (includes resources to assist with finances, food, mental health, internet access, and more):
    http://www.211.org/services/covid19 - or by phone at 211 or (877) 541-7905
  4. United Way for Greater Austin:
    https://www.unitedwayaustin.org/
  5. How to apply for unemployment benefits in Texas (NPR):
    https://www.kut.org/post/covid-19-costing-people-their-jobs-heres-how-apply-unemployment-texas
  6. Mortgage Relief Options (CFPB):
    https://www.consumerfinance.gov/about-us/blog/guide-coronavirus-mortgage-relief-options/

STRESS & MENTAL HEALTH RESOURCES:

  1. Coronavirus Anxiety (Crisis Text Line):
    https://www.crisistextline.org/topics/get-help-coronavirus/ or text HOME to 741741
  2. Disaster Distress Helpline (free mental health crisis counselors available 24/7):
    https://www.samhsa.gov/find-help/disaster-distress-helpline or call  1-800-985-5990
  3. National Domestic Violence Hotline: 1-800-799-7233
  4. Texas Youth Hotline: 1-800-98-YOUTH

RESOURCES FOR KIDS AND THEIR PARENTS:

  1. How to talk to your kids about Coronavirus (PBS):
    https://www.pbs.org/parents/thrive/how-to-talk-to-your-kids-about-coronavirus
  2. How to de-stress during Coronavirus (PBS):
    https://www.pbs.org/parents/thrive/how-you-and-your-kids-can-de-stress-during-coronavirus
  3. Parenting resources & activities:https://www.pbs.org/parents
  4.  Exploring the New Coronavirus: A Comic Just for Kids (NPR):
    https://www.npr.org/sections/goatsandsoda/2020/02/28/809580453/just-for-kids-a-comic-exploring-the-new-coronavirus