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Hospital Library Services Program: COVID-19 Resources

Hospital Library Services Program services and opportunities from SCRLC

Coronavirus Facts and Symptoms


‚ÄčWhat is the Coronavirus?

Coronaviruses (CoV) are a large family of viruses that cause illness ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases such as Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS-CoV) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS-CoV). The current strain of coronavirus (COVID-19) is a new strain that has not been previously identified in humans. This page from the World Health Organization offers background information, current updates, and helpful resources. 

What are the risks?

The complete clinical picture with regard to the Coronavirus is not fully known. Reported illnesses have ranged from very mild (including some with no reported symptoms) to severe, including illness resulting in death. Older people and people of all ages with severe underlying health conditions such as heart disease, lung disease and diabetes, seem to be at higher risk of developing serious illness (CDC). The situation and symptoms are changing at a very fast pace, so please make sure you have all the latest guidelines: New York State Department of Health COVID-19.

Health professionals across the country are urging the public to avoid crowded events, avoid traveling to areas with high confirmed cases of the virus, to frequently wash your hands when encountering the public, social distancing measures, wearing masks and gloves in public. This is an ongoing issue with new information being provided daily. Please look through the rest of this guide for more information and tips on prevention. 

Tracking COVID-19

World Cases:


This is a screenshot of the interactive map of Global Cases of COVID-19 by the Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) at Johns Hopkins University. Click on the image to see the live map. 

NYSDOH COVID-19 Tracker: 


Search county by county to see latest number of cases, total people tested to date, and trends, provided by the NYSDOH.Click on the images to see the live map.


  • For updates on how to limit DOCLINE routing to eJournal holdings, see their "Fill in Format" option.
  • To assist in locating lenders that have access to print collections, use DOCLINE's "Print Resources Available" filter.
  • This spreadsheet from Georgia Southern tracks the changes in ILL services for academic libraries across the country.
  • These publishers have made articles relating to COVID-19 free of charge to users.
  • There is a Facebook group specifically for Interlibrary Loan staff that anyone can join. Info from vendors, helpful resources, community and levity.

NLM Resources Recorded Webinar

Need to find health or medical information for patrons from time to time, know about the NLM, but can't quite remember what its most popular resources are and how to use them effectively? This webinar offers an excellent introduction or refresher for any librarian or researcher who wants to feel confident about accessing the most heavily used databases from the National Library of Medicine. In this one-hour session, coordinators from NLM will show you how to find and obtain the information you need and tell you how you can leverage resources and programs available to any public, academic, school, or special library free from the federal government. (**Presented December 17, 2017 - some information or website interfaces may have changed).



PubMed® comprises more than 30 million citations for biomedical literature from MEDLINE, life science journals, and online books. Citations may include links to full-text content from PubMed Central and publisher web sites. Provided by the National Network of Libraries of Medicine is funded by the National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health, Department of Health and Human Services. April 23, 2020.

Public Information Resources

  • NY State Department of Health: includes the latest announcements about the virus, contact information for the department, and other resources on the situation in the state.
  • CDC on COVID-19The CDC’s up-to-date report about COVID-19. It describes what the virus is, how it is transferred, and shows where confirmed cases of the virus are appearing.
  • World Health Organization Situation ReportThe World Health Organization’s daily situation reports on the virus. These reports show the number of cases per country via charts, tables, and maps. They also give highlights, recommendations, and details on the response to the virus.
  • Medical Library Association COVID-19 Resource page: This resource page is curated by the MLA and contains a variety of links to government, clinical, data, publishing, and public health websites.
  • National Institutes of Health COVID-19: Resources and News Releases from the NIH, as well as other information related to the Coronavirus.
  • National Library of Medicine COVID-19 Summary: Includes links to clinical studies (, public health emergency literature (DisasterLit), journal article citations (PubMed) and GenBank Sequence Data in the Severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 data hub.

Recorded Webinars


Whether you are working remotely or within the library building, COVID-19 has changed the way we work and live. In a profession where the desire to serve the public often subsumes the needs of library workers, our panelists will share strategies for self-care as well as tips for overcoming challenges related to (re)creating a work-life balance that can be done for free, remotely or in the building. Recorded April 28, 2020.



Are you, like many others, working from home right now? This sudden shift of work may find you feeling less focused and productive. This webinar will provide some practical tips such as: Suggestions for working at home with children; Focusing through tech distractions; Suggestions for focusing; Prioritizing your work-at-home tasks: Deep vs Shallow Work. Recorded 4/23/2020. Presented by SCRLC. with Carrie Rogers-Whitehead.


Leading is hard. Global pandemics are harder still. Leading during a global pandemic is not only hard, but it is also traumatic, upending, and confusing with competing priorities, community needs, personal values, and more. Let’s spend time learning together. Library leaders will join us to discuss how they are leading with compassion. Learn how they are making decisions, what is influencing them, and the challenges they have experienced along the way.

Library Resources

  • MedinePlus: MedlinePlus is a service of the National Library of Medicine (NLM), the world's largest medical library, which is part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). They present high-quality and easy to understand health and wellness information, for free. 
  • PubMed: PubMed will help you find scholarly research on a number of health sciences. Produced by NLM and NIH, PubMed contains over 14 million citations dating back to the mid-1960s in the the fields of medicine, nursing, dentistry, veterinary medicine, the health care system, and the preclinical sciences.
  • PubMed COVID-19 Articles/LitCovid: LitCovid is a curated literature hub for tracking up-to-date scientific information about the 2019 novel Coronavirus. It is the most comprehensive resource on the subject, providing a central access to 909 (and growing) articles in PubMed. The articles are updated daily and are further categorized by different research topics and geographic locations for improved access.

Fact Checking COVID-19

In a situation of wide-reaching and fast-moving concern, rumors, misinformation and dis-information (sometimes from seemingly reliable sources) is inevitable. While it's always best to rely on information from authoritative sources such as the Center for Disease Control and the World Health Organization, here are some resource to help you sort out facts from "fake news".


For Relaxation


Please enjoy this guided meditOcean with Pacific sea nettles. Courtesy of the Monterey Bay Aquarium. March 18, 2020.

Public Health and Safety Articles


From Prof. Erin Bromage, Comparative Immunologist and Professor of Biology (specializing in Immunology) at the University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth, blog entry: "The Risks - Know Them- Avoid Them".

This project is administered by the South Central Regional Library Council with funding from the Institue for Museum and Library Services.