While COVID-19 is circulating, masks are strongly recommended for all visitors to the library, regardless of vaccination status.
Please do not visit the library if you feel ill, have tested positive, or are awaiting the results of a test. Contact us so we can help to you in another way, including delivery of materials.
As more transmissible variants circulate, the CDC recommends that all individuals aged 2 and up wear masks that cover the mouth and nose when in public to slow the spread of this disease, regardless of vaccination status. Click here for the latest CDC recommendations. Masks mandates and requirements differ by building and municipality.
All Minnesotans are strongly encouraged to get vaccinated and boosted when able. Vaccines protect you and can help protect those around you by minimizing viral spread. They reduce your risk of both contracting COVID-19 and being hospitalized with COVID-19. No vaccine is 100% effective at preventing disease, but the more vaccinated individuals in a community, the fewer opportunities a virus has to take hold. Vaccines are distributed through hospitals, clinics, pharmacies, and at special vaccination events. Vaccines are now available and free for ages 5 and up. Free boosters are now available for ages 12 and up.
Coronavirus disease 2019, or COVID-19, is a novel, or newly-discovered, coronavirus that was identified in humans in 2019. There are a lot of coronaviruses, and they cause about a third of the cases of what we call the common cold. Coronaviruses often cause upper respiratory tract illnesses, and they're found in humans and animals.
COVID-19 produces symptoms similar to other, more common illnesses, many of which are in our community. Symptoms are sometimes mild or moderate but can also be life-threatening, especially for older people and those with compromised immune systems. Long-term effects for survivors are still being monitored and may occur regardless of the original severity of the infection. Because this is a new virus in humans, we're still learning about it. The situation and our understanding of it is changing constantly. Variants of COVID-19 have also emerged, which can complicate the situation.