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Kline Library closes after employee tests positive for COVID-19

The Kline Library in Harrisburg

The Kline Library has closed for a week after one of its employees tested positive for the coronavirus.

The Dauphin County Library System made the announcement late today, describing it as a precautionary measure.

Currently, all six of the library’s staff members are in quarantine due to the one positive case, according to DCLS.

“In addition to the safety precautions we take at all our libraries, interactions between the public and staff are almost always less than 15 minutes,” said Karen Cullings, DCLS executive director. “Because public interactions are brief, and we adhere to strict protection and social distancing guidelines, we believe the chance that our staff member spread the virus to either co-workers or the public is slight.”

According to DCLS, the employee did not catch the virus while at work.

The library is slated to reopen next week.

The system’s other libraries will remain open, though patrons are asked to limit visits to under an hour and to use curbside pickup when checking out materials.

Also, the library system is no longer waiving indoor mask-wearing requirements for medical reasons. Members who cannot wear masks can either order materials online or call ahead and arrange “curbside pickup” of their books and other items, according to DCLS. All locations have masks available for those who need them.

“Many in our community rely on us for internet and computer access and other services,” Cullings said. “We are committed to meeting the public’s needs in a safe way that follows all state and federal guidelines.”

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