HCLS Staff Member Tests Positive for COVID-19; Central Branch closed through Tuesday, February 9

Via press release: Howard County Library System was notified this evening (February 7th) that an employee at its Central Branch tested positive for COVID-19. The Howard County Department of Health is conducting contact tracing. There are no reports that members of the public have been exposed.

The Central Branch is closed and will reopen on Wednesday, February 10. Customers who had appointments for contactless pickup at the Central Branch during the closure may pick up their items on Wednesday, February 10. Items that were scheduled for contactless pickup at the Central Branch during the temporary closure will be held. Customers do not need to schedule a new pickup time.

HCLS branches are only open for contactless pickup of materials, and members of the public have not been in physical contact with staff.

HCLS is taking measures to ensure the safety of our team, including wearing masks at all times, maintaining physical distancing, and washing hands frequently.


Customers should not be at risk as staff wear masks while handling materials. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the virus is thought to spread mainly between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet) through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes.

For more information on COVID-19, including symptoms and treatment, visit the CDC website at


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