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Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)

For the most up-to-date information:

COVID-19 Information Hotlines:

Minnesota Department of Health COVID 19 (medical information):


State Information Hotline (Minnesota Department of Education and Minnesota Department of Human Services—education and childcare focused questions):

651.297.1304 (daily 7:00 am - 7:00 pm)

Minnesota Department of Human Services Line for Child Care Providers: 888.234.1268 (8:00 - 4:30 pm, Monday-Friday)

What is Coronavirus?

Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is a respiratory disease (U.S. Center for Diesease Control and Prevention).


  • Wear masks when in public. 10-50% of virus carriers are asymptomatic wearing masks helps control the virus and has been shown to lower COVID-19 spread. 

  • Avoid enclosed spaces with groups of people, where the virus can linger in the air for long periods of time.

  • Get tested if you have cold or flu-like symptoms - Find testing locations.

  • Stay six feet away from others.

  • Cover your coughs and sneezes with your elbow or sleeve, or a tissue and then throw the tissue in the trash and wash your hands afterwards.

  • Washing your hands often with soap and water for 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom or before eating. If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.

  • Avoid touching your face – especially your eyes, nose and mouth – with unwashed hands.

  • Up-to-date guidance is available from the Department of Health.

Viking Library System Services

Updated June 24, 2020

Our primary concern is the health and safety of our patrons and staff, and we are following CDC and Minnesota Department of Health guidelines in providing services.

Viking Library System (VLS) temporarily suspended bookmobile service in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. If you are a regular bookmobile customer, click or tap here to learn about how you can get library materials delivered directly to you.

VLS member libraries are offering contactless curbside pick-up of library materials. Click or tap here for VLS member library contact information. Contact your library directly for the most up to date service information.

Thank you for your continued patience and understanding and take care!

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