Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)
For the most up-to-date information:
Horizon Public Health (Douglas, Grant, Pope, Stevens & Traverse Counties)
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 7a – 7p)
Minnesota Department of Human Services Line for Child Care Providers: 1-888-234-1268 (8 – 4:30 M-F)
What is Coronavirus?
Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is a respiratory disease (U.S. Center for Diesease Control and Prevention).
Cover your cough
Stay home when sick
Wash your hands
Viking Library System Response to Coronavirus:
March 27, 2020
Dear bookmobile and outreach patrons,
Our primary concern is the health of our patrons and staff during this unprecedented time. Thank you for your continued support and patience as we continue to evaluate and adjust our operations due to the COVID-19 outbreak. I hope this message finds you and your loved ones well.
National, state and local officials have put a number of measures in place to help slow the spread of COVID-19 to flatten the curve, prevent strain on healthcare systems, and save lives. At Viking Library System, we have been working continually during the past couple of weeks to respond to this rapidly changing situation. We have been brainstorming how to best, and most safely, serve you and our communities during this time.
On March 16th, we temporarily suspended our regular bookmobile services through March 27th. After much discussion and in accordance with Minnesota Department of Health recommendations, we are extending the temporary suspension of our regular bookmobile services until further notice. Due dates on all items are being extended and there is no need to return items at this time. We are working on putting modified service options in place and look forward to sharing those with you in the near future.
The Viking Library System and member libraries offer a wide variety of online resources including ebooks, downloadable audiobooks, streaming movies, TV and music services and a wide variety of educational databases and distance learning resources. Please visit www.viking.lib.mn.us/electronic-resources or your local library's website to access these resources.
We will continue to communicate with you as our response to this outbreak evolves. We look forward to welcoming you back to your Bookmobile and continue to look forward to debuting a new Bookmobile later this year! Watch our facebook page for more information on the new Bookmobile and for continued updates on our COVID-19 response. Please also feel free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions or comments.
Erin Smith, Director, Viking Library System