Beekley Library in New Hartford closed until March 26 due to Covid exposure

Licia & Mason Beekley ​Community Library in New Hartford. Photo via the library's website.
Licia & Mason Beekley ​Community Library in New Hartford. Photo via the library's website.

NEW HARTFORD — According to a press release issued on Friday, March 19, The Beekley Community Library in New Hartford will be closed for the week until Friday, March 26.
The press release states that the library will be closed due to a Covid-19 workplace exposure.
“For the health and safety of the community, we will be closed for the week while staff self-monitors symptoms and gets tested,” library representatives state in the press release. “We are working with the Health Department and following best practices guidelines and will keep you posted if our closing hours need to be changed. Your curbside items will be held this week. We will do our best to get through your emails and reserve requests when we open back up.”
The closure coincidentally happened on the day the state lifted its capacity limits on libraries, restaurants, gyms, and retail stores.
As reported yesterday by The Winsted Phoenix, the B.1.1.7 variant of the Coronavirus, also known as the European variant, has been detected in 58 locations across the state. One case has been detected in New Hartford and Torrington.
From Feb. 28 to March 13, there were 15 new cases of Covid reported in New Hartford.
As of Thursday, March 18, there have been 299 total Covid cases reported in New Hartford, along with three Covid-related deaths.

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