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More than 2,000 public libraries shut down in South Florida due to rising COVID-19 risk

More than 2,000 public libraries shut down in South Florida due to rising COVID-19 risk

Public libraries across the state will close as the state’s COVID situation worsens, citing the risk of an unprecedented pandemic.

More than 2.2 million people have been vaccinated in South Carolina, including more than 2 million from the state in the past month.

The state is on track to see more than 15 million infections by Tuesday, making it the most infected state in South America, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

A recent report from the CDC noted that South Carolina has the highest prevalence of new cases of coronavirus in the nation, with nearly 1,300 new cases each day.

South Carolina Public Library System spokeswoman Debra Fennell said the closure is expected to occur over the next several weeks.

She said the library system is working to ensure that all patrons have access to library services, including library cardholders and libraries that receive government funds.

Fennell added that the closure will affect many public libraries in the state, including those that serve students.

In the meantime, Fennel said library patrons who have questions about library services should call the library at 843-826-3100.