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Eastport library employee tests positive for coronavirus

The Eastport-Annapolis Neck Branch Library on Hillsmere Drive across from Quiet Waters Park.
The Eastport-Annapolis Neck Branch Library on Hillsmere Drive across from Quiet Waters Park. (File photo)

Anne Arundel County Public Library has its second employee coronavirus case this month.

An employee at the Eastport Annapolis Neck branch tested positive, library spokeswoman Christine Feldmann said Wednesday.

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The employee hadn’t been at the library since Nov. 7 and was not symptomatic, Feldmann said.

A Glen Burnie Library employee tested positive for the virus on Nov. 2.

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There have been eight employee coronavirus cases in the system this year.

The fourth library employee case in October led to the system shutting down a branch for the first time during the pandemic. After a Maryland City at Russett Library employee tested positive the branch closed Oct. 13 and 14 “out of an abundance of caution” for cleaning and employees to be tested.

Two employees tested positive at the Severna Park branch earlier last month, along with a library headquarters employee.

The system’s policy requires all returned library materials be quarantined for six days. Library staff and customers have been following health and safety protocols including required mask usage; distancing of at least six feet; sneeze guards at points of interaction; limited numbers of customers in the building at one time and enhanced cleaning.

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