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Madison libraries to remain closed until April


MADISON (WKOW) -- All Madison libraries will close until April 5, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The announcement came in blog post Tuesday from Alder Barbara Harrington-McKinney, a member of the Madison Public Library Board.

The city's library system had previously announced they would close Tuesday but did not announce when they expected to reopen.

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"The Library Board met in Special Session this morning and by unanimous vote - determined closure of all libraries in response to the current CORVID-19 conditions. All libraries will be closed through April 5," she said. "An official announcement from Director Greg Mickells will be forthcoming."

The announcement is the latest in an avalanche of closures, cancellations and delays designed to slow the spread of COVID-19.

The new strain of coronavirus causes the disease COVID-19. Symptoms include cough, fever and shortness of breath.

In severe cases, pneumonia can develop. Those most at risk include the elderly, people with heart or lung disease as well as anyone at greater risk of infection.

For most, the virus is mild, presenting similarly to a common cold or the flu.

Anyone who thinks they may have the disease should call ahead to a hospital or clinic before going in for a diagnosis. Doing so gives the staff time to take the proper precautions so the virus does not spread.

Those needing emergency medical services should continue to use 911.

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