R studio prints 3 copies of startup banner; freezes and won't run code; package failures

Hi R Studio community,

Upon starting up R studio, the console prints 2 - 4 copies of the start up banner, which after googling I've learned apparently shouldn't be worrisome(?). However, while R still works fine, I usually cannot run more than one line of test code, if that, before the console freezes (i.e. I can still operate menus, edit code, change global options, but I cannot run code). Before all of these issues started, I was attempting to load packages for a project and I received numerous loading errors for packages like dplyr, sf, spatialEco, and tigris. I tried updating all the packages, but no avail.

As some context, I recently updated R to v. 4.1.0 and updated R studio to the most recent version. Until now, things have been working just fine, but recently R studio has become unusable.

Any help would be much appreciated!

Best,

-Alex.

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Copyright (C) 2021 The R Foundation for Statistical Computing
Platform: x86_64-w64-mingw32/x64 (64-bit)

R is free software and comes with ABSOLUTELY NO WARRANTY.
You are welcome to redistribute it under certain conditions.
Type 'license()' or 'licence()' for distribution details.

R is a collaborative project with many contributors.
Type 'contributors()' for more information and
'citation()' on how to cite R or R packages in publications.

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'help.start()' for an HTML browser interface to help.
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R version 4.1.0 (2021-05-18) -- "Camp Pontanezen"
Copyright (C) 2021 The R Foundation for Statistical Computing
Platform: x86_64-w64-mingw32/x64 (64-bit)

R is free software and comes with ABSOLUTELY NO WARRANTY.
You are welcome to redistribute it under certain conditions.
Type 'license()' or 'licence()' for distribution details.

R is a collaborative project with many contributors.
Type 'contributors()' for more information and
'citation()' on how to cite R or R packages in publications.

Type 'demo()' for some demos, 'help()' for on-line help, or
'help.start()' for an HTML browser interface to help.
Type 'q()' to quit R.