WINONA, Minn. (WXOW) - Winona State University is starting a self-imposed 14-day campus quarantine on Tuesday.
The university released a statement saying they're limiting "all non-essential activities on campus for the next two weeks in a concerted effort to slow the spread of COVID-19."
Winona County has seen a surge in coronavirus cases in the past few weeks. On Tuesday, 23 new cases were reported. Eight of the cases were in the 15-19 age range and the remaining 15 between the ages of 20-24. Winona County said it was a combination of high school and college students as well as non-university students.
“The university is not currently aware of any serious illness related to COVID-19 within the WSU community,” said WSU President Scott R. Olson in a statement released by the university. “However, we are seeing an increase in asymptomatic transmission, and we have a responsibility to our students, our employees, and to our community to respond accordingly. We recognize that the recent increase in cases is not only impacting our campus, but the entire Winona community.”
As a result of the quarantine, WSU said the quarantine is designed to reduce the number of people physically on campus.
The university plans for classes to either go completely online or with increased precautions for in-person classes.
University staff who don't need to be on campus will shift to working remotely according to the statement.
It also said campus facilities and locations may add additional precautions as needed.
The campus is currently closed to the public according to the university's website. It also says masks are required, with a few exceptions, when on the university campus or property.
“We are hopeful that these actions will flatten the growth in numbers,” said Olson. “We will continue to monitor this evolving situation and take appropriate actions as needed.”