Winona State University is going into a 14-day quarantine beginning Saturday.

WSU announced the quarantine Thursday evening as COVID-19 cases are rising sharply in Southeast Minnesota.

Officials said there aren’t any serious cases on the WSU campus, but the closing is necessary as community spread continues coming into the Thanksgiving holiday. The move is intended to reduce the number of people who will be on campus over the next two weeks.

“The Minnesota Department of Health believes continued spread of the virus over the Thanksgiving holiday poses a serious risk, and we have a responsibility to our students, our employees, and to our community to do our part,” WSU President Scott R. Olson said in a statement Thursday.

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