WINONA, Minn. — Saint Mary’s University is not only moving its classes to virtual, but it is also, essentially, shutting down campus.
A 9 p.m. curfew is in place for students on campus in Winona.
The university is also closed off to visitors and students are asked to stay in their rooms as much as possible.
The university have also advised students not to return to their hometowns for Thanksgiving, unless they quarantine for 14 days. Thanksgiving is exactly 14 days away.
Back in June, SMU was going to go to online learning after the Thanksgiving break, anyway.
“Several factors led to the decision, including the state of local healthcare capacity, the university’s Wellness Center capacity, and the ability of the university to provide adequate quarantine and isolation facilities if required,” the university said in an update on its website.
Winona County is averaging 42.7 cases a day the past week. It suffered its 21st death from the virus Tuesday. Wednesday, the county added 48 cases.
In Minnesota, the state was six away from tying Tuesday’s single-day record for cases, with 4,900. The state also suffered its most deaths ever in a day with 56, while 218 more were hospitalized. There are currently 1,299 patients currently hospitalized in the state — 282 in the ICU.