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Wisconsin-based resorts close due to coronavirus concerns

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MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Wisconsin-based Great Wolf Lodge has closed its 19 resorts in 13 states because of the coronavirus.

The hospitality company says there have been no cases of COVID-19 at any of the resorts, it’s simply following the guidance from federal and state officials over larger gatherings. Great Wolf Lodge has more than 400 rooms at its waterpark in Wisconsin Dells.

The closings come during the busy spring break season.

“This is an unprecedented and challenging time,” the Madison-based company wrote on its website. “We will continue to stay connected with federal and state health officials to monitor the ongoing situation and provide our guests with additional updates as warranted.”

The vast majority of people recover from the new virus. According to the World Health Organization, people with mild illness recover in about two weeks.

Both Kalahari Resort, one of the larger waterpark resorts in the country, and Wilderness Resort in Wisconsin Dells have also announced that they will close beginning at 4 p.m. Wednesday. Kalahari, Wilderness and Great Wolf said they plan to reopen on April 2, the State Journal reported.

Kalahari said its also closing its resorts in Sandusky, Ohio, and on Tuesday will close its resort in the Pocono Mountains of Pennsylvania.

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