As SDSU reports 69 new COVID-19 cases, system says to plan for virtual classes in spring

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Posted at 5:47 PM, Sep 10, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-11 02:22:44-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) — San Diego County reported 284 new coronavirus cases on Thursday, 69 of those cases connected to San Diego State University.

Thursday's reported cases bring the region's total to 41,608 cases.

Since the fall semester started on Aug. 24, San Diego State has reported 509 confirmed COVID-19 cases and four probable cases. The school said on Wednesday that at least one student has been hospitalized from the virus.


SDSU says that about 75% of these cases are among students living off-campus in San Diego. No faculty or staff have reportedly tested positive since fall classes started.

The college is still under a stay-at-home order for on-campus students and COVID-19 advisory for off-campus students until Sept. 14. SDSU has also banned fraternity events and instituted several policies to slow the spread of the virus, including hiring security to patrol the campus after hours, document violations, and report to staff who handle disciplinary action. Greeters, or wellness ambassadors, are also on campus to remind students of COVID-19 policies.

Violation of the policies can result in suspension or in extreme cases, expulsion.

Thursday, the California State University system, which includes SDSU, announced that course would continue to be held mostly online in Spring 2021, with certain limited instances for in-person classes.

"We have learned from experience that announcing this decision now will allow faculty and staff to continue or start professional development to be even more effective in the virtual space. We also know that deciding now will allow our students and their families time to plan appropriately. This decision is the only responsible one available to us at this time," says CSU Chancellor Timothy White.

Students are advised to call 2-1-1 or their medical providers and stay home if they feel ill. They can also contact Student Health Services at 619-594-4325 (Monday through Friday) or the Nurse Call Line at 858-225-3105 (after hours and during weekends and holidays). Testing is available by appointment only and can be scheduled online here.