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San Diego State University warns of two new COVID-19 cases

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Posted at 3:30 PM, Aug 27, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-28 19:53:16-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) -- Less than a day after announcing that two students have contracted coronavirus, San Diego State University officials confirmed Thursday that two more students tested positive for the disease.

Thursday's announcement raises the number of coronavirus cases on SDSU's campus to four since kicking off the fall semester this week.

Officials said the two new cases are unrelated to the previous cases, and that the two students had only been to the campus to see testing at the Student Health Services.

The two unidentified students are "recovering well and are away from campus," according to officials.

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"The two students did not interact with any SDSU employees or spaces, outside of the Student Health Services Outdoor COVID-19 Test Collection Booth, and were not in any other spaces utilized by the campus community," said Libby Skiles, Ed.D., SDSU Student Health Services Director.

On Wednesday, the university confirmed two students had tested positive and that both students live off-campus. The students were also tested by the college's Student Health Services.

Wednesday's cases are not believed to be connected to any reported off-campus gatherings, the school statement said.

The school said the risk to others on campus is low and SHS is in the process of performing contact tracing.

San Diego State: Two students test positive for COVID-19; Risk to campus 'low'

Campus officials previously reported it has had 27 confirmed COVID-19 cases within the broader campus community among faculty, staff, students, and visitors to campus, including the SDSU Imperial Valley campus.

SDSU started its 2020-21 school year this week with nearly all virtual classes, however, the campus isn't completely closed to students. There are about 2,600 students living on campus this semester, and hundreds more who have to visit the campus for certain matters. Normally, SDSU would have about 7,500 students living on campus.

In a warning to the student body and staff, Skiles urged the SDSU community to continue using prevention techniques, "including wearing facial coverings and following U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Protection guidance to protect yourself and those around you."

"Washing your hands for at least 20 seconds, and frequently, is one of the most important ways to help prevent the spread of COVID-19," said Skiles.