County Tells SDSU Students to Remain in Place Due to Rising COVID Cases

County health officials Friday reported 120 additional confirmed and probable COVID-19 cases among San Diego State University’s undergraduate students, bringing the total number cases at SDSU to 184 since Aug. 24th.

The county report says the number of cases includes multiple suspected outbreaks involving students living both on and off campus and is expected to increase. County health officials want students to remain in place this weekend to prevent the virus from spreading.

None of the cases under investigation are related to on-campus educational activities, including classes or labs. They involve 14 distinct groups that have so far been identified within housing and gathering locations.

Overall, for the entire county, there were 453 new positive cases, or 6-percent of tests reported.Friday, the highest one day total of new cases since 551 reported on Aug. 7th. Health officials say that even without the SDSU cases, the number of cases is concerning, since most of the infections took place before the most recent reopening of certain activities.

“This news is a reminder that we all have a role in keeping the infection rate down,” said Public Health Officer Dr. Wilma Wooten. “I’m asking San Diegans to take a look at their individual actions and, if necessary, adjust their behaviors to help ensure we remain safe and moving in the right direction.”

Six new outbreaks were confirmed on Sept. 3: two in grocery stores, one in a restaurant, one in a business, one in a hotel/resort/spa and one in a hair salon/barbershop. One new death was reported Friday bringing the total to 701.

SEE MORE DETAILS in the county's latest Daily Coronavirus Report.

(Photo reporting partner 10News)

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