Dr. Hacker breaks down the COVID-19 risks for college students

SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – San Diego State University reported another 110 confirmed or probable COVID-19 cases Tuesday within the on- and off-campus student population. Approximately 75% of students testing positive are living in off-campus housing not managed by the university, with 73% coming among freshmen and sophomore students.

The latest cases raise the university’s total caseload to 396 since fall semester began Aug. 24.

The university announced over the weekend it has extended its stay-at- home order for students through Monday amid rising COVID-19 cases within the student population.

The order asking students to stay in their current residences, except for essential needs, was originally set to expire at 6 a.m. Tuesday, but will remain in effect through 9 a.m. Monday.

Violations of the order may result in disciplinary consequences, the college said.

Director at Horizon Clinical Research, Dr. Mona Hacker, joined Good Morning San Diego to discuss the risks college students face and the consequences for the rest of the community as cases at universities rise.

On Friday, San Diego County public health officials confirmed multiple clusters of COVID-19 cases within the university community among students. This includes the previously announced off-campus outbreak last Wednesday.

None of the cases under investigation are related to on-campus educational activities, including classes or labs, according to the university.

All of the university’s in-person classes — which SDSU President Adela de la Torre said comprised just 7% of all courses — were moved online last Wednesday. SDSU also paused all on-campus athletics training and workouts for two weeks starting last Thursday due to COVID-19.

The university announced some very limited courses will be made available in person starting Thursday. Most of these courses have eight or fewer students.

Luke Wood, SDSU’s vice president for student affairs and campus diversity, said the university was working with a security company to enforce public health code regulations and had issued a total of 457 student violations through Friday afternoon.

Wood said the most serious of these violations could result in suspension or expulsion from the university. Some organizations have been cited as well. Wood said the majority of these were fraternities or sororities.

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