Dr. Hacker explores the COVID-19 risks for college students
SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – San Diego County health officials said 53 new coronavirus cases on Friday were tied to San Diego State University, raising the total number of confirmed infected students on-and off-campus to 566 since the fall semester began Aug. 24.
About 75% of students testing positive live in off-campus housing not managed by the university, with 73% of the cases among the freshman and sophomore classes.
The university extended its stay-at-home order for students, directing them to stay in their current residences, except for essential needs, through 9 a.m. Monday. Violations of the order may result in disciplinary action, the college said.
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.
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.
California State University says classes at its 23 campuses will stay primarily online when the next term begins in January due to expected increases in coronavirus cases later this year.