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SDSU Reports 14 New COVID-19 Cases For Total Of 1,120

A sign at San Diego State campus telling people to mask up on campus in this file photo, Sept. 16, 2020.
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A sign at San Diego State campus telling people to mask up on campus in this file photo, Sept. 16, 2020.

San Diego State University reported 14 new cases of COVID-19 on Thursday and Friday, bringing the total number of cases at SDSU to 1,120.

The school is aware of 1,068 confirmed cases at SDSU and 52 probable cases, the university's Student Health Services reported Saturday. The university also said there were no new confirmed cases on Saturday, and one probable case.

"None of the COVID-19 cases have been connected with instructional or research spaces since fall instruction began," officials said, noting that the majority of the cases were "among students living off-campus in San Diego."

All cases are since Aug. 24, the first day of instruction for fall 2020.

Eight confirmed faculty and staff cases are from staff members associated with an SDSU auxiliary. Only faculty and staff cases that have had contact with either an SDSU campus or auxiliary are included in the case count.

The information is based on cases reported to Student Health Services by an individual or by a public health official. As more private labs are administering tests, a possibility exists that not all cases are being reported to Student Health Services.

SDSU previously announced an in-person instruction pause from Sept. 2 through Oct. 5, then extended it one week through Oct. 12, with a limited number of courses to resume in-person, according to Salvador Hector Ochoa, provost and senior vice president for academic affairs.

Most of these courses are upper-division or graduate level, and have been determined by faculty and academic leaders to be essential to student degree completion, licensure, and career preparation.

Approximately 2,100 students will be enrolled in an in-person course. Prior to the pause, 6,200 students were enrolled in an in-person course.

The remaining majority of courses will continue to be offered virtually.

The SDSU COVID-19 surveillance testing plan is ongoing with randomized re-testing of on-campus students each week. All students living on campus and all students taking an in-person course will be tested at least every 14 days.

Corrected: June 30, 2022 at 5:16 PM PDT
Editor's Note: A previous version of this story said the 14 new cases were reported Saturday.