Roundtable: SDSU Sees Spike In COVID-19 Cases
Friday, September 11, 2020
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San Diego State University pauses in-person classes amid a surge in COVID-19 cases among students, San Diego takes steps to help hotel workers reclaim lost jobs, and the tight race for congress in east county.
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Charles Clark, reporter, The San Diego Union-Tribune
Tarryn Mento, reporter, KPBS News
Maya Srikrishnan, reporter, Voice of San Diego
KPBS Roundtable airs on Fridays at 12:30 p.m. on KPBS Radio and at 8:30 p.m. on KPBS TV. Encore presentation Sundays at 10:30 a.m. on KPBS TV.
COVID-19 Hotspot At SDSU
San Diego State University extended its stay-at-home order this week amid a recent surge in COVID-19 cases among students. In-person classes are on hold as the CSU system announces instruction is likely will remain mostly virtual through the end of the academic year. Other COVID-19 developments this week include a setback in vaccine trials for a company that was due to partner with UC San Diego and the fallout from recorded comments by President Donald Trump that he intentionally downplayed the threat of the virus.
Helping Hotel Workers Get Their Jobs Back
This week, the San Diego city council approved an ordinance that would implement rules for local hotels in how they fill positions that were recently cut due to the economic downturn. Voice of San Diego profiled two women who spent decades working for a downtown hotel only to be let go while less experienced staff were kept on. A recent SANDAG report shows local unemployment is around 14% with tourism and hospitality suffering some of the worst job losses.
Democrats Look To Flip Califorinia 50th Congressional District
Recent polling by The San Diego Union-Tribune and 10News shows a statistical dead heat between Republican Darrell Issa and Democrat Ammar Campa-Najjar for the seat vacated by disgraced former Representative Duncan Hunter. The same poll also shows a big drop in support for President Donald Trump, an indication that attitudes might be changing among voters in what has long been a reliably Republican district in east county.
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