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Campus outbreak threatens San Diego's economic recovery

Less than a month ago, San Diego was the only county in Southern California to advance to a second tier. But more than 800 cases at SDSU changed that outlook.
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People walk on campus at San Diego State University Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2019, in San Diego, Calif. San Diego State University says a freshman who was hospitalized after attending a fraternity party last week has died. University President Adela de la Torre announced Monday that 19-year-old Dylan Hernandez died Sunday, Nov. 10, 2019 surrounded by his family.The university says its police are investigating the death but gave no further details about possible causes. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)

SAN DIEGO — A coronavirus outbreak at a college has pushed one of California's largest counties to the brink of more business shutdowns.

It's a dizzying and discouraging turn of events for San Diego County and its 3.3 million residents. Less than a month ago, San Diego was the only county in Southern California to advance to a second tier in the state’s four-tiered reopening template for counties.

But more than 800 cases at San Diego State University changed the outlook.

On Tuesday, the state will update the state's reopening situation and it's expected San Diego will fall back to the most restrictive tier. Among other things, that means restaurants couldn't offer indoor dining.

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According to the CDC, coronavirus (COVID-19) is a family of viruses that is spreadable from person to person. If someone is sick with coronavirus, the symptoms they may show include mild to severe respiratory illness, cough, and difficulty breathing.

Currently, there is no vaccine. The CDC suggests the following precautions, along with any other respiratory illness:

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
  • Wash your hands with soap and water for a minimum of 20 seconds.

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