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San Diego State reports 29 new student cases of COVID-19

University officials said they were aware of 623 confirmed cases among students and four probable cases. There have been no reports of faculty/staff cases.

SAN DIEGO — San Diego State University lifted its stay-at-home order for students Monday morning at 9 a.m. The university reported 29 new student cases of COVID-19 Monday, bringing the total number of cases to 627 since the fall semester began Aug. 24.

University officials said they were aware of 623 confirmed cases among students and four probable cases.

The university has not received any reports of faculty or staff who have tested positive since fall instruction began, SDSU health officials said.

The majority of the 627 cases are students living off-campus in San Diego. 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, officials said.

The university said the information is based on cases reported to Student Health Services by an individual or by a public health official.

"As more private labs administering tests, a possibility exists that not all cases are being reported to Student Health Services," according to the SDSU COVID-19 website. "Anyone who receives a positive COVID-19 test should fill out the SDSU's online COVID-19 reporting form."

For privacy reasons, SDSU does not report names, affiliations or health conditions of students, faculty or staff who test positive for COVID-19 unless a public health agency advises that there is a health and public safety benefit to reporting such details.

"The university will also not disclose the specific location of the individual who was infected for privacy reasons and also because avoiding the physical location does not inherently lower a person's risk of infection; maintaining healthy practices such as physical distancing, wearing a facial covering and washing your hands are the best methods to lower your risk," according to the website.

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.