SDSU Student Fears Return of In-Person Instruction Will Impact COVID-19 Rate

To date, there have been 1,157 test-confirmed and probable cases of COVID-19 among the local student population at SDSU.

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San Diego State is ready to allow some students back on campus for in-person instruction this week. While the influx of students will be limited, one student living on campus tells NBC 7 she doesn't think its a good idea. 

Antonia Hughes couldn't imagine a better place to live out her college experience than at San Diego State. But so far, things have been a little different than what she imagined.

“This year has been the biggest transition of my entire life," said Hughes.

After hundreds of cases linked to SDSU led to a brief closure of the university, a limited number of students will be able to return to in-person instruction once more. NBC 7’s Audra Stafford speaks with students on what the new protocols are like.

The fall semester started mostly online with the exception of about 200 classes that required in-person intruction. But just a week into the new school year, COVID-19 cases among students spiked and the university stopped all in-person learning.

To date, there have been over 1,000 confirmed cases among students. The university said most students who tested positive lived off-campus.

“I don't think any of the freshmen really understood the COVID relevancy,” said Hughes. “Starting off, we didn’t even really wear a mask.”

The university has since implemented strict guidelines and even made COVID-19 tests mandatory for students living on campus. 

Now, starting Tuesday, SDSU will begin a limited return to in-person instruction. 

“I think its definitely going to be an interesting move,” said Hughes. “Are people going to keep their mask on? Are they going to be hugging people? I don't see that ever being a good idea.”

Weeks after a major COVID-19 outbreak, some in-person classes will resume once more at San Diego State University. NBC 7’s Audra Stafford speaks with one student who has concerns.

The university said the small portion of returning students will be required to follow public safety guidelines and get tested regularly 

Still, Hughes believes the return of some students will impact the university's case rate. 

“For sure they will go up,” said Hughes.

Students will be required to get tested every 14 days and must have a negative test result on file before attending class. They will also have to get their temperature checked before coming into class every day. 

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