COVID-19 infections among UC San Diego students have begun to decline, offering hope that the campus might be able to return to in-person classes in late January.

The infection rate on Tuesday was 8.84 percent, down from a peak of 9.69 percent on Jan. 6, according to university data.

By comparison, the rate of infection among people countywide who got tested for the virus was 24.46 percent as of Tuesday, health officials said.

UCSD began the winter quarter on Jan. 3 with most of its nearly 43,000 students taking classes online. That was supposed to last two weeks. But it was extended to four weeks to help the university cope with the surge of infections that is occurring nationally.

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Even with the temporary shift online, about 7,500 students are still living on campus. The figure was roughly 17,000 in September.

Source: This post first appeared on sandiegouniontribune.com

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