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Above: In this Sept. 2, 2020, file photo, a woman wears a mask as she walks on campus at San Diego State University.

California officials said Wednesday the state would not consider removing college students’ virus cases from a county’s data because they are part of the broader community and can contribute to the spread of the illness.

“You can’t isolate as if it’s on an island, a campus community that is part of a larger community,” Gov. Gavin Newsom said. He spoke hours before Greg Cox, chairman of the San Diego County board of supervisors, wrote the governor asking that he seriously consider excluding San Diego State University from the county’s count.

The issue arose as

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