At the University of Alabama more than 1,200 students have tested positive for coronavirus since classes resumed on the Tuscaloosa campus less than two weeks ago, according to the University of Alabama System.
US in Tuscaloosa has by far the most students who have tested positive for Covid-19 among the three campuses that make up the University of Alabama System.
The University of Alabama at Birmingham has confirmed 157 cases among students this year, and the University of Alabama in Huntsville has reported 10, per the dashboard.
Another 158 cases were recorded on campus over the course of the year prior to August 18, bringing the total to 1,200 cases. Classes resumed August 19.
Dean of the College of Community Health Sciences at UA, Dr. Ricky Friend “Our exposure notification efforts have revealed no evidence of virus transmission due to in-person class instruction.”
He further added, “We remain satisfied that the precautions implemented prior to the resumption of classes, including masking, distancing and a blend of in-person and remote instruction are appropriate and effective.”
UA president Stuart Bell urged the community to wear masks and social distance, both on and off campus.
Bell had previously called the rise in the case as unacceptable and told the students and faculty that University police and Tuscaloosa police will monitor restaurants, off-campus residences, and Greek housing to ensure patrons and residents follow coronavirus safety guidelines.
Bell said, “At this critical time, we must be united and fully committed in our fight against Covid-19. I believe we will be successful this semester and we all want to remain on campus throughout this fall, but we can only do so with your daily assistance.”