Over 1,000 students at the United States University of Alabama have tested positive for Covid-19 since classes resumed on the Tuscaloosa campus less than two weeks ago.
This was made known by the University of Alabama (UA) System. Classes resumed August 19.
The UA System coronavirus dashboard notes another 158 cases were recorded on campus over the year before August 18, bringing the total to 1,201 cases.
The UA system said in a news release on Friday that no positive students have been hospitalized as a result of Covid-19.
Dr. Ricky Friend, dean of the College of Community Health Sciences at UA said the University’s exposure notification efforts have revealed no evidence of virus transmission due to in-person class instruction.
The Dean added that the UA remains satisfied that the precautions implemented before 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, in a Wednesday letter to wear masks and social distance, both on and off-campus, to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus.
He further told 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.
Tuscaloosa Mayor Walt Maddox on Monday also ordered all bars in the city to close for two weeks due to the rise in cases.