"We value our students' health, their ability to get the most out of their Tuscaloosa and Alabama experience." said University President Bell. The school said Friday in a news release that it has conducted 21,719 tests and 474 have been positive, for a positive rate of 2.18%.
The report showed cases recorded between August 25 and 27, and the Tuscaloosa campus accounts for 98% of the system's 492 new cases. The school also put a moratorium on in-person student events and restricted access to Greek houses.
"What we really need to find out are who are the people who are asymptomatic that are positive", Carmona said in the briefing.
He noted that 'The trend continued throughout the week and now has reached levels that require a significant intervention'. The outbreak forced Tuscaloosa Mayor Walt Maddox to issue an executive order to help ensure the health and safety of our UA + Tuscaloosa communities.
The University of Arizona announced its using wastewater based epidemiology on campus.
St. John thanked the mayor for his choice, expressing in Friday's push release, "We stay involved that off-campus transmission is our best danger, which is why we requested Mayor Maddox to take into consideration that action". We thank him for making that hard decision to protect our campus community and Tuscaloosa, ' St. John said in the UA System's Friday press release.
"We keep on being content that the precautions carried out prior to the resumption of courses - like masking, distancing, and a blend of in-man or woman and remote instruction - are acceptable and productive".
Students told the Daily Beast that there is little policing of self-isolation or the quarantine dorms that infected students are moved into once they test positive.
'There's nobody supervising these buildings, it's a complete free-for-all, ' a housing staff member said.
Therefore the authority is sure that they are taking enough precautionary measures against Covid-19.
College towns are bracing for more spikes in COVID-19 on campuses.
WVTM 13 is tracking the curve of coronavirus cases and coronavirus-related deaths that have occurred in Alabama.