The University of Alabama reports over 500 Covid-19 cases less than a week after classes started

Six days after classes began, the...

Posted: Aug 25, 2020 10:19 AM

Six days after classes began, the University of Alabama has experienced an "unacceptable rise" in coronavirus cases, the university's president said.

The University of Alabama's main campus in Tuscaloosa has recorded 531 total cases. The remaining campuses in Birmingham and Huntsville have recorded 35 cases cumulatively, according to the university's Covid-19 dashboard.

With over 46,150 tests and 566 positive cases, the coronavirus positivity rate on University of Alabama campuses sits around 1.2%, according to the dashboard.

University of Alabama President Stuart R. Bell called on all students, faculty and staff to work together "at this critical moment" after the climb in Covid-19 cases on campus.

Bell urged social distancing, mask wearing and limited gatherings. He said violators would be subject to possible suspension from school.

"Completing the fall semester together is our goal," Bell said Sunday in an email to students. "The margin for error is shrinking."

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.

Shortly after Bell's message to students, Tuscaloosa Mayor Walt Maddox ordered all bars in the city to close for two weeks due to the rise in cases.

Tuscaloosa officials earlier this summer accused young people in the city of attending "Covid parties" with the purpose of becoming infected with coronavirus. The University of Alabama conducted an investigation and said it didn't identify any students who participated in the parties.

Colleges combat rising Covid-19 cases

It's been a rocky start to the school year for universities that have resumed in-person classes.

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the University of Notre Dame both halted in-person classes within days of the start of the school year. Each university has recorded over 400 Covid-19 cases since mid-August.

This week, The Ohio State University on Monday suspended over 200 students who violated the school's Covid-19 regulations around socializing -- the school requires students to wear a mask, maintain social distancing and keep group gatherings to no more than 10 people.

Reopening and abruptly shuttering campuses sends mixed messages to college students, many of whom were told to leave campus with little warning in March and then again this month. Students may assume since their school reopened that it's safe to resume their normal collegiate activities, developmental psychologist Mary Karapetian Alvord told CNN.

College students also may eschew coronavirus guidelines to see friends because of their desire to belong, said Hannah Schacter, assistant professor at Wayne State University who studies adolescent relationships. Social connections are especially critical for teens and young adults, and the feeling of isolation may be scarier than potential exposure to coronavirus.

Mississippi Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Cases: 314710

Reported Deaths: 7254
CountyCasesDeaths
DeSoto21646260
Hinds20369416
Harrison17949309
Rankin13643278
Jackson13450246
Madison10113217
Lee9986174
Jones8384163
Forrest7689152
Lauderdale7198240
Lowndes6403148
Lamar623686
Lafayette6203119
Washington5341134
Bolivar4802132
Oktibbeha462998
Panola4596107
Pearl River4519146
Marshall4450103
Warren4393121
Pontotoc420872
Monroe4115133
Union411176
Neshoba4031176
Lincoln3969110
Hancock379586
Leflore3498125
Sunflower336290
Tate334784
Pike3327105
Scott316274
Alcorn313368
Yazoo311770
Itawamba300577
Copiah297465
Coahoma295579
Simpson295388
Tippah288768
Adams286982
Prentiss280060
Marion269380
Leake268473
Wayne262841
Grenada261587
Covington259881
George248148
Newton246862
Winston227581
Tishomingo227067
Jasper221148
Attala214473
Chickasaw208057
Holmes189174
Clay185554
Stone182833
Tallahatchie178941
Clarke178080
Calhoun170932
Yalobusha164638
Smith162534
Walthall134245
Greene130633
Lawrence128724
Montgomery127142
Noxubee126734
Perry126338
Amite123142
Carroll121829
Webster114532
Jefferson Davis107133
Tunica105726
Claiborne102430
Benton100025
Humphreys96733
Kemper95828
Franklin83923
Quitman81116
Choctaw76418
Wilkinson67531
Jefferson65728
Sharkey50217
Issaquena1686
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Alabama Coronavirus Cases

Cases: 537813

Reported Deaths: 11024
CountyCasesDeaths
Jefferson791691529
Mobile41177808
Madison35002507
Tuscaloosa25871454
Shelby25076249
Montgomery24549591
Baldwin21290309
Lee15946171
Calhoun14556319
Morgan14364280
Etowah13890353
Marshall12262223
Houston10602282
Elmore10115206
Limestone10031151
St. Clair9890245
Cullman9730194
Lauderdale9449243
DeKalb8853188
Talladega8325176
Walker7259277
Autauga6971108
Jackson6830112
Blount6750139
Colbert6317134
Coffee5546119
Dale4869113
Russell444338
Chilton4343113
Franklin426282
Covington4138118
Tallapoosa4040152
Escambia394577
Chambers3581123
Dallas3564153
Clarke351361
Marion3137101
Pike311977
Lawrence302298
Winston275673
Bibb263064
Geneva252577
Marengo249664
Pickens234862
Barbour231956
Hale223677
Butler217869
Fayette212462
Henry189644
Cherokee184345
Randolph182042
Monroe178140
Washington167639
Macon160750
Clay156957
Crenshaw153357
Cleburne149241
Lamar143035
Lowndes139653
Wilcox127430
Bullock123041
Conecuh110629
Coosa108928
Perry107826
Sumter104932
Greene92634
Choctaw61024
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