COVID-19 Updates

Our entire UA System – UA, UAB, UAH and the UAB Health System – is dedicating all possible resources to reopen our campuses in a manner that will be the gold standard for colleges and universities across the nation. While we do not know when our students will return, when they do we will be ready to welcome them to the safest campuses in America. Chancellor Finis St. John has established a System-wide Task Force to meet our goals using strategies of all kinds: testing measures, enhanced cleaning, classroom procedures, housing policies, security and wellness programs, and more.

The world-class scientists, researchers and medical specialists at UAB are on the front lines in this global pandemic, devoting their skills and experience to helping eradicate COVID-19.
Among the newest innovations is the COVID-19 Symptom Tracker.

Comments from University of Alabama System Chancellor Finis St. John regarding today’s announcement from Apple and Google about the new COVID-19 tracing tool:

UAB & UA System partner with Apple-Google on COVID-19 technology

“We are extremely fortunate that UAB and the world renowned UAB Health System are a central part of the University of Alabama System,” University of Alabama System Chancellor Finis St. John said today. “From day one, our research teams in Birmingham have been on the front line in combating COVID-19 and helping our students, faculty and staff at the University of Alabama, the University of Alabama at Birmingham and the University of Alabama in Huntsville prepare for a safe return to campus. Today’s announcement from Apple and Google is an excellent example of our team’s extraordinary work for which we are deeply grateful and which will benefit people around the world.”

UAB commitment to state vital in COVID-19 response – Yellowhammer News

Statement from UA System Chancellor Finis St. John
April 29, 2020

It is our duty at the University of Alabama System to maintain the academic, operational and financial integrity of our three campuses and the UAB Health System.

As we address the impact of COVID-19, the safety of our students, faculty and staff guides all decisions. We fully intend to be ready for on-campus instruction this fall and will be guided by the experts at our UAB Health System, the University of Alabama, the University of Alabama at Birmingham and the University of Alabama in Huntsville to ensure that our campuses are the safest in the country.
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University of Alabama System Appoints Task Force To Provide the Safest Campuses in America – UPDATED April 14, 2020

Dr. Selwyn Vickers outlines goals of UA System Campus Health & Safety Initiative – UPDATED April 21, 2020
Deontay Wilder Says Let’s Beat COVID-19 – UPDATED April 10, 2020
Nick Saban Delivers a Timely Message as We Fight COVID-19 – UPDATED March 25, 2020

Articles of Interest
Chancellor St. John on Plans for Fall 2020 – April 29, 2020
Chancellor St. John discusses reopening campuses – April 16, 2020

To view previous interim policies visit our webpage:

We have established a COVID-19 Communications and Policy Task Force that is co-chaired by Dr. Jeanne Marrazzo, Chief of the Division of Infectious Diseases at UAB, and Katie Osburne, UA System Director of Risk & Compliance and System Counsel.  This group is working with state, Federal and global health agencies on recommendations to reduce risk and develop strategies to mitigate spread of the virus and protect the health of our fellow citizens.