October 16, 2020
For Immediate Release
UA System COVID Testing Results Remain Minimal Over the Last Seven Days
Robust Testing Program Continues Systemwide
The weekly University of Alabama System COVID dashboard published today reports 101 new student cases across the three UAS campuses. There are 33 students in isolation facilities, which have a Systemwide capacity of 705 beds. Total UA System enrollment is 70,400.
An increase in student cases at UAB (from 49 last week to 64 for the current testing period) is primarily the result of virus transmission at off-campus gatherings. In a message to students and parents, Dr. John Jones, Vice President of Student Affairs at UAB, issued a strong reminder about mandatory interim guidelines regarding off-campus activities and escalated sanctions for those who violate the protocols. Link to Dr. Jones’ statement: https://go.uab.edu/gatheringrestriction
As a part of the comprehensive COVID testing program, this week UAB tested more than 2,200 students who live on campus.
More than 1,300 faculty, staff and students at UA, UAB and UAH participated in the sentinel testing program this week. There were 3 positive results Systemwide, which is less than one-fourth of 1%.
The dashboard is updated weekly. The next set of data will be published online Friday, October 23: www.uasystem.edu.