For Immediate Release

Today, the University of Alabama System updated the COVID dashboard summarizing results of student, faculty and staff testing at UA, UAB and UAH for August 28-September 3.

Mike Saag, M.D., professor of medicine in the UAB Division of Infectious Diseases.

For Immediate Release

As university administrators consider their options in responding to the presence of COVID-19 outbreaks on campuses, consensus is building among experts that closing a university and sending students home may increase the public health risk.

For Immediate Release

Today the University of Alabama System launched a COVID-19 dashboard that will be updated weekly with testing results for students, faculty, and staff on the three UA System campuses: The University of Alabama, The University of Alabama at Birmingham, and The University of Alabama in Huntsville.

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“We are pleased to provide this new testing service to all public colleges and universities across our state. We appreciate the opportunity to work with Governor Ivey and her team to bring this project forward and help Alabama’s citizens during this unprecedented time.” — UA System Chancellor Finis St. John

Governor Kay Ivey announced two programs that will provide robust COVID-19 testing and symptom monitoring, as well as notification of exposure to COVID-19, initially to public institutions of higher education.

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Based on the recommendations of the University of Alabama System Task Force, the Board of Trustees believes that the UA System can best fulfill its core mission of teaching, research, and service by resuming on-campus activities in the Fall 2020 semester.

Selwyn M. Vickers, M.D., Dean, UAB School of Medicine.

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The news of the recent deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Ahmaud Arbery have brought forth expressions of deep anguish, fear, sadness, and rage in communities across the nation.

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.

The University of Alabama System has created a task force led by UAB Health System experts to develop plans for the three University of Alabama System campuses — University of Alabama, University of Alabama at Birmingham and University of Alabama in Huntsville — to be the safest universities in America when on-campus instruction resumes.

Dr. Will Ferniany, CEO of UAB Health System.

As the COVID-19 outbreak has intensified in Alabama over the past month, UAB has emerged as one of the state’s most vital institutions in the fight to combat the disease.

The University of Alabama System — composed of UA, UAB, UAH and the UAB Health System — is on the front line of communication with media and the citizens of Alabama as we work together during this health crisis.

The University of Alabama System continues to closely monitor the COVID-19 outbreak. Today System officials issued guidance advising against any non-essential domestic travel at this time, particularly to large conferences with attendees from multiple states or locations that have declared a state of emergency due to the virus.

Effective today the University of Alabama System has cancelled university-sponsored international travel departing during the month of March. Regarding university-sponsored international travel beyond March, those decisions will be assessed as public health conditions warrant.