The cases are separate from the school’s re-entry testing program, which required students to take a COVID-19 test before fall semester and returned only 310 positives out of 30,000 students. Cases quickly spread as students moved onto campus and Greek houses held pre-semester events.
The new cases are a small percentage of the more than 35,100 students, faculty and staff that make up Alabama’s campus. But university and Tuscaloosa officials this week expressed concern about the school’s quarantine dorm capacity along with the strain a rapid surge in cases would place on the city’s health care infrastructure.
Isolation space at Alabama was occupied at 36% capacity as of Thursday, according to the university’s dashboard.