The University of Alabama has reported more than 500 cases of the coronavirus this past week.
ABC 6 reports the school reopened on August 19 to give students access to the education many are paying tens of thousands of dollars to receive.
Alabama.com reports the 566 coronavirus cases do not include the additional 311 positive cases from students reentering the campus.
From the report:
The school previously announced re-entry testing for students yielded a less-than 1 percent positivity rate. The new dashboard put the positive test rate for reentry at 1.04 percent of the 29,938 tests. The new numbers do not include those 311 positive tests from reentry.
The news came six hours after the City of Tuscaloosa announced bars would be closed for the next two weeks and bar service at restaurants must cease. UA officials did not give specifics when asked about the situation at the 11 a.m. news conference announcing the new measures.
According to the report, University of Alabama President Stuart Bell suggested his school would remain open and take additional safety measures.
“Our challenge is not the students,” he said on Monday. “Our challenge is the virus and there’s a difference, folks. What we have to do is identify where does the virus thrive and where does the virus spread and how can we work together with our students, with our faculty and with our staff to make sure that we minimize those places, those incidents. It’s not student behavior, OK. It’s how do we have protocols so that we make it to where our students can be successful, and we can minimize the impact of the virus.”