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6 days after reopening, University of Alabama has 500 COVID-19 cases – Business Insider

On Monday, six days after the first classes began at the University of Alabama, the school reported a total of 566 cases of the coronavirus.

The school has employed a combination of in-person and hybrid courses in the academic year because of the pandemic.

As students returned to campus around the first day of school on August 19, photos circulated on social media showing what appeared to be University of Alabama students crowding outside bars in Tuscaloosa, where the flagship campus is.

Tuscaloosa Mayor Walt Maddox announced an executive order to close local bars for two weeks effective Monday, per the request of the University of Alabama.

On Monday, the University of Alabama’s president said in a letter to students, faculty, and staff that the rise in positive coronavirus cases was “unacceptable.” He added that violations of health and safety protocols “both on and off campus” were subject to “harsh disciplinary action, up to and including suspension from UA.” However, he said “completing the fall semester together” was his goal.

The University of Alabama did not immediately respond to Business Insider’s request for comment on whether its plans to reopen have changed since the spike in COVID-19 cases. 

Meanwhile, the school’s student newspaper published an opinion column one day after reopening that criticized the university.

“Students have taken the University’s requirements as suggestions solely because administration has as well,” the column said in part.

The op-ed, titled “No, President Bell, we won’t be your PR,” also said the school’s president told student journalists months earlier to “be careful what we publish during this time,” to which the student newspaper responded by saying their job as campus journalists is to “address accomplishments, opinions and concerns at this University.”

Colleges across the country are changing plans as they witness spikes in coronavirus cases after reopening. The University of North Carolina saw 135 coronavirus cases in one week after reopening. And the University of Notre Dame canceled in-person courses for two weeks. Eighty positive cases were reported there in one day earlier this month.

Read more:

Young adults are more likely to be COVID-19 superspreaders, new research shows — probably because they aren’t staying home

How the University of North Carolina went from a leader in college reopenings to what the student paper called a ‘clusterf—‘ with 135 coronavirus cases in just 7 days

A Yale administrator told students to prepare for ‘possibly deaths’ — and it shows what a predictable disaster reopening is

UPenn just rolled back return-to-campus plans and is dropping its planned bump in tuition, as more schools reconsider in-person classes

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