TUSCALOOSA, AL. — New COVID-19 cases continue to drop on the University of Alabama's Tuscaloosa campus, according to the latest dashboard update by the University of Alabama System on Friday. Over the last week, 24 new cases confirmed among students, marking a 50% decrease from the 48 cases identified from Sept. 18-24.
The UA System reported total of 41 active cases at UA this week.
Friday's totals headed into the first home football game weekend are a far cry from the 846 new student coronavirus cases confirmed the week of Aug. 28-24. To date, the Tuscaloosa campus has identified 2,533 positive cases among students.
During the most recent testing period, which covered Sept. 25 - Oct. 1, nine new cases were identified among UA faculty and staff, bringing the cumulative number of positives to 251.
“The most recent results from our randomized testing program, which is designed to identify potential campus spread early, remain below 1%,” according to Dr. Richard Friend, dean of the College of Community Health Sciences at UA and a noted infectious diseases specialist.
In terms of actual space, the latest update reported that 10 of the university's 486 isolation rooms are currently in use.
Friend also said isolation housing remains at less than 2% occupied and reiterated that UA officials will continue to monitor its entire testing platform to assure accurate reporting of all positive cases.
Additionally, the UA System reports the number of faculty, staff and students across the three-university system who are participating in involuntary sentinel testing has increased week-over-week from 915 tested the week of Sept. 13 to 1,238 sentinel tests conducted the week of Sept.30.
As of Friday, the Alabama Department of Public Health reported 6,534 total confirmed cases for Tuscaloosa County — 2,052 of which have been identified in the last 14 days. To date, 107 Tuscaloosa residents have died after testing positive for COVID-19.
Across the three-hospital DCH Health System, an uptick in ICU cases has been seen, but the total population of COVID-positive patients has remained manageable compared to past spikes.
DCH reported 57 total inpatient COVID-19 cases on Friday, up from 45 cases on Sept. 18. The biggest jump, though, has been seen in the number of ICU patients, climbing to 24 on Friday, compared to 15 total two weeks ago.