COVID-19 positives at University of Alabama up slightly

The number of COVID-19 cases rose this week at the University of Alabama but still fall well below the peak of the on-campus outbreak of late August and early September.

There were 45 positive tests on the Tuscaloosa campus this week after recording 24 a week earlier. Since classes opened Aug. 19, UA has reported 2,419 positive tests.

The increase was more noticeable at UAB where 49 students tested positive from Oct. 2-Oct. 8. That’s up from 19 the previous seven days. UA-Huntsville had just three positive cases this week after 12 were reported last week.

The numbers released weekly on Friday afternoons don’t include the context of how many tests were administered.

Students testing positive at UA System campuses

Dates Tuscaloosa Birmingham Huntsville
Aug. 19-24 562 1 8
Aug. 25-27 481 9 2
Aug. 28-Sept. 3 846 19 7
Sept. 4-Sept. 10 294 27 11
Sept. 11-Sept. 17 119 18 19
Sept. 18-Sept. 24 48 16 13
Sept. 25-Oct. 1 24 19 12
Oct. 2-Oct. 8 45 49 3
Totals 2,419 158 75

In terms of isolation space, the Tuscaloosa campus is at 0.97% or five of 518 rooms. UAB is at eight of 100 rooms while none of the 87 at UA-Huntsville are being used.

The sentinel testing of random campus members continued to return low positive rates. Four of 531 in Tuscaloosa (0.75%) were positive compared to three of 335 at UAB and zero of 194 in Huntsville.

The slight rise in positive cases in Tuscaloosa ended a four-week decline after 846 students contracted the virus Aug. 28-Sept. 3.

Hospitalization numbers have been up in recent weeks after hitting a low mark in early September. DCH reported 62 COVID-19 related in-patients Thursday with 20 in ICI and nine on ventilators. It jumped from 48 to 65 in a two-day span from Sept. 26-28.

Michael Casagrande is a reporter for the Alabama Media Group. Follow him on Twitter @ByCasagrande or on Facebook.

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