Alabama’s latest round of COVID-19 testing returned 846 new positive tests among the student body.
Alabama is not having a good time when it comes to limiting the spread of COVID-19 on campus.
The university released its third set of test results ahead of Labor Day Weekend, with 846 more students testing positive, according to AL.com
The latest round of testing occurred from Aug. 28 through Sept 3 and it brings the total number of Alabama students who tested positive for the coronavirus to 1,899.
Alabama football should be concerned by the spread of the coronavirus on campus.
It remains true that students are relatively unlikely to suffer serious problems from contracting COVID-19, but the overall risks are raised when so many students appear to be carrying the virus around. It’s not just a concern for older faculty members and people in the community with preexisting conditions. Football could be impacted by so many cases.
All it would take for key figures to be held out of practice or games this fall is one player to come into contact with one positive student. If multiple players test positive, a shutdown of practice could easily occur. It’s happened around the country already.
If the Tide want to see their season start on time on Sept. 26 at Missouri, and continue without a hitch, they’ll need to get community spread down. Already the city of Tuscaloosa shut down bars, explicitly citing a desire to protect the football season in the order.
Going forward, Alabama will have to decide if they want to persist with on-campus classes. For now, they won’t be following the lead of UNC and Notre Dame in permanently or temporarily moving to on-line classes because of COVID-19 spikes.
On the plus side, the university expects tightened measures against the spread of the coronavirus to be reflected in future testing numbers, not the ones just released.