After first full week of class, COVID cases continue rise on Alabama campus
By WVUA 23 News Reporter Aajene Robinson
COVID-19 numbers at the University of Alabama are already high going into the Spring 2022 semester after school began Jan. 12.
Before the spring semester began, UA announced that their students and faculty must wear masks in classrooms and around campus.
UA junior Desiree Brown said she is happy the mask mandate is back because it will help keep everyone safe from the omicron variant.
“As a public health major, I know how quickly the omicron variant is spreading and how it’s more contagious than the delta variant so the only way to protect ourselves is to either get vaccinated or wear a mask,” Brown said.
According to the UA System COVID-19 Dashboard, 358 students and 140 faculty reported being positive for COVID-19 between Jan. 10 and Jan. 16.
With cases increasing around campus, some students like junior Gabrielle Stutts said her classes have gone back to virtual learning.
“One of my classes did go virtual just to take precautions because the cases have run up really high,” Stutts said. “I have noticed the lines at every urgent care are getting longer and longer to get tested and to get vaccinated. “Another evening class of mine has been canceled multiple times due to a lot of students reporting that they have tested positive for COVID.”
The UA System COVID-19 Dashboard is updated every Tuesday afternoon.