DOCTOR: TESTING BEFORE RETURN TO CAMPUS AN IMPORTANT STEP FOR COLLEGES
As fall approaches, the University of Alabama is working to safely accommodate students coming back to campus.
Many classes have transitioned to online or hybrid instruction.
All employees and students must show a negative COVID-19 test to attend in-person classes. Faculty and staff who are planning on being back on campus this fall are being tested for coronavirus at the university.
Early move-in for students begins the first week of August, but most students won’t move in until the weekend before classes begin in mid-August.
UA’s College of Community Health Sciences Dean Dr. Richard Friend said testing everyone before they return to campus is an important measure.
“It’s really going to be about a lot of vigilance and focusing on the data so that we can have a safe and productive semester,” Friend said.
Students and faculty must continue being vigilant, Friend said, especially given the prominence of asymptomatic cases that contribute to the virus’ spread.