UAB Opens for Fall on Monday

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By WVUA 23 Digital Reporter Shanaya Daughtrey

TUSCALOOSA — With COVID-19 still being a glaring concern for University staff and students, the University of Alabama at Birmingham welcomed its students back on Monday.

Like other institutions around the country, precautions are in place to ensure the safety and well-being of students and employees.

According to the UA System COVID Dashboard, UAB has six cumulative cases for students, academic faculty and staff, and 21 cases among UAB Clinical Enterprise employees since tracking began Aug. 19.

Along with every classroom and common area being measured for social distancing space, face masks are required at all times.

Daily symptom tracking is also required and sanitation stations have been placed around the campus.

UAB School of Medicine Dean Selwyn Vickers said they’re emphasizing safety with students’ return.

“If you look at most of our constituents who have developed any level of symptoms but who’ve developed proven infections, well near 90% of that have all acquired this virus from the community, not while they have been on the UAB campus,” Vickers said.

Vickers said it’s important that students follow the rules set in place before their return to ensure everyone stays safe and in-person classes continue.

The GuideSafe Exposure Notification app enhances contact tracing, lets its users know if they were in close contact with anyone who became COVID positive within the last two weeks and is available for free to all Alabamians.

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