The additional 481 cases at the Tuscaloosa campus were reported between August 25 and August 27 with no students being hospitalized, according to the university’s own information.
The chancellor of the UA system, Finis St. John, said in a statement, “We are closely monitoring our data on a daily basis and will continue to adjust operations as the situation warrants.
He said every student at the three college campuses had the option to switch to fully online education at any time, stay on campus, or return home to continue their classes.
The rapid rise in Covid-19 cases on campus has prompted city and university officials to take action in an attempt to limit student gatherings and off-campus socialization.
Last week, the university announced a 14-day moratorium on all in-person student events outside of classroom instruction. Social gatherings are prohibited on and off campus and common areas of dormitories and fraternity and sorority houses are closed, under the new guidelines. Visitors are not allowed in dormitories or sorority and fraternity houses.
On Monday, the mayor of Tuscaloosa ordered the bars to close for the next two weeks.