Alabama dean ‘optimistic’ after number of positive COVID cases falls
A top medical voice at University of Alabama is taking a cautiously optimistic view of COVID-19 testing trends three weeks after classes began in Tuscaloosa.
Dr. Ricky Friend, the dean of UA’s College of Community Health Sciences, said the university has seen daily positives drop for a second straight week. He noted the numbers released last Friday reflected 125 positive tests per day, down from 164 a day from the previous round. He said numbers are going down because of mitigation efforts, including a two-week closure of bars in Tuscaloosa, as well as being prepared for an increase in positives after students returned from the Labor Day weekend.