Alabama dean ‘optimistic’ after number of positive COVID cases falls

Mitigation efforts, including the temporary closure of bars in Tuscaloosa, have helped the university's numbers trend down for the second consecutive week

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.

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