COVID-19 Testing of UA Students Yields Less than 1% Positivity Rate

  • August 17th, 2020

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – Among the more than 25,000 University of Alabama students who completed the required COVID-19 testing process as of Aug. 16, less than 1% tested positive.

According to the most recent numbers available, 237 UA students tested positive for COVID-19 out of the 25,948 who completed testing either at one of the 13 GuideSafe testing sites statewide, through a mail-in test or by a personal physician. Those who tested positive were notified and must complete UA’s isolation protocols before returning to the campus community. All students must submit confirmation of a negative COVID-19 test before attending class.

To expedite COVID-19 testing for students before the first day of classes, free tests will be offered at Coleman Coliseum Aug. 17-19 from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The University of Alabama will provide updates on student test results upon the conclusion of re-entry testing, then again every two weeks, at a minimum, once the University transitions to sentinel testing.

For complete information, please visit UA’s HealthInfo website.


Shane Dorrill, UA Strategic Communications,

The University of Alabama, part of The University of Alabama System, is the state’s flagship university. UA shapes a better world through its teaching, research and service. With a global reputation for excellence, UA provides an inclusive, forward-thinking environment and nearly 200 degree programs on a beautiful, student-centered campus. A leader in cutting-edge research, UA advances discovery, creative inquiry and knowledge through more than 30 research centers. As the state’s largest higher education institution, UA drives economic growth in Alabama and beyond.