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, the state’s oldest and largest public institution of higher education, is a student-centered research university that draws the best and brightest to an academic community committed to providing a premier undergraduate and graduate education. UA is dedicated to achieving excellence in scholarship, collaboration and intellectual engagement; providing public outreach and service to the state of Alabama and the nation; and nurturing a campus environment that fosters collegiality, respect and inclusivity.